Prayer Service for Racial Healing in our Land
On September 9 the Saint Brigid Parish community came to gether for an evening of prayer for healing from racism suggested by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB). Watch the recording of the event and follow along with the worship aid.
This prayer event was celebrated the Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, S.J., the patron of African missions and of interracial justice, due to his work with slaves in Colombia, 1616-1650. He ministered to tens of thousands of slaves arriving in the port of Cartegena, entering cargo holds and tending to them daily with medicine and teaching of the Catholic fa ith.Many were baptized before they were sold, which he hoped would afford them humane treatment from their masters, now as their fellow Christians. Of the slaves he said, "we must speak to them with our hands before we speak to them with our lips." St. Peter Claver, S.J. died September 7, 1654, and was canonized in 1888; his memorial is celebrated September 9.
Anti-Racist Response from San Diego Bishop McElroy
Read this heartfelt statement or full homily from our Bishop Robert McElroy regarding racially targeted violence taking place across the country, titled "Finding Grace within our Republic of Suffering". In response to the death of George Floyd and too many other persons of color, Bishop McElroy joined his sorrow with that of the Catholic African American community in a special Mass celebrated at The Immaculata on June 6, 2020.
Read the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism was developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved by the full body of bishops as a formal statement of the same at its November 2018 General Meeting and has been authorized for publication.
Cristo Rey San Diego High School - one solution!
Cristo Rey San Diego High School, opening in August 2020, will prepare students with limited economic means for success. Did you know that at Cristo Rey San Diego, 96% of registered students are students of color, with an average yearly family income of $34,000? Did you know that Deacon Mike Daniels currently serves on their Board of Directors? Read his recent message to friends of Cristo Rey regarding the idea that a good education is the best way to end the cycle of poverty. Click here to learn more about Cristo Rey San Diego, their unique education model, and how you could help get this brand new Catholic high school in San Diego off the ground.