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  • Writer's pictureDavid Carlson

624 I need shelter for the night, please take me inside your heart. (And lots of Announcements)

Day 624: Monday, November 29, 2021

If you want, the Virgin WILL come walking down the street

pregnant with light, and singing!

If you want, the virgin will come walking down the road

pregnant with the holy, and say

“I need shelter for the night, please take me inside your heart,

My time is so close.”

Then, under the roof of your soul, you will witness the sublime intimacy,

the divine, the Christ, taking birth forever,

as she grasps your hand for help, for each of us

is the midwife of God, each of us.

Yes, there, under the dome of your being

does Creation come into existence,

through your womb, dear pilgrim, the sacred womb in your soul,

as God grasps our arms for help;

for each of us is His beloved servant, never far.

If you want, the Virgin WILL come walking down the street

pregnant with light, and singing!

- John of the Cross


1. Synod Meeting Tonight Monday, November 29th, 2021

Synod Meeting at St. Eugene's (hear about the plans for the Diocese)

The meeting starts at 6:30PM

2. Cards for Melva:

Our dear friend Melva Freeman is in hospital to help with her medication.

She would appreciate our prayers and cards:

Please send to :

Melva Freeman

300 Enterprise Drive

Apartment #306

Rohnert Park, CA 94928

3. Christmas Concerts:

Calender these Concerts with Doug Harmon and his son James:

Resurrection Parish Christmas Concert 🙏🏽featuring Doug and James Harmon:

Tuesday, December 14th at 7pm

St. Vincent's in Marin Christmas Concert at 7pm

Wednesday, December 15th at 7 PM. God Bless Us All!

4. Sam Jones Dinner:

December 15th (Please put a reminder on your calendars)

Enchilada Casserole!

5: TEA for PALESTINE to support Palestinian children!

Date and time

Sun, December 5, 2021 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST


Uptown Body & Fender 401 26th Street Oakland, CA 94612

Please join us for a TEA for PALESTINE to support Palestinian children!

NorCal Sabeel is hosting this event:

Delicious tea and light refreshments!

Music by ASWAT, the Bay Area's premier Arab music ensemble

Poetry by Palestinian American , Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis

This is a special fundraiser to support the vital work of three important organizations that help Palestinian children. All funds will be donated to the following three groups:

Defense for Children Alliance (DCI-P)--

Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA)

Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF)--

The event will adhere to CDS guidelines--vaccinated guests only, please.

The link is

If you would like to buy a ticket or donate. When the link takes you to the site, click on TICKETS (even if you don't want to buy a ticket). You will then have the option of buying a ticket or making a donation. Put in the amount you want to donate. Click on "checkout" and fill out your contact info and payment method. (You may have to put in contact info twice).

Street parking in and around the venue (Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th St., Oakland).

If you would like to send a check for your donation kindly send it to NorCAL Sabeel P.O. Box 9301 Berkeley, CA 94709

Please put Tea for Palestine on the memo line.

Fiscal sponsor: LEAVEN, a 501/c3 corporation, EIN:20-3651461

6. Retreat: Birthing the Holy

December 4th, 2021

9 am - 12 pm Pacific

Join us for a three-hour mini-retreat during the season of Advent to encounter the wisdom of Mary and the Sacred Feminine during this time of growing darkness. The journey of Advent is one where we each hear a call, gestate, and wait, and then finally welcome the holy birth into our midst.

We will focus on three names or aspects of Mary which invite us into our own process of responding, incubating, and birthing our dreams.

Our three-hour retreat will be from 9 am - 12 pm Pacific, 12 - 3 Eastern,

5 - 8 pm Ireland and UK on Saturday, December 4th.

Birthing the Holy: Please use this link to sign up:

About the retreat leader:

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, is the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery and global community which integrates contemplative practice and creative expression. She is the author of 18 books on spirituality, the arts, and poetry including her forthcoming Birthing the Holy from Ave Maria Press in Spring 2022. Christine lives on the wild edges of Ireland with her husband John and dog Sourney.

7: Lumen Divina - 2021

with Contemplative Outreach

November 26 - December 24

It's not too late to join us for this e-course, which started last Friday. Once you register, you'll be able to resend the first email from your account page.

You will then receive emails on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with teachings on the themes of Advent for your reflection and practices to try. You will also have access to the online Practice Circle for community sharing as well as three prayer groups meeting each week on Zoom.

Read more and sign up here:

8. Still in the works:

Patti England will send us a list of people who need Secret Santa assistance this Christmas.

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