SPIRIT OF ST STEPHEN'S CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
Worship: 2201 First Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404
Mail: c/o 106 E. 24th Street, Phone: 612-767-4530 Fax: 612-767-4534
23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
September 10, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.
Community Council email@example.com: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Darlene Mattson, Mark Muller, Hugh Smeltekop and Jeanne Wingenter
Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock firstname.lastname@example.org
Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community is an independent Catholic community rooted in Vatican II and Catholic Social Teaching. We believe in the priesthood of all people of faith, and we center our worship on the Eucharist. We support each other in trying to follow the nonviolent Jesus who was radically inclusive. Justice and inclusion in our worship and in our community support our work for justice and peace in our world. We are living the questions, and listening for the Spirit's guidance. All are welcome.
Please pray for mercy for all those who live on death row across the country. In gratitude we pray for the additional time granted to Juan Castillo of Texas, whose execution was postponed due to Hurricane Harvey. Please also pray for the victims of violent crime, all the families involved, the prison staff, and those who hold vigil to end the death penalty. For more information about efforts to abolish the death penalty, go to www.deathpenaltyinfo.org
Prayer Network (Prayers@spiritofststephens.org OR Marilaurice@hotmail.com This week we pray with all who love. We pray with all who love a sister or brother enough to address a conflict between them. We pray with all who love a brother or sister enough to forgive them a sin. We pray with all who love to take up the work of the Gospel, witnessing to the great God of Love. We pray in gratitude for the God who loved us first. We pray in gratitude for the simplicity of the Law “Love your neighbor as yourself”. We pray with all who cannot love themselves or their neighbor because no one has ever shown them how. We pray with all who are able to love only certain neighbors. We pray in gratitude for all who love us enough to call us to repent. We pray with all who know in their bones that “Love never does any wrong to the neighbor.” We pray with all who love a neighbor enough to keep a dispute in confidence, freely offering forgiveness. We pray with all who love to find that place of agreement between people. We pray with all who love children enough to parent them, teach them, care for them and enjoy them. We pray for the children who love us abundantly even when we love them imperfectly. We pray in gratitude for those people in our lives who have loved us for a very long time. We pray in gratitude for new love just waiting to be woven into the fabric of our lives. We pray with all who are beloved, have been beloved or wish they were. We pray in gratitude for the indescribable gift of love. We pray in gratitude for the many signs of God’s abundant love known as sacrament. We pray with all the communities in the world where refugees seek safety and life; Bangladesh, Canada, these United States, and so many other lands. We pray with asylum seekers and all immigrants. We pray with Muslim sisters and brothers forced out of their homes in Rakhine, Myanmar. We pray with all who know life-threatening hunger because of drought, flood, fires, or lack of human compassion. We pray with DACA protected young men and women who are beyond worried for themselves and their families. We pray with all who live the reality of violence right here. We pray with all who cannot get the mental health help they need in the face of restricted resources. We pray in gratitude for all who speak up and show up in the presence of injustice. We pray with all who wait for the results of medical tests or procedures, especially Laura. We pray with Kathleen C., Gini C., Marguerite C., John and Loretta, and all who seek strength and bodily healing. We pray in gratitude for the good news of continued healing and increased strength. We pray in gratitude for the sharing of talents enjoyed by this community. We pray in gratitude for the earthly life of Diane Loeffler, lover of music, children, words, water, fish and all of us. May the freedom of her spirit bring us comfort in the sorrow of our loss. We pray with children who are unsafe or afraid by day and night and for all adults who offer them respite. We pray with the Universe and all who suffer the 80 big fires burning in our western states. We pray with soldiers and their families in all the world and sisters and brothers who live in the violence of war. We pray for peace “and let it begin with me.” With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
Prayer requests for the prayer network are collected by Marilaurice and can be directed to her via email: Marilaurice@hotmail.com or phone: 612-701-7558. The bulletin deadline is noon on Wednesday. All requests made after that will be saved for the next week. Prayer requests can be a specific naming of a person and situation or a general naming of a situation with the particular person known only to the requestor of the prayer. Let us pray…
Wonder what exactly happens at a Worship Committee meeting? What on earth do they do?! Come and find out on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6:45 PM. You will be amazed!
Prayer for Peace and Healing is held most every Tuesday at 5:20 PM. Prayer is held at 1500 Franklin Ave SE. This prayer began on 9/11/01 and has continued faithfully each week. The group is small and the prayer is quiet. All are welcome to pray for their own peace and healing and for the world.
RACISM - It Ends with Me; Dismantling Systemic Racism. An engaging community conversation on racial justice with Bryan Massingale, S.J., racial justice scholar and Fordham University theologian and social ethicist. Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 to 9 pm at the Rauenhorst Ballroom, St. Catherine University, St. Paul. Register at http://bit.ly/2tTWlbr
Thank you from St. Stephen’s Human Services! St. Stephen’s Human Services is grateful for the support shown by Spirit members in the monthly emergency fund collection at Spirit. This summer the emergency fund has assisted three different families in need. For one it covered a late fee that was incurred due to the Fourth of July holiday; another family was assisted in meeting a rental deposit; and the third was able to obtain furniture for a new home. If you have any questions about our work, please contact Jodi Trost, director of development and communications at 612-879-7639 or email@example.com
Family and Children update: Teachers needed! We are finishing our scheduling for teachers for fall, but we would love to add more folks in! We provide the curriculum and supplies for you, and I am happy to help you figure out the curriculum and address any concerns you have. If you are willing, please let me (Gretchen) know by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (612-412-6163). We are also looking to staff our childcare room. We are hoping to hire someone but could use any and all volunteers in the mean time. Contact me (Gretchen) again with any ideas.
Africa Classroom Connection-Books for Africa’s annual Learning Tour to South Africa, Malawi and Zambia. (led by Henry B.) is a valuable opportunity to gain insight into a new culture, witness the great work we are doing with your help, and make new friends. This is not a conventional package tour of Africa. While there is the opportunity to see wild animals on safari (a treasure of Africa!), the heart of our Tour is philanthropic and cultural. You will meet wonderful people and learn about the promise and challenges of education. Just ask some of our community members: Ward, Cathy M, Rita Q, Ruth, and Virgil. The next Tour takes place January 15 - February 10, 2018 and you can choose which portions of the trip you would like to join. Learn more at an informational session via webinar or in person at Henry’s house: 106 E. 24th St. Minneapolis on Tuesday, September 19th 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Find details or register for the info session at www.africaclassroomconnection.org Questions? Catch Henry or write to email@example.com All are welcome, of course.
Saturday, September 16 at 7 pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 2315 Chicago Ave S. Minneapolis. Who is Our Neighbor? Come and enjoy good music and learn about a good cause- and fundraiser to support the needs of immigrants in our midst, ISAIAH and sanctuary efforts in Minnesota. Hear Folksinger Bret Hesla Jazz Pianist Kent Goodroad and Members of Cien Años a Honduran jazz band in town for the Nobel Peace Forum. Children welcome. Freewill admission Parking is available on street and in ramp at 711 E. 24th St. between Chicago and Park Avenues. Church office: 612.871.2967
Peace House Community Job Posting
Peace House Community, a nonprofit founded by Sister of St. Joseph Rose Tillemans, is a daytime gathering place for homeless and marginalized persons. PHC is searching for a Manager who is committed to social justice and desires to work within a collaborative environment. The Manager will be responsible for the overall operations of PHC and building community among marginalized women and men, volunteers, and staff.
30 to 40hrs./week. Salary range: $40,000 to $55,000. PTO but no other benefits. For complete job description and qualifications, check out www.peacehousecommunity.org Send a letter of application and resume to Anita S. Duckor, Peace House Community, 1816 Portland Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55404-2652 or to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2017
70 X 7
Seventy times seven God,
we come to confess
that often our lives fall
like smashed tablets to holy ground.
We say we will love
yet we manipulate.
We say we will dialogue
yet we dominate.
We say, “Speak truth!”
yet we hide in lie.
But the frustration of Paul
that the good we would, we do not
and the evil we should not, that we do
yields to the arms of the old man on the hill
who meets the self-hating scripts of the hired hands
with the robes of sonship
and the rings of daughterhood.
You are the father of parties
and no one outruns your joy.
Jesus told us
that for you
it is as easy to say walk
as to say forgive.
Say them both to us,
that we may walk in forgiveness.