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JUNE 2021 NEWSLETTER
Today one can experience Christ’s Pascal Mystery through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercise of Solidarity with the Suffering. Examples of suffering people today are, victims of violence/war, people who are sick, imprisoned, refugees, immigrants, sexual minorities, people of color, most of the humanity who live in poverty, to name a few.

Mark Potter, S. J. (2011) writes that today the spiritual exercise of solidarity with the suffering is a way to (a) encounter Christ’s pascal mystery in the suffering among us, and (b) guide our actions to overcome social injustices. The Spiritual Exercise of Solidarity with the Suffering involves the following process, (a) entering the reality of the suffering people with compassion and mercy, (b) reflecting on our vulnerability to suffering and how we are complicit in the suffering of others, (c) developing relationships between the suffering and “allies”, and (d) the suffering and “allies” working together in the hope of overcoming social injustice. Solidarity cannot be achieved alone and requires both compassionate relationships between the suffering and “allies” and the gift of grace.

As Catholics for Peace and Justice one of our goals is to dismantle unjust social structures in our contemporary world. The Spiritual Exercise of Solidarity with the Suffering is one way to link our spirituality with our work for social justice (see M. Potter S.J., 2011, Solidarity as Spiritual Exercise).

 
Marge Sebern



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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL


Pope Francis Quote

Mount Mary University needs a new campus minister

Contemplative Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism


 

ACTIONS | ISSUES

EVENTS | EDUCATION 


Recurring Events
GENERAL
 
Pope Francis Quote
"Having doubts and fears is not a sin... The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit our choices, to compromise respect and generosity, to feed hostility and rejection... The sin is to refuse to encounter the other, the different, the neighbor, when this is in fact a privileged opportunity to encounter the Lord ... to overcome our fears so as to encounter the other, to welcome, to know and to acknowledge him or her."

Pope Francis

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Mount Mary University is looking to hire a new campus minister.  
While the position is being promoted already through the Archdiocese website, given the position naturally includes a focus on Catholic Social Teaching, I was hoping CPJ could help spread the word.  Mount Mary is a wonderfully diverse campus community committed to its Catholic Identify. Thank you for the consideration. Learn more and apply here.
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Contemplative Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism
Sign up here - www.tinyurl.com/healracism - to receive a monthly prayer guide with the intention of reconciling and healing racism in our city. Monthly gatherings have been postponed due to Covid, but may resume in the fall.  Brought to you by: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Three Holy Women, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary's, Saints Peter and Paul Human Concerns/Social Justice Commissions, Franciscan Peacemakers. For more information, please contact: Shelly Roder, shelly.roder@franciscanpeacemakers.com
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES

St. Mary Catholic Faith Community - Anti-Racism Program
  • One year "Racial Justice Working Team" with the goal of asking our parish to make a covenant to work toward becoming actively anti-racist at some point in the future
  • JustFaith Programs
    • Faith and Racial Equity: September - November 2021
    • Faith and Racial Healing: January - March 2022
    • Faith and Racial Justice: April - June 2022
Learn more, and get involved, on the Parish "Exploring Anti-Racism" Website


 
Advocacy Issues and Opportunities
What are our priorities as communities for allocating our monies? Every budget is an ethical document. Budgets are prime concerns right now at both the state and federal levels. Do you agree with the priorities stated in the linked documents?

Wisconsin Catholic Coalition Issues Brief

Opinions of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Immigration Reform
The American Dream and Promise Act & Workforce Modernization Act
Members of the Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees (CCMR) who are constituents of Congressman Grothman engaged on March 15 with staffer Samantha Baker over Zoom about the American Dream and Promise Act and Farm Workforce Modernization Act. We share with the congressman the urgent need to replace our broken immigration system with an immigration system that promotes safety, security, and fairness.

With bipartisan support, these two important legislative acts were passed by the House of Representatives on March 18 this year. Both bills seek to overhaul our broken immigration system. Even though Congressman Grothman voted no on both bills, we continue to advocate for passage of these bills, now in the Senate.

Read the rest of Margaret Sebern's article here.
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Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees
The Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees needs members to re-register to be included in ongoing communications, in preparation for Mark Peters’ retirement, which will also retire the current membership list. The link to the new account is https://northwestern.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=033862a17d575373b7f4c5213&id=67e24c80ca

Visit the CCMR facebook page here. Feel free to contact Alex at 414-736-0969  or alexandernikolai2020@u.northwestern.edu.
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION 


Recurring Events: 
 
Black Lives are Sacred Public Witness Events
Public Witness Events: Each event lasts 1 hour, starting with prayer and including 8 minutes 46 seconds of kneeling in honor of George Floyd and all those affected by police violence. These events are organized by an informal group of Catholic lay people, and we warmly welcome all who want to stand up for the sacredness of Black lives.
  • Next event: Thursday, June 3, 5:30 PM - Black Lives Are Sacred Public Witness 45 - Brookfield (Calhoun & North)
 
Follow Black Lives are Sacred on their Facebook page Black Lives are Sacred MKE 
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Weekly Racial Justice Reading group - Fridays, 3 p.m.
Racial Justice Reading Group meets virtually every Friday at 3:00 p.m.: Everyone is welcome to an online reading group focused on racial justice and how our faith can inform and shape us as we work towards racial reconciliation and justice in our world. For more information, and to get the link to the Zoom meeting, email Patrick Conlin at patrick.conlin87@gmail.com
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Siena Retreat Center Events, www.SienaRetreatCenter.org, 5637 Erie St., Racine, WI 53402.
  • Private Retreats are available - To find a time for your private retreat email arrangements@racinedomincians.org or call (262) 898-2580. Cost: $54 per overnight with the option of adding meals, $8 for breakfast, $13 for the noon meal, $10 for supper.
For a complete description of these and other programs and retreats, visit www.SienaRetreatCenter.org or call 262-898-2590.  Partial scholarships are available for all programs.
 
Peace Action Wisconsin
 
  • Stand for Peace: Every Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook
    Attention! Please wear masks and keep a social distance.
     
     
    • June 5: Howell/Howard
    • June 12: Capitol/Teutonia
    • June 19: Lincoln Memorial/LaFayette Hill  Focus on Ending Sanctions and the Blockade on Cuba
    • June 26: 76th/North
     
    • July 3: Oakland/North
    • July 10: 92nd/North
    • July 17: King/Locust
    • July 24: 43rd/Forest Home
    • July 31: Lincoln Memorial/LaFayette Hill
 
 
Frank Talks - "Coming Together" - June 1
Join the Zeidler Group, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 7PM via Zoom for Frank Talks - "Coming Together" - A conversation about collectives and collaboration with artist Katie Avila Loughmiller. Learn more and register here.
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Theatre for Justice and Social Change - June 16
Theatre can be used as a tool to reflect the current state of the world, promoting social discourse, dialogue and potential social change. UWM Peck School of Arts Assistant Professor Sheri Williams Pannell will lead a discussion of Milwaukee's theatre community and its response to the issues of justice and social change during the COVID pandemic. Wednesday, June 16, 10-11 a.m. Learn more and register here.
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PRAY

Prayer for Discernment

Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes.

to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times.

to relish the things that are yours and communicate them to others.

Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.

Amen.

Pedro Arrupe S.J.


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REFLECT
 
Prayer for Solidarity:  God of peace and justice, help us to change, so that we work for a world that mirrors your wisdom. Give us the desire to act in solidarity, so that the pillars of injustice crumble and those now crushed are set free. Amen
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