eNEWS for 8-11/18-2019 - Pax Christi Catholic Community
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For the weeks of August 11/18, 2019
Dear Members of Pax Christi,
The church is in Ordinary Time, the season between the festive seasons of Easter and Advent, where the church counts the Sundays and the weeks in sequence (ordinal). It is also the time of year known as the Dog Days of summer, where the weather in the northern hemisphere is said to be the hottest and driest during the 40 days between July 3 and August 11.
We may hit a different stride in our lives during this time when vacations are taken, children and young people attend camps of all kinds, and routines are thrown out the window. Yet this time can be the seedbed in which we reflect on the ordinariness of days and that God is still a part of our lives, loving us deeply, and calling us to recognize God’s presence as we go about our days. Joan Chittister shares the following about ordinariness in her book,
Called to Question
Dailiness tests the mettle of the self. The ability to go back to the same task, day after day—taking care of the children, doing the shopping, hawking a product, stacking the shelves—with new attention to the task, with new concern for the outcome, takes a special kind of faith, another kind of trust...God is in the details. God is what it takes in us to be faithful to them. God is in the routines that make us what we are. The way we do the little things in life is the mark of the bigness of our souls.
It’s when we go on in the heat of the noonday sun that we know what it’s like to walk the dusty roads of Galilee. It’s when we go on without firecrackers or music that we understand what the desert is like. It’s when we go on despite the fact that quitting would be more satisfying that we know that God has taken control of our lives. Then, we are being used for something greater than ourselves.
Dailiness is the great deep pit out of which the character of our lives takes its most lasting shape. It is the repository of our greatest graces and site of our worst losses. It is the treasure house of all our yesterdays and the reserve out of which we draw strength for all our tomorrows.
Wishing you blessings on all your ordinary days!
Jane Schmitz, Parish Director
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Weeks #3 & 4:
GARDEN HELP NEEDED!
In Pax Christi's Giving Garden, community volunteers plant, tend, and harvest fresh vegetables to deliver to the PROP food shelf. Volunteer opportunities are flexible; gardeners may come to help as often as they like on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30–7:30pm with occasional daytime hours. It's harvest time and we could use more help!
If you are able to help, please contact volunteer garden coordinator Mary Beth Schleif, email@example.com, or 952-947-5955.
LAST SESSION UNTIL NEXT SUMMER!
Fotohaus is back to take photos for our new online pictorial directory. We are currently scheduling on three days in September for 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.
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for additional information or to sign up.
TWELVE BASKETS BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE
THIS Weekend of August 10/11
This annual parish event, sponsored by the Twelve Baskets ministry, helps to make sure children in need are well equipped to start the new school year and focused on learning. Shop early and drop off items when you come to Mass. Flyers with detailed lists of needed items are available at the entrances. Red bins at doors 1 and 3 will be ready to receive your contributions. Items will benefit students at Risen Christ Catholic School in South Minneapolis, Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Richfield, Community of Saints Catholic School in St. Paul, and Gichitwaa Kateri Catholic Church in Minneapolis.
100-MILE POTLUCK DINNER
Tuesday, August 13, 6:00-8:00pm, Butterfly Garden Patio
The Environmental Challenge Ministry invites you to eat locally at our annual 100-Mile Pot Luck Dinner, that is, food that is produced within a 100-mile radius of your home. Please bring a dish to share using the bounty of the season. The purpose of this is to enjoy all the benefits of local, seasonal eating: more flavorful foods, a smaller environmental footprint, better health, and support for our local farmers and economy. The concept of the 100-mile dinner drives a mental shift from eating globally to explore how we can be less burden on our environment and appreciate foods from our own back yards. Our guest speaker for the evening is Jack Hauser of Bloomington, a specialist on many different Minnesota bird species particularly Bluebirds. He is an expert on building Bluebird houses and since 1994 has been involved with The MN Bluebird Recovery Program. In case of rain we will hold indoors, room 212.
to RSVP online.
ASSUMPTION OF MARY
Holy Day of Obligation - Thursday, August 15, 6:00pm in the sanctuary
This feast celebrates the belief that Mary was taken up or “assumed” body and soul into heavenly glory. Please note there is no 8:30am Mass.
SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Wednesday, August 28, 6:00pm Mass RSVP
Anointing of the sick will be available for any member of our community who is in need of an emotional or physical healing. While the physical effects of a healing are not always noticed, the primary effect of the sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany illness of the mind, body, or spirit. Anointing often begins for us with the oil of chrism at Baptism, is used to reaffirm our journey of faith during Confirmation and, when we are sick, anointing with oil can bring us hope and healing. Blessings with these oils offer us both grace and a physical reminder that Jesus is with us through all passages of life. All are welcome to join us for this Mass as we gather together to be anointed or to be in prayerful support of those who are sick and in need of healing.
Following Mass, a light dinner will be served in the Dorothy Day Social Hall for those who have been anointed, along with their family members and guests. If you or someone you know could benefit from this sacrament and would like to attend this Mass, we ask that you please contact Mary Ann Callahan, Care Ministry Specialist, 952-405-7227, by August 19. RSVP is important for a proper dinner count.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Mass: Monday, September 2, 9:00am
There is no Sunday morning hospitality, and the nursery will be closed the entire Labor Day weekend. Join us for Labor Day Mass on Monday at 9:00am in the chapel. The parish office will be CLOSED for business in observance of the holiday and the building will close following Mass.
FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Friday, September 6, beginning with Mass at 8:30am
Come and join other parishioners for Mass in the chapel at 8:30am, followed by coffee and hospitality. The event is sponsored by the Pax Christi Boomers and Beyond. All are welcome!
BOOMERS AND BEYOND BRUNCH AND SPEAKER
Wednesday, September 11, 9:30am RSVP
Join other Pax Christi seniors for brunch followed by a talk by Rabbi Glaser. This is the first talk in a Comparative Religion series. Rabbi Glaser is at Temple Israel, Minneapolis, Minnesota where he serves his congregation with his knowledge of Torah Kabbalah and Israeli culture, teachings, music, comedy, Jewish mysticism and social justice. Come and join us for an interesting and entertaining presentation. Register online or contact Maria Miller, 952-405-7217, by Tuesday, September 3. The fee is $10.
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OUR LADY OF GOOD HEALTH
NATIVITY OF MOTHER MARY
Saturday, September 14, 5:00pm Mass with dinner to follow
Mother Mary holds a special place in the hearts of Catholics in India. We will celebrate The Feast of Our Lady of Good Health with the celebration of Mass at 5:00pm, followed by a short prayer and Indian dinner. Please join us to honor our Mother, make new friends, and enjoy some delicious Indian food prepared by the committee.
SOCIAL ACTION TEAM MINISTRY LAUNCH
Sunday, September 15, 12:30–2:00pm, Room 212
After many months of preparation and discernment around our Justice Ministry mission, Pax Christi Justice Council will launch its new initiative in calling forth a Social Action Teams Ministry which will work to "change the structures that create injustice." Join us for a conversation about the history of the idea, how we plan to begin, and how you might see yourself participating in this ministry which is dedicated to social transformation.
WOMEN WITH SPIRIT BIBLE STUDY
Tuesdays, Beginning September 24, 9:30–11:30am RSVP
Women of all ages and faiths are invited to join us for 20 weekly hour-long presentations by university based biblical scholars, followed by an hour of small group discussion. This year’s series, “Called by the Spirit,” will study the Acts of the Apostles for ten weeks, women in the Bible for four weeks, and six weeks learning where the Bible and the Qur’an overlap. Please consider joining this active group of women who share a desire for a greater understanding of the scriptures. Tuition for the series is $100 which covers teachers, books, and three mornings of reflection. REGISTRATIONS REQUESTED BY SEPTEMBER 12.
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