The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently approved a new pastoral letter - Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – examining the “persistent” history of racism in this nation. The report is particularly timely in that the FBI recently reported that hate crimes increased by 17 percent in 2017 with the most common bias being “race/ethnicity/ancestry.” Fr. Simon Kim, Director of Intercultural Initiatives at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, served on the original drafting committee and offers the following summary:
Please join us as we pray for the deceased homeless of San Francisco.
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 p.m.
St. Patrick Church, 756 Mission St., San Francisco
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will offer a Solemn Mass of the Dead for the homeless faithful departed. All are welcome to attend and to bring the names of any deceased homeless for whom they wish to pray.
Affordable parking and the Powell Street BART Station are located just one block away from St. Patrick Church.
The Diocese of San Diego's Office of Restorative Justice is sponsoring a day of prayer and fellowship for all Prison, Jail and Detention Chaplains and Volunteers who are providing ministry within our jails and prisons throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties.
For more information, see the flyer here.>>
Incarceration has impacts on families and communities. Some 1.1 million men and 120,000 women in U.S. jails and prisons have children under the age of 17; and 2.7 million children have one or both parents behind bars.
St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church hosts and the Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Ministry sponsors a support group for families and friends of incarcerated persons on the third Thursday of each month, next meetings this year:
The Catholic institutional members of Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA) will join with 28 other congregations and non-profits on September 30th, 3 to 5 PM at Sherwood Hall 940 N. Main St. Salinas. We will interact with elected officials, and prominent business leaders as we celebrate 15 years of improving the quality of life for everyone on the Central Coast.
We will ask for commitments from public officials to work with us in four issue areas:
The Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition, in partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Catholic Mobilizing Network, will be hosting a webinar, "Dismas Ministry and Sharing Resources" on August 22nd, 2018.
Last night, [the] new Benedict XVI Institute Schola and Teaching Choir went to San Quentin for three reasons:
Pope Francis’s decree that the death penalty is “inadmissible” in all cases could pose a dilemma for Catholic politicians and judges in the United States who are faced with whether to strictly follow the tenets of their faith or the rule of law.
“Who are we,” asked one detainee, “that the Church should visit us?”
That sentiment – one of humbleness and a longing for the Sacraments and fellowship – characterized a pastoral visit by seven California Bishops and others to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Adelanto, CA, last week.