I CONFESS, WRITING a scripture reflection for the bulletin is not my favorite task. It can be so very challenging because I wonder if I have anything worth saying, or if I have the wisdom to make fresh insights. The critic in me says, “it’s all been said before; you’re just gilding the lily.” The Gospel reading for this day is a good example of a story so well-worn, so familiar, that it seems (to me) all the pith and heat is gone—what more can I say? I’ve heard the narrative, understood the outcome, got the point: talking the talk is one thing, but walking the walk is what is necessary.
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.
Dear Friends at Saint Clement Church,
It is my honor to have been named as pastor of Saint Clement by Cardinal Cupich! Saint Clement is one of the “gold standard” parishes. I am excited and hopeful that we will all work together closely to bring God’s joy to a world aching for good news. As I study the Anchors of Saint Clement, it is clear that this is a community on the move, anxious to dig in, serve those in need, and teach the Gospel, all in a spirit of discipleship in Jesus. God has amazing things in store for us!
We are pleased to announce that Cardinal Cupich has named Fr. Paul Seaman as pastor of Saint Clement Parish, effective July 1, 2017! A native of the South Side, Fr. Paul is presently serving as pastor at St. Pascal and as the Dean of Vicariate 4-A.
Thank you to all the parishioners who participated in the February 6 town hall meeting hosted by Bishop Kane and members of the Priest Placement Board. Approximately 75 people were present to discuss the strengths and challenges of the parish and the qualities needed in our next pastor. The Bishop and priests held similar discussions that night with the parish staff, as well as members of the Pastoral, Finance, and Stewardship Councils.
A Mass for promoting harmony will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. After the divisive election cycle, this Mass will provide us with an opportunity to gather amidst our differences and pray that unity, reconciliation, and harmony may prevail in our country.
The sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation is a sacrament of forgiveness, mercy, healing, and renewal. Through this sacrament, entrusted to the Church, God offers us the assured forgiveness of our sins and the strength to become more faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We approach the sacrament with a sincere sorrow for our sins and a desire to change. We leave the sacrament with the joy of repentance, gratitude for God’s gift of forgiveness, and a resolution to move forward as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Each of us belongs to multiple communities: church, neighborhood, city, country, and world and every community faces challenges to its health, growth, and harmony. How are your relationships with these communities?
Lent is a time of preparation, renewed repentance of our sins, and a new turn to God on our journey toward the fullness of Easter joy. Sin impacts our social relationships as well as our relationship with God, thus the pursuit of healing and wholeness requires reconciliation to the communities with which we belong.
Lent is more than giving up drinking soda or sugar. Lent gives us a chance to reflect on what God wants to give us and how to accept the change God hands us.
Before Lent begins, it's important to make a plan of how the spiritual 40 days can transform your life. It's also important to remember that Lent doesn't need to be lonely. It can be a prayerful experience to transform yourself and others with friends and family. Here are three things that can help you choose what to give up for Lent, follow through with it and make it your best 40 days.