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 media@saintsebs.org 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. 

Recent group updates:

On Trinity Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and near the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, Chris Dwyer from our Social Action group shared what our Facing Racism group does and how you can get involved. See video here, starting at the 27 minute mark. You can also read his remarks here.

 

Prayer Reflection Offered by our Prayer Sub-Group

Prayer to Cleanse My Heart
Heavenly Father, I pray that I am able to see people like You do. I pray that I see people’s hearts instead of focusing on the color of their skin. Remove all anger and hatred from my heart so that I may love honestly and wholeheartedly. Father, Your Word said that if I say I love God, but hate my brother, I am a liar because if I do not love my brother, who I can see, I cannot love God who I cannot see. So, Lord let my mind be renewed so that I can see people with loving eyes, Amen.
– Beliefnet  – Prayers for Ending Racism

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.