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
20th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
August 20, 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, especially those scheduled to be executed in the coming weeks including Marcellus Williams on 8/22/17 in MO; Mark Asay on 8/24/17 in FL; and Steven Long on 8/30/17 in TX. 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.
This week we pray with people of faith. We pray with all who ‘do what is right and work for justice’. We pray with all who believe in the healing salvation of a life of faith. We pray with all who have ever been considered a ‘foreigner’ and the faith they share. We pray in gratitude with all who are called to join themselves to God. We pray with all who serve and minister in the name of God. We pray with all who observe faithfully the Sabbath and those of us who must learn to do so. We pray in gratitude for our holy house of prayer and in hope of finding our next space. We pray with all who seek to welcome all and exclude none. We pray in gratitude for all the gifts of faith especially mercy. We pray in wonder that “God’s gift and God’s call are irrevocable.” We pray in gratitude for Canaanite women, Gentiles, and foreigners of every sort as they reveal to us God’s preferential love and attention. We pray in hope that the sense of “other” is eradicated from our lives. We pray in gratitude for strong women in every part of the world, especially those we will never know but whose strength we feel. We pray in gratitude for the life of Mary, mother of Jesus, and the model of servant-leader she provides for us. We pray with parents who must advocate loudly, persistently, cleverly for the special needs of their children. We pray for the children and their families who were killed, orphaned or injured by the mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We pray in gratitude for the gifts of the Special Needs community in our midst and the countless ways they have blessed us. We pray in gratitude for the prophetic voices all who speak up for justice. We pray with all who are troubled by a personal demon, especially mental illness or addiction. We pray with all who are troubled by a communal demon, especially the demons of greed and power. We pray with all who are filled with the demon of racism and its violent actions. We pray with sisters and brothers in Charlottesville. We pray in horror at the wars fueled by greed and power. We pray with Donald Trump and all world leaders. We pray with North Korea and all nations with nuclear weapons. We pray with all who suffer the death and destruction that accompanies war, especially all men and women serving in the military in every land, as well as the earth, air and water of our universe. We pray in gratitude for strong advocates who will not be ignored and who will spar verbally with the Messiah himself. We pray in gratitude for the models of great faith in our lives and for the times we need to lean on then for support. We pray with all who seem to carry more than they can bear. We pray with all who suffer economic devastation especially those who live it continually and without choice. We pray in sorrow with the families who have lost their children to famine, illness, or war. We pray peace and healing for all members of our community, our families and the many people who are dear to our hearts in need of healing, especially, Maggie DL, Kathleen C., John and Loretta, all who live with cancer, and all who cannot get to community prayer as often as we would like. We pray with all whose mental illness causes them to take their own lives and for those who grieve when they are gone. We pray in gratitude with all who receive a healthy report from recent medical tests and all who are still hoping. We pray in gratitude for democracy and the right to raise our electoral voices. We pray with soldiers and their families in all the world. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
Diane Bergant A Human Reality
In order to define itself, every religious, social, or political group must delineate clearly what it is and what it is not. Those who wish to be members of these groups must conform themselves to these cultural definitions, which determine who is in the group and who is not. Having such definitions is not inappropriate. In fact, it is necessary. However, when these definitions determine not only membership within a particular group but acceptability generally, they begin to function in ways that are biased and discriminatory and harmful to all involved.
We do not usually consider the limitations of culture when we think of the incarnation. We find it difficult to entertain the possibility that Jesus was ever in any way biased. This is unfortunate, because this tends to make Jesus less than human, and it minimizes the extraordinariness of those of his actions that break through the limitations of his culture. Jesus entered deeply into human reality, becoming a man of his own limited time and culture. At the same time, he was open enough to break out of the limitations of his cultural identity. In today’s gospel this was accomplished through the agency of one whose gender, culture, and religious commitment made her unsuitable according to the standards of Jesus’ culture. This should teach us not to marginalize people because of our cultural biases, for we may thereby be forfeiting an offer of God’s grace.
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.
Family and Children program update: My name is Gretchen Hovan, and I am so pleased to be joining the program as the coordinator. I have worked for 18 years as an educator, with young children, middle schoolers and high schoolers, and I am excited to be working with all those groups, in one job! We will be gearing up for a new year of Church School (starting Sept. 17) and we are organizing childcare, teachers for Church school and guest speakers for school too! Please be on the look-out for e-mails from me (firstname.lastname@example.org) about these topics and more. I am also gathering and updating contact information as I go, so if you don’t get an e-mail from me, and want to be included!, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 612.412.6163.
Opportunity! We have a new assistant coordinator position open with the Special Needs Program. This position will be an average of 10 hours per month assisting Dick Luedtke with all aspects of the program including planning, promoting, and attending monthly participant gatherings and annual special events. If interested in this position please contact Karen Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-396-8608 (cell) by August 23rd.
Heartfelt prayers are needed for Angel Barragan & his family. Angel was 10 when his family came to the USA from Mexico following their dad. Angel now has a Master's degree & certificate in teaching. But since his dad was sent to prison for a broken tail light, they think, & then deported to Mexico where he struggles to survive, their entire family suffers greatly. For DREAMERS stories like that of Angel Barragan go to: madeintoamerica.org/angel-barragan Submitted by the Spirit Sanctuary Task Force.
TODAY, 11:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room - "The Mystical, Magical Monarch" is a presentation about Kathleen Reidell's work with the Monarch Butterfly. Kathleen has worked with Monarchs for 15+ years and established the Logan Avenue Monarch Sanctuary in Richfield 5 years ago. Come and get up close and personal with this awesome and majestic creature. Weather permitting, there will be a short prayer service and release of a community grouping of newly eclosed Monarchs.
Sunday, August 27th, 11:00 a.m. - Sanctuary Education Committee after church in the All Saints Room.
Thursday, Sept. 7th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. - 2017 SEPTEMBERFEST. Please join us on the grounds of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (1890 Randolph Ave.) for food, music, games, craft beer, door prizes and tons of fun. You’ll also get to reconnect with your favorite Sisters of St. Joseph. Admission is FREE! Food and beer (21+) available for purchase. Come, RAIN or SHINE!