A monthly series of conversations, featuring speakers from across our parish family, to highlight the many ways in which our community members experience God working in their lives.

October 16-17: Encountering God in Community

Thank you so much to the members of our parish family who spoke during our weekend Masses Oct. 16-17, sharing about their experiences of Encountering God in Community:  Dani Jachino, Justin Paul, and Barb Bagnall. Due to technical difficulties, we are unable to share video footage of the talks.

OPPORTUNITIES TO ENCOUNTER GOD IN COMMUNITY

We invite you to consider these opportunities to get involved in our parish and encounter God in community:
 
 
 

September 11-12: Encountering God in Alpha

Thank you so much to the members of our parish family who spoke during our weekend Masses Sept. 11-12, sharing about their experiences of Encountering God in the Alpha program: Paula Quinn, Charles Goldman, Allen Wesolowski, Barbara Sifter, Austin Savage, and Emily Kaiser.
 
We invite you to watch Paula Quinn's interview conversation from our Livestreamed Mass on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.:

OPPORTUNITIES TO ENCOUNTER GOD IN ALPHA

We invite you to consider these opportunities:
  • Experience Alpha:  Alpha is a series of conversations that explore life, spirituality and faith in a fun, non-judgmental and open environment. It’s perfect for everyone -- skeptics, church-goers looking to deepen their faith, the curious, or those who want to talk about life’s real issues with new friends. There are both in-person and virtual sessions available, as well as morning and evening options, beginning either September 22 or 23. Learn more and register here!  
  • Grounded in Faith:  This interactive course explores the foundational elements and core concepts of discipleship. We will dive into topics like: building a personal relationship with Jesus, letting Him take you from good to great, dealing with mistakes and regret, cultivating a deeper relationship with God through prayer and more! Grounded in Faith is a perfect next step if you have already experienced Alpha but all are welcome! Sessions are held online starting Wednesday, September 22 - December 1st at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register here!
 
 

May 22-23: Encountering God in the Holy Spirit

On May 22-23, in celebration of Pentecost, we explored the theme Encountering God in the Holy Spirit. Masses featured interview conversations with members of our parish and Archdiocesan community as a way of engaging each other in learning about the Holy Spirit and the working of the Holy Spirit in the church. We welcomed speakers: Mary Maher, Marco Oropeza, Rachel Espinoza, Mary Maher, Eleanor Segraves, Brenna Casey (Faith Hub Mass), and Sara Pekar. Here we share a few of their presentations.
 

Mary Maher

Rachel Espinoza

Sara Pekar

Opportunities to Encounter God in the Holy Spirit

As you discern how the Holy Spirit is moving in your own life, inspired by these community conversations, we invite you to consider these opportunities:

  • Holy Spirit Novena for Racial Healing & Justice: Are you wavering in a commitment you made last year for racial justice? Are you unsure how you can learn more or do more to help heal our Chicago community? We invite you to spend some time in prayer with the resources used in our May Novena (found here) and to discern how the Holy Spirit can guide you and our community on the journey of anti-racism and inclusion. 
  • Strengths for the Journey: This Strengths for the Journey program offers the opportunity to discover and leverage your God-given talents with experienced facilitators and fellow parishioners. The summer series will be held over Zoom on June 2, 9, & 16 from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Learn more and register here!
 

April 10-11: Encountering God's Mercy

On April 10-11, we focused on the theme Encountering God's Mercy, and heard witness talks from parishioners Luana Lienhart, Kathryn Brill*, and Allen Wesolowski. You can view the videos of their presentations below. *Kathryn Brill's not available online due to technical issue.

 Luana Lienhart

Allen Wesolowski

Opportunities to Encounter God's Mercy

As you discern how you can open yourself to God’s mercy in your own life, we invite you to consider these opportunities: 
 
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation: Reconciliation is a gift of healing and forgiveness. Through the sacrament we are assured of God's loving forgiveness and we are reconciled with God, our faith community, and ourselves. A priest is available for individual confession in the sacrament of reconciliation every Saturday from 4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. Learn more and register here
  • RCIA Team: The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the process by which new members are brought or otherwise fully initiated into the life of the Church. If you are interested in walking with those who come to Saint Clement to explore their faith and joining the church, please contact Fr. Matt Litak
  •  Alpha: Alpha is a series of conversations that explore life, spirituality, and faith. This program offers the opportunity to genuinely explore faith in an open, non-judgmental environment while building community in a small group. Register here for the spring courses, beginning April 21st and 22nd, hosted by Faith Hub Chicago.
 

March 13-14: Encountering God in Service

On March 13-14, we focused on the theme Encountering God in Service. Our speakers were three members of our parish family: Clare Wang, Aylice Toohey, and Natalie Shilati. We invite you to share in their witness talks, and also to review the opportunities listed below.

Saturday, 3/13 at 5:00 p.m. Mass: Clare Wang

Sunday, 3/14 at 9:30 a.m. Mass: Aylice Toohey

Video recording unavailable due to livestreaming technical issues.

We invite you to read Aylice Toohey's reflection on Encountering God in Service:

Read Aylice's reflection

 

Sunday, 3/14 at 7:00 p.m. Mass: Natalie Shilati

Opportunities to Answer Your Call to Service

As you discern how you can be of service to the parish community and beyond, we invite you to consider these opportunities: 
 
  • Greeting & Disinfecting Teams at Mass: Members of these teams make it possible for us to continue worshipping safely in-person. By giving just 25 minutes of your time before or after Mass, you are enabling our parish family to encounter God through in-person community worship. Learn more and sign up here
  • Meal Programs to Feed the Hungry: Saint Clement supports a number of meal programs through Catholic Charities, the Chicago Help Initiative, Lincoln Park Community Services, and more, that feed the hungry in our community. To get involved, please email Barbara Silva
  • Service Day 2021: Service Day 2021 will offer numerous opportunities to serve incredible organizations in our community both in-person and from home. This week-long event is a great way to explore your interests, skills, and passions in service of others. Click here to learn more and to register!
 

 

February 20-21: Encountering God in Prayer

On February 20-21, we focused on the theme Encountering God in Prayer. Our speakers were two members of our parish family: Nancy Aulis and Paul Gillespie. We invite you to watch their presentations below.

Saturday, 2/20 at 5:00 p.m. Mass: Nancy Aulis

Sunday, 2/21 at 9:30 a.m. Mass: Paul Gillespie

 

Opportunities to deepen your prayer life

As you discern how you can deepen your prayer life, we invite you to consider these opportunities: 
 
  • The Prayer Course: A six-week series featuring dynamic talks via video, small group discussion, and prayer exercises that will help you to deepen your prayer life. We will explore topics such as: Why Pray? And several different types of prayer including Adoration, Petition, Intercession, and Contemplation, as well as – What About When Our Prayer Goes Unanswered?  Click here for more details and to register. 
  • Rooted in the Church:  An interactive short course hosted by Faith Hub Chicago that explores the foundational elements and core concepts of Catholicism. We will dive into topics like the scripture, tradition, the 7 sacraments, the social teaching of the Catholic Church, Mary, and more. Register here for Monday evening Zoom sessions running from 2/22-3/29. 
  • Love Your Neighbor- Prayer Pillar: An ongoing ministry to foster a community of spiritual support by praying for the special intentions of fellow parishioners and/or receiving prayer for your own intentions. Learn more here. 
 
 

January 9-10: Encountering God in Community

On January 9-10, we debuted our new monthly Encounter series, focusing on Encountering God in Community through living out our baptismal call. Our speakers were two of our parish staff members, Rachel Espinoza and Mary Schwarz, sharing their experiences at two Masses. We invite you to watch their presentations below:
 

Saturday, 1/9 at 5:00 p.m. Mass: Rachel Espinoza

Rachel Espinoza, Director of Family Formation & Evangelization
 

Sunday, 1/10 at 9:30 a.m. Mass: Mary Schwarz

Mary Schwarz, Core Leadership Team and Support for Young Adults
 

Opportunities to live out your baptismal call

As you discern how you can live out your baptismal call, we invite you to consider these opportunities: 

  • Alpha: a series of conversations that explore life, spirituality, and faith, this program offers the opportunity to genuinely explore faith in an open, non-judgmental environment while building community in a small group. You can still register for the online sessions that began this week!
  • Grounded in Faith: a series of conversations that explore the foundational elements and core concepts of discipleship. It’s perfect for anyone looking to go deeper in the Christian faith. Register here for the online sessions that begin January 25. 
  • The Bible in One Year: Have you wanted to read the whole Bible but did not know where to begin? Have you wanted to pray with all the books in the Bible? Join Fr. Peter and the Faith Hub community as they gather in individual daily reflection and monthly (3rd Tuesday) group reflection by registering here
  • Renew My Church 101: Save the date! Join us on February 10th at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom to learn more about Renew My Church, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s vision and strategic plan for responding to Jesus’ continuing call for renewal. Click here to register.