Our parish, located in Chicago, accepts everyone. Whether you are just starting to explore the Catholic faith or have been considering becoming Catholic for a while, we are here to walk with you on your journey of faith. Full initiation into the Catholic Church is constituted by participation in the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The normative process to prepare for the reception of these Sacraments is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) – a process of spiritual and educational formation that has been handed down to us from the early Church. Learn more about the RCIA process.
If you are still in the beginning of your explorations and would like to talk to a member of our pastoral staff, please feel free to reach out to any of us.
Making the Journey Home
Whether you are just beginning to think about returning to Church or can’t wait to get involved, we hope to walk with you on that journey. We've put together a variety of information below to help you make some connections as you start out.
I’m a returning Catholic – where do I start?
Plugging into a new community can sometimes be daunting, but we’ll try our best to make you feel welcome! Here are a few places you might want to start:
- Join us for a Sunday liturgy
Sundays at Saint Clement are a wonderful time to come together as a community and lift our hearts towards God. All are welcome! See our Mass times here. Not sure where we are located? Click here.
- Register in the parish
Registering in the parish allows us to keep you up-to-date on parish happenings and helps us to know who we serve! Once you register, you will be invited to our new parishioner gatherings and receive additional information about our community. Register online here.
- Join a ministry or prayer group!
Saint Clement offers a variety of prayer groups, small faith sharing communities, outreach ministries, and parish life groups (such as our Young Adult Community, Clement Moms, Clement Dads, Clement Couples, and Gay & Lesbian Network).
- Attend a Parish-wide Event
Throughout the year we offer some signature parish-wide events that engage our members across the spectrum! Each fall we host Fall Fest, where parishioners can come together and learn more about the various parish groups and ministries. Around the start of Lent in February, we gather for Prayer Day to deepen our understanding of prayer and gain practical insight into the many ways and forms of prayer. Springtime brings Service Day, when over 400 Saint Clement Parishioners are sent across the city to do active service, then gather for prayer and reflection over a meal.
- Browse our website or bulletin
Interested in seeing what our community has to offer? Feel free to browse other sections of our website, downloading our latest bulletin, or checking out our calendar.
Come talk to us!
Any member of our pastoral staff would be more than willing to set aside time to speak with you regarding any questions you may have or to simply welcome and get to know you. Two of our staff members who are particular eager to walk with returning Catholics are:
Here are some websites and books you might find helpful along the way:
- Catholics Come Home Website
- Word on Fire's Faith Clips
- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, by the United States Council for Catholic Bishops
- Catholic Customs and Traditions, by Greg Dues
- Choosing to be Catholic: For the First Time, or Once Again; by William J. O'Malley, SJ
- Why Stay Catholic: Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question; by Michael Leach
I would like to become Catholic
Whether you are simply inquiring into the process or ready to begin the journey we look forward to meeting you! The traditional process for men and women who have not been baptized in the Catholic faith but who wish to join the Church is through the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA. If you are interested in learning more about this process, please visit the RCIA webpage or contact our Pastoral Associate, Christina Bax.