Article from Parish Bulletin – The Arrow on July 5, 2020
Happy 4th of July weekend! May it be as enjoyable and safe as possible, as we still carry into the holiday concerns regarding the spread of the Corona Virus.
This week, daily Masses begin in Church. For now, there will be only one morning Mass each day – Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 am, Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 am, and Saturday at 8:00 am. Our weekend schedule returns on July 11-12 with the 4:30 pm Mass on Saturday and 8:00 am and 10:30 am Masses on Sunday morning. The 5:00 pm Sunday evening Mass will return at a later date.
I have received many comments concerning the Black Lives Matter (BLM) banner out in front of Church. Most favorable, some not so. I expected it would cause some controversy, but most of all, I hope it will spark discussion and listening. Listening to another’s point of view is never easy; but is a must for building a stronger and more just society when it comes to the issues swirling around racism in our country today. Listening is necessary for increasing compassion and empathy for the struggles and concerns of others, ensuring racism finds no home in our hearts and souls.
I realize there are many groups within the BLM movement and some proclaim ideas that we may not agree with or align ourselves with. However, this banner is meant to remind us of this truth – God as creator made ALL OF US IN HIS OWN IMAGE! Each and every one of us in God’s own image! Every time we make the sign of the cross and begin our prayer, we are reminded that we are in relationship with God, with creation, with each other and God among us. Individually and within our society, we must ask ourselves, does how we think, act and speak mirror this truth of who we are as God’s creation? I think the Black Lives Matter banner, all politics aside, asks us to think about this and then pray for and act on justice and equality for all.
Some have said to me, why not say all lives matter. Yes, of course, ALL LIVES MATTER. However, at this time, a particular group of people who have carried the weight of pain and injustice in our society need us to listen and pay attention.
I asked Maudette Carr, an active parishioner who is known to many, and an African-American, to share some personal thoughts. I ask that your read it and LISTEN, deeply listen.
I am so thrilled that St. Giles is displaying this banner. For me, it is a powerful tribute to the Black lives that have been taken by violence and/or police brutality. I am sure there are many more names that are not captured here. I see this banner as a tribute to each of those individual names written, because it simply and powerfully says that even though their voices have been unjustly silenced, their spirits have now been awakened. It is a humanitarian statement that should speak to our hearts and the human soul.
It is with great sadness that I read all these names. Such a needless loss of youthful potential and the many dreams that will go unfulfilled. The violence and police brutality must stop.
There is so much work to be done, dialogues to have and calls for action. In the words of Ralph Ellison, it shines light on the “invisibility” of black people and the conditions that we have faced.
THEY ALL HAVE MATTERED!
– Maudette Carr
With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish