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in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
March 2017

OMG, as the kids say, we had an inspiring discussion at the Council of the Baptized Open Forum on Tuesday evening, March 14. Kathryn Lien of the Liturgy Team led the discussion of how people experience the prayer of the Mass.  Is God revealed through the ritual and encountered there?  People shared how that was so for them. Click here for the questions they discussed.

Click here  for a visual of the Christian community gathering, offering their lives, and carrying the sacred action of the Mass into action in the world in memory of Jesus. 
Maria Mazzara created the visual for us.

Kathryn's comment after the discussion: " My takeaway was the deep and abiding commitment these people have to the liturgy.  The priest/presider holds an important place in the celebration.  I was edified and even choked up a bit."

So we will continue the discussion on the role of the priest/presider on Tuesday, April 11 at 7-8 p.m.    What does it mean for Catholics to be a priestly people?  What is the priestly role in the celebration of the Eucharist?  

A panel including Jim Moudry, Fr. Michael Joncas, and Tom Fisch will begin the discussion and then open it to the Council of the Baptized and visitors.  Join us if you can.  Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. 

Bulletin Board

From Mike Ricci, Sr., on the Eucharistic celebration:

Since i could not attend the 3/14 meeting, I'd like to offer my thoughts about the meaning of the Eucharist. 
This view is hinted at in one of the replies to the question for discussion, but I think we could be a lot more emphatic about the meaning of Jesus' message at the last supper.
As background, my understanding of the Isrealite culture is that blood was considered something like the essence of the creature.  Therefore, animal blood was not consumed and this was so important the dietary laws included this prohibition.  Of course, Jesus knew that and asking the Apostles to drink from the cup saying this is my blood carried a very poignant message.  He was saying to them:  "take my essence into yourself; become me in the world; live as I live and be for others what I have been for you."  
From Carol A. Tauer, on the Catholic Services Appeal:

Letter to:
Mr. Tim Healy, President
Catholic Services Appeal Foundation
12805 Highway 55, Suite 210
Plymouth MN 55441

Dear Mr. Healy:

I do not contribute to the Catholic Services Appeal because there are some ministries I wish to support,
and others where I believe that my contribution would not be effective in supporting the ideals of
Vatican II and the leadership of Pope Francis. Let me give two examples.

I strongly support the work of Catholic Charities and their advocacy arm, the Office of Social Justice.
Historically, Catholic Charities receives only about 3% of its funding from the Catholic Services
Appeal. So I have concluded that I can support its work more effectively by contributing directly to
Catholic Charities.

In contrast, I hesitate to support the St. Paul Seminary and the College Seminary at this time. A
colleague and I, both retired college professors, did an extensive study of both seminaries in spring
2016. Our investigation included interviews with past and current seminary personnel, including the
rectors of both seminaries. We concluded that significant reforms were needed at both seminaries.
I am enclosing our report, part of a larger Pastoral Recommendations Project that we presented to
Archbishop Hebda in June 2016. ** He has promised a meeting with us, but it has not yet happened. 

Later  in 2016, the book  Seminary Reform  by Sister Katarina Schuth, professor at the St. Paul Seminary, was 
published. We gave Archbishop Hebda a copy of this book in November 2016, together with a letter 
highlighting pertinent points which echoed the findings of our investigation (letter enclosed).   

Rather than simply tossing your materials, I thought I would explain my reasons for not contributing. It
appears to me that the Foundation just goes on year after year supporting the same ministries, without 
having any input into how the work of these ministries is being conducted.

Carol A. Tauer  

** The report to which Carol refers is available on page 33 of the document posted  here.                                                                                                           
Still in joyful hope,
CCCR Board and Council of the Baptized