Focus on Families

This fall the Catholic Church will hold two significant events that highlight the need to celebrate and support the diverse expressions and needs of families around the world:

The World Meeting of Families

September 22-25, 2015

Philadelphia, PA

The World Meeting of Families is held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family.   Since its inception by Saint John Paul II in 1994, the World Meeting of Families has strengthened the sacred bonds of families across the globe.  At the conference, families share their thoughts, dialogue and prayers, working together to grow as individuals and family units.  The theme of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on our society. This year’s World Meeting of Families will conclude with a visit from Pope Francis, who will participate in a Festival of Families and preside at an outdoor Mass.

Click here to learn more about the World Meeting of Families  

Click here for more information on the Papal Visit to the U.S. 

Click here to learn more about Young Adult Pope Francis Resources

The Synod of Bishops on the Family

October 4-25, 2015

Vatican City, Italy

The Synod is an assembly of bishops from around the world who assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church in a manner that preserves the Church's teaching and strengthens her internal discipline.  The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution of the Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Paul VI in 1965, shortly after the close of the Second Vatican Council, to continue the spirit of collegiality and communion that was present at the Council.  This year Pope Francis will convene the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, with the theme:  "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world."  This synod will continue the work of the Extraordinary General Assembly that met last fall to begin conversations on this topic.  Archbishop Cupich has been appointed by Pope Francis as a participant in the Synod, along with 7 other American prelates able to vote. 

Click here for more resources on the Synod of Bishops on the Family 

EVENT AT SAINT CLEMENT PARISH: "Responding to the Syond of Bishops on the Family

Join us on Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00pm in Fireside Hall at Saint Clement School to reflect and respond to the Synod of the Bishops on the Family. Details can be found here.

Resources for Families

In an effort to join the Universal Church in celebrating and supporting the diversity of family life, the parish staff compiled some resources that our families and their individual members might find helpful:


  • Family Connections Bible; edited by John Vitek
  • Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers; published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  •  Blessings of the Table: Mealtime Prayers Throughout the Year; by Brother Victor-Antoine D’Avila-Latourrette
  • Sleeping with Bread—Holding What Gives You Life; by Dennis Linn, Shelia Fabricant Linn, Matthew Linn
  • Our Family Prays: Catholic Prayers & Traditions; published by RCL Benziger


  • Family Dinner Box Of Questions - Faith Edition; by Melissa & Doug
  • Are You Really Listening?  Keys to Successful Communication; by Mary Siegel
  • The Godparent Book; by Elaine Ramshaw
  • God Knows Grandparents Make a Difference; by Priscilla Herbison 




  • The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples; by Angelique Ruhi-López and Carmen Santamaría
  • After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion to Healing and Hope; by Karen Edmisten 
  • A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy; by Sarah Reinhard
  • Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Your Daily Call to Think, Pray, and Act; by Danielle Bean, & Elizabeth Floss
  • The Joys and Challenges of Family Life: Catholic Husbands; by Brandon McGinley
  • Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting; by Laura Kelly Fanucci
  • Parenting With Grace: The Catholic Parents’ Guide to Raising Almost Perfect Kids; by Dr. Greg & Lisa Popcak  |  Phone: (773) 281-0371  | Fax: (773) 281-2509 | 642 W. Deming Place  Chicago, IL 60614