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
WORLD PEACE & HOLY FAMILY SUNDAY
December 31, 2017 ~ 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.
Please pray for mercy for all those who live on death row across the country, 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 yearn for peace. We pray out one year and pray in another—all wrapped in the hope of peace. We pray peace in our families, in all families. We pray in gratitude for the Holy Family; courageous Mary, dreamer Joseph, and brother Jesus. We pray in gratitude for the example of Mary ‘who pondered these things in her heart’ and who calls us to active contemplation in our daily lives. We pray in gratitude for the leadership and guidance of strong women in every area of our lives. We pray in gratitude for the prayers and work of the women religious in our community and throughout the world. We pray in gratitude for the blessing God gave to all generations through Aaron: “May God bless you and keep you! May God’s face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! May God look upon you kindly and give you peace!” We pray in gratitude for the gift given by birth parents and the love extended by adoptive parents. We pray in horror that there are still slaves—men, women and children—bought and sold as laborers or prostitutes. We pray in gratitude that we are heirs to the inheritance of the God of Peace. We pray in gratitude for the signs of hopeful love so prevalent in the Christmas story; heaven visits earth, the divine becomes flesh, the country comes to the city, shepherds announce news as prophets, royalty kneels in the dirt before an infant, East and West meet, the Gentiles and Jews are given equal opportunity to follow and believe. We pray with all who seek a lasting peace in the land where Jesus walked and that we call holy. We pray in gratitude for our names and the care that our parents took in choosing them. We pray in gratitude for the powerful tool of language as well as action in the work of Peace. We pray with all who seek that deep love, peace, and justice in which our souls are rooted. We pray peace and wisdom with every heart, relationship, home, community, city, county, nation, continent and Universe seeking wholeness. We pray with all who work tirelessly for peace for the Universe, every particle seen and unseen, especially for the health of our soil, water and air. We pray in gratitude for the moments of peace that are stillness and content silence. We pray in gratitude for the peace of Christ that is not a peace as the world gives it. We pray with parents everywhere who look to the new year with hope for safety, a stable home, better health, more food, clean water, educational opportunities and a chance for their children to thrive, especially our refugee sisters and brothers. We pray with all our dear community members and beloved family members who seek the peace of healing for their body, mind or spirit; may it come soon and may it last. We pray with all who mourn the death of a dear one, especially the Hynes, Ehlinger, Corrick, and Porter clans. We pray in hope that our actions of hope will change the world this year. We pray for Donald Trump and all elected officials; may peace with justice be their only mandate. We pray with soldiers and their families in all the world. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers, and all who have died, we pray to our God.
Copies of the weekly readings and text of the homily are available at the North entrance for those with hearing difficulties.
Worship Committee meets on the second Thursday of the month, Jan. 11 at 6:45 PM. for an Epiphany dessert potluck and beginning to work on a hopeful Lent for our community. Doesn’t that sound like fun?! It actually is fun, enlightening, prayerful and rewarding. Come and join us! We will be cozy in the Fireside Room. All are welcome.
One more week for collecting socks, gloves, hats, scarves and underwear for St. Stephen’s Human Services! Donations can be left during business hours year-round at 2309 Nicollet Ave—55404 but the baskets at Spirit will be out through January 7, the feast of Epiphany. Check the sales to stretch your gold for more pairs of wool socks!
If we can be open to the word of God,
observe it and keep it,
that word will transform us
and we will know peace deep within our hearts.
I can think of no other gift we could receive at Christmas
that would be more important than to have the word of God,
who is peace,
come fully into our hearts.
~ Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 1:00 pm • Seeing All as God’s Children An Interfaith Service Embracing Immigrants and Refugees. Through our testimony, prayer, and music we will recognize our common bond and dignity as beloved children of God. Come hear immigrants share their personal experiences and learn about supportive action you can take. More information: www.tinyurl.com/seeingall Rides being coordinated from Spirit.
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 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, directly by the Ford Bridge. PLEASE contact Batya to help. email@example.com And thank you.
Holy Land Movies: Saturday January 6 at 2:30pm-5:00pm. If you plan to attend beloved Jeanne Hyne’s celebration at noon, and the SSHS Epiphany Party at 5:30pm, why not save yourself another trip home and make it a triple-header? Join our Holy Land travelers for an educational and entertaining and (ultimately) uplifting look at the people and place of Palestine in two short documentaries. The Stones Cry Out: Voices of the Palestinian Christians http://www.
Forget frankincense & myrrh, just bring gold! Join us for the Annual Epiphany Gathering & Fundraiser for St. Stephen’s Human Services on Saturday, January 6! For the feast of Epiphany, join us to nurture this community that has sustained us for so many years, supporting SSHS while we're at it. Celebrate the season with friends, food, and live music. The party is from 5:30-9:00 pm at the home of Henry and Jeff, 106 E. 24th Street. Attic tour for kids of all ages begins at 6 pm; SSHS presentation at 7 pm. A $50 donation and/or gifts of gloves, wool socks, and new men’s and women’s underwear is suggested. If you need a ride, call Henry by Jan. 5 at 612-875-6001.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 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-2018