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. John Ehrich, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Henry Dahl
Rev. Raymond Greco, O.S.B
Rev. Michael Minogue
Coordinator of Ministries
Dir. of Liturgy/Music
My Dear Parishioners:
“Lord, command me to be delivered from such anguish; let me go to the everlasting abode; Lord, refuse me not, for it is better for me to die than to endure so much misery in life.” (Tobit 3:6)
Sanely regarded, death may be seen as an important factor in making life tolerable. I like very much the answer given by an octogenarian when asked how he accounted for his longevity … ”Oh, just bad luck!”
It must be admitted that as the years pass, our world and living in it come to seem decidedly overrated. As St. Theresa Avila put it, no more than a night in second-class hotel. Yet, death’s nearness in some mysterious way makes what is being left behind (I mean our earth itself, its shapes and smells and colors and creatures, all that one has known and loved and lived with) the more entrancing, as the end of a bright sunshine day somehow encapsulates all the beauty of the daylight hour now drawing to a close, or as the last notes of a Beethoven symphony manage to convey the splendor of the whole piece. Checking out of St. Theresa’s second-class hotel, one casts a backward look at the old place, overcome with affection for it, almost to the point of tears.
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).