News & Announcements

Wintershelter outreach begins in November

September 04, 2015

Our annual Wintershelter outreach begins in November and continues on one Saturday evening through April; specific dates are not yet set, but will be announced soon.  St. Clement’s volunteers – 2 to 3 each month – are needed to prepare and serve dinner for up to 20 men in the shelter at Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd & Spruce, arriving with dinner about 6:30 pm and finishing up before 8:00 pm.   Be a cook,…  Read More >>


Bach Festival to present annual concert series

September 04, 2015

The Philadelphia Bach Collegium and Choral Arts Philadelphia are excited to present this unique crossover series of new and old, combining Cantatas of J.S. Bach with contemporary works sharing a similar spirit, related thematically or drawing inspiration from Bach’s work. Join Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Bach Festival of Philadelphia for thrilling music, lively conversation, and a free post-concert reception with the musicians.  For the complete 2015 - 16 concert schedule, go to…  Read More >>


Acclaimed ensemble Seraphic Fire announces concerts at Saint Clement’s

September 04, 2015

Entering its second decade, Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire is widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the United States. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire brings singers from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works.  Ticketes are free, but should be obtained in advance by going to www.seraphicfire.org.

Nov. 12, 2015, 7:30pm
Te Deum –…  Read More >>


Pope Francis’ Visit to Philadelphia -  Sept. 26 - 27

September 04, 2015

More details have been announced about security and crowd control measures that will be in place when an estimated 1.75 million people gather in and near Center City Philadelphia for the Papal visit and Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sat. and Sun. Sept. 26 - 27.  Philadelphia officials will  construct an 8-foot tall fence to enclose a security zone (in red on the adjacent map), with airport-style security devices, stretching from the Art Museum to City Hall for the Holy Father’s…  Read More >>


Report on the Annual General Meeting of the Society of Mary

September 04, 2015

by Anne Bower, Ward Secretary

The Annual General Meeting of the Society of Mary (American Region) was held on May 16, 2015 at the Church of St. Uriel the Archangel in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

The Society of Mary is an Anglican devotional society dedicated to the glory of God and to the Holy Incarnation of Christ under the invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Society has several objectives, namely, to love and honor Mary, to increase and deepen devotion to…  Read More >>


From the Archives

September 04, 2015

[Saint Clement’s rich history and long-standing devotion to Anglo-Catholic traditions is often reflected in general news articles, as well as in the collection of parish newsletters and magazines, that date back to the 1870s, all found in the church archives.  In the time of the Cowley Fathers, priests sent to shepherd St. Clement’s by the Society of St. John the Evangelist, based at Cowley in England (1876 – 1892), the controversies regarding our church’s ritualistic liturgical practices were still raging in the Diocese.  Yet…  Read More >>


Summer Music

August 06, 2015

The quartets made up of our talented choir members will resume singing the Saturday and Sunday Masses at 5:00 pm and 11:00 am in September.  In the month of August, meanwhile, a cantor and organist will lead congregational singing of hymns and the Healey Willan mass setting found in the 1940 Hymnal.  All services, except the Mass on the Assumption on Aug. 15, will be in the air-conditioned Saint John’s Chapel

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 06, 2015

High Mass & Procession
Sat., Aug. 15,  11:00 am
with Full Choir

Ordinary: Missa Festiva, Flor Peeters
Motet: Ave Maria, Felix Mendelssohn
Prelude: Aria, Flor Peeters
Postlude: Magnificat VI: Final, Marcel Dupré

Following the Mass, the St. Clement’s Ward of the Society of Mary will sponsor a reception in honor of Our Lady. All are invited and most welcome to attend.

If you are interested…  Read More >>


From the Archives:  A comment on the ‘Collect’

August 06, 2015

by Fr. Franklin Joiner,
Rector 1920 - 1955

Several people lately have asked me why some of our prayers are called Collects? It is an odd name for a prayer until we study its history. The Christians at Rome, when they united to offer the Eucharistic Sacrifice, used to gather at one church which they called the ecclesia collecta, the church of assembly. When all the people had gathered in this…  Read More >>


Renovation and Repair Work at St. Clement’s

August 06, 2015

The Vestry, working at the recommendations of the Property Committee, has initiated a number of long-overdue repair and renovation projects in the past several months.  Leaking problems in the Rectory that have caused continuing wall and roof damage in the third floor have at long last been staunched, thanks to a re-building of internalized downspouts and scuppers.  Exhaust systems in the Rectory and the high altar Sacristy have been installed to solve various problems of long-standing in those areas, and badly deteriorating Rectory windows…  Read More >>


Report on the Annual General Meeting of the Society of Mary

August 06, 2015

by Anne Bower, Ward Secretary

The Annual General Meeting of the Society of Mary (American Region) was

held on May 16, 2015 at the Church of St. Uriel the Archangel in Sea Girt, New
Jersey.

The Society of Mary is an Anglican devotional society dedicated to the glory of
God and to the Holy Incarnation of Christ under the invocation of the Blessed
Virgin Mary. The Society has several objectives, namely, to love and honor
Mary, to…  Read More >>


Rector’s Sermon on Pentecost 4

July 09, 2015

Bowed down with grief, rage, and shame at the horrifying murders of nine devout fellow-Christians, three brothers and six sisters in Christ, members of Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, I find it striking that this Mass for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost begins with a series of questions from the opening verses of the twenty-seventh Psalm:

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom then shall I fear? …  Read More >>


Pope Francis’ Visit to Philadelphia - Sept. 26 - 27

July 08, 2015

At least 1.75 million people are expected to make their way to the Philadelphia region for the 8th World Meeting of Families in September, highlighted by Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States and a Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sun. afternoon, Sept. 27.  Philadelphia officials plan to construct an 8-foot tall fence to enclose a more than 4 mile stretch of Center City for the Holy Father’s visit. …  Read More >>


Summer Quartet Sponsorships

July 08, 2015

As in summers past, you have the opportunity to sponsor a quartet of our talented choir members to sing the Saturday and Sunday Masses at 5:00 pm and 11:00 am..  The cost of sponsorship is $440; partial or joint sponsorships are available. The Mass may be dedicated to the memory of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for a favor received through prayer, or in prayer for someone in need. Contact the Rector for more information or to donate.  Masses on un-sponsored Sundays…  Read More >>


Parking & Access to St. Clement’s

July 08, 2015

As the weather turns warmer, the season for parades, bike races, marathon runs, and other athletic and festival occasions on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is already upon us.  Access to St. Clement’s on Sunday mornings may be a challenge from time to time, whether by car or by public transit.  We urge all our parishioners and friends to keep in touch by way of the website – www.s-clements.org –  or by the Facebook page – www.facebook.com/SaintClementsPhiladelphia – which we update…  Read More >>


Summer Services Schedule

June 05, 2015

Beginning Saturday, June 13, St. Clement’s Church will offer a weekly First Mass of Sunday on Saturday afternoons at 5:00 pm. Shorter and simpler than the 11 am Solemn Sunday Masses, these vigil liturgies will feature a brief homily and charming English settings of the Mass ordinary and propers sung by members of the renowned Choir of St. Clement’s Church, Peter Richard Conte, organist and choirmaster.

Throughout the summer months, the Sunday morning schedule will be Morning Prayer at 7:30 am, Low Mass…  Read More >>


Rector’s Letter – May 2015

May 05, 2015

1 May 2015
The Feast of SS Philip and James

Dear Members and Friends of Saint Clement’s,

Beloved in Christ, blessings abound here in Mary’s month of May. This particular year brings us The Invention of the Holy Cross, the annual Rogation Mass and Procession, The Feast of Our Lord’s Ascension on the 14th (a holy day of obligation when we will offer the usual 12:10 low mass and High…  Read More >>


Summer Quartet Sponsorships

May 05, 2015

As in summers past, you have the opportunity to sponsor a quartet of our talented choir members to sing the Saturday and Sunday Masses at 5:00 pm and 11:00 am, starting Sun. June 7.  The cost of sponsorship is $440; partial or joint sponsorships are available. The Mass may be dedicated to the memory of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for a favor received through prayer, or in prayer for someone in need. Contact the Rector for more information or to donate. …  Read More >>


Saint Clement’s needs your financial support

May 05, 2015

Visit our website, www.s-clements.org, “Giving”, where you have several opportunities to give:

•  The 2015 Pledge, which contributes to the annual general expenses of the church.   We cannot solely rely on income from the Endowment, which is insufficient to meet our operating expenses.
•  The Friends of Music, which helps us to show forth the glory of God through the Anglican tradition and our unique musical heritage
•   Helping…  Read More >>


Parking & Access to St. Clement’s

May 05, 2015

As the weather turns warmer, the season for parades, bike races, marathon runs, and other athletic and festival occasions on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is already upon us.  Access to St. Clement’s on Sunday mornings may be a challenge from time to time, whether by car or by public transit.  We urge all our parishioners and friends to keep in touch by way of the website – www.s-clements.org –  or by the Facebook page – www.facebook.com/SaintClementsPhiladelphia – which we update…  Read More >>


Best wishes to Father Ian Montgomery

May 05, 2015

The Rev’d Ian Montgomery, our curate for the past six months, has been called to be Interim Rector at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont.  We wish Fr. Ian, and his wife Diane, Godspeed, thank him for his ministry with us at St. Clement’s, and look forward to seeing him here at great feast days.

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Change to Daily Mass Schedule

April 27, 2015

The weekday (Monday through Friday) masses will be at 12:10 pm each day, from 1 May.  The 7:00 am masses are suspended, due to extremely low attendance.

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Eastertide addresses

April 13, 2015

Beginning Sun., April 19, the Rector will present a weekly Eastertide series of brief addresses during the Coffee Hour, following the 11:00 am Mass, based upon Charles Gore's 1927 Halley Stewart Lectures, Christ and Society.  Please plan on attending.

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Bach @ 7 concert at St. Clement’s

March 31, 2015

Wed. April 8  -  7:00 pm

Two sumptuous Alto Cantatas BWV53 and BWV170, performed by special guest Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, a member of America's most popular early music group Anonymous 4.  Also J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin BWV1060, with our own Geoffrey Burgess and Rebecca Harris.The program lasts approximately one hour and is followed by audience reception with performers. All ages welcome, open seating. No advance ticket sales. Come as you are! Pay What You Wish!

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Rector’s Annual Report Message

March 09, 2015

My dear people,

Throughout these first six months as your priest and rector, I have been doing what Anna sings about in my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I – Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Haven’t you noticed suddenly I’m bright and breezy? Because of all the beautiful and new things I’m learning about you day by day.  Or as the Prophet Isaiah sings about the wonders of divine initiative Behold, I will do a…  Read More >>


2014 Annual Report published

March 09, 2015

The 2014 Annual Report of the parish was presented at the Annual Meeting onf the Congregation, Sun., March 8, 2015.

Download the Report [pdf] >>

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Choral Arts featured on WHYY

February 04, 2015

Bach @ 7, Choral Arts Philadelphia, return to St. Clement's on Wed. March 11, at 7:00 pm. Meanwhile, enjoy WHYY's story, much of it shot at St. Clement's.

 

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Father Alton’s Homily for Third Sunday after Epiphany 2015

January 29, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Liturgically this is a full day, the third and last Sunday after the Epiphany as next Sunday is Septuagesima when we begin to prepare for Lent. Today is also the Feast of the dramatic conversion of Saint Paul from a rabid persecutor of Christians to the Apostle to the Gentiles. The church also commemorates Saint Peter…  Read More >>


Candlemass – Purification BVM

January 29, 2015

Candlemass – Purification BVM.  Mon., Feb. 2, 7:00 pm.
High Mass, Procession, and Blessing of Candles
The full choir will be conducted by Barry Rose, OBE

Internationally known as one of the UK’s leading choir trainers, Dr. Barry Rose, at the age of 25, became the youngest cathedral organist in the country when he was appointed to the position of Master of Music at Guildford Cathedral. He can look back…  Read More >>


Boys’ & Girls’ Choirs of St. Paul’s K Street

January 29, 2015

On Saturday, February 14th, the renowned Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs of Saint Paul’s Church K Street in Washington D.C. will sing at St. Clement’s at Solemn Evensong and Benediction at 5:30 p.m. Please do welcome these gifted young musicians and their splendid director (our parishioner) Robert McCormick.

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Annual Parish Membership Meeting & Election

January 29, 2015

The Annual Meeting of the Membership and Election of Vestry members will be Sun., March 8, following the 11:00 am High Mass.  Please plan to attend and participate.

Three places in the Vestry are open for regular three-year terms, and a fourth is open as an unexpired term of one year.  St. Clement’s Corporation bylaws require potential candidates for election, including incumbents, to submit a nomination petition with signatures of six parish members.  Inquire with the Rector or Wardens for more information.

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Laughing Bird to perform at St. Clement’s

January 29, 2015

Prepare for a holy and prayerful Lent with stirring, beautiful music on Sunday, February 15, 5:00pm. The Laughing Bird & Old City Music: Aus der Tiefen. Concert includes Lenten motets and Bach’s Cantata BWV 131, Aus der Tiefen. Features St. Clement’s choir members Leslie Johnson and Jenifer Smith. Free-will offering.

http://www.laughingbird.us/

 

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“Radio Play” at St. Clement’s

January 29, 2015

On the Friday following Ash Wednesday, February 20th at 8:00 p.m., our own Clementine Thespians will perform From the Dark Shadows, a radio play by Scott Stewart adapted from a story by Russell Kirk. This modern mystery play will entertain us with chilling twists and turns and a downright frightening discovery along the way. Warm refreshments will be served. Mark your calendars and come out to support our very talented parishioners. A free-will offering (suggested donation $10)  for our ministries to persons in need…  Read More >>


Father Alton’s Homily for The Epiphany, 2015

January 08, 2015

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

How glad I am to celebrate this Feast of Our Lord’s Epiphany, his manifestation with you this evening; glad and grateful that we are indeed able to know by faith what the…  Read More >>


Annual Parish Membership Meeting & Election

January 08, 2015

The Annual Meeting of the Membership and Election of Vestry  members will Be Sun., March 8, following the 11:00 am High Mass.  Please plan to attend and participate.

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Wintershelter

January 08, 2015

Our annual Wintershelter outreach, which began in December and is continuing every first Saturday through April, now has a full complement of volunteers for the season.  The Helping Others committee is surveying additional outreach opportunities for members of the parish to participate in.  If you have any ideas or suggestions of charitable organizations or volunteer opportunities for us to assist struggling Philadelphians, please let us know, at info@s-clements.org or 215-563-1876.  Meanwhile,…  Read More >>


Parish Notes:  Welcoming newcomers, child care, coffee hour

January 08, 2015

Sunday Coffee Hour

Our deepest thanks to Jim DiPuppo for his hard work and unfailing hospitality at coffee hours following the Sunday High Mass over the past months.  Recently, Jim has been joined by Patti and Fred Manuel, and Yvonne Bonaparte who have taken up some of the work, for whom we are also grateful. Many other members of the parish, as well as members of the choir, led by Les Anders,…  Read More >>


2015 Annual Pledges Are Due

January 08, 2015

Go to www.s-clements.org and click on “Giving” or get a pledge card from an Usher or Warden.

Thank you for your generous and prayerful support of St. Clement’s.

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20 + G + M + B + 15

January 08, 2015

At the Mass on the Epiphany, you’ll be offered a piece of blessed chalk.  (Ask an usher or Warden if you have not received one.)  The  headline of this

 article should be written on the lintel above the front door of your home –  on the street door, if a house, or on the door of your apartment otherwise – with the chalk you take home.  It contains the first letters of …  Read More >>


Be a Part of Things

January 08, 2015

As part of our Parish family, you are welcome to bring a delicious morsel for Sunday Coffee Hour, help out in the Church Garden, arrange flowers for High Masses, assist at the Wintershelter for homeless men, help to maintain vestments and altar linens, or other aspects of parish life.  Please contact the Church Wardens at info@s-clements.org or 215-563-1876.

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Make a Tax-Deductible Year End Gift!

December 30, 2014

Help us meet a $5,000 year-end challenge to support our extraordinary music program. Click here to make a donation>>>  Our choir and organists are among the finest in the world. Help us to continue our worship and ministry in the beauty of holiness..

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Rector’s Letter – December 2014

December 04, 2014

Dear Members and Friends of Saint Clements,

The Season of Advent is upon us and it sure is beautiful. While not without a suitable penitential quality of violet vestments and some stern words from the prophets preparing us to receive the joys of Christmas with humility and true devotion, much joy and confidence finds its way to our hearts in the Masses and Offices of this holy season. This is especially so on the Third Sunday in Advent when the altars and sacred…  Read More >>


Advent Carols Festival

December 04, 2014

Sun. Dec. 21,  4:00 pm
Saint Clement's Episcopal Church

In the winter twilight, join us in the quiet, candlelit Saint Clement's Church to hear the prophecies and great music of Advent.

The renowned Saint Clement's Choir, conducted by Organist and Choirmaster Peter Richard Conte,  sings

Adam lay ybounden, Boris Ord
Rorate Coeli desuper, G. P. da Palestrina
A Hymn to the Virgin, Benjamin Britten
Ave Maria…  Read More >>


Confession

December 04, 2014

The Sacrament of Penance offers the assurance of God’s forgiveness on confession of sin.  Saint Clement’s offers Sacramental Confession as a means of dealing with a troubled conscience, or as part of a regular pattern of repentance.  This season of Advent, and the Quiet Day on Dec. 13, with addresses by the Rector on love and forgiveness, is an especially good time for us to ‘clear a way’ for our Lord in our…  Read More >>


From the Church Archives

December 04, 2014

The “St. Clement’s Quarterly” Winter 1887

FOR THE MOTHERS’ MEETING
The Coal Club

MEMBERS.  Any member of the Mothers’ Meeting of the parish who is in good standing can join. None who belong to other parishes can join it.

DUES.  Must all be paid on or before the Thursday after the third Sunday in Advent. Will be collected weekly at the Mothers’ Meetings. Amount varies with the price of…  Read More >>


Rector’s Letter – November 2014

October 27, 2014

My dear people,

November begins with All Saints’ Day when we rejoice with all the Saints known and unknown who enjoy the beatific vision in Heaven. For Catholics this beautiful and important feast is a Holy Day of Obligation when the Church urges us to worship God and to support one another by assisting at Mass.  We will offer a Solemn High Mass on Saturday, November 1st at 11 a.m. and I…  Read More >>


Welcome to our Curate, The Rev’d Ian Montgomery

October 27, 2014

A son of Pennsylvania, Fr. Montgomery was born in Bremerhaven, Germany, where his father was serving in the US Navy. Soon thereafter he returned to Pittsburgh and was baptized at Calvary Church, Pittsburgh, confirmed at St. Thomas Memorial Church in Oakmont, attended St. Edmund’s Academy (Pgh.), Calvary Camp in Conneaut, Ohio and came East to St. Andrew’s School, Delaware. While at SAS he often found himself in Philadelphia. Whether rowing on the Schuylkill…  Read More >>


Bach @ 7 Concerts continue at St. Clement’s

October 27, 2014

Wed. Nov. 12,  7:00 pm

Joshua Cohen - Baroque Trumpet
Choral Arts Philadelphia
Philadelphia Bach Collegium

Sonata IV for Trumpet and Strings in C Major - Heinrich Biber
Die Deutsche Liturgie - Felix Mendelssohn
Cantata BWV 70: Wachet, Betet, Betet, Wachet! –  J.S. Bach

Pay what you wish - $20 suggested contribution, at the door only.  No tickets, no reservations required.  Cash, checks and credits cards…  Read More >>


Annual Neighborhood Food Collection a Success

October 27, 2014

St. Clement’s volunteers distributed, then later collected, shopping bags that our neighbors filled with donated groceries and toiletries for the St. John’s Hospice men’s shelter in September.  More than 100 bags were returned brimming with donated items. Our thanks go to the parishioners who lent a hand, and especially to Patricia, Fred, and Max Manuel, who coordinated the project this year.

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Vestry News

October 27, 2014

Anne Hall, devoted parishioner, volunteer in the Garden and for the Wintershelter, member of the Rector Search Committee, and maker of delicious chocolate chip cookies for Coffee Hour, has been unanimously elected by the Vestry to fill an unexpired   term.  Dr. Robert Regan, elected in 2012, submitted his resignation recently for family-related reasons.

We are deeply grateful for Dr. Regan’s wise counsel and service, especially during the search and selection of our…  Read More >>


Cleaning of High Altar Reredos

October 27, 2014

The cleaning and restoration of the great triptych at the High Altar was completed in September, thanks to a very generous donation by anonymous parishioners.  The conservators spent several weeks atop scaffolding to reach the highest points of the reredos, dusting, then cleaning gently, by hand, the years of accumulated grime.

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Corporal Works of Mercy Windows and Carved Saints

October 27, 2014

Thanks to a generous memorial gift from a parishioner, the lovely stained glass windows depicting six of the Corporal Works of Mercy, which date from the earliest days of St. Clement’s and have most recently been located in the St. John’s Chapel Sacristy at the back of the church, are being restored and then relocated to the Anchor Room, where they can be viewed and enjoyed by everyone.  Materials Conservation, a renowned architectural…  Read More >>


From the Parish Register

October 27, 2014

We welcome nine new adult
members and two children:

Barbara Alton
Francis Alton
Yvonne Bonaparte
Milton Brugada
Rebecca Harris
John Miller
Ralph Orr
Vincent Root
Adrienne Stretch
James Craig Stretch
Lucas Stretch
William Stretch

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Wintershelter opens soon, St. Clement’s volunteers needed

October 23, 2014

Our annual Wintershelter outreach begins on Sat., Dec. 6 and continues every first Saturday through April (Jan. 3, Feb. 7, Mar. 7,  Apr.  4).  St. Clement’s volunteers – 2 to 3 each month – are needed to prepare and serve dinner to up to 20 men in the shelter at Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd & Spruce, arriving with dinner about 6:30 pm and finishing up before 8:00 pm.   Be a cook (a chicken…  Read More >>


St. Francis & Blessing of Animals

October 01, 2014

The Feast of St. Francis will be celebrated on Sat., Oct. 4 with a Low Mass at 10:00 am in the St. John's Chapel, followed at 11:00 am by Blessing of Animals in the Church Garden.  All pets are welcome!

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Annual Neighborhood Food Collection

September 11, 2014

The Annual Neighborhood Food Collection drive is planned to begin Sunday, Sept. 21 & Sun. Sept. 28. Join us in distributing empty shopping bags to our neighbors on the 21st after Mass, then collecting filled bags on the 28th.  Contact co-chairs Fred & Max Manuel. To volunteer: info@s-clements.org or see one of the Wardens.

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Rector’s Letter –  July & August

July 21, 2014

My dear People,

This is my last letter to you as your Rector, since I will be retiring and will finish work at St Clement’s on August 31. I will be sad to leave, but my sadness is greatly tempered by the inspired choice of our new Rector, Father Rick Alton. The Search Committee worked hard for 17  months and sifted through many applications until their unanimous choice was Fr Alton. Then…  Read More >>


Gift for Father Reid

July 21, 2014

The Saint Clement’s Vestry has declared our retiring Rector, Canon Gordon Reid, as Rector Emeritus, and has approved an appropriate gift to him as some thanks for his ten years of pastoral care and friendship to the Parish.  However, we would like to make it possible for our parish members and his many friends in Philadelphia and around the world to contribute to a thank you and Godspeed gift that will make his…  Read More >>


News & Notes: Assumption BVM; Quartets sponsors; Annual Neighborhood food drive

July 21, 2014

Assumption BVM
Friday, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Low Mass is at 7 am, and High Mass & Procession of Our Lady, with full Choir and Orchestra, is at 7 p.m.

Summer Sundays
The main Mass on Sunday has moved from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. through September. These Masses will be sponsored by individuals, costing $390 each.  Members and friends of…  Read More >>


Service Times changes

July 21, 2014

The Rector will be away from the parish for a few days in late July.  Daily Masses and Evensong will be canceled on Thurs. July 24, Fri. July 25, Sat. July 26 and Mon. July 28, as well as 8:00 am on Sun. July 27. The 10:00 am Mass on Sunday will be sung as usual, Bishop Rodney Michel celebrating and preaching.

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Cleaning of High Altar Reredos Planned this Summer

July 21, 2014

Thanks to an extremely generous contribution from two anonymous members of the parish, the great High Altar triptych is scheduled to be thoroughly cleaned by an art conservation firm starting the week following the Feast of the Assumption, August. 15.  This is possibly the first time the 25-foot high piece has been cleaned of the accumulation of candle and incense smoke and general city grime since the 1930s.  Scaffolding will be erected across the front of the altar to afford the conservators full access…  Read More >>


Mary as a Model for Evangelization

July 21, 2014

by Fr Graeme Rowlands, Chaplain-General, Society of Mary

It was just over a year ago that Pope Benedict announced that he would be resigning at the end of February. Since then a great deal of water has flowed under the bridge, both metaphorically and literally! Pope Francis has created an entirely new public image of his office and broken so many of the conventions. He has proved how close he is to the people, particularly to the poor and disadvantaged; he embraces those…  Read More >>


XIX Rector, Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church | Philadelphia

June 30, 2014

The Reverend Richard Charles Alton

A descendant of several founders of Hartford, Connecticut, Father Alton was born in Manchester, Connecticut in 1955 and attended public schools in nearby Bolton where he played the organ in the local Roman Catholic parish church during High School. He attended Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and graduated from Boston College (A. B. Theology, Magna cum laude 1978) where he met his future…  Read More >>


Rector’s Letter – June

June 04, 2014

My dear People,

The High Mass on Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. is for one of my favourite feasts of the year, Corpus Christi.  Just as the Feast of the Holy Cross in September is a rerun of Good Friday (but outside Holy Week), so the Feast of Corpus Christ is a rerun of Maundy Thursday outside Holy Week. Thus the gift to the Church of the Holy Eucharist can be…  Read More >>


News & Notes: Upcoming Mass schedule, Summer Quartet sponsorship, and more

June 04, 2014

Corpus Christi
Thurs., June 19, the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, is the Feast of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, commonly called Corpus Christi. Low Mass is at 12.10 pm, and High Mass & Procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 7 p.m.

Service times
The Rector will be away from the parish for some of the weekdays in the weeks beginning June 23 and June 30. Please…  Read More >>


Saluting Our Sexton

June 04, 2014

Anthony Paonessa has been Sexton at St Clement’s since Father Peter Laister hired him in June, 1989. Commemorating his 25th anniversary, the congregation had a special reception for him on Sunday, June 1, and presented him with a check in thanksgiving for his steadfast work at St Clement’s. The Rector testified how often Anthony goes far beyond his duties and working time by helping out at special events such as evening Masses on…  Read More >>


Corpus Christi

June 04, 2014

from the Rector's Blog

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, commonly called Corpus Christi, gives us a chance to rejoice with the joy of  our full Resurrection faith, even about events which (without the Resurrection) are full of sadness and futility.

I love to dwell on the great  (but intellectually satisfying) mystery of the Body of Christ, in its three Modes of Being.

1) Clearly the Body of Christ is in Heaven, indissolubly united to…  Read More >>


Pope Francis:  Do Not Cage the Holy Spirit

June 04, 2014

Pope Francis recently told throngs of Charismatic Catholics to not obstruct the work of the Holy Spirit in evangelizing, but make the adoration of God the “foundation of renewal.”  He continued, “Go forth into the streets and evangelize, proclaim the Gospel. Remember that the Church was born to go forth, that morning of Pentecost.  Let yourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, with that same freedom. And please, do not cage the Holy Spirit!”

He addressed 52,000 people from 55 countries who had…  Read More >>


Rector’s Letter – May 2014

April 30, 2014

My dear People,

“May is Mary’s month” is the beginning of Hopkins' great poem “The May Magnificat” printed elsewhere in this Newsletter, and this has been the Church’s tradition for many centuries. Of course, all months, all years, all centuries belong to God, and therefore to his eternal Son, Jesus Christ, and therefore to his blessed Mother; but we humans have to fix our minds on just single aspects of the glory…  Read More >>


The Mother of the Church

April 30, 2014

from the Rector's Blog – Oct. 2009

I was in Rome on November 21, 1964, when Pope Paul VI proclaimed the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church, and thus brought to an end the Second Vatican Council. The Church of England had been invited to send two seminarians as part of the Anglican delegation to the Council, and it was a little ironic that in the end they picked myself from Cuddesdon College and Stanley Klores from St Stephen’s House, and so…  Read More >>


A Historic Memorial is Returned to St. Clement’s

April 30, 2014

When a friend of the Parish recently alerted the Rector to an item appearing in the catalogue of an upcoming antique auction in Boston, Fr. Reid gladly accepted the gentleman’s generous financial gift and sought additional donations to help the church recover the treasure on offer: a gem- and micromosaic-set gold-washed sterling silver Morse that had been given to St. Clement’s in 1898.  The 9 by 4-1/2 inch clasp used to fasten the…  Read More >>


The May Magnificat

April 30, 2014

by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89).  Poems.  1918

 

MAY is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
    Her feasts follow reason,
    Dated due to season—


Candlemas, Lady Day;        
But the Lady Month, May,
    Why fasten that upon her,
    With a feasting in her honour?

Is it only its being brighter
Than the most are must delight her?        
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Rector’s Letter – April 2014

April 04, 2014

My dear People,

St Paul said: “If the Messiah is not raised from the dead, your faith is in vain”

I would like to be just as bold as Paul and say that if Jesus Christ was not raised from the dead three days after he was crucified, then we are wasting our time coming to church and believing in Christianity. Our whole faith rests on the belief that the promise…  Read More >>


Holy Week Services

April 04, 2014

Sun. April 13:  Palm Sunday, Low Mass  8:00 am,
Confessions  10:00 - 10:45,
Sung Mass & Palm Ceremonies,  11:00 am

Thurs., April 17   Maundy Thursday,
Sung Mass, Procession to the Altar of Repose,
Foot Washing,  7:00 pm
Confessions following the Service

Watch before the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight, 7:00 am to noon on Good Friday

Fri., April 18,  Good Friday, Liturgy of the Cross,  Veneration…  Read More >>


Concert:  The Choir of Merton College – Oxford

April 04, 2014

St. Clement's hosts the Choir of Merton College – Oxford in a free concert, Tues., April 15,  6:00 pm

Featuring choral works by Sheppard, Victoria, Tavener, Vierne, and Stanford.

One of Oxford’s leading mixed-voice choirs, with 30 undergraduate and post-graduate singers, performs in the splendid acoustical environment of St. Clement’s Church. 

Conducted by Benjamin Nicholas, the ensemble has recorded several CDs of sacred music, has been featured on the BBC,…  Read More >>


Thanks to Wintershelter Volunteers

April 04, 2014

St. Clement's has just completed another season of volunteering at the Wintershelter, a homeless shelter for working men at Trinity Memorial Church in Center City Philadelphia.  We prepare and bring dinner for up to 20 men, serve it, and spend time with these terrific guys, one Saturday a month from November to April.  

Thanks to Anne Hall, Sebastian Morris & Chrisopher Taylor, Curt Mangel, Max Manuel, George Clark, Richard Henderson, Hal…  Read More >>


Save the Date – Salute to Anthony’s 25 years

April 04, 2014

Anthony Paonessa, our devoted Church Sexton, has been at St. Clement’s for 25 years!  Our buildings and grounds are clean, neat, and in good working order thanks to his hard work and commitment to our church for a quarter century!  Look for more in the May newsletter.

We are celebrating his St. Clement’s anniversary with a special reception after the 11:00 am Mass on Sunday, June 1.  Please plan to attend and…  Read More >>


Annual Meeting of the Corporation of St. Clement’s

March 15, 2014

The 2014 Annual Meeting and Vestry Election was held on Sunday, March 9 following the 11 am Sung Mass.  The Rector and chairs of Vestry committees presented a summary of the Annual Repoort, which can be read here>>

Ron Emrich, the previous Rector's Warden, was re-elected for a final, three-year term, to fill the single open seat on the Vestry.  Thanks to DaVida Goings for her candidacy.

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Rector’s Letter - March 2013

February 27, 2014

My dear People,

The month ahead of us brings us once again to Lent. March 5 is Ash Wednesday, when the Church has a special ceremony of placing a smudge of ash on our foreheads, accompanied by the words: “Remember, O man, that dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”.  The ashes are made by burning some of the palm branches from last year’s Palm Sunday ceremonies, and thus we…  Read More >>


Announcement: Annual Meeting & Vestry Election

February 27, 2014

Sun., March 9  – 12:45 pm
following the 11 am Sung Mass

All members in good standing of the Corporation of St. Clement’s are urged to attend and to vote for the single open seat on the Vestry.  Polls will be open for 30 minutes following the 8:00 am Mass, and again at the meeting at 12:45 pm.  No proxy or mail votes allowed.  Qualified voters list is posted in the church Narthex.

Anyone wishing to stand for election may submit…  Read More >>


Choral Evensong needs Singers

February 27, 2014

St. Clement’s is now offering Choral Evensong, featuring Anglican chant and hymns, plus Benediction, on each last Sunday of the month, at 4:00 pm.   Our choirmaster and assistant organist, Peter Richard Conte and Bernie Kunkel, are leading a choir composed of volunteers who love music and want to polish – or create – skills in Anglican four part chant from the Oxford and other Psalters.  More singers are welcome.  To volunteer or for…  Read More >>


Saint Clement’s Needs Your Financial Support

February 27, 2014

Visit our website, www.s-clements.org, “Giving”, where you have several opportunities to give:

•  The 2014 Pledge, which contributes to the annual general operating expenses of the church
•  The Music Program, which helps us to show forth the glory of God through the Anglican tradition and our unique musical heritage
•   Helping Others, a vital part of our identity as Anglican Catholics as we give ourselves to feeding the hungry, helping those unable to help themselves, caring for the sick

…  Read More >>

Everyone has a Vocation

February 27, 2014

By St Francis de Sales (from his “Introduction to the Devout Life” Part 1, chapter 3)

At the creation God commanded the plants to bear fruit each according to its kind and he likewise commands Christians, the living branches of the vine, to bear fruit by practicing devotion according to their state in life.

The practice of devotion must differ for the gentleman and the artisan, the servant and the prince,…  Read More >>


Annual Meeting of the Corporation of St. Clement’s

February 04, 2014

The Annual Meeting of the Corporation of St, Clement’s will take place on Sunday, March 9 after the 11:00 am Sung Mass. The purpose of the meeting is to elect members of the Vestry as required, and also the parish’s representatives to the Southwark Deanery and the diocesan Convention. We also use this meeting to present reports to the congregation concerning various aspects of our church life: outreach and mission; the financial position…  Read More >>


Saint Clement’s Need Your Financial Support

February 04, 2014

Maintaining our vibrant, historic church in Center City Philadelphia, our exquisite music, our beautiful and reverent liturgy, and our worldwide ministry and online outreach is expensive. Pledges and plate donations still cover only 14% of the annual operating budget. The remainder must come from income earned from our invested funds, relying on the generosity of past generations to sustain the worship of our own.  Our deficit, although relatively small, is nevertheless unsustainable!  Whether you are a longtime parishioner; a newcomer; a Friend of St.…  Read More >>


Amateur Choir and Evensong

February 04, 2014

In consultation with our choirmaster and organists, the rector  decided to form a group of singers to make up a choir of amateurs, to sing extra services for St Clement’s. We are, of course, blessed with a wonderful professional choir, which sings the main Masses and music on all Sundays and Feasts. But they are all busy people, involved in other musical commitments. We have in the congregation and among friends of St Clement’s several good singers who, though not the kind of professional…  Read More >>


Rector’s Letter - February 2014

February 04, 2014

My dear People,

The next two months contain some lovely feasts of the Church’s Year. This year, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple falls on the first Sunday of February and displaces the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. This feast is commonly called Candlemass, because it is the Church’s ancient practice to bless candles on that day. We then carry them in procession round the church to…  Read More >>


Search for the XVIII Rector

January 17, 2014

The Search Committee of the Vestry of Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church has begun receiving declarations of interest from candidates for rector. The new rector will succeed The Reverend Canon Gordon Reid, who will retire in 2014.


The Search Committee invites individuals to access the materials listed below. All submissions of cover letter and CV will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. They should be sent to m.coleman@thetactilegroup.com or sent by mail to


Marc Coleman, Chair
…  Read More >>


Rector’s Letter – January 2014

January 02, 2014

My dear people,

This past year has been one of transition for St Clement’s, as we have begun to plan the changes that will be necessary when I retire as Rector at the end of this year.

First of all, I decided not to replace Father Ethan Jewett with a new Curate, since it seemed better for the new Rector to have a free choice of a colleague with whom to…  Read More >>


Gems from Canon Reid’s letters to the parish over his ten years’ Rectorship

January 01, 2014

First in a series

February, 2004.

The Epiphany’s sub-title in the Prayer Book is “The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles”. There are a lot of Gentiles out there in Philadelphia and beyond. Some are simple as shepherds, some wise as the Magi. But they, and all of us, have to be brought to  kneel at the Manger and worship the God who came helpless as a baby, to show us that the weakness of God is stronger than men. Of course,…  Read More >>


From the St. Clement’s Archives

January 01, 2014

by Br Steven Haws CR, St. Clement’s Parish Archivist 1984-1989

As always curious to find more archival material for St. Clement’s during my visit this past November to Philadelphia, I did some research at the Library Company of Philadelphia, which is a remarkable repository of rare prints and photographs.  Our parish is represented in some of the oldest photographs in the collection, dating to the 1860s, of the exterior and interior of…  Read More >>


Donate

December 27, 2013

April 15 is months away, but the deadline to make a gift to St. Clement's eligible for a 2013 tax deduction is today. Of course, there are far more compelling reasons to support St Clement's than a tax deduction. The income from our endowment does not cover all the costs of our music, our ministry, our historic buildings, our charity to the poor and needy. You can help by donating now>> 

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The Rector’s December Letter

December 02, 2013

My dear People,

I write this as we are just beginning the Advent Season, which is the beginning of the Church’s Year, the beginning of the story of our redemption, when God exercised his sovereign power and came into our world in a new way, as one of us.

Of course, there was never a time when God was absent from our world. The Old Testament testifies to God’s presence, especially in the life of Israel, both as Logos and Sophia, God’s…  Read More >>


Rector’s Letter – November

October 29, 2013

My dear People,

November is a month when we think particularly of the Church Invisible, those who have died and gone on into what God has prepared for those who love him.

On Saturday, November 2 we celebrate All Souls Day with a Solemn Requiem Mass with the Choir singing Durufle’s Requiem at 11 a.m. Then on Sunday, November 10, we will have a Solemn Requiem Mass again for Remembrance Sunday. This is an English commemoration of those who  gave their lives…  Read More >>


All Saints & All Souls

October 28, 2013

Fri. Nov. 1  All Saint's Day  – Low Mass  7:00 am;   Sung Mass  5:30 pm, Plainsong.

Sat. Nov. 2  All Souls – Sung Requiem Mass  11:00 am  Full choir

Sun. Nov. 3 External Solemnity of All Saints 11:00 am Sung Mass  Full Choir

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Rosaries by the Hundreds – OutFest Ministry

October 28, 2013

Father Reid and several volunters from St. Clement's spent a crisp autumn Sunday afternoon at OutFest, Philadlephia's fall LGBT srtreet festival in Center City, staffing the St Clement's booth and handing out rosaries blessed by Canon Reid.  This was our second year to reach out to the gay community in this way. 
Fr. Reid tells the story in his blog>>

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Rector Search Committee Report

October 28, 2013

Members of the parish gathered after the 11 o’clock mass on Sun., Oct. 27 for a presentation and discussion about the results of the recent parish survey.  Father Rodger Broadley, Rector of St. Luke & the Epiphany Church in Philadelphia, moderated the meeting.  The survey was sent to the 109 members of the parish in early September; 48 anonymous survey forms were returned by the September 29 deadline.   Our profound thanks to Fr. Broadley for his leadership and supportive words.  View the survey…  Read More >>


Love (III) by George Herbert – 17th century Anglican divine

October 28, 2013

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lack’d any thing.

A guest, I answer’d, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
…  Read More >>


Results of Parish Survey

October 24, 2013

The Rector Search Committee invites all members of the St. Clement's parish to an informal meeting in the Parish Hall on Sun., Oct. 27 following the 11 am mass to present the results of the recent parish survey.  Fr. Rodger Broadley, Rector of St. Luke & the Epiphany, will moderate the meeting.

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Sermon Preached at the Society of Catholic Priests High Mass, St. Clement’s, Oct. 10, 2013

October 10, 2013

My dear People,

As those of you who listen to me week after week know, I never write my sermons. Once in a while, I may have a note or two, or a quotation I want to get right, but for the last thirty years I have hardly ever written a sermon in full.

However, I made an exception on October 10, when I preached at the High Mass for the Society of Catholic Priests. This is a comparatively new Society of…  Read More >>