News Item – Zoom Link for Mass on July 26, 2020

Dear Friends,

As you know, we are now on ZOOM! All Are One Catholic church will be hosting our first ZOOM liturgy on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. CDT.  Instructions are given below to allow you to participate. In addition this mass will be a celebration of Mary of Magdala, apostle to the apostles and a celebration of all women too and their rightful place in our Church.

Some of you have already participated in Zoom meetings so are familiar with how to do it. If you have not participated in a Zoom meeting before, it is really quite easy—this comes from someone who is not the most technically adept person. (:  Follow the instructions below and you should be able to participate. If you have any problems or questions before the day of our first live Mass on Zoom, my son-in-law, Adam is willing to walk you through your concerns: adamqp@gmail.com.

I hope you can be with us! Jump on early, at 9:45 A.M. CDT that day and we can have a bit of fellowship before Mass as it has been so long since we have been together! We will also be able to have some fellowship time afterward!

Hopefully, this is finding you well and relatively at peace in these trying times.

Love to all–hope to see many of you on Sunday!

Pastor Kathy

P.S. I will be putting out materials for your participation in a later mailing.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­If you would like to join us on your computer, or other device using Zoom, simply click on this address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85189455528?pwd=eml2RE5URTdjaXpJRWp1dXdmbkZBUT09

If you need to join us via phone call, dial this number: +1 312 626 6799 and, when prompted, enter this information:

Meeting ID: 851 8945 5528

Password: 407545


 

News Item–in a time of Pandemic

Dear Friends,

We are now on ZOOM! All Are One Catholic church will be hosting our first ZOOM liturgy on July 26, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. CDT.  Instructions are given below to allow you to participate. Some of you have already participated in Zoom meetings so are familiar with how to do it. If you have not participated in a Zoom meeting before, it is really quite easy—this comes from someone who is not the most technically adept person there is! (:  Follow the instructions below and you should be able to participate. If you have any problems or questions before the day of our first live Mass on Zoom, my son-in-law is willing to walk you through your concerns: adamqp@gmail.com.

Incidentally, July 26, 2020 was our scheduled Mary of Magdala celebration on the farm, so we will celebrate Mary on this first Zoom liturgy as well as, all women and their rightful and equal place within our Church.

I hope you can be with us! Jump on early, at 9:45 a.m. CDT that day and we can have a bit of fellowship before Mass as it has been so long since we have been together! We will also be able to have some fellowship time afterward!

Hopefully, this is finding you well and relatively at peace in these trying times.

Love to all,

Pastor Kathy

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­If you would like to join us on your computer, using Zoom, simply click on this address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85189455528?pwd=eml2RE5URTdjaXpJRWp1dXdmbkZBUT09

If you need to join us via phone call, dial this number: +1 312 626 6799 and, when prompted, enter this information:

Meeting ID: 851 8945 5528

Password: 407545

 

News Item – Mary of Magdala Celebration-Mass on the Farm-CANCELLED

Dear Friends,

After much consideration of the pros and cons of offering this much loved service, during this time of pandemic, Robert and I along with members of the Redig family have reluctantly decided that we must cancel for this year.

Covid 19 is something that we don’t totally understand and have no way to fight except through distancing, the wearing of masks and good hand-washing–all things that would be hard to do in our traditional Mary of Magdala celebration.

In talking with many of you, I realize that there would be reluctance to come into such a gathering at this time.  We wouldn’t be able to offer food as in the past due to the risk.  And bathrooms would be a problem.  The thought has arisen of doing this in a park but those spaces have their problems too.  Therefore, we will look forward to next year!

Peace to all–please stay safe–Pastor Kathy

 

News Item-Crisis in Minnesota-Call for Peace and Justice

Dear Friends,

I have been thinking how best to address all of you regarding the events surrounding the murder of George Floyd at the hands of some Minneapolis policemen and the aftermath of protest and violence the last several nights in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  I wanted to reach out to you because we are a community that believes in peace and justice and fair treatment for all our brothers and sisters–we are a community of love and care and at a time like this, we need to know that we are united.  Please know of my love and care for each of you and my promise of prayer that at this time of Pentecost, the Spirit of our brother Jesus would show us the best and most needed responses in this time of crisis.

I listened as some of you may have to our state leaders; the governor, lieutenant governor, our state senators, attorney general, as well as faith leaders from across denominations in the Twin Cities speak at a noon news conference today* with a great deal of compassion and concern about the rising crisis in Minneapolis and St. Paul over the past few nights. They have made the point of letting us know that the people causing the destruction at present are not those people who are legitimately grieving the loss of yet another black brother, but anarchist types who have an entirely different agenda, and aren’t, for the most part, even from Minnesota and are taking advantage of this sad time.

With that in mind, the governor and all others present at the news conference who spoke were imploring the people of St. Paul and Minneapolis to stay home tonight, to abide by the 8 p.m. curfew and keep off the streets so that those who are bent on destruction can be apprehended.  The work of justice can’t be accomplished until the violence stops Governor Walz let us know.  Everyone present who spoke impressed upon their communities of faith and neighborhoods that “tomorrow” would come and that this issue of racism, laid so bare by this most recent example of brutality, would be addressed and that the help of everyone would be needed for that most important work.

A time like this calls forth a response from us–many of us want to do something to show our support. One of the pastors suggested that folks in Minneapolis and St. Paul go home tonight at 8 p.m. and pray as the best way to express their support. We all have different ways of showing our support–some of us can write letters, make calls in order that this  issue, not die. Maybe this time, along with what we have learned of the inequities in our country for those who are poor, black, or both, in this time of pandemic, along with the racism clearly exposed in the too frequent deaths of blacks by policemen in our state and country due to the color of their skin will finally, finally bring much needed change. Another something that you may want to partake in tomorrow at 4 p.m. is a car caravan for peace and justice, sponsored by the Winona Interfaith Council, starting at the high school, driving through the streets of Winona in support of all that is good and with hope of a better future for all of us.  Whatever you choose to do friends, choose to do something. This issue is the responsibility of all of us.

My love and support for each of you–Peace, Pastor Kathy

* I would you suggest if you didn’t hear this news conference, going on-line to listen to the many speakers from the governor on down–about one hour and 15 minutes–well worth the time.

News Item–Ascension Thursday–in a Time of Pandemic

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow as you know the Church marks Ascension Thursday and I simply wanted to comment on it and we will “talk” more about it with the Sunday liturgy, homily and prayers. Now whether Jesus’ time on this physical earth ended on a Thursday or not is not really the most important thing to keep in mind as it is what this piece of religious history signifies for us as his followers.

With this feast, Jesus is basically saying, my physical work is done and now, I am entrusting my mission to you because I believe in you, love you and won’t “leave you orphans.” “Don’t be afraid, I am with you always!”

So, there you have it friends! This coming Sunday will be the 7th and final Sunday of Easter with the feast of Pentecost coming the following Sunday–Jesus will send his very Spirit to guide and show us the way.  With the Spirit comes courage, strength, and confidence. The seven gifts of the Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of God.

I would say that these gifts are basically about coming to know that we are first loved by God and are called to love God  in return, which is about finding time to spend with consciousness each day of God–we call this prayer, who is our source and being (piety). The Spirit of Jesus gives us knowledge and wisdom and helps us to revere (fear) God in each other and all the universe. Let us ask this Spirit to be truly with us as we learn how to become better followers of our brother, Jesus. –Pastor Kathy