Saturday, July 31, 2021

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests - Annual Retreat Liturgy - July 31, 2021 - Presiders, Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, and Sibyl Dana Reynolds, ARCWP

Liturgy – Theme: Becoming Who We Are Called to Be: Mystics and Prophets 


Bridget Mary - As we gather joyfully in the presence of the Holy One, our brother, Jesus, and the life-giving Spirit of Wisdom Sophia, may our hearts be united in love as we live our call to become who we are called to be in our ministry and as members of

ARCWP.  ALL:  So be it!

Opening Song: All are Welcome

Community Reconciliation 

Sibyl  -- Holy One, in circumstances when we turn away from witnessing and responding to social injustice, inspire our courage, to speak truth to power. When we deny your guidance, and follow the voice of personal ego, may we become awakened to follow You. Help us to have clear vision and open hearts to illuminate the darkness with Your Love.  With faith and trust in You, we say, Amen.

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

Opening Prayer

Bridget Mary --  Keeper of our Souls, we give thanks for the blessings of our ministries and our community. We pray to continue to support and celebrate one another’s callings, as we follow the Way of Jesus. May all that you have inspired within our hearts, grow to become a sheltering tree of grace and life-giving inspiration to be freely shared with others. May our community be strengthened through our mutual respect and love for one another, as we respond to your guidance and share Your Extravagant Love in myriad ways.  ALL:  Amen.

First Reading:  A Reading from the Book of Micah: 6:8

Dotty Shugrue

God has already made abundantly clear what “good” is, and what the Holy One needs from you:

Simply do justice,

Love kindness

And humbly walk with your God. 

These are the inspired words of the prophet Micah and we respond to them by saying ALL:  Thanks be to God

Responsorial: Spirit of the Living God

Second Reading:  A Reading from the Letter to the Ephesians 4:11-13

Jim Marsh


And to some, the gift they were given is that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers. These gifts were given to equip fully the holy ones for the work of service, and to build up the body of Christ—until we all attain unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Only Begotten of God, until we become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 

These are the inspired words of the apostle Paul and we respond to them by saying ALL:  Thanks be to God. 

Alle, Alleluia:

Gospel:  A reading from the Gospel of John (15:15-17)

Sibyl Dana Reynolds

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit.

Your fruit must endure,

So that whatever you ask of Abba God in my name God will give you.

This command I give you that you love one another.

These are the inspired words of the evangelist John.

And we respond to them by saying:  ALL:  Thanks, be to God.

Shared Homily: Guided Meditation, Bridget Mary Meehan

Begin by taking a few deep breaths… gently breathing in and out….

Reflect on your prophetic call to do justice…

Be aware of ways you are living Jesus’ call to love…  

Give thanks for the gifts you are sharing with others in your ministry and in ARCWP…

Jesus said: “Out of your heart shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38)

In the conflicting voices of struggles, discord and anger in our world, sink into the stillness of the Christ Presence within you...

Experience the Heart of Love embracing you in the depths of your soul.

Listen to the Holy One speaking to you now...

Contemplate your call to do infinitely more than you have ever imagined to be the hands and feet of Christ in loving service to the people of God...

Give thanks for your call to a renewed priestly ministry in prophetic witness to justice and equality in the Church and world...

Statement of Faith: 

Kim Panaro and ALL: 

We believe in Jesus formed in Mary’s womb,

and nurtured by her faith. 

He called women and men to follow him and invited the least and the last to an open table where all were welcome.

He rejected rigid laws, confronted abusive religious leaders and was put to death.

We believe that the Spirit of Jesus 

rises again and again in our lives each day,

freeing us from prejudice 

and hate so that we can carry on his revolution of love.

Prayers of the Community:

Bridget Mary: As we prepare for the sacred meal, we bring to this table our blessings, cares and concerns. 

Bridget Mary and ALL:  Holy One, You hear our prayer

Bridget Mary: For what shall we pray?

(Unmute your microphone when there is an opening, then, re-mute your microphone)

Bridget Mary: We pray for these and all unspoken concerns that we hold in our hearts.

Bridget Mary and ALL: Amen.

Preparation of The Gifts

Voice 1: Janet Blakeley 

Blessed are You, Holy One, through Your divine providence we have this bread, to share, the Bread of Life. 

ALL:  Blessed are You, Holy One, forever.  

Voice 2: Dennis McDonald

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

ALL:  Blessed are, You, Holy One, forever.

Voice 3: Ronnie Dubignon

Nurturing One, we are united in this sacrament by the love of Christ, in whose presence we see no strangers, tend to the wounds in others and in ourselves. We commit ourselves to build a unity of love in a more compassionate and just world.  ALL:  Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer

Voice 4: Kathryn Shea

Heart of Love, you reside in the hungry, the homeless, the stranger and in every person on earth. Aware of our call to be part of the world’s healing by choosing love over hate, forgiveness over retaliation, we sing: 

Holy Holy Holy –  Here in this place  by Christopher Grundy

Voice 5: Kathleen Ryan

Beloved, we encounter you as we speak and act as Jesus did in the midst of conflict to lift burdens and to offer healing and hope. We experience your love filling our hearts and energizing us to work for justice and equality in our church and world. 

(Please extend Your hands in blessing.)

Bridget Mary and ALL:

Pour out Your Spirit Sophia anew upon this bread and wine and upon us as we become more deeply the Christ Presence in our world.

On the night before he died, Jesus came to table with his family and the women and men he loved. Jesus took bread blessed and broke it, saying, “Take, eat, this is my body. Do this in memory of me.” (pause) 

Sibyl and ALL: 

After supper, Jesus poured a cup of wine and shared it with his friends, saying,

“This is the cup of the covenant of my love.  As often as You drink of it, remember me.”  (pause)

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

Sibyl and ALL: Christ has died in all those who have died from violent attacks. 

Christ is rising in all who are set free from hatred by love.

Christ comes each day in all who labor for reconciliation and justice.

Voice 6: Irene: 

Creator of All, we remember all the courageous companions who have gone before us:  Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mary of Magdala, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero and all holy women and men who have lived lives of love and service in the midst of hatred, violence and injustice. We pause now to remember our ARCWP priests who have passed into the embrace of Infinite love, Adele, Joan, Tish, Michele, and Sally – and our personal communion of saints. 


(Presiders hold bread and wine)

Sibyl and ALL: 

For it is through living as Jesus lived, and loving as he loved, that we awaken to our call to live Gospel revolutionary love in our times

Great Amen  --  Sung by Dennis McDonald

Communion Rite

The Prayer of Jesus

Voice 7:  Lorraine Sharpe Meyer and ALL:

Our Mother who art within us.

Each breath brings us to you.

Your wisdom come, Your will be done,

as we honor your presence within us.

You give us this day all that we need.

Your bounty calls us to give and receive all that is loving and pleasurable.

You are the courage that moves us

to be true to ourselves

and we act with grace and power.

We relax into your cycles of birth,

growth, death and renewal.

Out of the womb, the darkness, the void, comes new life.

For you are the Mother of All Things.

Your body is the Sacred Earth and our bodies.

Your love nurtures us and unites us all.

Now and forever more.

Written by Dale Allen

Offer one another a sign of peace as we sing:

Deep Peace, Sara Thomsen

Bridget Mary:  Please join in praying the Litany for the Breaking of the Bread.

ALL:  Holy One, You call us to see no stranger, we will do so.

Holy One, You call us to tend the wounds of others and ourselves, we will do so. 

Holy One, You call us to respond to hate with love; we will do so.

Sibyl:  This is the bread of life and the cup of blessing. Blessed are we who are called to Christ’s open table where all are welcome.  

We are the face of God in the world.  Please receive/share Eucharist now.

Communion Meditation 

Courageous Women by Jan Novotka, video by Mary Theresa Streck, ARCWP, and Juanita Cordero, RCWP 

Concluding Rite

Dotty:  We give thanks for the goodness of people from every nation and culture.  We embrace our humanity – with all its imperfections – as holy ground.  As we go forth, we commit ourselves to be vibrant reflections of the Christ healing presence in our words and actions.  ALL:  Amen

Bridget Mary and ALL:  Please extend Your hands as we pray our final blessing.

In the spirit of the community of disciples, mystics and prophets,

We bless each other.

We bless all living beings,

We go forth, to live the Gospel of mutual partnership and hospitality. 

Closing Song:  Woman Spirit Rising by Karen Drucker, 

Slide Show by Donna Panaro

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Members of ARCWP with priestly ordination anniversaries this year, as well as our Circle Leadership Team, were invited by the Planning Committee to preside and read prayers in this retreat liturgy. This liturgy was written by Bridget Mary Meehan and Sibyl Dana Reynolds.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Mary Mother of Inclusive Catholic Community Liturgy, Saints Louise de Marillac & Vincent de Paul , July 31, 2021, Denis Rigdon, Andrea Seabaugh, & Michael Rigdon Presiding, Lee Breyer & Joan Meehan, Readers 🎶 Linda Lee & Rick Miller

Zoom link for video - 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time         

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(Andrea) Welcome to the liturgy of our Mary Mother of Jesus community. We are an inclusive Catholic Community where all are welcome at our table! Thank you for joining us today! We invite you to pray the liturgy and respond where it says “All.” 

All participants will be muted during the liturgy except the presiders and readers.

Please have bread and wine or juice nearby as we pray our Eucharistic prayer.

(Den & All): In the name ✝️ of our Creator/Sustainer, Jesus the Living Word, and the Spirit who calls us to share the Good News. Amen.

Sign of Peace (Den) Let us share with one another a sign of Christ’s peace ☮️

(Den & All): Christ’s peace be with you. Namaste. Namaste. Namaste.

Theme (Michael) Evangelizare pauperibus misit me. Caritas Christi urget nos.

Gathering Song 🎶: We Are Called

Opening Prayer (Andrea & All): O Holy One, protector of the poor, we give thanks for your Holy Spirit who sends women and men to share the Good News of your kindom, including Louise de Marillac & Vincent de Paul. We give thanks for this Wisdom-Spirit who impels us today to boldly proclaim your Gospel of peace and inclusive love in our homes, communities and world. Bless our celebration today as we honor our call to share the Good News. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Joyful Gloria 🎶

Liturgy of the Word

Gospel acclamation: All sing Celtic Alleluia 🎶

          (Michael 🎶) Now with the strength of your Word, send us to be your disciples, 

To bring all the world the Good News of your kindom. (Repeat Alleluia 🎶)

(Lee) A reading from the Good News according to Luke

Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, Jesus found the place where it was written,

   God's Spirit is on me;

      God has chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,

   Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and 

recovery of sight to the blind,

   To set the burdened and battered free, 

to announce, "This is God's year to act!"

He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down. 

Every eye in the place was on him, intent. Then Jesus started in,

"You've just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place.”

This is the Good News.  All: Let it be so!


Gospel acclamation: All sing 🎶 Celtic Alleluia

(Michael 🎶) Fed by the Bread of new life, filled with wine of compassion, 

Send us out to serve the poorest in your name. (Repeat Alleluia 🎶)

(Joan M) A reading from the Good News according to Luke.

Jesus now called the Twelve and gave them authority and power to deal with all the demons and cure diseases. He commissioned them to preach the news of God's kindom and heal the sick. He said, "Don't load yourselves up with equipment. Keep it simple; you are the equipment. And no luxury inns—get a modest place and be content there until you leave. If you’re not welcomed, leave town. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and move on.”

Commissioned, they left. They traveled from town to town telling the latest news of God, The Message, and curing people everywhere they went.

This is the Good News.  All: Let it be so!

Gospel acclamation 🎶: Alle, Alle, Alleluia.

Shared Homily. After homily starter: 🎶 Here I Am, God. (Michael & All):

I, the God of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.

I have wept for love of them, they turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.

I will speak my Word to them. Whom shall I send?

Here I am, God. Is it I, God?

I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, God, if you lead me.

I will hold your people in my heart.

Please share your spirit-filled reflections and re-mute when you finish.

Profession of Faith. (Jack & ALL):  

We believe in God, the creator of the universe, 

the fountain of life, flowing through every being. 

We believe in Jesus the Christ, who reflects the face of God, the fullness of humanity. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God in the cosmos, 

who calls us to loving service without counting the cost. 

We believe in our global communion with all in the circle of life. 

Amen to actions on behalf of justice, compassion, equality & healing for all in our world! Amen

Prayers of the Community

. (Ann) Mindful of God’s unconditional love for us, we bring the needs of the people to our merciful God. 

*We bring to the table the members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. We pray for the success of their annual meeting and liturgy this evening. May they have the strength to follow the Spirit in their ministry to the people of God. 

Response: Compassionate God, you hear us.

*We bring to the table the thousands of our fellow citizens and those around the world who are suffering from the current covid surge. We pray for health care providers everywhere who are once again overwhelmed as they provide covid care. R 

*For the members of our MMOJ community who are receiving treatment for serious health problems. We pray for their strength, comfort, and healing. R 

(Joan M) We pray for those remembered in our MMOJ book of community petitions, especially…. R 

(Ann) And for what and whom else shall we pray today? (Please unmute to offer your prayer, then remote.)

(Ann) Holy One, you faithfully listen to our prayers. Strengthen us as we respond to the needs of your people and work to bring the reign of your love to our community and to everyone in our world. We pray in the name of Jesus the Christ. All: Amen

We offer our gifts at the table.  🥖 🍷 

All Sing 🎶: Seed Scattered and Sown

Eucharistic Prayer. All Sing 🎶: We are holy

(Den & All): As we do in this place what you did in an upstairs room, send down your Spirit Sophia on us and on these gifts of bread 🥖 and wine 🍷 that they may become for us your body, healing, forgiving, and making us whole. And that we may become for you, your body, loving and caring in the world until your kindom comes. Amen.

We remember Jesus. (Andrea & All with hand extended in blessing):

On the night before he died, Jesus sat at the Seder meal with his companions. Reminding them of what he taught, he bent down to wash their feet. 

Jesus returned to his place at table, lifted the Passover bread 🥖 and spoke the blessing, then broke the bread saying: “Take and eat, this is my very self.” (Pause) 

Jesus then raised the cup of blessing, spoke the grace, and offered them the wine🍷 saying: “Take and drink of the covenant made new again through my life for you and for everyone. Whenever you do this, you remember me.”

(Den & All): Remember, gracious God, your Church throughout the world. Make us open to receive all believers and to share the Good News with them. In union with all people, may we strive to create a world where suffering is diminished, and where all people can live in health and wholeness.

Thru Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, gracious God. (All sing 🎶The Great Amen

Prayer of Jesus. (Andrea & All) Let us pray together 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

(Den & All): This is Jesus who liberates, heals and transforms us and our world. 

All are invited to partake of this banquet of love. We are the Body of Christ. 

(All receive🥖🍷)

Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Person 🎶

Prayer of Thanksgiving (DidacheInstruction, 100CE)

(Michael & All): For the thanksgiving, give thanks this way: First, for the cup🍷: We thank you, Abba God, for the sacred vine of David your son, whose meaning you made clear to us through our brother Jesus, yours ever be the splendor. 

(Andrea & All): And for the bread 🥖 fragment: We thank you, Amma God, for the life and wisdom whose meaning you made clear to us through Jesus, yours ever be the splendor. 

(Den & All): As this fragment was scattered high on hills, but by gathering was united into one, so let your people from earth’s ends be united into your single reign, for yours are splendor and might through Jesus Christ down the ages.

Prayers of Thanksgiving. Introductions. Announcements.

Extend your hand & join this Irish blessing 🎶

(Andrea): Go in the peace of Christ. Go out to share the Good News with everyone!

All: We will do so! Alleluia!

Closing 🎶 When the Saints go marching in


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