eNEWS for 6-16/23-2019 - Pax Christi Catholic Community
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For the weeks of June 16 and June 23, 2019
Dear Members of Pax Christi,
This coming Sunday is the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. Our prayer this weekend will help us pray, give honor to, and reflect on one of the most fundamental of Christian beliefs. Many doctors of the church and theologians have argued, defended, and written about the Trinity, and have done their own masterful reflections on the relationship, harmony, and unity of the Godhead. Although we can never fully understand the mystery of the Trinity in all its complexity, we can come forth with sure knowledge that God’s desire is to be known to us as revealed in a myriad of ways in our lives, through Scripture, nature, relationships, circumstances, and our very being. As Joan Chittister has written in
A Monastery Almanac
, “Trinity Sunday proclaims our belief in One God who acts through Jesus and draws us beyond ourselves in the Spirit. It’s not a matter of three Gods. It’s a matter of One burst of the Divine in every dimension of life—creating it, redeeming it, and making it holy.”
We have received some notes of gratitude over the last few weeks because of your generous spirits. First, we hear from Janet Palmer, Executive Director at PROP:
Once again we have made it out of winter and can enjoy the beauty of our area. The season brings cries of “school’s out” from children looking forward to the freedom of the summer months. Unfortunately, in our communities there are parents who are anticipating empty refrigerators and pantries—not picnics and trips to the beach.
Unemployment, medical bills, and other budget stressors know no season. That is where you come in. And you did! Your May donation of $2699.00 (collected on Holy Thursday) and 657 pounds of food will help these caring but thinly-stretched families to provide food for their tables.
As we do year round, we thank you for standing with us to help those of our neighbors who need a hand up. We wish you a great summer!
And we also received a note from Brie Barfknecht, RN, Specialist at Healthy Beginnings,
I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for all of the wonderful donations. Some of them have already gone to my patients who will not be having baby showers of their own and have limited money to purchase things for their baby. I wish you could see the smile on their face when they get these new items. It helps brighten their day a little and lessens the stress of not being prepared for a newborn. Thank you so much!
On the weekend of June 22 and 23, we will bless and say farewell to Fr. Bill, not only at Mass, but after each Mass as we host a reception in his honor. Join us for special refreshments and treats as we share fellowship and well wishes. Saturday evening will be a hosted wine, root beer, and light appetizer reception, on Sunday morning, cake will be served along with the usual morning hospitality treats, and Sunday evening we will have ice cream sundaes.
Blessings to you this summer week!
Jane Schmitz, Parish Director
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THANK YOU PAX CHRISTI!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Pax Christi Community Endowment and Justice Grants Board Celebration this weekend! If you missed it, you will have an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful video that was produced (video link below). If you would like to support the Pax Christi Community Endowment Fund, you can make a contribution at any time. We are grateful for your generosity.
Week 49 Contributions:
PICTORIAL DIRECTORY PHOTO SESSIONS
Fotohaus is back to take photos for our new online pictorial directory. We are currently scheduling for June photo sessions in our outdoor shrine area. Don't miss this opportunity for a summer outdoor photo! In the event of bad weather, photo session will move indoors to the Hall of Martyrs. Regardless of location, PLEASE CHECK IN AT HOSTESS TABLE INSIDE DOOR #1 at the west end of the building.
to reserve your photo session.
Volunteers are needed to help during photo sessions -
for additional information or to sign up.
GRACE HOSPICE GALA
Thursday, June 20, 5:00-9:00pm; Hyland Hills Chalet, Bloomington
Grace Hospice, one of our partners in the Pax Pet Visit Ministry, will host their second annual gala supporting Grace Hospice. Save the date for an evening of reflection, celebration, and gratitude. Questions? Contact Bernie Cable-Prokop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARE YOU A CREATIVE PROJECT MANAGER?
The Holiday Boutique is looking for a chairperson to run this year's event. This shopping extravaganza features a variety of handcrafted items from over 50 quality crafters and artisans, a bake sale, and luncheon held the first Saturday in December. The chairperson’s duties are written in detail and organized with an established execution timeline, well-honed by 13 years of prior events. Come and flex that organization muscle to continue a much-honored holiday tradition. If the task feels too much, ask a friend to co-chair and double the fun! If you are interested in the chair or co-chair position, contact Lisa Cox, Community Life Coordinator, email@example.com or 952-405-7204.
FARE FOR ALL
TODAY Tuesday, June 11, 3:30–5:30pm
Fare For All is a great way to save money on quality, nutritious food. They buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat in bulk which saves up to 40% off grocery store prices. Volunteers at the Fare For All warehouse pre-pack the produce and meat into food packages that range in price from $10 – $25. There is no need to register in advance or fill out any paperwork. Fare For All is open to everyone – because food is purchased in bulk, the more people who participate the better. Fare For All visits Pax Christi once a month, on a Tuesday afternoon from 3:30–5:30pm.
SOULCOLLAGE® – OPEN CARD-MAKING
TODAY Tuesday, June 11, 6:00–8:00pm, Room 212 RSVP
Come enjoy a relaxing and fun art collage session with others. We make five by eight-inch cards which reflect aspects of our inner selves, our soul's purpose, and the Divine. Once finished with each card, you will journal with it by using the journal sheets and three guided questions. Find out what that card is all about. You may also want to make cards for your deck that honor others, so feel free to bring photos of loved ones, loved places, loved pets, and anyone in the world or heaven who has inspired you. If you have questions, contact Lynn Schelitzche,
to RSVP online.
PET MINISTRY SOCIAL - All are welcome!
Wednesday, June 12, 6:30pm, lower level parking lot
Pax Pets Ministry would like to invite you to their annual social evening. In case of rain, we will bring the party into the gym. Please come join us for a night of fun, food, and friendly people and Pax Pet teams. You’ll get to meet our incredible therapy pets, which will be a treat in itself. We would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have to get familiar with our ministry. RSVP to Renee Reardon, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 952-405-7200. We look forward to seeing you there.
SENIOR HIGH SUMMER SHINDIG
Saturdays, June 15, July 13, August 10; 6:15–9:00pm at the fire pit
9–12th graders, come on down to the fire pit on the trail behind Pax Christi for lawn games, music, and a bonfire—complete with a gourmet s'more bar and hot dogs over the fire! We'll meet after the 5:00pm Mass. Rain location is Room 111.
to RSVP online.
WALL OF GENEROSITY
Weekends: June 15/16 and June 22/23 in the narthex
Support the 13 youth and 3 adults traveling to Washington, DC, to serve those in need this summer! It's easy—pick a numbered envelope off the Wall and return the envelope with your gift! You will receive a postcard from DC and an invitation to a presentation/reception after the trip where you can hear about the young people's experiences!
ENGAGEMENT: THE POWER TO CHANGE
Mondays, June 17–August 5, 6:00–8:00pm, Room #212
How do I put into action the need for social change in my community? Through the lens of the Christian faith,
Engagement is an eight-week program that invites us to look at different ways to engage in our own grassroots advocacy efforts. In small groups we will discern how our gifts, skills, and passions are best utilized to create social change. This program includes principles in Scripture, reflection on past and present social movements, wisdom from community advocates, tools for successful advocacy, and resources to support justice ministry for the long term as we actively impact social change.
to register online now.
WISHING FR. BILL A FOND FAREWELL
Weekend of June 22/23 following all Masses
Father Bill has been called to serve as pastor at Church of Christ the King in south Minneapolis. Let us take time to celebrate his past service to Pax Christi and to wish him many blessings as he moves on to his next post. Join us for special refreshments and treats as we share fellowship and well wishes. Saturday evening will be a hosted wine, root beer, and light appetizer reception or Sunday morning, cake will be served along with the usual morning hospitality treats. Sunday evening join us for ice cream sundaes.
SENIOR HIGH DINNER AND A MOVIE
4th Friday of the month, 5:00–10:00pm: June 28 and August 23 RSVP
Calling all 9-12th graders! Join us once a month for dinner and a movie at Pax Christi. We'll gather in the Pax Christi kitchen at 5:00pm to cook our dinner together, head to the Anne Frank Room to eat, and then watch a movie together downstairs in the John XXIII Room until 10:00pm. The menu and movie will be decided by the group, so bring your creativity into the kitchen and join us for an evening of cooking, community, and fun! Contact Jessie Johnson in the Faith Formation office, email@example.com, or 952-405-7210 for more information. CLICK HERE to RSVP online now.
VACATION BIBLE CAMP
July 29–August 2, 9:00am–12:00pm
ages 3 years – 5th grade
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MIDDLE SCHOOL SERVICE CAMP
July 29–August 2, 8:30am – 4:00pm
6th through 8th grade
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