Updates and renovations to our magnificent 100-year-old buildings: Letter from Fr. Peter

July 2021
Dear members and friends of Saint Clement,
God is at work in our midst at Saint Clement. Over this incredibly difficult year we grew in engagement, faith and fellowship. About 1,000 members have joined our small faith groups and discussion opportunities. Over 60 parish leaders have been working for the last 3 months on “Clement Way”, a draft of our pastoral strategic plan. Our new Love Your Neighbor Ministry served over 150 meals and our school continues to grow. This incredible movement is a testament to the strength of our community and signals that we want to continue growing in the five anchors of Saint Clement: to belong, pray, learn, serve and give. In the past months, I outlined ways in which God is leading us together in ongoing engagement and growth. Our recent survey clearly indicated that over 90% of our members believe that our parish is moving in the right direction with only 3% questioning the current direction.
This month I share with you a long list of major projects we have engaged in since last summer! All these projects are necessary updates and renovations to magnificent, yet also 100-year-old, buildings. We are able to continue this critical work because of your ongoing financial commitment. Thank you to everyone who has joined PushPay, our online giving platform. I humbly invite everyone else to join our online giving platform this summer. Every gift is critical to our future and ensures our continued impact in this wonderful city. In a special way, I invite you to join the Community of Shepherds, a group of dedicated parishioners who intentionally partner with the pastor in giving an extra annual gift to support the necessary updates and the infrastructure of Saint Clement that our collections cannot support. The members of the Community of Shepherds are asked to make a gift of at least $1,500 a year which enables us to continue the tradition and dedication of our founders.
Here are the projects that the members of the Community of Shepherds supported through their annual donations:
  • LED Lighting in Church
  • Camera and IT systems for virtual Masses
  • Plaza and garage masonry / tuckpointing work
  • updating 4 bathrooms in Ministry Center
  • Painting the Ministry Center
  • School classroom reconfiguration
  • Roof on the Fahey Center and partial roof on the rectory
  • Partial renovation and painting of a section of the chapel
There are over 100 small and large projects to complete in the near future. Funds from the Community of Shepherds may help support some of these projects:
  • Masonry and tuckpointing of Rectory, Church and school buildings
  • Repairing leaks in Chapel and Church
  • Rectory and school painting inside and outside
  • Continued improvement of lighting system to utilize more efficient LED lighting
  • Bathroom upgrades in Rectory
  • HVAC replacements
  • Sewer repairs
  • Sound system updates in Church and Chapel
  • Improvement to living quarters for priests
  • Replacing netting for school outdoor space
As we strive to continue to reflect Christ’s light in the way we welcome, engage and equip our members, I join our incredible Finance Council in thanking you for your commitment to the future of Saint Clement Church and invite you to join and continue to support the Community of Shepherds.
Fr. Peter Wojcik, Pastor