What can we do to help overcoming racism in our world? In our country? For those who are wrongly labeled "illegal" and for the Black life that is ended by White Supremacy? United Catholic Youth Ministries is committed to fighting racism in our world.
As the Holy Spirit calls us to do, let us start with prayer. We are going to be praying the Stations of the Cross. The USCCB has created a wonderful Stations of the Cross that emphasizes overcoming racism. If you can't join us, but want to pray the stations, click HERE.
Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Friday, June 5th at 7 PM
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Dear UCYM Community and Friends,
I write today with great sadness in my heart and great anger. I want to start by expressing my sincerest condolences to the family of George Floyd.
I often find myself asking, “When are Black lives going to matter in this country?” It’s an easy answer. Black lives are going to matter in this country when we institutionally dismantle the power of White people. We are talking about something that has existed for hundreds of years and we’ve even let it rise to the top of our government offices, but we know what we are called to do and we must start to act!
As a Youth Minister, it has been my great desire to be open to all. It has been my mission that every single young person that walks through our doors feels welcomed, celebrated for who they are, and SAFE. That is Christ’s mission. We are all God’s children! We are all made in God’s DIVINE image. How can we, then, not uphold the dignity of Black people? A people so beautifully made by God.
This is a PRO-LIFE issue! We are a pro-life church, but I don’t see us talking about Black lives or acting to defend them. I don’t see statements made in the same way as when a new Bill is passed about abortion or immigration. I don’t see prayers written specifically for this. I don’t see the Church embracing the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching to help combat this. I don’t see Black Lives Matter signs out in the lawns of the churches, pastoral centers, and other catholic organizations. I don’t hear it spoken enough in homilies.
It’s time. Actually, it’s well past time, that we, as the faithful, ACT. It’s not even enough that we talk about this anymore. We need to join the fight. We need to rally behind our Black sisters and brothers. We are not doing enough. We need to bring this to the forefront and say it’s not enough that we just talk about racism. We need to turn to the systematic racism towards Black people and work against it, not just in word and prayer, but in ACTION.
It is part of the mission of United Catholic Youth Ministries to teach our young people how to be disciples of Christ. It is our responsibility to teach them how to combat evil. Here is evil. We will combat it.
Let us pray:
Good and gracious God, you invite us to recognize and reverence your divine image and likeness in our neighbor. Enable us to see the reality of racism and free us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world and ourselves. May you welcome George Floyd into Your paradise. May the martyrs welcome him among them as he died for who he was.
This we pray through your Risen Son.
With You A Disciple,
James Holzhauer-Chuckas, ObSB