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
29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
October 22nd, 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.
Welcome to All– Thank 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, firstname.lastname@example.org (612) 827-8087; Michael Donahue, email@example.com (651) 264-9590; Kathy Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org (612) 871-8712; or Lynn Hallett, email@example.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 those scheduled to be executed in the coming week, including Clinton Lee Young on 10/26/17 in TX. Pray in gratitude for the grant of more time to Torrey McNabb by the courts in AL. Please also pray for all the victims of violent crime and for those who have lost loved ones to violence, for the prison staff, and for 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 question. We pray with all who question loyalties or allegiance, division or separation. We pray with all who question to make their own point or to trip someone up. We pray with all who question authority, especially those seeking a higher truth. We pray with all who question the status quo, the norm, the given. We pray with all who question the division of church and state, religion and politics in the name of the God who is One. We pray with all who are divided between civic and religious obligations. We pray with all who question the wisdom of small actions in the large picture but carry on in faith. We pray with all who question their faith. We pray in courage with all who ask the hard questions, of us or of themselves. We pray in gratitude with all who ask the questions of truth that begin to turn the wheels of change. We pray with all who only ask questions to which they already know the answer. We pray with all who ask questions enough to gain insight enough to understand the complexities of the criminal justice system and the intricacies of restorative justice. We pray with inmates, their families, victims, employers, landlords and all who pass judgment on those who have served time in prison. We pray with all who seek to move from pity to mercy for all sisters and brothers. We pray in gratitude for teachers and prophets who gift us with visionary questions. We pray with all whose questions are answered in words that are difficult to hear. We pray with all who use words maliciously or for false flattery. We pray in gratitude for the Word, conviction and the Holy Spirit. We pray with all who have no community or loved one to question their motives and action. We pray in gratitude for the God of community, the God of relationships and involvement. We pray with all who use their title or power to seek the truth of justice for all people. We pray with all who preach the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit using words if necessary. We pray with anointers, letter writers, name-ers, pray-ers, preachers, questioners, teachers, sinners and believers. “We always thank God for you, and constantly remember you in our prayers.” We pray for all families, especially those who are separated by deportation and all who live in fear. We pray with all who live with debilitating illness, chronic pain and the accompanying anxiety about health care. We pray with all who live with small pains and the accompanying crankiness. We pray with all sisters and brothers whose world has been turned inside out by natural disasters, especially sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico and California, Spain, Portugal. We pray with all creatures and beings of the universe who live in the shadow of war. We pray in horror at the truck bombing in Mogadishu, the hundreds of lives lost and families changed forever; we remember them without knowing their names. We pray with all who live with mental illness, especially those untreated, and all who love them. We pray in gratitude for the passionate God of Color and the transformations of the season. We pray with Jeanne, Gini, and their loved ones. 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…
Hearing challenges? We are starting a trial project of getting the readings and a copy of the homily of the day printed each week in the hope that the additional information will make the prayer more inclusive for you. A few copies will be available at the double-doors off the long hallway, near the nametags, and you are invited to pick them up. No idea of how many copies we need so let Marilaurice know if we run out before you get one! Another reminder: be sure to try a different seat in the Sanctuary to get a different volume. Basically, the closer to the speakers you are, the louder it will be.
All Saints and Souls Celebration 11/05/17 We will celebrate the great company of saints in this community on Sunday, November 5. Please plan ahead to bring a picture or memory to place around the altar of your beloved “saint” on this special feast day. If you have lost an immediate family member since November 1, 2016, please let Marilaurice know (soon!) their name and we will read them aloud after the sung names.
Gifts for Families Project - Is anyone able to take on the Gifts for Families Project that we have been doing with Hennepin County for the last five years? If so, please contact me and I will help you get started. Thank you for considering this. Suzanne H., 651-353-7473
Loaves and Fishes – New Volunteers Welcome and Needed
Every second Friday of odd numbered months, the SOSS Community serves a hot meal to about 200 guests at the old St. Stephen’s School. We have two shifts needing volunteers: 20 people for the first shift (2:00 – 4:30 PM) to prepare the meal and 36 people for the second shift (4:50 – 7:30 PM) to serve the meal, have dinner and do the clean up. There are jobs for people of all ages. If you would like to be put on the volunteer list, please send your email address to Susan O’Leary (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call her at 651-292-0326. You will receive a notice 3 weeks before each serving date. Our next serving date is FRIDAY, NOV. 10th.
TODAY!!!! All Saints Choir: All are welcome to sing on the feast of All Saints and Souls. There is one rehearsal TODAY right after liturgy (2 weeks before 11/5 because of the Assembly on the 29th) and a short rehearsal before prayer on Nov. 5. This is a great opportunity to make a joyful noise without a long-term commitment! Email Marilaurice (Marilaurice@hotmail.com) for more details or to reserve a packet.
TODAY, after liturgy - Immigration concerns - small group discussion: The SOSSCC Sanctuary Task Force is inviting everyone to be part of a small group discussion based on keeping our hearts engaged in our actions involving the crises we are all facing with our neighbors who we are calling immigrants. The Task Force is developing some tools to be used in conversations about the crises all around us impacting our immigrant brothers and sisters. These tools are based on a program developed by ISAIAH called "Claiming our Voices" organized to promote conversations of all kinds: one on ones, with family, friends, neighbors, etc. and action in accordance with our faith and values. We will gather in the Fireside Room after liturgy and then organize there for the discussions. (SOSSCC Sanctuary Task Force)
NEXT SUNDAY, October 29th, 10:45-Noon (at the latest) – Location Assembly – Watch your in-box for facts and figures needed for this conversation. Childcare will hopefully be provided.
Sunday, October 29th, 5:45pm - zAmya Theater Project by St. Stephen’s Human Services presents a free show of their Reality Road Show at the Basilica of St. Mary’s Great Hall (school building). The Road Show takes media stereotypes of homelessness and turns them inside out, exposing the true stories of the streets. With a multi-talented cast of actors, most of whom are or have been homeless, this show will educate and entertain.
Sundays, 11am – My Neighbor is Muslim: You are welcome to attend Sunday education hour for any of the following presentations by two local Imams; Oct. 29 – Sharia, Jihad & Family structure; Nov. 5 – Islamic Economics; Nov. 19 – CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations). Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd St., Mpls 55406. Sessions include small group discussion. Contact: email@example.com
Wednesday, November 1st, 5:30-8:30pm - Spreading the Light. Be saintly—by attending Luminarias Project annual fundraiser on All Saints Day. Luminarias is a home for impoverished girls in San Lucas Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Co-founded by Saint Paulite, Hugh McElroy, it provides excellent education opportunities and character development for the girls through their adolescent years and into their early years of college. Summit Brewery, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul. Enjoy an evening of Latina cuisine, plenty of raffle prizes, a lively auction and, of course, a variety of craft brews to choose from along with the world’s best root beer. Register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/luminarias-fall-fundraiser-2017-tickets-37792854445 or at the door. For further information, contact Ben Kohler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-646-0108.
Thursday, November 2nd - Death Details: What better day than All Souls Day, November 2, to put some attention to our mortal selves?! All are welcome to come and do what you need to do—start getting things in writing, learn more, ask questions, pray, think, write an obituary, get some funeral thoughts in order, learn some more. 3 sessions: 9:30-Noon, 1:00-3:30, 6:30-9:00 PM. Simple lunch at noon. Come to one session or all three. All in the Fireside Room. Contact Marilaurice for more info.
November 10th, 7pm - Sanctuary Concert presented by City Singers – Please join us for original music by Director/Composer Michelle Porter (long-time member of St Stephens), as well as other beautiful choral works, all related to the question, "Where do we find Sanctuary?" Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave S, Free will donation accepted.
Sunday, November 19th – SAVE the DATE – SOSSCC Fall Assembly