Dear UCYM Community,
There is a lot to celebrate and observe in the month of June. In the Church, we celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immigrant Heritage Month, and PRIDE. We also observe Juneteenth and intentionally recall the work needed for racial healing and justice in our country. June is one of the months in the Church where we are strongly called to mission.
UCYM is a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming community. We model the ministry of Jesus Christ that goes to the margins and helps bring people closer to Christ and His Church. We celebrate PRIDE by praying for more open and welcoming spaces in our Church for our siblings in the LGBTQ+ community. We pray for more open minds and hearts that are ready for accompaniment and to show compassion and empathy. We pray for an end to prejudice, hatred, and exclusion.
During this PRIDE month, UCYM reaffirms its commitment to being a safe space where everyone is welcome, seen, affirmed, and can belong. Our Church needs young people and young people need faith in their lives and the Church is a space to learn and grow in faith. Let us pray for the ability to find more common ground and realize that is in the mission of Jesus Christ.
Oblate James Holzhauer-Chuckas, ObSB