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Sixth Sunday in Easter

From the beginning of the Church after Jesus's death and resurrection, there were disputes about how one could be welcome.  The apostles could not ask Jesus directly, and it was probably natural, since Christianity grew out of the Hebrew people, that some would insist that the only 'right' way to do it was to first meet all the mandates placed on the Hebrew people.  It was wise of those from Jerusalem to realize that to appeal to the Gentile world, a different path had to be taken.  We are reminded of that in the reading from Revelation today, where in the New Jerusalem, there would be no temple.  Instead, Christ is the temple.  It is nice to know that every culture and faith has growing pains.  If we rely on Christ's word that God would send us an Advocate to help us in our uncertainties, we will be able to surmount the difficulties of living in a world that is not set up to value what Jesus valued.  


If you wish to attend Sunday mass via Zoom, it will be at 9:00 a.m. Please log in at least five minutes prior to the start so I can let you into the Zoom room.  The worship aid for May 22 is here and will be shared on Zoom.

Peace and all blessings,

Rev. Kate Lehman, OSB

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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.