Reflections from your Co-Pastors
May 31, 2021

Feast Day of the Visitation of the  Blessed Virgin Mary

Cooperate With the Spirit

Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." 
Luke 1: 41-42

I remember reading this line from scripture as a shy thirty-year-old and being deeply moved by Elizabeth's courage.  Although I had heard the story countless times, I was suddenly aware that by boldly using her voice, Elizabeth helped build community by proclaiming God's faithfulness. It was a life altering realization for me that eventually changed the path of my life.

We will never know what Elizabeth's affirmation did for Mary, just as we may never know how our actions or words have touched someone's life. Our part is to cooperate with the indwelling Spirit and leave the rest up to a God we cannot control.

God, may I never shrink from speaking the truth you place in my heart.

Terri Mifek
Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions
Prayer Requests and Service Recordings
Praying for peace, health and well-being through challenging times

+Sue Harari - friend of Cathy Engel
+Mary Detweiller - member
+Rob Frank - friend of Kerrie Anderson - member

+Jerry Padilla, father and Ryan Cordova nephew of Lisa Jones - member
+Aidan - grandson of Mother Kae.
+Lauren Roob - friend of Rosanna Bateman
+Liz and Ken Zornes and family, whose daughter is struggling with addiction - friends of Sandra and Dick Life

+Michael Keefe, son of member Yvonne Keefe
+Dona Bosse - member
+Rosemary - Fr Michael's mother
+Dani - niece of the Cloyds - members

In gratitude for all who pray for and with our community.

+Ruth Parker, sister of Dori Carroll
+Joanne Gallagher - member, and for her sister, Dr. Barbara Immroth
+Jim and Lucille Bowen friends of Suzanne King, member

+Leo Sixfather of Michael Six
+Mike Gudim
+Suzanne King - member

For the peaceful repose of souls for those who've passed and comfort for the families.
Mary Crosby - member
Clint Wisdom - brother-in-law of Joan Chapman-Smith
Leon - father of Mother Cynthia

Kristin - daughter of ECC priest Scott Jenkins.
Joan Kneeland - sister-in-law of Bill Kneeland
Rita Ortiz, friend of Deacon Rosean
Margie Weitz - member

Chris Bachman, friend of Lisa Jones
Bob, husband of Joyce Dehaven -
friend of Cathy Engel
David Heyman -member
Service Recordings
Here is the recording celebrating Holy Trinity Sunday on May 30th. The presider and homilist was Mother Kae Madden and her homily is available here. The service is also available in a printed version to assist with prayer.
Mourning the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre
In the early 1900’s, the Greenwood District in Tulsa Oklahoma had a thriving concentration of African-American businesses and was known as America’s “Black Wall Street”. But Tulsa was segregated. Nearby White residents felt intimidated by the prosperity and expansion of Greenwood which grew in population and extended its physical borders, colliding with White neighborhoods.

The massacre began May 31, 1921 after Dick Rowland (19), a black shoe shiner, was accused of assaulting Sarah Page (17), a white elevator operator of the nearby Drexel Building. After Rowland’s arrest, rumors spread that he was to be lynched. A group of 75 black men, some armed, arrived at the jail in order to prevent the lynching. The sheriff persuaded them to leave but members of a gathered White mob tried to disarm a Black man. Shots were fired and 12 people, of both races, killed.

As news of the deaths spread, White rioters rampaged through the Greenwood District, killing, looting, and burning stores and homes. Around noon on June 1, the Oklahoma National Guard imposed martial law, effectively ending the massacre. About 10,000 Black people were left homeless, and
property damage amounted to more than $32 million in today’s dollars. Many survivors left Tulsa, while Black and White residents who stayed in the city kept silent about the terror and violence for decades. The massacre was officially labelled a “riot” to give insurance companies a loophole to avoid covering damages and losses.

In 1996, a bipartisan commission of the state legislature began studying the “Tulsa Race Riot” and in the final report (2001), concluded that the city had conspired with the mob of White citizens against Black citizens. Though one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history, only recently has this event become more widely known. Let us pray for an end to racially motivated violence in our country.
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