Despite the rocky beginning of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Fall Assembly earlier this month, several positive developments materialized from the meeting including approval of the 2018 Pastoral Letter on Racism: “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love.” Almost forty years have passed since the U. S. Bishops have spoken as a collective group on the issue of racism in the U. S.
Accompanying the document are educational resources for grades kindergarten through high school. The U.S.C.C.B. also developed a Pastoral Aid to correspond with the First Sunday of Advent and included this call:
“Advent is the season of joyful waiting in hope. In this way, the readings this week present a particular opportunity to connect the new pastoral letter to the Scripture readings’ call for action. Consider addressing one or more of the following ideas in your homily. Connecting the pastoral letter to real experiences in your parish or community at the start of the homily will help to drive the message home.”
Unfortunately, we missed the cut-off last weekend to share this request for inclusion at the beginning of Advent on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Hopefully, there will be other opportunities present during Advent and afterward to incorporate the theme and resources of the 2018 Pastoral Letter on Racism into your Parish life.
Please click here to download a copy of “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism
Please use this link to access the “Pastoral Aid for First Sunday in Advent 2018”
Combatting Racism – Educational Resources are available using this link