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
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
April 30, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.
Community Council firstname.lastname@example.org: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Mark Muller, Bob Murphy, Paul Sommers, and Jeanne Wingenter
Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock email@example.com
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 All – Thank 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, firstname.lastname@example.org (612) 827-8087; Michael Donahue, email@example.com (651) 264-9590; Kathy Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org (612) 871-8712; or Lynn Hallett, email@example.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 US, especially those scheduled to be executed in the coming days, including Kenneth Williams, whose appeals have been denied in Arkansas. Pray for mercy and comfort for those whose executions have been stayed, however temporarily, including Arkansas inmates Bruce Ward, Stacey Johnson, Jason McGehee, and Don Davis. Pray in gratitude for Gov. McAuliffe’s decision to commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life without parole. Please also pray for the victims, for all families involved, for the staff of the prisons ordered to carry out executions, and for those who seek an end to the death penalty. For more information about these prisoners and efforts to abolish the death penalty, go to www.deathpenaltyinfo.org.
Prayer Network (Marilaurice@hotmail.com)
This week we pray with all who walk along the Emmaus road of recognition. We pray with all who have not yet known any relief from fear, despair or hopelessness along their road. We pray with all who open their homes and hearts to break bread again and again, recognizing the Risen One each time. We pray with all who trust that the truth will be revealed to them along the way. We pray with all who have lost their way and have no traveling companion. We pray with all who teach, converse or debate in their search for risen life. We pray with all who believe in what they cannot see and all who hope. We pray with all who have lost hope, even temporarily. We pray in gratitude for the Universe who gives us life and energy in abundance. We pray in gratitude for the revelation of Christ Jesus to us and for the times when we are that revelation. We pray in gratitude for all teachers. We pray with all who are astounded, foolish, slow of heart, disappointed, downcast, hospitable, excited and open to the mysteries of the breaking of the bread. We pray with all who wait for the results of medical tests and the worry accompanying such a wait. We pray with all who practice the patience of healing and all caregivers. We pray in gratitude for the continued healing of Kate, Kathleen, Mary L. Bill B., Mary’s sister Ann, all our community members and loved ones, and all who seek to be restored to the fullness of health. We pray with all who struggle with depression and anxiety, addiction or chronic pain and all who love them. We pray with all who have lost a family member or loved one and would give anything to walk along beside them again. We pray in gratitude for the lives of the many prophets who guide our walk through this life. We pray with all who stand at the threshold of glory and all who wait with them. We pray with all who live with cancer and seek to be cancer-free. We pray in gratitude for the miracle of children and ask that we may become worthy of their trust as we create a safe, healthy world in which they can grow. We pray with all who seek meaningful work with a living wage. We pray with sisters and brothers throughout the ages who suffered the Holocaust. We pray in gratitude for the ministry of the Human Services Program and in humility for the guests who allow us to assist them in small ways. We pray in gratitude for the wonder of this community and the revelations we have found in the breaking of bread. We pray for the guidance of the Spirit as we seek our next community home. We pray with President Trump, all legislators, and elected officials; may wisdom and courage be theirs. We pray with all who are discouraged by the decisions of our political leaders these days. We pray in gratitude for all who serve our community in a leadership role. We pray with sisters and brothers in every nation, home or heart that knows violence. We pray with migrants, immigrants, refugees, and all seeking asylum. We pray in repentance for murder committed in our name and through our finances. We pray with all who have been executed and those on death row. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
Lent/Easter/Holy Week Comment Sheets are still available at the entrances and you may fill one out today or take it now and return it next week. Check the e-version you were sent if that is easier. Be sure to sign your name if you would like a response. Thank you.
Next Sunday, May 7th, will be extra joyful because it is Coffee and Donut Sunday, there will be registration opportunities for new members, AND many of the ministry roles for liturgy will be filled by our teens, youth, and children! Don’t miss it!
WE HAVE INHERITED A TREASURE-TROVE! Richelle P-K was a highly regarded professional religious educator and, in that capacity she led Bible Study groups. Richelle has given the Adult Education Committee recordings of her lectures on many of the various books of the Bible. The AEC would like to know the level of interest of community members for being involved in some long-term Bible study. AEC has no format or time period in mind. Rather, the Committee would like to know who in our community might be interested in some serious study of the Bible. If/when interest has been identified, the AEC could help facilitate the formation of a Bible-study program using Richelle’s rich lectures. Please tell any member of the AEC if you might like to be involved in such a project. Call Kathy Murphy at 612 871-8712.
Daniel Berrigan writes
The first choice of Christians is Christ. Where is your brother?
…Tell us …we're hungry.
When I hear bread breaking, I see something else; it seems almost as though God never meant us to do anything else.
So beautiful a sound, the crust breaks like manna and falls all over everything, and then we EAT;
bread gets inside humans and turns into what the experts call "formal glory of God."
But don't let that worry you.
Sometime in your life, hope you might see one starved man,
the look on his face when the bread finally arrives.
Hope you might have baked it, or bought it, or even needed it for yourself.
For the look on his face
for your hands meeting his across a piece of bread,
you might be willing to lose a lot or suffer a lot--or die a little, even.
TODAY, April 30th – plan to attend the parish assembly right after liturgy in the sanctuary. You won't want to miss such exciting topics such as: Budget FY18 (it's ok no one else understands that balance sheet either), Location Updates (including such questions like, "is it time to move back home with mom and dad"?), and ELECTION 18: coverage and scrutiny of the candidates (will any of them release their tax returns?). This and SO much more. You don't want to miss it.
TODAY, April 30th after our spring assembly, voting for the election of three new council members begins and will continue for the following two Sundays. Cathy Heying, Virgil Mathiowetz, Mark Muller, and Jeanne Wingenter will continue on the Council. Karen Klein, Bob Murphy and Paul Sommers have completed their 3-year terms. The following community members have agreed to place their names on the ballot: Karen Klein (for a second 3 year term), JP Mahoehney, Darlene Mattson, Hugh Smeltekop, and Brent Vanderlinden. Information about each of these nominees will be posted by the church entrances in the coming weeks. They will also be introduced at the Assembly. We appreciate their willingness to share their time and talents in this important way during the next three years. Cheryl Meyers and Bonnie Wek, Nominating Committee.
TODAY, April 30th, 2-5pm - Action for Children – Zambia. Carol Mc Brady's Family and Friends will host the 11th Annual Fundraiser at Maple Lake Legion Club. $25-30/person. For more details or to signup for car pool, call Barbara A Sadler 952-217-4330 or cell 858-204-5674.
Wednesday, May 3rd 5:30-8 :00pm - SSHS Volunteering: Are you a St. Stephen’s Human Services volunteer, or would you like to learn more about current volunteer opportunities? You’re invited to join us at our Volunteer Appreciation open house at Sisyphus Brewing, 512 Ontario Ave W, Minneapolis. Appetizers and drinks provided. Please RSVP to Tess Gehring at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, May 6th, 9:30-11:30am, Rapid Response Training is being hosted by Spirit of St. Stephen's Catholic Community, as part of its effort to support sanctuary work being done by churches in the Twin Cities. A Rapid Response team is a trained set of responders that are equipped with the knowledge of how to be present, vigilant and descriptive in both retaining and disseminating invaluable information that will help community members that have unwanted interactions with law enforcement. This training is accomplished thru partnering by ISAIAH, MIRAC and Navigate MN. This Rapid Response training is required for individuals who wish to contribute to this important work. Please consider this work and join us for this training, and please join us if you're curious and want to learn and then decide if this is for you! To register and for more information, email email@example.com.
Tuesday, May 9th, 7-8pm - Council of the Baptized Open Forum: "Is there only ONE WAY to be Catholic, or are we a "Big Tent" religion?” Are we a Church with a single strict viewpoint, or do we have a history of openness to multiple approaches and understandings of our faith? Join us as Fr. Paul Feela walks us through some of our own history. Explore with us what this means for us today. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 So. Snelling Ave, St. Paul.
Tuesday, May 16th, from 5-7 pm - SSHS Italian Dinner: Please join St. Stephen’s Human Services at its 28th Annual Italian Dinner fundraiser at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church – 3450 Irving Ave S. Sliding ticket price $20-30. Come for the made-from-scratch dinner & visit with many familiar faces while supporting St. Stephen’s work to end homelessness. For information and to make reservations, contact Mike Menner, 612-870-2283 or firstname.lastname@example.org