eNEWS for 11-11-2018 - Pax Christi Catholic Community
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For the week of Sunday, November 11, 2018
Dear Members of Pax Christi,
This weekend will be a showcase of many of the ministry needs here in the parish and beyond our campus. We have hospitality needs, particularly in serving and assisting in meal preparation at a variety of events, a need for money counters on Sunday mornings, and one time service opportunities such as at the Holiday Tea, Boomers Christmas Luncheon, and the Cana Dinner. We also need volunteers to be involved in our ministries that help us pray together, such as being an altar server, greeter, cross bearer, Eucharistic minister, and lector. How about engaging with our younger parishioners through Children’s Liturgy of the Word and as adult leaders and chaperones with our high school youth? It takes many to form community and be in relationship with each other. I hope you can look at the page on our website of Immediate Needs
and discern how the Spirit of God is moving you to share in the blessings of being of service to our neighbor.
In addition to the stewardship of service, there is still time to renew your financial commitment to the parish for 2019. Forms are available at the parish office or by contacting Sue Fier, Parish Financial Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also pledge online by
. Thank you!
The International Potluck is this Saturday after the 5:00pm Mass. I encourage you to bring some food of your heritage as we share the richness of the tables of our cultures.
Blessings to you this rainy and cold autumn week!
Jane Schmitz, Parish Director
A New Master Plan is in the Works!
As you may know, the parish has hired a landscape architecture team, Calyx Design Group, to help us create an updated landscape plan for the entire exterior grounds. In this process, we are gathering ideas from the parish, committees and staff. Next, preliminary plans will be developed by the landscape team and will be shared with the parish, committees and staff for review and comment. From all our ideas and feedback, a final comprehensive landscape/site plan will be presented to the parish in early 2019. The intent of the master landscape plan is to provide a cohesive, spiritual site design that will be implemented in phases and mainly by volunteers.
Please join us as we plan for the next 10 to 15 years for our care of our spiritual environment.
Our open input meetings have passed but there is still time to submit your ideas. We have set up a survey for additional input. Please
to access the survey.
Blessings to you this autumn week,
Director of Operations
FATHER MIKE'S HOMILY BLOG
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ATTENTION SNOW BIRDS AND OTHER "MOVERS"
How would you like to help Pax Christi save money by a simple email or phone call? If you plan on being out of town and notify the post office to forward your mail, also contact Maria Miller in the parish office, 952-405-7217, or email@example.com, and she can do a temporary address change for the magazine, the PaxChristiNews. Or, you can have the magazine stopped until you are back in town. You always have the option to view it each month online on our "NEWS" page. Questions? Contact the parish office, 952-941-3150.
CHRISTMAS EVE MASS
For 3rd and 4th grade youth and intergenerational singers
Our Children's Christmas Eve Liturgy begins with third and fourth-grade youth telling the story of Christmas in word and song at 1:45pm followed by Mass at 2:00pm. All Pax Christi third- and fourth-grade students are invited to participate. An intergenerational group of singers will help lead the songs for this special Children's Christmas Mass. Anyone wishing to join the Intergenerational Singers, are invited to be a part of this Christmas Eve celebration. Registration is required no later than December 2. Complete details -
CLOW LEADERS NEEDED
We need Children's Liturgy of the Word leaders at the 11:00am Mass. Training, all materials, and activities are provided. You are already coming to Mass every week, so come join our team and read the gospel to our children. You will return to the sanctuary in time for Eucharist. You pick the schedule and how often you would like to lead. Questions? Contact Renee Dignan, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
to learn more about CLOW.
“THE MODERN SAINTS” DISPLAY
A Great Cloud of Witnesses for Modern Times
“The Modern Saints,” a series by Columbus, OH artist Gracie Morbitzer, will be on display in the Pacem in Terris Gallery (Room 247) from November 1–15.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ~
SERENITY IN CELEBRATION
Saturday, November 10, 9:00am, Room 111
At this Overeaters Anonymous meeting we will discuss enjoying the holidays without overeating.
All are welcome
to join the group. Park in the lower level parking lot; enter through door #6. Questions? Call 612-730-8422.
THIS Saturday, November 10, 6:00pm
Feel free to bring whatever favorite ethnic food you like to make that represents your heritage. If you happen to have a special image, statue, or icon representing your faith heritage—feel free to bring it in to share in a display.
FAITH AT HOME RESOURCE FAIR
Sunday, November 11, before and after Mass at 3:30–4:45pm and 6:00–7:45pm
Wednesday, November 14, 6:30–7:45pm; Room 212
This is a drop-in event for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone else who wants resources for growing faith in the home or resources of places for families to do service projects together. Just in time for the Advent/ Christmas season, browse resources for growing faith at home for families, teens, and children. We'll have books, games, devotional activities, toys, free take-home resources, and service opportunities handouts. Sheets with the information on where to order any item you are interested in will be provided. Nothing is being sold by or through Pax Christi. These are favorites and recommendations from the Faith Formation team. The items will be on hand for you to view.
Sunday, November 11, 12:30–2:00pm
All Middle School and High School Youth (and parents!) are invited to care for God's Creation by helping with the Adopt -a- Highway project. We'll meet at door one at 12:30pm, then head out to clean up our section of Flying Cloud Drive (weather permitting). All supplies and treats will be provided.
to RSVP online now.
CAST INTO THE DEEP: ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Monday, November 12 beginning with a meal at 6:00pm
The series takes place in the Hall of Martyrs. There will be an optional meal served at 6:00pm and an introduction followed by DVD viewing at 6:30pm. There will be table and large group discussion from 7:45–8:15pm. Prayer/Eucharist Adoration will be 8:15–8:30pm in the Thomas Merton Chapel. The nursery will be available with minimum 10-day notice.
to register online now.
to view our conversation with Fr. Mike this morning about St. Thomas Aquinas.
BOOMERS AND BEYOND:
Lunch and Theater Outing - “Hairspray”
Wednesday, November 14, 11:30am, $6.00
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY NOVEMBER 7 so we can reserve the correct number of seats. Register by calling the RSVP line at 952-405-7251 or register online with credit card -
TWELVE BASKETS THANKSGIVING MEAL DRIVE
Drop Off Weekend of November 17/18
There are three ways you may choose to help:
1. Purchase a Thanksgiving meal
for another family.
to view a flyer with a suggested shopping list. Buy some or all items on the list, drop them oﬀ at room #111 on the weekend of November 17/18. Donations will go to families served through two Minneapolis Agencies: Northside Extension Services and Little Earth.
2. Purchase a Grocery Store Gift Card.
Purchase a gift card ($25, $50, $100, or any amount) from Cub Foods. These stores are convenient for shoppers from either Northside Extension or Little Earth. Drop cards oﬀ at the parish oﬃce before November 17/18.
3. “Early Bird” Grocery Cards
— Let us Shop for You! Donate a Cub Foods gift card in any amount on November 3/4 or 10/11 (before our meal collection on November 17/18), and Twelve Baskets volunteers will shop for the meal items. In recent years we have collected less food and more gift cards, and this option helps those recipients who have a diﬃcult time getting to the store and carrying the large meal home using public transportation. This option also provides our donors the convenience of giving a gift card while ensuring the recipients get a complete Thanksgiving meal.
Start your holiday season with a gift from the heart — and thank you for your generosity!
TWELVE BASKETS SHARE THE JOY
November 17/18 through December 1/2
The 12 Baskets Ministry invites you once again to “Share-the-Joy” this holiday season! As we take time to count our many blessings and give thanks, may we also remember that so many of our brothers and sisters, including children, are living in great need. Here at Pax Christi we have many wonderful opportunities for giving—St. Stephen’s Mens’ Shelter, Blessed Kateri’s Faith Formation Children, Little Earth Seniors, and Risen Christ School are returning again. We will also be partnering with St. Andrew’s Lutheran here in Eden Prairie to support the “Holiday Store” hosted by the Center for Changing Lives in the Phillips neighborhood. Sign-up displays will be in Dorothy Day Social Hall after each Mass starting on November 17/18 and run through December 1/2. Please stop by to chat with a Twelve Baskets Minister and to see the many creative opportunities to participate. We look forward to another wonderful season of “Sharing the Joy!” DROP OFF DATE: Drop off gifts at Pax Christi, at doors 1 and 3 in the designated bins, by Sunday, December 9. Holiday Store deadline is Sunday, November 25, by noon.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SPEAKERS SERIES:
On Criminal Justice Equity
Sunday, November 18, 12:30–2:00pm
to rsvp online
Jason Sole, Community-First Public Safety Director, St. Paul
Mark Haase, Director of Government Relations, Minneapolis
for complete details.
WHEN ALL ISN'T SHINY AND BRIGHT
Monday, November 19, 6:30pm, Thomas Merton Chapel
Rev. Chris Wheatley, Director of Christian Ministry and Social Services at Presbyterian Homes, will be with us to explore the many forms of grief that can be especially present over the holidays. This year, some of us will grieve the loss of a family tradition such as gathering at grandma’s house with her heirloom china and favorite foods because she has moved to a care center. Some of us will have to adjust to a slower pace of life due to an illness or disability in the midst of all the holiday chaos and hurry. Some of us will suffer the spiritual pain of loneliness or depression and search our faith for comfort. This talk is for everyone who is entering into the Thanksgiving or Christmas season in need of words of comfort, not expectations of sugarplums dancing. Rev. Wheatley will address these forms of grief and also share tools for those of us who minster to family, friends, and neighbors in need of our support. No need to RSVP.
A PLACE AT THE TABLE: FILM AND DISCUSSION
Saturday, November 24, 3:00-5:00pm, Room 212
A Place at the Table is a documentary that shines a light on the hunger, malnutrition, and "food insecurity" that is plaguing 50 million Americans, 17 million of whom are children. The next chapter on America's food crisis comes from the people that brought you Food, Inc. A Place at the Table offers a powerful portrait of hunger in America and the absurdity of a food system that produces millions of tons of food that goes to waste while simultaneously leaving millions of Americans without enough to eat. It shows that while hunger is a growing epidemic in the US, we can fix it as we nearly did in the 1970s, if enough people demand change. We will view the film and have a facilitated discussion afterward. All are welcome!
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