December 5, 2021
Second Sunday of Advent
Advent Call to Worship
God comes! So don't let go of all the reasons to rejoice.
We will sing a song of Advent to the One who fills our lives with joy.
God comes! So don't stop lifting your prayers with thanksgiving.
We will sing a song of Advent to the One who hears our words and silence.
God comes! So don't stop giving your hearts to God.
We will sing a song of Advent to the One who graces us with a peace we cannot begin to understand.
(inspired by Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Phillipians 4:4-7)
- by Thom Shuman
Posted on Lectionary Liturgies
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2021 Assembly Presentations Online
Fr. Michael Joncas – Retreat
”Living in Apocalyptic Times” (2 segments of approximately 2 hours each)
Michael Sean Winters
“The Politico-Theological Merger that Is Shaping the U.S. Catholic Church”
Bishop William Wack, CSC
“Pastoral Directions for Our U.S. Church Going Forward”
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Nominations for 2022 St. John XXIII Award
The Eleventh Annual AUSCP Assembly will take place June 20-23, 2022, at the Maritime Conference Center (MCC) in Linthicum, MD (Near Baltimore). The theme will be the same as the title of Pope Francis' book, "Let Us Dream: the Path to a Better Future." At each Assembly it is a tradition to honor two persons, lay or ordained, who have significantly promoted the spirit of Vatican II by the witness they have given in the way they live, through their ministry, and by the way they share their spirituality. Those who receive the
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If you are looking for ideas of how to do something during Advent to give hope for our planet, the following article from NCR (12/2/21) by John R. Platt has many practical suggestions: Climate Anxiety? This 30-day action plan may give you hope
Death Penalty Action
Here is an important action you can do as part of your Advent preparation for Christmas. Take a few minutes to sign petitions asking for clemency for those facing execution.
Add your name now to say "Stop Executions!"*
* If you are not sure that you have signed yet, go ahead. We de-duplicate before sending the petitions in.
Nothing excuses these crimes, and at the same time, neither of these executions is necessary to hold these men accountable to their crimes or to keep society safe from them or others. We all have our own motivations. What is important is that we consistently stand up to say "Not In My Name!"
Progress Report on 2022 Annual Appeal
As announced on Giving Tuesday, a generous donor is matching donations up to $5,000 until December 22nd. Thus far we have received $2,205 toward the matching grant. The total response to the Appeal thus far is $53,856.25 from 274 donors. Thank you!
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Revisiting and Renewing Our Grasp of Vatican II - Webinar Series: Wednesdays @ 1pm ET -- November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 1, and 8
This is a six-part series undertaken by AUSCP in collaboration with FutureChurch. Five of the six webinars will be presented by Sr. Maureen Sullivan, Dominican Sister of Hope (NY), Ph.D, now Professor Emerita of Theology after 32 years at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Sr. Maureen earned her doctorate from Fordham University and served there for four years as Academic Dean for Freshmen and Academic Dean of the College; she has written two books on Vatican II published by Paulist Press – 101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II and The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in
Theology. Sr. Maureen combines the wisdom of a scholar with pastoral outreach and strives to raise peoples’ awareness of the positive impact of Vatican II in the Church today. The title of the remaining session is:
December 8 – The Women of Vatican II.
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Other Webinars that might be of interest:
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 12:30 – 1:30 pm EST - Whatever Happened to the Common Good? Divided by Covid, Torn Apart by Politics, Fractured by Faith. The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University is inviting you to a major online dialogue. This online dialogue will lift up the
neglected principle of the common good; explore how it has been undermined in the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as through political combat and religious divisions; and look for ways forward to advance the common good and meet our national challenges.
More information and RSVP: bit.ly/GUCommonGood
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST - Women Erased: Women Priests: Tradition and Transgression with Prof. Jill Peterfeso,.Join Professor Jill Peterfeso as she discusses her comprehensive study of women's ordination and Roman Catholic women priests. According to Kate McElwee of Women's Ordination Conference who reviewed Prof.
Peterfeso's work, "The ethnographic work...is one of the most comprehensive studies of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement. The book thoughtfully wades through the "unfolding case study" of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests in the U.S. as the movement negotiates its relationship with Rome, Catholicism and priesthood as a path to reform. Register
The following past 2021 webinars are available for viewing:
God's Own Vintage - Dr. Marc DelMonico - January 11, 2021
Ban the Nukes, Feed the Hungry
Caste discussion videos - 7 sessions
Catholic Social Teaching Series - 4 sessions by Dr. Joe Holland
Dvine Design Series - by Dr. Joe Toma, (Sessions 1- 7)
Stop Banking the Bomb
Assembly Highlight Videos
The Border: The reality, current legislation and hearing the story of long term volunteers
Solidarity with Our Muslim Siblings in Faith
Season of Creation – Caring for Our Common Home
Season of Creation – September 20, 2021
Season of Creation – September 27, 2021
Season of Creation Oct. 4, 2021
Vatican II Impact on Priesthood:
Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session
Gun Violence: A Pastoral Response
Welcoming Afghan Refugees
How Baptized and Ordained Priests are Called to Synodal Discernment
Christians in the Holy Land:
Part I - Who are They? How are They Living? How Can We Help?
Part II - Liberation Theology in the Christian Palestinian Context
Revisiting and Renewing Our Grasp of Vatican II:
Vatican II: Achievements and A Work in Progress - 1962
Vatican II’s Contribution to Church and World - 1963
The Council’s Contribution to the Role of Lay Persons in the Church - 1964
The Church’s Understanding of Itself in Lumen Gentium - 1965
Open AUSCP Forum re Vatican II and the 2023 Synod for a Synodal Church.
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