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     I have been thinking a lot lately about racism and prejudices. There have been a lot of subtle things from black and white Americans that have surprised me with questions about their underlying meaning. The mother of a teen boy who didn’t want her son dating anyone who “lives there” – he is white, the girl of mixed heritage. The mother of a black boy who thought a white girl was an “OK” date, but not marriage material. A black man with mental illness beat up by police while a white teen with similar problems was treated well. An “African American” parish – does that mean whites shouldn’t go there? Didn’t God make us, too? And, I know that I have probably done it, too. I think that is the saddest part.
     To a certain extent, some of us grew up isolated from the prejudices known well to people who grew up in other parts of America. I am from Plattsburgh, a small city in north east New York on lake Champlain. The area was almost exclusively white and French Canadian or Irish ancestry. When my Dad was in the Army (early 1950s,) he was assigned to a base in the Carolinas. His bunk mate was an African American man from New York City and they became quite good friends. On the base, there was no separation of races and certainly at home there was none. One afternoon, they were sitting together on a bus headed off base. The driver stopped at the edge of the base and told all the the black soldiers (men serving our country) that they had to move to the back of the bus. Dad and his friend questioned the driver as to why they could not sit together. That’s when they first heard about this idea of separate treatment. They then noticed labeled drinking fountains, rest rooms etc. His friend was even threatened arrest for carrying the bags of his sergeant friend who was being discharged, because he walked into the “whites only” section of the train station.
     The signs are gone, but there are still many “signs” out there. Not much has changed since Biblical times, like the men who passed by before the Samaritan, we are afraid of what we do not know or understand, but must it keep us from loving and supporting one another?
 

See the brand new Bible Study “Zoom” along with me!  I will be leading this group and we will be discussing the Book of Acts, the beginnings of our Church and what is Church today. 

Two diocesan projects that are very timely and for Catholic adults (though non-Catholics may join) are a local chapter of Catholic Relief Services and #OneBody.  Please consider joining us for one of these.  

What can we know?

New Bible Study

“Zoom” Along with Me 

Bible Study of the Book of Acts as We Explore the Beginnings of Our Church and the Church of Today.

This group study will all take place on Zoom and will be approximately 40 minutes in length.  Each participant will need to have a personal Bible and a copy of the recent Vatican document on parishes which can be downloaded here.  So, Come along with me, beginning August 17 at 6:30 PM and every other week as we explore just what is Church. This is the ZOOM information: Meeting ID: 772 2468 2835 and Pass Code: 8jZY0h.  Go to Zoom.com to get a free account or you can wait for the email invitation to be sent. Join a “Socially Distancing” friend with masks if you don’t have a computer of your own.  Call Pat Dyer 256-2598 for more information.

 

UPCOMING CLASSES – Call to Register

Adults over 16: 

Beginning Bible Study – This is an interesting series that explores the Bible explaining how it came to be and the different types of writing.  When we are ready to meet again, we will have a series on one of the books of the Bible where we can discuss what we read in more detail and from a Catholic Christian perspective.  This series will get you ready for those discussions.  Each episode is less than 10 minutes.  You can find it here – Bible Project

Adult Confirmation – Classes have begun Look for our on-line study page which will be available in the next few days.  Since, we are still unable to celebrate Mass together we will reschedule Confirmation and our final gathered classes.  Here is Session Two Study Guide Link:Lesson Two Catholic Social Teaching   

Adult Confirmation – Lesson Three  Forming Catholic Consciences

Faithful Citizenship – Cancelled We will have an on-line study page available soon – See link above Forming Catholic Consciences.  This will be rescheduled for classroom discussion as soon as we are able to begin having meetings again.  Links below are from the USCCB.

Catholics Participate in Political Life

Prayers for First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation

First Reconciliation and First Communion – Classes begin Thursdays at 5 PM as soon as we begin meeting together again

Spiritual Advisement Information Session – To be rescheduled

Weekly Lessons for school age children will be available at the east parking lot entrance to the church when we return to regular worship schedule.  Additional lessons can be found on the links pages.  Lessons have been mailed to everyone who has registered for any classes.

Monthly activities for school age children are available during Coffee Hours after Mass

 

 

Catholic Relief Services New Local Chapter

A new group is forming!  Next meeting is coming in September.  If you are interested in social justice, especially world or national issues, you may be interested in the newly formed local  Catholic Relief Services chapter.  I invite you to join us for our next meeting.  Contact me for a link.  Give me a call for more information at 256-2598.

Racism in America and in the Church and in Our Hearts

Have you considered joining #OneBody, a Catholic approach to conversation on the topic of racism?  If you’d like more information, please let me know or contact Althea Porter.  The group will begin meeting more frequently.  You can check back here for links, meeting information etc as it becomes available.  To help you get started on the journey, I am posting links to videos watched by group members prior to the last meeting.  People were given plenty of opportunity for reflection and sharing, but there is no pressure to do so. 

How the Church Can Combat Racism                                                   What Can Catholics Do to Combat Racism?

 

NEWS

Volunteers Are Still Needed – We Need to be Ready

Volunteers are needed to support the programs here at Blessed Trinity.  We will meet every two to three months to prepare lessons that will be used every week.  Volunteers for this position do not need to meet the Protecting God’s Children requirement.  No experience needed.

Other volunteers will be needed to provide classroom support for quarterly meetings of children beginning in September.  Support for meeting the Protecting God’s Children requirement will be provided.  If you like to work with kids, this position is for you.  

Volunteers to fix lunch for our quarterly meetings with our school age children are needed.

Support for our adult programs.  See adult programs for opportunities.

WISH LIST

  • Construction paper & glue sticks 
  • Crayons – both mixed colors and multicultural skin colors
  • Hole punch, Children’s scissors & chalk
  • Yarn, ribbon &  cord
  • Lunch food for kids meetings, snacks for adult programs
  • Push pins & poster putty &Puppets
  • Bright colored cotton or cotton blend fabric
  • Children’s religious stories books (new or like new)
  • Pillows which can be used on the floor
  • Colored copier paper
  • Printer ink – ask which kind we need
  • Sponsor a child’s textbook $15
  • Four mixed bags of jelly beans & ½ pound of wheat seed
  • Small ziplock lunch bags
  • Two mirrors
  • Tree of Life template/stencil (for painting)
  • Coffee Pot & Small microwave
  • Flat screen internet ready television 36-40 inches with built-in DVD player, and a stand (so we can use it in several different spaces.)

What can we hope for?

Prayer and Spirituality

Sunday 10AM Mass has resumed, and we’d love to see you her.  But, are you ready to come back?  Here is a good reflection that will help you to decide.  Five Things to Consider

We will be rescheduling our Spiritual Direction information session, but I thought that you might like to have some other resources available right now.  This is an old book, Fresh Bread and Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment by Joyce Rupp.  It is a guide which can be used for an entire year.  This excerpt is from May. “When I look at the earth so lovely in springtime readiness, I reflect on what it is like to have my heart ready for the word of God.  I, too, must be open to the turning over and turning under of last year’s harvest. … Most of all, I must believe in my potential to receive the word of God and my potential to become an ever more whole human being, recognizing and developing the gifts which the sower has given me.” (Rupp, 1985, p 69)