On the Thursday before Palm Sunday, a friend and I packed my car full of baby gear that we had collected from generous parish families and drove to the Rogers Park neighborhood. Over the course of the day, we visited three refugee families to deliver basic goods that every household with a new baby needs: a crib, car seat, bath tub, carrier, stroller, diapers, and infant clothing. The families were from Burma, Iraq and Syria, and each had other children.
Everyone proclaimed your mighty deeds!
“Blessed is the king who comes
in the name of the Lord.”
As for us,
let us throw down our cloaks for you,
shout your name for all to hear,
and welcome you into our
world and lives and
Lest the stones
(copyright 2015, Anne M. Osdieck)
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
Our Parish 8th graders received the sacrament of Confirmation on March 13. We were blessed with the presence of all the confirmed. On behalf of our entire community, congratulations and may the blessings of the Lord be with you on this day and always.
The mild weather this past week put that spring in everyone’s step. Weather in the 50’s and 60’s always does so. The feeling of Spring is around us and outdoor life in the city is beginning to re-emerge. We feel a sense of hope.Chicagoans embrace warmth with enthusiastic open arms, soaking up every bit of outdoor time, sharing time with friends and family, going to the park, and lazy bike rides. I am also energized by the communities that come together for the first time in months.
Anchor Ball - our annual parish-wide fundraiser - has proven to be a true celebration of the Saint Clement community for 25 years and this year was certainly no exception. Parishioners and their guests flooded the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile to celebrate our 25th anniversary and support our parish on Saturday, March 5.
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 Mary Newburn.
Ahh, the Prodigal Son. It serves as quite the lesson. We’ve all heard this Gospel many times in Mass, and reflected upon it in school and religious education. Yet it never seems to get any easier; it’s always one of the more challenging Gospels for me to grasp. “It’s just not fair!” I find myself wanting to shout. Sometimes I wonder if Consistency is my sixth strength: “You try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.” Perhaps it is that I very much identify with the older son. An obedient child, loyal companion, devoted, faithful.