2017-11-12 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

November 12, 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 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, 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, especially those scheduled to be executed in the coming week, including Scott Dozier on 11/14/17 and Alva Campbell Jr. on 11/15/17 in OH. Please also pray for all 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 wisdom. We pray with a resplendent and unfading wisdom. We pray with a wisdom “readily discerned by those who love her and found by those who seek her.” We pray with all who desire her and are not disappointed. We pray with all who do not hear the voice of their own blessed wisdom. We pray with all who keep vigil for wisdom through their search for truth with justice. We pray with all who need that wisdom which is “understanding fully grown” especially Donald Trump and all current and newly elected officials. We pray with all public servants who represent all of their constituents and not only those who voted for them. We pray with all who seek wisdom enough to not be discouraged. We pray with all who make the rounds of wisdom and graciously share the treasures of their searching. We pray with all who need the solicitude of wisdom’s care. We pray with all who need the wisdom of the communion of saints. We pray with all who “yield to grief and lose all hope”. We pray in gratitude with all who have fallen asleep believing in Jesus. We pray with all who have sufficient wisdom to not grow weary or lose heart. We pray with all who long for the wisdom of healing. We pray in gratitude for the wise gifts of comfort, consolation and hope. We pray with all who know the wisdom of being surrounded, of gathering in community and sharing the feast of heaven and earth as we enjoyed last weekend at prayer. We pray in gratitude for the experiences that lead us from foolish to wise. We pray in gratitude for all who are wise enough to be prepared and keep watch. We pray in sorrow that our nation is the only one in the world not to sign the Paris Agreement climate accord; may wisdom prevail with power. We pray in gratitude for the wisdom that accompanies knowing neither the day nor the hour. We pray in gratitude for our mentors and all who know and share wisdom with us. We pray in gratitude for the collective wisdom found in community. We pray with all who seek wisdom through illness, time of recovery, and the waiting time after medical tests. We pray with all in need of God’s healing presence, especially community members, Kathleen R., Ruthie—Deacon Bob’s dear wife, and the tiny, sweet Mahoehney twins striving to grow strong enough for life outside the womb. We pray with our dear ones who we do not see enough; Jim Lenarz, Jane Arens, Pat Downey, Gini Corrick, Kathleen Crow, and many more. We pray with all victims of accidents and in gratitude for the wisdom of medical professionals. We pray with all who die alone, unloved and unmourned. We pray in gratitude for the life of Jeanne Margaret O’Fallon Hynes and the wisdom, joy, and perseverance she shared with so many. May John, Beth, Ruth, Nancy, Bob, Dan, her family, and all who mourn find comfort and peace. We pray with all who live with depression, those who seek the wisdom of a cure, and all who love them. We pray in gratitude for saints, sinners, friends, families, strangers and all unlikely sources of wisdom. We pray wisdom for all who make decisions that affect the lives of others, especially those who send others to war. We pray with soldiers and their families in every land. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…


Deep gratitude for the many saints and souls who made our All Saints and Souls celebration so hopeful and joy-filled! Including, but not limited to: Karen and Tony for prayer leadership, Andrea for breaking open the Word, orchestra—Ann Marie, Mike, Isaac, Sean, and Mark, the many singers in the choir, and the decorators extraordinaire: Rita Quigley., Pat Helin, Susan O'Leary, Mary Wilmes, Nancy Davis, Kathy Murphy, Ruth Cioni, Joyce O'Meara, Kathryn Schafer, Richelle Pearl-Koller.

Men’s hats, gloves, underwear, socks (wool) needed for the Shelter. Because the need is now, we will begin our annual Advent collection of items for the St. Stephen’s Shelter a month early. Please bring your items to church any Sunday during November and December and, with Mike and Jim’s help, will get them over to Human Services for distribution. Check the St. Stephen’s Human Services website for a more extensive list, such as toiletries, long underwear and pajama bottoms. A second shelter will be opening in November and will need 150 sets of twin linens, blankets, and towels to accommodate the corresponding increase in capacity. Thank you for your consistent and sustaining support of St. Stephen’s Human Services.

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 (larryluck@aol.com) or Marie Murphy (murmurp@gmail.com) before Nov. 19. Thanks for your support.

Thank you from St. Stephen’s Human Services for your support of the monthly emergency fund collection. One of the many people who have benefited from your generosity is a 33 year old who had been placed into housing through our Rapid ReHousing program 10 years ago. He has maintained housing ever since, but ran into a financial crisis after gaining custody of his children in September. Our case manager Gino worked with the property manager, who was ready to file eviction papers over $333 due. While she acknowledged that he had been a good tenant, she told Gino that the property owners insisted on starting the eviction process. Through funds donated by the Spirit community, this person was able to avoid eviction and continue maintaining his and his family’s housing. Thanks! If you have any question about our work please contact Jodi Trost, director of development and communications, at 612-879-7639 or jtrost@ststephensmpls.org.

“As we have in the past, Spirit will participate in Hennepin County’s ‘Giving Partners Holiday Program’, in which we are matched with 3 or more families who are experiencing hardships that could make the holidays difficult. Participants buy gifts (including toys, gift cards and household necessities) and we get them to county staff working with the families between Dec. 11th and Dec. 19th for delivery to the families. Gift cards are especially welcome! I’ll soon begin gathering names of people/families who would like to help, so watch for more news and call or email me if you have any questions. Thanks for your help! Anne Quincy (612-209-2524, johnmquincy@yahoo.com)”

Tuesday, November 14th, 6-8:30 pm - 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

Tuesday, November 14th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Catholic Coalition for Church Reform/Council of the Baptized invite you to the November Open Forum - "The Biology of Gender and Faith-Based Opposition to Inclusive Practices in Public Schools: Is It Possible to Disagree and Still Keep Transgender Students Safe?" Dave Edwards, father of a transgender child and a member of the Minnesota Department of Education committee to drat the "safe schools" recommendations will present his reflections on transgender experience. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 So. Snelling, St. Paul.

Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 pm – JUST US: Out of the Cycle, Into the Circle. St. Stephen’s Human Services is proud to present zAmya Theater Project’s latest creation during National Hunger and Homelessness week. This production, written by the zAmya Theater troupe, will premiere at the Sabathani Community Center auditorium, 310 E 38th Street. Tickets are $0-$20 and are available at https://zamya.brownpapertickets.com/.

Sunday, November 19th – SAVE the DATE – SOSSCC Fall Assembly

Sunday, November 19, 11 am – My Neighbor is Muslim: You are welcome to attend Sunday education hour for the CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) presentation. Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd St., Mpls 55406. Sessions include small group discussion. Contact: faithmc@faithmennonite.org

Tuesday, November 21st, 1:00 AND 7:00 PM - Annual Thanksgiving Eve Eve Services in our prayer space. The prayer is quiet, peaceful, inclusive and all are welcome. Each household is asked to bring bread to exchange. Any kind of bread will do: sweet bread, rye, white, small loaf, big loaf, two rolls, scones—simply bread that can be broken and shared on Thanksgiving Day at breakfast or anytime during the day. Wrap your bread and enclose with it a note of blessing for whoever will receive your bread. Please keep gluten-free options labeled and sealed in a bag. We will have extra bags and a knife if large loaves need to be divided. Also ponder this question and be ready to share: What is it you are most grateful for this year?

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - "A Critical Conversation with Massimo Faggioli; "Why Remain Actively Catholic in these times?" sponsored by Call to Action Minnesota at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church - 1500 Franklin Avenue SE, Minneapolis. Massimo Faggioli is a Church historian, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University and contributing editor to Commonweal magazine. He is the go-to theologian on all things Vatican in many U.S. mainstream and religious newspapers as well as in many other countries. Registration deadline is November 24. Donation of $30.00 (For scholarships, call Sharon 651-457-3249.) Mail registration information (name, phone, email and mailing address) and check to Call to Action Minnesota, P.O. Box 68171, Minneapolis, MN 55418-8171. Or Email to artstoeberl@yahoo.com. Contact Art at 651-636-7356 with any questions.

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