Saint Clement to begin gradual reopening process

The Archdiocese of Chicago released a multi-phased reopening plan for parishes to celebrate baptisms, weddings, funerals and reconciliation as well as offer private prayer. The Archdiocese has provided explicit and detailed instructions on how we are to go about with this process. Each phase of the process requires a certification from the Archdiocese. The requirements for certification are publicly available at www.archchicago.org

PLEASE READ FR. REX's LETTER for further details.

The process for certification requires the parish to put in place a Parish Reopening Leadership Team who will oversee the entire process. The staff and Fr. Rex are working to put together this small group. If you are interested in being considered, please email gmayhugh@clement.org.

Saint Clement Virtual Ministry Center

Our Parish Ministry Center hasn't closed, it's just moved to your living room! Bible studies and prayer groups like Women's Magnificat and Men's Communio are still meeting on a weekly basis.

Visit our VIRTUAL MINISTRY CENTER to see our weekly calendar of offerings and find out more about how to get involved! This is the most up-to-date source for everything happening, so we encourage you to bookmark it, as opportunities are being added every day!

Virtual Office Hours
We miss seeing your smiling faces! Sign up for 15-minute Zoom visits with Fr. Rex, Rachel Espinoza, and Barbara Silva. Rachel has lots of great tips for parents and families seeking to keep the faith while sheltering-in-place, and Barbara can tell you about how to support our many community partners providing crucial services during the pandemic.
  • Click here to sign up with Fr. Rex Pillai, Administrator
  • Click here to sign up with Rachel Espinoza, Director of Children & Family Catechesis
  • Click here to sign up with Barbara Silva, Director of Community Outreach
 
In case you missed it...
Our Virtual Town Hall Panel with Fr. Rex & Staff from May 13th can be viewed here
 
"Meet me on the Plaza!" Virtual Sunday Plaza Hospitality
Grab coffee, "travel" to your virtual connection, and spend 30-40 minutes catching up with Saint Clement Friends you have missed due to Covid-19 procedures on the following dates/times:
  • Sunday, May 31 at 11 a.m. 
  • Sunday, June 14 at 11 a.m. 
  • Sunday, June 28 at 11 a.m.
Registration is no longer required; click here to join the Zoom gathering. Questions? Email clementengagement@gmail.com.
 
Monday Night Book Club
Mondays, May 4-June 8, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., via Zoom
Has this time of quarantine made you examine the harried, busy parts of your life and long for a more peaceful, soulful way of living? If so, join us for a 6-week virtual book club on Shauna Niequist's book Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic For A Simpler, More Soulful Way Of Living. You will need to purchase a copy of the book and begin reading beforehand.  To sign up, email Rachel Espinoza.
  • May 4 --  Part I: Sea-change
  • May 11 -- Part II: Tunnels
  • May 18 -- Part III: Legacy
  • May 25 -- Part IV: Walking On Water
  • June 1 -- Part V: Living In Time
  • June 8 -- Part VI: Throwing Candy
 
Send Your Picture to the Parish
We miss seeing you at Mass! Please send a picture of you/your family, so we can tape them to the pews as a reminder that we are a community and are here for each other!  As the stay-in-place order continues, we can find new ways to be together! Please send your picture in an email titled "Church pictures" to gmayhugh@clement.org.  We will print it on an 8 1/2 x 11 paper and tape it to the pews. 
 
Send Us Your Creative Expression of Faith for "The Harbor"

Saint Clement Parish welcomes you to The Harbor, a new virtual space where members of our faith community can submit and share with the parish their own original work product to creatively express how they are keeping the faith in these days of social distancing. Visit The Harbor to find out how you can share your faith with the Saint Clement community in whatever form works for you — a reflection, a prayer, a poem, a story, a picture, a video, a song or just about any other digital format you can imagine. Volunteers from the Parish Engagement Committee review all submissions before posting them to the Gallery page.

Have fun, be creative and stay safe! 

Giving: The Critical Importance of Your Continued Donations 

Even though our public Masses have been suspended, we still are in need of your financial assistance. Very simply put, we need to pay the bills. Your funds are critically needed to maintain our presence during this unprecedented time. The majority of our costs are met by your donations. We are able to maintain our parish through your stewardship. Thanks for your loyalty and support to our parish. Click for ways you can continue to give financially during the suspension of public services.

Virtual Ministry of Care 

Volunteer to check in on elderly, homebound, and isolated members of our community via phone, email, and/or video visits. Click here to sign up.  Questions? Contact Barbara Silva at bsilva@clement.org.

Check our How to Help guide for other ways to serve the vulnerable in our community during this time.

Virtual Small Groups 
Most of our small groups are now meeting weekly through Zoom or another video conferencing service. If you are interested in being a part of a virtual small group, or join existing ministries virtually, please sign up here.
 

Saint Clement COVID-19 Parent Support Group: Looking to connect with other parents and share practical tips for making life more manageable during the COVID-19 Epidemic? Check out our new Saint Clement COVID-19 Support group on Facebook! Membership is open to all parishioners and friends of the Saint Clement Parish Community.

Social Media
  • Facebook: Live-streamed daily Mass (M-F), and Sunday Mass  
  • Instagram: We’re posting photos, resources for families, and short video reflections by staff members
  • Twitter: We’re sharing news stories, linking to prayer resources, and staying connected with the Archdiocese of Chicago and other Catholic organizations
  • Youtube: Livestreamed Sunday Masses. We’re hosting conversations with Clement parishioners, as well as theologians, priests, and others 
Note of Gratitude

Parishioners Answer the Call to Feed the Hungry in Our Community: A Note of Gratitude from Director of Community Outreach, Barbara Silva

Church & Parish Office closed until further notice
Due to the mandatory shelter-in-place order for the State of Illinois, the church and parish office will be closed until further notice. Please read this letter from Fr. Rex Pillai, our parish Administrator, for further details.