I want to invite you to a heartwarming opportunity. With great excitement, I want to invite you to participate in Arm In Arm In Africa's very first Virtual Fundraiser--Family Style. Our event is "Arm In Arm In Action--Celebrating 20 years of Compassion." The celebration will be on Sat., July 18th 2020, which also happens to be International Mandella Day. This celebration will lift up the 20 years of partnerships that AIAIA have nurtured in SA. I believe that our journey has endured over the years from a fundamental belief that All Black Lives Matter.
Nurturing Sister Parish Relationships During Pandemic
How is SJA nourishing our 26-year Guatemala relationship in a chaotic time when travel back and forth is not viable and delegations have been postponed? Thanks to technology, our Sister Parish committees in SJA and Tierra Nueva II, Guatemala are sustaining our friendships and solidarity via periodic joint Zoom calls (community-wide and Bible study groups); video messages, greetings and updates; online guest speakers from Guatemala; and personal messages via email & WhatsApp. These online activities are open to all SJA parishioners.
Juneteenth is remembered and celebrated as the day slavery ended, in practice, in the Untied States -- two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX with Union troops, beginning the enforcement to end slavery in the state We can only create a brighter, more just future when we face where we’ve been.
A few weeks ago we asked you to come and play in the dirt with us. Our SJA EcoSpirits committed to revitalizing the beautiful garden space between the Arc and Grace House II with the help of SJA maintenance staff. Thanks to our volunteers, the space has been renewed and is beautiful. There are also new plantings along 45th Street and here are some photos of our beautiful space. (If you click on the photos, you will get to a slideshow of the pictures.)
We, the Catholic Community of Saint Joan of Arc, stand in solidarity with our community in condeming the murder of George Floyd.
Our faith teaches us that God stands with the poor, the oppressed, and those on the margins of society. As Christians, we are called to do the same. For too long the sins of racism and white supremacy have plagued our country. This is played out in countless ways, both systemic and individual. The murder of Mr. Floyd is the most recent, egregious example.
Saint Joan of Arc is familiar with Fr. Bryan Massingale's understanding of racism and the Catholic church. In 2017 SJA helped sponsor his St. Kate's presentation - RACISM-It Ends with Me: Dismantling Systemic Racism. In this article, Fr. Massingale continues to call racism a "soul sickness" and describes how we as Catholics, especially white Catholic, can contribute to its demise.