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
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
JULY 9, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.
Community Council firstname.lastname@example.org: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Darlene Mattson, Mark Muller,
Hugh Smeltekop 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) OR Marilaurice@hotmail.com This week we pray with all who rejoice. We pray with all who might rejoice if their lives were not so burdensome. We pray in gratitude for all who willingly take up the yoke of justice and all who offer to help make that burden light. We pray with all who desperately need rest for their souls and have little hope of getting such rest. We pray with all who seek to be relieved of their burdens through reconciliation and forgiveness. We pray with migrants, immigrants, and refugees looking for rest. We pray with all who rejoice when weapons are laid down. We pray with all who rejoice when justice is proclaimed and acted out. We pray with all who know the burden of undue seriousness. We pray with all who rejoice in both their flesh and their spirit. We pray with all who rejoice in the Holy Spirit who guides their lives, especially Spirit of St. Stephen’s community. We pray with all who rejoice in Abba God, Maker of heaven and earth and who reveal the Creator to us. We pray with all who rejoice in the splendor of creation’s expansive lakes, forests, bluffs, beaches, clouds, constellations and critters. We pray in gratitude for raspberries, strawberries, cherries and melons. We pray with all who suffer the extremes of the elements, especially all who sleep, work or travel outside. We pray with all who rejoice in the gift of being clever or learned and all who enjoy their gift so much that they must teach. We pray with all who rejoice in the wonder of infants and children and all who care lovingly for our precious children. We pray with children who are sick or injured during these outdoor days and children who parent their parents. We pray in gratitude for the varied gifts of family reunions. We pray with in gratitude for the gift of Jesus the Christ who carries the yoke with us, always. We pray with all who rejoice in the wonder of refreshment and relaxation. We pray with all who rejoice in their friends. We pray in gratitude for gentle, humble hearts especially when they are turned toward us. We pray in gratitude for commitments of love and anniversaries these summer months. We pray in sorrow with all who have suffered loss of any sort and all who grieve. We pray with all who wrestle with disease, illness or any physical difficulty. We pray with all who have no one to surround them in prayer. We pray in gratitude for continued healing and with all who feel a little better each day. We pray in gratitude for the communion of saints, many of whom we know by name and those who know us by name especially Mike Tegeder on the first anniversary of his death. We pray with all who struggle with mental health issues and thoughts of suicide. We pray safety for all who travel and warm (or cool) hospitality for all who find themselves either hosts or guests. We pray with all who rejoice in the increased minimum wage and all who worry. We pray with all service men and women and the families who worry about them. We pray for all who offered their lives in the hope of peace in any land. We pray with all who know violence; in their souls, in their homes, in their lands or in any part of their world. We pray with all sisters and brothers still seeking even that peace which is the absence of discord. We pray that weapons of mass destruction be dismantled. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
Visit the Holy Land: March 5-18, 2018 – Several community members have traveled to Africa with me. Some people have asked if we could go to Israel/Palestine, not just to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, but also to meet and walk in solidarity with people seeking justice in the region. Not your typical package tour! Joan Deming from Pilgrims of Ibillin, which operates a multicultural school in Israel, is arranging a trip especially for SOSSCC and friends for March 5-18, 2018. The cost will be $1,950/person double occupancy, plus airfare, and single supplement $300 if you want your own room. Airfare is very good, running about $800-$1000, plus travel insurance $100-$200. Next step - Meet Monday July 17 at 4:30pm-6:00pm at Henry Bromelkamp’s house 106 E 24 St, Minneapolis MN 55404 PLEASE RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-875-6001 or to get call-in instructions. Friends welcome! Feel free to come even if you are unsure about going.
TODAY! Pollinators and Creation: Session 1 What are Pollinators and Why do we need Butterflies anyway? For any kids who are around. Meet in the All Saints room right now.
July 30: Pollinators live in Community too; Ladybugs, Bees, Ants and more.
August 20: The Great Migration; How can we help? (Tag and Release Event)
Each session will include: meet the Pollinator, 1st People's stories from oral history, Storybooks and discussion, crafts. The remaining sessions will be held in the Fireside Room. All are welcome. Please contact Kathleen or Marilaurice if you have any questions.
***COMMUNITY HOUR Sunday, July 9 - TODAY!*** Grab a donut and gather in the Fireside Room for conversation on “Who are we now?” and how do we describe ourselves after almost 10 years. More opportunities in coming weeks but the conversation will be rich.
This coming Saturday!!!July 15, 2017 Special Needs Boat Ride! 9:30 to Noonish.
Full details in the “Everyone” email of 6/27 but here is the essence:
Gather at Bohemian Flats at 9:30-9:45 for a prompt launch at 10:00 AM on the Minneapolis Queen. They have other tours so there is no waiting for late arrivals. Paradise Charter Cruises website has a map and directions to the Flats. A little over an hour ride up to the Stone Arch Bridge and back down the river gorge. Air conditioned inside seating if it is hot, windy, or rainy, and outside seating/standing for close-up views of the majestic Mississippi River. A pizza picnic follows with live music! The cost is whatever you want it to be! This trip is paid for; your donation would be toward next year’s trip. Call Dick if you have questions. Call Dick to say you are coming (612-437-1144) and how many friends you are bringing! Room for 100 souls. This is one of the major events of the year for our Special Needs friends. Come share the joy.
Monday, July 17 at 4:30pm-6:00pm: Visit the Holy Land meeting at Henry Bromelkamp’s house 106 E 24 St, Minneapolis MN 55404 PLEASE RSVP email@example.com or 612-875-6001 or to get call-in instructions.
The Adult Education Committee has planned another book discussion! We will be reading "Strength of Her Witness" compiled by Elizabeth Johnson and featuring dozens of women theologians from around the world. Books will be on sale next weekend and the following weekend for a pay what you can donation, suggested amount $35. You will also be able to sign up for whichever discussion group is convenient for you as there will be several to choose from. This book is great for summer as the chapters are short and do not compound on one another, each group can pick which ones to read and if you have to miss some sessions, you won't fall behind! Come and build community, invite others from your individual networks, and challenge your faith with some of the most powerful female theologians of our time.