How do we as Catholics respond to the sin of racism? How do we turn our sorrow for the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others into tangible action that builds a more just world? 

If you too feel the call to face racism and work towards justice, we extend the invitation for you to join our Facing Racism group or participate in the anti-racism activities we plan throughout the year. 

We meet as a large group on a quarterly basis, with our working sub-groups meeting regularly in between. We have sub-groups that focus on Education, Prayer, Social Action, Fighting Mass Incarceration, and Voting Rights. Join where you feel called, and feel free to hop around groups to get a feel for what each does!

Email to be added to our email list or to request further information about a specific sub-group. We also share regular updates on St. Sebastian’s and St. Catherine’s social media. 


Prayer Reflection Offered by our Prayer Sub-Group

Wake me up Lord, so that the evil of racism
finds no home within me.
Keep watch over my heart Lord,
and remove from me any barriers to your grace,
that may oppress and offend my brothers and sisters.
Fill my spirit Lord, so that I may give
services of justice and peace.
Clear my mind Lord, and use it for your glory.
And finally, remind us Lord that you said,
“blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.”
– USCCB Prayer Service for Racial Healing

Kneel for Nine Ongoing Invitation from our Social Action Sub-Group:

Parishioners of St. Sebastian and St. Catherine are invited the first Sunday of every month to join us in a sacred social action!

Join parishioners and neighbors by meeting at the Hawley/Vliet “Kneel for Nine” at 5:30 pm every first Sunday of the month, rain, sleet, or snow. In total this vigil takes only about a quarter hour!

You don’t need to bring a sign (or kneel) to participate. Several people stand if they are unable to kneel. It’s your presence and solidarity that is most important.

Do you need a sign? You may order a 18×24 St. Sebs/St. Cates “Stand Against Racism” weather proof sign from Gietl Sign Company: 5300 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208, (414) 774-4690

Cost: Two-sided = $16; One Sided = $10.


Find out more about the Facing Racism group and resources on the Saint Catherine website.