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
HIROSHIMA REMEMBRANCE / TRANSFIGURATION
AUGUST 6, 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.Welcome to All– Thank 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.
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 seek the transfiguring power of Peace. We pray with sisters and brothers transfigured by division and war, especially in Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffering and healing still from the Bomb dropped there 72 years ago, August 6th and 9th, 1945. We pray in horror that this bomb was used once in our name and paid for with our earnings. We pray in hope that no more bombs of this magnitude or construction will ever be used on anyone again. We pray in fear as North Korea and other nations seek to expand their nuclear capacity. We pray in hope that we who ushered in the nuclear age will succeed in eliminating it as well. We pray with Mother Earth and the Universe suffering from the A-Bomb and all other explosions and poisonings upon this planet we all call home. We pray in grief for the people we have become through the discovery of atomic power. We pray for the peace that is the absence of fear and power over. We pray in gratitude for communities transfigured by peace in which people share respect, dignity, and compassion. We pray with all who have been transfigured by mercy. We pray in hope that our hearts transfigured by mercy will lead to transformed actions in restoring the treasure of our mighty, fragile Universe. We pray in gratitude for the Holy Spirit who opens our hearts to mercy and the possibility of change over and over again. We pray in gratitude for transfiguring relationships—friends, mentors, teachers. We pray with parents who have been transfigured by the birth or arrival of a child. We pray with all whose lives have been transfigured by death and the life that follows loss. We pray with all who fear the change that transfiguration can bring as well as those who can embrace it. We pray with all who are transfigured by serving time in a correctional facility. We pray with all who are transfigured by suffering and pain, especially those who live with mental illness, chronic diseases, constant pain, or relentless worry. We pray with all community members and loved ones in need of healing for body, mind, or spirit. We pray with Diane L. who is having trouble swallowing and taking nourishment and her partner, Rita. We pray with all migrants, immigrants and refugees, and all whose lives are transformed by the Sanctuary movement. We pray with Donald Trump and all elected officials who seek to serve justly. We pray in gratitude for the ways the Spirit Community has been transfigured over the past 9 years. We pray in hope that the power of peace might be found in every home and every heart. We pray with all men and women who serve in the military and the families who love, miss, and worry about them. We pray for peace, everywhere. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers, and all who have died, we pray to our God…
On the 6th and 9th of August 1945, the first and only atomic bombs to be used in war were dropped on the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S. government and military. The immediate death toll was 90,000-166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000-80,000 in Nagasaki. That count has only been rising ever since. But what is so unique, so special about this method of destruction? After all, at least 900,000 Japanese died in the fire bombings of Japan in 1945. Yet after fire, there is the possibility of rebirth. The insidiousness of the atomic bomb is that its destruction is complete: Bodies are vaporized, infrastructure is flattened, culture is fractured, psychology is torn, spirit is lost. And it does not end there; it is bitterly persistent to the end. The effects are so deep, they make unlivable our very environment for many years; they enter our very cells and continue to dismantle us piece by piece as we continue to try to live somehow with the burden of the experience itself. Health in every sense is taken and not returned without the most severe effort on the part of the victim. And maybe not even then. This, at least spiritually and psychologically, holds true for the aggressor as well.
Something must have changed for us in that instant, something seemingly irrevocably lost that we are trying desperately to get back. Perhaps the first step has always been intuitive for us. We begin by remembering, calling the past to live with us in the present, unbinding it and including it again in our communal memory as a member to be talked and listened to. The wisdom of the momentarily dead can guide and heal us. Yet we find also that it was never dead to begin with. We have only become adept at putting it in the grave over and over again. So let us open our hearts, the hearts of all humanity. Let us turn again to partake in the ritual of hope for the resurrection and healing of the past by commemorating the memory of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Program Associate, Pax Christi USA
Spirit of St Stephen’s Catholic Community Bulletin Report, July 2017
For more details, go to www.spiritofststephens.org, click on Council/Committees and financial reports.
Thank you from St. Stephen’s Human Services! St. Stephen’s Human Services is grateful for the support shown by Spirit members in the monthly emergency fund collection. In recent months, this fund allowed us to assist one person obtain prescription glasses, as her pending asylum case does not allow her to receive MA benefits. Three people were also assisted in obtaining furniture through Bridging. Another program participant who is facing a lapse in employment faced utility shutoffs, and the fund was able to help him avoid disconnection. On behalf of these people, we say thank you! If you have any questions about our work, please contact Jodi Trost, director of development and communications at 612-879-7639 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 7th, 4:00 – 10:00 pm - Dine out, do good! Eat at The Lowbrow, 4244 Nicollet Ave. S. The Minnesota Host Home Network, founded by SOSSCC member Jacqueline White, and Avenues for Homeless Youth will receive 10% of your tab. The Minnesota Host Home Network champions ongoing connections with caring adults for youth experiencing homelessness.
Tuesday, August 8th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm - Council of the Baptized Open Forum: Women's Ordination: The Time is Now! What stands in the way of ordaining Catholic women? Are there things we can do? At Gloria Dei Church, 700 Snelling Avenue So., in St. Paul. Council of the Baptized is joining with St. Francis Cabrini Tegeder Talks to explore women's ordination in light of a lecture given by Sandra Schneiders, IHM earlier this year… Bring your thoughts and join.
Thursday, August 10th, 6:45 pm - Worship Committee The Worship Committee will meet for their monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month in the Fireside Room. All are welcome.
Sunday, 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. 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.