eNEWS ~ Pax Christi Catholic Community
For the week of Sunday, September 19, 2021
At our recent staff meeting, which happened to be the first day of work for Laurie Youngers, our new Director of Worship and Music, each staff member introduced themselves and their position. To add a little fun, we asked each staff person to name their least favorite hymns. I won’t betray any confidences on that, but I’ll share that one of mine was “Whatsoever You Do.” It takes me back to my post-Vatican II childhood when it seems we sang that song every other week at our school Mass and I grew weary of it.
Fast forward to this past Sunday and Laurie’s first weekend playing at weekend liturgies and what song did we sing? “Whatsoever You Do!” To be fair, the music for the Mass had been planned before Laurie’s arrival, so she had nothing to do with the selection. I had to smile as I listened to the song because isn’t it just like God to challenge me in my musical Achilles heel and make me ponder the words?
The Pax Christi Executive Board met recently to consider the challenges that we’re experiencing. Some of our parishioners are anxious to socialize with one another again. Some of our parishioners are fearful of coming to Mass without masking and distancing. Our children cannot yet be vaccinated and the Delta variant remains a very real challenge to those who are immune-compromised. In the general population, decisions about COVID safety have largely become a matter of personal responsibility and choice.
The problem is that it’s one thing when personal choice means not going to restaurants or theatres or large venue events. It’s another thing when personal choice means not going to Mass. Sharing the Eucharist together is fundamental to our faith as Catholics and is a very real sign of Christ’s presence among us. We want as many people as possible to join in the sacrament, which means that we will continue our goal of striving to create a safe environment for the most vulnerable among us; at least until such time as it seems the variant is waning.
As you heard Fr. Mike say at Mass this past weekend, we are going to “double down” on encouraging masking for the time being. Case rates and transmission rates are high, hospitals are full, and even those who have been vaccinated can become infected and be carriers of the virus. Indeed, among our own parishioners, we know that some have quarantined with a breakthrough case of COVID. For the time being, we’re also going to hold off on returning to Sunday hospitality or sharing food while inside on-site.
We know that this decision is frustrating for some. We’re asking you to bear with the inconvenience of masking for an hour at Mass out of love for your fellow parishioners. As I remembered when I was pondering one of my least-favorite hymns, it was Jesus himself who said, “…
just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
WELCOME RECEPTION FOR LAURIE YOUNGERS
Please join us in welcoming Laurie Youngers as our new Director of Worship and Music! We will be hosting muffins and cupcakes on the plaza outside our main entrance after all Masses this coming weekend, September 18-19. Stop by and give Laurie a warm welcome! (And if you are at the 5:00 Saturday Mass, you can also wish a happy birthday to Fr. Mike!)
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A priest will be available to hear confessions at 4:00pm each Saturday inside in the Chapel. Those who wish to celebrate this sacrament can enter through door #3. Please wait in the hallway to the right leading to the Chapel for the person who is celebrating the sacrament to be finished, and then come forward to receive the sacrament.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON MASS RETURNING SOON!
With the start of Faith Formation on Sunday, October 3, we are pleased to announce the return of Sunday afternoon Mass.
Please note, however, that we are shifting the time to 4:00pm to better meet the needs of families since we will not be offering a meal after Mass due to COVID safety.
Because this Mass is attended by most of our Faith Formation children and youth, we will be requiring masks at this Mass. We know that many of you have been looking forward to the return of this Mass – and we look forward to seeing you!
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Thank you for your continued generosity!
Week of September 5:
Online Giving 33,187
Cash and Checks 9,478
Total Week #10 42,665
YTD Actual 368,339
YTD Budget 355,000
YTD Variance 13,339
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DO YOU HEAR GOD'S CALL?
Faith Formation Needs you...
You are invited to share your faith with the children and youth in one of our faith formation programs. We have offerings for all ages so there is a perfect fit for you!
Training and ongoing support are provided. Sign-up online and come join our team!
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We can’t start without you!!
Questions? Contact Debbie Hemann, the Faith Formation Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMPASSIONATE CARE LISTENING CIRCLE
Third Thursday of each Month 3:00-4:30pm
The Compassionate Care Listening Circle gathers monthly and is open to anyone who finds themselves at a crossroads in life. The listening circle provides a safe place for reflection and meaningful conversation as one strives to find an awareness of God in the face of life challenges. This includes loss, caregiving responsibilities, mental illness, grief, chronic illness, or any life transition. In this small group setting, we will have time for ritual, prayer, and sharing around a monthly topic. For more information, or if you would like to join this group, contact Jean Thoresen, Director of Care and Support Ministry at 952-405-7211 or
FALL VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB
99 Names of God
by Br. David Steindl-Rast
Two ten-week options offered via Zoom
Mondays, beginning September 20, 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesdays, beginning September 21, 9:00-10:30am
Br. David Steindl-Rast offers a meditation on each of the 99 names of God found in the Islamic creed. This devotional volume speaks to people of any religious belief who through the many names of God enter the gate of the one nameless God that unites us. It is our hope that through these reflections, participants can come to see the common threads of belief between Christianity and Islam and even encounter and truly “meet” the people from another religious tradition. The 10-week discussion series will begin the week of September 19 and will take place virtually via Zoom. There is no cost to register, though all participants are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book.
SINGING THE PSALMS
From the Word to Our Hearts
day, September 25 at 9:00-11:30am
This is a community-wide faith enrichment retreat organized by the Worship Council, featuring presentations by Father J. Michael Joncas and a discussion with Donna Kasbohm. Father J. Michael Joncas, through pre-recorded video, will present information on the origins and types of psalms, the use of text with music, and the role and meaning of psalms in the liturgy. Attendees will reflect on how hearing and singing in worship affects our spiritual understanding and experience. There will be music in the air to listen to, encounter, and consider.
This retreat will be held in person at Pax Christi. Out of love for our neighbor, we will be requiring masks at the retreat. A recording will be made available later to registered attendees who don’t feel safe coming to church due to the pandemic status at that time. Those who watch the recording will not be able to participate in the retreat’s small group discussions.
If Pax Christi’s pandemic response makes an in-person retreat impossible, then the retreat will take place online via Zoom.
FAITH & RACIAL JUSTICE
Changing Systems and Structures in the Workplace
Session starts Monday, September 27 at 6:30pm, Mother Teresa Room 245
Do you find in your workplace a new or renewed focus on diversity and inclusion? Do you wish to explore how racial justice obstacles are embedded within our economic systems and institutional structures?
Pax Christi is offering a 9-week facilitated JustFaith conversation among 10-14 inquirers based on shared readings, videos, and prayer on such topics as government legislation (national and state), the wealth gap, redlining, the reparation debate, and the criminal justice system.
The objectives of the sessions are to educate about the history of systemic racism, provide practical tools for dismantling it, and reflect on the biblical and spiritual foundation for doing so.
Sessions will be facilitated by Fred Baumer and Paul Seifert, who together have over 55 years working in for-profit and nonprofit corporate settings.
Please note that space is limited!
For more information contact Joan Howe-Pullis at email@example.com, 952-405-7247.
ARCHDIOCESAN SYNOD SMALL GROUP SERIES
Two Session Options:
Tuesday Evenings, September 28, 6:30–8:30pm
Thursday Mornings, September 30, 9:00–11:00am
The Synod process is working towards its culmination at Pentecost 2022! The next step is the Parish Consultation with small groups. Using the feedback from the Prayer and Listening Events, we will now come together to respond to and propose solutions that will help inform the next steps of the Synod process. The series will consist of six two-hour long weekly sessions, beginning the last week in September. Sessions will be offered on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. Contact Scott Brazil if you have any questions at
to register for one of the Synod sessions!
WOMEN WITH SPIRIT BIBLE STUDY
What the Lord Has Spoken Through the Prophet
Presented Virtually October 1 through April 8
Women With Spirit Bible Study invites women of all ages and faiths to join us for 21 weekly hour-long presentations by university-based biblical scholars and optional Zoom small group discussions. We had hoped to meet in person, but due to increasing concerns about the spread of the virus, we have decided to go virtual again. This year’s series is “What the Lord Has Spoken Through the Prophet.” It includes 8 lectures exploring the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. David Fredrickson, Luther Seminary; 8 lectures on the Minor Prophets by Dr. Kelly Wilson, University of St. Thomas; and 5 weeks on how the Bible was compiled. Additional Mornings of Reflections will guide us through the archeology of Jerusalem and introduce us to the Beguines. Please consider joining this active group of women who share a desire for a greater understanding of the scriptures. Contact Scott Brazil if you have any questions at
PLEASE NOTE, REGISTRATIONS ARE REQUESTED BY SEPTEMBER 24.
SOUTHWEST GRIEF COALITION
Living and Growing Through Loss
Session starts Monday, October 4, from 6:30-8:00pm, offered both in-person and via Zoom
The Southwest Grief Coalition is a partnership of seven local churches who are working together to provide faith-based support for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Family of Christ Lutheran Church is hosting either in-person or via Zoom digital platform. A Zoom link for the session will be provided via email before the start of the session. Masks for in-person participants are strongly encouraged. There is no cost to participate. Registration and additional information about sessions can be found by
. Questions can be directed to Jean Thoresen, Director of Care and Support, at 952-405-7211.
ENCOUNTERING THE COMPASSIONATE GOD OF THE BIBLE
Presented by Dr. Art Zannoni
Monday, October 18 at 7:00pm, Main Worship Space, No fee though free will offering is appreciated
The Bible reveals both a compassionate God and Jesus as the compassion of God. This program will explore the biblical roots of compassion in both the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and the Gospels. The presentation will be divide into two parts. The first part will explore the importance and meaning of the Hebrew and Greek terms for compassion, followed by examples of how God acts compassionately throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, especially in the books of Exodus, the Psalms, and the book of Isaiah. In the second part, emphasis will be placed on Jesus, who is presented in the Gospels as God's compassion. Examples will be given of Jesus acting compassionately toward crowds, toward men and women, at meals, and in the parables that he tells. The presentation will conclude with a challenge to all faithful followers of Jesus to act compassionately toward everyone they encounter. Contact Scott Brazil if you have any questions at
EVERYONE NEEDS A GOOD EDITOR
Communication can be tricky. Can you help?
Calling all English majors, grammar junkies, and avid readers! Pax Christi is in need of few people to help us as editors for our regular communications. Each week you would edit the introduction and event listings for the weekly eNEWS, Fr. Mike’s Homily Blog entry, and the script for the weekly video included in the eNEWS. Once a month there would also be additional content for the monthly magazine that would also be looked over. Our hope is to have a group of volunteers that would share this responsibility. If you would like to learn more, please contact Andrea Ward, Communication Arts Director at
FAITH FORMATION 2021-22 REGISTRATION
Registration is OPEN for all of our child and youth programs! Fully onsite options will be offered on
Sundays from 5:15-6:15pm
, and on
Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm
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programming will be offered to those who would prefer that method.
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