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Coming Together as a Community

Welcome! We joyfully invite you to be a part of our great community! Join us in worship at Mass and in the many opportunities below to Belong, Pray, Serve, Give, and Learn.

Please note, the City of Chicago has announced that masks are now required indoors for all over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status. Like many other communities we pray daily here at Saint Clement for the end of the pandemic and healing of those who are sick. We also strongly encourage all who can to get the vaccine. We must continue to do our best to keep all of us safe during this time! Please visit our website or social media pages for updated information in the days and weeks ahead, and sign up for The Plaza weekly e-newsletter.

Belong

Experience Alpha!

Come 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. Questions? Please contact Rachel Espinoza.

  • (In-Person) Wed. evenings, Sept. 22- Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at Saint Clement Church
  • (Online) Wed. mornings, Sept. 22 - Dec. 8, 10:00 - 11 a.m.
  • (Online) Thurs. evenings, Sept. 23 - Dec. 9, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Welcome New Parishioners!

New to our parish? Worship regularly here, but haven't yet registered? We invite you to register as a parishioner today!

Welcome Mass & Celebration
New parishioners who have chosen to Belong to Saint Clement are invited to join us for Mass and a social hour for new members to meet the Saint Clement community on the first weekend of the month! Everyone will be encouraged to wear a nametag, the different parts of the Mass will be explained, with a social hour to follow Mass. 
  • Sunday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. Mass 
  • Sunday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. Mass

Register for Welcome Mass

Welcome Meals
All recently registered new parishioners will be invited to a Welcome Breakfast or Dinner!
  • Welcome Breakfast: Saturday, Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Welcome Dinner: Tuesday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Register for New Parishioner Meals

Sunday Plaza Hospitality 

Catch up with friends after Mass, make new ones, and enjoy refreshments such as donuts, coffee, and juice on our beautiful plaza! Each event will be staffed by a parish Affinity Group, offering you the opportunity to learn more about the many ministries at Saint Clement Parish! Join us after the 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., & 11:15 a.m. Masses on these dates: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31.

Encounter Series

Join us for our upcoming editions of the Encounter Series, 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. Our speakers share their experiences during our weekend Masses, and we then share their talks digitally.

Fall dates & themes:
  • September 11/12 - Encountering God in Alpha 
  • October 16/17

We invite you to review our past witness talks and topics.

Questions? Please contact Rachel Espinoza.

Renew My Church 101

We are at a unique moment in the history of the U.S. Church. Christ is calling us to renewal—individually and collectively. In every age and in our time, the Church is called to read the signs of the times and take up the work of renewal (Gaudium et Spes). Join the Parish Council as they host Renew My Church 101, an opportunity for prayer, learning, and asking questions, as Saint Clement enters into the Renew My Church process. Understand the Cardinal's vision for renewal in the Church of Chicago, and how you can be a part of it!
  • Thursday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. held in-person in room 1E (Fahey 1)
 
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Pray

Coming Together in Worship -- Join us for Mass

Celebrating Mass together is one of the most important ways for our parish to be connected to Christ and to one another. We joyfully invite you to join us at Mass. Click here for Mass Schedule.

October Rosary: Ask Mary

Mondays – Fridays in October, following Daily Mass

All are invited to join us ever Monday-Friday during the month of October to pray the rosary together after daily Mass in the church. The repetition in the rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. We welcome you to explore this centuries old Catholic prayer. Rosaries and instruction cards will be provided at the entrance of the church.

Children's Choir

9:30 a.m. Sunday Family Mass starting September 12

Attention Students in Grades 3-6: Join Ms. Bax and Ms. Hagar at the Church 9:30 a.m. Mass to sing and be part of a children's choir! We will meet just before Mass at 9:00 a.m. to rehearse and sing some joyful Church songs. Come share your gift of singing and serve our great community with this fun group. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Children's Choir schedule:

  • Sunday, September 12
  • Sunday, September 26
  • Sunday, October 17
  • Sunday, October 24
  • Sunday, November 7
  • Sunday, November 14

If interested in participating, please contact Ms. Anna Bax.
 

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Serve

Liturgical Ministry Training

Did you know we need 14 volunteers at every Mass to help it run smoothly? Please prayerfully consider serving our community as a Liturgical Minister!

Serving is a form of worship, a way to express gratitude for what Jesus has done for us, and to share the love and grace we've been given. Therefore, we invite all of you who would like to help us make the liturgies at Saint Clement as beautiful and solemn as possible to join us for our liturgical training. Through the liturgical training we offer, you will become more comfortable and confident in your service for God and his Church. Further details and training dates to come! Contact Lori Howard to learn more.

Youth Altar Server Training

September 3rd and September 7th for grades 6-8
Training dates for grades 4-5 coming soon

Both new and experienced Youth Altar Servers are invited to join us for an upcoming training. Trainings include a short presentation, and time for practical procedures related to the knowledge of religious items used at Mass, procedures for serving at Mass, prayers and postures at Mass, and a study of the Mass. To sign up for a training, or for more details, contact Lori Howard.

Help Feed the Hungry in Our Community!

Friday Sack Lunches & Hospitality at Saint Clement
Every Friday morning, rain or shine, we distribute sack lunches to the hungry. We also offer hospitality and refreshments to those standing in line to receive a lunch. Sign up to provide sack lunches or hospitality items or to join us on Fridays as we serve our guests. Contact Martina Ricca.

Catholic Charities Sack Lunches
Every Tuesday, volunteers from Saint Clement provide 30 sack lunches for Catholic Charities to supplement the organization's Tuesday evening dinner services year-round. Lunches are dropped off at 721 N. LaSalle, by 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons or the Monday evening before. Contact Martina Ricca to participate.

Catholic Charities Soup Kitchen
Once a month, Saint Clement volunteers assist volunteers from Holy Name Cathedral in serving Catholic Charities' Friday supper. Volunteers are needed to help box and package 225 meals. Masks and gloves will be provided, and the workspace is large enough to ensure social distancing. Contact Martina Ricca to participate.

Dates: September 17, October 15
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm (tentative timing; please note, the start time varies and will be shared with volunteers the week of the event)
Location: 721 N. LaSalle, between Huron & Superior
 

Lincoln Park Community Services
Twice a month, Saint Clement volunteers serve dinner for the Guests at LPCS! Volunteers can participate by cooking onsite at LPCS (max. 6 people, masks required) or by preparing part of a meal at home and dropping it off at the shelter. Contact Martina Ricca to participate.

Dates: Fridays, Sept. 17 & October 15 ---- 1 spot open
Time: In-person from 6:00pm-8:00pm 
Location: 600 W. Fullerton Pkwy
 
Dates: Mondays, October 11 & November 8
Time: In-person from 6:00pm-8:00pm (or meal drop-off by 6:00pm)
Location: 1521 N. Sedgwick
 
 
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Give

Thank You for Giving to Saint Clement!

Set up Pushpay Giving
Your commitment to belong as sisters and brothers in Christ and your tremendous generosity are the reasons why Saint Clement continues to move forward in our mission. Thank you! We have been excited to see the response from parishioners to our new giving platform, Pushpay. Almost 50% of our recurring givers have migrated over to the new platform. That is amazing! If you have not yet done so, we encourage you to make the transition today! Simply visit clement.org/give.

Monthly Food Drive

September 25/26, October 30/31

Help feed the hungry in our community! Saint Clement will continue its monthly food drive on the last weekend of every month. Donations of nonperishable food items can be placed in the labeled bin in the parish office during open hours. Donations will be distributed to local food pantries in need. Thank you for your support!

Annual Catholic Appeal Update

As a Catholic community we have a tremendous impact on the life of the local community, especially those who are poor. The Annual Catholic Appeal uniquely positions us to inspire hope, especially to struggling parish communities, schools, initiatives for justice, peace, and respect for life. The Appeal extends that hope across the world through Catholic Relief Services.

Through the generous gifts that have been mailed and made online, Saint Clement has pledged $130,255.00 of our $130,040.75 goal, with a total of $122,925.00 paid on pledges. Please consider supporting the Appeal and making our impact greater by making a gift at www.annualcatholicappeal.com, and under "Parish Designation," please select "St. Clement."

Partner with us in supporting those in need and help us to achieve our annual goal.

Baby Bottle Fundraiser benefitting Aid for Women

Beginning weekend of October 2/3

This annual fundraiser benefits Aid for Women, a pro-life organization that runs pregnancy care centers and maternity homes in Illinois. Pick up an empty baby bottle at Mass/the church at the beginning of October and fill it with a donation for Aid for Women. Then, return the filled bottle to the church by the end of October. To learn more about Aid for Women, visit www.helpaidforwomen.org.

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Learn

 

Faith + Science: Busting the Myths & Revealing the Truths

(online) Mondays, Sept. 20 - Nov. 22, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Contrary to enduring misconceptions, Catholic theology and spirituality have no inherent conflict with scientific endeavor. In fact, modern science and the Catholic faith are wonderfully complementary! Join Fr. John Kartje, who holds doctorates in both Astrophysics and Sacred Theology, for this ten-week deep-dive into the beauty and challenge of the faith-science dialogue. The course will gather via Zoom on Monday evenings, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, from September 20 through November 22. Fr. Kartje will also be available following the 4:30 PM Faith Hub Mass for in-person Q & A sessions on Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Nov. 7, and Nov. 28.
 
 

Grounded in Faith

(online) Wednesdays, Sept. 22 - Dec. 1st (skipping Thanksgiving week) 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
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! A perfect next step if you have already experienced Alpha but all are welcome!
 

The Lydia Institute

  • Faith Lift Kick-off: Sept. 21, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Fall series: Wednesdays, Oct. 5 - Nov. 10, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
The Lydia Institute provides professional women with opportunities for spiritual development and personal accompaniment. It equips women for leadership in society and in the Church. Events and Fall series will take place at Saint Clement Church
 

Embracing God’s blessings... Strengths for the Journey!

Strengths for the Journey Fall offering

Oct. 5, 12, & 19 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Discover and leverage your God-given talents with experienced facilitators and fellow parishioners. Learn more about the Strengths for the Journey program here 

Register here

  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about accessing resources and the link joining the meetings.
  • The Catholic Edition of Living Your Strengths -Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community will be the resource for this series. It is available for $20.00 at the Parish Office.
 
Strengths Community Offers a New "Graduate" Course!
 

The Beauty of Strength: Exploring Domains

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 7:00 p.m., on Zoom
If you have already taken Gallup’s StrengthFinder (now known as CliftonStrengths) assessment and know your top five strengths, this is your chance to dig deeper!
 
Saint Clement is now offering a one-night, 2-hour workshop to explore how strengths are organized functionally into four Domains, and how an understanding of Domains can help individuals and groups use their strengths most effectively in their personal lives, including their journey here at Saint Clement. Whether your strengths are concentrated in just one Domain or spread evenly across all four Domains, this graduate course will deepen your understanding of your strengths, the strengths of those around you, and together how they can enrich your life.
 
The workshop will be held by Zoom on Tuesday night, September 28 at 7:00 pm. There is no charge for participation in this program. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact clementengagement@gmail.com
 
 
 
 

Family Formation Series 

October 3, 10, 17, 24, following 11:15 a.m. Mass
All families are invited to this 4-week series covering a variety of topics to learn and discuss together, while also enjoying some snacks! During the 1-hour sessions, families will watch short videos in a large group, and have discussions and activities about those videos in smaller family groups. We hope to provide an outlet for families to discuss topics with their children they might not otherwise have, while at the same time forming parents and children in the faith. It will provide tools for them to use and discuss faith issues.    
 
Families will register into one of two cohorts: 5th grade & below; and 6th grade & above. You will register for each session individually. While we encourage you to attend the entirety of the program, you are welcome to attend whatever sessions you can. Please note, the October 10th session (Chicago Marathon) will be held online. 
  • October 3 • Prayer and Conversation As A Family
  • October 10 • The Eucharist / Going To Mass (Virtual)
  • October 17 • When Bad Things Happen
  • October 24 • A Path Into The Bible
We will meet following the 11:15a Mass in Saint Clement School's Library and Anchor Room. Questions? Contact Fr. Matt Litak
 
 

Marriage Enrichment 

(online) Tuesdays, Oct. 5 - Nov. 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. or
(online) Wednesdays, Oct. 6 - Nov. 17, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Take time for just the two of you. This experience is designed for all couples with or without a church background. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, the course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime.
 

Faith & Racial Equity: JustFaith Ministries Series

Co-sponsored by Saint Clement Parish & St. Nicholas Parish
 
Do you want to talk about racial privilege in your faith community, but you don’t know where to begin? This eight-session program awakens participants to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others.
 
Schedule:
Opening Retreat: 
  • Saturday October 23rd - 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (virtual)
Subsequent Session: Thursdays evenings 7:00-9:00 p.m. (virtual)
  • October 28th 
  • November 4th
  • November 11th
  • November 18th
  • November 24th [Thanksgiving Holiday - alternate schedule to be determined]
  • December 2nd
  • December 9th
  • December 16th  [Tentative Immersion Experience [to be scheduled once program commences]
 

Young Adult Community

 

Saint Clement School Notes

Special blessing for new school year!

Join the Saint Clement School Family!

Admissions - Coffee & School Tour
October 12, 8:45 a.m.

If you are interested in learning more about joining the Saint Clement School family, we invite you to our upcoming Coffee & School Tour on October 12 at 8:45 a.m. Please contact Noreen Valle or visit www.stclementschool.org.

Religious Education at Saint Clement Parish

First day of RE classes: Sunday, September 26

Our Religious Education program serves children Pre-K through 8th grade. Classes are in session from September to May and are held from 10:40 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. in Saint Clement School. Learn more here!
 
 
Questions? Contact Rachel Espinoza.