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St. Faustina Catholic Church Clermont logo

SECOND SUNDAY
of ADVENT

St. Faustina Catholic Church
1714 Highway 27 (Suite 23)
Clermont, FL 34714

December 4, 2022 Weekly Bulletin
Jesus, I Trust in You


Parish Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday Closed Friday through Sunday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Phone: 352-515-9297
Fax: 352-559-3920

Facebook: St. Faustina Catholic Church

Mass Schedule
Doors will open 30 minutes before Mass.
Saturday: 8:00 AM – Mass in English
Saturday: 4:00 PM – Mass in English
Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 AM, Mass in English
Sunday: 5:00 PM – Mass in Spanish
8:00 AM Daily Mass
Monday – Saturday, Mass in English
Wednesday Holy Hour, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
First Friday Exposition, 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Confessions, Saturday, 3:00 – 3:45 PM or by Appointment

Pastoral Team
Pastor: Father Ramon Bolatete, Ext. 101,
Direct: 352-354-4563, rbolatete@stfaustina.org

Actively Retired — Father John McNalis

Diocesan Administrator
Father Ed Waters, VF Tel: 352-753-0989

Deacon
Deacon John Broehl, jbroehl@stfaustina.org

Operations Manager
Joe Seddio Ext. 104, jseddio@stfaustina.org

Director of Music & Liturgy
Kelly Mucci Ext. 102
Direct: 352-658-0137, kmucci@stfaustina.org

Faith Formation 
Marylu Mariniello Ext. 103
Direct: 352-702-4735 mmariniello@stfaustina.org

Database Administrator Coordinator
Donna Cuttita Ext. 100
Direct: 352-702-4715, dcuttita@stfaustina.org

OUR MISSION — St. Faustina is a Community inspired by the Holy Spirit and called to reflect God’s Divine Mercy, to foster spiritual growth, and to attend the temporal and social needs of all.

St. Faustina Catholic Church Clermont FL Father RamonPastor’s Message

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.(Matthew 3:1-2)

The prophets of Scripture came not with a message of humiliation or doom, but with words of consolation and hope and yes, from time to time, words of challenge. Their ministry was not simply to place a bandage on the wounds of Israel’s sin with empty words, but to bring lasting healing by highlighting God’s past saving acts and assuring her of God’s future fidelity.

John the Baptist calls us to make an exodus from the desert of sinfulness through the waters of repentance to conversion of heart. It’s a journey that speaks of hope, not past regrets. John challenges us to prepare the way of the Lord by smoothing the treacherous bumps of sin and leveling and straightening out whatever are the obstacles in our relationship with God and with one another.

In these busy weeks, this is the type of prayer we need for one another; these are the moments of quiet reflection we should cherish. Let us seek to rediscover the quiet and gentle presence of God in our lives and encourage others to do likewise. Let us pay attention to the situations in which we find ourselves this week, and to the people we meet. Let us be open to seeing how God may seek to use us to make his promise known to others.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.(Rom. 15:5)

 Financial Stewardship   —   Weekly Collection Weekend of November 20, 2022    Offertory: $11,459.00   Construction: $6,602.00

Mass Intentions

Saturday, December 3, 2022

4:00 pm               + Tony Borges
Requested by:     Josephine Borges

Sunday, December 4, 2022

8:00 am               + Joe Castanon
Requested by:     Lina & Wil Green

9:30 am               + Tre Gordan
Requested by:    Sharon Waits & Family

11:00 am             + Luis Ramos
Requested by:    Wife, Miriam Ramos
5:00 pm              Parishioners of St. Faustina

Monday, December 5, 2022

8:00 am              +  Carol Molotoris
Requested by:  H & F Group

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

8:00 am               SI for Henry Donslers Gaudreau
Requested by:    Dcn Stephen & Debbie

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

8:00 am              Birthday Blessings for Regent
Requested by:    Family

Thursday, December 8, 2022

8:00 am             + Antoinette DeAvero
Requested by:   Florence Tyree

7:00 pm             + John Friedrich
Requested by:   Donna & George Cuttita

Friday, December 9, 2022

8:00 am             + Hilda & + Warren Lightner
Requested by:    Family

Saturday, December 10, 2022

8:00 am             + John Friedrich
Requested by:   Marilyn Moseley

4:00 pm             Parishioners of St. Faustina

Sunday, December 11, 2022

8:00 am             SI Loreto Flores Barrios
Requested by:  Carmelita Flores

9:30 am             SI Jack Inumerable
Requested by:  Yolanda Inumerable

11:00 am           + Jim Skipper
Requested by:  Diana Barber

5:00 pm             + Eliana & + Elias Lendof
Requested by:    Mom & Dad

Prayer Requests
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
In order to properly update our parish “Prayer Request” section of the bulletin, we are asking you to resubmit names that you would like on our list by emailing: office@stfaustina.org.

Florence Tyree, Lilah Smith, Dakota Smith, Becky Oosterveen, Deacon Dennis Gillan, Steve Albrecht, Brown Stegall, Tommy White, Angel Pagan, Yolanda Inumerable, Robert Kasper, Arturo Alejandro, Marie Flom, Marilyn Moseley, The Langan Family, Dick Schondel, Colby Feazell, Mike McGee, Evelisse Bookhout, Russell Perine, Gloria Nestel, Sandra Mueller, Manuel Bazon, Michele Middleton, Albie Hahn, Tina Audino, Jo Ellen Foti,

Frank Montagnino, Bill Consiglio, Debbie Consiglio, Joan Banahan, Kim Banks, Karen Clark, Linda Coffman, Judith Crogman, Daniel Cuttita, Patricia Dick, Linda Dugan, Don Logan, Brydon Neary, Charles Patrick, Ed Robinson, John Ryan, Cynthia Santulli, Lenise Shope, Amanda Solmonoff, Marge Tagler, Nicole Urbon, Theresa Wentling, Eric Whittingham, Mary Garl, Sue & Gene Plante, Donald & Trish Villeneuve, the People of the Ukraine and their country, and all those in need.

If you are a visitor to St. Faustina Catholic Parish, we want you to know how welcome you are — whether you have come from across the world, from another part of the country, or from another parish here in the state or city.


  • Parish Ministries
    & Upcoming Events

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation — Our parish will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate on Thursday, December 8.  Masses will be celebrated at 8 am and again at 7 pm with a Bilingual Mass.

Come and Join St. Faustina Children’s Christmas Choir! Children ages 8-17 are invited to join this group, which will sing at both our Christmas Pageant, on December 11th at 2:00 pm, as well as our 5:30 pm Christmas Eve Liturgy. Practices will be held on Saturday, Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00 pm, Saturday, December 10th at 12:00 and Tuesday December 13th at 5:00 pm in the Church.  Call Kelly Mucci, Director of Music & Liturgy, at 352-515-9297 (ext. 102) for more details.

St. Faustina’s Annual Christmas Pageant set for December 11 — The Religious Education and Music Departments of St. Faustina Catholic Church will proudly present: “The Christmas Story” on Sunday, Dec 11th at 2:00 pm in the Church — We invite you to come and enjoy the marvelous story of the First Christmas.  What a great way to make straight your path to Christmas Day!  Hot Chocolate and Cookies will be served and all are welcome!!

INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND BAKE SALE FESTIVAL — Our St. Faustina Parish will hold an International Food and Bake Sale Festival on Sunday, December 11, under the tent in our parking lot from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 4 pm to 5 pm. The regularly scheduled Bake Sale on Saturday is the typical Saturday times in in the Ushers’ Room. (the above photo was taken at our Walk-A-Thon/Festival while we were at Zaks on 192).

The Community Christmas Celebration will feature baked goods and a variety of hot and cold foods from the members of our Parish Family.  A pair of Christmas Baskets will be raffled off.   If you would like to contribute your “special family” baked and/or food item, contact us at: office@stfaustina.org.

Proceeds from this parish-wide event will be used to purchase new Liturgical supplies for our new church.  Linens for the Altar, Purificators, Finger Towels, Pall covers, Corporals, Cruets (for the wine and water), Flagon, Finger Bowl, Book of Gospels, one in English and one in Spanish, new Lectionary for Sunday Mass, new vestments, and a new pair of Candle Stands are some of the items that are on Father Ramon’s “Wish List”.  (The photo was taken at our 192 site Walk-A-Thon/Bake Sale-Festival).

We invite our entire Parish Family to join us for this joyous Holiday Event and ask that you please prayerfully consider donating a food item.

St. Faustina Parish Penance Service — There will be an Advent Penance Service on Tuesday, December 13, at 7 pm.  English and Spanish-speaking priests will be available to hear your Confession.

Please join us for a Night of Reflection On Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 pm. — Fr. Anthony Aarons from the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, will present an Advent Night of Reflection on St John of the Cross on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 pm in the church.

St. Faustina Parish Advent Schedule — Our parish’s complete Advent schedule appeared in last week’s bulletin.  If you have misplaced that bulletin, please go to our website’s home page (and scroll down the right side of the page) at: Are you looking for a Catholic Church near Disney World? (stfaustina.org)  to view that schedule, which will be updated as needed.

The St. Faustina Bereavement and Consolation Ministry is reaching out to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Our primary goal is to comfort and support those left behind.  Have you recently lost a loved one?  Are you struggling with the upcoming holidays? Our Consolation Ministry, Heart Links In Faith, can help you during this difficult time.  Please feel free to call the office at 352-525-9297 (ext. 102) for more information.

The Saint Faustina Giving Tree is an annual event held during Advent in support of the South Lake Pregnancy and Family Care Center and our own Saint Faustina Community.

The Giving Tree will be in the front of the church, adjacent to the piano. Tags with the children’s Wish Lists will be hung on the Tree for each Mass. Blue ribbons are for boys, Pink ribbons are for girls, and Red ribbons are for our Saint Faustina Community.

Please place your unwrapped gifts, with the tag you took from the tree, under the Giving Tree any time up until December 18th.

Thank you for you support and your generosity.  Please contact Connie Stoops at (478) 955-0377 with any questions.

The St Faustina Knights of Columbus Council 14217 will hold an Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity on December 6 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Office area.

This is the induction ceremony for the Order. If you are interested in joining the Knights, please contact either GK Ed Rabelas, 720-771-1841; PGK Bill Mattingly, 352-988-7000; DD 25 Bob Vince, 863-242-3085.

DO YOU HAVE A TALENT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO OUR PARISH?   Our St. Faustina parish is an active one with MANY opportunities for you to become involved with a ministry that fits your God-given talents. To learn more about all of our ministries and who to contact, please go to our  website at:

Ministries – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)       and / or: Liturgical Ministries – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)

There are two ways you can get the bulletin digitally.  The first is to go to our new website: News / Weekly Bulletin – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)  The bulletin is usually posted on Friday morning.  The second is to have it delivered to your email. FIRST, click on the following:  St. Faustina Catholic Church | Discover Mass

THEN, click on the “bulletin” button and go down to the “Sign Up Today” button.  Fill in your email address, hit submit and your bulletin will be delivered to your email.  The cool thing about getting the bulletin digitally is that you can simply “click” on the various links that are in the publication and be taken to the corresponding site.

OPPORTUNITES TO PRAY TOGETHER—There are several opportunities for us to pray together as a parish family during the course of the day, the week, and the month.  Please consider joining us for any, or all, of the following:

Daily Rosary after the 8 am Mass,    Wednesday Holy Hour from 3 pm until 4 pm,  First Friday Adoration, 8:30 am to 9:30 am after the morning Mass

MARIA ROSA MYSTICA–First Thursday of each month, Maria Rosa Mystica ministry, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM in the church.  We pray for the Pope, priests, deacons, the religious, and for the increase of religious vocations.

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY FIRST SATURDAY ROSARY–after the 8 am Mass, from 8:30 to 9:00, to pray for peace, understanding, comfort, and the healing of all peoples. For more information please see the Home Page of our website: www.stfaustina.org

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS is who we are as followers of Christ.  Sometimes when something is repeated over and over and over again, it loses its meaning.  Such could be the case with the Sign of the Cross. For us as Catholic Christians, it should be a reverent prayer, one to be reflected upon as we make the sign and say the most holy words: “In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen”… (which means, “I Believe.”)

To see a couple of articles on what Pope Francis says about the “Sign of the Cross”,     please go to:   Pope on Sign of the Cross – Aleteia

The sign of the cross is our badge, Pope Francis says | Catholic News Agency

Watching the news and reading the headlines, we may feel helpless seeing the heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. How do we respond when our efforts seem small in the face of the culture of death? 

Saint Faustina Knights of Columbus and the St. Faustina Parish have kicked off their joint ongoing fundraiser. The Knights have purchased a Memorial Monument commemorating the Unborn. You can participate in this fundraiser by purchasing a brick commemorating your loved ones and or yourself. The cost of the brick is $100.00. The pamphlets to place your order can be found on the bookcases in the rear of the Church. Your brick will add to the landscaping of the walkway at the new church The proceeds will be shared by the Council and Parish. For additional information please go to the Knights’ web page on our new St. Faustina website at:  Knights of Columbus – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org) or contact Bill Mattingly at 352-988-7000 or wmattingly@cfl.rr.com.   A total of 55 bricks have already been reserved.  Don’t miss out on this rare and historic opportunity.

“Thank You” for your continued support of our Food for All Ministry.  To participate, simply bring non-perishable food items to the usher’s room and place them in one of the two wagons.  Your donation will go directly to Hands of Hope America, which supports our local Four Corners families in their time of need.  If you would like to provide financial support, you can do so by visiting our parish office during  regular business hours.  To learn more about the mission of Hands of Hope American, Inc., please go to their website at:              Home – Hands of Hope America

 

HAVE YOU BEEN TO OUR PARISH GIFT SHOP LATELY? — If you haven’t, you’re missing out on some really great items that are a part of our parish history.  Mugs and tumblers featuring the Divine Mercy image, our patron saint, our parish AND our new church building are currently among the various Christian items that are now on sale.  If you have collected St. Faustina parish fund-raising memorabilia in the past, you won’t want to miss adding these items to your collection.  If you would like to learn more about our Gift Shop or how you can volunteer to help, please go to their page on our new parish web site at:   Gift Shop – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)

DONATION BOX SUPPORTS SOUTH LAKE PREGNANCY CENTER—Our parish has long supported the South Lake Pregnancy & Family Care Center.  If you would like to donate items to this ministry, please see the list of suggested items on the donation box located in the usher’s room.  Lake County pregnancy center is only accepting new and gently used clothing up to size 2T. Please DO NOT drop off other items at the church.  

They are a non-profit organization operated by trained and caring volunteers and supported by local individuals, churches and businesses.

For more information, please go to their web site at:  www.slpfcc.org 

WELCOME TO OUR ST. FAUSTINA PARISH FAMILY – Whether you are a new parishioner, a constant visitor, or a Snowbird, we invite you to register with our parish. Registration forms can be downloaded from our website at:   New Parishioner Registration – St. Faustina – Clermont, FL (stfaustina.org)

RECEIVING THE SACRAMENTS at ST. FAUSTINA

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

The sacrament of Holy Baptism is usually scheduled for the third weekend of each month on Sunday at 12:30. Baptismal Preparation Classes are typically scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm. The Baptismal Preparation Class is required for first-time parents or if there is no record of a previous class. A Baptismal date cannot be scheduled before registration for the preparation class is scheduled. Class space is limited, so please plan ahead.

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

The sacrament of Holy Matrimony is a serious commitment not to be taken lightly or unadvisedly. It typically takes 6- 12 months to complete the required and proper preparation for marriage. Therefore, if this sacrament is a consideration, please contact our office approximately one year in advance and before wedding plans and a date are set.

Convalidations: If you are Catholic and married civilly and would like your marriage recognized by the Catholic Church, the process of receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is approximately a 6-month process. Please plan ahead and contact our office for more information.

Construction Update

To keep up to date, and to see our construction album from its January 9 beginning, please go to:  Construction Update – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the construction fund, or to the parish in general, please go to our website at:

Home | St. Faustina Catholic Church (myvanco.com)

Our New Church Will Feature
A “Wall of Remembrance”

When we finally move into our new church building, projected to be sometime in early February, it will mark the end of a journey that began with the first Mass celebrated in a hotel banquet room at Westgate Inn on Route 192, on September 30, 2006.  Father Stephen Phillips presided over that Mass with 65 founding parishioners in attendance (for the story on our history, please go to: St. Faustina History – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)

Undoubtedly our “shiny new building”, and the property on which it sits, will attract the “ooh’s and ah’s” from all of us.  The landscaping that has already been done…and will be continued to be worked on…is, in itself quite beautiful.  The entrance to our church gives off a warm, reverent feeling that immediately sets the tone for the Celebration of the Holy Mass.

Immediately on the right is the receptionist’s office and then the door leading to the staff’s offices.  The warming kitchen is located to the left of the receptionist’s office and features a window that will allow food and beverages to be passed through.  Our Grotto of Mercy/Confessional is located at the end of the entrance hallway.  The back hallway, located just beyond the warming kitchen wall, is where other rooms and storage space are located, as well as the restrooms.

However, it is that wall, the one just beyond the warming kitchen’s window, that will attract a great deal of attention. The plaques, that are currently on the back of our chairs, will be removed and placed in this location. Those precious plaques, which did a great deal in helping raise funds for our new church building while at the same time honoring loved ones and giving praise and glory to God, will be in one central location for all of us, and those who visit us, to see, remember and reflect.

The Divine Mercy statue of Jesus that has been on our Altar the past few weeks will also grace that wall and call attention to our plaques.

So, while we look ahead to what the future brings to our St. Faustina Parish, it will be our “Wall of Remembrance” that will remind us of our history, our journey, and the loved ones of whom those plaques are dedicated.

Please continue to keep our parish and our parishioners in your prayers.

St. Barbara

                                                                                                                   By Marylu Mariniello

Barbara was born in the mid-third century in Heliopolis, Phoenicia to wealthy parents. Her father Dioscorus was a pagan who raised his daughter after her mother died. Being overprotective, her locked her in a tower to keep most people away from her except pagan teachers.

Barbara was a beautiful child who loved nature and wondered who created such a magnificent world.  Eventually she realized that the pagan idols were not the true God who formed everything. She secretly became a Christian, dedicating her life to the Lord. She chose not to marry, but her father wanted a good marriage for her and persisted in introducing men to her, which alienated her. He then allowed her to leave the tower to meet people that he preferred, but Barbara gravitated towards other Christians. Here she learned about Jesus, the Holy Trinity and the Church and taught others about the faith. She was baptized in secret by a priest from Alexandria, dressed as a merchant. While she was away, her father had a private bath house built for Barbara with two windows, but when Barbara came home, she asked for three windows to be installed for the Trinity. This bath house was a calming place where many miracles occurred. Simeon Metaphrastes compared it to the stream of Jordan. He would also become a saint.

When she told her father that she had become a Christian, he was in a rage and tried to hit her, but she ran away. He chased her but could not find her because “ a hill opened and hid her in a crevice.” She was betrayed by a shepherd and returned home where she was beaten, locked away and starved by her father. Then he sent her to Martianus, the Prefect of the city. Both men continued to beat and torture her, but Barbara never renounced her Christian faith, praying to Jesus, who healed her wounds. Now Martianus tried harder to force her to renounce the Lord and her faith, which she refused. The Lord gave her strength to stand firm.

Another Christian women named Juliana was also tortured along with Barbara. They were forced to walk throughout the city without clothes. Barbara prayed and an angel came and covered the pair with robes. The torches that were used to try to burn Barbara were blown away as they came near her. Barbara was then condemned to death by beheading by her father. Her martyrdom occurred on December 4. Soon after Dioscorus and Martianus were both killed after being struck by lightning.

Her relics were taken to Constantinople in the sixth century. Six hundred years later, the daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenos brought her relics to Kiev to the St. Vladimir Cathedral.

The US Army Field Artillery Association and the Army Air Defense Artillery Association hold the Order of Saint Barbara as an honorary society within the military. Centuries ago, when cannons were used in battle, they were often unreliable and would explode and wound or kill the men. Many prayed to St. Barbara to protect them from this fate.

She is often depicted with mini chains, standing by a tower with three windows, carrying a palm branch and sometimes standing near cannons. St. Barbara is the patron saint of architects, armorers, artillerymen, mathematicians, miners, mining engineers, those who build tunnels, French fire fighters, the Irish Artillery Corps, the Italian Navy, the Spanish military artillerymen, the Gunnery Branch of the British Royal Navy and sudden death. Santa Barbara CA was named after her as a Spanish Mission.

She is known as the Great Martyr Barbara and is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, venerated because their intercession is believed to be especially effective against diseases.

St. Barbara is invoked against lightning and fire, with the associations of explosions and also regarding how her father died. In the Czech Republic, there is an old tradition in the tunnelling industry, where one of the first tasks for each new tunnelling projects is to establish a small shrine to St. Barbara at the tunnel portal or at the underground junctions which lead to the long tunnel headings. Then there is a dedication and a prayer to St. Barbara for protection of all who work on the project during the construction period. G.K. Chesterton, an English writer who converted to Catholicism, wrote a poem about her called “The Ballad of Saint Barbara.”

St. Barbara’s feast day is celebrated on December 4.

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