We are a community of contemplative Catholic women called Poor Clare Nuns, also known as Sisters of St. Clare. We continue the ministry of St. Clare of Assisi, who shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the healing power of prayer with others.

We devote our life primarily to prayer;  we seek to know the presence of God in our lives and to bring others closer to God through our prayer. That is why we want to be Companions in Prayer with you. Please join with us in our prayer.

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Advent 2014

Begins November 30

Advent 2014

Welcome to the season of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas. As the December days grow darker, we are reminded that we long for the light of Christmas, the light of joy and love that Jesus brings. This period of waiting for the light is a rich time for quiet and meditation. Advent Calendars appear this time of year, a way for both young and old to mark the days until Christmas. We have prepared an Advent calendar to help in our prayer and meditation. We invite you to join us as we too mark our days until Christmas.

Each day you are invited to click on the date of the new day and to share with us a brief meditation. Together we can make this season of Advent preparation one of the most beautiful and joyous times of the year.

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This Week’s Sunday Journal

by Fr. Kelly

Sunday Journal
LIGHT OF FAITH
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 1, 1970
MT 25:14-30
I’m slowly replacing the incandescent light bulbs in my house with LED bulbs. I am doing it “slowly” because they’re expensive. But it’s a good investment. I read the package and determined that the LED I was putting into my reading lamp has a longer life expectancy than I do. Even better, the cost of burning an LED (light emitting diode) is significantly less than the old fashioned light bulb that the electric company used to give away free of charge. So, I can keep more lights on longer and pay much less. During the long winter nights this is a very good thing for many different reasons. Light is very important. Light means life, security, safety, and even joy.

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O come, O come, Emmanuel

EmmanuelFor the past 1200 years, this ancient Advent hymn has called to us. It tells us of the universal longing of our souls in this time of Advent, the darkest time of the year.

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Please consider one of our Christmas cards for your Christmas greeting this year.

Thanksgiving Table Prayer

Oh God of wonder and God of gifts,
As we gather around this table today, we give you thanks for this food. Our hearts are grateful to receive the bounty of your earth. Our hearts are also grateful for the labor of those who have worked to bring and prepare this food for us.

Gracious God, we are grateful not only for this food but also for the gift of our relatives and friends who care for us. Thank you for the lives of our loved ones. Be with those who are with us today, and also with those who are not here. We especially remember our loved ones who have died and give you thanks for the gift of their lives.

Our hearts go out to those who may not have food this day. Keep us mindful of ways to help others both here and around the world who suffer hard times.

We ask for your continued blessings, O gracious God.

We pray this in the name of Jesus.
Amen.


Sr. Laurene’s Fall Favorite Apple Crisp

  • 5 apples, sliced and peeled (use half at a time)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup flour (use half at a time)
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 stick butter, softened, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or water

Preheat oven 375˚ degrees

  1. Combine half the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and half the flour mixture in a large bowl and toss to coat. Place the apple mixture in the prepared baking dish and set aside.
  2. In the same bowl used for mixing the apples, mix together the remaining apples, oats, and remaining flour, until evenly combined. With your fingertips, blend in the butter pieces until small clumps form and the butter is well incorporated. Pour apple juice over top.
  3. Layer evenly over the apples and bake 35 minutes or until crispy and the apples are tender. Let cool before serving. (Serves 8)

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