Greetings from the Visitation Racial Justice Committee!
We hope you were able to catch the fireside chat on April 28, 2021. If not, we encourage you to find time to view it on the Visitation YouTube channel. Fr. Brad and parishioners Marie Effertz. Matt Gunter and Mandy Ketchum, sat down to talk about the Racial Justice Committee.
The committe is inspired by Pope Francis’ caution that “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form of racism” and by the U.S. Bishops’ exhortation to “fight the evil of racism by educating [ourselves], reflecting on [our] personal thoughts and actions, listening to the experiences of those who have been affected by racism, and by developing and supporting programs that help repair the damages caused by racial discrimination.” The committee believes that, as a faith community, our first work is to examine our own prejudices and offer this opportunity, as well, to the parish.
The Visitation Racial Justice Committee is committed to exploring and implementing ways in which the entire Visitation Community--the overall parish, school and all other parish ministries--can work to support racial justice, education and inclusion.
We encourage all members of Visitation to read the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter Against Racism, Open Wide Our Hearts.
A message from VIsitation Racial Justice Committee--
As we explore and implement ways in which we can support racial justice, education and inclusion, we find things that move our hearts and open our eyes. In that spirit, we share this video, made by students at Van Horn High School, with our larger parish community.