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
25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
September 24, 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 week, including Kevin Leroy Tharpe, on 9/26/17 in GA. Please also pray for the victims of violent crime, including people dealing with violence in their closest relationships, all the families involved, the prison staff, and those who hold vigil to end the death penalty. Info on efforts to abolish the death penalty, go www.deathpenaltyinfo.org
Prayer Network (Prayers@spiritofststephens.org OR Marilaurice@hotmail.com) This week we pray with all who seek the God of wild, extravagant and abundant love. We pray with all who need this God and need us to be this face of God. We pray in gratitude for the abundant thoughts of God available to all who seek. We pray in gratitude for the God of the heights and depths of the Universe. We pray in gratitude for the new season of autumn with its gifts of balance, change, and transition. We pray with all who seek the mysterious thoughts and ways of God. We pray with all who seek productive, dignified labor. We pray with all who seek to stand firm in unity of spirit for the sake of the Gospel. We pray with all who seek workers for the vineyard, especially those who look in unlikely places. We pray with all who seek just rewards for the labor of workers. We pray with all who seek God in the pursuit of justice. We pray with all who seek God’s abundant love, even when you show up late--especially when you show up late! We pray with all who seek God, both last and first. We pray with all who seek God through the work of their hands. We pray with all who seek God through the prayer and action of the Spirit of St. Stephen’s community. We pray in gratitude for all who are generous with the gift of their money as well as their time and talent. We pray in gratitude for all who give of themselves to build community. We pray in gratitude for the responsibility of stewardship given to us. We pray with all celebrating the New Year with Rosh Hashanah and the upcoming feast of atonement, Yom Kippur. We pray in hope with all who work for peace. We pray with all who seek fullness of health, especially, Kathleen C., Jeanne and John, John and Loretta, all our dear ones, all those unknown to us who seek strength and healing for their body, mind or spirit, and all care givers who provide for us in our time of need. We pray with all who worry about health care costs. We pray with Gini C., who stands at the threshold of life eternal, her family, friends, and all who stand with her; may she be surrounded by peace. We pray with so many dear ones who live with cancer, its treatments, and those side effects. We pray with all who live with the ravages of mental illness, all who help them, and love them. We pray with victims and survivors of the earthquake in central Mexico and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. We pray with Myanmar residents and refugees—may the violence stop and peace begin. We pray with President Trump and all civic, national and religious leaders in the world; may they embody the generous love and impossible justice of the One God. We pray with all children who have had a rough start to the new school year and all who love them. We pray with all involved in the Sanctuary movement---workers, DACA families, immigrants and refugees. We pray with all who suffer the change of weather, especially the many who sleep in it by night and walk in it by day. We pray that all countries using a show of force to intimidate others stop this practice immediately; war is not an option. We pray with soldiers and their families in every land. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
Blessing of the Animals: NEXT Sunday, October 1, we will celebrate our annual Blessing of the Animals. You are welcome to bring a small, contained, live animal, a picture of your live animal, a stuffed animal representing your live animal and/or a stuffed animal/picture of an animal in nature for which you have a fondness or a memento of pets passed on. They are able to sit during liturgy or John R. and Joe will supervise more spirited animal friends (and their human) outside until all come in at the end for a brief blessing. This is a joyous annual occasion that helps us remember how deeply we are all connected to the web of creation. Contact John R. firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.331.8997 or contact Marilaurice
Spirit Youth Ensemble: Rehearsals begin TODAY! Stop by the music area after Mass and chat with Marie and the group.
Ministry Schedule It takes many persons to create a meaningful worship service each Sunday. Liturgical ministries are listed on the front of the bulletin. If you would like to become a liturgical minister, change your ministry commitment or notify me of dates you are not available for the next schedule -- now is the time! The schedule of ministry volunteers for the months of November through February, will soon be prepared. Please contact me by October 6th for any of the above reasons at email@example.com
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.
SAVE The DATE – SOSSCC Fall Assembly November 19
There will be a Sanctuary Education Committee meeting TODAY after mass (11:00) in the All Saints room. We will make plans for the speaker on Oct 8. All are welcome.
IMMIGRATION 101 – An Evening of Music and History
Tuesday September 26 6:40 to 8:30 pm at Unity Church Unitarian Pianist Ahmed Anzaldua of Justice Choir will take us with words and music into the heart of Mexico. Then at 7pm Michelle McKenzie, with Advocates for Human Rights, will offer a deep understanding of how our immigration policies have led us to the challenges of today. Come to be informed and to build community in support of all who are "DACA"mented and their loved ones. 733 Portland Ave St Paul Free. All are welcome.
St. Stephen’s Human Services Volunteer Opportunity: Starting this Monday through the end of October, St. Stephen's front lobby will be remodeled. We are in need of volunteers to assist our Welcome Center team. In this role, volunteers will work alongside staff to help greet and escort office visitors & clients throughout the building. Shifts are Monday-Friday 8:30 am-12:30 pm and 12:30-4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 12:30-2:00 pm on Friday. To see which shifts are available, visit the website, https://ststephensmpls.org/join/welcome-center-volunteer-calendar To sign up for a shift, complete our volunteer application https://ststephensmpls.org/join/volunteer-application and e-mail Tess Gehring at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
Job Posting: Peace House Community, a nonprofit founded by CSJ 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.30-40 hours Monday - Friday $40,000-$55,000 PTO More info: peacehousecommunity.org Applications due Sept 30.
Spirit of St Stephen’s Catholic Community Bulletin Report August, 2017
For more details, www.spiritofststephens.org, click on Council/Committees, click on financial reports
*First Sunday 2nd Collection WAMM
Friday September 29th at 7 -9 pm at CTUL 3715 Chicago Ave. Mpls. Dismantling DAPL: A Conversation w/ Jess Reznicek + Ruby Montoya. We at the Minneapolis Catholic Worker are excited to host this discussion. Jessica and Ruby, through the scope of the #noDAPL resistance, have engaged in a variety of tactics. Due to the ultimate inadequacies of these conventional methods, Ruby and Jess launched a campaign aimed at the dismantling of DAPL infrastructure. Hear their story. Donations. Info: email email@example.com or call Joe at 612-512-1639.