During the Thirty Years War, the deadly plague raged throughout Europe, until in 1633 it reached even the tiny Alpine village of Oberammergau. During the next six months, so many villagers died of the Black Death that the townspeople took a solemn Vow—if God would release them from the plague, they would perform once every 10 years the story of the Passion of Christ. From the moment the Vow was taken, no one else in the village succumbed to the plague and so the first Passion Play was performed in 1634.
Lent is a sacred time of preparation. Each of us has a personal journey of faith, and the great joy of belonging to a parish community is that we are given the opportunity to journey with one another.
The practice of listening and opening our hearts. When we pray, we are communicating with the voice of God. Prayer includes public worship in the liturgy and private prayer in meditation and contemplation.
Begin your Lenten journey with the visible reminder that we were shaped from clay by God's hands, and that we will return to God.
- 7:00 a.m. | Full Mass with ash distribution
- 9:00 a.m. | Full Mass with ash distribution
- Noon | Prayer service with ash distribution
- 4:00 p.m. | Prayer service with ash distribution
- 5:30 p.m. | Prayer service with ash distribution
- 7:00 p.m. | Full Mass with ash distribution
Many of the U.S. Bishops met at Mundelein Seminary this past week for a retreat to pray over the sex abuse scandal in the Church and guidance in moving forward. Because of the spin we see put so often on these events, Father Paul would recommend you read the Pope’s letter he sent to the bishops. He expresses his deep and anxious hope that the Church can move in an honest and compassionate direction. Read his letter here.
According to Archdiocesan policies lay leadership and parishioners are to be given the opportunity to recognize Fr. Rex Pillai's gifts and to share their sentiments about his ministry. Thus, they are offering a parish-wide survey as part of his review process. We ask that you take the time to complete this survey on behalf of Fr. Rex.
The survey can be accessed by clicking here.
All are welcome to pray for Victims of Sexual Abuse and for healing in the church. The prayer will take place next Sunday, September 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the church.
We will call upon Christ to awaken our conscience and arouse our solidarity and commitment of care that says "never again" to every form of abuse. We will ask for healing in the church, healing for victims and unity among our leaders as they substantially reform cultures that allowed the abuse to happen.
This past week, we saw the horrific findings of a grand jury in Pennsylvania concerning sex abuse by some priests and the cover up by their bishops. I urge you to read these listed articles and others, which I hope will shed light on this sad moment in our history. Thank you for your continued trust and endurance.
Father Paul Seaman
Saint Clement's annual school supply drive for our sharing parish, Our Lady of Mercy, will take place on the weekends of August 18/19 and 25/26.
Our Lady of Mercy parish, located in Albany Park, has a very large and active Religious Education program, instructing and forming close to 600 children. Saint Clement parishioners have a tradition of generously supporting the program by providing school supplies to families who are experiencing financial hardship. The staff and families of OLM have always expressed heartfelt appreciation for our support.
As a part of this year's Service Day, we will be collecting clothing through 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 28. Donations benefit various social service agencies throughout the city.
Needed items include:
- men, women (regular & maternity), and children/newborn clothing in good condition
We are in particular need of: