The door into the old boys club, through which only whispers emerged about the abusive gender relations that were tolerated within, has been unlocked and flung wide open.
The assumed privileges of mostly white men which has allowed society to turn a blind eye to various levels of molestation of women, children and LGBTQ people, has been revealed for what it is in the light of day: an abuse of power which leads to violence. And in a perverse way, the vulgar and demeaning statements of from the President of the United States have unmasked the ugly face of the system that put him there in the first place and continues to maintain him in power.
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Roy Bourgeois joined us in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for a special talk about Women’s Ordination, The School of the America’s and LGBT Equality.
September Mass: Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016
FOR THIS MONTH ONLY, MASS WILL BE ON THIS THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
Guest priest Roy Bourgeois, who was dismissed from his order for his support of women priests, will be visiting us (from Georgia), saying mass with Monica and giving a talk in the afternoon. There will also be a public talk in the evening, 7 p.m., at Southwood United Church (see poster).
[In October, we will resume our second Sunday of the month schedule, which will be the Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 9.]
“Holy Thursday Vatican Embassy Witness : From Condemnation to Conversation: Vatican Nuncio Dialogues with Women Priests” by Roy Bourgeois, Jane Via and Janice Sevre-Duszynska
From 2002 through 2016, the Vatican has condemned the ordination of women priests. Since the ordination of “The Danube Seven” in 2002, the Vatican has tried a number of strategies to quash our movement: excommunication, silencing, shunning, firing and ignoring. Now ten years since the first U.S. ordinations on the boat in Pittsburgh, the door has been opened for the first time. During Holy Week, March 24, the feast day of Oscar Romero, in the era of Pope Francis and his Year of Mercy, a conversation — turbulent at first — began.
Outside the Vatican Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Holy Thursday, March 24th the three of us — two women priests – Jane Via and Janice Sevre-Duszynska, and one excommunicated male priest –Roy Bourgeois — washed the feet of supporters on the sidewalk in front of the embassy as cars and buses passed on the busy road.
We prayed and shared our statement of purpose to Pope Francis and the Catholic Church calling for the full and equal inclusion of women and GLBT people. We read from Scripture, and prayed again this time that church leaders would remember Jesus’ teaching to be servant leaders and love all disciples as Jesus had. We thanked those who gathered with us, re-read our statement of purpose lifted up our signs, and – still in albs and stoles – stepped onto Vatican property and walked toward the door. We had no idea how our action would play out.
Fundraising efforts continue for Roy Bourgeois’ visit to Calgary in September. Thank you to our coordinating team for organizing the fundraising and everything else for Roy’s visit (Dave, Mary, Pat, Rock and Suzanne)! The bake sale and Baileys were a tremendous success at the March mass — deliciousness all ’round!
Coming up at the April mass:
- We’ll be having a Bring and Buy – please bring any small items you’d like to donate and/or come with some cash to purchase anything that catches your attention! See below for details.
- Veronica will be selling her starter plants – pick up some herbs or tomatoes for the garden!
- Rita will be bringing her paints to the hall so you can make a donation to Roy’s visit and receive an Intuitive Painting Reading (appr. 10-15 minutes) right then and there at the hall (or else arrange for a full hour reading at Rita’s house at a later date). Rita is excited to offer her talent and time for the cause:You are invited to experience Paint Reading after mass on Sunday, April 10. A fifteen minute mini paint reading will provide you with a window into an intuitive and fun experience with paint. No artistic ability required. Please come and see what happens with your paints. — Rita
For the Bring and Buy:
Items to consider bringing: knickknacks, books, jewellery, and other small household items. We’ll set up tables at the back of the hall to display things. (We don’t have any storage space, so if any items don’t sell, please be prepared to take them home with you; I will also bring a box to collect things for donation to Good Will, for those who prefer not to take things home.) We’ll set up before mass, so if you are bringing items to donate to the sale please come around 9 a.m. to place them on the table (with a suggested donation price attached, if you wish). Hopefully we’ll be set up for purchases by 9:15 or so (it’s just meant to be a casual and fun setting). We’ve done this kind of fundraising sale in the past for other out of town guests of honour, and it’s always been an enjoyable social time. (If you have a bigger item at your house, you might bring a photo of it to display and offer it for sale that way.)
In May, we are going to have a special basket for raffle (details to follow in a coming newsletter) and in June we may have another Bring and Buy if it goes well this month, or we may come up with another idea entirely – stay tuned!
A special invitation to the community from Leslie Robinson and Jane Oxenbury:
GENNY IS BACK FROM OXFORD (England)!
You are invited to hear about Genevieve Kilburn-Smith’s recent trip to Oxford to read her essay about the history of clerical celibacy and its effect on the church and the role of women in it. Please come to an informal potluck to hear about her trip and to ask the questions you most want to ask. Genny’s essay is provocative, scholarly, and brings forward many controversial issues worth exploring.
When: Sunday 27 Sept, 1-3 p.m.
Where: 3835 20 St SW (Leslie and Jane’s)
Bring: Curiosity, questions, and healthy finger food for the table. We’ll supply tea and coffee.
From Genny and Monica:
We would like to thank the community for your enthusiasm, generosity and support for Genny in her journey to Oxford to present her paper and be at the awards ceremony on Sept 18. It means so much to both of us!
Click here to read Genny’s essay
Click here to see photos