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
CORPUS CHRISTI & FATHER’S DAY
JUNE 18, 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.
Please pray for mercy for all those who live on death row across the country. 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 miraculous mystery of the Body of Christ. We pray in gratitude for the flesh and blood of Jesus who walked among us as a brother. We pray in gratitude for the miracle of our own bodies, especially the brand-new bodies of babies and the aging bodies of elders. We pray with all who seek healing for their bodies; community members waiting for a diagnosis and then making decisions about treatment, all who live with unpredictable illnesses and all who love them, dear ones who live with cancer, all who seek strength of body, mind and spirit for the journey, and all who slowly will be knit back together after injury or accident especially Florence. We pray with all who must make decisions for themselves or loved ones about entering hospice care and the last days of life in this body. We pray with all members of the Body of Christ who are wounded: by weapons of violence, by actions of disrespect, by words of hatred, by being ignored and forgotten. We pray with all who know the humility of hunger and thirst, especially school children no longer getting two meals at school, and all who overindulge. We pray in gratitude for gospel groups such as Loaves and Fishes, Second Harvest and Twelve Baskets and all the groups and individuals who take up the challenge of Jesus “Why do you not give them something to eat yourselves?” We pray with all who denied access to the Body of Christ in Eucharist. We pray in gratitude for the father who gave us life, the father who raised us, and each man who shows us the gentle, loving, faithful, strong, wise, Abba-face of God. We pray in gratitude for men who stay involved in their children’s lives when it would be easy to walk away and for men who purposefully involve themselves in the lives of children. We pray in gratitude for birth fathers and adoptive fathers. We pray in gratitude for women who must be both mother and father to their children. We pray in sadness with all men who would like to be fathers and cannot, who are denied access to their children, whose children deny them, whose children have died or whose children are absent to them. We pray with all the members of the Body of Christ who suffer addictions and all who work their program hour by hour. We pray in gratitude for all who offer comfort and healing to our physical bodies. We pray in gratitude for the gift of life on both sides of heaven and comfort for all who mourn. We pray with all who strive to heal Mother Earth and make her part of the whole Body. We pray with all who suffer through severe storms, earthquakes, fires, and floods. We pray with SOSS community members camping together this weekend. We pray with the Yanez and Castile families and our community as we live with the jury’s decision. We pray with sisters and brothers during the last days of the graces of Ramadan as they prepare to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Saturday 6/24. We pray in gratitude for the gifts of the Universe especially the rhythm of the seasons as marked by the summer solstice (6/20 11:54 PM). We pray with travelers, both the willing and unwilling, especially political refugees, immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers. We pray with all committed to ending human trafficking. We pray with soldiers and their families in every land. We pray for peace. With the sick, the suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God....
Pentecost and fire are a source for the eucharist.
There is the fire of ovens,
which bakes our dough into eucharistic bread.
And there is the fire of the spirit,
which bakes our hearts into living bread.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 books of the Bible. AEC would like to know the level of interest of community members for 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 there is interest the AEC could facilitate a Bible-study program using the lectures. Please tell me, or any member of AEC, if you might like to be involved. Reply here or call Kathy Murphy at 612 871-8712.
COMMUNITY HOUR TODAY
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).
Spirit of St Stephen’s Catholic Community Bulletin Report May, 2017
For more details, go to www.spiritofststephens.org, click on Council/Committees, click on financial reports.