PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
The purpose of St. Clement of Rome Parish is to foster and enhance a spirit of community among its members, community which returns its gifts to God in a primary way through worship in the Eucharist and which shares its faith through witness, actions, ministries and prayers.
Rev. John Slobig, Pastor
Rev. Mark Harrington, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Henry Dahl
Rev. Raymond Greco, O.S.B
Rev. Michael Minogue
Coordinator of Ministries
Dir. of Liturgy/Music
My Dear Parishioners:
For the first 11,000 years of Christianity an idea was popular that Jesus needed to die for us. As many saw it, Jesus gave His life as a ransom. That ransom had to be paid, and some even thought it had to be paid to the devil. In the 11th century St. Anselm introduced the notion that it was to the Father that Jesus made satisfaction. By dying, Jesus returned the love God deserved from the human race...the love that Adam and Eve and their descendants had failed to give. I believe that human consciousness is now finally ready to accept that Jesus’s sacrifice was made to transform us, to reveal a God Who is self-giving, suffering love. Franciscan scholar, John Duns Scotus taught Jesus didn’t need to die. There was no debt to be paid. Jesus died to reveal the nature of the heart of God.
The cross is about how to fight and not become a casualty yourself. The cross is about being the victory instead of just winning a victory. It’s not about passivity, giving up or giving in. It’s a way of winning that tries to bring your opponents along. It’s declining the simple win-loss scenario and holding out for a possible win-win solution. The cross is refusing to hate or needing to humiliate the other, which only continues the pattern that the world has always followed. When we stand in the mystery of Jesus, we can never stand in a righteous way. We have taken on the mind of Christ. We preach Jesus, but more important, we become Jesus. We recognize that Jesus has calling power over us. In return, Jesus asks that we follow Him on the journey of transformation. Your job and my job is to be Jesus. And yet I admit I don’t know how to be Jesus. He has to do it in me, through me. All I can do, all we can do, is get out of the way and let the mystery of the cross transform us.
Until next time,
Parish BoundariesSt. Clement of Rome Parish is bounded to the north by Bell Road (between the Agua Fria River and 99th Avenue, and between 91st Ave and the New River) and Greenway Road (between 99th and 91st Avenues), to the east by 99th Avenue (between Bell Road and Greenway Road) and the New River (between Bell Road and Grand Avenue), to the south by Grand Avenue (between the Agua Fria River and the New River), and to the west by the Agua Fria River (between Bell Road and Grand Avenue), and 91st Avenue between Bell Road and Greenway Road).