The Miracle of the Eucharist

As many Junia’s Journal readers are aware, I have a little bit of a crush on Frank Schuster, one of Seattle’s auxiliary bishops. For one thing, he is board chair of Catholic Community Services; for another, he likes to make Instagram videos where he judges pie contests…
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Junia’s Journal for Pentecost

Junia’s Journal Pentecost 2024…
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Junia’s Journal for Easter 2024

Junia’s Journal Easter 2024…
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Lent 2024

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Junia’s Journal January 2023

Junia’s Journal January 2024 This issue celebrates the week of Christian Unity!…
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Back issues of Junia’s Journal for 2023

Here are all the past issues of Junia’s Journal for the second half of 2023! Junia’s Journal June 2023 Junia’s Journal July 2023 Junia’s Journal August 2023 Junia’s Journal September 2023 Junia’s Journal all Saints Junia’s Journal Advent 2023…
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Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Agendi! Why Inclusive Catholics Change Our Liturgies (Part One)

When I was in fourth grade, I lived next to a girl who attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. One day we were playing together and she asked me if I was Jewish. When I said yes, she informed me that the Jews had killed Jesus. “Jesus was a Jew,” I…
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Back Issues of Junia’s Journal

Please click the links below to read previous issues of Junia’s Journal: April/May 2023 March 2023 February 2023 January 2023 Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to receive the most recent issue of Junia’s Journal as soon as it is available!…
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Alexander Shaia presents the Great 100 Days

Alexander Shaia began his talk on Easter and the Great 100 days with his famous question: how many times during the year do we celebrate Easter? For those familiar with Dr. Shaia’s talks, we know the answer: We celebrate Easter – the feast of the resurrection of the Christ –…
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Visiting With Vieda

Seattle’s newest inclusive Catholic community, Living Water, does not have a full-time priest. While some might argue that this puts us at a disadvantage, a closer look will reveal the many exciting advantages to this (temporary) situation. First, it means the lay members of the community are fully involved in…
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Home Church

For the past few months, Junia’s Journal has had the pleasure of joining a long-running home eucharistic community that has been meeting on the first Sunday of each month for more than ten years. According to the group’s founders, Lyn and Brian, it’s called Home Church because “it…
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The Real Presence

“It is easier to teach bread and wine what they truly are than to teach us what we truly are.”   –  Richard Rohr A recent worldwide survey concluded that less than 60 percent of practicing Catholics believe in the “Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist. But…
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Zoom Church with St. Mary’s Seattle

“More than a theological statement that requires intellectual assent, the Eucharist is an invitation to socially experience the shared presence of God, and to be present in an embodied way.” – Richard Rohr   This month, Junia’s Journal had the privilege of attending a “Zoom Church” with folks from St.
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Inclusive Catholics “Down Under”

This month, inclusive Catholic communities in the Pacific Northwest and beyond are enjoying an in-person visit with Louise Shanly, co-foundress of Be the Change Aotearoa, an inclusive Catholic community based in Auckland, New Zealand. Louise visited Olympia for the ordination of Donna Smith, flew to Ohio to visit Roman…
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“Free Range Catholics” – a Meeting with St. Leo’s Raggedy Band

This past week, Junia’s Journal had the pleasure of meeting with a group in Tacoma called “Saint Leo’s Raggedy Band.” This enthusiastic group of lay Catholics take their name from the song “The Raggedy Band” by Jim Manley: The Raggedy Band is marching along Folks keeping rhythm to the…
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Celebrating the Danube Seven

On June 29th, 2002, seven “bold women” stepped onto a boat in the Danube river to be ordained as Roman Catholic priests. The twentieth anniversary of this momentous event was celebrated by Roman Catholic Women Priests around the world, and Junia’s Journal was there to join them virtually at a…
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Junia’s Word Study: σχίζω (schizo)

At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, we hear the story of Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan river. “And coming straight up out of the water he saw the heavens split open (schizomenous) and the spirit like a dove coming down onto him.” (Mark 1:10) The word schizo in…
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