Parishioners are invited to participate in a virtual Listening Session next Thursday, June 18, 7-9 PM. The idea for this event has grown out of concerns for the civil unrest on our streets and the quest for justice and equality for all. Co-leaders for this multi-parish event will be Deacon David Suley of St Patrick’s, Rockville, and L.J. Milone of St. John the Baptist, Silver Spring. Church of the Resurrection and St. Camillus parishes are also assisting with the event. To participate, please register in advance at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErf–srT0sHNWa25HhU7w0ewquR_8Y0O4L

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Here’s how session leaders elaborate on the event:

As we all know, our church has been addressing the current issues related to racism. Several in our parishes have asked for a “safe space” where we can share feelings, perspectives, questions and thoughts with no judgements from others. We will hear where we are coming from on the issue of systemic racism — our own unique perspectives. We are Church; we belong to one another. We share the conviction that as Catholics, we believe we are a Church for all – since our very name “Catholic” means global. We are a Church of all cultures, races, ethnic groups — of many languages. That is who we are, one community in Christ. We need to treasure that legacy — and maybe even reclaim it again.

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