Sunday, March 1, 2015

Inclusive Catholic Ministries on Palm Coast, Florida with Women Priests Miriam Picconi ARCWP and Wanda Russell ARCWP


INCLUSIVE CATHOLIC MINISTRIES
What is "Inclusive Catholic Ministries?"
We want to maintain the best of our Roman Catholic heritage and traditions.  We want to invite EVERYONE to participate in God's love and our ministries and we use inclusive language.   We want to offer what you the people of God want and need. We are starting several ministry outreaches.  Come and see if this is the faith community you are seeking.
MARCH
LENTEN PRAYER TIME AND COMMUNION WEDNESDAYS, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 7:00 PM at 2 Westmill Ln., Palm Coast
MONTHLY MASS in PALM COAST Saturday, March 14, 4:00 P.M.  (USUALLY 2nd Sat. each month)   Hospitality follows.  Place:  2 Westmill Ln., Palm Coast, FL 32164
ST. PATRICK’D DAY  Tuesday, March 17
CASTLE OTTTIS – INTERFAITH WORSHIP AND COMMUNION SERVICE Palm Sun-day, March 29, 10:00 AM at 103 3rd Street St. Augustine, 32084. See http://www.castleotttis.com/
ORDINATION OF PRIEST from  Columbia, South America on Saturday, March 14,  Sarasota, FL
APRIL
EASTER WORSHIP AND COMMUNION SERVICE AT CASTLE OTTTIS  Sunday, April 5, 10:00 AM at 103 3rd Street St. Augustine, 32084.  See http://www.castleotttis.com/

MONTHLY MASS in PALM COAST Saturday, April 11, 4:00 P.M.  (USUALLY 2nd Sat. each month)   Hospitality follows.  Place:  2 Westmill Ln., Palm Coast, FL 32164
CASTLE OTTTIS – INTERFAITH WORSHIP AND COMMUNION SERVICE Sunday, April 26, 10:00 AM at 103 3rd Street St. Augustine, 32084.
MONTHLY PRAYER TIME AND COMMUNION Wednesday, April 22 from 7:00 to 8:15 PM at 2 Westmill Ln., Palm Coast (Usually 4th Wednesday each month.)
CATACOMB ORDINATION IN OHIO Please keep person in your prayers.


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Dear Faith Family,
Lent started on Ash Wednesday, February 18, and it was wonderful to celebrate with new friends.  As I challenged us last month to reflect on the blessings that Jesus’ suffering and death has given us, I wonder how we have done so far.
I know that because Jesus suffered, I have been given much forgiveness and been freed from guilt.  I have been concentrating on those people whom God is bringing to mind and looking at our past/present relationship to see what I need to forgive or ask forgiveness.  It has been startling to see more than one person brought to mind.  I want to free any person with whom I have been acquainted from my judgmentalism, criticism, and other “isms” that come to mind.  I don’t want them to be bound in any way because I don’t release my negative thoughts and energy from them. 
This has been difficult yet a wonderful blessing for me and the other person.  The other person may not even know I have had any “problems” with them.  God’s Spirit may or may not have me go to them personally and ask forgiveness.  Having to go to them causes me anxiety; but God knows I am willing to receive the blessing from whatever it takes to free me and the other person.
I encourage each of us to reflect not only on the sufferings of Jesus and ourselves but also on the blessings Jesus’ life and death has brought us.  Reflect on the blessings Jesus has given us as we walked with Jesus over the years.  Reflect on the person we need to set free from some personal attitude we have had towards them.  What a blessing to set them free!
Love and peace,
Wanda

ORDINATION IN SARASOTA
Luz Galilea, from Columbia, South America, will be ordained a priest on March 14 at Mary Mother of Jesus, Sarasota, Florida.  There is much persecution and danger in South America at this time and we ask your prayers for all our candidates, deacons and priests ministering there.  Because of the danger, Ms. Galilea will be ordained in the USA.


INTERCESSORY PRAYER MINISTRY
Please send your prayer requests to wandayrussell@aol.com and we will enter your request in our book and offer your intentions to our loving God.  Many will join us in prayer for you.  You do not need to use names if you wish to protect confidentiality.  Our God knows for whom you are requesting prayer.

CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE FOR SALE
"Children and adolescents are being sold into a $150 billion annual market for sex and labor. This is happening globally, and domestically; in urban and suburban areas. Florida is ranked 3rd in the nation for the most calls to the national hotline for trafficking cases.
Devereux Florida, a part of the Devereux Foundation founded over 100 years ago, has a proven history of providing a wide variety of treatment programs for children who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual trauma.  Devereux’s program model is based on advanced clinical expertise, evidence based approaches and techniques to help individuals transition from troubled lives to bright futures filled with personal accomplishments and hope.  For over 25 years in Florida, Devereux has offered a full continuum of services for children who are victims of sexual abuse, sexual trauma and more recently sexual exploitation."  Perhaps you are being called to help these children?     Here is the address for the website: 










MATTHEW FOX COMING TO SARASOTA, FLORIDA


Monday: March 16,2015
Call-To-Action, St. Andrew UCC
6908 Beneva Road, 34238
7:00pm - Lecture - Being a Mystic in Today’s World: 

Teachings from the Wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen 
and Meister Eckhart 




JESUS AND THE GRAND INQUISITOR
The psychological association Julia Clair Carbone, ARCWP, is a part of (Archetypology of Everyday Life) began a formal study last weekend of Dostoevsky’s "The Brothers Karamazov". Below is a link for short video with John Gielgud of “The Grand Inquisitor” - one of the remarkable chapters in the book. It reenacts the encounter between Jesus who has returned and the Cardinal Inquisitor who has condemned him to burn at the stake for his radical view on human freedom.  It is quite profound and something it seems we are all now globally in the process of coming to an awareness of.       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om6HcUUa8DI
Perhaps this video is a good source for a Lenten meditation?
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Go to link about women in prison per Sr. Megan Rice who is in prison.







DINING AND FRIENDSHIP AFTER CASTLE OTTTIS SERVICE

Wanda Russell stands behind three new friends whom we met at the interfaith worship and communion service at Castle Otttis on February 22.
Lorraine Sharpe is a candidate discerning becoming a woman priest with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.  Lorraine and her husband, George, live in Casselberry, Florida.  They visited their friend, Terri Thell, in St. Augustine and decided to join us in worship at Castle Otttis.  It was a delight to have them worship with us.  Afterwards we shared over a meal at Caps Restaurant and had a beautiful view of the St. Johns River.  More importantly we had a wonderful conversation getting to know one another and answering questions about our woman priest movement.  It was a delight to hear George say that he liked the inclusiveness of our worship.  This included not only the inclusive language, but also, the inclusive welcome of ALL to the table of God.

We shared with them about the informative documentary, Pink Smoke Over the Vatican.  The documentary tells about the beginning of the Woman Priest Movement beginning with the Danube Seven in 2002.  The movement has grown from seven women to over 200 women and men around the world today.  The Sharpes and Terri plan to purchase it and share with others.  It is a well done and a telling documentary.



Wanda Russell behind Lorraine and George Sharpe & their friend, Terri Thell
Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation
The meditation below is for Ash Wednesday.  If you would like to follow all the daily meditations, go to www.cac.org to Center for Action and Contemplation where you can sign up to receive the daily meditations.  There is a blue box indicating an e-mail sign up. 
For the prophets, it was all about the purity and integrity of the divine-human relationship, which led them to point out the immense injustices of their world, their kings, and their priests.

Prophets: Self Critical Thinking


A Self-Balancing System
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 
(Ash Wednesday) 

In the Hebrew Scriptures, the central institution of Temple sacrifice, priests, and Levites attempted to balance itself with prophets, or the legitimation of official, sanctioned critics, even though they usually killed them in the end. But at least the immense institutional prestige and authority of ritual and priestcraft was balanced by the charismatic authority of the truth-speaking prophets. One was an inherited and ascribed status, the other was earned by speaking truth with no formal legitimation ever possible (Deuteronomy 18:9-22). There is no ordination for a prophet. So you can perhaps sense the inherent tension between prophets and priests, and also between prophets and kings (2 Samuel 12:1-7). Kings and priests were maintainers of social order. The prophets were disrupters of the social consensus. Within the system there is inherent conflict but, ideally, also a balance.

The priestly class, the scribes, the lawyers, and the temple formed a structured, rational religion. Prophets focused less on the rational, and spoke more from the right-brain, from intuition, through poetry and images and what they referred to as oracle, trance, or divination. To the prophets, everything revolved around faithfulness to Yahweh. For them it was all about the purity and integrity of the divine-human relationship, which led them to point out the immense injustices of their world, their kings, and their priests.

Prophets, by their very nature, can't be right at the center of the social structure. They cannot be full insiders, but they cannot throw rocks from outside either. Their structural position to this day is "on the edge of the inside." You must know and live the essential rules before you can critique what is not essential or not as important. (See Jesus do this masterfully in Matthew 5:17-48.) As Moses, the first prophet, learned, once Pharaoh is your benefactor and protector, there are many questions you can't ask anymore. You can't ask about liberation of slaves in Pharaoh's house, nor do questions of justice or equality make it to the dining room table. And if you do ask such questions, you will not be answered, but quietly--or savagely--eliminated. Is this not obvious? I think it would be very hard to preach the real Gospel in the White House, under any President of the USA, Democrat or Republican.

After Christianity became the established religion of the Western Empire in the 4th century, the priestly mentality pretty much took over in both East and West, and prophets basically disappeared. The Emperors even convened the Councils of the Church for many centuries. I have never come upon a single church in the whole world named "Christ the Prophet." Maybe now you know why. The top of the hierarchy was where almost all clergy henceforth resided, and usually in the good company of kings and princes who were their patrons. That is the perspective for most of preaching and Scripture interpretation for the next 1700 years: from white, European, educated, comfortable, often celibate males. I am one myself, and we are not all bad. But we are not all--by a long shot! It is time for the democratization of the Church, and Scripture has given us all the needed building blocks to do just that (e.g., 1 Corinthians 12, Galatians 3:26-29).

My father, St. Francis, saw this problem in the 13th century and refused priesthood himself (he conceded to some early ordinations in the community, but only if such friars were first committed to radical poverty and humility). Pope Francis is evoking the same Gospel spirit, and I pray for his success and protection. What an irony that the ultimate establishment person would take the name of a non-establishment saint. It shocked the world, because we do not expect prophecy from popes. I am not sure we have ever seen a pope and a prophet in the same person in all of history!

Adapted from Way of the Prophet (no longer available);
and 
Dancing Standing Still: Healing the World from a Place of Prayer, p. 37;
and Prophets Then, Prophets Now (
CD, MP3 download)

LINKS TO THE TRUTH
ByDan Morris-Young  

Faculty handbooks of the four high schools owned and operated by the San Francisco archdiocese
 will carry a new, free-standing section for the 2015-16 school year that puts teachers and faculty
on notice about heightened demands regarding adherence to Catholic teaching, particularly on
sexual issues, and warns against taking public positions that are contrary to church teaching.
Read More      Or paste this link into your browser: 
http://ncronline.org/node/95506
                 
                                                                                                                                                                                          MORE LINKS TO THE TRUTH

Monday, February 2, 2015             Happy Irony Week!!!  QUESTIONS FROM AN EWE

Boys and girls, a strange week it is indeed, and it’s only Monday.  

          I believe we women have been in bondage to Rome and our local
                                                  bishops and pastors, but, really!!!!    This is too much.  Speak out!
For more information go to this link and check article dated Feb 2 as well as the Vatican Response.
http://questionsfromaewe.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-vatican-responds.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+QuestionsFromAEwe+%28Questions+from+a+Ewe%29


WHAT ABOUT ALTAR GIRLS?!
CBS Local
National Catholic Reporter
"If the Catholic Church ordained women, altar girls would make sense, but the Catholic priesthood is a male charism," he said. "Nothing awakens a ...
Francis recognizes Oscar Romero as martyr; beatification expected   By Joshua J. McElwee  

“Pope Francis formally declared Tuesday that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated as a martyr for the Catholic faith, and the beatification of the prelate who was shot dead after radically calling on the church to stand with the poor is expected within months. “
Read More Or paste this link into your browser: 
http://ncronline.org/node/95376
  
Catholic hospital system about to take a huge step.   In the age of Pope Francis, why are Catholic bishops trying to deny health care coverage to people just because they're gay?
One of the nation's largest Catholic hospital systems, Mercy Health, is considering extending health insurance benefits to their employees' same-sex spouses. The decision could set a powerful precedent for other Catholic employers.
But now a handful of right-wing bishops are lashing out at Mercy Health, claiming that extending health care benefits would be like "abandoning the faith when subjected to the cruelty and torture of the Roman Empire."
Mercy Health has rushed to clarify that it is "still exploring" its options, so we need to show just how many Christians support health care access for all families, regardless of sexual orientation.
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE MINISTRY
Please pray…..  Gather people together and invite us to come…… Work on publicity for our movement…..Make phone calls…..  Bring a friend with you……  Talk about what is happening in the Church today and how others can help…… Help us create a web site….. Help us apply for 501c3 status with IRS…Make cup cakes…..Please pray for all lay and religious leaders AS WELL AS THE Pope and Bishops across the world.
LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION:                                                                   www.arcwp.org                                                   http://bridgetmarys.blogspot.com/
news@arcc-catholic-rights.net                           http://www.womensordination.org   
www.cta-usa.org                                                 www.romancatholicwomenpriests.org

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