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Christ in the Garden of Olives, Paul Gauguin

From the bulletin: On Friday, March 28th (tomorrow!), students from St. Clement Catholic School will present each of the 14 stations in tableau form. With the help of scripture and song they will lead us through the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. A priest will be available to hear confessions immediately after Stations.

This annual parish event has become a bit of a family tradition for us. It’s nice for our little kids to have a special night out to see the St. Clement big kids present each of the stations, complete with costumes.


Just a short note to say that the Lenten Resources page is back up! Please let me know if you have any other resources that might help others in their Lenten journey. Praying that you and your family have a blessed Lent.

Join us and other families at the corner of Burnhamthorpe and West Mall on Sunday, between 2:00 and 3:00pm for Life Chain Sunday.

From the parish bulletin:
Catholics are called to be a prophetic voice in support of the sanctity of all human life. We proclaim to the world that life is precious from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death. Sunday, September 30th, is Life Chain Sunday. Join us in silent prayerful witness at the corner of Burnhamthorpe and the West Mall between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Not from our parish?
Here is a handy list of all Life Chain locations and times across Canada.

St. Clement’s has scheduled extra times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation! I believe they are now available on Tuesdays and Thursdays after the 7pm Mass, as well as the regular Saturday times. Parishioners are also invited to an evening of Advent Confessions on Monday, December 5th at 7pm. Our young people will celebrate their First Confession on the same evening. Several priests will be present.

“I am certain that even if I had on my conscience every imaginable crime, I should lose nothing of my confidence; rather I would hurry, with a heart broken with sorrow, to throw myself into the Arms of my Jesus.”
– St. Therese of Lisieux

(Neat little reflection, isn’t it? You too can start your day with a thought from St. Therese here.)

On Monday, October 17 at 7pm, St. Clement Parish will be holding a Living Rosary Celebration. Students from St. Clement School in Grades 2, 3 and 7 will form the beads and lead us in a Rosary meditation on the Joyful Mysteries. This will be the first event for students in grade 2 who are preparing for their First Reconciliation (Fall) and First Communion (Spring). Since our eldest in grade 2, we received an email reminder from the folks at the parish office that contained this request: “Please review the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.” Time to review!

Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners, Now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

All parishoners are welcome to join in!

Thanks to the hard work of the team at St. Clement parish and the team at St. Clement school, the Living Rosary evening was a great success! Students from the Grade Seven class led the Rosary, reading Gospel passages illuminating each Mystery. At each bead, one child preparing for the first Sacraments got an opportunity to be in the limelight (or candlelight) by rising and saying a Hail Mary with the congregation. Neiman D’Souza, our Seminarian Intern, gave a brief but wonderful talk that, among other things, described how spending time with Mary through the Rosary helps us in our relationship with Jesus. After all, who knows a child better than his mother? My daughter was thrilled to learn that she was allowed to keep the Rosary she had been given. The evening was topped off with goodies at the parish hall.

Welcome back, readers! I hope you had a great summer. We certainly did, although the kids seemed pretty excited to get back to school as well. With the beginning of Fall upon us, there are a couple of important things from the parish bulletin worth repeating:

Time With God begins again Sept. 18
Our popular Time With God Programme begins again next Sunday, September 18th, at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Children from JK to Grade 3 will be invited to the Parish Hall at the beginning of Mass for a Liturgy of the Word geared to their age and interest. They return to the church at the Offertory. Volunteer parents are always welcome.

Attn Gr. 2 Parents: First Sacrament Preparation on Oct. 3
Students in Grade 2 normally celebrate their First Confession in the Fall and First Holy Communion in the Spring. Ongoing religious instruction takes place at the school. Immediate preparation takes place at the church. We invite all parents to a Sacramental Preparation Meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. We will explain our parish programme and provide the schedule of classes and celebrations for our young people. Please mark this date on your family calendar. The best preparation is faithful participation at Sunday Mass!

In just a few days, thousands and thousands of youth from around the world with gather in Madrid, Spain to celebrate World Youth Day 2011, sharing with the whole world (and with each other) their hope of committing themselves to Christ. Our kids are still too little to participate, but my husband and I have amazing memories of attending past World Youth Days, back when we were “youth”. Way, waaay back.

Rome, 2001. One of the most amazing experiences of my life. I’m cropped off the photo, to the right. My knees were shaking uncontrollably.

On the occasion of this summer’s WYD, the Holy Father prepared a message reflecting on this year’s theme: “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2:7). A fellow parishoner forwarded it to me, suggesting that it would be timely to share a bit of it with you.

We too want to be able to see Jesus, to speak with him and to feel his presence even more powerfully. For many people today, it has become difficult to approach Jesus. There are so many images of Jesus in circulation which, while claiming to be scientific, detract from his greatness and the uniqueness of his person. That is why, after many years of study and reflection, I thought of sharing something of my own personal encounter with Jesus by writing a book. It was a way to help others see, hear and touch the Lord in whom God came to us in order to make himself known. Jesus himself, when he appeared again to his disciples a week later, said to Thomas: “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe” (Jn 20:27). We too can have tangible contact with Jesus and put our hand, so to speak, upon the signs of his Passion, the signs of his love. It is in the sacraments that he draws particularly near to us and gives himself to us. Dear young people, learn to “see” and to “meet” Jesus in the Eucharist, where he is present and close to us, and even becomes food for our journey. In the sacrament of Penance the Lord reveals his mercy and always grants us his forgiveness. Recognize and serve Jesus in the poor, the sick, and in our brothers and sisters who are in difficulty and in need of help.

WYD will take place between the 16th and the 21st of August – a good time to say a small prayer for the youth who will be, as the Holy Father puts it, wanting something great, something new, wanting to discover life itself.

Great fun at Baobab Blast Camp, St. Clement Parish’s 2010 summer camp.

Mark your calendars, folks. I’m very excited to announce that St. Clement Parish is going to host their second annual summer camp! Here are the details from the bulletin:

St. Clement Parish will host another summer camp this year from August 22nd to August 26th. Monday to Friday. 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Cost is $30.00 per child. Our theme this year will be St. Clement Country Fair. Through the example of Jesus and His parables children will grow The Fruit of the Spirit and cultivate a crop of love, joy, peace, patience and kindness. Enrolment numbers are limited. Watch for early registration news in the bulletin.

From the bulletin: Our Time With God programme will take place on Good Friday at the 3:00 p.m. celebration only. Children must be registered to attend. Call Lois Wash at 416-621-7564, contact the parish office at 416-621-4060.

St. Clement Church is hosting a Summer Programme for Kids!

This Summer, for the very first time, we will host a Summer Programme for Kids at St. Clement Church. We will provide faith filled fun for children ages 5 to 11 years between 9:00 a.m. and Noon. Monday, August 23rd to Friday, August 27th. Cost: $20 per child. Registration forms are available in the vestibule. You may also register by email at or fax your form to 416-621-0590.

2009 Archdiocesan Youth Rally, OCY

World Youth Day 2011 will take place in Madrid, Spain on August 15-21, 2011. Now, back in the day when I was a youth, I attended World Youth Day in Manila, Philippines and Rome, Italy. In 2002, I took a group of students to World Youth Day right here in Toronto.

I can’t say enough what an incredible experience World Youth Day was to me as a teenager. I would say that it sparked the flame of faith that continues to sustain me now. There just isn’t anything like celebrating the faith thousands (in Manila, millions) of young people from around the world.

I mention this because I came across the registration information for 2011 on the website of the Office of Catholic Youth and it seems that registration is NOW. The definition of “youth” is 18 years of age and over, so if you have (or know) young people in that age range and are interested, I highly recommend reading their FAQ page or contacting them.

Besides organizing trips around the world during these World Youth Days, the Office of Catholic Youth also organizes events locally and has resources for parish youth ministries. Check out their website for more information.

St. Clement students present Stations of the Cross, 2009.

St. Clement students present Stations of the Cross, 2009.

This is a great way to share the Stations of the Cross with our kids. And we’ll be supporting the students from St. Clement school:

Once again this year Grade 6 students from St. Clement Catholic School will present the Stations of the Cross Tableau. Join them this Friday evening, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. They will bring the passion to Jesus to life for us in word, image and song.

What a great experience! Well done, Grade 7 class. Here are some photos of the 2010 Tableau Stations of the Cross, courtesy of Stacey Barry of Azure Blue Photography.

Stations of the Cross image

Stations of the Cross image

Fr. LeBlanc’s homily last Sunday served as good advertising for the upcoming Parish Lenten Mission (Mon-Wed, 7pm). He had a way of presenting ideas in a fresh way that really stuck. His metaphor of God as a GPS system (something that never insults you or gives up on you despite multiple wrong turns) is still making me smile. Now the trick will be to find babysitters for three nights in a row…

Palm Sunday Heads-Up!
Next weekend we will celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem in the days before His Passion. Time to practice weaving a palm leaf into a cross.

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Here a volunteer parishoner at St. Clement shares her personal experiences as her young family tries to keep the Catholic faith alive in their homes, living out the promises of their Baptism. Thank you for stopping in and be sure to share some of your stories as well!