Msgr Butler's Weekly Message - July 23, 2021
This Sunday, we hear John's version of the familiar multiplication of the loaves and fishes event. There is so much hidden symbolism in this passage that it is easy to get caught up in the grandeur of the multiplication (it was indeed miraculous) and lose sight of the message and our part in the miracle.
This miracle, first and foremost, teaches us about the Eucharist, the Mass, and the Messianic banquet. The parallels are striking:
Jesus takes the simple gifts of bread and fish, gives thanks, distributes it, and all were filled abundantly. In the Mass, the priest takes the simple gifts of bread and wine, gives thanks, the gifts are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus, distributes it, and we are filled.
Jesus could not have performed the miracle if he had nothing to start with. He uses what is available. Were it not for the generosity of the boy, willing to share what he had with strangers, there would have been nothing to multiply. Likewise, when we offer gifts to God, no matter how insignificant we think they are, He will use them to work miracles.
Trust: We need to trust that God can and will help us with the impossible. Philip didn't see that at first, he was too literal... "where can we get enough food?" He didn't trust that Jesus could do anything. Do we have enough faith and trust that the Lord will take care of our needs?
Jesus fed them until all were satisfied with abundance. Each time we celebrate the Eucharist, we anticipate the Messianic banquet, where we are eternally and abundantly nourished, physically and spiritually.
As we offer our gifts personally, we also offer them communally, in gentle, humble, patient unity with one another. As our second reading from Ephesians says, we are
Spirit, we have
God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
This week, let us prayerfully heed this week's Psalm 145.
The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
and you give them their food in due season;
you open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The hand of the Lord feeds us: he answers all our needs
This note contains the following information:
Going back to Mass - Fr. Schmitz
St. VdeP food drive - SUNDAY
PRE-COVID Mass Practices
Dispensation Lifted -- We hope to see you!!
Memorials and Feasts
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Amici Di Giuseppe
Annual Vocation Mass, Rosary and Reception
That Man Is You! (TMIY)
Swing Dance - SAVE THE DATE
More Stubenville pics
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!
St. Clement of Rome Youth Group at the
Be sure to check out the other pictures at the end of this email.
Motivation to Go to Catholic Mass
with Fr. Mike Schmitz
Over time, good and beautiful things in our lives become a habit, but they lose meaning with frequency.
Like reading bedtime stories to your kids. Or spending every day at the beach.
Or eating your favorite meal for dinner multiple times a week.…
or going to Sunday Mass.
To stay motivated, we need a “why” – a reason behind our efforts. So we ask ourselves, “Why do we go to Mass in the first place?” In
, Fr. Mike has the answer. He brings you the motivation to keep going to Mass you’ve been seeking for a long time. Watch his video below!
PRE-COVID MASS PRACTICES RETURNING JULY 31/AUGUST 1
Beginning the weekend of July 31/August 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.
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:
Memorials and Feasts This Week
July 24 - St. Sharbel Makhlouf
to learn more.
July 26 - St. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
to learn more.
July 29 - St. Martha
to learn more.
Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette
The Missionaries of Our lady of La Salette minister to people of every race, language, culture, and way of life. When called by the Vatican to preach the Gospel in foreign lands, the LaSalettes eagerly responded, bringing them to the poor in 27 countries, including Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Haiti, India, Madagascar, Myanmar, and the Philippines. With your spiritual and financial support, these missionaries can continue to bring God's reconciling message to the poor.
Next weekend, Fr. Clifford Hasler, MS will be at St. Clement of Rome for the Mission Appeal. Please welcome him and prayerfully consider supporting this very important mission.
You do not have an envelope for this appeal If you would like to donate, please write "Mission Coop" in the memo line of your check and/or on an envelope with your contribution. Thank you for your generosity.
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.
These classes currently have a wait list. To be added to the wait list, email Michelle at
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
There are a couple spots left in the preschool class. Registration forms can be found here
Contact Michelle Muck: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
“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.
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 Reeves family for taking it home this past week. 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
More Stubenville Pictures
We were so excited that Fr. Philipp was able to join us!
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 23 at 10:22AM