Stories of Stewards: Aileen Scommegna

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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.

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The Ascension of the Lord Bulletin Reflection by Fr. Ken Simpson

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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.

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Congratulations First Eucharist Recipients!

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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:

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11th Annual Service Day Brings Faith and Service to Chicago

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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.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Saint Clement Church

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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.

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Stories of Stewards: Susan Brady

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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 Susan Brady.

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6th Sunday of Easter Reflection by Melissa Dan

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“Moving is exciting. Change is good. But I feel a little like a refugee saying goodbye to all the old familiar places before I’m going to be shipped out. Somehow, a neighborhood where you’ve worked, run, eaten many lunches (hurried or otherwise), dashed in and dashed out, talked to friends and said many prayers feels like hallowed ground.”— Rick Hamlin

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