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

August 14, 2022 Weekly Bulletin
Jesus, I Trust in You

St. Faustina Catholic Church Clermont, FL

Parish Office Hours

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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: 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,

Actively Retired — Father John McNalis

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

Deacon John Broehl,

Operations Manager
Joe Seddio Ext. 104,

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

Faith Formation 
Marylu Mariniello Ext. 103
Direct: 352-702-4735

Database Administrator Coordinator
Donna Cuttita Ext. 100
Direct: 352-702-4715,

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 

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.(Luke 12:49-51)

Jesus Christ was sent by the Father on a mission. He was to establish the kingdom of God, preaching the Good News or repentance and salvation. He taught his disciples what it meant to live in the kingdom, and the behaviors and values inherent in doing so: mercy, unconditional love, commitment to justice, concern for the least ones and more. In his teaching, Jesus was offering us the path to new life. Yet he knew not all would embrace his message, especially if his words challenged their behavior and attitudes.

Jesus says: I have come to set the earth on fire. He came to purify and refine. He came to free us from sin and all that squeezes life out of us. Those who embraced his way might, in fact, find themselves at odds with their father, mother, sister, brother, or friend. Surely this was not their intent, but alienation could well result from their choice to follow Jesus. Christian discipleship is not a popularity contest. Inevitably, there is a cost involved; yet, for followers of Jesus Christ, we trust that his path ultimately leads to life.

We should, therefore, never apologize for the Truth, nor ever shrink from articulating and living it. Whether as a parent, coworker, friend, or neighbor, we can ask the Lord’s help in being a voice for Gospel living: speaking the truth in love against behaviors and values that run contrary to God’s commands, especially when there are offenses against the human dignity of another.

Living the Gospel is not always easy and may even lead to opposition. With our eyes fixed on Jesus, let us walk in his way and trust that life now and forever awaits those who are faithful. 

Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood. (Heb. 12:4)

Financial Stewardship

Weekly Collection Weekend of July 31, 2022
Offertory: $8,989.00 Construction: $3,787.00
“Thank You” for your ongoing support
Attendance for the weekend of July 31 Masses: 965

Mass Intentions

Saturday, August 6, 2022

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

Sunday, August 7, 2022

8:00 am            Birthday Blessings Nona Pilariza
Requested by:  Yolunda Inumerable

9:30 am            Parishioners of St. Faustina

11:00 am           + Mary Ellen Doherty
Requested by:  Thomas Doherty

5:00 pm            + Uwaldina Colonia
Requested by:   Audrey Goez

Monday, August 8, 2022

8:00 am            + Jim Tims Family
Requested by:  Mary Ann Kowalski

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

8:00 am            + Betty Sanchez
Requested by:  Will & Lena Green

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

8:00 am            + Mercedes Moriega
Requested by:  Laura Romero

Thursday, August 11, 2022

8:00 am             Living & Deceased Members of Casey & Crowley Families
Requested by:  Mary Casey

Friday, August 12, 2022

8:00 am             + Maria Montealegre de Vogl
Requested by:  Melvin & Elsa Gomez

Saturday, August 13, 2022

8:00 am            + Alejandro Stadthagen Vogl
Requested by:  Elsa & Mel Gomez

4:00 pm           + Father Michael McGivney
Requested by:  Knights of Columbus

Sunday, August 14, 2022

8:00 am            + Al Hahn
Requested by:  Rosemary Satterlee

9:30 am            + Helen Dollard
Requested by:  Joseph & Marie Dollard

11:00 am           Parishioners of St. Faustina

5:00 pm            Prayers for Richard Adames
Requested by:  Luisa Britto

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:

The Langan Family, Yasmin Moen, Dick Schondel, Colby Feazell, Mike McGee, Marylou Maiellano, Evelisse Bookhout, Russell Perine, Gloria Nestel, Sandra Mueller, Manuel Bazon, Michele Middleton, Albie Hahn, Tina Audino, Bob Schultes, Jose DePool, Osvaldo Bolano, Orestes Hernandez, Magdalena Lezcano, Ray Conn,      Jo Ellen Foti, Frank Montagnino, Bill Consiglio, Debbie Consiglio, Joan Banahan, Kim Banks, Karen Clark, Linda Coffman, Judith Crogman, Daniel Cuttita, Patricia Dick, Patti Donahue, Linda Dugan, Don Logan, Brydon Neary, Becky Oosterveen,  Charles Patrick,  Ed Robinson, John Ryan, Cynthia Santulli, Lenise Shope, Amanda Solmonoff, Marge Tagler, Nicole Urbon, Theresa Wentling, Eric Whittingham, John Friedrich,      Mary Garl, Sue & Gene Plante, Donald & Trish Villeneuve, Chuck Kalinowski, the People of 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.

2022 – 2023 Registration Dates:

Wednesday, August 17, 10:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 18, 10:00 – 4:00 PM
Sunday, August 21, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 23, 10:00 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, August 24, 10:00 – 4:00 PM

Reverencing the Altar vs. Reverencing the Tabernacle     

By Deacon John H. Broehl

Welcome to the second addition of Catholicism 101.  I would like to begin by presenting three separate definitions.

Tabernacle:  The Tabernacle is the Golden Vessel that the Blessed Sacrament is reposed in.  The Church keeps Consecrated Hosts in the Tabernacle for the purpose of visiting the sick and homebound.   When we enter the church, we know that Our Lord is reposed in the Tabernacle as soon as we see the Red Sanctuary candle is lit.

Altar:  The Altar is the table upon which the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass takes place.  The Altar is the centerpiece of the Mass.  It is where the Priest, as a vessel of God’s, calls down the Holy Spirit and where the Priest, once again, as a vessel of God’s, performs the consecration transforming the ordinary bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.

Holy Sanctuary:  The Holy Sanctuary is the entire area surrounding the Altar where the Tabernacle, Ambo, and Presider’s chairs are located.  The Sanctuary is indeed a Holy place and we should refrain from entering the Sanctuary unless we are part of the celebration of a Sacrament (i.e., Mass) or helping to prepare for the celebration of a Sacrament.

So, now that we have that squared away, let’s go!

When do we reverence the Tabernacle and when do we reverence the Altar?

When to reverence the TabernacleAnytime we are moving around the Church outside of Mass we always reverence Our Lord reposed in the Tabernacle.  We do not bow down to the Crucifix or the Altar.  We bow down, or reverence, Our Lord who is reposed before us.  So, whenever we are moving about the Church we should pause, face the Tabernacle, and either bow or genuflect paying respect to Our Lord and Savior before us.

This includes when we are entering and leaving the Church.  Before we enter the row, we have chosen to be seated in, we should always focus ourselves on the Tabernacle and reverence Our Lord.  The same as we are leaving at the conclusion of Mass, as we exit our row, we should once again square ourselves to the Tabernacle and reverence Our Lord.

When to reverence the Altar:   During the celebration of the Mass, we do not reverence the Tabernacle, we reverence the Altar.  From the time the Priest and Deacon come down the aisle in the opening procession, until they begin the closing procession, we reverence only the Altar.

This does not have any bearing on anyone sitting in the congregation, for they will not be moving around the Church except during Holy Communion.  During which, they come forward toward the Holy Sanctuary and reverence Our Lord before receiving Him.

However, please notice during Mass how those involved in the Mass (Priest, Deacon, Altar Servers, Readers, and Eucharistic Ministers) always reverence the Altar.  The Altar is where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass takes place.  Therefore, the Altar is what we reverence.

There is one exception to reverencing the Altar during Mass:  When the Blessed Sacrament is being reposed at the end of Communion, we bow down to Our Lord before us who has just been placed in the Tabernacle.

New Church: In our new Church the Tabernacle will be directly behind the Altar, so this will all be much easier.  However, it is still very important for us to know.  For in life, it is not so much the actions that matter, rather it is the meaning behind the actions.

BLOOD DRIVE SET FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 28—This month’s St. Faustina Blood Drive, will be held on Sunday, August 28 from 7:30 am until 12:30 pm.  Since this life-saving ministry started on June 19, 2019, we have donated 318 pints of blood thus saving up to 954 lives.  This will be our 18th drive…one was canceled due to covid…and we have hit our OneBlood-given goal in all but one of those drives.  With summer here and visitors coming to Central Florida to enjoy all that the area has to offer, the need for blood is higher than usual.  The blood of Jesus saved all of us, we have the opportunity to help save our neighbor.  Won’t you please prayerfully consider giving.


St. Faustina Catholic Church Clermont FL Bereavement

                                                      BEREAVEMENT/CONSOLATION MINISTRY —

The Bereavement/Consolation Ministry has been present at St. Faustina for the last four years. We are currently in need of English and Bilingual Ministers.

The primary goal of this ministry is to comfort and support those left behind. No one should ever have to grieve alone.

We support and journey with all who need assistance with making funeral arrangements, planning the liturgy, as well as long term support.

If you feel that you are being called to serve those in need and have compassion, patience, empathy, understanding and are a good listener, please reach out to Diane Maglione at: for more information.


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 (


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.

St. Faustina Catholic Church Clermont, FL Construction PhotoNEW CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS–To see our latest construction photos as well as a complete photo album of the construction since it began on January 9, please go to: Building Construction Photos.

St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe     

By Marylu Mariniello

Rajmund Kolbe was born on January 8, 1894 in Zdunska Wola in the Kingdom of Poland, then a part of the Russian Empire. He was the second son of weaver Julius Kolbe and midwife Dąbrowska. His father was German and his mother was Polish. There were five boys in the family.

When Rajmund was twelve, he saw a vision of The Blessed Mother.  These are his words: “That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.”

Rajmund and his elder brother Francis joined the Conventional Franciscans in 1907, enrolling at the minor seminary in Lwow later that year. In 1910, Rajmund entered the novitiate and chose the religious name Maximilian. He professed his first vows in 1911 and final vows in 1914, adding the additional name of Maria. In 1910, Maximilian was sent to Rome where he earned two doctorate degrees in  philosophy and theology. Then he founded the Militia Immaculata in 1917, which encouraged the total consecration to the Blessed Mother for the spiritual renewal of people.

World War I began while Maximilian was studying. His father joined the Polish troops fighting against the Russians for an independent Poland but was caught and hanged as a traitor at age forty three. Maximilian was devastated.

During this time, Maximilian witnessed violent demonstrations against Popes Pius X and Benedict XV in Rome during an anniversary celebration by the Freemasons, who had a depiction of the Archangel Michael lying under the feet of Lucifer and sent out pamphlets attacking the Popes.

From 1919 to 1922 Maximillian taught at the Kraków Seminary, but was suffering from TB forcing him to take a lengthy leave of absence. Between 1930 and 1936, Maximilian went to Asia, where he founded a Franciscan Monastery near Nagasaki, which survived the atomic bomb from World War II. Then he went to Malabar, India where he founded another monastery. When he went back to Poland, he learned that his fellow priests published a daily paper working with the National Radical Camp. He started a radio station there, having an amateur radio license with the call sign SP3RN.

Maximilian remained at the Niepokalanów monastery after the outbreak of World War II, organizing a hospital. The Germans captured the town and Maximilian was arrested on September 19, 1939 but was released on December 8.  He refused to sign the Deutsche Volksliste, which would have given him the rights of a German citizen, since his father was German. When he was released, he went back to the monastery, where he and the other friars provided shelter to refugees, including 2,000 Jews whom they hid. He received permission to continue publishing religious works, but they were reduced in scope. Then he issued a number of anti-Nazi German publications.

On February 17, 1941, he and others were arrested and sent to Pawiak prison, then transferred to Auschwitz on May 28. In July of 1941, a prisoner escaped causing the Nazis to select ten men to be starved as a reminder about escaping. One married man was crying about his family so Father Kolbe, also known as Prisoner 16670, took the man’s place. He led the dying men in prayer, saying rosaries and singing hymns, offering them the light and hope of Christ. After two weeks of no water and food Maximilian was the last survivor. He was given a lethal injection of carbolic acid to kill him. He raised his left arm and calmly waited for the deadly injection and died on August 14. He was cremated on August 15, the feast of the Assumption.

Pope Paul VI venerated Maximilian on January 3, 1969 and beatified him on October 17, 1971. St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe was then canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1982. Franciszek Gajowniczek, who was the man that Maximilian replaced at Auschwitz, attended both the beatification and canonization ceremonies.

St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe is the patron saint of journalists, communications, media, drug addicts, families, prisoners, especially political prisoners and the pro-life movement. His feast day is August 14.

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