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 Sarah Hamming:
Well, it is over. All of the December craziness. It’s now January in Chicago and many of us are feeling the blues and the Christmas hangover. As we are often reminded, the liturgical Christmas season just ended last week. This is long after stores stopped giving “joy” and our Christmas trees were bagged up. We also just celebrated Epiphany, which celebrates the gifts of the Magi and the revelation that Jesus is the Son of God. And now we are in Ordinary Time. Some Christian traditions refer to this time as The Time After Epiphany.
Back in 2005, I had the opportunity to travel to Cologne, Germany for World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI. The particular theme for that massive, international gathering of Catholic youth on the banks of the Rhine was taken from today’s Gospel reading: “We have come to worship him” (Mt 2:2). The theme for that year’s World Youth Day Celebration was chosen in part because the magnificent Kölner Dom, or Cologne Cathedral, is home to the relics of the Magi, whom we also read about in today’s Gospel.
Archbishop Cupich asked me to read the following letter at all the Masses at Saint Clement Parish Sunday, which I did. The Cardinal, as the letter indicates, has appointed me as the Administrator for Saint Clement Parish for six months, December 31 to June 30. There is a narrative about me posted below.
I still recall how as a child I would look forward to Christmas every year. My hopes and dreams were solely focused on Christmas presents and the beautifully decorated tree. However, my enthusiasm and delight in the rituals of the Christmas festivities would peter out by the end of the season. Over the years however, my expectations for Christmas have evolved. It has taken me a while to comprehend the deeper meaning of why God became human.
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 Elizabeth Adamczyk:
Have you ever had the experience of picturing someone a certain way in your head, only to meet them and realize they look nothing like you thought they would? This happened to me a few years ago with a priest I met at a conference. I had read several of his books and articles while I was a student, and must have unconsciously conjured up an image of what I thought he looked like. When I finally met him face to face, I recall thinking that he was not at all what I had expected!
Father Ken is asking parishioners to join the Office of Human Dignity & Solidarity—Immigration Ministry for their 11th Annual Posada on Friday, December 16. A Posada is a Hispanic tradition of re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem. Advent, a time for reflection, gives us the opportunity to walk and pray in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers who, like the Holy Family seeking a place to stay, are seeking legislative shelter.