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Dear St. Barnabas family,
We write to you today with heavy hearts, saddened and sickened to have witnessed the murder of George Floyd; as believers we must respond.
 
By our baptism, we are members of Christ’s body. Following Jesus' example, we are called to care and honor all members of our communities, knowing that every person has been created in the likeness of God. Each of us must seek to affirm and uphold the dignity of life, knowing that the evils of racism are an affront to God’s plan for humanity.
Indifference is not an option, and we cannot ignore the pain and suffering that racism inflicts on our communities. We must stand for what is right and remember that racism is not political, nor is it only a topic for the history books. These latest events remind us that racism is a real and active danger for so many of our brothers and sisters. 
As a St. Barnabas community, we join others around the world in praying for those men and women who have had their lives taken. We pray for the pain and hurt felt among the grieving, and for our church and school families for whom the evils of racism are real and present in their lives. 
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2018 issued a pastoral letter against racism, issuing a call to each of us to address racism in our hearts and our communities. Within it, you will find tangible ways and guidance as to how you and your family can begin to respond to racism and commit to deepening anti-racism work in our schools, workplaces, and homes. You can also read the Statement of US Bishops in Wake of Death of George Floyd stating that “this is the latest wake-up call that needs to be answered by each of us in a spirit of determined conversion”.
 
We would like to invite you to join Fr. Donovan and members of the St. Barnabas community in saying the rosary at 3:00 pm everyday at the hour Christ died for us. Fr. Donovan will host this rosary from the convent backyard for one week starting today and then make the video available on YouTube. Come join him while adhering to social distance guidelines (6 feet apart and wear a mask) as we pray for the world. All are welcome, we will begin this Sunday the Feast of Pentecost.
 
As we anticipate the Feast of Pentecost this weekend, we call upon all people to pray and work toward a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Let us commit to begin the hard work of confronting our biases together. We know we don’t have all the answers; we are asking for your ideas on ways we might continue forward. 
Please share ideas around speakers, actions, guest homilists, educational opportunities, or other first steps in this work. We will share them with our parish Peace and Justice and school Cultural Inclusion Committee for help with implementation.  
We believe that We are better together and We see God in all people; these values have never been more important.
 
Yours in Christ, 
Fr. James Donovan                                   Elaine Gaffney
 

 

Southside Catholic Peace and Justice

Mission Statement

 

Southside Catholic Peace and Justice works to fight injustice, poverty and violence by raising awareness of and acting upon the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

 

Life and Dignity of the Human Person:  We believe that people are more important than things and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.
 
Call to Family, Community and Participation:  How we organize our society—in economics and politics, in law and policy—directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community.
 
Rights and Responsibilities:  Human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met.
 
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable:  In a society marred by deepening division between rich and poor, we are instructed to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
 
Economic Justice:  If the dignity of work is to be protected then the basic rights of workers must be respected—the right to produce work, to decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.Global
 
Solidarity:  We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences.Care for
 
Gods Creation:  We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationships with all of God’s creations.

 

 

Southside Catholic Peace and Justice Committee

The St. Barnabas Peace and Justice Committee was formed to help us, as a parish, better understand and appreciate the church’s teachings on social justice issues and explore what we can do to further those teachings. As Catholics, we are called to act, both individually and as a community, to prevent poverty and injustice as well as to minister to those who suffer their effects. Catholic teachings ask us to question the causes of an injustice and to act to change those causes.

The Committee meets monthly, the first Monday of every month (except after a holiday weekend), in the church basement, and is open to all interested. For further information, please contact Cathi Hogan 773-779-4641 or Steve Yokich (773) 298-6268.