Have you ever been sitting at Mass, perhaps not entirely focused on what is happening around you for whatever reason, and all of the sudden it is as if one of the readings was specifically picked just for you, for that particular moment in time? It has happened to me several times over the years and it happened when I pulled up the scriptures for today to starting writing this reflection. It is as if God is saying in each of the readings, loud and clear, “Now pay attention! This one is for you. I can help if you let Me!”
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.
Administrator Report #1
It is an honor and a delight to be part of Saint Clement Parish, even for six months, as Parish Administrator. With the quality leadership of Fr. Ken, I have not walked into a vacuum! Ministry is at the heart of administration and quality administration bodes well for any ministry. To that end, routine updates for parishioners make sense and I will be regularly communicating with you the efforts underway at Saint Clement during this transition.
WHEN I WAS seven years old my mother and father asked me if I would like to take piano lessons, or so I am told. I have no explicit memory of the event however my response was something like “yes” and so I began. At the time we had no piano at home and so, if I was to spend any time practicing for my lessons, my father would bring me to church in the evenings and while he sat in meetings I
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
Immaculate Conception Parish on 44th, under the guidance of pastor Fr. Manny Dorantes, is an anchor of stability on the southwest side of Chicago. Brighton Park is a neighborhood struggling mightily in the face of escalating violence. The parish is full of hardworking families dedicated to raising their children in a faith-filled household, and they make good use of limited resources.
Imagination is the faculty of faith. Today Jesus speaks to the disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. You are a city set on a mountain.” We are to flavor the world with faith. We are to enlighten the world with faith. We are to be visible to the world with faith.