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
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, MOTHER’S DAY
MAY 14, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.
Community Council email@example.com: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Mark Muller, Bob Murphy, Paul Sommers, 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.
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, email@example.com (612) 827-8087; Michael Donahue, firstname.lastname@example.org (651) 264-9590; Kathy Murphy, email@example.com (612) 871-8712; or Lynn Hallett, firstname.lastname@example.org (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, especially those scheduled to be executed in the coming week, including J.W. Ledford on 5/16/17 in GA, and Tilon Leshon Carter on 5/16/17 in TX. 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 (Marilaurice@hotmail.com) This week we pray with all who do not know the way. We pray with all who have let their hearts be troubled. We pray with all who have tender hearts, easily troubled. We pray with all who believe the Risen One has gone to prepare a place for us. We pray in gratitude to the God who has many dwelling places and room for all of us. We pray with all who have no dwelling place and rely on us to change that fact. We pray with all who have more dwelling places than we need and how to reconcile that. We pray in gratitude for St. Stephen’s Human Services and all who work to end homelessness. We pray with all who are graced with knowing another soul and all who let themselves be known. We pray with all who neglect the Word of God and all who honor the Word with their very lives. We pray with all who are neglected and for our part in that sin. We pray with all who feed the hungry and participate in the daily distribution of food as well as the word of God. We pray in gratitude for Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, Joe, and the many sisters and brothers keeping the Catholic Worker vision alive today. We pray with the children in our community preparing for First Eucharist next Sunday. We pray with all who are laid off from their jobs and have little hope of finding another. We pray in gratitude for those who are “full of the Spirit and of wisdom” and share these gifts readily. We pray Spirit and Wisdom for all leaders of peoples, tribes, nations and communities. We pray with Pope Francis, President Trump, and all of us who need wisdom with our power. We pray in gratitude for the love of mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, aunts, sisters and all who touch us with the gentle strength of a mother. We pray in gratitude for fathers who mother their children. We pray with all mothers who were never loved themselves and so do not know how to love their children. We pray with all who cannot mother a child of their own due to infertility, miscarriage, the many obstacles of adoption, mental illness, addiction, loss of children in custody cases, and loss of a child through illness, accident or violence. We pray with mothers who are absent from their children especially soldiers at war and prisoners serving time. We pray with children who have neither mother nor father and the adults those children become. We pray with children of all ages who no longer have the comfort and joy of their mother on earth. We pray with children who mother their parents.. We pray in gratitude for the wonder of the recent full moon, the spectacle of stars and planets, the fragrance of lilacs. We pray with all whose plans have changed, whose lives have a new texture. We pray with all who seek to regain their strength from illness, injury, surgery, or accident, and all who know they can feel better than they do. We pray with all who live with mental illness and all who love them. We pray with all prisoners on death row, their families, the victims and their families. We pray with all who stay sober hour by hour and with all who can number their sobriety by years. We pray with all who live with cancer especially John L., Barb S., and all newly diagnosed. We pray in gratitude for the wonder of this community and with all who love their faith community and all who wish they could. We pray with soldiers and their families, especially the children. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
Plan Ahead: Sunday, June 4, is Pentecost and this feast of the Spirit is our patron feast as the Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community! We will renew ourselves as a community, pray in gratitude for the fiery wisdom of the Spirit, celebrate the past year and anticipate the next year. We will ‘taste and see the goodness of our God.’ SO, start looking for your fire-hued clothing (red, orange, yellow or even blue) and plan to be at prayer to celebrate!
ACTION for you- WAMM's 10th Annual Walk Against Weapons is on Saturday June 3. Brigid and Pepper will be asking you to walk or sponsor their walk. More at WomenAgainstMilitaryMadness.org
Tuesday Prayer for Peace and Healing will be cancelled on May 16 because of the Italian Dinner to benefit St. Stephen’s Human Services. More details in this bulletin! Resumes as usual on May 23.
Tuesday, May 16th, from 5-7 pm – SSHS 28TH Italian Dinner: at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church – 3450 Irving Ave S. Sliding ticket price $20-30. For information and to make reservations, contact Mike Menner, 612-870-2283 or email@example.com
Thursday, May 18th at 5:30-8:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church. Annual event for Carmen Pampa Fund, an organization that we support dedicated to providing college education for rural youth in Bolivia. Please visit carmenpampafund.org to RSVP.
Thursday June 1, 2017, 5 - 7PM, CTUL fundraiser at Springhouse Center, 610 W. 28th Street (corner of 28Th Street and Lyndale Ave.), Minneapolis. RSVP to 612-871-6879 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center for Workers United in Struggle (CTUL) has led Twin City immigrant workers' campaigns against wage theft, for dignity, fair wages and union representation since 2009. Their achievements are impressive. Come learn more about CTUL, hear from CTUL workers and enjoy the Union Labor Chorus. Support their fund raising effort to help CTUL become a permanent voice of power led by working communities of color. Refreshments and appetizers. JEAC is co-sponsor of the fund raiser.
Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870
Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace. Julia Ward Howe