Archdiocesan Listening Session Updates

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At the request of Bishop Mark Bartosic, Saint Clement and 63 other parishes in our vicariate recently held listening sessions that gave parishioners the opportunity to express their views regarding the ongoing sexual abuse crisis within the Church. Saint Clement held two listening sessions during the month of March. After which a written summary of the views expressed by parishioners was shared with Fr. Paul Seaman and Bishop Bartosic.

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Oberammergau Passion Play

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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.

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The Spiritual Practices of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

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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.

Prayer
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.

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Ash Wednesday Mass and Prayer Services

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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
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Pope Francis' Letter to U.S. Bishops Concerning Sex Abuse Scandal

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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

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Complete Archdiocesan Survey on Behalf of Father Rex

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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

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Prayer for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Healing in the Church

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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.

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