St. James Cathedral Outreach and Advocacy Newsletter

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Prayer to Overcome Racism
Mary, friend and mother to all, through your Son,
God has found a way to unite himself to every human being,
called to be one people,
sisters and brothers to each other.

We ask for your help in calling on your Son,
seeking forgiveness for the times when we have failed to love and respect
one another.

We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son the grace we need
to overcome the evil of racism
and to build a just society.

We ask for your help in following your Son,
so that prejudice and animosity
will no longer infect our minds or hearts
but will be replaced with a love that respects the dignity of each person.

Mother of the Church,
the Spirit of your Son Jesus warms our hearts.
Pray for us.


From the US Bishops' Pastoral Letter, Open Wide Our Hearts
Pope Francis: 'We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism in any form'
The Pope decries racism and urges peaceful protests in the United States, following weeks of explosive civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd

Pope decries racism and urges peaceful protests in the United States

Breathing God's Spirit into Our World:
A Parish Dialogue on Racial Injustice

Thursday, June 18, 2020
7:00pm, Zoom

In solidarity with one another and with those who are oppressed, you are invited to a Town Hall dialogue on Racial Justice.  
Our gathering will bring us together, united in faith and justice. Grounded in prayer, we will listen and learn about what our faith teaches about racism and the ways that each of us is called by the Spirit to respond to and address the current challenges in our community and our nation. 

To register for this free session, email Patrick Barredo.
Resources, Statements and Prayers Against Racism
Learn:   Statements, Resources and Pastoral Letters
(including 2018's Open Wide Our Hearts ) combatting racism fro m the United States Catholic Bishops (Nov 2018).

Watch: How the church can combat racism and white privilege, America Magazine Films (2020)

Watch: Racism in Our Streets Georgetown University Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life

Watch and Read:  Additional resources from the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Watch:  Just Mercy  a true story about a black man who is wrongfully framed and convicted of a murder in 1980's Alabama.  Toronto International Film Festival (2019).  This month, the film will be streamed on any media platform for free.

Watch the Just Mercy Trailer

Watch the Just Mercy Trailer
St. James Spotlight:
Mick McHugh, Lifelong Servant
Dedicated Cathedral Kitchen Volunteer has service "embedded" in him: "You have to be active and lead"

Mick McHugh has only "officially" been a stipended Cathedral Kitchen lead volunteer for about 14 months, but he has been a tireless servant of Christ his entire life.  A graduate of Seattle Prep High School and Seattle University over 50 years ago, Mick was formed by a Jesuit education "from the beginning."  This strong foundation of faith in action compelled Mick to work with the marginalized in all different capacities throughout his life, including guiding folks through AA and rehabilitation at the Matt Talbot Center in downtown Seattle, serving in kitchens and retreat centers, and sitting on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Community Services for nine years.  "CCS has its heart in everything.  They're so inspiring.  It's hard to say no to such amazing people, especially young folks who are working so hard for a better tomorrow," he said.

A parishioner at St. James Cathedral since "forever," his current ministry is to help coordinate and successfully run the Cathedral Kitchen meals for homeless folks five days a week.  How does he contribute to the Cathedral goal of welcoming the stranger, especially in these extraordinarily challenging Covid-19 times?  "You got to get out and mix it up a bit.  You can't just say your prayers, you have to be active and lead," he said.  As difficult as the work is, Blessed Mary helps him through much of it.  "I've found a way of re-adapting to pray and connect with Mary.  She is very caring, soothing, and loving."  He is inspired by Fr. Ryan's devotion, and strives to offer all guests the same level of care as our Mother.

With so many changes happening around him at this time, Mick leads by example.  This helps him stay solid in his faith.  "I'm proud of what we do!  This is part of our mission, and if you just dig in and show by example, it might crack the door open a little for people to want to do what you do."  Then, he said, you know you've done the work of Christ.
Action Alerts
TAKE ACTION:   Tell Gov. Inslee: No budget cuts to the HEN program

Due to the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 on Washington state's budget, deep cuts to state funded housing and human services are now on the table. The Governor's office just received a $16 million cut proposal to the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program.  this includes cuts to key human service programs, many of which have not recovered from funding cuts during our last economic downturn.
The good news is - there is a different path forward. No decisions have yet been made and lawmakers can still choose a no-cuts approach.

Call on the Governor and our Legislators to:
* Heavily invest in Washington's COVID related funding in rental assistance and foreclosure prevention
* Prevent cuts to statewide affordable housing, homelessness, and safety net programs
* take action toward progressive revenue that will ease the burden on low-income and working households, adequately fund affordable housing and homelessness programs, and make our economy more resilient in the long run.
Take action right now by sending a note to Governor Inslee and your other state lawmakers.

Reading Recommendation on Racial Injustice
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele 

"A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America - and the founding of a movement that demands restorative justice for all in the land of the free."

Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, the loving women [of Black Lives Matter] founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown Skin.   A must read for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of what it means when people don't believe that YOU matter.
Closing Reflection:
Praying with Howard Thurman
Lord, Open Unto Me
Open unto me - light for my darkness.
Open unto me - courage for my fear.
Open unto me - hope for my despair.
Open unto me - peace for my turmoil.
Open unto me - joy for my sorrow.
Open unto me - strength for my weakness.
Open unto me - wisdom for my confusion.
Open unto me - forgiveness for my sins.
Open unto me - love for my hates.
Open unto me - thy Self for my self.
Lord, Lord, open unto me!