This Wednesday (17th August) is a significant day for the members of the St Clare’s community as we celebrate the Feast Day for St Clare of Montefalco. Hailing from Italy, Clare devoted her life to prayer from a very young age, even falling to her knees some nights to recite the Lord’s prayer. She always knew that she wanted to have the closest possible relationship to God and in turn, joined a monastery under the rule of St Augustine. By the time she was 30 years old, she became the leader of nuns at her monastery but was still dedicated to serve, helping those ill or in need and continuing her devotion to prayer and meditation. It was said that her passion for Christ was so strong that her heart was filled with a love of the Cross. After a brief illness, Clare passed peacefully at the age of 40 and it was discovered that she did indeed have a cross inscribed on her heart, which was declared a miracle. ‘The life of the soul is the love of God. In my heart I have found a place for my cross. My Jesus is in my heart. My heart bears his cross.’
Our parish community is invited to St Clare’s Feast Day Mass on Wednesday August 17 at 10am in the church. Our students will also celebrate this day with a cake at morning tea.
Our patron saint, You lived a prayerful life,
Please guide each and every one of us at St Clare’s Parish,
To be inspired by you and to think and take time to pray for the needs of our community.
We ask that you be with us as we continue our journey together.