2017-09-17 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 17, 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. 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.”

HELP NEEDED! The Location Committee has been working for almost a year looking for a new physical location for our spiritual home. Community input is required before we can go much further. To collect this input, The Council has agreed to a special “Location Assembly” held after prayer on October 29, 2017 at 10:45 AM. Worship Committee has agreed to help streamline the prayer that morning. You will be provided with enough information to form your questions closer to the date. Please, please, save this date/time for this important conversation. Questions to Marilaurice. Thank you.


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 info@africaclassroomconnection.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.  WednesdaySeptember 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 anita@duckor.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.

                        John Shea

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