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This past Wednesday, we celebrated the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We hope you were able to have some cake and celebrate her special day. If you didn't, then you are in luck and you can celebrate her birthday with your parish family on September 11. See the graphic below for more details!
Jesus addresses His disciples saying, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” We are Jesus’ disciples, and He is speaking those same words to us here and now. Living a life of discipleship is not always easy. It requires us to be imitators of Christ — who suffered, died, and rose from the dead out of total love for each one of us. This means we are called to share in Christ’s sufferings by taking up our cross and following Him daily. But what does this look like in our day-to-day lives? We can start by making a firm resolution to follow Christ today, here and now, and renewing that resolution each day when we rise. This requires time with Him each day — speaking and listening. We should also strive to pick up our crosses each day with Christ by our side. Our cross might be suffering from an illness, fighting an addiction, a day of screaming kids, or a period where things just don’t seem to go our way. Instead of avoiding these sufferings or complaining about them, we are called to carry them with Christ, allowing Him to transform us through them. If we live life constantly focused on us, we will ultimately lose ourselves, but if we surrender our lives for Christ and His mission, we will gain eternal life and become more alive than we could have ever imagined, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.” This takes daily commitment and requires endurance in our faith, which can only be done through active discipleship.
— Stewardship Reflections by Catholic Stewardship Consultants
Catholic Q & A
Q. Is it a sin if we miss Sunday Mass if we have a valid reason like dangerous weather conditions or sick child at home?
A. This is a good and practical question that I’m sure many people deal with from time to time.
First of all, in our day and age, in the culture we live in, there is a tendency to dislike authority and being told what to do. We value our freedom. But sometimes we value it to the point of forgetting the role of legitimate authority in our lives. Parents know that kids, especially teenagers, dislike being told what to do and what the rules are. But this is an act of love and is necessary. Similarly, God gave the Church, in the person of the pope in particular, the authority to oblige us to certain days of worship. But we should never forget this is a grace and a good thing! It’s a way of knowing, with certainty, what God wants regarding our worship of Him at the Mass. So in exercising this authority the Church has bound us to worship at Mass on Sundays and certain holy days. Again, this is a good thing and frees us from the burden of trying to figure it out all by ourselves.
With that said, and with a proper understanding of the obligation to attend Mass those days then, yes, it’s a sin to intentionally miss Mass through our own fault. It’s an act of disobedience and a disregard for the sacredness of the holy Mass. I realize this is hard to swallow for some and our defenses want to immediately go up sometimes when we are told what to do. But I’d want to lovingly challenge anyone feeling that way to realize this “obligation” really is an act of love from God and His Church.
Now to the heart of your question. What if it’s bad weather or you have a sick child or something similar? I don’t think there is any black and white answer to this other than to say God is a very reasonable God and would never impose upon us a burden that is unreasonable and too burdensome. So, to be direct, I do think there could be very legitimate reasons someone would miss Mass and it would be the right decision. The obvious example may be the elderly person who cannot drive very well in the midst of a snowstorm. Is God going to be angry if this person is too afraid to brave the roads for fear of getting stuck or in an accident? I think not. Again, God is not unreasonable. And the sick child could be another legitimate example. Or if you are sick or feeling a sickness coming on, the prudent thing would be to stay home.
But be cautioned! Sometimes our tendency is to take advantage of the generosity of God. A good rule of thumb for missing Mass for a reasonable cause would be that you would not go out for any reason whatsoever! So, for example, if you decide to miss Mass because of snow but then go to the movies, or the store or McDonald’s then we are the ones being unreasonable and are not being honest with the situation. Some also miss for reasons of inconvenience such as being on vacation. But, again, this is not a reasonable excuse barring impossibility.
The last point I’ll make, which could so easily be missed, is that we should never forget that going to Mass is an incredible privilege! The obligation mentality is the minimalist approach. The truth is that we should work toward fostering a deep desire to attend Mass because we have discovered the great spiritual benefits of celebrating it and receiving our Lord in Holy Communion! If we can achieve this mind frame, I think we will always know what to do.
The Reluctant Saint | St. Joseph of Cupertino
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Maximilian Schell stars as "the flying friar," St. Joseph of Cupertino, in this heartwarming and true story of the humble Franciscan friar who literally rose to sainthood. In the impoverished village of seventeenth century Cupertino, Italy, Joseph's peasant mother convinces the reluctant Abbott to accept her son into the monastery. With the support of the kindly local Bishop who sees in him a great deal more than others do, and by a series of miraculous incidents, the simple but pious Joseph is ordained a priest.
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Shaina, Alyssa, and Fr. Andrew tackle the daunting topic of figuring out how to get your priorities straight. It is difficult to keep your eyes on the prize and remember who is, or should be, numero uno... Jesus! And don't worry, our priorities are out of whack too. 🤗
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St. Clare of Assisi Basketball REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
The program is open to St. Clare parishioners and the community!
CYC Teams for Boys and Girls in 3rd thru 8th Grades:
League games in West County. Practice time at SCA. Eligible teams will compete in CYC playoffs!
Training League for 1st and 2nd Graders:
Practice once per week. 8-10 game schedule at St. Clare and nearby parishes. Baskets are lowered to 8’ and 9’ for these kids. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED!
All on Saturday mornings for 8 weeks. Kids will learn basic rules, skills, and scrimmage against each other at Dollard Hall. SPACE IS LIMITED!
$135/player for 1st thru 8th; $115/player for Kindergartners.
Practices start in late November; games in January.
Volunteers needed! Interest in Coaching?
Directors: Josh Engelbart and Jason Rubel
REGISTRATION CLOSES on OCTOBER 1.
OKTOBERFEST IS BACK!
Make sure to save the date for our annual OKTOBERFEST. Can you believe this will be the 19th year for it?! Time flies when you are having fun!
When is it you ask?
Friday, October 1st | 4 - 9 PM
Yes, there's going to be a kid's carnival again this year along with, 50/50, raffles, band, food and refreshments. Bring the whole family and invite all of your friends!
Sponsors are needed, please email:
ARE YOU LOOKING TO HELP AT OKTOBERFEST? GREAT!
The Men's Club is looking for volunteers to help with the Kids' Carnival! It's as easy as collecting tickets, assisting with the carnival games and handing out prizes and you get to see the smiles on the children's faces when they win!
You can volunteer for just an hour or for the whole night. Teens can also use this as an opportunity to check off their service hours. All volunteers must be Prevent & Protect STL compliant (formally known as Protecting God's Children). If there is a minor volunteering they will need to sign a Minor Code of Conduct. Need more information on how to become compliant contact Brenda Pfeffer at
Friday, Oct 1 | Oktoberfest Booth Volunteers
Thank you for volunteering to help with Oktoberfest Kids' Carnival! In order to volunteer to help at one of the game booths you need to be Prevent & Protect STL compliant. You can sign up for more than one shift if you would like to. Are you a High School that needs service hours? We have you covered! Not compliant but want to volunteer? Contact Brenda Pfeffer and she will get you taken care of.
Booth will be assigned the day of | 4 - 5:30 PM
Booth will be assigned the day of | 5:30 - 7 PM
Booth will be assigned the day of | 7 - 8:30 PM
Please see the PDF for instructions on how register to become compliant.
I want to become Prevent & Protect Compliant!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 | 7 - 11 PM | GYM
Are you ready to have some fun by listening and dancing to music from the Motown era?
The Knights of Columbus have booked Anita Rosamond’s band for a fun-filled night at St. Clare. Talk to your family and friends to put Sept 18
on your calendars. Get ready to go back in time for 4 hours that evening from 7 – 11 pm. Start planning to reserve a table with you and 7 of your closest friends. Can't fit all of your friends at one table? Then buy two!
Reserve a table of 8 for $200.
Individual tickets are $25.
Prices include 2 drink tickets per person for beer or wine.
Sponsor a table to advertise your business for $100.
If you have any questions, please contact Roland Schriever at (636)448-9448.
Buy your tickets for Motown by clicking here!
Tomorrow please take the time to have a moment of silence for all of those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 and for those who miss the ones they lost.
The 9/11 Prayer of Remembrance and Hope
Dear God, we remember before you today those whose lives were lost in the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001, and for all those whom we love but no longer see. We give thanks to you for the selfless courage of those brave souls who ran into burning buildings and who labored in the rubble; may their courage be to us a witness of what is possible when we are guided by love and dedication to our fellow human beings.
We pray today for the continued healing of all those suffering emotional and physical scars. May your spirit breathe new breath into clouded lungs, new life into troubled minds, and new warmth into broken hearts, so that all may feel wrapped in your loving embrace. May we move from suffering to hope, from brokenness to wholeness, from anxiety to courage, from death to life, from fear to love, and from despair to hope.
Guide our feet into the way of peace. Inspire us with hope in the gift of shalom and salaam. May we receive this gift, so that we might become instruments of your peace in this world, knowing all people as equally loved, lovingly created, children of God.
Sept 12th Bulletin
Readings for the 24nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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