Msgr Butler's Weekly Message - January 22, 2021
"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."
In this week's readings we hear of specific people getting a direct invitation from God to do His will. First, we have Jonah. Jonah didn't want to do God's will. In fact, he tried to avoid it... you know how that turned out! But God would not let him run away from his mission to call the Ninevites to repentance. When he reluctantly did what God asked, the Ninevites acted at once and repented. In the Gospel, Jesus directly invites Simon (Peter), Andrew, James and John to leave everything they had behind - their families and their livelihood (symbolized by the nets) - and follow Him.
Why did those apostles leave their nets and their father immediately and follow Jesus? Most people would have said, "I will later," or "Let me just finish this or that, " or "How will I eat or earn money if I follow you?" These men were followers of John the Baptist who preached that the Kingdom of God was
So, when Jesus said,
THIS is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God IS AT HAND. Repent and believe the Gospel,"
(Mk 1:15) they believed that all the Old Testament prophesies about the Messiah were actually beginning to happen with Jesus! To repent means more than just being sorry for one's actions (or in-actions.) The Greek work for repent is
which means "change one's mind." Jesus would have used the Hebrew word
which means to "turn around 180 degrees, to reorient one's whole attitude toward God."
This call of repentance was not just for the people long ago, but also for us today. The Kingdom of God is indeed at hand. We are called to be disciples and carry out His mission. What would you do if you got a direct invitation from God? Turn the other way? Beg God that your will be done, not His? An invitation from God will put your life at a crossroad... you can ignore it and go on with your old life, or open yourself to God and respond with trust and obedience. Acceptance will transform you and take you to new places, and like the apostles, you may experience persecutions, failures and frustrations. You may even have to, like St. Paul exhorts in the second reading, detach yourself from the things you cherish most.
God is always inviting us to repentance and to follow him. We may not have a Jonah warning us, and we don't have Jesus in his human form to call us. How blessed we are, though, to have Jesus speaking to us through His Divine Word. Every time we read the Scriptures or hear them proclaimed at Mass, Jesus is speaking to us personally. May we have the courage like the apostles to throw down our nets full of worldly attachments and follow wherever the Lord is leading us. It may not be easy, but the fruits of true discipleship will bear eternal rewards.
This note contains the following information:
Adoration in Church TODAY/Pro Life Crosses
Memorials and Feasts this week
St. VdeP Food Drive-Jan 30-31
Diaper Drive: Now thru Jan 30
KofC Rib/Pulled Pork Sale
Year of St. Joseph
-- Plenary Indulgence
-- St. Clement group study and consecration to St. Joseph
St. Louis Review, Central Europe, Black/Indian Miss.
Reading the Bible with Fr. Mike Schmitz
Adoration Chapel Update
Pre-K and Jr-K Registration Info
Cookbook Order Form
Notice from the Archdiocesan Office of Sacred Worship
Archdiocese Guidelines regarding
Archbishop Rozanski has asked all pastors to remind parishioners of the mask mandate during Mass.
If you know of anyone who is not receiving these messages, please ask them to call the rectory so we may add their email to the database. Thank you!
for more information and/or to view our Sunday bulletin.
During the pandemic, it is highly recommended that the faithful receive Holy Communion in the hand. Receiving on the tongue is permissible only by the main celebrant of the Mass. If you wish to receive on the tongue, please sit in one of the right hand sections.
Parishes in St. Louis County, as of Tuesday, November 17, will be allowed to admit up to 25% capacity, which is 184 people. Masks and distancing still required. We hope you will join us live or live-streamed!
All are encouraged to stop in anytime to pray for an end to abortion and healing for those who are suffering after having an abortion.
St. Clement of Rome
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of
Adoration in Church
Following 8:00 a.m. Mass - 9:00 p.m.
8:30 p.m. Rosary
8:50 p.m. Benediction
A special thanks to our Boy Scouts for putting out the Pro-Life crosses to commemorate the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Memorials and Feasts This Week
anuary 25 - The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle
for more information.
January 27 - St. Angela Merici
for more information.
January 26 - Sts. Timothy & Titus
(Happy Feast Day Monsignor Cronin!)
for More Information
January 28 - St. Thomas Aquinas
for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive
NEXT Weekend, January 30/31
Please bring a bag of non-perishable food to Mass next weekend, January 30/31 and place outside the doors under the portico. If you are not attending Mass in-person, just drive up and a Vincentian will remove your donations from the trunk of your vehicle.
Thank you for your continued support!
Love Thy Neighbor
We may not be able to travel to Washington D.C. this year, but our St. Clement of Rome Youth Ministry is still supporting life by holding a diaper and canned good drive to benefit St. Louis Diaper Bank and our
St. Vincent de Paul Society.
All sizes of diapers are needed, especially pull ups and larger diaper sizes (4-6). Non-perishable canned goods only, please. Please bring all items to the church vestibule until Saturday, January 30.
Thank you for your generosity.
All parishioners are invited to a Holy Hour on Wednesday, January 27 from 8:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the church. Please join us as we pray for the dignity of all human life
Questions? Contact Laura, at 314-308-1060 or
Knights of Columbus
Ribs and Pulled Pork Sale
January 23/24 and 30/31
You might be watching the Superbowl LV with just your family this year, but you still need to eat! Make your life easy and order a rack of delicious ribs and/or two pounds of pulled pork (new this year) from our Knights of Columbus for only $20 each.
Net proceeds will go to
Knights will be taking pre-paid orders in the portico after all Masses this and next weekend. You may also drop off your order form and payment at the rectory.
All orders must be in by January 31st
and may be picked up between 7:45-12:30 on Superbowl Sunday, February 7th. See attached flyer for more information.
2021 KofC SUPER BOWL RIBS.docx
From the Office of the Archbishop
Pope Francis has decreed a Year of St. Joseph in which Catholics will have the opportunity to obtain a special plenary indulgence.
The Year of St. Joseph begins in the Archdiocese of St. Louis on March 19, 2021 with a Mass celebrated at the Shrine of St. Joseph.
See more at the link to this Tweet from EWTN.
ALL ARE INVITED!
St. Clement of Rome Adult Ed
Spring 2021 Study:
Consecration to Saint Joseph
Pope Francis has proclaimed 2021 to be the year of St. Joseph! Do you know St. Joseph? Would you like to understand his love greatness and love for you? And what exactly is consecration to St. Joseph? It basically means that you acknowledge St. Joseph as your spiritual father, entrusting yourself to his paternal care, intercession, protection and guidance.
Please read the attached flyer on the consecration timing and how you can:
Join a current study group
Do the Consecration on your own
Start a new group
Watch an accompanying video (made especially for our Study)
St Clement Spring Study 2021.pdf
Books may be purchased at Pauline Bookstore, Catholic Supply, or on-line. (Call the store first as they may need to order additional copies.)
Litany of St. Joseph
UPCOMING SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
You may contribute to these and all special collections in several ways:
Using the envelope provided in your monthly packet.
Going into your on-line giving account and selecting the desired Special Collection (Review, Missions, Retired Religious, etc.)
Mailing/dropping off your donation with the Special's name in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
St. Louis Review
St. Louis Review
is your faith resource to local, national and international news. Your contribution of $35 or more for the
subscription is greatly appreciated. (Use your envelope, click on the Review in your on-line giving account, or write a check with "Review" in the memo line.)
With the parish subscription you have print and online access. There is no expiration date with your parish subscription access as long as you make regular contributions with your parish.
Central and Eastern Europe
February 17 (Ash Wednesday)
Black and Indian Missions
Reading the Bible
Have you ever wanted to read the Bible, but thought the task was too daunting. Now you have the opportunity to read the bible, hear reflections, and have it put into context with Fr. Mike Schmitz.
His podcast from Ascension Press has been the top podcast in the U.S. The
“The Scripture-study podcast sits atop Apple’s charts ahead of major news shows, a hopeful sign in the darkness.”
In "The Bible in a Year" podcast, that started January 1st, 2021, Fr. Mike Schmitz walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way.
For more information and to sign up for his podcasts, click
Pre-K and Jr.-K Registration
St. Clement of Rome School has wonderful Pre- and Jr. Kindergarten programs. If you have a child that will be three (Pre-K) or four (Jr. K) before July 31, 2021 and are interested in these programs, please click on the PDF file below.
PK_JK Registration Letter 2021-2022 Bulletin and In-House Letter.docx.pdf
Parish Cookbooks - $20
You may stop by the Parish Office M-F 8:30-4:30 to get your cookbook, or mail in the form below and we will make sure your book is delivered to you.
From the Office of
In March 2020, Archbishop Carlson issued a dispensation for the faithful regarding their obligation to attend Sunday Mass. This dispensation is still in effect in light of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
The dispensation for public Mass attendance includes the Sunday obligation and the Holy Days of Obligation.
All mandates and directives regarding COVID-19 from the Archdiocese of St. Louis may be found at
If you are not attending Mass in person while the dispensation is in effect, you are encouraged to
Live Stream Mass
(daily at 8:00, Sunday at 9:00.) Masses are also posted for viewing at a later time. You do NOT need a facebook account to live stream/ watch Mass.
ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS
Office of Communications and Planning
New St. Louis City and County guidelines require face masks in enclosed places of public accommodation, as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
Due to this new directive, all parishes within St. Louis City and County should mandate that
face masks be worn at all times by the co
ngregation on parish grounds,
except during the reception of Holy Communion.
Remember that it it highly recommended that you receive Holy Communion in the hand. Receiving on the tongue is still permissible, but only by the
of the Mass. In our case, this will be the Communion line closer to the piano.
Public Masses Resume
Even though Masses are now "public" please be aware that they will not seem "normal" to you due to specific health mandates. The Church values the health and safety of all life, and so the Archbishop, until further notice,
has dispensed the faithful from their Sunday Mass obligation.
If you cannot attend Mass in person, I encourage you to participate via live-stream it (9:00 a.m.) and make a Spiritual Communion
(see prayer at the end of this pink section.)
Jesus knows your heart and will come to you in a special way.
Please read the attachments at the end of this pink section for the recommendations of who should attend Mass.
Mass and Confession Schedule and Procedures
The Mass and Confession Schedule at St. Clement of Rome will be as follows.
(This is subject to change depending on new health guidelines, attendance, etc.)
Weekday Mass (Mon - Fri):
Saturday-4:30 p.m. (Vigil Mass);
Sunday-7:00, 9:00,* and 11:00 a.m.
(Masses with an * will be live-streamed on our
We hope you will take advantage of this grace and peace-filled Sacrament.
Weekdays: 7:30 - 7:50 a.m.
Saturday: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. AND 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
We will be following all of the health protocols and mandates (i.e. masks, distancing, sanitation, etc..) put forth by the Archbishop. Please click on the attachments below so you are fully prepared and know what to expect when you come to Mass. Most of all, I ask you to be patient with us priests and with one another. We are doing the best we can as we navigate this new scenario together.
NEW ARCHDIOCESAN GUIDELINES
EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JULY 28th
Parishes are allowed to increase to
capacity as long as they can still maintain the social distancing guidelines of six feet between parishioners (households).
Masks will still be required to enter a parish church.
Holy Communion can now be offered in the hand or on the tongue. Holy Communion distributed by extraordinary ministers will be administered in the hand only. We STRONGLY recommend parishioners receive Holy Communion in the hand, however, those
who still wish to receive Holy Communion on the tongue must receive from the Mass
in the Communion line closest to the piano.
The suspension of the distribution of the Most Precious Blood will remain in place.
Parishes will now be required to clean the pews only one time per day unless otherwise stated by city or county health officials.
Health Guidelines for Parishioners.pdf
FAQs-Public Masses Restart 05.18.20.pdf
Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
One note: since we are required to remove all missalettes, I encourage you to read the readings before Mass (
) and/or download an app such as Laudate and follow along on your smartphone during Mass.
Prayer Against Coronavirus
Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Physician, we ask you to guard and protect us
from Coronavirus COVID-19 and all serious illness.
For all that have died from it, have mercy; for those that are ill now, bring healing. For those searching for a remedy, enlighten them; for medical caregivers helping the sick, strengthen and shield them.
For those working to contain the spread, grant them success; for those afraid,
May your precious blood be our defense and salvation. By your grace, may you turn the evil of disease into moments of consolation and hope.
May we always fear the contagion of sin more than any illness. We abandon ourselves to your infinite mercy.
Pedro de la Cruz
Msgr Michael Butler
on Friday, January 22 at 10:00AM