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Homework Stop-Off
Gospel Reflection
What Does Mark 6:31 Mean?
He told them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest for a while,” because so many people were coming and going that they didn’t even have time to eat.
Verse Thoughts

The responsibilities, busyness, stresses, and strains of simply living, can cause each of us to neglect what is important and have a lasting effect on what we consider to be immediately urgent and vital. Even the duties and tasks to which God has called us can be placed higher on our daily agenda than those things that are vital to our spiritual well-being – taking time to be alone with the Lord.

Mark is the shortest gospel… detailing the work of Christ’s ministry, the calling of His disciples, the healing of the sick, and the teaching of the kingdom, at breakneck speed. By chapter 6, Jesus has already been falsely accused of performing miracles by the power of Beelzebub, rejected by both the Jewish leaders and the people, and had started to teach His disciples through parables – so that only those with ears to hear would understand.
The twelve men chosen to be Christ’s apostles, had been commissioned by the Lord to travel throughout the cities of Judah in pairs, preaching repentance wherever they went. They were given authority to cast out demons, raise the dead, heal the sick and anoint them with oil. It was a demanding schedule, and they were not always welcome in the places they visited. READ MORE
On Being Antiracist
BY THE ANTIRACISM TASK FORCE AT ST. IGNATIUS CHURCH, BALTIMORE 
July 7, 2021

Editor’s Note: This Just Parenting piece is an adaptation of a recent virtual workshop hosted by the Antiracism Task Force at St. Ignatius Church, a Jesuit Parish in Baltimore, MD. Task force members include Allison Clayton, Deacon Andrew Lacovara, Isabelle Garcia, Fr. Jim Casciotti, SJ, Kate Flores, Kendall Conder (co-chair), Samantha Stein, Toni Moore-Duggan, Kevin Burdinski (co-chair) and Eric Clayton.
The work of antiracism isn’t just for adults. That’s why the Antiracism Awareness Task Force of the parish community of St. Ignatius Church in downtown Baltimore, Maryland recently led a guided discussion on how to be an antiracist parent. 
Here are the 8 steps we committed to take:

1. Don’t look for a “perfect” moment.

There is no “perfect” moment to talk to your kids about race. Our primary goal should be creating spaces in our lives for intentional conversations, and then responding to the needs of the moment. READ MORE
Casserole Collection is this Weekend
Once a month we collect casseroles for Our Daily Bread – Maryland’s largest hot meal program, serving more than a quarter of a million meals to those experiencing hunger in Baltimore City each year. We collect on the third Saturday of the month between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM, in front of St. Ignatius Church. You can really help people in great need. Click here for recipe and specific directions.
From the Archdiocese
Grief Ministry Supports Healing to Families in Baltimore.

If you are troubled by the tragic loss of life in Baltimore City, and wondering how you can help, please consider volunteering for a ministry the Archdiocese has created to offer support and healing to families in Baltimore City who have lost a loved one to violence.  In conjunction with other agencies and nonprofits, the archdiocesan Grief Ministry offers a way for parish communities to provide assistance, such as prayers, sympathy notes, food, baby items and other support as needed to families. Volunteers are particularly needed to help support our new food pantry for surviving family members at Holy Cross Church in Federal Hill. To learn more or to sign up, go to www.archbalt.org/grief-ministry, or contact Mary Ellen Russell at mrussell@archbalt.org.
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Saturday, July 17
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In the Media
‘The Chosen’ is the Jesus TV show your very Catholic aunt keeps telling you to watch. And you should.

“Get used to different.” That’s the tagline for “The Chosen,” a show from Angel Studios that is unorthodox in many ways. The first-ever multi-season TV series about the life of Christ, it is entirely crowdfunded. It is also free to watch in The Chosen App, which doesn’t require viewers to fork over their email addresses or pay any fees. Just come and see.

For months, two of my aunts had been urging me to watch “The Chosen.” And if I’m being honest, even though their texts were effusive in their praise for the series, I could not help but think, oh, a Bible show. I pictured the sort of show we watched in my C.C.D. days and didn’t put it high on my priority list. READ MORE
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Parish: 'the thought' is a publication of St. Ignatius Catholic Community-Baltimore. Each edition contains articles and news feeds that are included for awareness of current topics in our world today. The positions expressed by outside authors and news feeds are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of St. Ignatius Catholic Community or its staff.

 - This e-zine was designed and compiled by John C. Odean