All of you are the children of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus, since every one of you that has been baptized has been clothed in Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither slave nor free, there can be neither male nor female -- for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26-28 

News

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.

A Lenten Call to Action on Gun Violence

Click here for the message from the WI Council of Churches regarding actions a congregation can pursue to address gun violence.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Parish priest breaks the silence, shares that he is gay
'I am weary with holding it in'

From the National Catholic Reporter
In view of giving visibility and voice to the laity in the Catholic Church, CCRI has declared today as the beginning of a worldwide celebration of the Year of the Laity. This will go from the Feast of Christ the King, November 26, 2017, to this same feast, November 25, 2018. During this year, we envision the People of God taking on a decisive and influential voice in the governance of their Church. This will never come by a decree of the hierarchy but only by the People assuming this responsibility. Once accustomed to this new role, it is our hope that lay people, by virtue of their baptism, will recognize their responsibility to heed the signs of the times and continue to lead the Church in the direction intended by Jesus Christ.

For more information please click here to read the complete declaration.

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.

 

Church Activities

PRESS RELEASE:Roman Catholic Womenpriests
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 20, 2013
CONTACT: Monique Venne
EMAIL:

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.


We especially appreciate Francis’ remarks on the role of women in the church and the need for discussion of the deep questions women are asking.  We are hopeful that his message of inclusivity, consultation and discernment, which grounds the entire interview, will yield an inclusive, consultative and discerned search for answers to those deep questions by women, for and about women, with women.  We agree wholeheartedly that the church does need the genius of women wherever decisions are made in the church, in all roles and functions, as the Pope indicates. 

We think such consultation with the total people of God on these deep questions will reveal a more comprehensive understanding, or “a profound theology of the woman,” to use the Pope’s words.  However, since the church does not seem to need “a profound theology of the man,” it is bewildering to think it needs a “theology of the woman.”  We also note that Francis used Pope John Paul II’s language to describe the “feminine genius” of women, but we hope that it does not mean he has accepted John Paul’s theory of the complementarity of the sexes.

Joyfully, we believe that Pope Francis has opened the long forbidden, but now timely and necessary, discussion of women’s ordination as one of the deepest questions facing the church.  We agree with Pope Francis that, "There are ecclesiastical rules and precepts that were once effective, but now they have lost value or meaning.  The view of the church's teaching as a monolith to defend without nuance or different understanding is wrong."   Legalistic and decadent ideologies of machismo which have kept women from answering their calls are also wrong.  The Spirit is calling women to priestly vocations, as she always has.  We say, “Yes!  Here we are.  We are ready.”  We must walk together. 

Roman Catholic Womenpriests offers Catholics a model for a renewed priestly ministry in vibrant, grassroots communities where all are equal and all are welcome. The Catholic people of God have accepted us as their priests on the prophetic frontiers of the church.  They continue to support us as we grow in numbers from the first daringly astute and audacious seven women ordained on the Danube River in 2002.   Over a hundred ordained women are now ministering as priests in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. Many more are in preparation.

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.