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
PRIDE & TWELFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
JUNE 25, 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 with prophets. We pray with all who speak a prophetic word or take a prophetic stand. We pray with all who speak out in all the ways available for communication. We pray with all who embrace the tradition of prophets as they proclaim, shout, whisper and listen. We pray with all who find the courage to acknowledge God’s word, “you shall go …and you shall speak...” We pray in gratitude for the God who formed us, consecrated us, appoints us and puts words in our mouths. We pray in wonder that our God accepts no excuses. We pray with all who know fear, whether passing or unrelenting. We pray in gratitude for the presence of God that calms our fears, stills our anxiety. “Be not afraid of them for I AM with you.” We pray in gratitude for those who think about original sin so we don’t have to. We pray in gratitude for Teacher Jesus for words of wisdom, encouragement, and challenge. We pray in gratitude for the Creator who is attentive to the sparrows, lilies, grass in the field, and the very hairs on our head. We pray in gratitude for the reminder that the prophetic life is public, that we must acknowledge our faith before others. We pray in confused gratitude for each truth that must be proclaimed from the rooftops. We pray in gratitude for prophets, youth, eloquence and stuttering, dark and light, shouts and whispers, houses with housetops, sparrows, and every ordinary way that God’s presence is known. We pray in joy with the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender community and celebrate in a special way this weekend being created in the image of God’s love. We pray with all who seek a loving place in the world for their unique body, mind, or spirit. We pray with all who judge love or restrict love in any way. We pray with all who seek the guidance of the Spirit. We pray especially with the Transgender community and the extra struggles, misunderstanding, and fear they suffer. We pray in gratitude for parents, family members, work colleagues, friends and neighbors who welcome a loved one as they are. We pray with the Castile family, the Yanez family, the jurors and their families, members of the legal system, and all who lament the decision of the court. We pray with all who fear the consequences of the proposed healthcare reforms. We pray in sadness over the actions of intolerance and hate directed at our Muslim sisters and brothers. We pray in horror at the wounding of a 2-year old in St. Paul by gunfire and for all children whose lives are touched by violence. We pray in gratitude for all who strive to keep our children safe. We pray with sisters and brothers in London and all over the world who experience one tragic event after another. We pray with President Trump and all elected officials. We pray for the Spirit’s guidance as we seek a new spiritual home. 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....
Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete.
Love is not fundamentally a sweet feeling; not at heart, a matter of sentiment, attachment or being “drawn toward”.
Love is active, effective, a matter of making mutually beneficial relation with one’s friends and enemies.
Love creates justice here on earth…
For this reason loving involves commitment. We are not automatic lovers of self, others, world or God.
Love does not just happen.
We are not love machines, puppets on the strings of a deity called “love”.
Love is a choice—not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to [another] without pretense or guile.
Love is a conversion to humanity—a willingness to participate with [another] in the healing of a broken world and broken lives.
Love is the choice to experience life as a member of the human family,
as a partner in the dance of life…
~ Carter Heyward Our Passion for Justice
The new schedule for liturgy volunteers has been completed and posted to the website. It goes from July 2nd through October 29th. If you are unable to serve when assigned, it is greatly appreciated if you find a substitute and notify the coordinators for that day. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to each of our liturgical ministers... Without you our Sunday liturgy could not happen!!!
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
ACTION for the Environment!
There will be an informational hand-out on at the back tables (both hall corridors) that give contact information for people to call regarding climate change. The Trump budget proposes cutting 70% of the Department of Energy's applied research program. This would have horrendous consequences on the environment. America has been made great by research in the scientific community and we cannot backslide. Please take five minutes of your day and call someone on the hand-out. Personally I call Republicans or Scott Pruitt as my congress people are already "in the choir" (although calling them to express support is not a bad thing.) Thank you, Katherine S.