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What do the Reformation and the Eastside Hill Neighborhood have in Common?

Submitted by Editor on October 20, 2017 – 4:07 pm | Print or Email »No Comment

500 years ago, an invitation to theological discussion turned into a church-wide conflict that ended in division, after Martin Luther proposed his 95 Theses in a desire to reform the Church. The last 500 years have seen both helpful reforms and sad divisions. This year, the Reformation will be commemorated in a unique way: throughout the world, Lutherans and Catholics will be gathering to pray together and commit together to what we share in common.  One of these historic commemorations will take place right here on the Eastside Hill at two Eastside Hill Neighborhood churches.

A Prayer Service for the extended Chippewa Valley will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1712 Highland Ave., Eau Claire, on Sunday, October 29 at 4PM.  A choir of over 100 voices from Chippewa Valley Churches will be singing a half hour before the service begins and will lead the music during the service.

Food and fellowship will follow immediately at St. John Lutheran Church, right across the street. All Lutherans, Catholics and others of any (or no) faith affiliation are welcome.

A Committee of twelve Catholics and Lutherans has been working on this combined Prayer Service for the extended Chippewa Valley since late 2016. The Prayer Service is the same one that was used by Pope Francis and Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan, the former President of the Lutheran World Federation, at Lund, Sweden, on the 499 anniversary, October 31, 2016. It is titled “From Conflict to Communion”.

Can’t make it in person? The Prayer Service will be live streamed at www.regiscatholicschools.com/live Click “on Air” at 4PM to begin the stream. Facebook users can also watch the video from the Regis Catholic Schools Facebook page.

[For more information contact Fr. John Schultz at  schultzjohna@gmail.com   or Pastor Curt Rohland at  prrohland@gmail.com]

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