19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin Reflection by Gabriel Mayhugh

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Gabriel Mayhugh

How many times do we hear the words: “Follow your heart?” It can be one of the easiest ways to give someone advice and it is also a very true statement. Where our heart goes, so does our being. Unless we try (often unsuccessfully) to go in the other direction. The same goes with the phrase “my heart’s just not in it.” This phrase is usually reserved for when we are exhausted or when we truly have moved in a new direction. Jesus answers the question, “What can I do if my heart’s just not in it?” He says: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be.”

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Christina Bax

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I'm not sure if it’s the summer heat, or the recent time spent with my four year old niece, but today’s psalm is making me think of the movie Frozen. The psalm’s refrain—“If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts”—seems like an appropriate summary for a set of challenging Scripture readings this Sunday. As I began to reflect on hardened hearts, I couldn’t help but recall the opening song of the Disney hit: “Beware the Frozen Heart.” 

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Relfection by Father Ken Simpson

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Father Ken Simpson
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
 
How many times have we heard that from civic and religious leaders in response to the recent outbreaks of incredible violence, the death of countless innocents, and unspeakable horror? “Our thoughts and prayers go out” to the slain police officers and their families and to those tragically killed in confrontations with police. Our thoughts and prayers go out. (Occasionally, as in the press conference following the ambush of police in Baton Rouge, the leaders also ask for prayers.) 
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Stories of Stewards: David and Heather Bennett

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David and Heather Bennett Family

As part of our ongoing engagement process, we have come to realize the importance of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement as an important factor in their lives. As a feature twice a month, we share the stories and reflections of our engaged parishioners who are living a stewardship life of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from David and Heather Bennett:

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Father Rex Pillai

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Father Rex Pillai

In Greek mythology there is a story about the father of all gods, Zeus, who once visited the earth with his son, Hermes. They disguised themselves as weary travelers and knocked on many doors in their search for shelter but only to be ignored until they came to a small cottage in which an old couple welcomed them and offered them hospitality. But as the wine was drunk it renewed itself in the pitcher, and the old couple were struck with terror when they realized they were entertaining gods.

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To Teach Who Christ Is Construction Update

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Temporary ramp

You’ve heard the old adage, “There are two seasons in Chicago—winter and construction!”

Well, Saint Clement is now beginning its own construction season. You’ll notice a few things around the campus:

You’ll notice dumpsters outside the school…

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Deacon Tim Sullivan

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Deacon Tim Sullivan

Today's Gospel passage by Luke starts with a scholar of the law trying to test Jesus. His test is one that concerns all of us, what must we do if we want to inherit eternal life? This wasn’t a concern of the lawyer, it was only meant to try to trip Jesus up. Jesus gives the reply that you shall love God and your neighbor as yourself. This wasn’t good enough for the lawyer who then asks, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus takes this opportunity to expand on who our neighbor is by way of the parable of the Good Samaritan.

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Christina Bax

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In last Sunday's Gospel, Jesus called his disciples to “follow me.” In this Sunday’s passage he is sending them out on mission. I’ve always struggled with the call to mission, largely because I tend to think of missionaries in a rather limited sense. The first image that comes to mind is someone who has sold all they have, moved halfway around the world, and is working to care for the poor and promote the faith.

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