eNEWS for 1-13-2019 - Pax Christi Catholic Community
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For the week of Sunday, January 13, 2019
Dear Members of Pax Christi,
There are seasons when to be still demands immeasurably higher strength than to act.
― Margaret Bottome
As we enter into the second week of the new year, we are reminded that the earth continues its winter pause from the creativity that will be needed for the spring and summer ahead, and that in the stillness of nature, there is necessary preparation happening for potential future growth. This stillness is essential for the renewal of the earth.
The earth has something to teach us about the inner life. Unless we find some time for stillness and renewal in our own lives, the growing seasons of our life may be less fruitful and abundant. In Terry Hershey’s spiritual book, Sacred Necessities, he touches on the importance of choosing stillness in our busy lives:
What’s at stake here—with this sacred necessity of stillness—is not another to-do list, but an invitation to savor the pleasure of slowness, moments of stillness,
even silence, letting them work their magic. For silence can be a fullness, rather than a void. It can allow the mind to run through its paces without any need of justification. It can let us recover—grab hold of—those parts of our self which have been so scattered, so disparate, throughout the week. As a friend told me,
“It feels like my life has been saved and I wasn’t even aware of any danger. I see the stillness as a necessity, demandable, honorable. This is not sinful, or indulgent, or wasteful, or undeserved.”
Blessings to you this winter week!
Jane Schmitz, Parish Director
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MEN’S RETREAT OPPORTUNITY
Jesus would go to the mountain top or into the desert. Where do you go to find quiet and a deeper connection with God? The Midwest Jesuits offer three day silent retreats, forty-seven weekends including conferences based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and filled with prayer and time for reflection. The experience is challenging, yet restful and rejuvenates the soul. Pax Christi’s own, Victor Susai coordinates the Holy Week retreat, if interested. The Jesuit Retreat House is located in Lake Elmo, MN. More information is available at: www.demontrevilleretreat.com Please feel free to contact Bruce Koehn at 612-790-9075 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any experiential questions.
SOUTHWEST GRIEF COALITION WINTER SERIES
Mondays through February 25, 5:30–7:30pm at St. Andrew Lutheran Church
The Southwest Grief Coalition (SWGC) is a partnership of local churches working together for over 20 years to provide support and education for those who are grieving. A seven week winter series, Living and Growing Through Loss, will be hosted by St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Mondays of January and February (except Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). The evening will include a light meal, large group education session, and small group supportive sessions designed to offer listening and care specific to your type of loss. There is no cost to participate. For more information, look for the winter brochure in the kiosk by the reception desk or visit
. For more information contact Mary Ann Callahan, 952-405-7227.
SENIOR HIGH SERVICE/JUSTICE TRIP INFO MTG
INFO MTG: TODAY, Wednesday, January 9; 5:00–6:00pm; John XXIII Room
TRIP: July 21-27; current 9–12 graders
Join us this summer as we travel to Washington, DC from July 21-27 for a week of service, justice, advocacy, and solidarity! This year's trip will cost $500 per person, which includes airfare, transportation, food, programming, and supplies! An informational meeting for youth and parents will be held on January 9 in the John XXIII Room (formerly the Garden Level). Attending this meeting does not automatically commit you to the trip...but if you're thinking about going, it will provide you with some important details that will help you make your decision! Questions? Contact Jessie Johnson, Sr. High Youth Formation Minister, 952-405-7210, or
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND SCIENCE:
ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS, EXPOSING THE MYTHS
Thursdays, January 10–February 7, 6:30–8:00pm RSVP
If you ever wonder if Catholic faith can be compatible with modern science, here’s the class for you. Parishioner Mark Huschke will present a five-session series following Benjamin Wiker’s book, The Catholic Church and Science: Answering the Questions, Exposing the Myths. Using topics like the big bang theory and evolution, you’ll learn that Catholic faith and science are compatible. Classes will be held Thursday evenings and begin January tenth.
to RSVP online now.
PAX CHRISTI BOOK CLUB
Under the Influence of Jesus
By Joe Paprocki
Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm, January 14–March 18 OR
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am, January 17–March 21.
Under the Influence of Jesus
is an invitation to encounter Jesus in a whole new way and results in transformed hearts and lives. Karen Lamberty, member of the Pax Christi Faith Formation Council leads this study. Book will be available at the front information desk after you register online. Read Introduction, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 before first session.
to register online now. Email Lynn Schelitzche, Director of Faith Formation, with questions,
WHAT’S IMPORTANT NOW? – A LABYRINTH WALK
Monday, January 14, 6:30-8:30pm, Dorothy Day
Crossing the threshold to a new year often brings the ritual of goal setting. We take stock of where we’ve been and where we would like to go. We seek change. The goals that stick even when it’s hard are those that come from what’s personally important, not what our culture deems important. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. If you are feeling out of sorts and unfulfilled it’s time to get back in touch with what has meaning for you. Walking a labyrinth may help. The labyrinth is designed to help you slow you down and get in touch your heart, your truth. From this place, you will know what’s important now. The evening will include a brief workshop followed by an indoor candlelit labyrinth walk. An introduction to the labyrinth will be available to those new to the labyrinth. I hope you will join us. Contact Carrie@cycleofwholeness.com to register.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SPEAKERS SERIES:
ON IMMIGRATION RIGHTS
Sunday, January 20, 12:30–2:00pm RSVP
Emilia Gonzalez Avalos, Executive Director, Navigate MN
for complete details.
to RSVP online now!
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR, MASS
Monday, January 21, 9:00am
Please join us for Mass on MLK Day at 9:00am in the chapel. The parish offices will be closed for the holiday and the building will be closed following Mass.
MINNESOTA MARDI GRAS:
A SHARED MINISTRY CELEBRATION
Saturday, January 26, 6:00–8:00pm
After Saturday evening Mass, join us as we enjoy tasty appetizers, beer, and root beer. Take a moment to visit with fellow parishioners, tell your stories, and have plenty of fun! Chase away the January winter cold with the warmth of laughter and fellowship. Revel in all the gifts that make Pax Christi Catholic Community so amazing. No RSVP is needed; just come and join in the celebration! For those who might need childcare, the nursery will be available. Please make reservations via
SOULCOLLAGE® – OPEN CARD MAKING
Tuesday, January 22, 6:00–8:00pm, $5.00 optional materials fee
for additional information.
to RSVP online today.
PROP HOST HOME PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION
Thursday, January 24, 5:30-6:30pm, Eden Prairie Community Center
to view an informational flyer.
THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF WORD AND WITNESS
The Life and Legacy of St. Oscar Romero
Tuesday, February 5, 6:30-7:30pm, Thomas Merton Chapel
Through his ministry as archbishop of San Salvador, St. Oscar Romero preached and lived the Gospel in the midst of a divided church and nation. This presentation will invite reflection on the ways in which Pax Christi Catholic Community can learn from the life and legacy of St. Oscar Romero. Presenter Angela Senander is a theologian at the University of St. Thomas, a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, and member of Pax Christi Catholic Community. No need to RSVP.
SR. HIGH WINTER RETREAT – BRAINERD, MN
February 15–17; current 9–12 graders; cost: $25
It's no secret that life is busy. Current 9-12th graders are invited to take a weekend to breathe and get away from the homework, drama, busyness, and worries of life. This year's winter retreat for high schoolers will be a time of rest, relaxation, and reconnection—with yourself, with God, and with others! Join us for a casual weekend at a cabin near Brainerd, MN as we talk with each other, sleep in, practice self-care, cook together, sit by the fireplace, create art, stargaze, play games, make music, and pray. There is a limit of 10 spaces, so sign up today!
to register online now! Questions? Contact Jessie Johnson, Sr. High Youth Formation Minister, 952-405-7210, or email@example.com.
ANNUAL CANA DINNER
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 6:00–10:00pm
We are Finding New Roads! on “A Bicycle Built for Two: Oh the Roads We’ve Traveled,” this year’s Cana Dinner theme, but you won’t need to bike to the event as all couples, of all ages (and abilities) are welcome! The evening begins with a hosted wine reception, followed by a catered dinner.
After dinner, enjoy coffee, wine, and dessert while you are entertained by the magical singing voice of our own Fr. Mike Byron!
A couple’s photo op will be offered during the evening, so be sure to dress as you would for a cocktail/dinner party. Tickets are available at an early lovebird price of $70.00 per couple. The rate goes up to $80 per couple after January 21, 2019. The ticket price includes loving childcare. Register online now!
If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far GO TOGETHER!
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