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.
We all want to get in first; to find the best spot, to get the first choice, to get the freshest food. The line forms and when you’re first, you’re first. When you’re last, you’re last. We live our lives with this basic order and have been taught it since we were very young. It’s not nice to cut in line and doing so can elicit anger from those who feel unjustly treated. One of the best places to witness this behavior is at the airport. Don’t you dare try to board with seating #2 when you are clearly seating #3.
Written by parishioner, Sarah Flosi.
In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the relationship between Saint Clement and our sister parish in El Salvador, a few parishioners from Saint Clement and a member of Millar Chapel at Northwestern spent time with the people of 22 de abril in May. As always, it was full of inspiring moments intermixed with the sad realities of day-to-day life in 22 de abril.
The installation of a new pastor is a wonderful event in the life of a parish and a powerful way to mark a new and exciting chapter in the life and growth of a community of faith.
On Saturday, October 7, our Vicar, Bishop Francis Kane, and our Dean, Fr. Larry Lisowski, will celebrate the Rite of Installation of our new pastor, Fr. Paul Seaman during the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Please plan to attend this extraordinary celebration in the life of Saint Clement Parish!
Are you looking for a meaningful way to grow in your faith and learn more about the Word of God? This year, the Archdiocese of Chicago is launching Six Weeks with the Word of God: Young Adult Scripture Faith Sharing to provide young adults in their 20s and 30s a wonderful opportunity to do just that.
Starting on Monday, September 25, Six Weeks with the Word of God will meet at 7:00 p.m. Centennial Hall of Saint Clement School. Sessions will combine elements of study, support, and fun, ultimately enabling attendees to help one another find God in their lives.
Our first reading from Sirach says, “Forgive your neighbor’s injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD? Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins?” In our Gospel today, Jesus tells a story in which a servant is forgiven a great debt, and then, the same servant goes on to treat a fellow servant—who owes him a much smaller sum—without mercy.
We will kick-off our Season of Stewardship on Sunday, September 24 with the parish’s Anchor Fest (formerly Fall Fest). Join us after the 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Masses for this much beloved annual community event, complete with a backyard barbeque, and fun and games for children.