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Latest Update: 1/6/2020

A Liturgical Year In the Life of One Inclusive Community


Information on Rev. James Ryans Book can be found here

MM Book & Movie List


Dear Community, At Homily Sharing time on Sunday, December 29 we shared a look back on books and movies. My invitation was to share what were our "favorites" for the past year in terms of reading and viewing that inspired, uplifted, informed, and challenged us. The discussion was wonderful and here is the list. I will have it posted on our website - maybe a sidebar link or in the Members Section. Any selections not mentioned that you would like to see included, please send me an email either to this address or to jimryan6885@gmail.com and I will see that it gets included. Take care, Jim

Click here for the list - PDF

Julian of Norwich, Revolutionary Medieval Mystic

Revolutionary medieval mystic Julian of Norwich penned what's thought to be the first book in English written by a woman. She dared to suggest that God was both father and mother. Professor Sherry Reames explores the life, writings, and legacy of a courageous medieval anchoress and author.

You can listen to the podcast here-MP3


"The Catholic Church and the Struggle Against White Nationalism: Missing in Action?"


Father Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics and the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics
at Fordham University, Delivers his 2019 Howard Thurman lecture in room 252 of Candler School of Theology.
Event co-sponsored by Candler's Black Church Studies department and the Catholic Studies department.
For those of you who are concerned about the rise of white nationalism and the role of the Black Church AND the Catholic Church in
combating it. You will learn much from this 2 hour lecture by Rev. Bryan Massingale, black priest formerly of the Milwaukee WI diocese,
who is known world wide for his work in this area. He was my professor of Moral Theology at St. Frances de Sales Seminary, where I
earned my M. Div. It is worth your time, I assure you. A great way to spend some time on a dreary, cold, wet blustery day in Wisconsin

Complete Lecture Video Here

No One Catholic Preeminent Priority


We, the undersigned Roman Catholic Women Bishops call upon our brother bishops to
re-evaluate their latest statement regarding the priorities for the Catholic people.

Read Complete Document Here

RIVER OF FIRE:
My Spiritual Journey

A Letter to Pope Francis
An appeal for the Catholic Church to fully Respect the Dignity of Women.

Read Here

Lord, Make Me a Channel
of Disturbance:
The "Reverse St. Francis Prayer

Lord, make me a channel of disturbance.
Where there is apathy, let me provoke;
Where there is compliance, let me bring questioning;
Where there is silence, may I be a voice.
Where there is too much comfort and too little action, grant disruption;
Where there are doors closed and hearts locked, Grant the willingness to listen.
When laws dictate and pain is overlooked... When tradition speaks louder than need...
Grant that I may seek rather to do justice than to talk about it;
Disturb us, O Lord. To be with, as well as for, the alienated;
To love the unlovable as well as the lovely; Lord, make me a channel of disturbance.
~ Author unknown

Can laypeople lead a parish?

Look to Louisville for a thriving example.

Read about it here!

Out on a limb: In conversation with Bishop Patricia Fresen

Patricia Fresen, RCWP Bishop from South Africa, is the woman who ordained Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Pastor, Alice Iaquinta, on August 12, 2007 in Minneapolis, MN. Many of your questions about women's ordination and the history of women priests will be answered. Religious apartheid, just like political and social apartheid, are unjust laws which must be broken if justice is to be achieved. Please take time to watch this interview.

The Fresen Video

Mary of Magdala
OUTREACH INITIATIVE – 2019


Take a look at what up this year!

The Original Prayer of Rabbi Yeshua

Learn of the Aramaic world in which Jesus lived and the prayer as he may have taught it to his followers when they implored him: ”Teach us to pray.”

Get more information here.

A Statute with Limitations: Before #metoo

bookHope is being able to see that there is light despite all darkness - Desmond Tutu.  Follow it.

The book now is showing on Amazon. 

 

This link that will take the reader directly to the book.

 



Why I left the church, and what I'm hearing about it (Part 1)
The prospect of starting over after a lifetime is so daunting that I can see why many who leave the Catholic Church just give up on organized religion altogether.

Click here to read The original NCR article. See below for a response.


Why I left the church, and what I'm hearing about it (Part 2)
"Well, I couldn't NOT respond to this article in the NCR column penned by Melinda Henneberger that came through my inbox this morning."

Click Here to read the rest of the response.
Dear Community,
I am posting the excellent homily on the Transfiguration that I used as a resource today on our website because I believe that it is worth your time to either read or listen to it, or both!
Pastor Alice

Read/Watch "TRANSFIGURING RESPECTABLE WHITE MALE JESUS"

Check out current social justice activities

Our Social Justice Organisations can use your help.

Take a look at what's coming up under "Other Organizations.


Don Timmerman's book, "Midwife of Grace"

"I served God as best I could, starting as a farmer from Dickeyville, Wisconsin, and then evolving through many roles."

Book
The book is available at Amazon, but Don is working at getting copies that could be sold directly so that Casa Maria would benefit more directly ..... Jim
"Building Bridges with LGBT Catholics."

A talk given by Rev. James Martin, SJ, Editor at Large, America Media, entitled, "Building Bridges with LGBT Catholics."(Video)

Reflections of Wellness for Women

For more information, Go to the calendar page

Meditation on 9 phases of progressive enlightenment. Reflections on a Thangka painting portraying stages according to Mahamudra Practice
Hello everyone, In our gathering yesterday at MoM's Centering Prayer group, we spent some time gazing upon, meditating and praying with icons. I sensed a deepening and connection in this practice with most members there. One new member who hadn't centered before (we did have a centering prayer sit) discussed some difficulty in centering as one works with formlessness, esp. how to handled busy mind and thoughts/questions arising during prayer. We discussed the Buddhist notion of the 'monkey mind.' A part of that "monkey mind" teaching comes from a Buddhist Mahamudra Thangka (like an icon) from the East. Catherine, who was in attendance yesterday, requested the link the youtube video which describes successive paths to enlightens and inner unity..... Ronald Mendyke

Here is the link.

 

Links of Interest:

Documents

Worship Communities led by Roman Catholic Women Priests.
Click Here to find the communities world wide.

Organizations

Drug Rehab and Domestic Abuse This is a web resource that provides ​free ​information and support to people fighting domestic abuse, mental illness and addiction and to spread the word about these issues.This is a web resource that provides ​free ​information and support to people fighting domestic abuse, mental illness and addiction and to spread the word about these issues. Click here!

Downtown Disciples
is an "Unapologetically Progressive" Christian community and urban ministry, "doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly" together in Des Moines, Iowa. We are LGBTQ affirming and we proclaim #BlackLivesMatter. You are invited to visit our all-inclusive spiritual community and become part of our movement for wholeness in this fragmented world. Take a look here!

Catholics for Choice (CFC)
http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/
A voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health. CFC has its headquarters in Washington, DC. Works with sister organizations throughout Latin America, and maintains a presence in the European parliament and throughout Europe, working closely with Catholic and reproductive health colleagues there. CFC is an ECOSOC-accredited NGO in the UN system and has participated in many UN conferences and forums. CFC and its partners are active in support of social justice and human rights in both church and society.

Christians With Questions
http://christianswithquestions.org
An ecumenical group not afraid to look at some of the questions our theologians have been dealing with for the past 200 years . Milwaukee group

Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes http://www.csasisters.org

As women religious, we freely choose to profess our commitment publicly through vows of poverty, celibate chastity, and obedience. Our life in community supports both our spiritual life and ministry. "We envision community to be a sign of the presence of Christ among us and a source of great apostolic power."

Nathional Catholic Reporter (NCR)
http://ncronline.org/
Established in 1964, the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) began as a newspaper and is now a print and Web news source that stands as one of the few independent journalistic outlets for Catholics and others who struggle with the complex moral and societal issues of the day. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

Network http://www.networklobby.org

A Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace—educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation.


Pathfinders http://pathfindersmke.org
Pathfinders has brought safety, hope, and healing to thousands of young people and families dealing with homelessness, family problems, mental health issues, sexual abuse, alcohol and drug addictions, juvenile delinquency, and educational needs, for over 40 years. From basic shelter to one-on-one counseling, helps them build the skills they need to succeed at home, at school and in the community. Services are designed to protect youth and young adults, strengthen individuals and families, and improve the emotional and mental health of people at risk in the Milwaukee area. Services are offered at little or no cost, and the vast majority of Pathfinders’ clients are low-income.

Project Q
http://www.projectqmke.org
Serves over 800 Milwaukee area youth(ages 13-24) each year, and approximately 150 of those youth receive extensive case management services where staff meet one- on-one with youth to assist them. Provides weekly culturally relevant, contemporary programs in a “for youth, by youth” space that aim for the positive cultural, social, educational, and emotional development of young adults; empowera young adults to make healthy (informed) decisions about sexual health (such as HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy) as well as personal wellness (ATODA, finances, and relationships, etc.); advocates for and collaborate with programs and organizations that meet the varied needs of LGBTQA young adults and their communities; Designs and implements activities that insure diversity and community in every aspect of Project Q; provides a space that affirms LGBTQA young adults to fully identify and express themselves without fear of ridicule and harassment

Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP) http://www.romancatholicwomenpriests.org

Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP) is an international movement within the Roman Catholic Church. The mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA is to prepare, ordain in Apostolic Succession, and support primarily women who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to a renewed priestly ministry rooted in justice and faithfulness to the Gospel.

Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) http://www.voiceofthefaithful.org

A lay organization of faithful Catholics, who organized in 2002 as a response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, since expanded worldwide with more than 30,000 members. Mission: to provide a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the faithful can actively participate in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church. Working towards three goals: support survivors of clergy sexual abuse; support priests of integrity; shape structural change within the Catholic Church

Resources

Springs of the Great Deep Burst Forth: Meeting the Thirsts of the World
Over the years, women religious have been drawn to live more deeply out of a contemplative stance. This stance leads us to explore the world with a vision that penetrates below the surface and draws wisdom and insight from those great depths.
https://lcwr.org/calendar/lcwr-assembly-2015

FutureChurch Teleconference Series Continues FutureChurch continues its tradition of providing Catholics with the opportunity to hear and engage leading Catholic theologians, biblical scholars, journalists, activists, ministers and others right in the comfort of your home. https://www.futurechurch.org/events/teleconference-with-sr-elizabeth-johnson

Conscience
, the Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion is published quarterly by Catholics for Choice (CFC). http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/conscience/masthead/default.asp
Want to stay current on what the Pope is saying? Use this link to NCR
(National Catholic Reporter) http://ncronline.org/blogs/francis-chronicles?f
The Pope: How the Church will change
Click Here


America magazine interview with Pope Francis
Click Here
Book review of A Matter of Conscience
This book is by Fr. Tony Flannery of Ireland, founder of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests, silenced by the Vatican for his views on women's ordination, homosexuality, celibacy and more. Click Here

Newstalk Interview with Fr Tony Flannery

Founder of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests, silenced by the Vatican for his views on women's ordination, homosexuality, celibacy and more.
Click Here

The Last Word with Matt Cooper - A Question of Conscience with author Fr Tony Flannery
Founder of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests, silenced by the Vatican for his views on women's ordination, homosexuality, celibacy and more.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/14/my-take-what-it-means-for-one-of-my-brothers-to-become-pope/

Some comments from a Jesuit Priest, Father James Martin, about the new Pope.

WISN Special Report on Mary of Magdala
Did you See the WISN TV report by Joyce Garbaciak featuring Mary of Magdala?

How to Become a Pope!

Would you like to become Pope? Here is a link to a YouTube video that will show you in an accurate, but sometimes lightheated way, the path to becoming Pope.

Women Priests Movement Endorsed By National Catholic Reporter

The Huffington Post article about the Women Priests Movement being endorsed by a Catholic newspaper reporter. Click here

Roman Catholic Womenpriests Website


Ministers offer Ash Wednesday blessings to drive-through motorists


Catholic Women Press Their Fitness for Priesthood


A short article from WTMJ about Pastor Alice Iaquinta from 2007.


West Bend Daily News article about Pastor Alice Iaquinta


The Year for Priests

The Year for Priests: Special Uncensored Photo Celebration, from "Another Voice" by John W Greenleaf, historical theologian. Click Here


Bridget Mary's Blog

"The Time is Now for Restructuring the Roman Catholic Church" by Alice Iaquinta Click Here

Iowa City Woman Ordained Priest by Roman Catholic Womenpriests

KGRG-TV report on the Ordination of an Iowa City, IA woman. Click Here

A second papal interview. Astounding!

Dear friends, I just got this. You will want to read this attached copy of the transcript of an interview that the pope recently gave to the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica. It is full of astounding comments. You are sure to be waiting for the next interview......read to the end to see what he says will talk about next. What comes out of his mouth in this interview caused my jaw to drop, and words of amazement, more than once. See what you think.
Click here to read the text of the interview.


Rev. Irene Senn ordained

Click here for the photo and additional information.

Channel 12 WISN-TV Milwaukee had a film segment covering the Ordination.
Watch it here.


A press Release from Roman Catholic Womenpriests - Sept 20, 2013

Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA is encouraged by Pope Francis’ interview published in America magazine on September 19, in which he moves the church forward by turning back to the Gospel values of Jesus Christ and to the discerned, collegial, ecumenical wisdom of the Vatican II Council. Read more here.

Liberation Theology Gets the CDF Seal of Approval, and the Rich Act Different…Who Knew? June 21, 2013

Says who? Says Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that’s who.. [ Complete article here]


Veteran Jesuit explains choice to return to lay life - July 15, 2013
In a lengthy, moving letter to friends and colleagues, veteran Jesuit priest Bert Thelen explains his reasons for leaving the order and the priesthood and returning to the lay state. Thelen, who is almost 80 years old, has served as parish priest, provincial staff member and provincial during his 45 years of service.
[Read Complete Article here]
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