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
30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
October 29th, 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 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 (Marilaurice@hotmail.com)
This week we pray with all who love. We pray with all who love love. We pray in gratitude for the god who loves us—unconditionally, abundantly. We pray with all who love with their heart set on God. We pray with all who love deeply the God who created them in love and for love. We pray with all who love the God in their neighbor and all who find this difficult. We pray with all who would love to love themselves but do not know how to begin. We pray with all who love Mother Earth in this season of letting go and all the intricate parts of our Universe. We pray with all who translate this love into learning about the issues of climate change or pipeline safety and support alternative energy sources. We pray with each sister and brother practicing love with their whole heart, whole soul and whole mind. We pray with all who love a neighbor without distinction. We pray with all who are or who suffer unlovable neighbors. We pray with all who love the tidiness and compassion of the Law and all who get caught up in its letters. We pray with all who love words, especially those who use them in the wise and powerful pursuit of peace and mercy’s justice. We pray with all who use words to do violence. We pray with all who love the wonders of human creation so much that they cannot wrong or oppress it. We pray with lawyers who practice their craft with love. We pray with all who love their neighbors literally enough to be sure they have a coat when they need it. We pray with all who can love beyond the confines of their birth family to those widowed or orphaned, hearing the cries of those in need. We pray with all who love money so little that they can lend it freely and without extortion. We pray with all who know the horror of violence in any form and all who do not love life. We pray with all community members and loved ones in need of our prayers: Patrick's dad, Jack, awaiting the results of medical tests, Gini, Jeanne H. Jane A. and all in hospice care, Dick’s continued healing, Kathleen C., all looking for just and dignified work, all who live with cancer and its treatments, our dear ones and the millions more whose needs we do not know but with whom we are sisters and brothers in humankind. We pray in gratitude for the earthly life of Lynn H’s dad, Gene, who died last week; may all who mourn find comfort and peace. We pray with all who live in fear, worry, paranoia or any sort of mental health difficulties and with all who love them. We pray with all who are not warm in their homes and all who have no home. We pray with all who do not know where to begin their prayers. We pray with all who love this Spirit community as we look toward our future. We pray with all who feel the mysterious thin veil of Hallowed E’en. We pray in gratitude for the love and vision of Paul and Sheila Wellstone. We pray wisdom for Donald Trump and all entrusted with leadership and all candidates running for office. We pray with soldiers and their families in very land. We pray for peace of body, mind, and spirit for all. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
All Saints and Souls Celebration is NEXT Sunday - We will celebrate the great company of saints in this community next Sunday, November 5. Please bring a picture or memory to place around the altar of your beloved “saint” on this special feast day. Costumes are welcome on this festive day and kazoos for the ‘trumpet’ verse in When the Saints would be grand. 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. Music will be led by the All Saints Choir including the Spirit Youth orchestra! Rehearsal was last week but singers still welcome. Contact Marilaurice for more details (Marilaurice@hotmail.com). About six people are needed to help decorate the church Friday afternoon Nov. 3 at 1:00. It takes about 3 hours. If you can help, contact Richelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-920-9018.
We also FALL BACK early next Sunday morning so set your clocks back an hour when you go to bed Saturday night and come well-rested for our special prayer.
Hearing challenges? Please pick up a copy of the readings and homily from the table across from the Sacristy. If there are none left when you get there, let Marilaurice know and she will print more!
The Communication Committee has been collecting your input over the past few months to consider revising of our community statement. This statement is used in the bulletin, the website, and in other communication with the outside world. Based on your input, a first attempt was made, and the Council asked that it be shared for comment: Spirit of St. Stephen’s is an independent Catholic community, rooted in social justice. We believe in the priesthood of all people and center our worship on the Eucharist. Justice, peace, inclusion, gratitude, and the wisdom of the Spirit ignite our prayer and work to follow the non-violent Jesus. All are welcome. Please talk to the committee chairperson Bob Murphy, or another committee member (Kevin Anderson, Henry Bromelkamp, Marilaurice Hemlock, Hugh Smeltekop), with your thoughts and comments.
Spirit Hands – A Service Opportunity. This project enlists volunteers from our community and uses funds donated to SOSSCC as memorials to “spruce up” and purchase needed items for organizations in the Twin Cities that work with children, women who are victims of domestic abuse, women who are in recovery, and women who are struggling with finding their way in society. In the past three years SOSSCC has helped eight different organizations including the Kateri Residence. We are currently looking for organizations that serve women and children that are in need of some help. If you have connections, or know of a center that could use help, please let us know. We plan to schedule a work day in late January and would like site suggestions by Nov. 21. In January we will be looking for volunteers to help us with the physical labor – stay tuned! If you have suggestions please contact Larry Luck (email@example.com) or Marie Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Nov. 19. Thanks for your support.
The new schedule for liturgy volunteers has been completed and posted to the website. It goes from Nov 5th through Feb 25th. If you are unable to serve when assigned, it is greatly appreciated if you find a substitute and notify the coordinators for that day. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to each of our liturgical ministers... Without you our Sunday liturgy could not happen!!!
TODAY! 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.
TODAY, 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 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
Tuesday, October 31st - Prayer for Peace and Healing is cancelled.
Wednesday, November 1st, 5:30-8:30pm – Luminarias Project annual fundraiser on All Saints Day. Luminarias is a home for impoverished girls in San Lucas Sacatepequez, Guatemala. 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.
Friday, November 3rd - Taste of Thanksgiving. Join other SOSSCC folks at this year’s Taste of Thanksgiving in support of the CSJ St. Joseph Workers. This year’s fun raiser has a new menu and a new location. For more information and tickets, go to csjministriesfoundation.org Purchase your own tickets, but let Jim Fournier know if you would like to be seated at a Spirit of St. Stephen’s table: email@example.com or 651-698-1162.
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.
Friday, November 10th – Next serving date at Loaves and Fishes. New Volunteers Welcome and Needed. Every 2nd 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 from 2:00 – 4:30pm to prepare the meal and 36 people from 4:50 – 7:30pm 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.
Tuesday, November 14th, 6-8:30pm - The Japanese film drama DEPARTURES, which won Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2009, will be shown in G-1 at Carondelet Center. Free admission. The film is offered as a follow up of the Green Death and Dying series of 2015-16. An unemployed cellist takes a job unknowingly at a mortuary, thinking ‘Departures” means work in a travel agency. As he learns to act as a gatekeeper between life and death preparing the dead for the next life, he comes to understand the importance of interpersonal connections and the joy of living. 2hrs10min.
Sunday, November 19th – SAVE the DATE – SOSSCC Fall Assembly