Do to concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have suspended weekly gatherings. In the interim, we will be offering a weekly online ecumenical service each Sunday at 10:30 am. Our prayers are with you during this time of crisis. Please stay informed, stay safe, and stay well.
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Rev. Liz and I would like to welcome you to the Saint Clare Pastoral Center website. We are part of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion* (ECC), the largest independent catholic jurisdiction in the United States, and a member of the National Council of Churches. Our denomination traces its history through the European Old Catholic Churches who came together in opposition to the declaration of papal infallibility established by the First Vatican Council (1869-70). Our mission is to offer valid sacraments to all those seeking a faith community whose beliefs are grounded in the traditions of the early Christian church, while maintaining the basic integrity of the Catholic liturgy. We meet each Sunday in space provided by the First Christian Church of Mount Vernon, located at 900 Skagit Street. Mass begins at 10:30 am.
*For more information about our "communion of communities," please click here to be directed to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) website.
Peace and Blessings ... Rev. Jack & Rev. Liz
Sunday, April 12, 2020
"Living Our Salvation"
Lord of heaven and earth, the Resurrection of your Son is a promise that you will not abandon us to sin and death but will transform all creation until it has at last become your perfect kingdom. Continue the work you have begun. Refashion us now, today. Liberate us from whatever is luring us into the grave. Share your life-giving power with us so that we will rejoice in your love, live in hope of our future together, act with the unwavering courage of Jesus, and marvel at all you accomplish. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Amen.
Sunday’s Readings: Acts 10:34, 37–43; Psalm 118:1–2, 16–17, 22–23; 1 Corinthians 5:6–8; John 20:1–9.
New Beginnings: Today we rejoice, feast, and spend time with family and friends. Easter Sunday is a day of beginnings. In John’s Gospel, two disciples rush to the empty tomb, where it dawns on them that something tremendous has happened. In Matthew’s Gospel account, the women are given only a few moments with the Risen Christ before he sends them to evangelize. The months following Jesus’ Resurrection are busy ones. In the passage from the Acts of the Apostles that we hear today, Peter has entered the house of a Gentile. Filled with the Holy Spirit, this Apostle delivers a powerful proclamation of the Gospel, yet before he finishes, the Holy Spirit comes upon everyone else in the room too. Throughout the Easter season we will hear how the Spirit of the Risen Lord leads and empowers Jesus’ followers to inspire more and more people to believe in the Resurrection and to make a new beginning of their lives. It is now our turn. It is our season of new beginnings. God shared the Spirit with us so that we will “seek what is above” and allow the Spirit to further transform us into just and holy people. God shared the Spirit with us so that we will enter people’s houses, enter people’s lives, and help them to begin anew.
© 2020 Liturgy Training Publications. 1-800-933-1800. Written by Edrianne Ezell. Scripture quotations are from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, CCD. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, on July 12, 2019.