CALL TO ACTION
Ad for 1994 Conference and Complete text of the "Missalette"
sheets passed out to the participants at the 1993 Call to Action
Catholic conference for their Saturday evening liturgy. Uploaded
by Robert P. Sheehan.
We Are the Church
What If We Meant What We Said?
Call to Action National Conference
November 4-6, 1994
Hyatt Regency O'Hare
A national congress of 2,300 persons, communities and organizations
working to reinvent the church from the ground up.
Pat Brennan Phillip Kaufman
Joan Chittister Joe Kilikevice
Michael Crosby Anthony Padovano
Charles Curran Jamie Phelps
Matthew Fox Nancy Sylvester
Blanche Gallagher Susan Wood
Thomas Gumbleton and more...
As our bishops meet in Washington, come to Chicago with all who want to
give expression to another face of church.
Call to Action seeks to represent the three out of four American
Catholics in the May, 1992 Gallup survey who favor a wider
decision-making role for the people, women in ordained ministries,
dialogue on human sexuality, freedom of conscience, adult
responsibility. We are rebuilding the Church for our children.
Catholic social teaching also demands an outward mission. We will
address peace, poverty, human rights and environmental issues in the
"new world order." We will also explore the spirituality we need to be
* Sessions for small faith communities
* Meeting of church reform networks
* Special interest group programming
* Marketplace of crafts and causes
* Prayer and Eurcharistic Celebration
* Dances of Universal Peace
* Live Theater by CTA Performing Artists
* Childcare and children's programming
CALL TO ACTION'S 1993 LITURGY
Complete text of the "Missalette" sheets passed out to the
participants at the 1993 Call to Action Catholic conference for
their Saturday evening liturgy. This annual conference is perhaps
the Catholic left's most important event of the year. It features
virtually every big name dissenter and popular speaker on the
left's conference circuit from Gumbleton to Curran to Rosemary
Reuther to Richard Rohr to Michael Crosby to Dick Westly.
According to their own figures about one third of the some 2,000
participants at the conference were Church employees, one tenth
Saturday 5:30 PM, October 30, 1993
*Identify the Eucharistic Minister at your table. If no one has
previously volunteered, please select someone to perform this
Instructions for the Eucharistic Minister/Volunteer from each
The children will begin the offertory procession with their gifts.
As the children leave the central platform will the volunteer
Eucharistic minister from each table please perform the
1. As the offertory procession begins be sure that the collection
basket has been passed around your table. After the children have
processed in with their gifts, bring the basket to the table at
the side of the room that has a table cloth of the same color as
the napkin at your table.
2. Receive the center burlap cloth, the bread and wine from the
same table at the side of the room and return to your own table.
3. Raise the elements during the consecration.
4. After those at your table have received communion, wash the
vessels with the water from the small pitcher on your table and
return the cloth and vessels to the side table where you picked
Opening Song: Sing 'Til The Power of the Lord Come Down.
African American Traditional, Arranged by Y.M.
Gospel:Matthew 5: 1-12
Presiders: This is the Gospel of Jesus
Response: Praise to you Jesus, the Christ
We believe that Creation is a gift of God, an expression of Our
Creator's goodness. We believe that as human beings we are part
of this creation and that we share in a special way in the creative
power of God. We believe that the resources of our lands and waters
and air are precious gifts from our Creator, to be used and looked
after with loving care. We believe that there is a rhythm to God's
creation, like a drumbeat; when we lose the beat or the drum is
damaged, the music is out of tune. We believe that in order to be
good members of creation, we have the responsibility to seek
information on important concerns of our people and our region,
and to share information in our communities. We believe that we
are called to work not in isolation, but in community, linked with
women and men in our local situation, in our region and
internationally. We believe that we can rely on the strength and
support of each other, to build on the common concerns we share,
to go beyond the boundaries which separate and divide us; united we
stand. We believe that as Christians we are called to be peacemakers,
in the true peace God promises us. We believe that this may sometimes mean
"disturbing the peace" as Jesus did, for a purpose--to restore
the purpose of God in societies of peace and justice. We express these
beliefs, reminded of the love of God, the grace of Christ, and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
So be it!
The response will be the last two lines of We Are The Church:
We Mean What We Say We are the Church, What do we believe in?
We teach your children today, we are the Church and we mean what
Offertory song: Simple Gifts
American Folk Hymn (Shaker tune)
*The children will now begin the offertory procession with their
gifts. As the children leave the central platform will the
volunteer Eucharistic minister from each table please perform the
tasks outlined above.*
Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Eucharistic Prayer will be prayed by the entire congregation
in a choir to choir fashion. Please read the section in BOLD below.
Presiders: Let us pray together that these gifts will be
acceptable to our loving God.
All: May God accept this sacrifice at your hands, for the praise
and glory of God's name, for our good and the good of all God's
Our God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to our God.
Let us give thanks and praise.
Blessed are you strong and faithful God, All your works, the
height and the depth, echo the silent music of your praise. In
the beginning your Word summoned light; night withdrew, creation
dawned. As ages passed unseen, waters gathered on the face of the
earth & life appeared. When the times had at last grown full and
the earth had ripened in abundance, you created in your image
humankind, the crown of all creation. You gave us breath and speech,
that all the living might find a voice to sing your praise. So now,
with all the powers of heaven and earth we chant the ageless hymn
of your glory.
All: Holy, holy, holy God. God of power and might. Heaven and
earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blest is
the one who comes in the name of our God. Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna in the highest.
How wonderful the works of your hands, O God!
As a mother tenderly gathers here children, you embrace a people
as your own and fill them with longing for a peace that would
Through countless generations your people hungered for the bread
of freedom. From them you raised up Jesus the living bread, in
whom ancient hungers were satisfied.
Jesus healed the sick, though he himself would suffer; Jesus
offered life to sinners, yet death would hunt him down. With a
love stronger than death, Jesus opened wide his arms and
surrendered his spirit. God of all creation. let you Holy Spirit
move in power over us, and over our earthly gifts of bread and
wine, that they may become the body and blood of Christ.
ALL: On the night before he met with death, Jesus came to the
table with those he loved.
JESUS TOOK BREAD AND PRAISED YOU, GOD OF ALL CREATION;
JESUS BROKE THE BREAD AMONG THE DISCIPLES AND SAID:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT IT;
THIS IS MY BODY WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
WHEN SUPPER WAS ENDED, JESUS POURED A FINAL CUP OF WINE AND
BLESSED YOU, GOD OF ALL CREATION.
HE PASSED THE CUP AMONG THE DISCIPLES AND SAID:
TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT;
THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT.
IT WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL SO THAT SINS MAY BE
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
Memorial Acclamation: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ
will come again.
God of all creation we commemorate Jesus you Son, as we offer
you his sacrifice. Death could not bind him, for you raised him
up in the Spirit of holiness.
May Christ's coming in glory find us ever watchful in prayer,
strong in love and faithful to the breaking of the bread.
Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit your whole church offers thanks and
praise together with John Paul, our Pope, Joseph, our bishop, and
all whose lives bring hope to this world.
God of the living and dead, awaken to the undying light of pardon
and peace those fallen asleep in faith, and those who have died
alone, unloved and unmourned. Gather them all into communion with
Mary, the mother of Jesus and with all your saints. Then at last
will all creation be one, and all divisions healed! And we shall
join in singing your praise through your Son, Jesus Christ.
ALL: Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Creator,
forever and ever...Amen
Presiders: Let us behold the body and blood of Jesus Christ
Response: Holy Food For Holy People
Communion Songs: Blest Are They
Words and Music by David Haas
Choir: Calling Words and Music by Ellen Oak