Friday, May 7, 2021

Take Action Now to Support Workers' Rights and Peaceful Negotiations in Colombia

 The Justice & Peace Support Circle of ARCWP encourages you to call and write to President Biden and your US Senators and Representatives in response to the urgent information just given to us by Our Sister ARCWP communities in Colombia (see blog article & other resources below). 

      Please ask for the name of your official’s foreign relations aide.  Speak directly to the foreign relation’s aide using the following information or your own. After that, write to the same. 

     We wish to thank you for your time and effort in supporting our friends in Columbia! We encourage you to forward this information to other communities. 

Muchas Gracias!

The Justice & Peace Support Circle (JPSC)
Contacts: Janice Severe-Duszynska, Katy Zatsick & Karen Kerrigan

Urge President Biden and Congressional Leaders to support workers Rights & Peaceful Negotiations in Colombia”.
Sample message to share with your officials: 

Please share your name and urge action:Hello my name is  ______ from ______.  I am very concerned about the reports of violence by the government on its people.  I call on you to look into this and use your power to encourage the government of Columbia to stop its violent response to peaceful demonstration.”  
The Urgent Information from Our Sisters in Columbia
Federal Elected Officials
·        Contact President Joe Biden online, or call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 or the comments line at 202-456-1111 during business hours.
·        Locate your U.S. senators' contact information.
·        Find your U.S. representative's website and contact information.
Further resources include:
“26 people were displaced every hour, and 1 person was kidnapped every 12 hours.”


Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Sixth Sunday of Easter May 8, 2021, Presiders: Linda Lee Miller and Elena Garcia ARCWP, Readers: Jerry B and Lee Breyer , Theme: Drinking in “Love and Forgiveness”         

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(Linda) Welcome to our liturgical gathering on this Saturday afternoon. We thank our readers and IT team for being part of our liturgical team today. When speaking please unmute and re-mute yourself. During the shared homily we ask you to unmute yourself to contribute your thoughts and when you are finished, remember to re-mute yourself. Have bread and wine/juice in front of you for communion and a lighted candle to remind us that God is always present. And now, let us quiet our hearts so that we may fully hear the words of our Creator. 

(Elena) We are still in the season of Easter. We are closing out the 5th week of Eastertide and next week we will already be celebrating the Feast of the Ascension. Because there continues to be so much happening in our country and our world, it is so easy for us to forget about Easter. Today let us spend a moment of our time pondering how Christ throughout  his life taught us by word and example how to drink in love, peace and forgiveness. He fills our cups, and we just have to drink it all in. Let us begin by listening to children who are all trusting and whose cups are filled with joy  knowing that The Hoy One forgives everyone, everywhere. Don’t hesitate to join in song and sign.

      “You Forgive Me”  sung by the Lifetree Kids (Fun Factory Music)


(Linda and All:) Holy One,  we gather today with our favorite cup or mug in hand to offer you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to grant us the grace to joyfully and gratefully drink in from the cup of love and forgiveness that you, who are never outdone in generosity, continuously fill and replenish. May we Learn to be aware of your Presence every time we lift this favorite cup or mug to our lips. May we be aware with every cup of COFFEE,  that Christ Offers Forgiveness For Everyone Everywhere

All:  May it be so.  




“Forgive One Another”  sung by the Lifetree Kids (FFM)

(Elena) Let us pause for a moment to  reflect on the message just shared with us in song. 

Please raise your hand in blessing and say:

All:  I am sorry.   Please forgive me.   Thank you.   I love you.  


(Elena and All)  Glory and praise in the highest, and peace to all God’s people. Creator God, heart of the universe, we thank you for the breath of Your Spirit at work in everything that exists, everywhere in the cosmos.  Through the life and teaching of Jesus, you opened our minds and hearts so that we could be mindful of the outpouring of your unconditional love and forgiveness for everyone everywhere. By the Spirit gift of understanding we are mindful of your dwelling within us and all creation. What unspeakable joy is ours when we are aware that we can experience your Presence in our brothers and sisters.  May your praise and thanksgiving be ever in our hearts and on our lips. 

Let us join Linda in a joyful Gloria.  

A Joyful Gloria: Linda Lee Miller and graphics by Rick Miller

Liturgy of the Word

(Elena) The First Reading from 1st letter of John 10-13 will be read by Lee Breyer


This is the kind of love we are talking about- not that we once upon a time loved God but that God first loved us. My dear, dear friends if God has loved us, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us- perfect love! This is how we know we are living steadily and deeply in God , and God in us. The Holy One has given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. 

These words are shared from a letter of John the Evangelist and we respond:   So Be It!

(Jerry B)  Psalm 139 clearly details the kind of “spill over love” promised by The Holy One.

All: O my Beloved, You have searched me,  and known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my innermost thoughts.

You find me on the journey and guide my steps; You know my strengths and weaknesses.

Even before words rise up in prayer, you have already heard my heart call.

You encompass me with love wherever I go and your strength is my shield. 

All: O my Beloved, You have searched me, and known me.

Such sensitivity is too wonderful for me: boundless gratitude is my response.

For you formed my  inward  being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you for you are to be reverenced and adored. Your mysteries fill me with wonder!

More than I know myself do you know me; my essence was not hidden from you

All: O my Beloved, You have searched me, and known me.

Search me O my Beloved, and know my heart. Try me and discern my thoughts!

Help me to face the darkness within me; enlighten me that I might radiate your Love and Light!

All: O my Beloved, You have searched me, and known me.

(Elena) The Gospel chosen from John 15:9-17 will be proclaimed by Linda Miller


I’ve loved you the way my father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. I’ve told you these things for a purpose that my joy may be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command - Love one another the way I love you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what  their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

This passage is a contemporary rendering of a scripture reading from John the Evangelist as interpreted by Eugene Peterson in “The Message”  And we respond:  Thanks be to God

Homily Starter

Communal Statement of Faith

 (Lee and All): 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.


(Elena):  We now bring our prayer intentions to the Table

 Our response is:   All:     We drink in your Love and Forgiveness

We pray for our MMOJ intentions on our community prayer list. (Joan shares)  

For what else should we pray?  

Elena:   Holy Mystery may we respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers in loving prayer and solidarity. Amen


Linda: Gracious God, you have set the banquet table and have invited all of us to a feast of unending delight.  Blessed are You, Holy One, through Your divine providence we have this bread, to share, the Bread of Life.                                                                                                                  Linda and All: Blessed are You, Holy One, forever.  

Elena: Blessed are You, O Loving One, through Your divine providence we have this wine to share, our spiritual drink. 

Elena and All: Blessed are You, Holy One, forever.

Linda: Let us lift up our hearts.

Linda and All:  We lift them up to the Holy One, living in us and loving through us.  Namaste (3x)

Eucharistic Prayer

(Jerry B): Gracious Wisdom, you embrace us with your extravagant affection in our times of both blessedness and weakness.  You are always with us…you living in us and we living in you.  In this festive meal, your Spirit is poured out on each of us gathered in the circle of your friends and disciples, we also ask that your Spirit be spread to those of our community who are not with us today.

Let us rejoice as we sing: 

All:  Holy, Holy, Holy Linda Lee Miller (adapted from Holy, Holy, Holy by Karen Drucker)

Voice: We ask you to enliven anew in our hearts the empowering grace of your abundant Spirit, who infuses for us these gifts of bread and wine with the transforming energy of life, to nourish and sustain us in all times and especially in times of need. 

(Linda): We thank you for the gift of Jesus of Nazareth in history -- and the gift of Jesus in faith. On earth, his life burned with the vision of his mission on earth. Through the example of his life

– his teachings and actions - he showed us not only how we should live, but also for what it is worth dying.

(Elena) (Please all extend hands as we recite the epiclesis and consecration together)


(Elena): On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus gathered with his friends for a meal. He took bread into his hands broke it and said:


(Elena): In the same way after supper, Jesus took the cup, raised it with love beyond all telling, gave thanks, and sharing the cup with those at table he said:


(Linda):   Jesus who was with God “in the beginning of the creation of the heavens and the earth” is now with us in this bread and this cup. Now then, in sacred memory let us proclaim the mystery of our faith.


(Jerry B):  God, we know that you bless your church throughout the world. We, your people, ask for your grace that we may continually grow in our love and caring for everyone with whom we come in contact, especially those who live on the margins of church and society. They are all our brothers and sisters, members of your Blessed Family.  We remember also all those, living and dead, who touched our lives and left their footprints on our hearts.  We remember especially….(mention names here, if you would like to..) 

All: We believe that the Spirit of God is at work in and among us and will do more than we could ever ask or imagine.  We believe that it is through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity with Holy Spirit Sophia Wisdom,  that all glory and honor is yours, Creator God, forever and ever.  

Great Amen: Linda Lee Miller

Communion Rite

The Prayer of Jesus

(Lee): Let us pray as Jesus taught us. 

Lee and All:  O Holy One, you are 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 your 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    Adapted, Miriam Therese Winter, MMS

Sign of Peace:

(Elena): Jesus said to his disciples, “My peace I leave You.  My peace I give You.” 

Let us join in singing “Let There be Peace on Earth”

Song:  Let there be Peace on Earth


(Linda):  Please join in praying the Litany for the Breaking of the Bread :

(Linda and All):  Holy One, You call us to speak truth to power; we will do so.

Holy One, You call us to live the Gospel of healing and justice; we will do so. Holy One, You call us to be Your presence in the world; we will do so.

(Elena):  This is the bread of life and the cup of blessing. Blessed are we who are called to Christ’s table.  

Sanctuary: Sung by Linda Miller

(Elena and All):  We are the Body and Blood of Christ for the world.

Let us now pause for a moment to be mindful of this event– remembering that Jesus promised to be present among us every time we break bread and drink from the blessed cup.

(Elena)  Please receive/share Eucharist now, saying: “You are (I am) the bread of life.” And “You are (I am)  the cup of compassion.”

Prayer after Communion

(Linda):  O  Holy One,  may love, wonder, gratitude and thanksgiving fill us. May compassionate love fully fill our hearts.  May we be ever mindful that You are a God of Compassion and with our cups filled to the brim, may we continue to be Your face to each other. Amen. 


Closing Community Commissioning

Community Blessing

  Together with our arms extended to one another we say: 

May our hearts be glad on our journey as we dream new dreams, see new visions, and create a new heaven and earth.

May we live and work for compassion and peace, justice and non-violence in our hearts and in those of everyone we meet.

May we joyfully drink in the love and forgiveness poured into our cups by our All Loving Compassionate Extravagant God.

May we live in the Joy of Being Loved

(Linda and Elena): We are the Face of God in the world; may we reflect God well.  So, as we leave here in the peace of Christ, let us be the people that God created us to be.  Let our service continue.

All:  Thanks be to God.  Let it be so!     Alleluia! Alleluia!

May the Greatest Love   by Kathy Sherman

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sun City Bid Farewell to Katy Zatsick ARCWP at Liturgy

Katy served Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sun City as a priest for nine years.
Today they met for a final  farewell liturgy at the home of Paddy Cooney. Mary Al Gagnon and Patricia MacMillan and I  drove up from Sarasota for this celebration. 
Katy served MMOJ Community in Sarasota for 10 years. They are having a special liturgy on May 15th in thanksgiving for Katy's prophetic priestly ministry. 
We will miss Katy and send her off with prayers for every blessings in her new ministry in Michigan.  Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP


                    Mary Mother Of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community At SCC

Thursday, 5/6/2021



This is the day, this is the day that Our God has made, that our God has made, let us rejoice,  let us rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it.

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

This is the day, this is the day, that our God has made.

Presider: Let us begin in the name of our God source of all being, Jesus our Living Eternal Word and Spirit Wisdom who heals us and calls us to create and build peace. All: AMEN


Presider:  Gracious and Gifting God of Extravagant Love. 

Help us to be aware of your presence among us as we gather again in this Spirit Wisdom Community much like the first followers of Jesus, Your Beloved, after the Resurrection.  May our ears, eyes, and hearts be opened to your truth in the words and stories we will share this day. May the sharing of this simple meal of bread and wine strengthen us to stand tall with conviction and courage as “daughters and sons of Sarah and Abraham.” And may the sacred sacrament of our time together make us aware of your extravagant love poured out daily and inspire us to live in the Joy of that Love. We ask this in communion with Jesus, our brother, and in the power of Your Spirit.    AII: Amen


ALL: (with outstretched arm) God, Mother and Father, lover of all, throughout his life Jesus revealed that nothing can separates us from your unconditional love. You sent Holy Spirit Sophia to give us the understanding, willingness and courage to love one another. We ask you to grant us the grace of pardon and peace so that we may in turn forgive each other our failures to care for one another and for our Earth. We ask this in the name of Jesus our brother and Holy Spirit, our healer and comforter. Amen



The joy of life reveals itself in many forms. 

At its most basic, joy is that special pang of pleasure that springs from happiness.

It is that excitement from unrestrained abandon as well, from being free. 

It is that thrill that comes from love. 

It is that peace that can descend when the spirit is moved.

It is that extraordinary feeling that is triggered by the expectation of good. 

It is that jubilation that wells up when miraculous things occur. 

It is that awe when the size and scope of the world are felt. 

It is that arrow of delight that hits its mark when fulfillment is achieved.

Joy is contagious.

It can spread like a forest fire, whipped by a high, hot wind. 

Joy can be shared in a crowd. Or it can be savored all alone. Joy can bellow. Or it can fall soft as a kitten’s tread. Joy can excite. Or it can comfort. Joy can be sensuous. Or it can spring from intellect. Joy can bewitch. Joy can be sweet. Or it can be zesty, euphoric, giddy. 

It can teach. It can heal. It can lay to rest old pain.

In a world darkened by suffering and uncertainty, joy can brighten our heaven and make life worth living again.  THESE ARE WORDS WRITTEN BY PHILIP B. KUNHARDT Jr.

 All: Thanks be to God.

PSALM:    Holy is Your Name                                 Taken from “MIRYAM OF NAZARETH”  (BY Ann Johnson)                                

             My soul rejoices in you, Yahweh,

  and my spirit dances within your presence, my God, 

             because you who love mightily look upon me, 

             one who stands with arms stretched out toward you.       

Holy is Your Name

               From this day and forever all who come to life,

One after one, shall remember me and shall pray,

            “Blessed are we when we open our hearts and

receive in joy the seed of the Everlasting One.”

Holy is Your Name

You are the gentle one who reaches out in tenderness

 from age to age to caress with your hand the heads of those

who bend their necks.

With powerful arms you embrace each of us.

Holy is Your Name

The proud hearts that we hold out to you,

You break and scatter.

You pull down the structures and fantasies with which we fortify ourselves,

And you teach us the simple things.

           When we are hungry you fill us with good things.

           When we are glutted you teach us patience

That we may come hungry again to your table.

Holy is Your Name

This day and forever you stand with your people,

Those who remember your tenderness,

…. having given us your word, your promise….

we remember your tenderness as we walk in safety.

For you are Yahweh in whom we trust.       All: Thanks be to God


GOSPEL Acclamation:  Glory to God, Glory, O praise God Alleluia, Glory to God, Glory, O praise the name of our God!  

GOSPEL Reading:  JOHN 15:9-15                                         

As my Abba has loved me, so I have loved you.

Live on in my love. 

And you will live on in my love if you keep my commandments, 

Just as I live on in Abba God’s love and have kept God’s commandments. 

I tell you all this that my own joy may be yours

and your joy may be complete. 

This is my commandment:

Love one another as I have loved you. 

This is the good news of our Brother Jesus.

All: We praise you O God for time and eternity.


PROFESSION OF 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.


Presider: With hearts filled with loving trust and in humility, we lift up the needs of our community at this time. (After each intercession please respond)

 All:  God of extravagant love hear our prayer.

Presider: That all hatred, hostility and violence end in our country and throughout the world, we pray.  R.

Presider: That the sick may be healed in body, mind and soul, we pray. R.

Presider: That all who have died dwell forever in God’s presence.  R

For what else shall we pray?

Presider: We lift up to you O God these and all the unspoken intentions we hold in the silence of our hearts as we gather around your Banquet Table today.  



Presider: Jesus who has often sat at our tables, now invites us to partake at his family table. 

All: O God of extravagant love we, your people who live in the joy of that love, are united in this sacrament by our common love of Jesus. We are in communion with everyone everywhere, who shares your gift of love, especially all those who are marginalized and oppressed. May we love tenderly, do justice, and walk humbly with you in solidarity with our sisters and brothers everywhere. May we live as prophetic witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus, supported by the vision that directed him, and the wisdom of the Spirit who enkindles in us the fire of your love. Amen

Presider:  Blessed are you God, Source of all being, through your goodness we have this bread, wine, all creation, and our own lives to offer. Through this sacred meal may we become your new creation.  

 All:  Blessed be God forever. 

Presider: God is with us, loving and healing through us.  All: Namaste

Presider: Lift up your hearts.    All: We lift them up in tender love, open to serve.

Presider: Let us give thanks to our God.  All: It is our joy to give God thanks and praise


VOICE ONE:  Gracious Wisdom, You embraced us with extravagant affection in our blessedness and brokenness. We thank you that in this festive meal of unending delight, your Spirit continues to be poured out among this circle of disciples. Yes, we are gathered here to give, receive forgiveness, and offer each other the gift of your peace/shalom.  Filled with the joy of being loved by you we join with the angels and saints and people of every race, faith and nation to glorify your presence as we sing: 


VOICE TWO:  Gracious God,  in this moment we celebrate your indescribable love for your evolving cosmos. Here your divine compassion connects us to the young, the old, the least and the last, to everyone everywhere on our journey into your heart of mercy. 

 (Please all extend hands as we recite the epiclesis and consecration together)

All:  May your spirit, present in these gifts and in us, fill us with a new outpouring of love that makes us more deeply one body in the cosmic Christ living the fullness of your compassion.

Presider: On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus gathered with his friends for a meal. He took bread into his hands broke it and said:

All: Take this all of you, and eat it. This bread is you; This bread is me. We are one body. Do this in memory of me.

Presider: In the same way after supper, Jesus took the cup, raised it with love beyond all telling, gave thanks, and sharing the cup with those at table he said:

All: Take this all of you and drink from it. This is the cup of my life blood of the new and everlasting covenant which will be shed for everyone. Every time you drink of it, remember 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 and this cup. Now then, in sacred memory let us proclaim the mystery of our faith.

All: In every creature that has ever breathed, we see your tenderness; In every living being that has passed on before us, we see your goodness; In everything yet to be, Christ will come again! In our breaking of the bread of earth, Christ of the cosmos is being re-membered! We live in the joy of being loved by our extravagant god!

All:  Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of Spirit Wisdom, all praise and glory are yours, loving God forever and ever.          Sing:     Amen 2x

All:  Our Father and Mother who are in heaven, blessed is your name, your kindom come…

All: Loving God,  we have just prayed that your kindom may come upon us. Grant that we may open our ears to hear it, our hands to serve it, and our hearts to make it real.


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 now let us turn to each other and acknowledge God’s presence in each one with a bow and Namaste.


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 understanding and compassion, forgiveness and healing 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.

Chant : “Sanctuary”  God prepare me, to be your sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.  With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary for you. 2x

Presider: This is Jesus, who calls us to open doors that are closed and share our bread on the altar of the world. Jesus invites all of us to eat and drink at this sacred banquet of love.

All:  Jesus we are worthy to receive you and to be your compassion in our world. We are the body of Christ.

Presider: Let us share the Body of Christ with the Body of Christ!     All: Amen


Prayers of Thanksgiving


Presider: O God of Extravagant Love, Jesus showed us how to love one another and heal our hearts. Through the power of your liberating Spirit at work within us, we will give and receive forgiveness, live joyously, and work for healing, justice and equality for our earth and for all God’s holy people.    All:  Amen


Presider: Our God is with you.   All:  And also with you.

COMMUNITY BLESSING (EVERYONE PLEASE EXTEND YOUR HANDS IN MUTUAL BLESSING)    All: May the God of Sarah and Abraham, the blessed one of Jacob and Rachel, and Sophia Holy Wisdom, walk with us and all created life on our journey into mystical union with the heart of our God of extravagant love.

DISMISSAL  Let us go and live in the joy of being loved.     All: Thanks be to God

Closing Song: Immaculate Mary

Immaculate Mary Your praises we sing

You reign now in heaven with Jesus our king

Ave   Ave   Ave Maria 

Ave   Ave Maria

In heaven the blessed your glory proclaim

On earth we your children invoke your fair name

Ave   Ave   Ave   Maria 

Ave   Ave Maria