2017-11-19 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 19, 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. In gratitude for being given more time, pray with Jack Greene and Scott Dozier, who were granted stays of execution in Arkansas and Nevada. 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 (Prayers@spiritofststephens.org OR Marilaurice@hotmail.com)
This week we pray with people of many talents, abilities and treasures. We pray with valiant women and men who use their gifts to serve those in need. We pray with all who care for us and about us. We pray with all who possess the talent of wisdom, kindness and integrity. We pray in gratitude for all who possess the talent of thought and action. We pray with all who possess the talent of courage and its strength and of faith and its hope. We pray with all who possess the talent of love and its mercy. We pray with all who seek to multiply the many gifts entrusted to them. We pray with all who have the ability to trust and to inspire trust. We pray with all who seek the ability to live fully as children of the light. We pray with all who treasure peace and security for each atom of creation’s cosmos and work daily toward the fulfillment of such a vision. We pray with all who treasure staying awake to watch for all the comings of the Christ. We pray with all who have been startled by a thief in the night, especially those who have suffered bodily harm. We pray in gratitude that God has invested in us with a treasure of love. We pray in gratitude for all who have invested in us, especially those ancestors how brought us to this earthly life. We pray with all who have been shocked by sudden disaster of any sort. We pray with all who strive to be sober and manage their addictions, one day at a time, all who fail, and all who love them. We pray with all who are faithful, in matters large and small. We pray with all who are trusting and all who seek to earn the trust of another. We pray with all who hoard the talent of their love or kindness for fear of running out. We pray with all who share the talent of their love and kindness in great, gushing abundance and wild abandon. We pray in gratitude for all who are able to truly share another’s joy. We pray with all who are fearful, demanding, wicked, lazy, un-creative, or prone to weeping and gnashing their teeth, especially when we find these traits in ourselves. We pray with all who live in the fear of being bombed by conventional or nuclear weapons. We pray in hope for the security of peace with integrity in every homeland. We pray with all who must pay attention to the healing of their bodies, especially Jerry L., Mary K., Suzanne H., Michelle P. and so many friends and loved ones. We pray with all who live with cancer, the uncertainties of treatment and all who love them. We pray with all who know so much despair that they attempt to take their own lives and especially we pray with the families of those who succeed. We pray comfort for those who have lost a loved one and feel the presence of their absence especially at this time of year. We pray for all newly elected and re-elected officials seeking a vision of justice and peace for our metro-area community and communities across the nation. We pray for Donald Trump. We pray with all who seek the harvest of peace from seeds sown of hope and justice. 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…


Advent is Coming! If your home prayer includes an Advent wreath with its 4 candles in shades of purple, pink, blue, white or anything lovely, now is the time to start digging the wreath out of storage and dusting off the candles or purchasing fresh ones. Advent begins on Sunday, December 3. On the first and third Sundays of Advent (Dec. 3, 17), we will be using an entirely sung canon for our Eucharistic prayer. It is Michael Joncas’ lovely TablePrayer: The Winter Name of God. There are many parts for the community to sing and the other parts will be sung by musicians who are already practicing. We hope our prayers of Advent Hope will be enhanced by this addition to our liturgy.


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.


Family and Children program update:  We are working to support the Special Needs pageant. Families and children are welcome to come and help at the rehearsals and to play roles in the pageant and music.  Rehearsal dates are Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 and the performance is Dec. 9.  Come celebrate the holidays with one of our community's most beloved traditions.


Teachers needed!  Church School is looking for teachers for the new year (Jan. 2018).  The lessons are prepared for you and Gretchen is happy to help support you in your teaching.  The young people love getting to know our community, so please consider volunteering!


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. Liadan McKernan and Anne Quincy will be gathering names of people/families who would like to help. Call or email them if you have any questions or would like to help! Reach Anne at 612-209-2524, / johnmquincy@yahoo.com, or Liadan at liadanm@gmail.com / 612-724-8405.  Thanks!


Spirit of St Stephen’s Catholic Community Bulletin Report, October 2017
For more details, go to www.spiritofststephens.org, click on Council/Committees, click on financial reports
*First Sunday 2nd Collection MN Freedom Fund, E Donations Aug and Sept


Today- 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, Nov. 21 Peace and Healing Prayer is cancelled, resuming Nov. 28

Tuesday, November 21st, 1:00 AND 7:00 PM - Annual Thanksgiving Eve Eve Services in the Fireside Room, we will gather for a quiet, peaceful, and inclusive prayer of gratitude. 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. Wrap your bread and enclose with it a note of blessing for whoever will receive it. 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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