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
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
December 17, 2017 ~ 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.
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 with prophets. We pray with all who must raise their prophetic voice whatever the message. We pray with all who bear witness to the light with their prophetic lives. We pray with all who know John the Baptizer’s truth, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” We pray in gratitude for prophets who know who they are and who they are not. We pray with all who have ever been asked, ”What do you have to say for yourself?” We pray with all who are tempted by false prophets. We pray with all who know both prophetic strength and prophetic humility. We pray with all who follow the prophetic path of Christ, bringing glad tidings to the lowly, healing the broken hearted, proclaiming liberty to captives and release to prisoners, announcing a year of favor from our God. We pray with all who practice forgiveness and hope as prophetic acts. We pray with all who can rejoice heartily in the goodness of God and live a prophetic joy. We pray with all who are unemployed or worry about becoming so and can find little to rejoice about. We pray with all who preach a passionate, tempestuous, hotheaded, and immediate justice. We pray with all who live the prophetic no as well as yes with all their might. We pray with all who hear with prophetic ears as well as speak. We pray in gratitude for that which makes us uncomfortable for then we are near the prophetic moment. We pray in gratitude for bothersome and troublesome prophets, especially those very close to home. We pray for the strength to be a prophetic voice against the injustices done in our names. We pray with all who wait for the light and for the opportunities we have to be the light. We pray in gratitude for the ‘Gaudate’ of the pink candle this Sunday. We pray in gratitude for the work of so many who work tirelessly for this community. We pray in gratitude for the awesome mystery that is Hope and for eyes to continually see it. We pray for the strength to raise our prophetic voices and change our prophetic lifestyles for the good of the Universe, especially the swiftly warming Arctic. We pray with all who now see God-With-Us face to face, especially Michelle Porter and Gini Corrick. We pray with all in need of comfort, all who have a loved one in hospice care, and all who mourn, especially Paul, Jonathan, Julia, Christian and Kieran Porter. We pray with all who seek healing of body, spirit, mind or soul—Kathleen C. mourning the death of her brother and her own physical losses, so many loved ones moving in and out of health and those whose pain cannot be seen. We pray with all who live in our hearts but suffer far from us. We pray with sisters and brothers who hunger, especially children, in this season of excess. We pray in gratitude for workers, staff, case managers, and landlords who work diligently day after day to make the dream of housing a reality person by person. We pray with Donald Trump and all elected officials. We pray with all who dread the season of winter, snow and holidays. We pray with all who appreciate the darkness and all who fear it. 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…
SOSS Christmas Schedule 2017
Because Dec. 24 is a Sunday this year, we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent at 9:30 AM and Christmas Eve at 4 PM! It will be as glorious as the star itself! Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25th, we will pray at 9:30 AM with carols galore followed by a leisurely hospitality hour with the treats that you bring to share. For those who do not need to rush off to holiday gatherings, we will enjoy the gift of each other’s company. Bring your guests, bring your leftover treats; all fruitcakes are welcome!
Sunday, Dec. 24 4:00 PM Family Christmas Celebration Singers needed! Ministers needed!
Monday, Dec. 25 9:30 AM Christmas Day Celebration followed by potluck refreshments Singers and ministers needed!
Sunday, Dec. 31 9:30 AM Holy Family and World Peace Prayer
Tuesday prayer for Peace and Healing will NOT meet: Dec. 26. Back again on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at 5:20 PM.
Family and Children Program Update: In town for Christmas? Make sure to let Gretchen or Marilaurice know if you plan to be here for our beautiful Christmas Eve service. There are many ways for children and families to participate in the mass.
Teachers needed! Church School is looking for teachers for the new year (Jan2018)
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!
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
There is a great need for transportation ministers to drive our Spirit elder, John H, to/from church one Sunday every month. John H has been a member of THIS community for decades. He has given his all for SOSSCC consistently with loyalty and much love. He has served as a social justice activist with his beloved wife, Jeanne. They were married for a month short of 60 years when she died recently.
JOHN NEEDS "US" NOW! He lives at 750 Mississippi Blvd. in St. Paul, 55116 directly by the Ford Bridge. PLEASE contact Batya to tell her you can serve to fill John's need to bring him to his spiritual home. The email to convey your answer is firstname.lastname@example.org
And thank you for stepping up to the plate for John now.
During the season of Advent and through Epiphany (Jan.7), we will continue to collect items needed for dignity, safety and warmth by the guests and clients of St. Stephen’s Human Services. Wool socks, gloves/mittens, hats, long and short underwear are most in need. Go to ststephensmpls.org (Get Involved/Donate) for a complete list. Look for the baskets in the Sanctuary to place your items.
Spirit of St Stephen’s Catholic Community Bulletin Report November, 2017
For more details, go to www.spiritofststephens.org, click on Council/Committees, click on financial reports
Healing Intergenerational Wounds, a winter retreat for men led by Jim Clarke. January 12-14, 2018, 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: email@example.com, 651-528-4889. Information and registration for retreat at malespiritualitymn.org/home.
Save the Date - Sunday January 14 – Community Hour - Annual LAP (Legislative Advocacy Partners) Kick-off event. JEAC sponsored.