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
January 7th, 2018 ~ 9:30 A.M.
Community Council email@example.com: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Darlene Mattson, Mark Muller, Hugh Smeltekop and Jeanne Wingenter
Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock firstname.lastname@example.org
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 our work to follow the non-violent Jesus. 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, email@example.com (612) 827-8087; Michael Donahue, firstname.lastname@example.org (651) 264-9590; Kathy Murphy, email@example.com (612) 871-8712; or Lynn Hallett, firstname.lastname@example.org (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, 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 email@example.com)
This week we pray with the vision of the star of wonder. We pray in gratitude for shining light, perfect and not-quite; in star and candle, in moon and eyes, in sun and snow. We pray with all who are drawn to light and steadily seek to make our own light true. We pray with all who are blinded by the harsh light of evil and cannot see the steady light of truth. We pray with all who are radiant, sharing their prophetic light in our lives. We pray with travelers, especially those who journey without a map, and for those who love them. We pray with migrant, refugee, immigrant sisters and brothers, all who are not welcome to pursue the light of truth and our part in extending welcome. We pray in gratitude for extravagant, unexpected gifts, allowing us a glimpse of God’s enormous love. We pray with all who follow their star only to arrive at an impossible destination. We pray in gratitude for those who are wise among us as well as past and future wisdoms seeking us. We pray with all who desire a personal epiphany in this new year, a making known of their hearts desires and life’ s path. We pray with all men, women and children who honor and embrace our diversity of class, color, culture, ability and spirituality in the light of the splendid star of Hope. We pray strength for all who know the burden of their baptism: “Nations shall walk by your light and authorities by your shining radiance..." We pray with all who seek the bright dawn of justice, especially through civic means. We pray in gratitude for the reminder that wise ones always return home by another route. We pray with all who use their power to manipulate others rather than humbly serve. We pray with all who seek courage enough when they find themselves on an unknown path. We pray in gratitude for all the wonders God has done in our community during the past year. We pray in gratitude for our children who show us everywhere the presence of God in this world. We pray with children who are not celebrated as a miracle of creation and with the adults those children become. We pray with children who suffer violence, famine, drought, physical pain, and those who are orphaned. We pray in gratitude for the gift of sight, vision, dreams, dreamers and hope. We pray comfort for those who mourn and compassion for all of us able to lend a helping hand. We pray with all whose new year began with new troubles and the endless on-going troubles. We pray healing for all entering the new year with a diagnosis of cancer, mental health challenges, increased caregiving responsibilities, all who struggle in any way, and all who love them. We pray with all who die through neglect. We pray with all families who know violence. We pray with victims of sexual, physical, and emotional assault; we pray for their perpetrators. We pray for Donald Trump and with state legislators and staff beginning a new session, and new mayors in our state; may wisdom, compassion and justice prevail. We pray with sisters and brothers in all nations to the ends of the earth seeking peace and healing and the Universe herself. We pray unceasingly for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God...
Thanks to Gretchen, our wonderful teachers and our wonderful kids for Epiphany gifts of blessing today!
Last Sunday--today! for collecting socks, gloves, hats, scarves and underwear for St. Stephen’s Human Services. Donations can be left during business hours year-round at 2309 Nicollet Ave—55404. Thanks for your generosity and intentional shopping for sisters and brothers in need.
Spirit Hands: The 5th Annual SOSSCC Spirit Hands event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27th. This year, we’re planning to help three organizations: The Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery in South Minneapolis which assists families in crisis by providing child care for children 6 yrs and under for up to 72 hours while parents try to resolve their crisis; Haven Housing, formerly Ascension Place, in north Minneapolis which provides women in crisis or transition a stable environment and the opportunity to explore options for their future, and Theresa Living Center on the east side of St. Paul which provides transitional housing, rapid rehousing and support services to women and single parent families who are striving to move from homelessness to self sufficiency. There are several ways to help: 1) Wear your painting clothes and help us paint a community room at Haven Housing. 2) Bring your sewing machine to the SOSSCC Fireside room to help sew window valences. 3) Purchase supplies from the Crisis Nursery wish list https://www.crisisnursery.org (copies will be available at the entrances to church). Sign up to paint or sew after Mass near the entrances to church.
SAVE THE DATE! The SOSS Spring Retreat will be held on Saturday, February 24th, from noon until early evening. More details to follow, but please save this date for an afternoon of peace- and hope-filled time of reflection and action.
TODAY - Donuts and coffee as we celebrate the feast of Epiphany and the end of the Christmas season. Thanks to the San Pasquale Hospitality Committee! We are blessed.
Thursday, Jan. 11th, 6:45 pm – Worship Committee Epiphany dessert potluck and beginning to work on a hopeful Lent for our community. Doesn’t that sound like fun?! It actually is fun, enlightening, prayerful and rewarding. Come and join us! We will be cozy in the Fireside Room. All are welcome. (Worship committee meets on the second Thursday of the month.)
Friday, Jan. 12th – Sunday, Jan. 14th – Healing Intergenerational Wounds, a winter retreat for men led by Jim Clarke. Koinonia Retreat Center, South Haven, MN. Sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of Illuman, a global organization based on the teachings of Richard Rohr. This weekend retreat will focus on living in right relationship to bring joy to our lives and will examine what we can do when our foundational relationship with our parents continues to prevent us from moving forward in our life. Questions? – ask Spirit member Michael M: firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-528-4889. Information and registration for retreat at malespiritualitymn.org/home.
Sunday, Jan. 14th, 2018, 2:00 pm • Sisters of Peace - Raw Stages – staged reading at History Center, St Paul by Doris Baizley Directed by Ron Peluso. Four Catholic nuns and real-life sisters Jane, Brigid, Kate and Rita McDonald take to the streets to stand up against injustice – with plenty of singing, Irish humor, and several stops in jail along the way. Gen Adm Tickets online $10 historytheatre.com/2017-2018/raw-stages-2018
Sunday, Jan. 14th – LAP (Legislative Advocacy Partners) Orientation / Refresher. Come after liturgy to learn how to become an effective advocate for the justice issues our community cares about. If you are new to LAP or a regular Partner, need to learn new skills or have experience to share, there’s work to do. Please join us in the Fireside room.
Tuesday, Jan. 16th – Pre-Caucus Training at Spirit – 6pm Light Supper; 6:30-8:30 pm Training. This event is co-sponsored by JEAC and the Sanctuary Task Force. ISAIAH will present training to prepare us to join with people of faith around MN as change-makers in the 2018 election process. CAUCUSES (run by political parties) will be held on Tues, Feb 6th. Please sign up to participate by signing up before or after liturgies on 1/7 and 1/14 - or RSVP to Donna C at email@example.com. Childcare available. By 1/14, RSVP with: name, email, phone, dinner, and childcare. If you plan to attend your caucus, but aren’t able to participate in this training, we will do a “condensed caucus training” during Community Hour on Sunday, 2/21.
Sunday, Jan. 21st, after church - Family and Children Program. Please join us on for our second Family and Children program meeting of the year. We had a great turn out in the fall and would love to meet with you all again to see how the year is going! Families, teachers and interested community members, please plan to attend. See Gretchen, or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.
Thursday, Feb. 8th, 6:30-8:30 pm - Join us for “A Journey for Justice”, an evening with MN Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig, Minnesota’s first Native American Supreme Court Justice. Carondelet Center dining room. No cost but must RSVP. For more information and RSVP: WisdomWaysCenter.org. Or contact Karen Zeleznak for more information, 651-888-0917.
Copies of the weekly readings and text of the homily are available at the North entrance for those with hearing difficulties.