Reflecting on Racism - The Sin and Injustice
I must admit that I still have variety of emotions to work through with regards to the current civil unrest brought to the nation's attention following the horrific death of George Floyd....
and reminding us that we still have a LOT of work to do achieve justice, equality, and and God's view for all humankind.
I created a page of resources for your use to discuss
with your ministry team members,
and/or with young adults.
For now, the page is featured on the home page, at:
Eventually, the page will be moved under our Pastoral Care page so that is can remain accessible for future use.:
Work for justice...
Notes from the
on Thursday, May 7, 2020
Blessings, Self-Care and Summer
help those in need,
give strength to the weak,
comfort the sorrowful,
pray for God's people,
assist the clergy,
intercede for religious.
Mary all who seek your help
experience your unfailing protection.
Participants were invited to introduce themselves and share a blessing experienced since the March 17th shut down in Ohio.
Move/improved prayer time
technology working at home!
Family time (spouse, kids, grandkids)
seeing parishioners checking in on each other
Help at home
helping others/working with food cupboard
Calling parishioners has helped make great connections
As a reminder that we have to take time to take care of ourselves in order to be able to serve others. Stephen Covey’s 7th Habit of Highly Effective people is to “Sharpen the Saw” where we have to schedule time for our physical, emotional/mental and spiritual well-being. We divided into breakout rooms to discuss how we are doing so. As re-grouped and shared the following insights:
Need to work on more
walking – indoors and outside
Getting up from the computer periodically
stop work at 4:00 p.m.
Video chats with family/friends
old fashioned phone calls
Reading, including spiritual books
praying as a household
going in to the office, but shorter hours
Set an alarm every two hours to get up and move
new prayer styles
Cindee referred to organizations that she listed in yesterday’s Youth Ministers Update that had canceled, postponed or rescheduled some summer events (see below). Most are cancelled for 2020, but some have only gone through June so far.
The unknown is difficult. Right now, we only have mandates through May, wherein we should not be calling people out of their homes unnecessarily. The limits of ten people, with masks and six-feet distancing once we can gather also can be challenging, but some things can continue to be done virtually, by mail, and the other creative ways you have used for two months now…. Once the Ohio dioceses share the guidelines for resuming Mass and Liturgy, we will need to follow up similar guidelines for other pastoral activities as well.
Post-meeting note: since there was a question about planning for June,Cindee did email Msgr. Zuraw that question. He replied,
“I would advise against this at this time.”
Also, once Church buildings do open, be sure to talk with the pastor/administrator/leader to inquire about hosting prayer services for/with teens and/or their families following the guidelines. Highlight various aspects of your Church as appropriate (statues of saints or stained glass windows as a focus for prayer)
Do not let fear rule, Keep hope and “Be Not Afraid”
but keep in mind our responsibilities should we schedule something at which an outbreak happens…. We don’t want to put our teens (or the households to which they return) in harms way.
KEEP UP THE CREATIVITY and doing what you can to support the teens and their families. And you for all you do!
Mollie: Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
Joe: Can You Drink the Cup?: Henri JM Nouwen
Article to which was referred regarding U.S. bishops’ guidelines for re-opening Churches:
Participants: Bob Barto (Holy Trinity East Liverpool), Marcy Fessler (St. Patrick Youngstown), Joe Frangos (St. Paul North Canton and Little Flower Middlebranch), Mollie Kulig (St. Peter and St. John Canton), Cara Lipinski (St. Joseph Massillon), Shannon Pecchia (St. Angela Merici), Terry Sibert (St. Joan of Arc Canton), Diane Tarka (St. John Summitville), and Cindee Case (Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry), and late Anne Weeks (Holy Spirit). Asher Frangos also joined us a few times (so glad to see him doing well!)
- Updates from some of the organizations used by parishes in our diocese:
> Catholic Heart Work Camps
All 2020 summer camps have been canceled.
> CMD Young Neighbors in Action and CMD Just 5 Days
All 2020 summer camps have been canceled.
However, The Center for Ministry Development is planning to provide resources for parishes and Catholic High Schools to serve in your community this summer. We are preparing for a multi-day national event in late July or early August that will include live streaming for music, prayer, and faith sharing as a send-off and wrap-up for service in your local community.
> ND Vision at Notre Dame
Canceled for summer 2020
> One Bread, One Cup
CANCELED the summer conferences for 2020 (May 1 announcement)
> Steubenville Youth Conferences
As of May 5th, they have still only canceled/rescheduled June dates, they still have July dates posted... but check with them if the parents/teens of your group do not yet feel confident about going, to inquire about cancellation policies.
What to Say to Young People During COVID-19: Part 1
Cindee Case, MPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.