December 20, 2020
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Advent Call to Worship
Let us prepare our hearts as we await the coming of our Lord.
Let us watch for the one who heard our cries and shouldered the suffering of our world.
Let us anticipate the coming of Christ's eternal world with wholeness, reconciliation and plenty for all.
Let us wait in expectation for the day when God's glory is revealed in all its fulness.
~ written by Christine Sine and posted on GodSpace.
2020 Assembly Presentations Online
Assembly presentations by Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, John Carr, Archbishop John Wester, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, and Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, are now online. The links can be found on the AUSCP website:
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Taizé Evening Prayer: A recent article in NCR online (December 14, 2020) by Jean Evans explains how the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA initiated a Taizé evening prayer service on first Fridays of the month, beginning in 1983. COVID-19
forced a change to an online service, available all month. December's Prayer service in the spirit of Taizé provides a calming, quieting spirit in preparation for Christmas: "Prayer Around the Cross".
Winter Solstice: Monday, December 21st, is the time to celebrate the winter solstice. A winter solstice meditation, "Let the light shine into the dark," can be accessed at: Winter Solstice
640360 SD 480p. (Recorded by Sisters & Associates of Tiffin Franciscans)
The Catholic Climate Covenant has a team that works on homily helps for Sundays. Members of the AUSCP are among those who assist with this project. CCC is updating its homily helps for 2021. You can sign up to get these e-mailed to you each month. If you wish to access December of 2020 (Cycle B), click HERE. Along
with the homily helps are suggested resources and sample Intercessions.
Public Dialogue on the McCarrick Report
On Thursday, December 10, the Taking Responsibility Initiative at Fordham University and the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University held an online Public Dialogue on The McCarrick Report: Failures, Lessons, Directions. A video of the dialogue is available HERE.
Climate Change News
The UN recently hosted a Climate Ambition Summit at which many world leaders pledged to increase efforts to improve environmental conservation. According to Barbara Fraser, in a December 16th NCR article, faith leaders are saying that the pledges fall short of the urgent need. You can read the article HERE.
CTA: Act Against Catholic Polarization
Call to Action's Lobbying Working Group is providing letter templates for people to voice concerns to bishops affiliated with apostolates perpetuating the tensions of polarization and divisiveness in the Church and nation. Initially, a template is available for Napa Institute, which offers conferences at exclusive resorts and hotels, bringing together influential clergy, politicians, business leaders and apostolates from a conservative Catholic perspective. Forthcoming templates will address Relevant Radio, a coast-to-coast network with a potential listening audience of 220+ million Americans and Angelus News, the media platform for the nation's largest Archdiocese, Los Angeles, with alliances to CRUX and EWTN's Catholic News Agency. All three apostolates have a national ministry scope and affiliation with Archbishop Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Annual Appeal Progress
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AUSCP Upcoming Webinars
Please register for the webinars that are of interest to you and we will send you the Zoom link. All webinars are free at the present time. The next webinars are listed below. You can register for any of the webinars by clicking HERE.
Mondays, 7pm to 8pm ET, beginning November 30th: Anti-Racism Discussion Series on Caste by Isabel Wilkerson: We will meet on 6 Mondays - November 30th, December 7th & 14th; January 4th, 11th, & end on18th, MLK
Day. Toni Pitts, a retired African American professor, and Lorraine Kim from our AUSCP Gospel Nonviolence Working Group will facilitate the study. You only need to register once for this series and you will receive the Zoom link for the series.
Monday, January 11, 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET - God's Own Vintage: Developments in Lay Ecclesial Ministry 15 Years after Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: In 2005 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a document titled "Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord". The document had significant impact on parish life as the number of priests declines while the number of Lay Ecclesial Minister expands. Dr. Marc
DelMonico, Director of Office of Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service, will refresh attention to the document, discuss the developments over the past 15 years, and look at prospects for the future.
Wednesday, January 13, 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET - When I Cry for Help: Responding to Domestic Violence in Our Parish Communities: Domestic Violence is the ‘hidden secret’ in our parish communities. This webinar addresses the urgent need to respond to this crisis through our preaching, outreach, and community support. When was the last time that you preached about domestic violence? Or even mentioned it in your homily?
Fr. Chuck Dahm, O.P., discovered early in his ministry that if you preach about it, multiple victims will find the courage to come forth and seek safety and support. As a result, for decades he has been the Director of Domestic Violence Outreach for the Archdiocese of Chicago. His ministry has had a national and international impact. You won’t want to miss this presentation and dialogue!
Thursday, January 14, 4:00 – 5:30 PM ET – DACA: Then, now and the future: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a U.S. immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States, after being brought to the county as children, to receive a renewable two-year deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit or the ability to remain in school, particularly college level education. They are often
referred to as DREAMERS
Presenters: Ashley Feasley, Director of the Office of Migration Policy & Public Affairs at the USCCB; A "Dreamer" who works with the Ignatian Solidarity Network; Humberto Marquez, Lead Organizer for Arkansas United, an immigrant rights group in Springdale, Arkansas, who is also a Dreamer himself. Sponsored by the AUSCP Immigration Working Group.
Tuesday, January 19, 7:00-8:00 PM ET - Is Pope Francis Really Creating A More Incisive Presence for Women? From Vatican II and Pope Saints John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, to Pope Francis today, Deb-Rose Milavec will trace the start and stop steps. Deb is disappointed and sad that more has not been done yet she see hopeful steps that have been taken and the prospects for further progress in the coming years.
Deb-Rose Milavec, serves as Co-Director of Future-Church, a thirty year old national organization seeking changes that will provide all Roman Catholics the opportunity to participate fully in the life, ministry, and governance of the Church.
Wednesday, January 27, 4:00 pm ET - Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: Woman of Yesteryear, Saint for Today - Model, Intercessor, and Citizen of the
World; January 4 of this year marked the 200th Anniversary of her death. Presented by Betty Ann McNeil, D.C., Vincentian Scholar-in-Residence, DePaul University, Chicago, and Rob Judge, Executive Director, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg,
Maryland. Come learn about the first native-born Saint of the United States and experience a virtual tour of her home and final resting place in St. Joseph’s Valley. Recommended for reading prior to the Jan. 27th webinar, Elizabeth Seton: American Saint by Catherine O'Donnell, available on Amazon hard cover ($25.39), Kindle ($13.49), or audio ( $24.42):
The following past webinars are available for viewing:
Choosing Peace: Vision and Practice
Caring for People and Our Planet: Living Laudato Si - Ecological Justice and Ecologically sinful Footprints, Part 2
Race Superiority and Fascism: Is Fascism a Threat in and to the U.S.? Is the current U.S. struggle with racism and white superiority laying the ground for a Fascist future?
Celebrating Dorothy Day’s 40th Anniversary
Changes in Membership Dues
The AUSCP LT has decided to change the schedule and structure of membership dues. Beginning in January of 2021, members will be asked to renew in the month of January for the calendar year. Information will be posted soon.
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The 10th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
Minneapolis, MN: JUNE 21-24, 2021
Where do we go from here?
2021 Retreat Day will be led by Jan Michael Joncas.
Speakers include: Michael Sean Winters, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, and Bishop William Wack
Contemplative Reflector: Sr. Margie Klein, SSND
(A decision on whether this will be an in-person Assembly will be made in February. No reservations will be accepted until after March 1, 2021.)
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