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
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 21st, 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, especially those scheduled to be executed in the coming week, including Vernon Madison on 1/25/18 in AL. 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 HYPERLINK "http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org" www.deathpenaltyinfo.org.
Prayer Network (Prayers@spiritofststephens.org OR Marilaurice@hotmail.com)
This week we pray with all who proclaim the good news of God. We pray with all who believe that now is the time of fulfillment. We pray with all who reform their lives beginning with their heart. We pray with all who believe in the Gospel with words and deeds. We pray with all who fish by sea or by land. We pray with all who can leave the comforts of home to go where the fish are. We pray with all who work without discrimination, are persistent, and practice the fine art of waiting with hope, as fishers do. We pray with all who follow the call of Jesus, whether convenient or inconvenient. We pray with all who live ready to be summoned on the spot. We pray with all who go off in the company of Jesus and all who are left behind. We pray in gratitude for parents and family members who understand when we follow the call. We pray with all who take up the prophetic voice of God, however enormous the city or the task. We pray in gratitude for the invitation of prophets rather than their predictions. We pray in gratitude that the message of God is more important than the medium. We pray with all who are willing to take a single day’s walk for God. We pray with all who stand, march, sing, shout and pray for peace. We pray with all who turn from evil actions toward God. We pray with all who know that the call to repent is urgent and that radical transformation is as likely as destruction. We pray with all who have spouses/partners and all who do not. We pray with all who weep and all who are dried up; with all who mourn and all who cannot. We pray with all who rejoice and all who have forgotten how. We pray with all who live without needed essentials—water, shelter, safety, dignity. We pray with all who live in the present moment and live into the vision of a kindom community. We pray with all who daily take up the invitation of Jesus to repent, believe, fish, preach, serve, love, hope, pray. We pray in gratitude for the Mississippi River and all our rivers and the splendor of our 10,000+ lakes, ponds, and wetlands. We pray with sisters and brothers experiencing homelessness in any land. We pray with sister and brother immigrants especially those facing deportation. We pray with community members and loved ones in need of any sort of healing, Kate A., ML’s friend Nathan, Kathleen C., Cathy’s friend’s daughter, Elizabeth, dear Charlotte S., dear Terry M., all who live with cancer, so many dear ones, and those who we do not know. We pray in gratitude for the earthly life of Louie Koegl and all the ways he supported Julie. May he rest in peace and may all who mourn be comforted. We pray with all families who have lost a child. We with all who suffer domestic abuse, harassment, bullying, violence and death. We pray for Donald Trump and his administration. We pray with all who are lonely and with all who reach out with the hand or voice of friendly compassion. We pray with all travelers, esp. Hugh in Bolivia, and community members with Henry in Africa. We pray with soldiers and their families in every part of the world. 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 today and next Sunday, Jan. 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 (email@example.com) or Cathy Heying (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Part-Time Dishwasher position available – The Church of St. Frances Cabrini is looking for a dishwasher and kitchen worker to work as needed, generally on Sunday mornings and the evening of the second Saturday of each month during our regular hospitality time after each Mass. Other occasional opportunities may arise, such as funerals lunches and special events. For a complete job description, please contact Administrator Mary Lou Sweet (email@example.com or 612-339-3023). Cabrini is located two blocks west of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis at 1500 Franklin Ave SE.
TODAY, after mass – Family and Children Program – Join us in the "stage" area of church for our meeting to check in on the program so far and to plan for our Spring projects. Anyone interested is welcome to attend! *We would like to form an Advisory committee for the Family and Children program. We are looking for representatives from all parts of the Church to help us develop a program that shares the many beautiful facets of our faith and the way we live it out daily. The Advisory committee would meet a few times in the year to help form our curriculum as well as work together on other aspects of our program.
**With gratitude, we thank Peg Mahon for her many years of loving work and leadership with the teen program. Peg will continue to be a presence with the program, and we welcome Joe Kruse in his new role as teen program leader.**
Monday, Jan. 29th, 6:00 pm - SOMETHING SPECIAL - DON’T MISS THIS - The Adult Ed Committee enthusiastically invites all community members to a program, Being the Church Together; The Breakthroughs of Vatican II and Beyond. Patricia Vanni, M.Div., Ph.D., speaks locally and nationally on theological, spiritual and church issues and will be the presenter and discussion leader. Join us at 6 pm for a Chili Cook-Off (5 AEC members compete for your vote for Best Homemade Chili) while our speaker will circulate through the diners to converse with you. Dr. Vanni’s presentation begins at 7 pm. For Child Care or Transportation needs, call or email Kathy Murphy, (612) 871-8712, or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Jan. 26.
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.
Sunday, Feb. 11th - Plan Ahead: Our annual Liturgy of Healing will be celebrated. We will pray prayers of healing for ourselves, our community and our world in the spirit of St. Blaise. Music will be led by Mark and Marcy and they are welcoming additional voices that day! More details soon.
Sunday, Feb. 11th, 11:00 am - Community Hour will be co-sponsored by JEAC, AEC, and Worship. Each group will offer invitations for how to grow in hope during the season of Lent (which begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14!). It will last ONE hour and all are welcome.
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.