Saturday, August 14, 2021

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, Celebration of the Assumption of Mary Mother of Jesus and Our Eternal Mother, August 14, 2021, Presider: Dotty Shugrue ARCWP and Joan Pesce, Music Minister: Linda Lee Miller

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You will be able to hear the Liturgy and we will be able to hear you during our shared homily.


Theme:  Mary, Leader for Women Today.

Joan:  Welcome to Mary Mother of Jesus Zoom Liturgy.  Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.  

All community members will be on mute during the liturgy except for the presiders and readers. During the shared homily we ask you to unmute yourself if you would like to contribute. Remember to mute yourself when you have finished sharing. Please have bread and wine/juice in front of you as we pray our Eucharistic prayer.

Opening Song:  Courageous Women – Jan Novotka

Blessed is she who believed

That the promise made her by our God

Would we fulfilled, would be fulfilled

And Mary said let me sing the praise of God

For having touched this lowly one

And from now on I shall be called woman most highly blessed

Holy is our God whose kindness never ends

Who by great strength has scattered the proud

And raises up the poor and gathers them into all fullness

For God has come to this servant Israel

To show all mercy now and forever as was promised

Sarah and Abraham and the children forever.

We gather to celebrate the life and ministry of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary supported Jesus his entire life and was both a witness and leader highly revered by the followers of The Way.  Mary demonstrated a deep concern for the poor and all those who needed healing in her time.  We call upon Mary to break the barriers of time and space and be with us during this, our hour of need.

Dotty:  Opening Prayer

Let us pray:

We remember who Jesus was, who the Christ is and we look to Mary for vision, healing and strength. We have faith, we hold tight to our hope as we lift up our prayer and recognize we all share in the power to heal.  May our eyes be open, may our hearts and souls, the depth of our being empower us to reach out in love and service to our suffering world. 

ALL:  So be it!

Maryal:  As we prepare for our celebration of Eucharist, we pause to remember our broken world:


Our response is “Transform us, O Holy One

The variant to COVID has afflicted many.  Our hospitals are predicted to be at full capacity of the sick again.  We pray for healing of all those suffering and we pray for their families

All:  Transform us, O Holy One.

Medical experts have set forth guidelines for us to keep ourselves healthy and safe and to provide the same protections for all those we meet 

All:  Transform us, O Holy One.

Health care professional of all levels of hospital care provide selfless services for those suffering from this pandemic so we commit ourselves to support them through our prayer

All:  Transform us, O Holy One.

Cheryl:  Gloria

Glory to the Spirit of Life, to the Holy One who surrounds us, who lives within us, whose Sacred Word is shared by us in our world.

Glory to the Spirit of Life, who offers us peace; peace in our hearts, peace in our thoughts, peace with one another as we reach out to others and ask for blessing. 

Glory to the Spirit of Life, who cares for the sick, the homeless, the lonely through the good works of others.

Glory to the Spirit of Life, who sent Jesus who teaches us how to live the Gospels, who brings hope and healing  through our hands. 

O Holy One, you are one with us.  We are strong in our faith and will live life in hope and faithfulness to you, to be Church committed to the message of the Gospels.  We depend upon the ever-present Spirit to walk with us as we journey in the present and rejoice in the life before us.  

Gospel Reading: 

Alleluia:  CELTIC ALLELUIA – Linda Lee Miller

Jerry Bires:   A reading from the Gospel of Luke 1:39 - 56 as interpreted in The Message New Testament by Eugene H. Peters

Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and sang out exuberantly.

You’re so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed!  Why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me?  The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, the babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.  Blessed woman, who believed what God said and believed every word would come true!

Jan Lo Galbo:  And Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news,

I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.

God took one good look at me, and look what happened—

I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!

What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.

His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him.  He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts.  He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold.  He embraced his chosen child, Israel.  He remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. It’s exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.

These are the inspired words of the Apostle Luke. And the community responds by saying:

All:  Let it be so!

Joan P:  Second Reading:  excerpts from Abounding in Kindness by theologian Elizabeth Johnson - pp.309 -310

Mary’s canticle finds special resonance in the hearing of women who struggle against sexism as well as against racism, classism, heterosexism, and all other injustice that demeans their humanity. They note that this is the longest set of words on the lips of any woman in the whole New Testament, the most any woman gets to say. In its spirit, they draw many and varied lessons of encouragement. One of the strongest and most unusual lessons in light of traditional Mariology is the right of women to say “no.” Leonardo Boff makes the point well: “Men toiling in the service of male power interests represent Mary only as the woman who knew how to say yes.” But here she takes on as her own the divine NO to what crushes the lowly. She stands up fearlessly and sings out that injustice will be overturned. No passivity here, but solidarity with divine outrage over the degradation of life, coupled with God’s merciful promise to repair the world. In the process she bursts out of the boundaries of male-defined femininity while still every inch a woman. Singing of her joy in God’s victory over oppression, she becomes not a subjugated but a prophetic woman.

CELTIC ALLELUIA – Linda Lee Miller


Thoughts gleaned from the preaching of Pastor Dawn Hutchinson


Jane Schalberg’s “The Illegitimacy of Jesus”, John Shelby Spong’s “Born of a Woman” and “Jesus for the Non Religiousalong with John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg’s “The First Christmas

Maryal:  Together let us profess our Faith. 

We believe in one God, a divine mystery beyond all definition and rational understanding, 

the heart of all that has ever existed, that exists now, or that ever will exist. 

We believe in Jesus, messenger of God's Word, bringer of God's healing, heart of God's compassion, bright star in the firmament of God's prophets, mystics, and saints. 

We believe that we are called to follow Jesus as a vehicle of God's love, a source of God's wisdom and truth, and an instrument of God's peace in the world.

We believe that God's kin-dom is here and now, stretched out all around us for those with eyes to see it, hearts to receive it, and hands to make it happen.

Mary M.  As we prepare the altars before us to share this sacred meal, we bring to the table our prayers and intentions.

Jack Mc K:  We bring to the table members of our MMOJ community who are experiencing difficult times for a variety of reasons. May they find peace of mind and heart through our special prayer. 

Mary M.  We bring to the table all those who serve the needs of others, those who serve our communities, all those who give of themselves locally, whose compassion brings healing of hearts.

Jack Mc K:  We bring to the table the people of our troubled country, especially those who actively address issues of bigotry of all kinds, may they be heard, may they be listened to, may we all see transformation within ourselves, our communities and our government.

Mary M.  We bring to the table all women of the world who are mothers and all those who have been “mother” to others. May they be inspired by the life of Mary the mother of Jesus, and may we recognize that the power and Spirit of Mary lives within us, within both women and men, always giving us strength and wisdom.

Jack Mc K:  We bring to the table all members of our community; we remember in a special way everyone in our midst who needs to be healed. 

…pause… unmute and share name/s….           

may all be healed by the Spirit of Mary, our eternal Mother.           

We pray for these and any other unspoken intentions.  And together we say:  

So Be It!

(Place your bread and wine before you on your table)

Joan P:

Ever present Sacred Spirit, you who hold us in your loving hands, we offer these gifts of bread and wine as we celebrate your life with us.

Holy, Holy, Holy…. Here in This Place by Christopher Grundy

Jim B:  We give thanks to you.  Every life and heart stretch toward you, O name untroubled, honoring the name of God, praised with the name Creator.  To everyone and everything comes the kindness of the Holy One and love and desire.

Cheryl:  And if there is sweet and simple teaching, it gifts us mind, word and knowledge; mind, that we may understand you; word, that we may interpret you; knowledge: that we may know you.  We rejoice and are enlightened by your knowledge; we rejoice that you have taught us about yourself.  We rejoice that in the body you have made us divine through your knowledge.

Joan P:  The thanksgiving of the human who reaches you is this alone; that we know you.  We have known you, O light of mind.  O light of life we have known you.  O womb of all that grows, we have known you.  O womb pregnant with the nature of Creator God, we have known you. O never-ending endurance of the Spirit of Life who gives birth, we worship your goodness.  One wish we ask:  we wish to be protected in knowledge; one protection we desire, that we do not stumble in this life.  When they said these things in prayer, they welcomed one another, and they went to eat their holy food, which had no blood in it. 

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(Hold your hands over the bread and the wine):  

Joan P.  Ever present Sacred Spirit, you who hold us in your loving hands, you are one with us in blessing these gifts of bread and wine as we celebrate your life with us. These gifts are made sacred through our faith.

We celebrate Mary the Mother of Jesus as a liturgical leader who praised God, preached the gospel, led the prayers, and healed with her hands.

During Jesus’s life on earth, he lived and died loving the poor, healing the sick and challenging the injustices within society.  Because of his ministry, Jesus was feared by the authorities of his day, and they sought out ways to bring him to his death.

Dotty:  On the night before he faced his own death, Jesus sat at the Seder supper with his companions and friends.  He reminded them of all that he taught them, and to fix that memory clearly with them, he bent down and washed their feet. 


(All lift your bread and pray) 

When he returned to his place at the table, he lifted the bread, spoke the blessing, broke the bread, and offered it to them saying: 

Take and eat, this is my very self.  (pause) 


(All lift your cup and pray) 

Then he took the cup of the covenant, spoke the grace, and offered it to them saying:

Take and drink.

Whenever you remember me like this,

I am among you.   (pause) 

Let us share this bread and cup to proclaim and live the gospel of justice and peace, remembering that we are bearers of light and hope.

Maryal:  What we have heard with our ears, 

we will live with our lives.  

As we share communion, 

we will become communion 

both love's nourishment and love's challenge.


Dotty:  Let us now share the Bread of Life and drink from the cup of the New Covenant, with the words “You are the face of the Holy One”

Communion Song:

Cheryl:  Sacred Spirit, we remember Mary, Mother of Humanity, who birthed Jesus into our world. We rejoice that the Universal Christ remains always and ever present within and around us. We remember all those who have transitioned from life on earth to complete union with the Sacred Presence: Mary of Nazareth and all great saints, prophets and martyrs.  

Maryal:  We remember our sister priests, strong extraordinary women: Adele, Judy, Tish, Joan, Michele and our dearest Sally.  We remember John O’Callaghan, beloved husband of Dena.  Both John and Dena were part of the MOJO Community in the early years.  Together they served as priests at Mary Mother of Jesus.  

Mary M.  We remember, too, family members and friends who have transitioned into New Life.  We remember all those whose lives have been lost to war, to racism and all other “isms” that exist in our world.  And we remember those you wish to be remembered

… Share the names of your loved ones in silence…


All beloved who have blessed our lives and whose memory continues to inspire us, we remember you.

Jerry B.  We pray that the Holy One renew in our hearts our commitment to journey always in faith and hope as we reach out and support, comfort and love those closest to us, those who live in our country and all the people of the earth.

And we respond together:

Amen.  Linda Lee Miller

Jan Lo Galbo: Let us pray as Jesus taught us:

O Holy One, who is within, around and among us, 

We celebrate your many names. 

Your Wisdom come, 

Your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us.

Each day you give us all we need. 

You remind us of our limits, and we let go. 

You support us in our power, and we act with courage, 

For you are the dwelling place within us,  

the empowerment around us, 

and the celebration among us, now and forever.  Amen  

(Miriam Therese Winter) 

Joan P:      Prayers of Thanksgiving and Announcements


We together raise our hands as we bless one another.

May you be wrapped up in God’s love, found deep in his everlasting wings, carried and kept, safe and cherished. May the healing power of Christ breathe across your being now.  May you forever be the living love of the Christ throughout all your Days:

Closing Song:   Oh Mother God by Karen Drucker

Oh Mother God flowing through our hearts.

We give thanks for the bread of our lives.

For the hands in the earth and the fruit of your womb.

Oh Mother God, blessed be. Oh Mother God, blessed be.

Oh Mother God thank you for this day.

For the love that you wash over me.

And this joy in my heart I will share with the world.

Oh Mother God blessed be.  Oh Mother God, blessed be.

*(The Eucharistic Prayer, in part, is adapted from “The Prayer of Thanksgiving”.  It can be found in A New New Testament edited by Hal Taussig)

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