A Corridor Catholic Community

St. Thomas More Racial Equity Initiative

The St. Thomas More Racial Equity Initiative was created as an initiative from the Pastoral Council in Summer 2020. 

Mission: To heighten awareness and sensitivity of racism by providing educational programming for our parish community to promote a culture of equity and inclusion.  

Events:

Lent 2021: “Love Thy Neighbor” 

Click here to view the event flyer

 

This Lent, join our parish community in examining this scripture phrase with programming to promote social justice, equity, and love using the three pillars of lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

 

Prayer

Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism Event

This version of Stations of the Cross focuses on overcoming racism that can help you, your family, and community reflect prayerfully on the pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. 

 

Join our Music Ministry, High School Youth in a re-enactment through a unique shadow production of the Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 19th at 7PM. Park your vehicle and enjoy the event by tuning in to FM radio 91.3. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled to March 26th.

 

Fasting

“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love” Five Week Study

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) created a pastoral letter against racism in 2018, called Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. In the letter, the bishops invite all people of faith to conversion. We are called to open our minds and hearts to Christ’s love for all people and to the experiences of those who have been harmed by the evil of racism.

 

Weekly the group will use the study guide created by USCCB to pray, listen, study, reflect, and respond to difficult questions related to our faith and racial equity.

 

Meetings begin weekly on Tuesday, February 23rd for five weeks at 7:30PM on Zoom. Interested individuals can email Terry Conner - [email protected]

 

Almsgiving

Support Black-owned Businesses

The “Two Feet of Love in Action” includes both Charitable Action and Social Justice.  It is important that we always be walking with “both feet”.  We step with the foot of Social Justice when we work to address the root causes of problems facing our communities by advocating for just public policies and helping to change the social structures that contribute to suffering and injustice at home and around the world.  

 

In an effort to work toward changing social structures, we encourage all to use the time of Lent to gain awareness and show support for minority-owned businesses, as well as minority-run non-profits in our area.   

 

Use this community resource during and after Lent as a way to support Black-owned businesses in our community.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vR_jkETc6zEp9rXBN-f185yhfbzdHZaL849wnwm381A_zRS53fB84eur_cirtK33lBHUcsoL-50EGfo/pubhtml



Resources

 

Take a look at our collaborative list of Anti-Racist Resources in many forms.

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hANst_lM5xBX6B3L52_c5aetCVz24KGwd2FnR07B9pc/edit?usp=sharing

 If you’d like to add something to this spreadsheet, please email one of the co-chairs below.

To learn more, please email co-chairs Shirley Schneider at [email protected] or Karen Grajczyk-Haddad at [email protected]