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St. Barnabas Peace and Justice Committee

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The St. Barnabas Peace and Justice Committee seeks to put the principles of Catholic Social Teaching into practice. We invite our fellow parishioners at St. Barnabas to bring issues and social action to the Committee. We hope that you will be inspired to act as Jesus would have and be his presence in today’s world.

Dear St. Barnabas Parishioners,  

Over the past year, we have seen in many ways how the problem of racism continues to wound, divide, and prevent us from fully becoming the Church and the people God calls us to be. Pope Francis, responding directly to the civil unrest that engulfed our nation this past summer, stated, "We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” At his recent inauguration, President Biden called on all Americans to recognize that racism is not just personal, but systemic. He has challenged us to end the "dreams deferred" due to racism once and for all.

I believe our faith community has many amazing people who wish to be part of the healing of racism the Pope calls us to. I also believe that our parish is in a unique position to do something challenging but beautiful to begin to confront this problem in creative ways.  I therefore invite you to join a small, committed group of parishioners to begin that work. I would like to invite interested parishioners to a Zoom virtual information night to consider joining a faith sharing program called JustFaith. JustFaith is an organization that helps build faith sharing programs for parishes that focus on issues of social justice. Our parish will, in the coming month, begin a JustFaith program of adult faith formation in which ten to fifteen committed individuals will come together over a period of eight sessions to pray, study, read, talk, and think together about how racial inequality affects our church and our community and what we are called to do about it. The eight-session program will take place over twelve (12) weeks during the Lent and Easter seasons. The program will begin virtually (that is, online via Zoom), but as time goes on, we will discern whether we can safely meet in person. 

The information night to help folks consider whether they would like to take part in JustFaith will be held on Tuesday, February 16, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Zoom. The link is: You may email Patrick McGowan at to get the link as well. You can find the link to the meeting on the parish website, or call Mr. McGowan at 773-445-3450 for the link, or if you have any questions.

Thanks so much for considering coming together with fellow parishioners to engage on this important topic. I look forward to seeing you.  


Patrick McGowan