eNEWS for 3-17-2019 - Pax Christi Catholic Community
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For the week of Sunday, March 17, 2019
Dear Members of Pax Christi,
When you pick the food of your land at gathering time, do not pick all the way to the corners of your field. And do not gather the food left on the ground there after you have picked. Do not gather what is left among your vines, or gather the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for those in need and for the stranger.
March is Minnesota Food Share Month. As a faith community, you have been most generous in our collections for PROP, our local food shelf. During March, every pound of food and dollar donation given to PROP is eligible for a match, which stretches your generous donation.
This weekend, at all the Masses
, our burgundy bags or any bag, can be brought forward at the offertory at Mass. If you wish to bring a bag containing food forward to the altar but are wary of the steps, there will be greeters who can assist you in your offering. If you have extra burgundy bags at home that you won’t be using, please bring them back to church as well.
According to data taken from a number of sources, nearly one in ten Minnesotans experience food insecurity, 13.8% of children in Minnesota are food insecure, 9.5% of Minnesotans live below the poverty level, and over 3,000,000 visits were made to Minnesota food shelves each year from 2011-2017, with over 3.4 million visits in 2017. The number of food insecure seniors and seniors utilizing food shelves continues to increase. Minnesota’s charitable food system (food shelves and food banks, meal programs, etc.) continues to run at capacity.
Of course, any type of non-perishable, non-expired food items are received gratefully at PROP. The following, however, are the more immediate needs for the food shelf:
• Tomato Sauce
• Canned Fruit
• Boxed Potato Mixes
• Mashed Potatoes
• Canned Chicken
• Bar Soap
• Paper Towels
Your generosity to alleviate the food insecurity our neighbors experience is greatly appreciated.
Blessings to you this Lenten week!
Jane Schmitz, Parish Director
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YOU ARE CALLED TO SERVE
Pax Christi Catholic Community is guided by 9 nine-member ministry councils, including: Arts, Campus, Gardens, Care and Support, Communications, Lifelong Faith Formation, Finance and Development, Justice, Lay Leadership Development and Engagement, Hospitality and Community Outreach, and Worship. Council members are not elected, but enter into a process of discernment, which includes prayer and the willingness of individuals to come forward and offer their gifts in service to the parish. Recommendation forms are available in the parish office or online -
. Please use the form to volunteer your services and/or recommend people you feel would benefit Pax Christi by their service. Return recommendation forms to the parish office, or drop them in the collection during Mass. All forms must be submitted by Monday, March 18.
PAX CHRISTI COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND
DID YOU KNOW?
The Pax Christi Community Endowment Fund was established in May 2017 to perpetuate support of our core values.
At Pax Christi justice has always been an important part of our identity. The Endowment Fund is our legacy that will live on forever!
Annual grants from the Endowment Fund are combined with our yearly Justice Grants. Our Justice Grants Board ensures these funds are put to use in our local communities where they are most needed and impactful… truly making a difference in people’s lives!
As we approach our 2nd anniversary, the current balance in the Endowment Fund is nearing $400,000. Thank you! No gift is too small. Each gift truly makes a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Endowment gifts given should be seen as “in addition to your regular stewardship participation.”
Please prayerfully consider how you can participate. To learn more please go to
LENTEN COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION SERVICE
THIS EVENING - Tuesday, March 12, 7:00pm
Join us for our Lenten Communal Reconciliation Service where we come together as a community of hope, to support each other in wholehearted courage and love, bringing our struggles and our commitment to one another. We walk together on this Lenten journey. An opportunity for individual confession will follow.
WALKING THE WAY
Special Lenten Friday Evening Prayer, March 15, 7:00pm
Join with other families on the first Friday of Lent to experience Walking the Way. Guides will accompany small groups walking throughout the building to pray the 15 Stations, finishing in the sanctuary for personal prayer before the cross. Powerful contemporary pictures and prayers of people suffering throughout the world mirror Jesus’s journey that first Good Friday. This holy hour prepares us to receive God’s grace by recognizing Christ’s presence in our world today.
HEAR THE SOUND OF MY CALL
Saturday, March 16, 9:00–11:30am RSVP
In our current national situation, both inside and outside the church, peace and calm seem elusive. In an effort to provide some quiet time for reflection and prayer, Care and Support Ministry is hosting another Silent Saturday: Hear the Sound of My Call. We invite you to join us for some quiet, uninterrupted time as we seek to hear God’s call and discover the gifts of silence and prayer. We will create a peaceful environment for prayer time, journaling, walking or just resting in God’s presence. How you choose to spend the time is up to you. Please join us as we seek to embrace and discover, in the silence of the morning, the peace of God’s love and mercy. The morning will begin with a short prayer followed by a simple tour of Pax Christi’s facility to highlight quiet places and spaces available to you. We will conclude our time together with a short prayer and an optional group sharing time. There is no fee, but we do ask that you notify us if you plan on attending. RSVP to Jean Thoresen, Director of Care and Support Ministries,
BURGUNDY BAG LENTEN COLLECTION
THIS Weekend, March 16/17
Parishioners are invited to bring their “Burgundy Bags” (or any bag or box of food we bring to share) to Mass. Instead of placing your donation in the collection bins at the church entrances, please bring the bags/boxes INTO the church and keep them with you. Then, as part of the Presentation of the Gifts, you will be guided to bring your offerings of food forward and place them in front of the altar.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SPEAKERS SERIES:
ON CLIMATE JUSTICE
Julia Frost Nerbonne, Exec. Dir., MN Interfaith Power & Light
Sunday, March 17, 12:30–2:00pm RSVP
Julia brings her skills as an organizer and academic to build a vibrant movement for climate justice in over 400 Minnesota congregations. She has an undergraduate degree in Religion and a PhD in Conservation Biology. She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Conservation Biology Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on how to create powerful social movements. Between 2011 and 2014, she was the founding director of MN350. She has also spent over 18 years teaching ethics and sustainability studies to college students at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul.
Elements of Ecclesiology Presentation by Fr. Mike
Sunday, March 17, 6:30–7:30pm, Room 212
What do we think we're talking about when we use the word "Church"? WHO is it? WHAT is it? What is it CALLED TO BE? Church is more than a building structure; it is people. Come hear what Church means for you as a disciple in your ministry to the world.
BEFRIENDER MINISTRY INFORMATION NIGHT
Monday, March 18, 7:00–8:00pm, Room 239
Have you been told you are a good listener? Do you know of someone in our community who has the gift of compassion and presence? We will be launching BeFriender ministry this spring and are in search of individuals who feel the call to provide care and support to people in difficult and transitional situations, such as illness, loneliness, or loss of a loved one. BeFriender Ministry is a listening ministry based on a model of mutuality which heals hearts, energizes communities, and transforms a suffering world. Join us for an informational night to learn more about this ministry, the training requirements, along with tools to discern your personal call to this ministry. Attending does not commit you to become a BeFriender, however those interested in moving forward must be available to attend an all-day training on Saturday, April 6, along with four Monday evening trainings. RSVP to Diane Scott,
MARY MAGDALENE AND JESUS
Through The Lens Of Medieval Spirituality and Art with Fr. Steve McMichael
Thursday, March 21, 6:30–8:30 pm, Room 211
Enrich your faith by examining the faith of Mary Magdalene. This class, presented by Fr. Steve McMichael, will include a brief view of Mary Magdalene and how each age saw her differently. Through the lens of art and spirituality, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your own view of Mary Magdalene. The evening will include reflections of Mary Magdalene’s own faith, including her encounter with the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday, her presence with the Virgin Mary during the Easter Triduum, and why Mary Magdalene matters in Easter theology. Fr. McMichael regularly presides at Masses, funerals, weddings, and other sacraments at Pax Christi, and is an Associate Professor in the Theology Department at the University of Saint Thomas. He is currently researching and writing on the topic of the resurrection of Jesus in late medieval Franciscan theology, spirituality, and preaching. He has just published a book entitled,
The Glory of Paradise: Risen Life in the Easter Octave Sermons of Bernardino da Siena
SOUTHWEST GRIEF COALITION SPRING SERIES
Thursdays beginning March 28, 5:30–7:30pm at Pax Christi
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EASTER BASKET DRIVE
Weekends of March 30/31 and April 6/7
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GIVING INSIGHTS FORUM:
The Catholic Response to Immigration
Tuesday, April 9; 6:00-8:30pm; Hall of Martyrs RSVP
Hear the “Pope’s favorite nun,” Sister Norma Pimentel, M.J., talk about her work welcoming immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. A moderated panel discussion will follow, featuring Archbishop Hebda, Fr. Warren Sazama, S.J. of St. Thomas More parish, an immigration lawyer, and more. Free event. Hosted by the Catholic Community Foundation.
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