Building and Nourishing Adult Faith
RCIA Program begins 7 Sept. 2021
If you were raised Catholic and would like to talk about anything, we'd like to talk with you. Whatever your experience,
whatever doubts or questions or hurts you may have, please trust this: We are your brothers and sisters
in Christ. We are here for you. We'll listen to you, talk with you, pray with you, and serve you. Please call.
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, or more fully Catholic, please call the parish office. We'll connect you with people who can answer your questions. We welcome new people into our faith and into our parish family through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). This involves conversations, prayer, and other preparation. We'll work with you all along the way. This is a loving parish family and you will be warmly welcomed. The volunteer who coordinates RCIA is Camie Withrow. See our RCIA flyer for more information.
A Discussion of CCO Groups
Our diocese hosts an annual conference in August for people involved in faith formation. (Anyone is welcome.) This year's conference, "Witness for Christ 2020", was online. One session was a discussion of the small faith-sharing groups known as Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO). Taking part in the panel discussion were Fr. Konopa, Lisa Doering, Sue Halter, Peter Schmitz, and Linda Schwartz. We are forming groups now for our third year of CCO; check the bulletin for details.
Parish Study on Racism, Summer 2020
In November 2018, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a new pastoral letter on racism,
Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love.
In their letter, they invited all people of faith to “join us in striving for the end of racism in all its forms, that we may walk together humbly with God and with all of our brothers and sisters in a renewed unity.”
In light of recent events in our nation, sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, are you feeling a desire to learn more about the effects of systemic racism in our nation or an urge to be part of a dialogue about racism grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church? Come join us for a 5-part learning and discussion dialogue beginning Thursday, July 16th and continuing each Thursday until the final meeting in August. Meetings will begin at 6:00p in the parish hall and last for about an hour. All handouts will be provided (and available here). You may wish to bring a pen and paper.
The evenings will be led by Peter and Kellie Schmitz who have been members of MMOC since 2001. They have worked with a wide range of individuals in their educational careers, have attended many conferences and trainings about social justice, and continue on their journey of learning, sharing, and working towards equity for all.
Materials for Session #1
Session #1 took place at MMOC on Thursday, July 16.
|Slide Show for Session #1||Slide show prepared by Kellie and Peter.|
|Intro and "What is Racism?"||Introduction and "What is Racism?" from Open Wide Our Hearts, the US bishops' 2018 pastoral letter on racism.|
|Guidelines for Sharing||Guidelines for contructive dialogue within the study group.|
|Baltimore Listening Session||Catholic Review coverage of an Archdiocese of Baltimore listening session on 29 April 2019.|
|Ohio Listening Session||Catholic Times coverage of a Diocese of Columbus listening session on 19 June 2019|
Materials for Session #2
Session #2 took place on Thursday, July 23.
|Slide Show for Session #2||Slide show prepared by Kellie and Peter.|
|Do Justice||Second excerpt from the bishops' letter on racism.|
|Racism and Criminal Justice||An exploration of the role of racism in our criminal justice system.|
|Racism and Economic Inequality||Examining the relationship between race and economic injustice.|
|Racism and Education||The role of racism in educational opportunities and attainment.|
|Racism and Employment||Disparities in employment opportunities and the role of racism.|
|Racism and Housing||Redlining, segregated housing, and other injustices tied to racism..|
|Systemic Racism||Despite signs of progress, there continue to be barriers and unequal opportunity for people of color.|
|Racism and Voting||A review of voting rights and efforts to inhibit voting by marginalized groups.|
Materials for Session #3
Session #3 took place at MMOC on Thursday, July 30.
|Slide Show for Session #3||Slide show prepared by Kellie and Peter.|
|Love Goodness||Third excerpt from the bishops' letter on racism.|
|Racism and Migration||Ethnicity as a basis for legal and social barriers to migration.|
|Asian and Pacific Island||Encountering Christ in Harmony is a USCCB "pastoral response to our Asian and Pacific Island brothers and sisters."|
|Native American Experience||Historical and current-day mistreatment of indigenous people.|
|Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope||A Pastoral Letter Concerning Migration from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States|
|Links to further resources from USCCB||
Resources on Native American Experiences
Resources on African American Experiences
Resources on Diverse Communities on the Move
Racism Educational Resources
Materials for Session #4
Session #4 took place at MMOC on Thursday, August 6.
|Slide Show for Session #4||Slide show prepared by Kellie and Peter.|
|Walk Humbly with God||Final excerpt from Open Wide Our Hearts, the US bishops' 2018 pastoral letter on racism.|
|Examination of Conscience on Racial Justice||A guide to assist in understanding our subconscious thinking and look at our actions in light of racism.|
|Links to other resources||
The Franciscan Spirituality Center is hosting "Racism and the Coulee Region: A Community Dialogue Series" via Zoom.
A local group, the Waking Up White Collaborative, is reading that book and preparing for a symposium next year.
A guide titled Recommit to Racial Justice (PDF) is available for download from Network Advocates.
A project of the USCCB called We Are Salt and Light offers success stories that may inspire.
Updated 13 August 2021