Lenten Day of Reflection For All!

ALL ARE WELCOME via ZOOM to join the LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION on Saturday, February 27th brought to you by the St. Martin de Porres Society of St. Matthias. St. Martin is the patron saint of racial harmony. It’s fitting therefore, that the Society brings to the parish this important topic on “Racism in the Church, Creating a Culture of Life.” Even though this retreat was originally planned for the Liturgical Ministers, it is open to all of our parishioners. It is presented by Deacon Mel Tardy, President of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and Deacon and Youth Minister at Saint Augustine Church in South Bend, Indiana.

Our goal for this Lenten Day of Reflection is to help all, particularly liturgical ministers, To work together on a path towards creating a culture of life through the liturgy by focusing on our social action as it pertains to racial justice. The first part of the reflection, 10:00 – 11:30 am, is open to the whole parish. You can join by accessing the Zoom link below.

The second part of the reflection, 11:30 – 12:30 is specifically for liturgical ministers’ group reflections on questions aimed at examining our liturgical practices as they pertain to how we help our parishioners leave our liturgies having been named, blessed, encouraged, admonished, reconciled and fed to go forth to promote reconciliation in the world.

Join us using the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9702883550

          Meeting ID: 970 288 3550

 

Note:  If you are a Liturgical Minister, watch your email for registration information or contact Phyllis Stone at pstone@stmatthias.net or (732) 828-1400, ext 127

 

Resources for background reading:

NBCC Statement on Racism

https://nbccc.cc/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/NBCCC-statement-on-racism-May-2020-final.pdf

USCCB

Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism Mandate – https://www.usccb.org/committees/ad-hoc-committee-against-racism

Racism Backgrounder.  Confronting the Poison In Our Common Home

https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/upload/racism-backgrounder.pdf 

Brothers and Sisters to US.  1979 Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Racism

https://www.usccb.org/committees/african-american-affairs/brothers-and-sisters-us 

On the 25th Anniversary of ‘Brothers and Sisters to Us’

https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/african-american/upload/25th-Ann-ExecutiveSummary.pdf

Open Wide Our Hearts.  2018 Bishops’ Pastoral Letter in Racism

https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/upload/open-wide-our-hearts.pdf

Practical Steps to Eradicating Racism

https://www.usccb.org/resources/practical-steps-eradicating-racism

 

Fr. Bryan Massingale – Professor, James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University                 

How Can the Church Combat Racism and White Privilege

https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/06/05/fr-bryan-massingale-how-church-can-combat-racism-and-white-privilege

YouTube Interview w/America Magazine

 https://youtu.be/ONiie2oYJCQ

How to Make Spiritual Sense of the Attack on the Capitol

https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2021/01/07/capitol-attack-racial-justice-bryan-massingale-239667

Let’s Be A Church Where Black Lives Matter

https://uscatholic.org/articles/201612/lets-be-a-church-where-black-lives-matter/

The Racist Sitting in the Church.  A Webinar for Black Catholics sponsored by the National Black Sisters Conference and the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus

Massingale video