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
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, SOLEMN FIRST EUCHARIST
MAY 21, 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 country, and in gratitude for the stay of execution granted to Tilon L. Carter, in Texas, pending an investigation into the forensic evidence used to convict him. 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 know the joy of the Risen Christ and the Spirit of Truth. We pray with all who are made whole and freed from undue burdens. We pray with all who listen eagerly for the Wisdom of the Spirit. We pray with all who are fed by the risen Christ to become the Body of Christ. We pray with all whose lives are marked by actions of hope. We pray in gratitude for all who use gentle words and respectful actions to live out their faith. We pray with all who choose to honor Jesus Christ in their hearts by living lives of love. We pray with all who know the paralysis of limb or ability and the crippling of spirit or hope. We pray in gratitude for hands that reach out to us, heal us, support us, cheer us or encourage us. We pray in gratitude for the strong, wise, gentle, nurturing presence of the Mother God. We pray in gratitude for the beauty, substance, and fragrance of bread. We pray in gratitude for great shared meals—what we bring to them and what we receive. We pray in gratitude for Jesus the teacher,” Give them something to eat yourselves.” We pray in gratitude for the gifts of the Spirit who remind us of Christ’s lessons. We pray in gratitude for hunger, that gnawing knowledge that we need something. We pray in hope that we might be the answer to another’s hunger. We pray in gratitude for the power of blessings and the presence of God in everyday actions. We pray in gratitude for the fruits of the earth that sustain our lives. We pray with all who tend the soil, water, and air of our earthly home. We pray with all who are starving to death because of famine, drought, war, and first-world greed and ignorance. We pray in gratitude for Loaves and Fishes, St. Stephen’s Shelter, and all places where a warm meal is served with care and dignity. We pray with gratitude for the blessing of the children and families celebrating their solemn First Eucharist today: Alek, Cheirdi, Kate, and Peter. May the Body of Christ fill you, hold you, and encourage your hearts forever. We pray with all elders who know daily loss and all who live with chronic pain. We pray with all Donald Trump and world leaders, church leaders, civic and community leaders. We pray with all who know tragedy and all who mourn. We pray with all who are unduly worried or stressed. We pray with all who hope to hope in spite of the facts. We pray in gratitude for 40 years of HOPE community in our midst. We pray with state legislators working to the last minute for justice in our state. We pray with all who worry about the health of a loved one; parents, children, siblings and friends. We pray with all in need of healing especially, Charlotte Smith, Kathleen R., Colleen O’M, Barb S. and John L., all who live with cancer and our many friends and family members. We pray with all who are anxious about their healthcare coverage. We pray with all who live with mental health issues and suffer terribly. We pray with all who know the resurrection of feeling a bit better every day. We pray with students and teachers, faculty and staff nearing the end of another academic year. We pray with all who enjoy the sweet fragrance of God carried by the spring winds. We pray with all victims and perpetrators of domestic and every sort of violence. We pray with soldiers and their families in every land. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
Feast of the Ascension: Next Sunday, May 28, we will celebrate the feast of Christ’s ascension into heaven rather than the 7th Sunday of Easter and a separate feast, Ascension Thursday. For this feast, you may wear whatever you wish!
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!
The SOSS Sanctuary Task Force asks you to please pray and hold in your hearts all those human beings being held in Immigration Detention Centers under inhumane circumstances for a period of 1 month to 7 years. For this we pray.
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
Community Council Elections: Congratulations to Karen Klein, Darlene Mattson, and Hugh Smeltekop, who have been elected to 3 year terms on the Community Council, effective July 1, 2017. Special thanks to Cheryl Meyers and Bonnie Welk for recruiting a very strong candidate pool. Thanks to those who helped monitor the election and counted ballots. Finally, extend your thanks to Bob Murphy and Paul Sommers for their countless hours of service to the community during their 3 year terms on the Council.
TODAY, Sunday, May 21, after liturgy in the fireside room. HOMELESS IN THE TWIN CITIES: What is changing? Hennepin County’s new system; St. Paul’s new Dorothy Day Center; new residences and services for teens in Chanhassen, Edina and Minneapolis; Today’s rental housing market; changes in volunteering….Come and hear an update by Gail Dorfman, the executive director of St. Stephen’s Human Services.
TODAY Sunday, May 21, Pentecost Peacemeal choir: One rehearsal after prayer in preparation for singing on Sunday, June 4 (2 weeks). All are welcome and invited. If you can’t stay today, please pick up a packet of music for June 4! “We’re gonna sing when the Spirit says sing…”
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. 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.
Spirit of St Stephen’s Catholic Community Bulletin Report, April 2017
For more details, go to www.spiritofststephens.org, click on Council/Committees, click on financial reports * First Collection IIMN $834.05 Second Collection Holy Thursday $949.75 under other
A Celtic Prayer:
Be gentle when you touch bread.
Let it not lie, uncared for,
So often bread is taken for granted.
There is such beauty in bread___
Beauty of surf and soil,
Beauty of patient toil.
Wind and rain have caressed it,
Jesus often blessed it.
Be gentle when you touch bread.
And when you see bread,
Remember the hungry.
When you see bread, remember the poor.
When you see bread, remember the stranger.
And when you break bread, remember Jesus who said:
“Love one another as I have loved you.” David Adams adapted by Richelle Pearl Koller