Back in the Chapel; still social distancing
This is the third week that we have been back in the Chapel holding mass. Our numbers go down as people travel for the summer, so we are able to adequately social distance. All regular parishioners are fully vaccinated, so others can feel free to attend. If anyone has not been fully vaccinated, we expect that they will remain masked.
The long, hot weeks of summer are upon us, maybe the hottest on record. In my role on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Faith Network, I invite our parish to take part in the many programs that AFN puts on - whether it be in the social justice realm (homelessness, criminal justice reform, climate change and protecting God's creation, racial equity, and others). As a small parish, our ability to make an impact, for our sown seeds, is greater. We will be involved during the next several months in volunteering at faith-based cooling centers around the Valley. Last year, COVID cut the number of cooling centers by 90%, and more than 500 individuals died of heat-related causes statewide. If you can't volunteer, please contact me about how you can donate water or other things such as shoes and socks to homeless individuals.
I am looking forward to seeing you soon.
Peace and all blessings,
Rev. Kate Lehman, OSB
Please join us for weekly Mass:
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
Shadow Rock UCC
Education Building Chapel
12861 N. 8th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85029
St. Teresa of Ávila is united with many other authentic Catholic faith communities as a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC). The ECC is a "community of communities" that share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Roman Catholic Church, but do not participate in its canon law.
The "ECC Difference" can be seen in the inclusion of all baptized Christians at the Eucharistic table, respect for and recognition that the Spirit is at work in those of other religions, ordination of women and married individuals, offering of the sacrament of marriage to committed LGBT couples and those remarrying after divorce, invitation to follow conscience regarding birth control, and active/equal involvement of the laity in the governance of the Communion.