March 16, 2018
There will be no Friday Prayer service this week, March 16 or on Good Friday, March 30.
Instead, we encourage our community to spend some time learning about trauma by watching two videos which aired this week on CBS’ 60 minutes.
In the first video, Oprah visits SaintA, a nationally known organization training teachers, judges, police and social service providers in Trauma Informed Care. Note that SaintA has Catholic roots and is based in Milwaukee.
In the second video available on the same link, Oprah talks about how learning about trauma via this investigation and the Journal Sentinel series on trauma has been revolutionary for her own life.
Our March prayer services are focusing on trauma and this series from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: https://projects.jsonline.com/news/2017/3/23/epidemic-of-childhood-trauma-haunts-milwaukee.html
Weekly Reflection Questions:
Who provided the love, support and recognition to me in my own childhood that I can model for people needing that same love, support and recognition now?
When I think of the people in my life who cause me distress, does asking the question ‘What happened to them?’ help me cultivate compassion?
A Lament for the Culture of Gun Violence: A Service of Christian Prayer
Wednesday, March 14, at 5:30 pm
All Saints’ Cathedral (818 E. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI)
The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, will lead a special service of prayer next Wednesday, March 14, at 5:30 pm. This service of remembrance marks the one month anniversary of the shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Bishop Miller will officiate and share his remarks. The service will include scripture, hymns, moments for reflection, remembrance of those who lost their lives and those who were injured, and a lament for the culture of gun violence.
ACTION ALERT from Justice for Immigrants:
Sisters of Mercy call for National Call in Day on Thursday, March 15th, to urge Congress to cut funding to the machinery behind unjust deportation, detention, and further militarization of our border communities for FY 2018 & FY 2019.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 three times to be connected to each of your two senators and your representative.
“I’m a constituent and a person of faith, working in collaboration with the Sisters of Mercy. I urge you to cut funding for immigrant detention and deportation and for the proposed border wall. I believe it is immoral to be tearing families apart and terrorizing our immigrant communities. They are a vibrant part of the fabric of our country. I urge you to do everything you can to see that funding for detention, deportation, and border militarization is reduced in fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019. I also urge you to stand with Dreamers in the United States and support the Dream Act, or another bipartisan, legislative solution that protects as many Dreamers as possible without compromising family unity.”
Additional information can be found in a faith leaders’ letter to Congress, which Mercy signed onto, as well as in this Interfaith Toolkit, which contains sample social media posts and other resources.
New Resources for Racial Healing
Several new USCCB resources can assist Catholics to pray and act for racial healing. Perfect for Lent, A Prayer Service for Racial Healing in Our Land (also in Spanish) includes Scripture, reflection, and an examination of conscience to help Catholics call on the Divine Physician, Christ the Lord, to heal the wounds of racism throughout our land. Two new prayers are also available: Prayer to Address the Sin of Racism (also in Spanish) and Prayer to Heal Racial Division (also in Spanish). Find other resources at usccb.org/racism.