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:


          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



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


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


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


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


Practical Steps to 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


YouTube Interview w/America Magazine


How to Make Spiritual Sense of the Attack on the Capitol


Let’s 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