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Join us for an Engaging JustFaith Ministries Program!
“Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege” Returns for a Second Run: Starts Sunday, August 2, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege is an 8-week series of sessions offered by JustFaith Ministries* that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others.
The first half of the program sessions introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege. Sessions 5-8 take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation. As with all JustFaith programs, participants will explore how their faith should inform their response to their learning, as well as discern action steps for working toward racial equity in their own communities.
*Please note that this series is not for the faint of heart! The program is designed for participants who are willing to wrestle with hard questions and take an honest look at their own attitudes, assumptions, and choices. However, through spiritual grounding and community-building, participants find support and belonging throughout their journey to personal transformation and social action.
Each weekly virtual session via Zoom is approximately two hours, which includes prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building. Some sessions may include videos and/or a guest speaker. JustFaith Ministries recommends that a group be approximately eight to fifteen people.
Participants read two books that will challenge them with stories and concepts to transform their understanding of racism and privilege in their local and national contexts. A third book guides them in a weekly spiritual practice. During each session, videos and short articles provide the basis for conversation and learning, while songs, prayers, and liturgies ground participants in a sense of belonging and spiritual family. Click here for the book list.
Immersion and Retreat
In order to build community and Scriptural grounding, this session also includes a one-day retreat, during which participants join in prayer, introspective reflection, and holy conversation around their personal experiences with race and privilege.
The immersion connects participants with community organizations already engaged in racial justice efforts. This real-world experience guides groups in discerning how they can put their learning into action.
• How to sign up: Email Colm McGarry, our pastoral minister.
• Session Schedule via Zoom: Eight consecutive Sundays, 7:30 – 9:30pm, beginning August 2, 2020. (Zoom link will be sent to participants in advance.)
• Materials (Books et al) Cost: $40./per person
*JustFaith is an intensive, small-group process for faithful Christians looking to deepen their commitment to care for vulnerable people and our planet. Through prayer, study, dialogue, and immersions, participants form community as they explore critical realities and their implications to their lives and their faith. JustFaith is designed for use in diverse Christian communities. Learn more about JustFaith Ministries and their work here.
The ‘Evil and Moral Cancer’ of Racism
Read the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley’s, Letter to the Faithful, published on June 5, 2020 in “Echoes, a Forum of Catholic Thought”, TheBostonPilot.com
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Support Weston High Students’ Fundraiser for the Greater Boston Food Bank
According to projections by Feeding America, one in 8 people (658,920) in Eastern Massachusetts is expected to experience food insecurity in 2020 as a result of the impact of COVID-19. Child food insecurity is projected to rise 93%, with one in six children now at risk to experience hunger.
You can help support the WHS Class of 2023: “Life During the Pandemic” book fundraiser for the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), which distributes food to our neighbors during this pandemic. The sale of this 52-page book ($25) will help provide 75 meals for families in need!
Here is a preview of the book (click on link): Class of 2023_ Life During the Pandemic 071220
Please support the GBFB by donating through WPS WebTrac or by check:
• WebTrac: Most WPS families have an account. If not, anyone can easily set one up. WPS Accounting Dept. typically approves new users within 24 hours of their initial registration.
• Make checks payable to: Town of Weston, “Class of 2023 book fundraiser” in memo. Mail check to: Weston High School, 444 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493 ; Attn: Kristin Mariano
• All Donors will be acknowledged for their contributions with their name printed in the book credits.
• $25 donation or more receives: Thank you for making this book possible in the credits and a PDF of the book, Class of 2023: Life During the Pandemic
• $50 donation or more receives: Thank you for making this book possible in the credits, a PDF and a printed book of the Class of 2023: Life During the Pandemic
• Printed book expected delivery to donors in July/August 2020
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
PRO-LIFE PARISHIONERS – A CALL TO ACTION! (From Massachusetts Citizens for Life):
On 7/9/20, abortion supporters, led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, are rallying virtually in an effort to bring about a vote on the “ROE” Act.
Legislators need to hear that you do not support this radical bill.
The “ROE” Act would remove protections for newborn babies born alive during an abortion; risk our women’s lives by removing hospital care for those undergoing grueling late term abortion; and endanger our young girls by denying them parental or adult support supervision at an abortion clinic.
WE NEED YOU TO CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR & THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY!
* Use this main State House number (617) 722-2000 and request the offices of the Judiciary Committee.
* Forward this to your friends and family with a personal invitation to join you in calling the State House today!
* Share on social media, the State House number and use this easy to use call script with key dangers included in the “ROE” Act.
For more information or questions, contact: C.J. Williams, Director of Community Engagement at:
Even if you’ve already called: Your voice today could reroute a radically abortion-promoting event into a day of nonstop advocacy for life and the preborn.
Pro-Life Commission Forming in Our Parish: New Members Welcome
A Pro Life Commission is currently forming in the St. Julia Parish, and will be co-chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Daher Fasse and Maria Fasse. More information will follow in the coming weeks. If you are interested in joining or participating in the work of this committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please check back on the Pro-Life Commission page to learn more upcoming information.
Feast of Corpus Christi 2020 – Feast of Corpus Christi 2021
“As Catholics, it is in the Eucharist that we learn our identity.” – Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap
Cardinal Seán O’Malley has announced a Year of the Eucharist to bolster the faith of those who already believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and to encourage those who struggle with this belief. Over the course of the next year, the Cardinal invites all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston to learn more about the Eucharist and to spend more time before the Eucharistic Lord, asking Him to reveal Himself to you.
• Watch Cardinal Seán O’Malley talk about the importance of the Eucharist.
• Learn more and find resources from the Archdiocese of Boston to help deepen your faith and belief in the Eucharist.
• WEEKDAY MASSES
In addition to weekend Masses, ONLY at St. Julia Church, two weekday Masses will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings at 8am each week, beginning June 16, 2020. Reservations are NOT required to attend weekday Masses, however the new protocols to attend services (as on weekends) remains in place.
• SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (Confession)
As of 6/4/20, is offered by appointment only, by contacting our Pastoral Minister, Colm McGarry.
• Any inquiries involving other sacraments (Baptism, Confirmations, weddings or funerals) please contact our Pastoral Minister as well.
(All previously scheduled parish community gatherings have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.)
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