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446 if your home is dirty and needs renovation you start opening windows and let the sunshine in

Announcements: 1,2,3

Announcement #1: An Invitation from St. Ignatius via Annette Lomont

Please join us this Sunday, June 6th, at 11:00 am for the final St. Ignatius Parish Hospitality Hour session of this season, where we'll hear from Mary Waskowiak R.S.M., a leader on the front lines of the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Tijuana border.

In 2019, Mary joined a group of volunteers from St. Agnes and St. Ignatius Parishes who went to El Paso to provide hospitality to migrants from Juarez, Mexico who were seeking asylum in the United States. Mary believes that her experience in El Paso-Juarez shaped her and her passion to serve migrants, a call that led to the founding of Casa de Misericordia in San Diego, located near the San Diego-Tijuana border.

More information on Sr. Mary and the Sunday event can be found.

Please make sure to register for the Zoom conversation on that page, or use this link:

We look forward to seeing you on ZOOM this Sunday at 11:00!

Announcement #2:

The Next Journey of the Universe meeting

The Journey of the Universe DVD Series facilitated by Steve at The McFarland's Home. Our next gathering will be:

Monday, June 7th, 2-4pm.


2404 Marylyn Circle

Petaluma, 94954

Please RSVP to Nancy so she can arrange for enough chairs.

Call Nancy at: 707.280.4705

Or Email Nancy at

Announcement #3 - from Starcross Monastery

Do you love our Farm Stand? We do too! Although, we can't deny that it could use a little sprucing up...

If you're as excited as we are to get outside this summer, you'll be happy to learn that Starcross will be holding a VOLUNTEER DAY on SATURDAY, JUNE 26TH from 10 AM - 4 PM to paint and fix up the Farm Stand!

No matter your painting or building experience, your help is appreciated — children included! Whether you're available for the entire day or just an hour or two, we would love for you to join us. A picnic lunch will be provided. Dogs should be leashed.

Please RSVP to let us know you're coming so we have enough food and paintbrushes for you. You can RSVP through our Facebook event

using this link:

Or by emailing Sister Julie:

Daily Reflection German Catholic women

call for change

Day 446: Saturday June 5th 2021

"if your home is dirty and needs renovation and fresh air, you would not just move, but you start dusting, cleaning up and opening windows to let in sunshine and fresh air."

The momentum for real change in the German Catholic Church — the loudest voice for a transformation of the church — comes from Catholic women who are no longer willing to accept a subordinate role in a male-dominated church.

"The grief that women had to endure through the power of churchmen was too great, and the hope for real change was too small," said Mechthild Heil in an email, noting that many women have turned their backs on the Church. Heil is the leader of the Catholic Women's Association in Germany and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union Party in the Bundestag.

Heil is calling for full equality between women and men, and women's access to all ministries in the church. "This includes all ordained ministries and governing ministries," she said.

This disaffection of women was underscored last May when the grassroots Catholic women's movement Maria 2.0 held its own services, without priests, outside Catholic churches in 50 cities and towns in Germany. From May 11 until May 18, participating women did not enter churches or perform volunteer work in their parishes in order to make known how empty the churches are without women.

Ruth Koch, a leader of Maria 2.0, called on the Vatican to open the priesthood to women and to drop the celibacy requirement for priests. In a telephone interview from her home in Munster in northwestern Germany, Koch explained that the movement chose the name Mary (Maria in German) because she is the most important woman in the Bible. The term 2.0 refers to a new and modern version.

"We need a new way to look at Catholic women in the Catholic Church," said Ruth Koch.

An image on the movement's website depicts the Virgin Mary with tape across her mouth, reduced to silence.

"Jesus treated all people the same and the clerical church should look at his view and go back to that," said Koch.

"We want to make known the great longing that women are as worthy as men and they have to be treated as the same," she said, adding, "The Catholic Church does not do that."

In an open letter to Pope Francis last spring, addressed to the Holy Father and signed by more than 34,000 of the movement's followers, Maria 2.0 expressed its mourning over all the known and unknown cases of abuse in the Roman Catholic Church and absence of plausible apologies and aid to victims. It called upon the church to:

  1. Deny office to those who have harmed others or have tolerated or covered up wrongdoings;

  2. Surrender all offenders to secular courts and to cooperate in all prosecutions;

  3. Allow women access to all church functions;

  4. Abolish mandatory celibacy;

  5. Align the church's sexual morals with reality.

Koch said many priests support the Maria 2.0 movement.

Fr. Stefan Jürgens, who served as a priest in Koch's Holy Cross Parish in Münster, said he is happy about the emergence of Maria 2.0. "Their founders are very spiritual ... and they are standing up for the Gospel very credibly," he said.

Progress for Catholic women has been slow because of glaring divisions among the bishops, said Jesuit Fr. Klaus Mertes. According to Mertes, there is a large group among the 69 bishops that have strong links to the Vatican and that adamantly oppose the ordination of women. Even talk of such a change is taboo. At the same time, Mertes is encouraged by the rising voices of more liberal bishops, such as Bishop Gerhard Feige of Magdeburg in eastern Germany, who has indicated that he is no longer convinced by the arguments against women's ordination.

Mertes believes the Maria 2.0 movement is playing an important role in promoting expanded participation of women in the life of the Church. Mertes was one of nine signatories to an open letter to Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx published in February in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, calling called for the priestly ordination of women and an end to mandatory priestly celibacy.

Critics argue that since the bishops cannot be outvoted, real change cannot be achieved. While seeing the binding nature of the findings of the synodal path as the responsibility of all those officially involved in it, Kopp acknowledged that the Apostolic See decides on the implementation of decisions of universal church relevance and, therefore, the German church cannot make its own rules in matters that affect the universal church.

"There is no 'German special way' separated from Rome," he said.

According to Kopp, the demands of Maria 2.0 that women play an expanded and equal role in the church is a matter of universal church relevance that cannot be decided by the German church.

"But we can reflect and discuss the topic," he says.

Maria 2.0, wanting to maintain its independence, does not plan to participate in the synodal path discussions.

"In my point of view, Maria 2.0 is a very important initiative. It's kind of prophetic work they are doing," said Gessler of Deutschlandfunk. "Because we don't know how God works in the end. I think that one day there will be women priests in the Catholic Church — it may not be in my lifetime. And then we can look back to groups like Maria 2.0, that these brave women have fought for this goal and now we have reached it."

Koch said she remains a committed Catholic, despite the church's male-dominated structure.

"It is necessary to stay and be persistent in demanding changes because the 'house of church' is in a very bad, battered and obsolete state, but it is our home," she explained. "And if your home is dirty and needs renovation and fresh air, you would not just move, but you start dusting, cleaning up and opening windows to let in sunshine and fresh air."

- Reflection excerpted from an article by Donald Snyder

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