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WEEKEND ACTIVITIES AT ST. CLEMENT – DECEMBER 7 & 8

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 – ALTAR ROSARY SOCIETY CRAFT SHOW

The 29th Annual St. Clement Craft Show is scheduled on Saturday, December 7 at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Gymnasium.  There is Free Admission, regular and super raffles, poinsettias, baked goods and a 50/50.  Light refreshments will be sold throughout the event for your comfort and shopping pleasure.  There are over 90 vendors participating.  Proceeds benefit St. Clement Parish.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 – SING A LONG

Come join us on December 8th at 3:00 PM in the church for a Christmas music sing-a-long. Hot Chocolate and cookies will be served following the caroling and if you would like to bring an ornament, please do. We are planning a outside tree decorating and lighting as well. Bring the family. This is a great opportunity to share in some Christmas spirit with old friends and to make new friends. Hope you will talk part in this free parish event.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION MASSES

Because Immaculate Conception falls on a Sunday, the church has the option of celebrating Immaculate Conception on a Monday.  Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be held on Monday, December 9 at 8 a.m.,11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

GOOD LUCK BILL FIORELLI – NEED FOR A NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR

Our long-time Music Director Bill Fiorelli will be leaving us here at St. Clement’s in a few short weeks for his retirement.  Bill, you will be definitely missed.  You have added so much to our mass celebrations and your work with our Children’s Choir and the Adult Choir was simply superb.  However, now it is time for us to try to find someone to fill those shoes.  Our position advertisement is attached here: Music Dir Ad

New Jersey Independent Victims Compensation Program opens June 15

As had been announced in February of this year, the Diocese of Trenton – along with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey – has established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as minors, were sexually abused by a priest or deacon of the Diocese. The IVCP will be open to claims beginning June 15.

The IVCP is independently administered by experienced victim compensation experts Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros. Mr. Feinberg was the plan administrator for the federal 9/11 victim compensation program, as well as the Boston Marathon bombing compensation program.

The IVCP will handle the submission, evaluation and resolution of individual claims, and will operate independently of the Diocese or any Church-affiliated institution.  The administrators of the IVCP will have complete autonomy to determine the eligibility of a claim with the guidelines of the established Protocol. The amount of compensation for those who make a claim will be determined by the IVCP administrators.  All victims – no matter when the abuse occurred – are eligible to participate, and all matters will be handled confidentially. 

Victims of clergy sexual abuse of a minor can begin the process of utilizing the program by going to www.njdiocesesivcp.com and reviewing the Protocol for submitting a claim.

Anyone who was sexually victimized as a minor by a priest or deacon of the Diocese is strongly encouraged to participate in the IVCP.  The Diocese also asks that anyone who knows of someone who was abused to pass along this information to the victim so that he or she is aware of the IVCP.

Diocese of Trenton

AN EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE BEFORE MAKING A CONFESSION:  The Diocese of Trenton has sent this link to all parishes to help parishioners before making a Confession  Examination of Conscience

FLOCKNOTE:  You are invited to join Flocknote and get information from our parish by email or text message.  In winter months, changes to the mass schedule will appear on the website and via Flocknote message – to join, click on this link FLOCKNOTE

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS
For the second time this year, our parish has been targeted by scammers trying to have money sent to them by calling, texting or emailing our parishioners.  Please be aware that no priest,deacon or religious person would ever use these communication methods to solicit money from you.  Be aware of this and if you do get a message like that contact the parish office via email to admin@stclementmatawan.org so we can track the number of such contacts.  Thank you and be on guard.

REGISTRATION INTO OUR PARISH:  To register yourself in the St. Clement community, the Parish Registration form is here:  REGISTRATION 

LITURGY OF THE WORD:  MASS READINGS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK

Sunday, December 1 – First Sunday of Advent:  Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13z:11-14; Gospel of Matthew 24:37-44

Monday, December 2 – Advent Monday:  Isaiah 4:2-6; Gospel of Matthew 8:5-11

Tuesday, December 3 – Memorial of St. Francis Xavier:  Isaiah 11:1-10; Gospel of Luke 10:21-24

Wednesday, December 4 – Memorial of St. John Damascene:  Isaiah 25:6-10a; Gospel of Matthew 15:29-37

Thursday, December 5 – Advent Thursday:  Isaiah 26:1-6; Gospel of Matthew 7:21, 24-27

Friday, December 6 – Memorial of St. Nicholas:  Isaiah 29:17-24; Gospel of Matthew 9:27-31

Saturday, December 7 – Memorial of St. Ambrose: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26; Gospel of Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8

Sunday, December 8 – Second Sunday of Advent:  Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-9; Gospel of Matthew 3:1-12

Monday, December 9 – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary:  Genesis 3:9-15; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Gospel of Luke 1:26-38

Tuesday, December 10 – Advent Tuesday:  Isaiah 40:1-11; Gospel of Matthew 18:12-14

Wednesday, December 11 – Memorial of St. Damasus I:  Isaiah 40:25-31; Gospel of Matthew 11:28-30

Thursday, December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe:  Zechariah 2:14-17; Gospel of Luke 1:26-38

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