In this week’s Gospel from Luke, John the Baptist challenges us to repent of our sin and to seek God. This is one of the central themes of Advent - to renew our relationship with God. On our way home from Mass last week, my children asked me for concrete answers as to what it means to prepare in Advent. We are often told to make Advent preparations, that it is a time for spiritual renewal and a time to open our hearts to God. But what does that really mean? How should we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ?
Advent is finally here. I am ready to leap off the starting block in anticipation, with a to do list and grand plans in hand. How are you feeling about the start of Advent? Stress? Joyful anticipation? Weary? All responses are welcome on this first Sunday of Advent.
The Nativity at the 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass has always been a festive, joyful occasion for Saint Clement families. The Christmas Nativity is fun for the children and gives them a sense of leadership and confidence. Most importantly it enhances their understanding of the meaning of the Christmas Scriptures and creates memories for your family and the parish community.
Thank you for your generosity to this year’s H.U.G.S. drive!
The past few weeks, the parish held its annual H.U.G.S. for the Homeless collection. Each year, Hats, Underwear, Gloves & Socks, are requested for our homeless brothers and sisters. Many come to the parish looking for gloves and hats, and local shelters never seem to have enough socks and underwear. This year’s donations will go to the Franciscan Outreach, Lincoln Park Community Services, and the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels.