Lent consists of the 40 days leading up to Easter. Beginning on Ash Wednesday it is a period of reflection and preparation for the feast of the Resurrection. During Lent we commemorate Jesus’ time in the desert as we prepare to celebrate Our Lord’s victory over death.
Ash Wednesday: February 17
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.
Please note, rather than signing with ashes on foreheads, we will be sprinkling a small amount of ashes over each person’s head. There will be no physical touch involved in receiving ashes this year.
Ash Wednesday Schedule
We invite you to join us for one of our Masses or prayer services, or simply to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 17:
Delivery of Ashes for those Unable to Receive In-Person
As we look to celebrate the beginning of Lent this Ash Wednesday (2/17), we acknowledge that due to the constraints of the pandemic, some of you will be unable to attend our in-person services or come to the church to receive ashes. If you cannot receive ashes in-person for health reasons, our parish can provide ashes and a ritual for you to follow to partake in commencing this yearly journey toward Easter. Saint Clement volunteers are available to deliver ashes to you at your residence. Ashes will not be administered but will be delivered in a no-contact format.
To request ashes, please fill out this form or call the parish office before Friday, February 12th.
If you know of a parishioner who might be interested but does not use the internet, or if you have any questions, please contact Barbara Silva.
The Prayer Course
Join us for the Prayer Course this Lent! The Prayer Course is a six week series featuring dynamic talks via video, small group discussion, and prayer exercises that will help you to deepen your prayer life. This course will be run via Zoom on the following dates/times:
Mondays at 1-2pm (2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15**, & 3/22) (**time change on 3/15 to 9-10am) – led by Fr. Peter Wojcik
Tuesdays at 7-8pm (2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, & 3/23) – led by Rachel Espinoza
Thursdays at 12-1pm (2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, & 3/25) – led by Fr. Matt Litak
Thursdays at 7-8pm (2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, & 3/25) - geared toward Young Adults – led by Mary Schwarz
Saint Clement will resume monthly food drives this February, collecting donations at the parish office. Donations can be placed in the labeled bin during open hours on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21.
Drive-thru collection Saturday, 2/20 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
In addition to the collections at the parish office, we will be holding a drive-thru collection every other month, beginning in February. The next drive-thru food collection will be held Saturday, February 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the covered Saint Clement School parking lot.
Saint Clement will hold its next monthly food drive the weekend of March 27/28 at the parish office. Donations of nonperishable food items can be placed in the labeled bin during open hours on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28. (There will not be a drive-thru collection this month.)
In addition to food items, donations of new white washcloths and puzzle books (Sudoku, crosswords, etc.) will be collected. These items will support Kolbe House Jail Ministry’s outreach to women incarcerated in Cook County Jail.
Please note: puzzle books cannot contain staples and washcloths must be white.
Please consider joining our greeting and disinfecting teams. Assisting once or twice a month would be an immense help to our parish community. As a reminder, all Mass volunteers have advance access to reservations for their household when they volunteer at Mass. We will provide training for these roles and most important, you will know that you are making it possible for people to attend Mass, and celebrate the sacraments!
Join the Saint Clement community—and more than 12,000 Catholic communities across the United States—in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on how hunger and malnutrition affect our human family, and on the need to take action to end this global injustice.
How to participate in this year’s Lenten almsgiving efforts:
Pick up a CRS Rice Bowl after weekend Masses beginning on Saturday, February 13th and return it to the parish office at the end of Lent with your cash or check contribution
Mail a check donation to: Saint Clement Parish, Attn. CRS Rice Bowl, 642 W. Deming Pl., Chicago, IL 60614
*Please make all checks payable to Saint Clement Parish with CRS Rice Bowl in the memo line.
Follow the weekly links in The Plaza and other parish communications to CRS videos, articles, and other content to learn more about hunger and malnutrition and how to work for global food justice. Items shared will include:
Note: 75% of Rice Bowl contributions support Catholic Relief Services’ work around the world. 25% of all contributions to CRS Rice Bowl are returned to the Archdiocese of Chicago to help fight hunger and poverty in our local community.
However you choose to participate, please return all contributions by Sunday, April 11.
Embracing God's blessings... Strengths for the Journey!
Strengths for the Journey
Saint Clement is offering its popular Strengths for the Journey program during Lent 2021 via Zoom! This program offers the opportunity to discover and leverage your God-given talents with experienced facilitators and fellow parishioners. There are two Strengths for the Journey offerings to choose between:
All who have completed the Strengths for the Journey program are invited to participate in the Graduate Sessions offered during Lent via Zoom. These sessions provide graduates with the opportunity to continue their Strengths development! We invite you to register for either or both of the following sessions:
March 10, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Understanding how our Talents and Strengths Work Together on our Journey to Become a Disciple of Christ
March 24, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
An evening of discussion with Fr. Peter and Fr. Ken: How can our Strengths help our community collaborate, communicate and grow during difficult times?”
Lenten Scripture Study: Looking at the Cross from Genesis through Revelation
Join Mundelein Seminary rector Fr. John Kartje via Zoom for a seven-week Lenten Scripture study. This program, Looking at the Cross from Genesis through Revelation: Foreshadows and Echoes of Holy Week in the Bible will examine how the death and resurrection of Christ fits seamlessly into the overall flow of salvation history in the Bible, from the beginning of creation through the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The course will gather via Zoom on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., from February 17 - March 31.
Join us for an interactive short-course 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. If you’re looking for a place to learn more about the Catholic Church, or you’ve been on the journey and want to go deeper, this course is for you.
This program is held for six Mondays starting on February 22 - March 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Lydia Institute Lenten Series: Streams in the Desert
The Lydia Institute invites you to join us for our Lenten Series. This series will include small-groups and spiritual experiences designed to engage professional women in the life and mission of the Church. We invite you to this opportunity to encounter God more deeply, experience on-going formation and be accompanied on the journey towards missionary discipleship.
Our Lenten Series will run Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:15 p.m. on Zoom February 23 - March 30.
Through our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we create time and space to grow deeper in our relationships with God and with one another. Instead of prioritizing restriction and what to “give up” this Lent, we invite you to delve deeper into relationship with our parish family. If you need help, please ask for it. If you’d like to help others, please sign up to serve as a volunteer. The Love Your Neighbor ministry at Saint Clement kicked off last fall. We pray for one other, connect with one other, and nourish one another. Stay tuned as we highlight each pillar of our ministry here in the Plaza this Lent. To learn more or to sign up, please click here.