The protests that followed the death of George Floyd on May 25 and the national examination of conscience that that event provoked, risks being lost by anarchists who hijacked the protests and have used the protests for their own violent purposes We must make sure that the opportunity that this moment in history affords us is not lost as we seek to build a more just society. George Floyd's death is stark reminder that this is a never-ending task. Archbishop Thompson tells us, "Racism is an evil that continues to plague society as well as the hearts of many, both within and outside the Church."
Wednesday, September 9, is the feast of Saint Peter Claver. In 2016 the Bishops of the United States called for his feast day to be a Day of Prayer for Racial Peace. Saint Peter was a 17th century Spanish Jesuit priest who was sent to the port city of Cartagena in what is today Columbia, South America. There, he spent his life ministering to the Africans who were brutally uprooted from their homeland and denied their humanity by the slave trade.
Archbishop Thompson calls upon the Catholics of the Archdiocese to use the occasion of Saint Peter's feast this year as a day of fast and prayer for racial justice. The Archbishop will celebrate a Mass for Peace and Justice this Wednesday at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul at 12:00 noon. The Mass will be live-streamed. May we not lose this opportunity to open our hearts and minds to those in our midst who suffer injustice because of race. Our parish church will be open for personal prayer from 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Wednesday. Let us prayerfully examine our consciences as we ask for the grace to turn away from the sin of racism.
Throughout the past months, Architect Michael Eagan has been working diligently on the project of updating our parish church as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building of the present church. A church, like a home, periodically needs updating and remodeling. Drawings, showing what the updating will look like, are on display in the narthex. We are receiving bids for the work and are hopeful that the work will begin in January. We are closing in on our parish goal of
$300,000.00 to make the project possible. Thank you to all who have made a gift to the Anniversary Fund! Envelopes to receive gifts in support of the project are available in the narthex.
Parishioners who would like to contribute toward the relief efforts to assist those whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Laura can make checks available to Catholic Charities and place them in the regular collection basket. Hurricane Laura, the strongest storm to make landfall in Louisiana in more than a century, left widespread devastation in its path. May God bless all who seek to bring relief to the victims of this and all natural disasters.
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