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, May 31, 2020
"Come upon Us"
Lord of life, The world awaits your liberating Spirit. Come, mighty wind, breathe new life into us. Come, Spirit of Truth, reveal the evil that lingers in our midst. Come, Wisdom of God, teach us the way of righteousness. Come, Fire of Love, impassion us to act justly in all we do. Come, Helper and Guide, draw us together in fellowship and peace. Come, O Sanctifier, and make us holy. Keep us forever united with our loving and creating God, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sunday’s Readings: Acts 2:1–11; Psalm 104:1, 24, 29–30, 31, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:3–7, 12–13; John 20:19–23.
Today’s Apostles: For the past seven weeks, we have heard what the Apostles did after Jesus poured his Spirit out upon them. We have heard compelling speeches and listened to stories of healing and exorcism. We have witnessed the conversion of Jews, Samaritans, and Gentiles. We have seen Paul, a fierce opponent of Jesus’ followers, become an eloquent and passionate preacher of the Gospel. We have also heard stories of ridicule, expulsion, imprisonment, and martyrdom, yet in those moments, the Apostles rejoiced that they could glorify God by dying and rising with Jesus. As our Easter season comes to an end and we conclude our reading of the Acts of the Apostles, we might think such marvelous stories belong to the past. We might think we could never be such loving, courageous witnesses, we could never speak and act like those Apostles did. We would be wrong to think this. St. Paul tells us, “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” Pentecost marked the beginning of the apostolic era, the era of the Church. We are still in that era. People still need to hear the story of salvation, still need healing, still need evil expelled from their midst. God pours his Spirit out upon us to transform and empower us, and then he sends us forth. We each have something to contribute to the story of salvation, for we are the apostles of this age.
© 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.