Msgr Butler's Weekly Message - July 16, 2021
As I mentioned at last week's Sunday Masses, I am at a priests' study week/retreat this week. The reflection below is from "
The Word Among Us."
In today's first reading, Jeremiah has harsh words for Judah's kings. They were supposed to act a shepherds of their people, but instead, he charges, "You have not cared for them" (Jeremiah 23:2)
When the true and righteous Shepherd, Jesus, did appear, he did not come as an earthly king. He did not wear royal garments or sit on an earthly throne. He was a shepherd who knew his sheep, who lived among his people and cared for them.
We can see Jesus acting as the Good Shepherd in Sunday's Gospel. When the disciples returned from their mission to nearby towns and villages, Jesus knew just what they needed: some quiet time and a place to recharge. So he urged them to "come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for a while (Mark 6:31). Yet as soon as they stepped off the boat, a vast crown greeted them. Instead of making a quick getaway with his disciples, however, this Good Shepherd "was moved with pity for them" (Mark 6:34). He knew what they needed: a ray of hope. His life-giving words would feed their hungry hearts, and so he taught them. He also knew that their hungry stomachs would need to be filled, so he multiplied the loaves and fish, giving them enough food so that all were satisfied (6:42... this week's Gospel stops before the multiplication.)
This is what the true Shepherd does: he knows and cares for each one of us. Because he understands what it's like to be human, he provides for all our needs, both physical and spiritual.
Look over the past week or month. How has Jesus cared fo you? Think of concrete examples of ways - even minor ones - that he has provided for you, even amid your challenges and trials. Let all these memories inspire you to trust in the Good Shepherd who never, ever, abandons his flock.
This note contains the following information:
Welcome Fr. Clark Philipp
PARKING LOT - REPAVING
Dispensation Lifted -- We hope to see you!!
PRE-COVID Mass Practices
Annual Pledge Forms
Memorials and Feasts
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Registration Now Open
Amici Di Giuseppe
Annual Vocation Mass, Rosary and Reception
That Man Is You! (TMIY)
Adoration Chapel needs
Swing Dance - SAVE THE DATE
ACA Update - 93% of Goal
During the pandemic, it's 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.
for more information and/or to view our Sunday bulletin.
This is a gentle reminder regarding masks. Per Archdiocesan guidelines, wearing a mask is optional for those who are fully vaccinated. For your own heath, and that of the greater parish community, it is recommended that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear a mask during Holy Mass and other parish events. Please see more details below. Thank you!
We continue to welcome our new Associate Pastor, Father Clark Philipp, to Saint Clement of Rome. Father Philipp was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2017 and was sent to Rome for one year to complete his studies. He is coming to us from Queen of All Saints parish where he served as Associate Pastor since his return from Rome. Please be sure to introduce yourselves to Father Philipp when you see him and welcome him to Saint Clement of Rome. And please remember to keep him and all priests who have moved to new parishes or new assignments in your prayers as they make the transition.
If you need to contact Fr. Philipp, you may call the parish office at 314-965-0709, or email him at
Parking Lot Repaving
Due to weather conditions this past week, the work on the parking lot will continue into next week. We ask that you follow the parking instructions below. We are sorry for the inconvenience and ask for your continued patience!
Beginning Monday, July 12, the north entrance and main parking lot will be closed for repaving work. Those attending Mass may park in the spots available at the south entrance or on the tennis courts. If you live close enough, you might want to walk to Church that week.
Thank you for your cooperation.
NEW ARCHDIOCESAN UPDATE
We miss seeing you, and are excited to have everyone back at Mass!!
Effective July 1, 2021
, Archbishop Rozanski is lifting the dispensation of the faithful to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. (See Archbishop's video message below.) While we understand these continue to be uncertain times, we want all to feel safe returning to Holy Mass.
Please note parishioners who are sick, homebound, immunocompromised, and gravely concerned for their health retain the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass, which has always been the case in normal times.
If you are unable to attend Mass in person, it is appropriate to honor the
Lord's day by watching/
Holy Mass and making an
Act of Spiritual Communion (prayer in red section below.)
It is recommended that individuals (including children) who are not vaccinated continue to follow CDC guidelines. We ask that they be thoughtful of their own health and that of their community in monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms related to the use of masks and social distancing.
If parishioners are
, wearing a mask during Mass is optional.
If a parishioner has recovered from COVID-19, but has not been vaccinated, they still must wear a mask.
Parishioners are encouraged to received Holy Communion in the hand. If you wish to receive on the tongue, you may do so from the
Sign of Peace
is permitted to take place, but ONLY in a non-contact manner such as a head nod, smile, hand wave...NO shaking hands or hugs among non-household persons.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Distribution of Holy Communion will continue on the two side aisles. (SEE Pre-COVID INFO BELOW)
If a deacon is not present on a weekday morning and/or if a deacon or other priest is not available for a Sunday Mass, the celebrant will hang a cross in the usual spot on the left side of the sanctuary showing the need for an Extraordinary minister.
If you see a cross, and would like to help, please get the cross before Mass and place around your neck.
Extraordinary Ministers must: be fully vaccinated and sanitize their hands when they go up with the sanitizer on the credence table;
Thank you for your help with this important ministry.
For all the latest updates and FAQs go to:
PRE-COVID MASS PRACTICES RETURNING JULY 31/AUGUST 1
Beginning the weekend of July 31August 1, we will return to some of the pre-COVID practices at our Sunday Masses.
We will go back to having four lines for receiving Holy Communion: two lines in the center aisle and one line in each of the side aisles.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should watch for the crosses hung on the left side of the sanctuary before each Mass. If you see one, please go up and get it, place it around your neck and come up to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion as you did before COVID.
The distribution of the Precious Blood during Holy Communion remains prohibited until further notice from the USCCB.
For those of you who do not use our online giving, our ushers will return to taking up the collection during the Offertory.
We will also return to having parishioners carry up the gifts at the Offertory. Our ushers will arrange this before each Mass.
It will be nice to see the return of these practices and continue the gradual return to how things were prior to March 2020! Many thanks to Mary Andrews and all of the ushers for their assistance in bringing these practices back.
Annual Pledge Forms
Pledge forms were mailed to all parishioners three weeks ago. We ask that you return your form by July 15th so our Finance Committee can finalize our budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Some have asked, "Why do I need to return the form when I already give with an on-line recurring gift, automatic bank withdrawl, etc.?" The answer is that a pledge is a commitment to donate a certain amount; the recurring gift is a
by which one may fulfill that pledge. Recurring gifts are managed by the parishioner... which one may change at anytime, while a pledge is an amount expected to give.
We understand that family circumstances may change throughout the year, but by having parishioner pledge forms we have some reasonable baseline from which to budget. Running a parish such as St. Clement of Rome requires substantial resources. We are blessed to have so many generous donors which enable us to carry out our mission to love God through love for one another. Thank you for your generous contributions.
Memorials and Feasts This Week
July 16 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
to learn more.
We are in the middle of the 73rd annual outdoor Novena to our Lady of Mount Carmel at the Carmelite Monastery on Clayton Road.
Please join in these last few nights. Click on the link below for the entire schedule.
OUR LADY of MOUNT CARMEL
July 21 - St. Lawrence of Brindisi
to learn more.
July 22 - Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
to learn more.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), a faith formation program for children, is available at St. Clement of Rome starting in the Fall of 2021 for children ages 15 months (walking) to five years (preschool). For more info on CGS click
PK3 and JK students at St. Clement of Rome school will participate in CGS weekly as part of the school day.
Registration is not needed for these children.
Additionally, families may register for these additional two multiage
Parent/Child Toddler class
Ages 15 months (walking) - 3 years
Thursday mornings 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. (eight week sessions)
Parents are welcome to also bring an infant in arms under one year old at no additional cost.
Level I (ages 3-5 entering Pre-School)
Tuesday afternoons 4:00 5:45p.m.
Children must be fully potty trained to attend this class
To access the registration forms and calendar, click
Parishioners have priority enrollment until July 16th.
Registration is due August 1st
Contact Michelle Muck: email@example.com
Open June 1st - August 1st
As baptized Catholics, every child within our parish ought to have Catholic education. For those children who attend public school, St. Clement of Rome Parish offers weekly Catholic education classes through its Parish School of Religion program. The PSR program works in tandem with parents as we develop the faith and knowledge of Catholicism in our youth.
PSR classes are held on Tuesday nights from 6:00PM-7:15PM, September through May, at St. Clement of Rome School. (7
Grade Private School Students begin Confirmation preparation classes in January.)
To register, please print, complete, and submit the PSR Registration Form and Parent Witness Statement to the address listed on the registration form
for Registration and Witness forms.
Registration forms and $125 check per child made out to St. Clement of Rome are due by August 1.
If you have any questions, please email Sue Cunningham at
AMICI DI GIUSEPPE
Amici di Giuseppe, “Friends of St. Joseph,” is a fellowship of men committed to growing in holiness in their lives as husbands and fathers according to the life of St. Joseph in the Holy Family at Nazareth. We gather together on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 a.m. to pray the Rosary before 6:30 a.m. Mass. After Mass we meet for some fellowship and coffee at The Daily Bread. Join us for our next Rosary on August 4. We gather on the right side of church (near St. Joseph) and the Rosary will begin promptly at 6:00am.
For more information visit
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Rosary is ‘the weapon’ for these times” St. Padre Pio
SUNDAY, AUGUST 29
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Please register now to help save a life!
To schedule your donation time, do one of the following:
RED CROSS BLOOD
app on your Smartphone. Search for sponsor code: StClementCC
. Follow donor instructions, and click on FIND A DRIVE and search using sponsor code StClementCC.
Call Jim Miller at 314-323-3769
must present a photo ID.
All COVID safety measures will be in place.
Sponsored by the
St. Clement of Rome Knights of Columbus.
Annual Vocation Mass, Rosary, and Reception
Saturday, August 7th
Mass: 8:00 am - Main Celebrant: Fr. Charles Samson
Rosary: 8:30 am
Breakfast reception following Rosary in the cafeteria
Come pray, meet and support our Priests and Religious from the parish! We hope you can join us for this prayerful morning.
Hyde Ammendment Update
The Hyde Amendment and similar bipartisan provisions have prevented taxpayer funding of abortion for the past 45 years. President Biden removed the Hyde Amendment from his proposed 2022 budget, and the U.S. House Appropriations Committee is similarly excluding longstanding pro-life policies such as the Hyde Amendment from its federal budget bills.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is urgently requesting all Catholics to sign the petition to preserve Hyde at
. Their goal is millions of signatures before Congress votes during the second half of July.
Please consider taking the Vocation Chalice home for a week! Thank you to the Rottjakob family for taking it home this past week. Daughter, Jane, is pictured holding the Chalice, and she recently made her First Holy Communion. They will pray this week for an increase in Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.
To sign up for a week, please contact Jeanne Fluri at 314-822-2055 or
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL
Currently, we are at 94.3% or our goal, and need about $33,000 to achieve it
. If you have not yet had a chance to donate to our brothers and sisters in need, it's not too late! Any gift, no matter how large or small helps. Thank you for your generosity. If we all do our part, we will be able to reach our parish goal of $578,619.
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.
Msgr Michael Butler
on Friday, July 16 at 10:00AM