Saturday, June 4, 2016

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Liturgy 10th Week OT, June 4, 2016, Presiders Kathryn Shea RCWP and Lee Breyer, Music Minister: Linda Lee Miska

Co-Presuiders: Lee Breyer and Kathryn Shea ARCWP
Theme: Let there be life!!!

 Welcome, Introduction and Gathering Prayer

Presider: Let us pray as we come together to break bread and share the blessings we have received from our God through the example of Jesus on earth. Through the Holy Spirit, may we learn to love as he did, everyone he met. May we open our hearts to the planet on which we live, wherever we are – and the people we encounter, whoever they are – in this one world.

All: Amen. This is the day that our God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Opening Song: “All Are Welcome” #414, verses 1, 2 and 3.

Opening Prayer

All: God of life, wholeness and holiness, you who direct all creation to its fulfillment in Jesus, the Christ – open our hearts to the message of the Gospel so that your peace may rule in our hearts and your justice may guide our lives. Loving God, bless all of us gathered here and all those of our community who are not with us today. We ask this of you, our brother Jesus, and our sister Sophia. Amen.

Penitential Rite and Community Forgiveness

Presider: Creator God, to you all hearts are open, no desires unknown, and no secrets hidden. We ask you to send your Spirit to us so that we may live more fully according to your will and that we may be worthy to be called your blessed people.
All: Help us to prayerfully hear Wisdom’s messages, to faithfully understand them, and to continually receive the strength to follow them in all lives.
Presider: Christ Jesus, we ask for the grace to realize our continual need to grow in goodness and caring for ourselves, for others, and for our planet earth.
All: Help us to extend your forgiving presence that is your gift in us to all those people with whom we live, with no exceptions.

Presider: We join with you, Jesus the Christ, believing that the insight, direction, and strength of the Holy Spirit will lead us to deeper dedications to justice, equality, peace, and nonviolence. And together, as the family of God and sisters and brothers of one another, we pray…

All: (with an outstretched arm): God, the Father and Mother of mercy, through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, he bonded the world to you. He sent the Holy Spirit to move among us and all creation. May that Spirit give us the wisdom to love you – and the courage and compassion to love one another. Merciful God, teach us the virtues of pardon and peace so that we may – in turn – learn to forgive our failures to care for one another and for our planet Earth. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother and of the Holy Spirit, our healer and comforter. Amen.

Glory to God

All: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to all God’s people on earth. Creator God, heart of the evolving universe, we thank you for the breath of the Spirit sustaining everything that exists, everywhere in the cosmos. Through the example and teachings of Jesus Christ, you gave us the grace to know that you are always among us – and that we can experience you in our brothers and sisters. We give you glory and praise through Jesus Christ, our brother, and the Holy Spirit, our Wisdom. Amen.

Liturgy of the Word

First reading: 1 Kings 17: 17-24       All: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 30 Responsorial: I will praise you, O God. You have saved me. I will praise you, O God,
for your mercy.
Second reading: Galatians 1: 11-19   All: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluja (celtic version) Before and after the gospel reading.
Gospel: Luke 7: 11-17

Shared Homily/Community Reflection

Profession of Faith

All: We believe in God, the Creator of the universe, whose divinity infuses all that exists, making everything, everywhere, sacred. We believe in Jesus, the Christ, who leads us to the fullness of humanity. Through him, we become a new people, called beyond the consequences of our brokenness. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Wisdom who keeps the Christ-vision present to all those who are searching for meaning and wholeness in their lives – and the Sustainer who heals and energizes us when our spirits may grow weary in our journeys. We say: Amen to courage, to hope, and to truth. We say: Amen to the partnership and equality of all people of different genders, races, and faiths. We believe in a world of justice and peace for everyone, everywhere, with no exceptions. In all of this, we surely believe.

Prayers of the Community

Presider: We are a people of faith, believing in the power of prayer. We are always mindful of God’s unconditional love and care for all of us. And so, we bring the needs of thepeople – throughout the world – to our merciful and gracious God.   After each intercession, respond: Compassionate God, hear our prayers.

Presider: Healing God, you faithfully listen to our prayers. We ask you to strengthen us in our caring for one another and in our works for justice and equality so that we may help develop peace in a world without violence. As always, we make this prayer in the names of Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, our Wisdom. Amen.

Offertory Procession “As We Gather at Your Table”   #314, verses 1 & 2

Preparation of the Gifts

Presider: Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, this grain that the earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.
All: Blessed be God forever.

Presider: Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, this fruit of the vine that human hands have made. It will become for us our spiritual drink.
All: Blessed be God forever.

Gathering of the GiftedAll are welcome around our family table.

Presider: Jesus, who has sat at our tables, now invites us to be guests at his family table. Everyone is welcome around the table of our God.

ALL: Merciful God, we are united in this sacrament by our common love of Jesus. We are in communion with everyone, everywhere, who proclaims your mercy, especially to all those who are marginalized and oppressed. May we love tenderly, do justice, and walk humbly with you in solidarity with our brothers and sisters. May we live as prophetic witnesses to the Gospel, supported by the vision of Jesus and the wisdom of the Spirit. Amen.

Presider: God dwells in each one of us.            All: Namaste!
Presider: Let us give thanks to the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists.
All: With hearts full of love, we give God thanks and praise.
Presider: Holy Spirit, we realize your presence among us as we gather at our family table.
All: Fill us with reverence for you, for one another, and for all your creation.
Presider: Let us lift up our hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Holy One, living in us and loving through us.

Eucharistic Prayer

Voice 1: Ever present and always caring God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. In you we live and move and have our very being. Your Spirit dwelling in us gives us the hope of unending peace and joy with you. Your gift of the Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead, is the foretaste and promise of the paschal feast of heaven. And so we sing in thankful praise:

All (sung): Holy, Holy, Holy God, God of power, God of light. Heaven and earth are full of our glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed are all who come in the name of our God. Hosanna in the highest…Hosanna in the highest.

Voice 2: We thank you, God, for the gift of Jesus in history – and the gift of Jesus in faith. Through him, you breathe life into us. He was moved by his vision of your constant presence among all people. He burned with insight and truth, revealing you in his life well lived. He showed us, through his example, not only how we should live, but also for what we may die.

Voice 3: When his time had come, Jesus suffered for the values he deeply believed and taught…his conviction that love is stronger than death. And then, as an example this insight for the ages to come, he opened wide his arms and died. The Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead, showed us that life is eternal and love is immortal. Jesus is with us today as he will be through the end of time.

All: O God, let your Spirit of life, healing and wholeness come upon these gifts that we brought from your fields and placed on our table — this simple wheat and wine. May she make them holy so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of Jesus, our brother.

(With an outstretched arm as we pray the consecration together. We remember the gift that Jesus gave us on the night before he died. He gathered with his friends to share a final Passover meal. And it was at that supper that Jesus took bread, said the blessing and shared it with them saying: take this, all of you, and eat it. This bread is you; this bread is me. We are one body, the presence of God in the world. Do this in memory of me. [Pause]

In the same way, Jesus took a cup of wine, said the blessing and gave it to his friends saying: take this, all of you, and drink it. This wine is you; this wine is me. We are one blood, the presence of God in the world. Do this in memory of me.

Presider: Jesus, who was with God “in the beginning of the creation of the heavens and the earth,” is with us now in this bread. The Spirit, of whom the prophets spoke in history, is with us now in this cup. Let us proclaim this mystery of faith.

All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ lives in us and through us in the world today.

Voice 4: In memory of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, we offer you, God, this life-giving bread and this saving cup. May all who share this sacred meal be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit. And may that Spirit, that Wisdom, that moved in Jesus move freely in our lives as well as She did in that of Jesus.

Voice 5: God, remember your church throughout the world, help us grow in love, together with Francis, our Pope, Bridget Mary, our Bishop, and all your family everywhere – especially those who live on the margins of church and society. Remember also all those, living and dead, who touched our lives and left their footprints on our hearts. We remember especially….(mention names, if you would like to).
All: Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, Creator God, forever and ever…and let everyone sing…. Amen. (5-6 X).

All (holding hands): Our Father and Mother, who are in heaven …….. Amen.

All: Lord God, we have prayed that your kindom may come among us. Open our ears to hear it, our hands to serve it, and our hearts to hold it.   Amen.
The Sign of Peace

Presider: Jesus, you said to your disciples, “My peace I leave you; my peace I give you.”   Look on the faith of those gathered here and ….

All: … grant us your peace. O God, following the example of Jesus and with the strength of the Spirit, help us spread that peace throughout the world, to everyone, everywhere, no exceptions. Amen.

Presider: May the peace of God be always with us, and let us extend that peace to one another.

Hymn: “Peace is Flowing Like a River i”   #535

Litany for the Breaking of Bread

Presider: Loving God…All: you call us to Spirit-filled service and to live the Gospel of non-violence for peace and justice.   We will live justly.

Presider: Loving God…All: you call us to be your presence in the world and to be bearers of forgiveness and understanding, healing and compassion everywhere in your name. We will love tenderly.

Presider: Loving God…All: you call us to speak truth to power. We will walk humbly with you.

Presider: This is Jesus, who liberates, heals, and transforms us and our world. All are invited to partake of this sacred banquet of love. All: We are the Body of Christ.

Pre-Communion Prayer

Presider: Lord God, as we come to share the richness of your table, we cannot forget the poverty of so many of our brothers and sisters.

Men: We cannot eat this bread and forget those who are hungry. O God, your world is one world and we are stewards of its nourishment for your people.

Women: We cannot drink this wine and forget those who are thirsty. O God, the very earth and its people cry out for environmental justice.

All: We cannot listen to your words of peace and not grieve for the world at war.

During Communion Hymn: “You Are the Face of God” Karen Drucker (lyrics on back page)

Post Communion Reflection (in silence) “Life is Eternal” Carly Simon (selections)

Closing Community Blessing

All: May our hearts be glad on our journey as we dream new dreams and see new
May we all live and work for peace, justice, and non-violence in our hearts and those of
all others as well.
May we learn to bless and honor and hold in reverence all creation, this earth, and
each other, everywhere.

Closing Community Commissioning and Hymn “Be Not Afraid” #430.

Presiders: As we leave here in the peace of Christ, let our service continue in all that we do.

All: Thanks be to God; let it be so!

News Stories about Women Priest Delegation Welcomed at Vatican , Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP and Christina Moreira ARCWP

Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP and Christina Moreira ARCWP at public demonstration approved by Vatican in Rome
on Friday June 3, 2016

Please note: Janice and Christina will write their about their experiences at the Vatican, Check blog.
Women's Ordination Worldwide leaders and Irish Priest Tony Flannery march for women priests in Rome. 

National Public Radio:


Seizing this new sign of openness, supporters of a female priesthood converged on Rome this week, to coincide with the Vatican's Jubilee for the ...'s+Remarks,+Women+Meet+In+Rome+To+Discuss+Female+Priesthood&cd=KhQxMzk3MjYzNTE4MDA4NTYxMzkzMzIaMGI3MDk2ZDNjMTZiMjk3ZDpjb206ZW46VVM&ssp=AMJHsmX7RK7svqcVUkn-S6wScQeLnpMZjA's+Remarks,+Women+Meet+In+Rome+To+Discuss+Female+Priesthood&cd=KhQxMzk3MjYzNTE4MDA4NTYxMzkzMzIaMGI3MDk2ZDNjMTZiMjk3ZDpjb206ZW46VVM&ssp=AMJHsmX7RK7svqcVUkn-S6wScQeLnpMZjA's+Remarks,+Women+Meet+In+Rome+To+Discuss+Female+Priesthood&cd=KhQxMzk3MjYzNTE4MDA4NTYxMzkzMzIaMGI3MDk2ZDNjMTZiMjk3ZDpjb206ZW46VVM&ssp=AMJHsmX7RK7svqcVUkn-S6wScQeLnpMZjA Flag as irrelevant
Seizing On Pope's Remarks, Women Meet In Rome To Discuss Female Priesthood
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National Catholic Reporter:

Rome grants permission for a demonstration in favor of women priests for the first time



Homily for Ordination of Lucero Arias Manco ARCWP by Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea ARCWP, June 4, 2016, Medellin, Colombia

National Public Radio: "Seizing On Pope's Remarks, Women Meet In Rome To Discuss Female Priesthood", with Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP, Sylvia Poggioli

Pope Francis hugs Sister Carmen Sammut, a missionary sister of Our Lady of Africa, at the Vatican on May 12. The pope said he was willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men.
Pope Francis hugs Sister Carmen Sammut, a 
missionary sister of Our Lady of Africa, at the Vatican 
on May 12. The pope said he was willing to create a commission 
to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic 
Church, signaling an openness to letting women 
serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men.
All across the Mediterranean, early Christian frescoes and bas reliefs carry the names of women deacons and even bishops — such as Phoebe, Helaria, Ausonia, Euphemia and Theodora.
Yet in 1994, Pope John Paul II not only decreed that women are definitively excluded from the priesthood, he even banned all discussion of the topic.
Pope Francis broke that taboo last month when he announced he would create a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons as they did in early Christianity.
Seizing this new sign of openness, supporters of a female priesthood converged on Rome this week, to coincide with the Vatican's Jubilee for the all-male clergy.
Marinella Perroni, a theologian and New Testament scholar who teaches at a Pontifical College in Rome, was one of the participants on a panel. She recalled that John Paul's 1994 edict even urged students to report errant teachers.
"In Rome, several professors were denounced to the congregation of the doctrine of the faith," she said. "This had immediate consequences on their right to teach and it led to paralysis."
Posters touting the Women Priests Project along a wall.i
Posters touting the Women Priests Project along a wall.
Sylvia Poggioli/NPR
Father Tony Flannery, whose support for women priests was one reason the Vatican suspended him from public ministry, also took part in this week's discussion. He rejected the claim that since Jesus' disciples were male, only men can minister the sacraments in persona Christi, or "in the person of Christ."
"Now that is such a ridiculous argument," he said. "In fact, that argument has its rightful place back at the time of the flat earth and the persecution of Galileo."
Panelist Jamie Manson, columnist and book editor at the National Catholic Reporter, said a female priesthood would be an important signal in a world where women suffer disproportionately from violence, poverty, lack of education and trafficking.
"Imagine if a church of one billion people, with this charismatic, rock star pope, suddenly said to the world, that women are equal to men," Manson said. "Imagine the power that would have over cultures across the world, where this patriarchal idea of women's subservience to men is at the root of all that women suffer globally."
Pope Francis celebrates a Jubilee Mass for priests in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Friday.
Pope Francis celebrates a Jubilee Mass for priests in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Friday.
The next day, the organizers of the unofficial jubilee of women priests gathered in the shadow of St. Peter's dome in their first official public demonstration in this city.
There are some 150 women worldwide who function as priests, in defiance of the Catholic Church. They perform baptisms and weddings and celebrate mass in house churches.
But after Pope Benedict issued a decree in 2010, all those women were automatically excommunicated from the church.
Some of those pioneering women priests also came to Rome this week, and they scored another first.
Janice Sevré-Duszynska, who was ordained by a bishop in Kentucky in 2008, says she and another woman were received by an official in the Secretariat of State, one of the Vatican's top departments.
"We talked to a wonderful priest, we were able to give our letter to Pope Francis, our petition to lift our excommunciations and stop all punishments against our supporters as well as begin a dialogue with women priests," she said.
While we spoke, police officers approached. A policewoman in civilian clothes asked, "You're here to promote the role of women in the church? To let women become priests like men? Put them on an equal footing?"
When asked what she thought about this, she laughed and said, "Oh, I'm just a police officer."
But it does seem the policewoman went out of her way for this group. She and her men escorted the protesting women all the way into St. Peter's Square, where Pope Francis was preparing to celebrate mass for thousands of ordained male priests.
Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP and Christina Moreira ARCWP
holding banners at first public demonstration allowed by the Vatican on Friday, June 4, 2016

Bridget Mary's Response: A Warm Reception by the Vatican! 
Another surpise and historic first in addition to the warm reception by a Vatican prelate  of the petitions of support for women priests, Janice Sevre Duszynska, ARCWP and Christina Moreira ARCWP along with members of the Women's Ordination Worldwide Coalition were escorted into St. Peter's Square!   I rejoice at the Pope Francis effect opening doors that were previously shut at the Vatican!  Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP,