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St. Faustina Catholic Church Clermont logoFirst Sunday of Lent

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

February 18, 2024
Weekly Bulletin
Jesus, I Trust in You

Parish Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday,  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday, 9:00 AM – 1:00 pm
Phone: 352-515-9297
Fax: 352-559-3920

Facebook: St. Faustina Catholic Church

Mass Schedule
Doors will open 30 minutes before Mass.

Saturday: 4:00 PM, Mass in English
Sunday:    7:30 AM, 9:30 & 11:30 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 AM – 8:00 PM
Confessions, Saturday, 3:00 – 3:45 PM or by Appointment

A reminder that the Saturday 5:45 pm Mass has been
suspended until further notice.

The Church is Open for Personal Prayer
Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Pastoral Team

Pastor
Father Carlos J. Cabán Vázquez, Ext. 101,
Direct: 352-354-4563, ccaban@stfaustina.org

Actively Retired — Father John McNalis

Deacon
Deacon Cris Stout   cstout@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

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

Receptionist
Carmen Pagan  Ext. 106
Direct 352-515-9297, cpagan@stfaustina.org

Pastorial Care Coordinator
Duane Hyland    ext. 107
Direct: 352-515-9297, dhyland@stfaustina.org

OUR MISSION — St. Faustina is a parish family inspired by the Holy Spirit and called to reflect God’s Divine Mercy through a responsible stewardship of time, talent and treasure in the context of ministry.

A Message from Father Carlos

My Dear Family of St. Faustina,

With Ash Wednesday, we begin this time of renewal and preparation for Easter, which we call Lent. On this First Sunday of Lent, the Word of God warns us of the danger of temptation. Every time we proclaim the Word of God, we show that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. In the face of humanity’s sin, God remains faithful.

God manifests Himself in the beauty of Nature; but, above all, in his love for us. That is why we see in the first reading that he makes a covenant with Noah and his descendants: he promises that a flood will not return and destroy the earth. In the second reading, the apostle Peter reminds us of the victory of the Spirit of the Lord. That Spirit encourages and leads Jesus to proclaim the Good News. We receive that same power from that same Spirit in baptism, it encourages us, and gives us the certainty of the Lord’s presence in our journey. Brothers and sisters, like Jesus, let us allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit who speaks to us in the Word of God proclaimed in the Church: “Christ died for our sins to lead us to God”.

This weekend’s Gospel brings us the brief account of Jesus’ temptations. Jesus is torn between choosing the path proposed by the Father or choosing the one proposed to him by the Tempter.

Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of God among men. Those who believe in his words and deeds welcome the Kingdom of God. Let us convert now that we can, put off our sins, and believe in the Gospel as the rule of life, for Christ died for sins once for all, the innocent for the guilty. So when we are tested for love, at the end of life, it will not happen to us as it did to people in Noah’s time. Jesus invites us to live consciously, striving not to fall into temptation, welcoming and building his kingdom. May the Holy Spirit awaken our ears to the Lord who tells us: be converted and believe in the Gospel. Animo!

St. Faustina… Pray for us.

In Christ,

Father Carlos

Every week during Lent, Father Carlos challenges us to a “Weekly Lenten Challenge, 2024.” A new challenge will be announced at the beginning of the Mass.  The challenges will also appear right here in our bulletin as well as on our parish website (https://stfaustina.org/ … on the home page on the left side under the “Announcements” section, and on our parish Facebook page.

Cada semana durante la Cuaresma, el Padre Carlos nos desafía a un “Desafío Semanal de Cuaresma, 2024.” Un nuevo reto será anunciado al comienzo de la misa.  Los desafíos también aparecerán aquí mismo en nuestro boletín, así como en el sitio web de nuestra parroquia (https://stfaustina.org/ … en la página de inicio en el lado izquierdo debajo de la sección “Anuncios”, y en la página) de Facebook de nuestra parroquia.

Weekly Challenge for this Lenten // Reto Semanal para esta Cuaresma

Pillars // Pilares: Prayer, Fasting & Almsgiving // Oración, Ayuno & Limosna

1st Sunday of Lent: Lenten Pillar: Prayer

​Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily for peace in our world.

The challenge for the first full week of Lent (Monday-Sunday) is to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily for the end of all type of conflicts in the world and for peace. May God’s love prevail and there be a conversion of the hearts of those in power to return to Our Lord and His ways of peace and justice.

Not sure how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet? No problem! Learn how here:

https://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet

                                                     “adapted from https://www.stjohnsindy.org/lenten-challenges.html

                                                                             Weekly Collection Weekend of January 28, 2024
Offertory / Ofertorio: $15,369.00 Mortgage Debt Reduction / Reducción de la deuda hipotecaria: $4,204.00

Mass Attendance:  2,301

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, February 17, 2024

4:00 pm             + Robin Schaeffer,  Requested by:  Pat & Linda

Sunday, February 18, 2024

7:30 am              + Carolina Urzua,  Requested by:  Alfredo & Jaqueline Urzua

9:30 am              Parishioners of St. Faustina

11:30 am            Deceased members of Nallet Family, Requested by:  Their Family

5:00 pm            + Jesus Rojas,  Requested by:  Beatrice Veles Rojas

Monday, February 19, 2024

8:00 am            + Mr. & Mrs. James WM. Crowley,  Requested by:  Mary Casey

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

8:00 am            + Francis Rose,  Requested by:  Friends

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

8:00 am            SI Patty White,  Requested by:  Julia Costello

Thursday, February 22, 2024

8:00 am           + Dcn. Hal Goodhue,  Requested by:  Barb & Bub Lowry

Friday, February 23, 2024

8:00 am          + John Zappala,  Requested by:  Alice Zappala

Saturday, February 24, 2024

8:00 am        Memorial Mass Association

4:00 pm         + Juan Duran,  Requested by:  Regina Duran

Sunday, February 25, 2024

7:30 am         + Donna Bridges,  Requested by:  Tony Cannavale

9:30 am          Healing for Cecilia Fanelli,  Requested by:  Pat & Marylou Maiellano

11:30 pm         Parishioners of St. Faustina

5:00 pm          + Ana Victoria Reynoso,  Requested by:  Carmen Pagan

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.

Loretta Murphy, Kristey Nelson, David Egan, Robert Kolenc, Jan Nilsen, Brenda Brubaker, Roger Darnell, Sandy Darnell, Tina Cyr, Patrick J Cyr, Barb Nelson, Ed David, Jack Marchewka, David Venditti, Elizabeth Cocco, Cecilia Fanelli, Arabella Zeglovskis, Felisa Parker-Gibson, Helen Capozzi, John Magnotti, Kay Bucci, Becky Oosterveen, Jose De Pool, Magdalena Lezcano, Joseph Loughrey, Robert Kasper,  Paul Overeem, Julie Sabon vanDyke, Michael Daniel Boglino, Christine Gallagher, Timothy Leonard, Deborah Hollis, Christina Gallagher, Mike McGee, Frank Sebastian, Larry Wilson, Joseph Foster, Carmine Gallo, Michael Kelly, Elsa Gomez, Nancy Harrigan, Judith Crogman, Jean Conn, Carlos Corrales, Theresa Wentling, Paulette Sparlik, Lilian Hawkinson, Mark Thomas, David Bache, Zachary Birkholz, Jim Exnicios, Angela & Exevior Bojda, David Bartkus, Mary Ann Cunningham, Jeannie Burns, Linda Patrick, Michael Patrick, Anita Boyd, Julie Haley, Larry Brunke, Sr., Ron Henefer, Hadley Epps, Tina Audino, Daniel Cuttita, Patricia Dick, Lenise Shope, Marge Tagler, Mary Garl, Sue & Gene Plante, Donald & Trish Villeneuve

Servants of God, Part 2
By Marylu Mariniello

The following holy souls are on the path to sainthood.

Emil Kapaun – an Army chaplain priest who served in WW II and Korea and then died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp.

Helio Koaʻeloa – a Hawaiian convert who became a lay missionary known as the “Apostle of Maui.” He converted four thousand natives to the Catholic faith.

Joseph Verbis Lafleur – a priest in the Philippines in World War II who saved many sailors during a bombing, but died in the process.

Mary Elizabeth Lange – a nineteenth century black Catholic nun, who founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence and was the first African American Superior General. She and two other women started a school in Baltimore, later known as St. Frances Academy, still operating today.

Leonard LaRue – the captain of the SS Meredith Victory, a US Merchant Marine cargo freighter, who rescued 14,000 refugees during the Korean War, hours before the Communists were advancing. He later became a Benedictine Monk in New Jersey named Brother Marinus.

Rose Hawthorne Lathrop a mother, widow, writer, social worker and Catholic  convert who became nun. She founded the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne and is the daughter of the writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Mathias Loras – a French-born priest who became the first Bishop of the Diocese of Dubuque in 1837 in the Iowa Territory, comprising of most of Minnesota and North and South Dakota, east of the Missouri River.

Vincent J. McCauley – an Iowa born priest who became the first Bishop of Diocese of Fort Portal in Uganda.

Mary Virginia Merrick – a pioneer in American Catholic social reform. She was paralyzed from a fall but was still able to start the Christ Child Society in 1887 to help needy infants, children and families in Washington DC. Today there are forty five chapters in twenty one states and Washington DC.

Francis J. Parater – a Seminarian from Virginia who died at the age of twenty while studying in Rome in 1920. He was an extremely devout Catholic who wrote the “Act of Oblation.”

Thomas Frederick Price – a priest who was the co-founder of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

Bernard J. Quinn – a priest from New Jersey who started the first church for black Catholics in Brooklyn in 1922 called St. Peter Claver, which still exists today. He created a children’s choir, which included Pearl Bailey and Lena Horn. In 1928, he established an orphanage for black children in Wading River NY, which was burned down twice by the Ku Klux Klan, but rebuilt.

James Reuter – a Jesuit who moved to the Philippines at the age of twenty two who taught at the Ateneo de Manila University. He was a writer, director and producer for theater, radio, print and film. He stressed the importance of prayers, especially the Rosary.

Charlene Richard – a devout twelve year old girl from Richard, Louisiana who was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia. When she was told of this, she accepted her fate and began praying for others at the hospital to be healed or to convert, which did happen.

Blandina Segale –  Rosa Segale was an Italian-born nun and missionary who served in the US frontier in the nineteenth century.

Julia Teresa Tallon – a nun who founded the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate in NY in 1920. This order now operates in Nigeria and the Philippines.

James Anthony Walsh – a priest from Cambridge MA who was the co-founder of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, along with Father Thomas Price.

Paul Wattson – a convert who became a priest. He was an advocated for ecumenism, which is the idea that Christians of all denominations should work together.

George J. Willmann – a priest born in Brooklyn, but spent most of his adult life in the Philippines, where he was granted citizenship. He is known as the “Father of the Knights of Columbus” in the Philippines due to his strengthening the established organization with his leadership.

Rhoda Wise – a stigmatist and mystic from Ohio. She saw many visions of Christ and St. Thérèse of Lisieux in her home. She is also associated with unexplained and sudden healings, including that of Mother Angelica, who had a painful stomach ailment.

We should all strive to be placed on the future list.

 THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Daily Mass, Monday thru Saturday at 8:00 am followed by the Holy Rosary

Saturday, February 17          No Events Scheduled

Sunday, February 18            Three-Day Parish Mission Begins, 7:00 pm in church (please see page 5)

Monday, February 19           Rosary Makers, 9:00 am to 11:00 am in classroom
Spanish Bible Study, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Second Day of Parish Mission, 7:00 pm in church (please see page 5)

Tuesday, February 20           Bible Study, 8:30 am to 10:00 am in classroom
Final Day of Parish Mission, 7:00 pm in church (please see page 5)

Wednesday, February 21 Grandparents Ministry, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in classroom
Holy Hour, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in church
Bell Ringers Practice, 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm in church
Young Adults Ministry, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in classroom

Thursday, February 22 Divine Will Study, 9:00 am to 10:15 am in classroom
Taller De Oracion Y Vida, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in classroom

Friday, February 23         Stations of the Cross, in Spanish, 2:00 pm, in English, 6:00 pm, in Spanish 7:00 pm in church
Elsanto Rosario, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in classroom
Tallar Oracion following the Rosario

Saturday, February 24 Grief Support, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in classrrom

Sunday, February 25 No Events Scheduled

THINK AHEAD, SPACE IS LIMITED – Do you have a parish meeting or event coming up and need to reserve one of our rooms or the church?  Simply click on the following link, fill out the form (in either English or Spanish) and hit the submit button.  You will receive a confirmation email and then, after your request has been reviewed, an email from our own Kelly Mucci to either confirm or explain why she had to deny your request.  EVERYONE who would like to reserve space at our church, MUST complete the form at the following link:

https://stfaustina.org/ministries/ministry-room-request-form/

Thank you all, very much, for your consideration and attention to this matter.

According to the United States Conference of Bishops, Good Friday is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

FASTING is understood as having one normal meal during the day. Water and medications do not break the fast.
ABSTINENCE is not eating meat or anything with meat by-products (such as soup broth, for an example).

Catholics over 59 are exempt from the full requirements of the traditional Catholic fasting ruleAccording to the Catholic Church, those who are over the age of 59, along with those who are physically or mentally ill, are not required to fast or abstain from eating meat on days of religious obligationThe law of fasting applies to those from 18 to 59 years of age, but abstinence from meat starting at the age of 14 has no upper age limit.

The following are the Feast Days that will be celebrated at this week’s Masses: Saturday, February 17, The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order, Wednesday, February 21, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Thursday, February 22, The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle, Friday, February 23, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

Parish Ministries & Upcoming Events

          

CELEBRATING ONE YEAR IN OUR HOME — On Sunday, February 4, St. Faustina Parish celebrated one year at our permanent 15551 N. Boggy Marsh Road address.  Father John and Father Carlos cut the ribbon that dedicated our “Wall of Priests,”  located in the back hallway by the classrooms.  Meanwhile, on the portico, pieces of birthday cake were distributed to everyone by our Hospitality Ministry to commemorate the occasion.

You’re Invited to Our Inaugural Young Adult Ministry Gathering!

Join us on Wednesday, February 21st, at St. Faustina Catholic Church for the very first meeting of our Young Adult Ministry. This vibrant new community is open to all young adults aged 18-34. We’ll be gathering at 7:30 pm in the church, ready to embark on a journey of faith, fellowship, and growth together. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to connect with peers and deepen your spiritual journey!

Opportunities 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

Friday Night Holy Rosary every Friday at 7 pm in the church

First Friday Adoration, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm through June 2024

Decade of the Day Rosary  Are you willing to spend five minutes of your day saying ONE DECADE of the ROSARY?  In this program you and your Decade are combined with 19 others saying their Decade each day.  A full 20 Decade Rosary is offered up every day and you are a part of it. As a member of this program you and your intentions, which are your own, are remembered in several churches and shrines around the country.
If you are interested please email:  office@stfaustina.org.

For more information, please go to our St. Faustina web page at:  Decade A Day – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)

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. For more information please see their web page at: Maria Rosa Mistica – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)

 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 their web page at: Our Lady of Fatima – First Saturday Rosary – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)

Need a Bible? We Have you Covered! — At Bible Study and forgot your Bible? Need a Bible to read while you spend time in prayer and reflection? We are pleased to announce that we have a couple of copies of the New American Bible in the front office. If you need a Bible while at St. Faustina, come and sign one out at the front office. It is free to use; we ask that you return it when you have finished using it for that day.

FAUSTINA GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP — Our next grief support group will begin on Saturday, February 24th, at 1:00 pm in the church. The group will meet every other Saturday (with the exception of one back-to-back) and will end on Saturday, June 22nd.

Our coordinators are trained by the Diocese of Orlando and are here to help you on your journey.

All group meetings are confidential which means…

“WHAT IS SAID IN THE GROUP STAYS IN THE GROUP.”

No one should ever grieve alone, let us help you on your journey.

For more information and/or to join, please contact Kelly Mucci at: kmucci@stfaustina.org.

APRENDER A ORAR PARA APRENDER A VIVIR — Queremos invitarte a aprender cómo mejorar tu forma de relacionarte con el Señor, como parte de un TALLER DE ORACIÓN Y VIDA (TOV) fundado por el Padre Ignacio Larrañaga.

Se trata de una experiencia maravillosa, la cual te ayudará a encontrar la paz    interior, experimentando el Amor de Dios y recuperando el sentido de la vida y la alegría de vivir.

Inicio: Jueves, de 10:00 AM a 12:00 M

Lugar:  Iglesia Santa Faustina, 15551 N Boggy Marsh Rd, Clermont, FL 34714

Información: Claudia Becerra (323) 872-4188 tovclaudia.b@hotmail.com

!Vive la maravillosa experiencia que es la relación personal con Dios!

Our Knights of Columbus offer the opportunity to help strengthen the domestic church (our families) by providing exceptional religious education materials to all Catholics. Building the Domestic Church Kiosks contain engaging, faith-based literature from the Catholic Information Service aimed at helping Catholics to live out the Church’s vision for our families. The kiosk, which has 15 different books, is located in the Narthex.  Please take the books that interest you and keep them for your personal library.

Titles that are available include: Mary, The Mother of God, St. Joseph: Our Father in Faith, The Family Fully Alive, Into the Breach, The Gift of Fatherhood, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, Prayer Time, Letter to Families, The Good Life, God’s Way, The Family in the Modern World, A Scriptural Rosary for the Family

Becoming a Real Man of God, Saint Benedict for Busy Parents, God’s Plan for Love and Marriage, Complete My Joy–An Apostolic Exhortation to Husbands and Wives, Mothers and Fathers.

St. Faustina proudly presents Brother Louis Canter, OEF, who will present “Celebrating the Triduum and the gift of the Paschal Mystery” on Sunday, February 18 through Tuesday, February 20th for the parish’s Three-Day Lenten Mission.  The events of all three nights begin at 7:00 pm in the church.

On Sunday evening there will be a 75-minute concert of song, prayer and stories focusing on the Gospels from Cycle A of the last Sunday of Lent.

Monday features “A Glimpse of Holy Thursday and Good Friday.  The topics that will be discussed are prayer, signs, symbols, and purpose of Holy Thursday, and the fulfillment of Jesus’ obedience to the Father and its effects for us as a result of Good Friday.

Tuesday night’s mission conclusion features prayer and the “Unpacking of the Easter Vigil” as we look at each section and how it reveals our Salvation through God’s love and mercy.

Brother Canter, who recently retired from full-time ministry as Coordinator of Pastoral Care for four parishes in the Diocese of Orlando, has spent most of his life as a Pastoral Musician, which has afforded him the opportunity to minister in a wide variety of parishes that had many multi-cultural facets to them.  The combination of both Pastoral Musician and Pastoral Ministry makes Louis a great resource in Liturgy and Music. He is currently the Composer in Residence for the Lutheran Franciscans. He is also a Chaplin at Lakeland Regional Hospital.

He is a published composer and author. He continues to do parish missions, retreats and writes for International Liturgical Publications. He is also published by Oregon Catholic Press and World Library/GIA publications. Louis has performed throughout the United States and most recently has performed in Carnegie Hall as a pianist and vocalist for the ‘Voices in the Hall’ Concert. In September of 2023 he received the ‘Mary, Mother of God’ Award from Bishop Noon for excellence in Pastoral Ministry.

We invite everyone to join us for this very special Easter Mission as we celebrate our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the first time in our new home.

Hand Held Bell Ringers — Hear Ye!  Hear Ye! We are looking for hand bell ringers to participate in this unique music ministry.

The ability to read music is not necessary in order to become a member of our St. Faustina group, which we know will be a welcome addition to all of our special liturgies.  The only qualification to become a bell ringer is the willingness to learn and have a GREAT TIME!

Our Handbell Choir will make its debut at our Christmas Eve 9:00 pm Christmas Carol presentation.  What a great way to kick-off this ministry…and we invite you to be a part of it!!

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact our Director of Liturgy and Music, Kelly Mucci, at: kmucci@stfaustina.org or by calling her at 352-515-9297.

Practices are held on Wednesday night from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

If you would like to learn more, including the history of this unique brand of music, please go to the ministry’s web page at: https://stfaustina.org/ministries/hand-held-bell-ringers/

St. Faustina Memorial Mass Association — is an opportunity to honor loved ones, with our Memorial Mass Association.  Every Saturday morning at the 8:00 am Mass, intentions will be for those listed in the Memorial Mass Association. The cost to have your loved one(s) remembered at Mass every Saturday morning, until the end of the year, is $25.00.

A NEW WEB PAGE on our parish website features the names of those honored.  Please go to:  https://stfaustina.org/ministries/memorial-mass-association-members/

For more information on how you can honor your loved one(s), please contact the office during regular business hours, call us at 352-515-9297, or email us at: office@stfaustina.org.

Parish Outreach Opportunities

St. Faustina’s parishioners, visitors, and friends, are famous for their generosity, not only to the needs of the church, but to those in the community who would be suffering even more without our help.

Donations to the South Lake Pregnancy Center, to the Hands of Hope food pantry, and participation in the bi-monthly Blood Drive have given hope, support, life, and much-needed material goods to those less fortunate.

There is now another opportunity to help. St. Faustina Catholic Church has partnered with St. Pauly Textile, Inc., to provide clothes for families in need.  You will soon see a shed, much like the one pictured on the right, in our parking lot that will give us, as well as surrounding communities, a clean, convenient, and well-cared for option to donate used, clean, and functional clothing items such as: shoes, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, curtains, pillowcases, stuffed animals…and of course…clothes.

This new outreach ministry enables our parish to join the St. Pauly Textile, Inc. family that has already collected and donated over 150,000 pounds of clothing every day, not only in the United States, but in 44 countries around the world.  In 2022, the company was able to keep over 68 million articles of clothing out of landfills, which clothed an estimated 8.3 million people worldwide.

John (the Baptist) answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke 3:11) 

If you would like to learn more about St. Pauly Textile, Inc., please go to their website at: About St. Pauly Clothing Donations (stpaulytextile.com)

Parishioners, are you called to service at St. Faustina? If you are interested in any of our  ministries below please contact the parish office at 352-515-9297 or email our Director of Music and Liturgy, Kelly Mucci, at: kmucci@stfaustina.org.

Readers: Do you have the gift of public speaking and want to share your talent with the community, please consider being a reader to proclaim the Word during the Masses? Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: If you are interested in learning more about serving the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord at St. Faustina. Ushers: If you are ages high school and up and interested in learning more about welcoming fellow parishioners and visitors at St. Faustina. Altar Servers: If your children are in grade 5 or age 10 and up are interested in Altar Serving, or if you as an adult are interested. Music: If you are interested in joining the children’s or adult choirs, or are interested in leading the singing at our Masses as a Cantor.  We also need help with the streaming our Masses for those who are unable to attend through our Audio/Visual ministry. 

You can find out more about our liturgical ministries at:  https://stfaustina.org/worship-and-liturgy/

Spanish Bible Study — “Estudio de Biblia en Español” is a biweekly Bible Study in Spanish on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  We meet every-other-week in a church classroom.  Please see the Schedule of Events.

The Parking Ministry is looking for your help —The Parking Ministry’s goals are to assist St. Faustina parishioners, especially the disabled, in their efforts to park and navigate the parking lot as well as to greet parishioners on their way into the church facility.  Typical duties would include placing handicap cones and assisting disabled parishioners with wheelchairs/walkers and assuring a smooth flow of traffic before/after each Mass as well as assisting visitors. If you enjoy the outdoors, helping others and meeting parishioners, the Parking Ministry may be for you!    For more information, please email office@stfaustina.org if you are interestedgo to our website at:

Parking Ministry – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)

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HONORING OUR ST. FAUSTINA HEROES — We would like to honor our St. Faustina Heroes, those individuals who serve…or served…in the military and/or those who are…or were…First Responders.

If you, or a family member, would like to be recognized in our bulletin and on our parish web site, please email names to: office@stfaustina.org  in the following format:

Name, rank, branch of service …  if the individual was killed in action or died as a result of combat, please indicated with a *.   If the individual is deceased, please indicate with a +.

Unfortunately, in order to make sure that the information printed / posted is 100 % correct, we are unable to accept any phone calls.  The information contained in your email will be copied and pasted in both our bulletin and our website.

Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and cooperation.

For the updated list of our St. Faustina Heroes, please go to:  https://stfaustina.org/ministries/honoring-our-st-faustina-heroes/

DECADE A DAY MINISTRY

Do you have 5-10 minutes to spare? Many of you will say no. We are all so rushed,with work, school, social life. We all can make excuses, but really, are we that busy that we can’t make a little time to increase our prayer life. The decade a day rosary ministry is your chance to do just that! It is a commitment to say one decade of the rosary(same decade) everyday. It can be said anywhere, anytime. Walking the dog, driving the car (turn the radio off), sitting in your room. Your decade will be added to 19 other people to compete an entire rosary of Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous and Glorious Mysteries!

We have people from all over the US and a few other countries too!  Your intentions are your own, but many of us also pray for this special group. Our  intentions are also prayed for at several shrines and churches around the country. It is a wonderful to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Mary has asked us many times to pray the rosary–when will we heed the call?

For more information, email Rosemary Satterlee at resres517@yahoo.com or on our secure web page at :                                                  https://stfaustina.org/ministries/decade-a-day/ 

THE NEW INSTALLMENT OF BRICKS HAS ARRIVED The next round of bricks for the Memorial commemorating the unborn have arrived.  This joint fundraiser between our Knights of Columbus and our parish has already raised more than $4,000 for St. Faustina.

You can join your fellow parishioners by purchasing a commemorative brick to honor your family and friends.  A total of 229 bricks have already been placed.  There is no time limit or deadline to purchase bricks as the site outside the south side of the building will accommodate 700 bricks. The latest 50 bricks were recently placed…and we “thank you” for your patience.

This joint Saint Faustina Knights of Columbus and the St. Faustina Parish fundraiser is highlighted by a Memorial Monument commemorating the unborn. The cost of each of the 4×8 bricks is $100.00 and the cost each of the 4×4 tile is $25.00.  Your tile would have the same lettering as your brick.

The pamphlets to place your order can be found on the literature rack in the rear of the church. For additional information, please go to the Knights’ web page on our secure St. Faustina website at: Memorial to the Unborn Fundraiser – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)  or contact Bill Mattingly at 352-988-7000  or wmattingly@cfl.rr.com.

Since moving into our new home on February 4, our St. Faustina parish as been working on streaming live Masses, both the 8 am Daily Mass as well as the various weekend Masses.  While there may still be a few “kinks” to work out as we go forward, we are ready to present this new ministry to our parishioners and our entire Catholic Community.

The big question to be considered by everyone is: “Does viewing Mass on the Internet satisfy our Sunday obligation?”

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops*, “viewing a Mass, whether via television or on the Internet, is certainly a worthwhile activity, but it doesn’t fulfill one’s Sunday obligation regarding the Lord’s Day and the Third Commandment. However, if one is sick or physically unable to attend, one would be dispensed from the obligation.” *United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

Attending mass should not be looked at as an obligation. Jesus wants us to want to be with Him and His community each and every Sunday in order to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass together as a Catholic Family.

In order to live stream our St. Faustina Masses, please go to our secure website at: www.stfaustina.org and click on the icon to the right of the page.

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 Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)). Registration forms are also available in the back of the church and at the parish office during regular business hours…Monday thru Thursday from 9 am until 4 pm and on Friday from 9 am to 1 pm.

OUR HISTORY — If you are new to our parish and would like to learn about our 16 and a half year journey to our new home here on 15551 N. Boggy Marsh Road, please go to our website at:  St. Faustina History – St. Faustina Catholic Church – Clermont (stfaustina.org)

Church Bequests After considering the needs of your family and loved ones, you can make a bequest of your remaining assets to St. Faustina Catholic Church.  Your bequest could be a set amount of money, a portion of your estate, or valuable collections you’d like to donate.

To observe the best method for naming St. Faustina in your will or trust, please ask your attorney to use the following terminology:

I give, devise, & bequeath (amount, article, stock, etc.)
to Bishop John Noonan, as Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, and his successors in the office, for the use of St. Faustina Catholic Church

15551 N. Boggy Marsh Rd. Clermont, FL 34714

As always, “thank you” for your continued support of our St. Faustina parish in everything that you do.

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.

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? 

LOOK FOR THE FOOD WAGONS!! “Thank You” for your continued support of our Food for All Ministry.       To participate, simply bring non-perishable food items and place them in one of the two wagons that will be located in the narthex near the warming kitchen.  Your donations will go directly to Hands of Hope America, which supports our local Four Corners families in their time of need.    Shopping bags, other than plastic, are also needed.

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)

South Lake Pregnancy and Family Care Center — Our Parish support for the South Lake Pregnancy and Family Care Center continues. Your gifts of diapers (especially Sizes 4 & 5), wipes and sanitary supplies are greatly appreciated. Lightly used baby clothing, strollers and other small items can also be accepted. Contact Tom and Nancy Madden at tomnancy94@msn.com for more information.
For more information, please go to their web site at:  www.slpfcc.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.

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