I don't care if you can name all seven gifts of the Holy Spirit,” I told the classroom of 8th grade students preparing for Confirmation. “I care very much if you can tell me what it would look like to show fortitude in a high school hallway when you see someone getting bullied. What does fortitude, which is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, concretely look like?"
I am a cradle Catholic; baptized and raised in the Church and proud attender of 16 years of Catholic school, if you count the three years of Jesuit law school. In all that time, I was never once asked to “evangelize.” I first heard the word from our former pastor Fr.
What do you value? What is valuable to you? Take a moment and think about that—make a mental list. I imagine that our lists would vary in some ways, and in others be similar. For example, we might compare our valuables and find that one list has a lot of things on it, a lot of tangible “stuff”—the stuff of Life. Another list might include things tangible, like people—loved ones, family, co-workers—and less tangible, like relationships, feelings, belonging. Maybe your list includes the conceptual: freedom, integrity, compassion, purpose, resolve, vulnerability.
On a gorgeous, sunny Saturday afternoon, 400 parishioners took part in the 13th annual Clement Service Day. From the minute volunteers arrived, the spirit and energy of April 28th was palpable. Due to the large number of participants, we were able to send 23 teams to 22 different sites across the city, from churches and schools in need, to homeless shelters, intergenerational homes and more. Service projects ranged from landscaping to painting to furniture assembly, bus cleaning, meal preparation and serving, and much more.
WHEN GOD’S MESSENGERS in the Old Covenant and the New wanted to explain the ways of the Lord to people, they looked around for objects and events familiar to them. Among the most familiar were the plants they lived with day by day and year after year. From the everyday experiences of sowing, plowing, watering, reaping, and storing the biblical authors created metaphors to explain the unseen realities of the spiritual realm.
As a part of this year's Service Day, we will be collecting clothing through 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 28. Donations benefit various social service agencies throughout the city.
Needed items include:
- men, women (regular & maternity), and children/newborn clothing in good condition
We are in particular need of:
A few years ago, a video went viral about a month before Mother’s Day called “The Unique Connection,” celebrating the special bond between a mother and child. In the video, six mothers stood in a line as one by one their children were led in, blindfolded. The “experiment” was to see whether the child could pick out his or her mother using their senses of touch and smell. The first child we see is a little girl. She leans forward to put her face against one woman’s face, then shakes her head no. The girl continues, feeling the face and hair of another woman, then another.
On behalf of the Saint Clement Parish staff and community, we would like to extend a warm word of gratitude and admiration to all the liturgical ministers who volunteered at the Holy Week liturgies. Many of you volunteered at multiple liturgies throughout the week, and your willingness to assist created the beautiful and prayerful liturgies that we celebrated. From Palm Sunday through Stations of the Cross, morning and evening prayer, the Triduum onto Easter, our community is blessed to pray well together. Thank you!