From St. Clare Pastoral Center to Safe Haven Spiritual Center

The Revs. Jack and Liz Miller have a new website. They write: “In November 2022, Rev. Liz and I retired from active ministry, the Pastoral Center closed, and Safe Haven was born. We changed the focus of our website to include reflecting on the weekly liturgical readings and intercessory prayer. Our ministry continues.”

Visit their website: Safe Haven Spiritual Center (stclarepastoralcenter.com) They have many resources that you will want to check out.

20th Anniversary Celebration on September 19th

5:00 pm Pacific Time

Please join us in celebrating

20 years of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Para-Liturgy Celebration

[Zoom link HERE.]

Music, prayers and reflections by members from across the country

After our Para-Liturgy Celebration, you are invited to go

to breakout rooms for sharing:

What has the ECC meant to you?

Please respond via email here if you wish to join

in this part of the evening’s celebration.  

Simply reply: “I wish to join a breakout room.”

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September 19, 2023

5pm (PT) 6 pm (MT) 7 pm (CT) 8 pm (ET)

A special slideshow presentation will begin

15 minutes prior to Celebration

[For more details, see the email from the OPB HERE. ]

Holy Questions Ecumenical Catholic Community – What’s in a Name?

This mission began life as Rainier Old Catholics

Rainier for the Rainer Valley, with the school Mir teaches at and Rainier Avenue continuing Highway 167 into Seattle through blue collar and greensward communities where Mir was sure he’d anchor a ministry.

Old Catholicsism, the Old Catholics of the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, are the background of Mir’s original training. Old Catholics believe in local regions discerning and serving local needs in the way they understand without international powers telling them to do something counter to their calling and charism. We moved off the “Old” part of the name when Mir joined the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, which has agreed to the request of the Old Catholic Church to stop using their name. We picked “open” as an excellent communication replacement.

Open modified the word Catholics. Open doors, open hearts, open sacraments, let alone open table. Open to questions, to asking them, to the awkward raw space of searching, yearning for MORE.

Catholics – well, if Catholics means “ALL y’all come in” then that’s what we’d try to be. Anchored in the history and sacraments of the Church, looking mindfully back to the early days for what might’ve been too hastily discarded in the rush to Empire, but yes. Catholics.

In October of 2022 we began talking about patron saints and congregation names. We found ourselves drawn as individuals to St Dymphna, and to the town of Ghent that has worked so hard for centuries to heal those with mental illness. We admire Ghent but couldn’t live up to that and we do talk to Dypmhna and ask her aid and counsel but it’s more as individuals not as a group identity, and we aren’t really equipped or called to live the vocation of the town of Ghent. We then looked at other holy rebels against status quo, especially Mary of the Cross who called out the local bishop and was proved right – but she’s Australia’s patron and we didn’t want to look like we thought we were an Australian congregation. We didn’t have a clear sense that we were all ready to move to a patron saint and name, so we let it sit for a while. Community consensus is important to us – the (con)sensus fideii is the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Fast forward to Easter Season, 2023 and various of us posting and thinking things about St Thomas as we approached the fourth Sunday of Easter when we have the story of Jesus welcoming Thomas’ doubts and inviting him to first touch, then believe. …wait, that’s not how you remember the story? That’s what it says. Go reread it. Suddenly we were all talking about holy questions, viewing sacred the questions about the sacred. Suddenly we knew we were right there with Thomas! …then it was discussing this, confident of this – but if we became St Thomas we’d spend our time saying, no the one who asked holy questions. So we dialed in on what we actually felt called to – centering Holy Questions! 

So here we are.

–Fr. Mir

The Community of the Holy Spirit in Coeur d’Alene

Learning about the ECC

As one of our newer faith communities, the Community of the Holy Spirit is taking time to learn more about the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, of which they are a part. This information is useful for all members of the ECC Diocese of the Pacific Northwest and the community is graciously sharing the talks with us. Rev. James (Jim) Murphy is presenting the teachings. The first part was presented and recorded.

At the beginning of his talk, Fr. Jim shows the video from Ecumenical Catholic Communion’s website. Bishop Frances talks “About the ECC”. We suggest you watch that talk first. When you click on the link below, scroll down to get to the video.

Where are you on the Catholic Landscape? Bishop Francis Krebs talk

Part One — Rev. Jim Murphy’s presentation to the Community of the Holy Spirit on April 15th: The History of the ECC

Part Two — will be presented on May 6th following the community’s 5:00 pm mass.

Liturgy at the Community of the Holy spirit

Rev. Terese Fandel during Advent

Celebrating the Easter Vigil. Deacon Chuck Finan with Rev. Terese.

Deacon Chuck and Rev. Terese at Easter.