SPIRIT OF ST STEPHENS CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
Worship: 2201 First Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404
Mail: c/o 106 E. 24th Street, Phone: 612-767-4530 Fax: 612-767-4534
24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
September 17, 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 (Prayers@spiritofststephens.org OR Marilaurice@hotmail.com This week we pray with all who forgive from their hearts. We pray with all who hold tight to wrath, anger and hate. We pray with all who practice revenge, especially revenge with violence that destroys life. We pray in gratitude for all who forgive another’s injustice. We pray with all who struggle with anger against their neighbor. We pray with all who practice mercy in every part of their lives. We pray with all who seek to set hate aside, to overlook faults and to cease from the sins of judgment, selfishness, or a hardened heart. We pray with all who pray and act for the forgiveness of sins. We pray with our neighbors from whom we seek forgiveness. We pray with all who remember the loving promises of God. We pray with all who know the love of the Holy One in life and in death. We pray with all who seek wholeness and healing in the fullness of God’s love. We pray with all who know monetary debt of any sort and those addicted to gambling. We pray with all who know or owe the debt of forgiveness. We pray with all who live indebted to another loving heart. We pray in gratitude for the gift of forgiveness beyond our counting, 70 x 7. We pray with all debtors who would like to be forgiven even once. We pray with all who hold the power to write off a debt in full. We pray with all sister and brother debtors who know the sweet release of mercy and the clean slate of forgiveness. We pray with all debtors who have been forgiven and are unable to forgive in turn. We pray in gratitude for justice; that done to us and the opportunities we have to work for it for others. We pray for President Donald Trump and all elected officials. We pray with all who are weak in body, mind or spirit, especially, Kathleen C., Mary K., Colleen’s friend Joe’s family, John and Jeanne, Loretta and John, all who live with memory loss, autistic kids and their loving parents and teachers, and all who have no one to hold them in prayer. We pray with all who are moving toward the threshold of heaven, especially, Gini C., and all who stand there alone. We pray with all who celebrate every movement toward healing. We pray with parents who are mightily challenged by their children. We pray with all who know the violence of war in their homeland, all who have fled fearing for their lives, and all for whom there is no safe haven, especially our Rohinga refugee sisters and brothers. We pray in gratitude for the wonders of the Universe and the gifts of Summer as we welcome Autumn on the equinox on Friday, 9/22 at 3:02 PM. We pray in gratitude for the gifts of Mother Earth: corn, tomatoes, squashes, kale, and apples, always for apples. We pray with sisters and brothers all over the world who suffer the ravages of earthquakes, tropical storms, floods, drought, fires, and hurricanes. We mourn with all who have lost hope, memories, precious articles, home, pets, and so much more. We pray in gratitude for the strength people find within them and the generous spirits of strangers. We pray with all who are not who they once were and grieve the loss. We pray for peace in every part of our world-village and renew our pledge to act for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
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…
First rehearsal for the Spirit Youth Orchestra and Choir is NEXT Sunday, Sept. 24! All youth are welcome to this group that leads the sung prayer 1x a month during the academic year. Packets of music to look at ahead of rehearsal are available today. See Marie or Marilaurice for music or information.
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.
Travel to and from SOSS will get even more complicated when the Franklin Bridge closes on Monday, Sept. 18. Traffic will be directed to already busy 26th and 28th Streets. Plan ahead to ease your frustration! Just like the Magi, many of us will need to “go home by a different route.”
Africa Classroom Connection-Books for Africa’s annual Learning Tour to South Africa, Malawi and Zambia. (led by Henry Bromelkamp) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All are welcome, of course.
RACISM - It Ends with Me; Dismantling Systemic Racism. An engaging community conversation on racial justice with Bryan Massingale, S.J., racial justice scholar and Fordham University theologian and social ethicist. Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 to 9 pm at the Rauenhorst Ballroom, St. Catherine University, St. Paul. Register at http://bit.ly/2tTWlbr
Carol Mc Brady founder and director of AFCZ (Action for Children of Zambia) will speak and show videos on Saturday October 14, 1-3 PM at 7500 York Av S. Coop in the Social Room, drinks and snacks served. Be prepared to be enlightened. Info call 952.217.4330 Barb
Peace House Community Job Posting
Peace House Community, a nonprofit founded by Sister of St. Joseph Rose Tillemans, is a daytime gathering place for homeless and marginalized persons. PHC is searching for a Manager who is committed to social justice and desires to work within a collaborative environment. The Manager will be responsible for the overall operations of PHC and building community among marginalized women and men, volunteers, and staff.
30 to 40hrs./week. Salary range: $40,000 to $55,000. PTO but no other benefits. For complete job description and qualifications, check outwww.peacehousecommunity.org. Send a letter of application and resume to Anita S. Duckor, Peace House Community, 1816 Portland Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55404-2652 or to email@example.com by September 30, 2017
70 X 7
Seventy times seven God,
we come to confess
that often our lives fall
like smashed tablets to holy ground.
We say we will love
yet we manipulate.
We say we will dialogue
yet we dominate.
We say, “Speak truth!”
yet we hide in lie.
But the frustration of Paul
that the good we would, we do not
and the evil we should not, that we do
yields to the arms of the old man on the hill
who meets the self-hating scripts of the hired hands
with the robes of sonship
and the rings of daughterhood.
You are the father of parties
and no one outruns your joy.
Jesus told us
that for you
it is as easy to say walk
as to say forgive.
Say them both to us,
that we may walk in forgiveness.