Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Pope admits Catholic Church waited too long to respond to clergy abuse crisis" Sep 21, 2017 by Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has admitted that the Catholic Church waited too long before taking reports of clergy sexual abuse seriously, suggesting that the former practice of moving priests accused of abuse to new ministries instead of reporting them to authorities kept the church numb to the scope of the situation.
In his first formal meeting Sept. 21 with the now three-year-old Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the pontiff also called "prophetic" the men and women who urged the church for decades to face the problem.
"I know it has not been easy to start this work," the pope told the members of the commission in off-the-cuff remarks notable for their frankness. "You have had to swim against the current because there is a reality: the church has taken consciousness about these crimes in a delayed manner."
"When the consciousness is delayed, the means for resolving the problem are delayed," said Francis. "I am aware of this difficulty. But it is a reality. I’ll say it so: We have come to this late."
"Maybe the old practice of moving people around, of not facing the problem, kept our consciousness asleep," the pope suggested. "Thanks to God, the Lord sent prophetic men and women in the church … who got others involved and began this work to face the problem head-on."

"Give Peace a Chance" Vatican Radio

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/09/21/give_peace_a_chance!/1338095


(Vatican Radio) International Day of Peace observed around the world on 21 September focuses this year on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants.
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj, a human rights activist from India and now working for JRS Lebanon  reflecting on the theme of the current year “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”  says that the theme  is based on the TOGETHER global campaign that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER brings together the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 member countries of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants.
Expressing his deep concern for the people suffering in different parts of the world and the insensitivity of the world leaders towards refugees, minorities and weaklings of the society he says that  it is therefore necessary to remind ourselves that each one of us is called to be a channel of peace and that we need to have the courage to hold our leaders accountable in ensuring peace for all.
Pope Francis he says  has consistently and unequivocally asserted the need for peace.  He further quotes the Pope’s  letter to the International Meeting “Paths of Peace” held in Germany from September 10th to 12th  in which he wrote, “what we may not and must not do is remain indifferent, allowing tragedies of hatred to pass unnoticed, and men and women to be cast aside for the sake of power and profit.  Your meeting in these days, and your desire to blaze new paths of peace and for peace, can be seen as a response to the call to overcome indifference in the face of human suffering. I thank you for this, and for the fact that you have gathered, despite your differences, to seek processes of liberation from the evils of war and hatred. For this to happen, the first step is to feel the pain of others, to make it our own, neither overlooking it nor becoming inured to it. We must never grow accustomed or indifferent to evil”.
The General Assembly has declared this day as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. 

"Why Men Who Oppose Trafficking Must Fight Patriarchy" by Rebecca Katz, CBE International

https://www.cbeinternational.org/blogs/why-men-who-oppose-trafficking-must-fight-patriarchy?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=8663ef7d-3f38-4697-a585-89d2cfb3587f
My Thoughts: This outstanding article is a must-read for everyone. 

..."Between one in five to one in six men in the US self-report purchasing a human being for sex.[1] The numbers are most likely even higher because many more will not admit to this. This statistic does not include men who spend their bachelor parties at a strip club or their Sunday evenings with their laptops open, masturbating to men’s sexual abuse of women in porn.
In other words, we’re looking at a church that claims to be outraged by sex trafficking while contributing significantly to the demand that sustains it.
Sex trafficking is a tale as old as time. It is even depicted in the Bible, under a different name. Female victims of male exploitation were blamed and dismissed as sinful harlots, while the men that bought and sold them as chattel were never questioned or held accountable.
Now that the world is more aware of the problem of sex trafficking, the church has become very vocal about its desire to “rescue” victims.
Though well-intentioned, rescue does very little to help victims in the long run. If every single victim of trafficking were “rescued” today, trafficking would persist because of the demand for millions more bodies tomorrow.
Not only does the demand remain, but so do the reasons women are trafficked in the first place. Rescuing victims, on its own, neither eliminates the demand nor does it challenge an exploitative, male-centric culture. The conditions (both individually and structurally) that fuel sex trafficking have not changed.
While rescue makes the rescuer feel good and powerful, it leaves the victim still vulnerable. After she (or he) is rescued, then what? She can’t go back to the home where she was originally abused. She has no place to live. She doesn’t have a job. And if she has a criminal background, finding either is extremely difficult. She may not have an education or marketable skills.
She still lives in a world where her value is determined by men. She still lives in a world where men feel entitled to use and abuse her for selfish gratification. And they do. I believe this is primarily why, even after being rescued, some victims go right back to the people and systems that exploited them...
Victim/survivors, and all women, deserve more than short-lived, feel-good acts of chivalry or performative rescue missions. We need men to radically step out of their comfort zone and use their existing relationships and platforms to promote resistance and build long-term solutions.
I need more than grand acts of glory. I need to see men uphold the dignity of women in smaller moments that matter:
  • Speak up when a friend or family member makes a sexist remark
  • Challenge other men in your church or small group who endorse male authority, one-sided submission, or benevolent sexism
  • Raise your sons to resist gender roles and stereotypes
  • Refuse to use pornography
  • Vocally and financially support egalitarian ministries and feminist women’s activism
  • Use your platform to speak about misogyny, men’s violence, and the harm of patriarchy
  • Give up your pulpit to women
  • Ask women around you how you can be a safer presence to them
  • Ask others to hold you accountable and call out your sexist behavior
  • Don’t get defensive or make excuses when people do call you out; change your behavior
  • Educate yourself and learn from women by reading egalitarian and feminist writing
  • Volunteer and donate to trafficking, sexual, and domestic violence centers
  • Confront your pastor if she/he reinforces gender stereotypes or makes a joke about women
  • Invite a speaker to preach about patriarchy, rape culture, or egalitarianism/biblical equality
  • Respect women’s boundaries (don’t pressure, guilt, or make women in your life feel obligated to do something you want)
  • Counter sexist cultural messages that define girls/women’s value in domestic, sexual, and reproductive service to men
  • Start or join a men’s group that promotes awareness and takes action to end men’s violence
  • Believe victims; ask survivors how you can support them; and refuse to blame victims
  • Take political action—protest unjust laws or practices; write letters; call; and lobby with public officials to support policies that promote justice for women and freedom from men’s violence and exploitation
Meaningful male resistance must be centered in personal responsibility and social accountability. I want to see men taking deliberate action against patriarchy—not for glory, praise, or “social justice cookies,” but because patriarchy is evil; justice is right; and women deserve better.
Notes
[1] “Percentage of Men (by Country) Who Paid for Sex at Least Once: The Johns Chart”, ProCon.org, January 6, 2011. Accessed September 15, 2017. https://prostitution.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004119

"A Grateful Day", in Celebration of World Gratitude Day

“So you think this is just another day in your life? It’s not just another day. It is the one day that is given to you…today.” ~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

PLEASE ENJOY & SHARE “A Grateful Day,” launched in celebration of World Gratitude Day:

Ten years ago, Br. David recorded A Good Day, which has been watched well over 1 million times. We invite you to join us in celebrating this timeless message, now updated with beautiful, high-resolution video footage, making it suitable for sharing on large and small screens alike. To make the new video, we partnered with Gnarly Bay, creators of Stop. Look. Go, a stunning short film inspired by Br. David’s playfully simple grateful living practice.

8 Reasons the World Needs “A Grateful Day”

  1. It’s needed. People around the globe report increasing levels of stress. Studies show that not only does being grateful feel good and promote pro-social behavior, it is also good for our hearts, our relationships, our sleep and it reduces stress. Gratefulness is an antidote to the woes of the world.
  2. It’s quick. At just 5-minutes long, this video is a brief but effective tonic.
  3. It’s soothing. This short video stops us in our tracks, calms our nervous systems with gentle music and the voice of Benedictine monk, Br. David Steindl-Rast reminding us to look around and notice the everyday gifts of our lives.
    More reasons…

Practices and Questions for A Grateful Day

In considering tools for living gratefully, we offer the following practices and questions to accompany and enrich your experience of our new video, A Grateful Day. We encourage you to watch the video, try these practices and reflect on the questions on your own, with family and friends or in a gratefulness group… See questions and practices…

More About “A Grateful Day”

In 2006, some friends arranged to have Br. David Steindl-Rast record a short meditation about gratefulness…the words that Br. David spontaneously offered that day were an exquisite outpouring of his heart. Read more… 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

You Can Write a Memory/Tribute on Letetia-Tish Rawles Memory Book and Share with Facebook

http://www.rlcfc.com/obituaries/Letetia-Tish-Rawles/
Tish Rawles ARCWP

"Steve Bannon and the Conservative Cafeteria Catholics" by Patricia Miller

http://religiondispatches.org/steve-bannon-and-the-conservative-cafeteria-catholics/?utm_source=Religion+Dispatches+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5ad96df8e5-RD_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_742d86f519-5ad96df8e5-84562481

My comment: While all Catholics must follow their consciences, this church teaching is grounded in Jesus' teaching in the Gospels.  What is the most loving thing to do in this situation? We will be judged, according to Matthew 25 on how we care for the  sick and poor  and welcome the strangers. Proposed legislation for example, that would gut health care for the poor and punish children who immigrated to the U.S. with their parents illegally are morally wrong and against Catholic values. So are policies that cut contraceptive coverage for low-income women. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARWP, www.arcwp.org

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sunday Liturgy and Celebration : Heart of Compassion Faith Community Windsor, Canada


All Are Welcome

Sunday Liturgy and Celebration   
CC – Co-celebrant                                
Opening Prayer and Gathering In
Celebrant 1: WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.
NOW WE WILL HEAR FROM ________WHO WILL INTRODUCE US TO A WOMAN FROM EARLY CHRISTIANITY.
Gathering Song or Chant
Celebrant 1: (SIGN OF THE CROSS)
In Your name Loving Creator, Source of all being, and
of Jesus, who lights our way in truth and hope, and
of Wisdom Holy Spirit who stirs our hearts.
Grace, love and peace are with us.
ALL: We give thanks and praise.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS)
Cosmic Christ, Your Light Presence infuses the Universe.
Receive us in the openness of Your compassionate heart as
we gather in this community of friendship to worship and to praise you.
Come into our hearts, Wondrous Light to draw us forward in our personal and communal callings.
We place ourselves in Your Presence for a few moments of silence.
Prayer of Healing and Reconciliation
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS) Creator God, Holy Mother Wisdom, in the life of Your cosmos You determined that light should rise from darkness, and the stars and the sun came to be.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS) We live in night and we live in day. As in the outer world, so it is in our inner selves.
CC 1: We are awake and we sleep in the rhythms of the hours, and we know joys and sorrows.
CC 2: There is never one without the other in the span of a lifetime because of the ultimate freedom You have given for all persons and all creation.
CC 3: In everyone, in everything, the dark and the light flourish.
CC 4: We ask You that we not perish in the darkness of too much dark or in the lightness of too much light, but that all be held in balance for the good of all.
Celebrant 1: We take a few moments of silence to reflect upon our times of light and  dark, how we have experienced Your presence therein, Beloved One.
Celebrant 2: Pour forth Your Spirit upon us that we may always witness You in light and in dark.
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS) Merciful Jesus, we know you accept us even when our choices have not been in harmony with Your way.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS) We trust Your healing and reconciliation within and with others as promised and given to us by Your son, Jesus.
ALL: Amen. 
Song or Chant

Liturgy of the Word
Celebrant 1: (INSTRUCTION)
NOW FOR TODAY'S READINGS.
Reading, Song, Chant or Dance followed by the Gospel Reading
Reader:  A Reading according to the Gospel of ...
Post-response: The Inspired Word of Jesus Christ
Homily or Homily Starter for Shared Homily                                                     
Profession of Faith
Celebrant 2: TOGETHER WE PRAY OUR PROFESSION OF FAITH
CC1: We believe God that You are Divine Mystery present in all creation, in each moment, and in every breath.
ALL sing: We believe.
CC2: We believe Jesus that You are God’s Word made flesh, healer and prophet, for a new way of compassion, justice and service to all.
ALL sing: We believe.
CC3: We believe Risen Christ in Your in-dwelling Holy Spirit that lived in Your companions and lives in us.
ALL sing: We believe.
CC4: We believe God that Your kin-dom is here and now and that we are called to see it, receive it and to serve You as prophets and mystics.
ALL sing: We believe.
Prayer of the Faithful
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
We are the Body of Christ. From the sacred space within where You dwell, Mother/Father God, we offer our prayers for the highest good of all.
Celebrant 2: Please offer your intentions and prayers.
Our Response: Holy Mystery, You are our light.
CC1: For leaders, locally and globally, that they work for peace and the good of their people. R
CC2: For victims of abuse, discrimination, greed and hatred. R
CC3: For the lonely, the forgotten and those who have no one to advocate or pray for them. R
CC4: For the end of violence inflicted on our friends, local and global, by dominating persons and tyrannical regimes.
CC5: For the survival of our planet and all living beings and for the restoration of damages caused by severe weather conditions and lack of care for our environment.
CC6: For these and for all other petitions, too deep for words, we rest into a moment of silence (A few moments of silence). R
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
God of mercy and love, our essence is Your compassion – in thought, belief, word and deed.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS)
You are our light and guide, one with Jesus, the Cosmic Christ, and Spirit Holy, always and everywhere.
Liturgy of the Eucharistic
Preparation of the Gifts
Song or chant
(CELEBRANT 2 PASSES OFFERTORY BASKET AND THEN BRINGS BREAD, WINE, AND CORPORAL TO THE TABLE OF WORSHIP)
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
Our essence is the gift of Yourself to us. We express this through our thoughts, words and actions, and especially, as with the early Christians, in our love for one another.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS)
Wisdom says, "Come, eat my bread and drink the wine which I have prepared for you" (Proverbs 9:2). As did the early Christians, we share in the sacred meal that You offer us now.
Celebrant 1:  (BOTH CELEBRANTS SLIGHTLY ELEVATE THE PLATE)
Blessed are You, Beloved Creator, through the generosity of Your self-giving we have this bread to offer, gift of the earth and created by our hands. This food, nourishing our body and spirit, unites You intimately within and among us.
ALL: Blessed are You, blessed are we, blessed is all.
Celebrant 2: (BOTH CELEBRANTS SLIGHTLY ELEVATE THE CUP)
Blessed are you, Beloved Creator, through Your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and created by our hands. This spiritual drink  renews us in the promises of Your covenant of love with us.
ALL:  Blessed are You, blessed are we, blessed is a
Preparation of the Gifts (cont'd)
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
Indwelling Spirit, we are united in this sacred meal by the love of Jesus Christ, in communion with Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mary of Magdalene and all the Saints. We go forward with them in Your unceasing love for us.
ALL: We offer these gifts for our good and the good of all Your people.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS)
Indwelling Spirit, You reveal Yourself through Jesus Christ who shows us how to live steadily in faith and courage that we may offer hope to all. Receive us and these gifts as we remember who we are in You. ALL: Amen.
Prayers of the Eucharist
(ORANS HANDS BOTH CELEBRANTS)
Celebrant 1:  Risen Christ, light with us.
ALL: Radiant Presence with us.
Celebrant 2: With gratitude, we lift up our hearts as we come to the table of Love.
ALL: We thank and praise You.
CC1: Thank You for Jesus who courageously lived Your vision, who set us free to be one with You. 
CC2: In the Spirit of the Risen Christ, we know our loving actions become a share in Your life. 
CC3: We join with the Saints of all times as they and we sing forever to your glory (ALL Sing):
We are holy, holy, holy. (X3)  We are whole.
Spirit Divine, come to us, feeling love, healing us.
Open our hearts, allow us to see, beauty and love that lives in us.
We are holy, holy, holy. (X3)  We are whole.
Invocation of the Holy Spirit
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
Jesus, before Your death You gathered Your friends to share bread and wine. We, too, come as Your friends to receive You and to be Your presence. Send forth Your Spirit upon us. (A moment of silence)
Celebrant 2: (INSTRUCTION)
PLEASE EXTEND YOUR HANDS TOWARD AND OVER THE GIFTS.

(CELEBRANT 1 - RIGHT HAND OVER THE BREAD; LEFT IN ORANS)
(CELEBRANT 2 - LEFT HAD OVER THE CUP; RIGHT IN ORANS)

ALL AND BOTH CELEBRANTS: Loving Creator, intensify the presence of Your Spirit upon these our gifts (SIGN OF THE CROSS BY CELEBRANT 1), as they, and we, become one with You in Jesus, our Risen Christ.
In Your Presence
BREAD
Celebrant 1 and All:   
Jesus, on the night before You died, while at supper with Your friends.

(1ST ELEVATION - HOLD BREAD SLIGHTLY ABOVE PLATE)
You took the bread and spoke the blessing. You broke the bread and offered it to them.

(2ND ELEVATION - HOLD BREAD HIGHER; MOVE BREAD LEFT TO RIGHT IN A SEMI-CIRCLE)
You said: Take and eat; this is my Presence with You.

(3RD ELEVATION AT LEVEL OF FOREHEAD WHILE ALL BOW)
(PLACE BREAD ON PLATE AND BOW)
(pause)
In Your Presence (cont'd)
CUP
Celebrant 2 and All:
When supper was ended, You took the cup of wine.

(1ST ELEVATION - HOLD CUP SLIGHTLY ABOVE TABLE)
You spoke the blessing and offered the cup to them.

(2ND ELEVATION - HOLD CUP HIGHER; MOVE CUP LEFT TO RIGHT IN A SEMI-CIRCLE)
You said: Take and drink of the covenant made new again through you. Do this in memory of me.

(3RD ELEVATION AT LEVEL OF FOREHEAD WHILE ALL BOW)
(PLACE CUP ON TABLE AND BOW)
(pause)
Eucharistic Acclamation
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
LET US PROCLAIM THE MYSTERY OF FAITH.
All:  In every creature that has ever breathed, Christ has lived; in every living being that has passed on before us, Christ has died; in everything yet to be, Christ will come again. (A moment of silence)
CC 1: Beloved One, as we celebrate Your life, death and resurrection, we offer You the bread of life and the cup of hope, for the life of all creation.
CC2: We know that in receiving You we are gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.
CC3:  One with all creation, we remember those who have died and are now with us in the Communion of Saints. (A moment of silence)

(CELEBRANT 1 AND CELEBRANT 2 ELEVATE THE PLATE AND CUP)
ALL: Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, now and forever.
Sing: Great Amen.
The Jesus Prayer
Celebrant 2:  (INSTRUCTION)
BEFORE WE PRAY THE JESUS PRAYER, WE BEGIN BY EXPRESSING OUR NAME FOR THE SACRED. (ALL SHARE OUR NAME(S) FOR GOD.)
(BOTH CELEBRANTS ORANS HANDS)
ALL:
One Light, Your name echoes throughout the universe.
We are the way of Your love and justice for all people and all created beings.
Your peace and freedom sustain our deepest longings.
With the bread we need for today, You feed us.
In the hurts we absorb and create, forgive us.
In times of challenge and heartbreak, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, transform us.
From the grip of hatred and violence, free us.
For You are love that fills and transforms us, now and forever.
Amen
The Sign of Peace
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
Jesus, You said to his friends, “Peace I leave you. My peace I give you.”
ALL: Now we share our peace with one another.
Communion
Celebrant 1: (INSTRUCTION)
WHILE WE BREAK BREAD PLEASE PRAY.
(BOTH CELEBRANTS BREAK BREAD)
ALL:
Loving Creator, we will live justly.
Loving Creator, we will love tenderly.
Loving Creator, we will walk with integrity.                                  
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
Jesus Christ, You dwell in us. You liberate, heal and transform us and all of creation. 
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS)
Blessed are You who provides food and drink for the journey.

(CELEBRANT 1 SLIGHTY ELEVATES ONE PIECE OF BREAD)
ALL: We are one Body of Christ, worthy to receive You and ready to be healed by You. We desire to become what we eat.

(CELEBRANT 1 ELEVATES PLATE AND CELEBRANT 2 THE CUP; BOTH BRING ARMS IN AN OUTWARD SEMI-CIRCLE AND THEN RETURN CUP AND PLATE TO CENTRE AND ON TABLE)
BOTH Celebrants: The gifts of God for the people of God.
ALL: Thank You, our God. 
Celebrant 1: (INSTRUCTION)
AS WE PASS THE BREAD, PLEASE SAY "YOU ARE JESUS, BREAD OF LIFE" AND AS YOU RECEIVE, PLEASE RESPOND "AMEN".
ONCE EVERYONE HAS RECEIVED WE EAT TOGETHER.
(BREAD IS PASSED AND ONCE EVERYONE HAS RECEIVED CONTINUE)
Celebrant 1: You are Jesus, Bread of Life. Response: Amen (all eat together)

Celebrant 2: (INSTRUCTION)
AS WE PASS THE CUP, PLEASE SAY "YOU ARE JESUS, CUP OF HOPE" AND AS YOU RECEIVE, PLEASE RESPOND "AMEN". (CUP IS PASSED)
Join in Song or Chant
(A few moments of silence)
Prayer after Communion
Celebrant 1:  (ORANS HANDS)
Gracious Mystery, we offer our presence in the gift of ourselves as we continue in Your way, Your truth and Your life.
Final Blessing
Celebrant 2:  (INSTRUCTION)
(BOTH CELEBRANTS EXTEND HANDS, PALMS FACING DOWN)
WE EXTEND OUR HANDS IN MUTUAL BLESSING.
ALL:
Jesus Christ Sophia, we go in Your infinite light. 
In gratitude we came …
In gratitude we celebrated …
In gratitude we are one in You.
For Your love fills and transforms us, now and forever.
Amen.
Closing Song, Chant or Dance
Kindly return this worship aid for
our use at each liturgy.
Sept 2017



 Ontario:Rev. Dr. Barbara Billey, Priest  Windsor, Ontario  Rev. Claire O'Brien, Deacon Ottawa, Ontario  Rev. Dr. Michele Birch-Conery, Bishop  Windsor, Ontario  
Dr. Suzanne De Froy, Applicant
Windsor, Ontario
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