On Sunday, November 17, Fr. Cassidy gave us the annual update on our sustaining partner, Arm in Arm in Africa. He writes:
I admire the work of Margaret Mead, an American anthropologist. I have admired her legacy as a model and a teacher for all those willing to learn and challenge the status quo. Having just recently celebrated the mission of Arm In Arm In Africa at the St. Joan of Arc Community in Minneapolis, I am most mindful of one of my most favorite Margaret Mead quotes;
Our SJA Antiracism ministry recently attended a screening of "Harriet" and enjoyed dinner beforehand. This film tells the story of the incredible Harriet Tubman, who devoted her life to liberating those who were enslaved. We were reminded again of the history of slavery and racism that we continue to confront as a nation and a church, and we were also reminded of the power of the arts and storytelling to inspire and challenge us. As Richard Rohr says, "Humans are made to feel empathy, but sometimes fear or self-interest blocks the flow of love in us.
The SJA Finance Committee is seeking nominations to fill one vacant position beginning January 2020 to the end of the year 2022. With 8 members at large serving staggered 3 year terms, the committee meets every fourth Tuesday of the month (with the exception of July & December) and advises the pastor on all matters related to parish finances. Qualified nominees should:
We celebrated our 2019 Confirmands and listened to a compelling homily by Fr. Cassidy on Sunday, October 27. Fr. Cassidy's homily is available on this page and the confirmands presentation can be found at this link:
Center For Victims of Torture. Members of Welcome the Stranger attended a benefit breakfast to support the Center for Victims of Torture on Thursday, October 10th at the Civic Center. Pictured are, Val Moller, Kathy Wedl, Rose Grengs, Bob Wedl and Joel Racchini. Guests heard a moving account by Patricia, a former client of CVT, who narrowly escaped an attack in South Africa. Friends helped her buy a ticket on a flight to Canada, concealing the fact she was 9 months pregnant.