—weekend of September 9 – 10

PASSED ON—Tish Rawles, died last week—“Yahweh you are my shepherd I want nothing more. You let me lie down in green pastures… in green meadows you lead me beside restful waters,” Psalm 23 was a favorite scripture for Rawles, who likes to simply go as Tish. Ordained April 2015, ARCWP.

ANNOUNCEMENT—Since our president has elected to cut funding toward announcing the ACA availability, here is pertinent information you or others [let them know] can make use of: Open enrollment for ACA [Obamacare] begins November 1 and ends December 15. Please share this widely, so that all Americans can know when to enroll at the healthcare.gov website.

MOVED ON—Each week and for many years, a vigil has been held in Sarasota for peace and against war on Fridays from 4-5 PM. This action—now moving to Tuesday afternoons, 4-5 PM, in the same place: Gulfstream Blvd in Sarasota, south of the “Kissing” Statue–still sponsored by Manasota Chapter, Pax Christi USA.

OUTREACH MINISTRY—With outreach the primary ministry for MMOJ, our October Project will be Family Promise of South Sarasota County. This program helps families with children in temporary need of housing. They help a family find independence by providing temporary shelter, meals and services to achieve self sufficiency. MMOJ will donate 5% of the weekly collection. If able, please increase your donation or write a personal check to Family Promise.

COLLECTION for September 9 was $275

NCR EDITORIAL—Given the growing numbers of aging clergy in the church, Catholics will be witnessing problems celebrating Mass with increasing frequency. Women are standing at the door waiting to take on those roles.—[for more, see NCR current issue]

BRIDGET MARY IN IRELAND—“Where we are right now as we wrap up the 31 days is we have three women in serious discernment [for ordination to priesthood]. Other women who talked to us were very interested, very supportive and perhaps some of them will also take the same path. If they don’t, they are definitely going to become friends of the Association in supporting the journey towards equality and justice in Ireland for women in all areas, including in the Roman Catholic women priests movement.”

INTERESTING BIT FROM SAME COUNTRY—The Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland has called on the Irish bishops to halt the introduction of permanent deacons in their dioceses until the Vatican’s commission on women deacons has concluded its report and Pope Francis has made a decision based on its findings.—from NCR

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP—“Can We Save the Catholic Church,” by Hans Küng [2013]—a frank appraisal of the diminishing church. This book offers no quick fixes, but instead takes a long look at the structure of the church and how it came to this current status. It details what needs to be undone and rebuilt. A realistic solution? All discussions begin at 2 PM, Saturdays, September 23 [Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2]; October 7 [Chapters 3 and 4]; October 28 [Chapters 5 and 6]; and November 11 [Conclusion. Action?] and will take place in the Conference Room of Stewart Hall, next to the church building. Everyone is welcome to attend! For further information, contact Janet Blakeley [941.445.7795] or jblakeley1234@gmail.com



WORKS OF MERCY—“We usually think of the works of mercy individually and in relation to a specific initiative: hospitals for the sick, soup kitchens for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, schools for those to be educated, the confessional and spiritual direction for those needing counsel and forgiveness. But if we look at the works of mercy as a whole, we see that the object of mercy is human life itself and everything it embraces.”— Francis

DACA—”Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country.”—U.S. Bishops

DARKNESS—In many ways, this struggle with darkness has been the Church’s constant dilemma. It wants to exist in perfect light, where God alone lives (see James 1:17). It does not like the shadowland of our human reality. In Christian history, we see Eastern Orthodox churches creating heavenly liturgies with little sense of social justice; Luther’s abhorrence of his own darkness; the Swiss Reformers outlawing darkness; the Puritans repressing darkness; the Roman Church consistently unable and unwilling to see its own darkness; the typical believer afraid of darkness; fundamentalists splitting darkness off into a preoccupation with Satan. Then comes postmodernism, with a predictable pendulum swing, seemingly in love with darkness! We are hardwired to avoid the human mystery—that we are all a mixture of darkness and light—instead of learning how to carry it patiently through to resurrection.—Richard Rohr

REMEMBERCarol Ann Breyer—gone from us some three years ago. She is still very much missed. Carol Ann was the first editor-in-chief of this newsletter.

NOTE—In forgiveness, we live up to our true and deepest dignity. We then operate by a power and a logic not our own. We live out of the True Self and not just the tiny self that is always offended and complaining. Without forgiveness nothing new happens, and we remain frozen in a small past.—Richard Rohr


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