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 Heidi Johnson.
Did you know that 475 people at Saint Clement parish volunteer in liturgical ministries? In honor of their extraordinary commitment that supports our beautiful liturgies and projects a powerful image of belonging to all who enter the church, a festive appreciation dinner was held on Jan. 26 in Fireside Hall. Along with feasting on a delicious spread of Middle Eastern Food and enjoying lively conversation, Fr.
Each of us belongs to multiple communities: church, neighborhood, city, country, and world and every community faces challenges to its health, growth, and harmony. How are your relationships with these communities?
Lent is a time of preparation, renewed repentance of our sins, and a new turn to God on our journey toward the fullness of Easter joy. Sin impacts our social relationships as well as our relationship with God, thus the pursuit of healing and wholeness requires reconciliation to the communities with which we belong.
The most important word in all our readings today is prophet. In our first reading, we hear the beautiful words from the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” In today’s Gospel, Jesus identifies himself as a prophet, “No prophet is accepted in his own native place.”
A group of around 18 Clement Moms served dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Chicago on Monday, January 25. The RMH near Lurie Children's Hospital provides care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and community.
Lent is more than giving up drinking soda or sugar. Lent gives us a chance to reflect on what God wants to give us and how to accept the change God hands us.
Before Lent begins, it's important to make a plan of how the spiritual 40 days can transform your life. It's also important to remember that Lent doesn't need to be lonely. It can be a prayerful experience to transform yourself and others with friends and family. Here are three things that can help you choose what to give up for Lent, follow through with it and make it your best 40 days.
On Tuesday, Jan. 6 all of the choirs of Saint Clement church and school gathered together to lead Epiphany Lessons and Carols. Over 100 singers led the celebration. The choirs included Seraphim, who sing at the 7:00 p.m. Sunday Mass, Chapel Choir who sing at the 9:30 a.m. chapel Mass, Schola Clementis who sing at the 11:15 a.m. Mass as well as two school choirs with younger children who belong to Clementines and older children who belong to Anchords. Lessons and Carols is prayer that incorporates lessons = scripture, and carols = music.
“We are many parts, we are all one body.
And the gifts we have we are given to share.
May the Spirit of love, make us one indeed;
one, the love that we share,
one, our hope in despair,
one, the cross that we bear.”
(Marty Haugen, based on 1 Corinthians 12:13.)