Daily Reflection

Daily Reflection:
Saturday June 6, 2020
Article by Yusef Miller
My friends,
On Wednesday, June 3, I shared with you Bishop McElroy’s statement: “Finding Grace Within Our Republic of Suffering.”
In his statement, he issued a challenge: “Genuine healing for our nation can only be found in a radical effort to accompany the African-American Community in their weariness and rage and hope and despair that have formed and deformed upon the anvil of racism.”
Accepting that challenge, I invited us to silence our “Voices of White Privilege” and listen to the “Black Voices” that speak to us and share their reality.
On Thursday, June 4, I shared with you the article, “Black in America: I am Tired,” by Jesuit Fr. Joseph A. Brown S.J. Ph.D.
Fr. Brown is a professor in the Africana Studies Department at Southern Illinois University.
Yesterday, Friday, June 5, I shared with you an article, “The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It,” by Fr. Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Fr. Bryan has two degrees: S.T.L (The Catholic University of America); S.T.D. (Academia Alphonsianum – Rome); and many honorary doctorate degrees.
He is a professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University in New York.
Today, in the last of this series, I am sharing, “Commentary: This is what it would take to get me to rise from my bent knee and place a hand over my heart,” from the San Diego Union Tribune.
The Commentary was written by Yusef Miller who is active in many civic organizations in the County of San Diego including “The Racial Justice Coalition San Diego” and “The San Diego Regional Interfaith Collaborative.” I am privileged to sit on this Board with him as a representative of the Diocese of San Diego.
Yusef is a friend of St. Thomas More Parish and is a frequent guest and speaker at our interreligious events and at San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP) events.
I am sure for some, maybe for many, these are difficult articles to read and reflect upon. But I urge you to do so…
We pray for healing from the pandemic and from systemic racism!

--Fr. Mike

Calling All 2020 Graduates!

The Parish Family of St. Thomas More desires to recognize the achievements of those among us who are graduating this year, especially during this time of pandemic. Graduations may be from grade school, middle school, high school, certificate programs, college, and beyond.

If you happen to be one of these graduates, please click HERE to complete the form and click Send by June 20 with your name, the institution from which you have graduated, and your grade level. We will be compiling a list that will be published in the bulletin the weekend of June 27-28. You will be remembered in prayer at Mass on that weekend. You may also print the page and drop it by the Parish Office or in the dropbox outside the office doors, or call 760-758-4100 x100 to submit your information.

Know that your Parish Family is proud of your accomplishments, and that we will continue to support you in all your future endeavors.

—Rev. Michael Ratajczak, Pastor

Many of us make our contributions when we attend Mass each week. Our Parish still needs our weekly contributions even though we cannot attend Mass, so that we can continue providing services and ministering to you. Please consider giving online, using text-to-give, or mailing in your contributions to STM at 1450 S. Melrose Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056. Thank you!

If you know Parishioners or have family/friends who do not have access to email, please share this information with them. Thank you!

If you or anyone you know needs anything, please contact the Parish Office. We are closed but checking voice mail regularly and will do our best to help. You may also call
2-1-1 for assistance with resources of various types.

The bulletin link is available in every email we send (see golden orange button below. People without email or internet access will be able call the Parish Office and leave a message requesting a bulletin via snail mail each week during this time. Thank you!
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Priesthood Ordination
The Priesthood ordination is scheduled for Friday, June 5 at The Immaculata at 4:00 p.m. All priests, deacons, and people of the diocese are invited to view the ordination online by visiting the diocesan website at sdcatholic.org .
Diaconate Ordination
The Permanent Diaconate ordination is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at The Immaculata at 10:00 a.m. All priests, deacons, and people of the diocese are invited to view the ordination online by visiting the diocesan website at sdcatholic.org .

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Faith Walk--Online Resource for Prayer and Information
Developed by Christ Renews His Parish alumni – and backed by numerous bishops and priests in the Kansas and Missouri Diocese – we are pleased to introduce MyFaithWalk.org . Described as “Google for Catholics,” Faith Walk is an easy-to-use online tool for your personal spiritual journey. One reviewer noted, “Faith Walk fits into the cracks of what you’re already doing.” Click on image below to find out more.

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