2017-06-11 Bulletin



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


JUNE 11, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.

Community Council council@spiritofststephens.org: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Mark Muller, Bob Murphy, Paul Sommers, 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.

Death of a loved one?….Health or family crises?... Unable to attend our community worship? How do I access spiritual care/ support during such difficult or life-changing times? Call 612-767-4530 to reach someone about a pastoral care need. By following the prompts your call will be forwarded to a Pastoral Care member’s home phone where you can request a call back. A member of the Pastoral Care committee will contact you and link you with community members who have volunteered to be of assistance. PC Committee 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 respite granted to Robert Melson and other death row inmates in Alabama, whose executions have been stayed while the state’s lethal injection protocol is challenged. 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 in the wonder of the triune God-with-us. We pray in gratitude for the One God who cannot be contained by one name, one face, one being. We pray in gratitude for the great I AM. We pray in gratitude for the God who is Wonder, Joy and Merriment. We pray in awe with the God who Was, Is and Is To Come. We pray in faith with the God who is Parent, Child and Spirit. We pray in gratitude for the God Beyond All Names who calls us by name. We pray in gratitude for the mystery of many parts, one body. We pray in gratitude for the gift of eternal community found in the infinite, merciful Trinity. We pray in gratitude for the gift of this community and all communities in which we find the face of God. We pray in gratitude for the face of God seen in the splendor of creation. We pray with all who know the mystery of relationships and community and all who struggle along in faith. We pray with all who do not know love or delight and seek this face of God. We pray with President Trump and all who have taken up the responsibility of authority; may they know courage and wisdom. We pray in gratitude for those who delight in us and those in whom we find delight. We pray in gratitude for laughter that is the heart of God. We pray in gratitude with all who are slow to anger and in the hope that more and more, it might be us. We pray with all who are commissioned to go forth, teach, baptize, plant, tend or reap especially all recent graduates. We pray with all who live in the hope of Christ’s promise “I am with you always, until the end of the world.” We pray in deep gratitude that “God loved the world so much…” We pray with all who long to love as God loves. We pray with all who are stiff-necked or stubborn and all who love us. We pray with pilgrims, travelers, missionaries and refugees. We pray with sisters and brothers driven from their homes through the violence of war or domestic abuse. We pray with the Castile and Yanez families and friends during the trial proceedings. We pray with all who seek God-with-us in their healing especially, Kathleen R., Charlotte S., John L., all facing surgery or medical tests, all living with chronic pain, all our dears who live in the shadow of cancer; all those newly diagnosed, all cancer survivors, and all care givers. We pray with all who live with mental illness and all who love them. We pray in great humility before the wonder and power of God in nature, especially those who know drought, flood, and famine. We pray community and communion for the SOSS families and friends going camping next weekend. We pray with all who are worried or anxious about healthcare, housing, jobs, or the future. We pray with the families of victims of war and all who worry about their soldiers. We pray that relentless, senseless killing will stop, everywhere. We pray for peace everywhere, especially in our hearts and in our homes. We pray with all who feel alone or know fear. We pray in gratitude for the gifts of the full moon and bountiful gardens. We pray for peace and more peace. With the sick, the suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God...


[T]he mystery of the Trinity tells us the most important thing about God and about ourselves that we can ever know. The mystery tells us that being in communion, being in relationship, constitutes God’s very essence. We who are made in God’s image are made for being in relationship. God does not glory in self-sufficient omniscient aloofness. What makes God to be God is to have relationships. To put the core mystery of Christianity simply, God is love.  

                                 Therese Sherlock, CSJ Sunday by Sunday

Thanks to the village who made our Pentecost celebration such an amazing feast including, but not limited to: Paul and Karen prayer leading, Paul and Bob for the fiery reflection, the musicians for making a wonderful noise, Matt for overseeing the sound system, Suzanne and Nan for coordinating the prayer, San Pasquale Circle for organizing the treats, everyone who wore red ‘vestments’ and the entire community—gathered and extended—who pledged themselves to another year of growth, challenge, service, prayer and justice in our Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community!

Calendar meeting TODAY after prayer! If you are part of  group that needs space during the next calendar year, please stop by and make your request.


Spirit of St. Stephen’s Oral History Project Peace & justice… Vatican II… Solidarity with the suffering… Civil disobedience… Radical inclusion… Living the questions…! Our faith community’s history is rich and compelling and we’re gathering the stories! Would you like to interview someone or type up an interview? Training will be provided. Participate a little or a lot—you choose! For young adults or members who joined SOSS more recently, this is an opportunity to converse with a beloved elder. Summers can be busy, so even if you can’t help until fall or winter, please get on the volunteer list! Contact Margaret Miles at 612-990-7149 or milesminneapolis@gmail.com


Community Hour TODAY in the Fireside room there will be a group discussion for those who watched the April 23rd DVD : Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate.  Even if you were not able to be there for that DVD presentation, feel free to join us to discuss climate change in Minnesota and the world.

Monday June 12, 7-9 pm Want more information on Climate Change? BEFORE the FLOOD presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change. Interviews from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future. WAMM Second Monday Movies at 4200 Cedar Ave. S, Mpls.  Info 612.827.5364

Tuesday, June 13, 7-8 pm Council of the Baptized Open Forum on What is this about an Archdiocesan Synod? Do we want Archbishop Hebda to convene an Archdiocesan Synod and open communications throughout our local church?  What kind of a Synod should it be?  Given the upheaval in the Archdiocese in the past ten or more years, we are hoping for a healing Synod that brings people together in a vision of what a local church should be - a joyful and united manifestation of God's love for the world. Come learn more and voice your ideas or concerns at the Council of the Baptized Open Forum at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 So Snelling in St. Paul.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18 - Ten minutes after the conclusion of our worship, a presentation begins in the Fireside Room. Zach Johnson (one of the younger participants at SOSS and a member of the Mpls.Catholic Workers) has recently been appointed the Executive Director of Call to Action - USA. Zach has assumed a very important position in this consistency progressive organization, formed over 40 years ago as a response to the challenges set out by the Second Vatican Council. CTA has worked tirelessly for justice and equality in the world and in the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S.  Zach will tell us of his goals and plans to advance the work of CTA. This will be a very interesting program.  (Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee).

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