The Saint Clement Human Concerns Commission focuses our parish's response to the physical and social welfare needs of our parish family and the broader community. Raising awareness of our responsibility to address social issues in light of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, promoting direct service opportunities for parishioners and participating in actions to promote social justice in our civic life are some of the ways we place our faith in action.
Human Concern's mission is to:
- Help parishioners become good stewards by moving from faith to action;
- Provide concrete opportunities for parishioners of all ages to serve the needs of the poor and vulnerable; and
- Invite parishioners to join in solidarity with all people of goodwill to redress the systemic injustices present in our public life.
All parishioners are invited to join us. The Commission meets monthly on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Fahey Parish Center. Contact Allen Wesolowski.
You may also wish to view “Serve the Large Community” webpage for information on our outreach efforts with the Lakeview Action Coalition, Lincoln Park Community Shelter, Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Albany Park, and our sister parish, Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion (22 de Abril), in San Salvador, El Salvador.
The Commission also coordinates the sale of “Chicago Shares” vouchers.
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
2. Call to Family, Community and Participation
4. Dignity of Work
5. Rights and Responsibilities
6. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
7. Caring for God’s Creation
The Respect Life Committee of Saint Clement’s Human Concerns Commissions is committed to promoting the Archdiocese's mission to transform society into a Culture of Life, consistent with our Catholic beliefs, where every human life is cherished and protected from conception until natural death. The Committee offers education, prayer and service opportunities for parishioners who have a passion for the dignity and sanctity of all human life and a desire to share that beautiful truth in a peaceful and compassionate manner.
The Respect Life Committee hosts activities that are open to all. They include talks on life issues, support of pregnancy crisis centers, dissemination of information on programs that foster life and healing (such as Project Rachel,) sponsorship of a teen information table and other archdiocesan activities.
Membership is open to all Saint Clement parishioners. We meet monthly, the evening of the second Tuesday. You are invited to join in our prayer and work and help us share the truth about the dignity and sanctity of all human life. Contact our Chair, Maria Munoz, M.D., for more information.
In recent months the Respect Life Committee has:
- helped organize efforts to end the death penalty in Illinois;
- supported The Women’s Center and Aid for Women, two organizations that help pregnant women in need;
- volunteered at Heather’s House, a shelter and educational center for pregnant women in need;
- organized and provided expert presentations on end-of-life care, fertility medicine, and other life issues;
- supported Archdiocesan programs like Project Rachel, an expression of compassion for those injured by abortion and a path for healing and reconciliation;
- participated in peaceful prayer vigils at nearby abortion clinics;
- organized a successful health fair at our Chicago sharing parish, Our Lady of Mercy;
- coordinated Pancakes for Pampers, in support of Heather's House, a full service haven for women who face the threat of homelessness if they choose life;
- provided blankets and snuggle toys for Christmas at New Moms.
Human Thread Campaign (Oct. 2015)
Religious Liberty Symposium (Oct. 2013)
Q&A Session found at https://vimeo.com/77540181.
Religious Freedom Symposium (Oct. 2012)
Symposium on Religious Freedom and the new Healthcare Mandates. Seated: Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz of Agudas Achim Congregation. Standing: Fr. Dorantes; Fr. Richard Simon of Saint Lambert; Fr. Simpson; Respect Life Committee Chair, Maria Muñoz, M.D; Dr. Joronda Crawford of Israel Methodist Community Church; Paul Norris.
Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz of Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation, Dr. Joronda Crawford of Israel Community Methodist Church, and Fr. Richard Simon, pastor of Saint Lambert Church, tackle one of today’s most vital subjects for people of faith—freedom of religion and the new Department of Health and Human Services rules that require all employers to provide insurance that covers birth control.
Health Fair at Our Lady of Mercy (Sept. 2012)
Walgreen's provided free health screenings at the Respect Life Committee's Health Fair at sister parish Our Lady of Mercy. Hundreds took advantage of screenings and information on healthy living and disease prevention.