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
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
JULY 16, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.
Community Council email@example.com: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Darlene Mattson, Mark Muller, Hugh Smeltekop and Jeanne Wingenter
Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 (Prayers @spiritofststephens.org OR Marilaurice@hotmail.com
This week we pray with all who sow the Word. We pray with all who love the land, our Mother Earth, our endless Universe. We pray in gratitude for gardeners, urban and rural farmers, landscapers, CSA’s, Farmer’s Markets, Co-ops, food that is locally, sustainably and/or organically grown. We pray with all who prepare the soil, removing the rocks of injustice and the thorns of hatred. We pray with all who insure that the soil has sufficient depth so the roots of mercy and love may take a firm hold. We pray in gratitude for the resilience of seeds in every kind of soil. We pray in gratitude for the mystery of the energy of Life. We pray in hope for the ways green, natural burial feeds and restores the soil. We pray with all who provide plants and habitat to sustain the pollinators of the earth. We pray with all who water and weed and tend the Word. We pray in gratitude for the word-made-flesh and dwelling among us. We pray with all lovers of words: poets, prophets, writers, singers, storytellers, actors and children just finding their voices. We pray in gratitude for all who hear the Word and speak the Word without words. We pray in gratitude for all the times the Word is not a word at all. We pray with all who desperately seek a word of healing in their lives. We pray in gratitude for parables and the wisdom of Jesus to use them liberally with us. We pray in gratitude for the example of Jesus and the Special Saturday community to get out of the house, sit beside the lake and do a little boating. We pray in humility for the wealth of time and opportunity that allows for relaxation. We pray in gratitude for the snow and rain which make the earth fruitful and in awe at the power of tornados, straight-line winds, and hail. We pray with all suffering dangerous wildfires. We pray with immigrants, refugees and their families; may they find welcome in the United States. We pray with all who suffer in body, mind or spirit with no sign of relief. We pray with all who wrestle with disease, illness or any physical difficulty especially, Kathleen C., Maggie’s friend, Leslie, newly diagnosed with breast cancer, her partner John, and kids Thea and Thomas, Stephanie P. with a broken vertebra, and those who have no one to lift them up in the light of Healing. We pray with all who make difficult medical decisions without the support of others. We pray with all adults and children who live with mental illness and all who love them. We pray with all children who parent their parents especially through illness. We pray with all who live in the midst of transition of any sort, especially John and Jeanne H. We pray with all who are near death, all who have gone on to glory, and all who mourn. We pray in gratitude for prayer leaders, ministers, and Worship Committee members who serve the prayer of our community so faithfully. We pray safe home with all who travel, especially members of the military away from home. We pray with soldiers and their families in every land, especially the Marines killed accidentally in Alabama. We pray with all who know the horrible violence of war and pray especially for the fragile peace in Syria and the devastation in Mosul, Iraq upon which a new peace might be built. We pray for peace everywhere. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers, and all who have died, we pray to our God…
Input welcome! If you missed last Sunday’s gathering to look at the public statement we use to describe ourselves, there is still time to comment. The long sheets keep falling down but we will try to get them up for Sunday. Dots, and explanation sheet available near the sheets on the west wall. You are welcome to do this any time the room is not in use. Thanks to all who stayed last week for the thoughtful conversation.
Flowers Welcome! The fruits of the seeds you have planted and tended, grown in your own rich soil (as well as volunteers and “weed” flowers) are welcome to grace the prayer space of this community at any time. You may take your flowers home to enjoy after prayer or give them to someone else to enjoy. There are some vases in the sacristy.
Peacemeal Choir is open to all singers and musicians. Whenever you see the “Peacemeal” designation on the schedule, you are welcome to arrive early (8:45-9:00ish), pick up some music and run through a few refrains of each tune. The music is “fresh”(not over-rehearsed!) and the sung prayer is delightful. The first two Sunday’s in August, 6 and 13, are your next opportunities followed by Labor Day Sunday, Sept. 3. All are welcome.
Monday, July 17, 4:30-6pm – Meet to discuss 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 $100 - $200 travel insurance. Next step is to meet Monday July 17 at 4:30 – 6pm 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. Friends welcome! Feel free to come even if you are unsure about going.
Sundays, July 30, August 20: Pollinators and Creation - What are Pollinators and Why do we need Butterflies anyway? For any kids who are around – sessions held in the Fireside Room. 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, First People's stories from oral history, Storybooks and discussion, crafts. All are welcome. Please contact Kathleen or Marilaurice with questions.
Can you help? We are still recruiting additional help to count the collection after Mass on Sundays. Counters count the cash and checks before passing the collection onto the Finance Committee representative. This does not require a background in book keeping or accounting. We are looking for community members who can be on regular rotation schedule and for members who can fill in as needed. Contact Donna C. (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John R. (email@example.com) if you are interested. Thanks!
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.
Good news! On July 7, at the United Nations over 120 countries adopted a landmark agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. To call upon MN elected members to support this treaty, Brigid and Pepperwolf representing WAMM's campaign to abolish these indiscriminate weapons will have a petition to sign and postcards available this month.
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