Bulletin for Sunday, September 11, 2011: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time


We're coming up on our one-year anniversary here at St Romero's! On Sunday, September 18, join us for Mass at 11 followed by a pot-luck lunch. Bring a dish to pass and come help us celebrate!

Seems to me that a first anniversary is an excellent time for a visioning day. Like a new-born infant, our first year has been mostly occupied with the business of existence... finding a place to worship, coming up with a name, beginning our first outreach program... establishing who we are, right from the start. What's next? Should we turn our focus toward trying to grow? What questions do we bring at one year? Even if you are only a member-in-spirit, receiving the bulletin each week, or only come now and then, if you care about this community you are welcome to join us on Saturday morning, October 15, over at the bakery on Mt Hope Ave, upstairs in the “Upper Room.” Come help us dream!

This past weekend, Joe Lavoie and Rachael Morlock were in Washington DC protesting the oil pipeline. Both were arrested, along with about a thousand other people, but they're both home and safe and well. What a beautiful witness, you two. Thank you for putting your own well-being on line in defense of our planet and the vulnerable indigenous people of Canada. Here is what Joe had to say about the experience:

“I went down to DC with the intention of getting arrested because of the integrity of those who gave the call to action. Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben were enough to encourage me to research this pipeline more. The more I read, the more I knew I had to be present at this action. What I didn't expect from reading the statistics and scientific analyses was the delegation of the Indigenous Environmental Network who were arrested next to us on Sept 2. This whole issue shifted for me when I met these men and women and heard them speak of how these tar sands were destroying their villages. These tar sands in Canada affects those living near and downstream when dug for oil. The process creates daily as much CO2 as one million cars.

"These indigenous persons described how the destruction of the forests near their villages through clear cutting and poisoning of the soil is destroying their culture, which is interdependent with those sacred grounds. They described the tar sands work as ethnocide and attempted genocide, as unprecedented occurrences of toxin related cancers are becoming the norm and as the animals they hunt are becoming sickly and covered in sores. The tears of this one woman describing the deaths of two of her companions hit by oil trucks on the road spoke to me more than any statistic could. I was proud to stand in solidarity with those threatened, marginalized people, against the key to expansion of the tar sands: the Keystone Pipeline Expansion, brought to us by TransCanada.

"I was charged with failure to obey a police officer, arrested, zip tied, driven to the station with 9 other rascals, processed, then was shown the door. It was essentially a very expensive van ride. We were placed under arrest around 11:30 and I was taken around 3:00 and released a little after four.”  Thanks, Joe and Rachael!

Attached is a photo from the Labor Day Parade. The woman with me is Librada Paz, who has come almost every week to Iglesia de San Romero, our Migrant Mass, and served as interpreter. This ministry would not be possible without Librada's help. I would never have known how to find the people without her! Our friends have had to move, and this week we will be leaving early so that Librada can direct us to their new location. If you are joining us, please be ready to leave from the St Joe's parking lot at 6:45pm.

The parade was great, by the way! It was good to see a lot of great support for the farm workers – and to see a lot of old friends from Spiritus who were there to march with them, thanks to the organizing efforts of Marilu Aguilar!

This Sunday, September 11, a reporter from Inter Press Services News Agency in NY City will join us at Mass. Hope you can come, too!

Blessings and love to all,

Peace activist Kathy Kelly is coming to town, again. She and David Smith-Ferri will give a talk entitled “The Cost of War, the Price of Peace” at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, (same building as Spiritus), 121 N Fitzhugh St, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

This Sunday is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks in New York and Washington, DC. Join people of many faiths for a service on the grounds of the Eastman House, 900 East Ave, at 4 pm. Bring a lawn chair if you're coming!

Oscar Romero Church
An Inclusive Church in the Catholic Tradition
Mass: Sundays, 11 am
St Joseph's House of Hospitality, 402 South Ave, Rochester NY 14620