Worship: 2201 First Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404

Mail: c/o 106 E. 24th Street, Phone: 612-767-4530 Fax: 612-767-4534

info@spiritofststephens.org www.spiritofststephens.org


                                December 17, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.

Community Council council@spiritofststephens.org: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Darlene Mattson, Mark Muller, Hugh Smeltekop and Jeanne Wingenter

Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock   info@spiritofststephens.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 AllThank 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, edehlinger@gmail.com (612) 827-8087; Michael Donahue, med717@aol.com (651) 264-9590; Kathy Murphy, kcmurphytaylor@aol.com (612) 871-8712; or Lynn Hallett, mlhallett@yahoo.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 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!


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 btova@stkate.edu

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: mmccarthy@mccarthyclan.us, 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.

EMAIL your bulletin announcement by noon on Wed. to the editors: bulletin@spiritofststephens.org Submit community activities for announcement at liturgy: announcements@spiritofststephens.org