I AM A frequent shopper, and I am often amazed at the sheer variety of choices that we have at the grocery store. A dozen types of apples, cereal in every shape and size, rows and rows of meats and cheeses. Sodas and paper towels, chips and cleaning products. We are blessed in this country by an overabundance of foods and products, shelves overstocked with comestibles and merchandise. One of the most ubiquitous items is bread.
Saint Clement's annual school supply drive for our sharing parish, Our Lady of Mercy, will take place on the weekends of August 18/19 and 25/26.
Our Lady of Mercy parish, located in Albany Park, has a very large and active Religious Education program, instructing and forming close to 600 children. Saint Clement parishioners have a tradition of generously supporting the program by providing school supplies to families who are experiencing financial hardship. The staff and families of OLM have always expressed heartfelt appreciation for our support.
Do we trust God to provide for us?
I think that this is the question today’s readings and today’s Gospel, in particular, ask us to reflect on.
My dad was a wanderer. My earliest memories of childhood vacations include one of us kids asking “where’s dad?!?”or more often my mom asking us in consternation “where is your father?!?” Something would catch his eye and he would be off to explore and learn more about it. He never meant to cause anxiety or worry in us and he certainly never purposely left us; he just became so engrossed in something new that he forgot about everything else.
I WANT TO highlight three important takeaways from this Sunday’s Scriptures that have direct, urgent, and practical significance for us. Each of us is baptized into what we refer to as Jesus’ threefold office: priest, prophet, and king. Today’s readings help us understand: what does it mean to be a prophet?
Saint Clement is committed to raising funds to send three Inmaculada Concepcion parishioners and three members of the Jean Donovan Foundation from our sister parish community in El Salvador to attend the canonization of Oscar Romero in Rome on October 2.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 to cover their transportation and lodging expenses. Any surplus funds raised will be contributed to our sister parish and the Jean Donovan Foundation.
People change, for better or worse. Many situations can happen in someone’s life that causes them to reevaluate for the good, or to slip into habits that are detrimental. We all have times that we change to some degree. High school students graduate and move to college. Often within the time of one semester, something changes. Maturity sets in, minds are opened, world views are molded, and life experiences shape personality and actions. When a loved one passes away, things can change. When one moves onto a new vocation in life, things can change.