New Year’s Blessing

May our loving God bless you and keep you.

May God’s face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

May God look upon you with kindness, and grant you peace.


Numbers chapter 6


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Come Emmanuel, “God with us”!

As in times past we need you, Christ Jesus.
Come and bring us together in your love, your mercy, your compassion.
Heal us in our pain and fear.
Help us to see the needs of others, and to reach out to them in compassion.
Come, Christ Jesus.

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December 3, 2016 Presentation

Roman Catholic Womenpriests:
Catholic Women Ordained? How? Who? Why?

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EST
First Unitarian Church
801 E. Washington Street
South Bend, Indiana 46617

Bishop Joan Houk, and newly ordained Susan Vaickauski and Kathy Rolenc, will talk about their experience of being Roman Catholic Womenpriests in a Church that does not ordain women. History of the RCWP movement with standards and credentials for ordination and personal stories will be shared.
For information contact Joan at 724-612-3842 or

Sponsored by Call To Action-Michiana, a progressive Catholic organization working for justice and equality in the Church.



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Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Blessings to you,

Blessings of peace,
Blessings of simplicity and
Blessings of wonder of God’s awesome creation

Blessings to you on St. Francis’ Day!

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Labor Day 2016

Prayer for Workers

May you feel a sense of accomplishment and purpose in your work.
May you receive a just wage for your work.
May you serve the common good with your labor.

With gratitude to “the pickers” who do the backbreaking work of picking the vegetables, fruits and nuts that grace our tables.

With gratitude to those people who risk their lives to protect us through military service, as law enforcement officers, and as fire fighters.

With gratitude to those people who faithfully and silently show up on the job day after day and “do the job”.

May God bless you and give you peace.

Matthew 11:30
Jesus said, Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

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In Memory of the Victims of the Orlando Massacre

Hatred takes away life.

LOVE creates life; LOVE sustains life.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things.  (1Corinthians 13:7)

Sending blessings of love into the universe that we may have life.

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Blessed Easter 2016

Christ is risen.  Alleluia!
Christ is risen, indeed.  Alleluia, Alleluia!

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St. Joseph’s Day, March 19, 2016

St. Joseph, protector of your spouse, Mary, and the Child, Jesus,
refugee from violence,
send your blessings upon the multitude of refugees this day.
Share your love and strength with all of us
that we may become a more peaceful world.

May the peace of Christ be with you on this St. Joseph’s Day!


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St. Patrick’s Day Blessings

The greening of the weeping willow tree outside my window
and the wearing of the green today
remind me of the Triune God, who is
Source of All Being
Eternal Word
and Holy Spirit

May God bless you on this St. Patrick’s Day!

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A PRAYER FOR OUR EARTH – September 1, 2015

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Flll us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey toward your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we Pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
Pope Francis May 24, 2015
                            found on page 118 in Encyclical,
                           Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
                           USCCB June 2015

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