Our Capital Campaign • To Teach Who Christ Is
In the spring of 2014, our parish entered the first phase of our three year capital campaign – To Teach Who Christ Is. Within this page, you will find the details of the original campaign goal and case study. While we are thrilled to report that we have exceeded our original campaign goal of $6 million, the capital needs of our parish buildings far exceed the established goal. Accordingly, we are still seeking new pledges from those who have not yet participated in the campaign. Two-year pledges and one-time donations can be made online. If you prefer to make your donations via check, you can download our commitment card and return it to the parish office.
We encourage you to read the campaign materials and ask any questions you may have. If you have questions, please contact Heather Kracik – Parish Stewardship and Development Coordinator. Thank you for your support of Saint Clement Parish and the To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign.
Credit Card Update Instructions
Please call the campaign's phone number during regular business hours at (312) 534-8500. Anyone who answers the phone will be able to help you update your credit card information.
A Message From Our Pastor
Our capital campaign—To Teach Who Christ Is—is an important commitment to the legacy of Saint Clement Parish and the future of Catholic education, not just in our own parish, but also throughout the Archdiocese. The plan described on these pages builds upon our rich heritage by helping to fulfill Saint Clement’s mission and vision of holiness, communion, and service.
The men and women who made the sacrifices necessary to build and grow Saint Clement Parish for more than a century have set a high bar for us today. In that spirit, over the last several months parish leaders and staff have carefully and prayerfully studied the current design and condition of our buildings and facilities to identify what improvements are needed for us to continue to grow as a vibrant Catholic community. While the components of their recommendations are expressed in the language of brick and mortar, the plan outlined in our Campaign brochure is designed to enhance our ability to belong, pray, serve, give, and learn as individuals and as a parish.
This website describes how Saint Clement’s portion of the campaign proceeds will be used to preserve our buildings and help improve the security and accessibility of the church, school, parish center, and priests' residence. In addition, 10 percent of the funds will be contributed to our Clement Commits program to put our faith into action among those less fortunate than ourselves.
Our overall parish goal is to raise $6 million and to receive 1,000 pledges. To reach this goal, every parishioner needs to participate in the spirit of true Christian stewardship. Not everyone can contribute the same amount, but every contribution will help our community prosper in faith in the future.
Yours in Christ, Father Ken Simpson
Click to download the commitment card.
Click to Listen to Father Simpson's Homily regarding the capital campaign.
The long legacy of faith at Saint Clement Parish brings with it great responsibility. Part of our responsibility is to use our resources to repair and restore the buildings and facilities of our campus. Toward that end, the parish staff, the Building Committee, the Pastoral Council, and a variety of other parish leaders have identified those capital projects which can strengthen Saint Clement’s ability to bring to life our Parish Anchors: Belong, Pray, Serve, Give, and Learn.
The parish priorities we have identified are summarized below and described in more detail within this brochure. If we are able to reach our overall parish goal of raising $6 million, $1 million will support Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the remaining $5 million will be available for the following projects at Saint Clement:
- For our church: $1.4 million
- For our school: $1.1 million
- For our rectory and parish center: $1.1 million
- For our priests’ residence: $800,000
- For Clement Commits: $600,000
- For The Archdiocese
For detailed information, download the Capital Campaign Brochure
For Our Church
Founded by neighborhood families in 1905, Saint Clement Church has long relied upon its parishioners as cornerstones for giving. It was built by families of deep faith and commitment to Catholic teachings. From the beginning, the parish turned to its members for help. For more than 100 years, multiple fundraising efforts have taken place at the parish in support of land acquisition, construction, expansion, and restoration projects. Read More.
For Our School
Since its doors opened in 1906, Saint Clement School has offered a nurturing environment that inspires academic and spiritual growth. It is blessed with engaging teachers and administrators whose passion and enthusiasm empower students with a true loveof learning. The school’s reputation is well acclaimed for delivering Catholic values as well as academic rigor. Read More.
For Our Rectory and Parish Center
The Parish Center has long been the heart of activity serving the needs of Saint Clement parishioners. It was originally built as a single family home and sold to the parish when the church was in the planning stages. After acquiring the building, the home’s façade was structurally adapted with Romanesque architectural designs to seamlessly integrate it into the grand design of the church. Read More.
For Clement Commits
St. Margaret of Scotland School
Consistent with our commitment to share a significant portion of our collections with others in need and the overall campaign goal of supporting Catholic education in the Archdiocese, Saint Clement Parish has committed to share 10 percent of the funds we raise in the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign for scholarships and direct support to St. Margaret of Scotland School on the south side of Chicago. This is in keeping with our Clement Commits program. Read More.
For Our Priests' Residence
Saint Clement recently acquired an apartment building just north of the school at 2530 North Orchard Street. This building will soon be the new home for the priests residing at the parish, including the pastor, associate pastor, resident priests, and visiting priests. However, the new building is in need of plumbling, electrical, and mechanical repairs. The building’s exterior envelope—including the roof, windows, and masonry—will be repaired or replaced; a new HVAC system will be added; bathrooms will be updated; and a portion will be reconfigured for communal living which includes a newly designed kitchen, dining, and meeting space. This will require an investment of approximately $800,000. If we exceed our $6 million goal, we may also be able to construct an ADA-accessible room and lift and repurpose individual kitchens. Read More.
For The Archdiocese
$150 million allocated to the Catholic School Endowment Fund will generate millions of dollars annually for new and continuing needs-based scholarships for many years to come.
Program Enhancements for Catholic Schools
Program Enhancements For Catholic Schools
$8 million of direct cash infusion will ensure academic excellence.
Strengthening Religious Education
$10 million will support Religious Education programs.
"Next Generation" Religious Education
$2 million will develop and pilot new approaches to religious education and faith formation.
$30 million will address specific capital needs in our schools and related parish facilities.
$150 million will address parish-specific needs through the parish based portion of the campaign. This number reflects a total parish-based campaign goal of $250 million, of which 60% ($150 million) will remain at the parishes for their needs and 40% ($100 million) will come to the Archdiocese to meet the needs the parishes cannot meet on their own.
Click to view additional information by visiting the archdiocesan website.
Discerning Your Gift
You Have a Wonderful Opportunity...
to participate in a challenging campaign that will make a difference in the lives of people for years to come. Saint Clement Parish, through its ministries and facilities, will continue to provide help and hope in the name of Christ. The degree to which we will be able to do this is dependent on your prayerful response to the financial challenge.
is being asked to thoughtfully consider God’s call in your life as it relates to His desire for our parish. This brief guide is designed to lead you through a process of discovery.
you will be asked to make a three-year financial commitment to Saint Clement Parish that is over and above your regular giving. Our prayer is that, when you make this commitment, it will come out of a spiritual conviction guided by your sensitivity to God’s leadership.
For more information on discerning your gift, download the Discovery Booklet.