eNEWS for 1-12-2020 - Pax Christi Catholic Community
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For the weeks of January 12, 2020
Dear Members of Pax Christi,
We begin the new year with notes of appreciation from several of the recipient organizations from the Share the Joy Drive.
From Ken Danielson at the American Indian Center:
Go-Minwendamoog, ji-miigiwewan Mino Girchi Arami’aa Giizhiguk
Big thanks, We are happy for the gifts, Merry Christmas!
From Amanda Hancer, the Volunteer and Giving Coordinator at St. Stephen’s Human Services:
Pax Christi Community,
Thank you so much for your incredibly generous winter wear donations. We are so grateful for your continued commitment to supporting our most vulnerable neighbors on their journey towards housing stability. We truly couldn’t do this work without you! Wishing you all a joyous holiday season!
Here is why they and other organizations are so grateful for your generosity during the November and December Share the Joy Drive:
Eighteen shared ministers gathered Sunday, December 15, to sort and count the many Share the Joy donations, and six volunteered to deliver items to the following agencies.
• Gichitwaa Kateri Faith Formation Party received 167 wrapped gifts;
• Seventy-eight laundry baskets were filled with household items and given to the Minneapolis American Indian Center, Cabrini House, and YouthLink;
• Little Earth Bingo Party for seniors and young mothers received 377 gifts;
• Nine uniform polos/pants and $825 was donated to Risen Christ Catholic School;
• St. Stephen’s Men’s Shelter received 83 hats, 84 gloves, 171 pair of wool socks, 15 flannel shirts, 54 complete sets of long underwear, 631 hand warmers, 14 sleeping bags, 11 brown tarps, and 40 blankets;
• Launch Ministry in Chaska Men’s Shelter were given $225 in gas gift cards, 148 pairs of socks, 716 hand warmers, $345 in Target gift cards, $20 Visa gift card, and 15 toiletry bags;
• Loaves & Fishes received 227 pairs of socks and 65 sets of cold weather items;
• St. Anne’s Place accepted nine duffel bags, 11 laundry bags, 19 flashlights, and 10 sleeping bags;
• and PROP received 126 toys, accessories, and toiletries.
Thank you for all you do to bring the face of Pax Christi beyond the Eden Prairie campus!
Blessings on your week!
Jane Schmitz, Parish Director
FATHER MIKE'S HOMILY BLOG
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Thank you for your generosity!
Week of December 29:
Basket Collection 14,553
Online Giving 16,659
Total Week #26 80,302
YTD Actual 1,439,957
YTD Budget 1,402,000
YTD Variance 37,957
Other contribution methods include grants from donor-advised funds, stock donations, IRA distributions, payroll deductions and other contributions mailed or delivered to the office.
for online giving.
The Pax Christi Community Endowment Fund Continues to Grow!
We are pleased to announce that the Pax Christi Community Endowment Fund continues to grow thanks to your generosity. We received $83,412 designated for the endowment during the month of December. These funds will be added to our investment with Catholic Community Foundation. Proceeds from the Pax Christi Community Endowment Fund perpetuate support for our core values, mission and ministries. Funds will be used for support of justice grant recipients in the greater community, and lifelong learning opportunities at Pax Christi. This is a FOREVER GIFT.
CATHOLIC SPIRIT NEWSPAPER
If you are interested in receiving the official publication of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, The Catholic Spirit, please contact Maria Miller in the Pax Christi office, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 952-405-4217. This subscription is free to registered Pax Christi members.
TOT–TIME OPEN GYM
Tot-Time Open Gym is a great opportunity for parents or grandparents and children to play alongside others. This as a great activity for those long winter months or when you are looking for some interaction and companionship. mornings from September–May opposite of Moms ROCK gatherings as schedule permits. Parents MUST stay with children. For more information, check the Pax Christi calendar for dates and location.
FARE FOR ALL
TODAY - Tuesday, January 7, 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.
BOOMERS AND BEYOND EVENT
Holiday Party for the New Year
Saturday, January 11, 10:00am RSVP
Brunch followed by White Elephant Bingo. The fee is $10 for the brunch. There is no charge for bingo, just bring a White Elephant gift.
to register online or contact Maria Miller, 952-405-7217.
MEN AND CHURCH FEATURING FR. MIKE BYRON
An Evening for the Men of Pax Christi
Tuesday, January 14, 6:30–8:00pm, Room 212
What was your experience, understanding, and relationship to the "Church" as a young boy, and how has it changed in your present context? What role has the Church played in your spiritual development as a Catholic man. Our pastor, Fr. Mike, invites all men of the parish to join him as he helps us reflect upon these questions and their implication for our lives. There is no fee to participate, though we do ask for all attendees to RSVP to assist us in planning for the evening.
SWGC WINTER GRIEF SERIES
Seven weeks, beginning Thursday, January 16, 5:30pm-7:30pm, St. Hubert's Catholic Church, No Fee
Brochures are available in the kiosk by the reception desk and online under
SENIOR HIGH WINTER RETREAT
January 17-19, Episcopal House of Prayer, $25
Mark your calendar for Pax Christi's senior high winter retreat, January 17-19 at the Episcopal House of Prayer on the beautiful campus of Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN!
to register now.
JUSTICE SPEAKER SERIES - CLIMATE JUSTICE
THE POWER OF NEUTRALITY
Sunday, January 19, 2020 12:30–2:00pm, Room 212, No Fee
Thomas Fiutak is currently Senior Fellow in the Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as well as Lecturer in the faculty of the Conservation Biology department. He has taught Conflict Management, and Mediation Systems in the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and initiated and directed the Conflict and Change Center, which coordinated research in the areas of negotiation, mediation models, and conflict management systems. One of three Co-Founders of the Climate Change Project at Mediators Beyond Borders, Tom will share with us his knowledge about Climate Change and the critical role mediators play relative to climate change through advocacy, intervention, and complex community processes. There is no fee to participants - RSVP is appreciated to help us plan.
to RSVP today.
BOOK CLUB: THE FRIENDSHIP OF WOMEN
Two Six-Week Options: Mondays, 6:30pm beginning January 20 or
Thursdays, 10:00am, beginning January 23 RSVP
The participation fee of $15 covers the cost of the book.
The Call of the Shared Minister
Saturday, January 25, 5:00–8:00pm
You’ve been called! In appreciation of all Pax Christi shared ministers, please plan to attend January Jamboree,
The Call of the Shared Minister
. After a celebratory Mass on Saturday evening, join us for tasty appetizers and foamy beverages. Take a moment to visit with fellow parishioners, tell your stories, or have fun in the game area. Chase away the January winter cold with the warmth of laughter and fellowship. Enjoy all the gifts that make this community of faith so amazing.
OPEN LABYRINTH WALK
Monday, January 27, 7:00–8:30pm, Hall of Martyrs
Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way. The labyrinth can help you quiet the mind, calm the body, gain insight, and experience a sense of wholeness. Held indoors, walking the 36-foot canvas, Chartres-style labyrinth usually takes 20 to 30 minutes depending on your pace and the number of walkers on the labyrinth. Please come prepared to walk in stocking feet. You are welcome to begin your walk any time between 7:00pm and 8:00pm. Following your walk, you are invited to stay and meditate or journal. The labyrinth will close at 8:30pm. New to the labyrinth? Ask for an introduction when you arrive.
to RSVP now.
ARCHDIOCESAN LISTENING SESSION
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:00-9:00pm, Worship Space
Pax Christi will be hosting a listening session. Participants will gather together to pray, discuss, and give feedback on what is working well in their parish and this archdiocese as well as naming the challenges. All are welcome, and all participants will be encouraged to give written feedback that will be read and considered. Archbishop Hebda is scheduled to attend this and the other listening sessions held throughout the diocese (see
). Look for complete details in the January
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