On May 11 about 50 parishioners representing various ministries gathered for the All Ministries Meeting. This annual meeting convened by the Pastoral Council has had various agendas over its history appropriate to whatever is going on in the parish. This year the group took a first look at the initiative that the entire Archdiocese is undertaking called Renew My Church.
On Pentecost we insert a hymn into the Scripture readings of the day. After the second reading and before the Gospel, we sing “Veni, Sancte Spiritus,” or “Come, Holy Spirit, Come!” – the sequence for Pentecost Sunday.
A sequence is a hymn added to the Liturgy of the Word on special days throughout the year. Sequences are optional, except for those on Easter and Pentecost.
Two years ago I spent Pentecost Sunday in Nairobi, Kenya, at Christ the King Parish in Kibera, the largest informal settlement (a.k.a. “slum”) in the city. Attending Mass there on any Sunday of the year would have been a fascinating new experience, but doing so on Pentecost Sunday was truly unique! What made this particular celebration so special to me was the obvious presence of the Holy Spirit enlivening and animating this community – not unlike the original Pentecost event that we were celebrating that day.
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 Aileen Scommegna.
Ascension Parish in Oak Park was my “other” parish as a child growing up. My mother went to school there. My grandmother remained in the big house that assorted members of the clan lived in and her children were raised in. She lived out her life as an Ascension parishioner and was buried there.
I remember going to Mass with my grandmother, who was quite a character! She sat near the back behind a column, with some of her cronies. Occasionally a conversation between would break out during Mass. Behavior not approved of by my mother, even though she also was quite a character.
First Communion photos courtesy amyboylephotography.com
Congratulations to our parish children who received the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, April 30. We proudly and joyfully welcome them to the table of the Lord. First communicants include:
On a sunny, beautiful morning, hundreds of parishioners came to the church, eager and willing to give of themselves in service. Our 11th annual Service Day, held Saturday, April 23, included more than 445 parishioner volunteers at 27 sites across the city, ranging from parishes to homeless shelters, youth centers to homes for the disabled, schools and more. Projects completed included painting, cleaning, sorting, gardening, and repacking food.
As seen on Franciscan Outreach
For church groups that volunteer with Franciscan Outreach, providing service to others and developing a community of fellowship are critical components of their volunteer experience. The work they do with our staff and guests, whether in providing a meal or serving at our shelter or soup kitchen, is so very valuable to our organization.