Photo of Racial Justice SignsThe Church of St. Francis Xavier will begin a reflection on our communal racial justice ministry beginning Juneteenth, June 19, 2021. This will mark the one-year anniversary of our July 12, 2020 prayer service “Action From Lamentation, Fury and Hope” and our adoption of the Pledge for Racial Justice.
Our communal reflection will focus on (1) what we accomplished, what we fell short of accomplishing and how to integrate the year into the story of our community; (2) whether, and how, the principles set out in the Pledge for Racial Justice should be adapted to better reflect our uncompromising commitment to dismantling systemic racism; and, (3) how we shall re-affirm our commitment to achieving racial equity and justice by actions taken together with our marginalized sisters and brothers.
The first event will be a parish-wide town hall on July 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. by Zoom. In addition, reflections, suggestions, questions and prayers may be submitted to pastoralcouncil@sfxavier.org. Ministries are encouraged to prepare a group response based upon the ministry’s experience of the past year. Individuals also are invited to contribute their personal thoughts. Information regarding the Zoom, including the link and suggested materials for reflection, will be forthcoming.
Faithfully,
Your Pastoral Council Sisters and Brothers