2017-09-03 Bulletin


Worship: 2201 First Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404

Mail: c/o 106 E. 24th Street, Phone: 612-767-4530 Fax: 612-767-4534

info@spiritofststephens.org www.spiritofststephens.org


September 3, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.

Community Council council@spiritofststephens.org: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Darlene Mattson, Mark Muller, Hugh Smeltekop and Jeanne Wingenter

Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock   info@spiritofststephens.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.

Welcome to AllThank 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.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN NEED FUND – We've collected funds to help meet the urgent needs of our registered SOSSCC members in the areas of housing, food, clothing, medical, and/or transportation. If you have such a (monetary) need which would be alleviated by a (generally) one-time infusion of a modest amount of cash, or if you know of a member who has such a need, please apply (or encourage that person to apply). Call or email Ed and Sally Ehlinger, edehlinger@gmail.com (612) 827-8087; Michael Donahue, med717@aol.com (651) 264-9590; Kathy Murphy, kcmurphytaylor@aol.com (612) 871-8712; or Lynn Hallett, mlhallett@yahoo.com (651) 697-9534. We respect your privacy.

SOSS community members place high value on responding to the pastoral needs of one another. Please let us know when you (or someone you love) are experiencing a health crisis, death of a loved one or other difficult times. Call 612-767-4530 and follow the menu instructions to relate your pastoral care need. You will be forwarded to the home phone of the Pastoral Care person on call. The Pastoral Care person will answer or call you back to link you with community members who have volunteered to be of assistance. PC members rotate being ‘on-call’.

Gluten-free Eucharist is available to all who would like it. The communion station will be near the windows behind the East pillar.


Please pray for mercy for all those who live on death row across the country, especially for those scheduled to be executed in the coming week including Juan Castillo on 9/07/17 in TX. Stays of execution have been granted to Marcellus Williams in Missouri and Steven Long in Texas. We pray in gratitude for time to address inequities in both their cases. 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 info 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 would begin to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. We pray with all who labor in the spirit of Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth. We pray with all who have taken up their cross, especially those with less grace than more. We pray with all who know lost and found, stumbling and falling very well. We pray with all who find the footsteps of Jesus leading into uncharted territory. We pray with all who try hard and have good hearts but often as not get rebuked. We pray with all who know what it is to be enticed. We pray with all who live the trials of Jeremiah, who have been mocked, ridiculed and reproached all day long. We pray with all who believe they must cry out with outrage, especially those who remain nonviolent. We pray with all who try to turn away from the name of the Holy One. We pray with all who know the fire of God’s love burning in their heart. We pray with all who have grown weary beyond endurance. We pray with all who know the reality of tropical storms, hurricanes, or floods, especially in Houston, Texas, Louisiana, and along the coast as well as in Bangladesh. We pray with sisters and brothers in Yemen living with war, hunger, and cholera, and those starving in South Sudan. We pray with the families in Sierra Leone who lost loved ones to the mud slide. We pray with all who live with the anxiety of uncertainty. We pray with all students, teachers, staff members and parents/grandparents/godparents beginning a new school year with great hope. This Labor Day weekend we pray with gratitude for the millions of hands who labor on our behalf, the labor we are privileged to give to the world, and, especially the farmers and farm workers who provide the raw ingredients and the food that we share at our tables. We pray with all who do not have dignified jobs at which to work, those who seek work of any kind, and those who do not receive a just wage or health benefits or humane hours. We pray with those who have gone before us, putting themselves in the face of danger for the eight-hour work day and safe working conditions. We pray with all whose jobs we consider menial or unskilled and remind ourselves to check our pride. We pray with all who know that their work is more than their job. We pray with all who work for peace through justice. We pray with all who work in this community toward a vision of ending homelessness. We pray with all who work their programs to stay clean and sober from moment to moment. We pray with all community members feeling poorly or suffering this week and all recovering from surgery or illness, especially; Bob S. recovering from pneumonia, Gini C. feeling weak, Marilyn L., Mary Kay O., Mary K., Maggie and Jerry L. , John and Jeanne, John and Loretta, and so many dear ones. We pray with Diane Loeffler as she stands at the threshold of eternal life, and with Rita and her family who walk with her. We pray comfort for the family of Savanna Greywind and all who mourn. We pray with soldiers and their families everywhere, especially those families touched by the mystery of suicide. We pray with all children orphaned by the horrors of war. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God...

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers there the hummingbird---
   equal seekers of sweetness.

Are my boots old?
Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young,
and still not half-perfect?

Let me
   keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be  

The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture,
and the pasture.

Which is mostly rejoicing,
since all the ingredients are here,
Which is gratitude to be given a mind and a heart  
   and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy 
  to the moth and the wren,
to the sleepy dug-up-clam,

telling them all, over and over, how it is
   that we live forever.    
Mary Oliver Thirst

Prayer Requests for the prayer network are collected by Marilaurice and can be directed to her via email: Marilaurice@hotmail.com or phone: 612-701-7558. The bulletin deadline is noon on Wednesday. All requests made after that will be saved for the next week. Prayer requests can be a specific naming of a person and situation or a general naming of a situation with the particular person known only to the requestor of the prayer. Let us pray…

Fall Book Group for Strength of Her Witness! Don and Mary are hosting a group starting Tues, Sept 5th from 6-8 and have room for 2-3 more people if you are interested. The address is 1 E 50th St, Minneapolis, located on the southeast corner of 50th and Nicollet, kitty corner from the school that used to be Ramsey but has just been renamed Alan Page School. Email is marykconroy@yahoo.com Phone numbers are 612-822-9597 and 612-616-2808. Check with someone from Adult Ed if you need a book.

Prayer for Peace and Healing is held most every Tuesday at 5:20 PM. Prayer is held at 1500 Franklin Ave SE. This prayer began on 9/11/01 and has continued faithfully each week. The group is small and the prayer is quiet. All are welcome to pray for their own peace and healing and for the world.


Worship Committee The September meeting of the worship committee will be held on the second Thursday of the month, September 14, at 7:00 PM.   The more hands we have the more ideas we can take up. All are welcome. Interest and availability are the only job requirements; all other training provided! Contact Suzanne S., Mary W. or Marilaurice for more info. Thank you.

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!


Africa Classroom Connection-Books for Africa’s annual Learning Tour to South Africa and Malawi (led by Henry B) is a valuable opportunity to gain insight into a new culture, witness the great work we are doing with your help, and make new friends. This is not a conventional package tour of Africa. While there is the opportunity to see wild animals on safari (a treasure of Africa!), the heart of our Tour is philanthropic and cultural. You will meet wonderful people and learn about the promise and challenges of education. Just ask some of our community members: Ward, Cathy M, Rita Q, Ruth, and Virgil. The next Tour takes place January 15 - February 10, 2018 and you can choose which portions of the trip you would like to join. Learn more at an informational session via webinar or in person at Henry’s house: 106 E. 24th St. Minneapolis on Tuesday, September 19th 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Find details or register for the info session at www.africaclassroomconnection.org. Questions? Catch Henry or write to info@africaclassroomconnection.org. All are welcome, of course.


Monday, Sept 11 at 7 pm WAMM Second Monday Movie night: Howard Zinn: “You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" 4200 Cedar Ave. S, Mpls Info: 612.827.5364

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