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–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


 

News Item – during a time of pandemic

Dear Friends,

During this time of pandemic, through your generosity; we have been able to give two gifts to our community of $300 each. The following are some of the comments I received from each in thank you notes that I thought would interest you:

First came a note from the Winona Volunteer Services with much gratitude expressed for our generosity and especially during this time of pandemic. Sandra Burke, the executive director let us know the changes they have been called to make to assure that their staff and clients are save in the wake of Covid 19.

At first WVS was allowing only one person to come in and “shop” at a time and very soon after they were required to simply give out pre-packed food boxes from Channel One Food Bank as an added measure to keep folks safe. Only one person from a family can come into the building, waiting in a designated area with a staff member placing the box into a cart for the person to take to again limit exposure to each other. They are also offering curbside pick-up.

Sandra concluded by saying that we should remember that our generosity makes their work possible!

The other donation was to Habitat for Humanity. In the spring of the year,  Habitat usually has two fund-raisers that cover many of their needs throughout the year along with the ReStore which now is closed. In lieu of needing to cancel the fund-raisers, Habitat asked for donations from the community to assist their work in absence of the other income.  Amanda Hedlund, executive director said of our gift to them:  You help us do so much. You help Habitat provide an essential service, and that work must go on! Thank you for helping to build wheelchair ramps for people who can’t get safely in and out of their homes. Thank you for helping to repair roofs for people getting rained on inside their homes.  Thank you for painting siding before it weathers beyond repair, and for cleaning brush before it lifts siding from the walls.  You are so important to Habitat for Humanity–you make this work happen.

So, my friends, there you have it–I wanted you to know the good your gifts do! Stay safe and well—Pastor Kathy


 

News Item

Dear Friends, 

I just realized that I overlooked mentioning one of our special deceased members in my Holy Thursday homily,  and that is, Bob Sherman. We continue to miss his good and gentle presence among us. My apologies to his wife, Mary and their family. 

Peace and love in this Easter time,  

Pastor Kathy