OH a Wing and a - Guardian Angels Catholic Community
OH a Wing and a
Guardian Angels Catholic Community-A Different Way to be Catholic
I've been pondering the name of our newsletter -On a Wing and a Prayer-It reminds me a lot of
Richard Rohr's Center for Act/on and Contemplation. The "action" part is our "swings" - angels called to
be on the wing, in the world, active in service and love, our classes/book studies together. And the
"contemplation" part is our "prayer" life together- our masses, our ecumenical/interfaith worship
services, the celebration of sacraments...the healing presence we are to each other - our beloved
Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist by Qi He
A Letter from Pastor Sue on the 5th Anniversary of her ordination to the priesthood:
June 24, 2012
You define my priesthood. Eight years ago I started out as a Guardian Angels pew
person like you. During that first year I was blessed to meet Rick and Bunny McFarland
(currently living in Chicago) and to this day Rick and I regularly chat on line and the two
of them still consider Guardian Angels their home parish. I was grateful to find "a
different way to be Catholic." I had tried other Christian Churches and as beautiful as
they were, I needed Catholic. I love the liturgy and the sacraments...and now how we
have expanded the definition of sacrament to include blessing all those grace-filled
moments of our lives whether it is our pet blessing or are care-giver blessing. (Look for
a bicycle blessing this Fall)
I served Guardian Angels as a Deacon for two years and during that time helped us find
our new home here at Community Christian 6 years ago now. I was blessed to work
under Guardian Angels' first pastor Rev. Mary Christen. She was a warm presider at
mass and an inspirational preacher. I was also blessed to serve under Fr. Gene Young,
Fr. Rick McFarland, Fr. Rick Lyddon and with Rev. Kate Lehman and Rev. Elaine
Groppenbacher. I've served under 3 Bishops - Bishop Bill Christen, Bishop Terry
Boyer and now under Bishop Peter Hickman.
The last 5 years as Guardian Angels Pastor have been such a joy. We have seen
growth. We have helped launch important ministries. I-HELP, Project Homeless
Connect. We have members active in many others. The importance of social justice
ministry, community outreach and interfaith/ecumenical action define who we are at
Guardian Angels. We not only pray for unity - we DO unity.
The launching of St. Teresa of Avila last year and Guardian Angels admission to the
Arizona Ecumenical Council have helped to show others how vital Guardian Angels
Catholic Community is.
I heard a great quote the other day. From Dante: Laughter is the language of the
angels! And I thought to myself, YES! We live during a very trying time. The speed of
the world and the instant connections sometimes leave us overwhelmed. The issues
that challenge us are complicated. What can we, the beloved community of Angels do
about these things? Not much. But what we can do is love each other, make our
coming together as a community as important as breathing and we can laugh together.
We can look for and celebrate the joy together. We can make sure members who
struggle know they are not alone. This small community can be an example for the
world. We can live out compassion and inclusion and justice.
As I said at the beginning of this note, you Angels define my priesthood. I am
privileged, humbled that you called me and now allow me to call you. In two more years
we will celebrate Guardian Angels 10th Anniversary. Between now and then we have
work to do - together! There is a great big world out there that needs to know that we
are love and we come to serve.
Thank you for EVERYTHING you do and EVERYTHING you are.
Love, Pastor Sue
On June 14* we welcomed our newest member to Guardian Angels: Claire Violet. We have
been blessed to journey with Cynthia and Valeska through their courtship, their wedding just
over 2 years ago and now the welcoming of their daughter! I know we all celebrate this new
beginning with Valeska and Cynthia, Some friends of theirs have put together an effort to
bring them meals. If you would like to help out:
Check out some pictures below!
Claire Violet born June 14, 2012
Cynthia, Pastor Sue with Violet and Valeska
Violet just "chillin
We had a wonderful time at the big 5th Anniversary Celebration of Pastor Kate's and Pastor
Sue's Ordinations. A big thanks to Fr. Dale Fushek for joining us in the celebration and inspiring
us with his hilarious homily...did he really call us "wackos"? Yes! Enjoy some pictures:
Pastor Sue and Pastor Kate share a laugh
What a beautiful mass! Angels love to pray together.
Whafs coming up in July!
We continue to meet at Community Christian Church, 1701S. College, Tempe for weekly mass
on Sundays at 5PM and celebrate a mid-week mass on Wednesdays at 7AM. Plan to join us!
Service opportunities for July:
I-HELP Meal at our church, Friday, July 13 @ 4:30PM. Contact Pastor Sue
([email protected]) or Carol ([email protected]) if you will be able to help
with this. We served 58 people on June 29th! So, yes, we do need your help!
Project Connect, Thursday, July 19 @ Grace Community Church, 1200 E Southern Ave,
Tempe 85282. It is an all day event linking homeless people with services. You can volunteer
for the whole day or for a shift. For more information contact vsuw.org
We may also have another opportunity to help with Humane Borders filling water stations in
the desert. More info as it becomes available.
More volunteer opportunities:
Tempe Community Action Agency has a need for Home Delivered Meal drivers in the Tempe
area. You must have your own vehicle. Mileage reimbursement available.
Fingerprint/background check required-assistance with this provided. Delivery days/time:
Monday - Friday, 9:30AM to Noon. Must be available one day a week. More info: 480-8586511.
Assistance for Independent Living: There is a need for volunteers to serve frail elderly that are
still able to live on their own in the East Valley. Volunteers perform simple but necessary tasks
to help a senior's independence. They are asking for 2 hours/month commitment. If you are
interested in learning more about these opportunities contact 480-966-9704
The Guardian Angels JustFaith Group has decided to read a
together and facilitate a discussion
of the book. Anyone is welcome participate in this opportunity. We will individually read the book
this summer and then set up a discussion either later this summer or early Fall. The
Divided Political Heart, by E. J, Dionne. We are getting a special
Bookstore, just tell them you are with the Newman Book Clyb (through Jeanie), We get a discounted
price and can still
business. For more information on
book check out the link
4 page summary of the Supreme Court 193 page ruling on the Affordable Care Act:
http://www.healthiaw.org/images/stories/2012 06 29 ACA Surnmarv.pdf
Mary Magdalene Celebration Sedona 2012, Saturday, July 21. (more info below) Pastor Sue is
attending and will be driving up EARLY on Saturday. If you would like to carpool, contact Sue.
Mary Magdalene Celebration Sedona 2012
The New Way Forward: The Chalice or the Blade?"
A Multi-Faith Celebration
Organized by the Celebrating Women Witnesses Ministry of Sedona
Please Join Us for the 9th Annual Mary Magdalene Celebration
Saturday, July 21, 9AM-3:OOPM (registration begins at SAM)
The Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Riane Eisler
"Our History, Our Future: The Chalice or the Blade?"
Dr. Riane Eisler is an internationally acclaimed scholar,
futurist, and activist.
She is co-director of the Center for Partnership Studies and
the author of Sacred Pleasure, Real Wealth Nations and The
Partnership Way. In her most acclaimed book, The Chalice
and the Blade, Our History, Our Future, Eisler documents a
new story of our cultural origins showing that warfare and the
war of the sexes are neither divinely nor biologically ordained.
She defines the crossroads that humankind is facing now and
proposes a new way forward.
Irene Laudeman, Gnostic Priest-"Living a Magdalene Inspired Counter-Cultural Life"
The Sedona Sacred Dance Guild under the direction of Elaine Hanson
Facilitated discussion groups with:
Rabbi Alicia Magai, Judy Massey, Andrea Houchard and Shaeri Richards
Music, Blessing, Ritual and a closing Dance of Partnership, Peace and Transformation
Special Door Prizes....
Chalices created and donated by students of
Dennis Ott, potter and instructor, Sedona Arts Center
Decorative Gourd Vessels created and donated by artist Katie Hamilton
$40 includes lunch
Register today: Contact Barbara Litrell 928-649-0135 or [email protected]
Send check made out to B. Litrell CC, 75 Lolomi Drive, Sedona AZ 86336
Please register by July 17th
Our Guardian Anaels Mass on Sunday. July 22 will be a celebration of Mary Maadalene on her
Feast Day. Plan to attend.
Put it on your calendars
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