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
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Martin Luther King Remembrance
January 14th, 2018 ~ 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 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, 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 Anthony Shore on 1/18/18 in TX. 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 all who are called. We pray with all the Samuel’s who hear the voice of God in the night. We pray with all Eli’s who no longer hear God’s voice but can recognize it in another. We pray in gratitude for our brother Martin, for his call, and for all who supported him while he answered God’s insistent call for justice. We pray in gratitude for all who see God even without perfect vision or abundant light. We pray with all who will not believe that we live once again in a time when “prophetic revelations from God are uncommon and visions infrequent.” We pray in gratitude for the prophetic voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and for the human, imperfect, courageous ways he went about hoping in a vision of racial justice. We pray with all who have the courage to daily say, “Speak, O God, for your servant is listening.” We pray with all who hope. We pray in gratitude for the intricacies of the Universe—from cells to galaxies—and for the unfathomable imagination of the Creator. We pray with all who seek ways to build the beloved community through the bricks of hope. We pray with all who practice creative, redemptive, unifying love in every thought, word and deed. We pray with all who strive daily to answer the question of Jesus to the first disciples: “What do you seek?” We pray with all who follow the Christ with the simplest of invitations, “Come and see.” We pray in hope that the insight, abandon, and somewhat unimaginable decision of those early disciples is still available to us. We pray in gratitude for the gifts of John, Baptizer and Prophet. We pray with all who are willing to take on a new name as they follow a new path. We pray in gratitude for those who name things as they see them. We pray with all activists, peaceful protestors, members of #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, non-violent peace force members, and prophets of peace. We pray with all who work tirelessly to dismantle racism in every form, especially systemic. We pray with our immigrant sisters and brothers who are so afraid. We pray with all who fear being victims of violence in their homes, schools, or neighborhoods. We pray with all who live with cancer and its treatment, worry, fatigue and expense, especially Cathy’s friend’s daughter, Elizabeth, living with soft-tissue cancer, and so many loved ones. We pray with all who seek renewed strength for their body, mind or spirit; children, community members, loved ones, and those who have no one to hold them in prayer. We pray comfort for their souls and peace for all who mourn the death of a loved one. We pray discomfort and action for all who are outraged by senseless deaths due to lack of housing, un-controlled weapons, hunger, untreated mental illness, lack of health care and war. We pray with sisters and brothers affected by snow, wind, cold, flooding, fire, and mudslides, as well as those who die in Minnesota’s frigid nights. We pray with all military personnel throughout the world and for their families. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers, and all who have died, we pray to our God…
Spirit Hands – The 5th Annual SOSSCC Spirit Hands event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27. 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:
- Wear your painting clothes and help us paint a community room at Haven Housing.
- Bring your sewing machine to the SOSSCC Fireside room to help sew window valences.
- Purchase supplies from the Crisis Nursery wish list https://www.crisisnursery.org (on green sheets available at the entrances to church). These can be brought to church on or before Jan. 28.
- Donate a large potted plant for the community Room at Haven Housing. If you have one that needs a new home, we will pick up and deliver.
Sign up to paint or sew after Mass near the entrances to church.
The Adult Ed and Justice Education and Action Committees are co-sponsoring a book study on the book, "A Good Time for the Truth" a collection of essays written by Minnesotans of color. Books will be available for purchase for $15 before and after liturgy Jan 14, 21 and 28. There is also an opportunity to sign up for a group at the book table; groups will run throughout Lent. If you have questions please contact Monica Shaffer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cathy Heying (email@example.com).
Join the Advocacy in ACTion Network - The advocacy in ACTion network is a partnership of St. Stephen’s Human Services - our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, clients, and communities -- working together to end homelessness. The advocacy in ACTion network is our way of reaching out to you, our supporters, to keep you informed and to ask you to partner with us in a new way. The network will provide you with regular updates on homelessness and affordable housing issues; government policies and proposed legislation impacting homelessness; as well as targeted calls to action. Please consider joining through the link and completing the online form, ststephensmpls.org/advocacy.
Thank you from St. Stephen’s Human Services!
St. Stephen’s Human Services is very grateful to Spirit of St. Stephen’s for its support of our programs over the Advent and Christmas seasons! The many kind donations of socks, hats, gloves and mens’ underwear were put into immediate use at the shelter, street outreach team and for people coming to our Nicollet office in need.
Thank you, also, to the 60 people who came to the Epiphany fundraiser last weekend! We raised almost $2,200 plus more cold-weather gear. We are so thankful for our connection with Spirit in our work with those experiencing homelessness.
If you have any questions about SSHS, please contact Jodi Trost, director of development and communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-879-7639.
Spirit of St Stephen’s Catholic Community Bulletin Report, December 2017
For more details, go to www.spiritofststephens.org, click on Council/Committees, click on financial reports
*First Sunday 2nd Collection St Mary’s Health Clinics
TODAY, after liturgy – LAP (Legislative Advocacy Partners) is holding an 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.
TODAY, 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- A Good Time for The Truth book groups!
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.
NEXT 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.
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.
Copies of the weekly readings and text of the homily are available at the North entrance for those with hearing difficulties.