Hurricane Harvey Victim Relief

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Our thoughts, prayers, and solidarity remain with those suffering from Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. The Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity of the Archdiocese of Chicago has started an emergency appeal to help those immediately affected by this unprecedented and catastrophic storm. Catholic Charities USA, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, needs our support to ensure delivery of care and support to individuals and families affected by the hurricane, regardless of religion, social, or economic background. 

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Christina Bax

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What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word “church?” Having posed this question to several RCIA and confirmation classes over the years, I’ve discovered that the answers to this question are as many and varied as the people in a room. While answers often include specific people, buildings, objects, actions, ecclesial structures and authorities, the word “church” encompasses many realities. 

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Stories of Stewards: John and Sheila Pach

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Twice a month, Saint Clement publishes stories of parishioners sharing personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement and who actively live a stewardship life through prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from John and Sheila Pach:

Our path to Saint Clement began with a very fortunate Google search upon moving to Chicago in 2007 (John) and the recommendation of a family friend in 2013 (Sheila). 

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin Reflection by Joanna Krynski

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On Facebook recently, a graphic was shared featuring a young man’s encounter with Jesus. The image shows the young man and Jesus both sitting on a park bench, facing each other. The backdrop is a serene view of green grass and leafy trees whose color becomes muted in the brightness surrounding Jesus. Then, in stark white speech bubbles and bold, black print, the graphic reads as follows:

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Stories of Stewards: Renae Godish

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Twice a month, Saint Clement publishes stories of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement and who actively live a stewardship live of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from Renae Godish:

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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“His throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. A surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat.”

There's a lot of fire in the first reading today. An Ancient One sits on a throne of fire, with wheels of fire, streaming a surge of fire. Someone like a human being approaches on a cloud and is given power over everyone and everything. Later, in the second reading the disciples claim that they’re not following cleverly designed myths, yet the fiery language of this passage from Daniel certainly sounds mythic.

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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time Reflection by Deacon Tim Sullivan

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In today's Gospel, we have three familiar images told in parable form. The first is a treasure hidden in a field, the second a pearl of great wealth, and finally a fisherman’s net loaded with various types of fish. In the first instance—the treasure buried in a field—the finder wasn’t entitled to the treasure but rather the owner of the field. Because he could gain great wealth, the finder worked hard to get the prize by purchasing the field from the owner.

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