Stories of Stewards: John and Sheila Pach

Twice a month, Saint Clement publishes stories of parishioners sharing personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement and who actively live a stewardship life through prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from John and Sheila Pach:

Our path to Saint Clement began with a very fortunate Google search upon moving to Chicago in 2007 (John) and the recommendation of a family friend in 2013 (Sheila). 

When each of us first came to Saint Clement, we were blown away by the beauty of the church, the vibrancy and engagement of the community, and the exceptional leadership of the priests and parish staff. We began to feel like we belonged through the warm invitations of parishioners to attend the many events that Saint Clement offers, including Theology on Tap, Young Adult Bible Study, volleyball, and Shot of Theology. In fact, it was through an invitation to the Young Adult Winter Retreat that we met in 2014.

Shortly after beginning to attend Saint Clement, we were invited to become an active part of the community through service. John was invited to serve as a Minister of Hospitality shortly after starting to attend Saint Clement and has continued to be an usher ever since. Sheila has served as a Minister of Care at Lurie Children’s Hospital since 2014 and recently began volunteering as a Catechist for Saint Clement’s first grade Religious Education students. Through our service and, more importantly, the service of other parishioners in the wide-reaching ministries of Saint Clement, we tangibly witness the beauty of the Body of Christ at work.

As we reflect on our time at Saint Clement, one theme that continues to emerge is the strength of the community. We draw inspiration from the faithfulness of the community in worship and the tenderness of heart and generosity in service and giving. We also see how it extends far beyond the corner of Deming and Orchard, as we see fellow parishioners striving to live their Christian faith in the broader Chicago community on a daily basis.  We are so thankful to have Saint Clement as our spiritual home and to be a part of its community.