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
5 th Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 4th, 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 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. 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 in the name of the God of Compassion and Healing. We pray with all who call out for quick healing because they have suffered so long. We pray with all who are disappointed. We remember all the times we, and so many others, pray like Job. We pray with all who seek the strength to hold on during long stretches of hardship. We pray with all who know well emptiness and misery. We pray with all who trust in God enough to find God even in emptiness and misery. We pray with all who find sleep elusive. We pray with those who “do all for the sake of the Gospel.” We pray with all who preach and teach the Good News. We pray with all who seek a share in the riches of the Gospel. We pray with all who boast, are weak, or feel enslaved. We pray with all who listen for the voice of the Holy One calling to the unholy in them. We pray in gratitude for the sure and certain hope of being lifted up one day. We pray with all who must be lifted up by the hand of God working through us. We pray in gratitude for all who serve from the depths of their wholeness. We pray in gratitude for Peter’s mother-in-law, the first woman disciple, and for the example of God’s impartial love. We pray in gratitude for all who serve, using their gifts and talents to glorify God right where they are. We pray with all who know well the demons of disease and illness. We pray with all who live with mental illness—the disease itself, the stereotyping, the loneliness, the uncertain path to wholeness—and all who love them. We pray with all who offer the healing gift of hospitality, all who have received such a gift and all who long for it. We pray with all who live with change and all who live on the edge. We pray with all who know what they have come to do. We pray in gratitude for the healing of the Universe, especially the Full, Blue, Super, Blood Moon in full eclipse. We pray with all in need of healing, especially Kathleen C., all who live with chronic and debilitating illness, all community members and dear ones, all who have no one to hold them in the strength and hope of prayer. We pray with all who seek healing for the cancer in their lives and those who love them. We pray in gratitude for the hope and new life of infants, for their continued growth, the safety of their arrival, and the strength of their parents. We pray in gratitude for the healing power of prayer. We pray in horror at the very idea of human trafficking and disgust that it happens right in our community. We pray with victims, perpetrators, and all who try to stop this nightmare. We pray with all who know the terror of violence in any form. We pray that the violence of football and some other sports be controlled, soon. We pray with all visitors seeking hospitality in our community this weekend; may they find welcome. We pray in gratitude for the healing of the Gospel’s good news. We pray with soldiers and their families everywhere. We pray in the hope of healing. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
NEXT weekend we will celebrate our annual weekend of healing liturgies, calling to mind in community prayer the many places in our lives and on our planet in need of the wholeness of healing—body, mind, and spirit.
The Spirit Hands project will be delivering donated items to the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery this week. Items can be placed in the basket near the altar through Feb. 4 See the green donation sheets near the entrances for items to donate to help this organization that assists families in crisis.
Liturgical Ministries - It takes many persons to create a meaningful worship service each Sunday. Liturgical ministries are listed on the front of the bulletin. If you would like to become a liturgical minister, change your ministry commitment or notify me of dates you are not available for the next schedule -- now is the time! The schedule of ministry volunteers for the months of March through June, will soon be prepared. Please contact me by February 7th for any of the above reasons at 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.
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 - 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.
Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 7-8:30 pm - SAVE THCCCR and Council of the Baptized invite you to join us at the February Open Forum at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 So. Snelling, St. Paul. This Open Forum will feature a panel of three local people discussing Vatican II, who were vitally aware of and engaged in it when it was happening. We will be discussing how Vatican II opened up the Church in irreversible ways and refreshing our understanding of what happened as we enter into this Lenten Season.
February 14 is Ash Wednesday is coming up in just 10 days so mark your calendar! We will pray at Noon AND 6:30 PM. Prayer consists of readings, songs, blessing and sharing of ashes and silence; it will last @40 minutes or less. Soup and bread will follow the Noon prayer and precede the evening prayer (5:30) thanks to our gracious San Pasquale Committee (who welcome your help for this or any event!). Watch for the Sign-up Genius to bring soup, bread, or crackers, help with clean-up and participate in the ministries. As usual, we dearly need this hopeful time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR! The SOSS Lenten 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.
Fear does not gladden.
Fear always makes exceptions.
Healing never does.
Fear produces dissociation,
because it induces separation.
Healing always produces harmony,
because it proceeds from integration.
from A Course in Miracles (p.112)
You carry the cure within you.
Everything that comes your way is blessed.
The Creator gives you one more day.
Stand on the neck of Fearful Mind.
Do not wait to open your heart.
Let yourself go into the Mystery.
Sometimes the threads have no weave.
The price of not loving yourself is high.
Copies of the weekly readings and text of the homily are available at the North entrance for those with hearing difficulties.