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

info@spiritofststephens.org www.spiritofststephens.org

23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

September 10, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.

Community Council council@spiritofststephens.org: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Darlene Mattson, Mark Muller, Hugh Smeltekop and Jeanne Wingenter

Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock   info@spiritofststephens.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.

Welcome to AllThank you for joining your prayer with ours this morning. We remain at many different places along our paths and your questions or comments are invited by any of the ministers. Visitors: We have child care available and also a program for older children during the school year. The first row of chairs on each side of the altar (nearest the musicians) are for those using wheelchairs, walkers, or canes or needing easy access to seating; please do not block the view of those who remain seated in these rows. The section near the front door is a scent free area to better accommodate the needs of individuals with chemical sensitivities/allergies; please refrain from sitting there if you have applied any scented personal care products or have used scented laundry detergent or dryer sheets on your clothing.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN NEED FUND – We've collected funds to help meet the urgent needs of our registered SOSSCC members in the areas of housing, food, clothing, medical, and/or transportation. If you have such a (monetary) need which would be alleviated by a (generally) one-time infusion of a modest amount of cash, or if you know of a member who has such a need, please apply (or encourage that person to apply). Call or email Ed and Sally Ehlinger, edehlinger@gmail.com (612) 827-8087; Michael Donahue, med717@aol.com (651) 264-9590; Kathy Murphy, kcmurphytaylor@aol.com (612) 871-8712; or Lynn Hallett, mlhallett@yahoo.com (651) 697-9534. We respect your privacy.

SOSS community members place high value on responding to the pastoral needs of one another. Please let us know when you (or someone you love) are experiencing a health crisis, death of a loved one or other difficult times. Call 612-767-4530 and follow the menu instructions to relate your pastoral care need. You will be forwarded to the home phone of the Pastoral Care person on call. The Pastoral Care person will answer or call you back to link you with community members who have volunteered to be of assistance. PC members rotate being ‘on-call’.

Gluten-free Eucharist is available to all who would like it. The communion station will be near the windows behind the East pillar.

 

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
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.  WednesdaySeptember 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 jtrost@ststephensmpls.org

 

 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 (ghovan@gmail.com) 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 info@africaclassroomconnection.org  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 anita@duckor.com  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.

                        John Shea

EMAIL your bulletin announcement by noon on Wed. to the editors: bulletin@spiritofststephens.org  Submit community activities for announcement at liturgy:   announcements@spiritofststephens.org