My mother recently celebrated a “milestone” birthday. As my siblings and I discussed what to plan for her celebration and how to make her feel special, we knew one thing for certain—what she would want most of all is for all of us (her mother, her husband, her kids, her grandkids) to attend Mass together. So, we confirmed with her a Sunday date and Mass time, and then my siblings and I planned the rest of her celebration to follow Mass.
BACK IN THE day, if you found yourself overwhelmed in the presence of a stranger, unable to take your eyes off and entirely distracted, but were too shy and awkward to do anything, too scared to smile and say “hello,” you could go home and compose a classified ad to be placed in the Chicago Reader in a section in the back called Missed Connections. Yes, Virginia, there really was such a thing. And it went on for pages at a time.
On Thursday, October 11, Father Larry Dowling met with our parishioners to discuss the current Church crisis.
He invited everyone to read and sign this open letter to the U.S. Bishops. We encourage you to sign and let your voice be heard for reform and accountability.
All our sport teams at Saint Clement had a exciting Fall 2018 season! Many of our teams qualified for playoffs and made the Saint Clement community so proud.
8th Grade Girls Volleyball - Coach Donna Terrasi
In today's Gospel (Mark 10:35-45), Jesus is closing in on Jerusalem, the destination where he will be crushed by the ruling authorities. Two of his closest followers, James and John, ask him for special seats of honor and positions of power when Jesus finally arrives “in his glory.” Although it’s an undignified request it shouldn’t surprise us. It might also anger us, just as it does Jesus’ other friends, perhaps because we and they didn’t think of asking first.
Today's Gosepl tells the story of the rich man who asks Jesus what he must do to have eternal life. After an exchange about the importance of following the commandments, Jesus then looks upon him lovingly and says, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor… then come, follow me.” The story ends with the man going away sad because he had many possessions. Many interpret this passage as speaking about the need to be detached from material wealth or possessions. All well and good!
Flo has been an active and engaged parishioner since 1994 when she moved from her hometown of Boston. She first became involved with the preparations for Holy Week and was moved by the many women and lay people that she saw involved in the liturgy at Saint Clement. She furthered her commitment throughout the years when she became a eucharistic minister, thurifer, sacristan, and Holy Week liturgy coordinator. Flo became a minister of care in 1997 and served at Children’s Hospital for five years.
Today’s Gospel readings, as well as the first reading, deal with divorce. The Gospel also deals with Jesus’ love for children, but let’s look at divorce first. At the time of Jesus, the Jews, following the Law of Moses, were permitted to divorce their wives by writing out a decree of divorce.