Last weekend I spoke at all the Masses about the recent grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Church in Pennsylvania. I want to thank everyone for your comments, questions, and words of support. It was very difficult to speak, but I felt it important that you hear what I, as pastor, had to say. When the Church is under fire, it is tempting to become defensive. It is tempting to talk about all the good and real things the Church does that changes people’s lives for the better. That is certainly part of the picture. But right now, we simply need to sit in the mess.
Six people have been chosen from our sister community in El Salvador to travel to Rome for the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero. From left to right, those who will visit in October are: Jose Andino Hernandez, Alba Iris Padilla, Ines Torres, Jesus Imelda Velasquez de Benitez, Zulma Patricia Villalobos, and Ferman.
Join us on Sunday, September 9 at the 11:15 a.m. Mass as Saint Clement welcomes Cardinal Blase Cupich to celebrate our church building’s 100th anniversary. Reception to follow in Centennial Hall.
This past week, we saw the horrific findings of a grand jury in Pennsylvania concerning sex abuse by some priests and the cover up by their bishops. I urge you to read these listed articles and others, which I hope will shed light on this sad moment in our history. Thank you for your continued trust and endurance.
Father Paul Seaman
Thomas Edward Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, was a British military officer and writer. He is remembered for his exploits during the Arab revolt against the Turks in the First World War. He led raids, captured various key posts, and fought his way through Palestine to Damascus. He returned to Oxford at the end of the war to write an account of his experiences. The title of his book was Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which comes from today’s first reading from the Book of Proverbs.
Sometimes the person that matters most is the one least regarded, and sometimes what is essential is the last thing we think of.
Saint Clement Athletics is looking for coaching volunteers in the following sports for the Fall season. All candidates must meet Chicago Archdiocese volunteer requirements, including completion of VIRTUS, background check, mandated reporter training, concussion training, and become certified as a Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach. Practices would be held twice per week, with games/meets on selected days.
Many thanks to all who donated to this year’s Lenten Almsgiving in support of our three year partnership with Parroquia San José (St. Joseph Parish) in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Saint Clement was able to send $22,719.56 to assist the parish as they rebuild their lives following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September 2017.
Padre Francis Okih Peter, pastor at Parroquia San José, sent a letter of thanks and said:
"Dear Father Paul and the entire parishioners,