A Weekly News Update

Saint Clare Pastoral Center
An Ecumenical Catholic Community
Don't Just Come to Church - Become the Church!

June 17, 2017
The 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am - Mass
Rev. Liz Miller - Presiding
11:00 am - Social
Snacks - Rev. Jack & Rev. Liz

Scripture Readings for Sunday
Reading 1: Ezekiel 17: 22-24
Responsorial: Psalm 92: 2-3, 13-16
Reading 2: 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10
Gospel Reading: Mark 4: 26-34
(Click HERE to view the complete scripture readings)

"The seed is the word of God.  Christ is the sower.
All who come to him will live forever

"Small Beginnings" - by Rev. Liz
(Click HERE to read other homilies)

ECC Regional News Update
The work of the Regional Bishop Selection Committee continues.  Plans are for potential candidates to visit with regional communities during July with an election to follow.  Final confirmation and ordination of the bishop-elect is planned for the 2018 Synod in September.

National News Update
An open letter from from Mirella, Bishop Peters Wife (posted on Facebook):
"My dear brothers and sisters in Christ. I finally have a moment to write to you personally and thank you for the wonderful support that you have brought to my husband, our family, and to me. The cards and letters and very kind gifts are much appreciated as is the love and prayers that you have sent to us. We are in a very difficult place in our lives as we wait to see the outcome of this. +Peter is a strong man, however, and I believe that he will work hard to get well. He w...ill want to be back doing what he does best, preaching the gospel. Not only is Saint Matthew an important part of him, but so is the ECC. The ECC is an affirmation of what he has always wanted in the first place - loving and accepting communities who strive to do what Jesus would do: Welcome ALL to the table! To know that this is happening all over the US and in other countries gives him much joy. So, again, I say thank you for fulfilling a dream for our dear Bishop. I send YOU much love and prayer and I feel truly blessed to have you in my life and the life of my family. Love, Mirella"  Our prayers continue for Bishop Peters recovery.

"Nothing Can Separate Us" is the theme for this years Holy Synod to be held in Tempe, Arizona, September 17-20.  A registration link is available.  Click HERE to be redirected to the Synod website.

Bless Our Fathers
Heavenly Father, today we ask You to bless our earthly fathers for the many times they reflected the love, strength, generosity, wisdom and mercy that You exemplify in Your relationship with us, Your children. We honor our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort; for teaching us to show courage and determination in the face of adversity; for challenging us to move beyond self-limiting boundaries; for modeling the qualities that would turn us into responsible, principled, caring adults. 

Not all our fathers lived up to these ideals. Give them the grace to acknowledge and learn from their mistakes. Give us the grace to extend to them the same forgiveness that you offer us all. Help us to resist the urge to stay stuck in past bitterness, instead, moving forward with humility and peace of heart.

We ask your blessing on those men who served as father figures in our lives when our biological fathers weren't able to do so. May the love and selflessness they showed us be returned to them in all their relationships, and help them to know that their influence has changed us for the better. Give new and future fathers the guidance they need to raise happy and holy children, grounded in a love for God and other people - and remind these fathers that treating their wives with dignity, compassion and respect is one of the greatest gifts they can give their children.

We pray that our fathers who have passed into the next life have been welcomed into Your loving embrace, and that our family will one be day be reunited in your heavenly kingdom. 

In union with St. Joseph, whom you entrusted with Your Son,we ask Your generous blessings today and every day. Amen. (Tony Rossi - jesuitsource.org)

Upcoming Dates to Remember
June 19th - FCC Men's Breakfast
June 21st - First Day of Summer
June 25th - ECC Regional Conference Call
June 27th - FCC Gal's Night Out
June 29th - Friendship House Meal

See you Sunday Where Everyone is Welcome!

Contact Information
308 Barry Loop, Mount Vernon, WA 98274
(360) 982-2446 Phone / (360) 899-4632 Fax

Rev. Jack - (360) 318-6068 Cell
Rev. Liz - (360) 510-9081 Cell