As we enter the holiest days of the liturgical year, our hearts are heavy as acts of violence and hate continue to impact a variety of communities. As a Catholic community, we continue to teach that any form of racism, hatred, and violence is a sin and is an attack on all of us. The DPCDSB stands in solidarity with communities impacted by racism and with the victims of racial violence toward the Asian and Asian Pacific communities. We offer our prayers to all the victims and their families in the tragic events in Atlanta and everyone impacted by this hate filled act.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, on March 21, 2021, our Holy Father Pope Francis stated that racism is "a virus that quickly mutates and, instead of disappearing, goes into hiding, and lurks in waiting." Pope Francis equated that "instances of racism continue to shame us, for they show that our supposed social progress is not as real or definitive as we think." As we enter the holiest days of the liturgical year, our hearts are heavy as acts of violence and hate continue to impact a variety of communities. May we continue to teach those that any form of racism, hatred, and violence is a sin and is an attack on all of us. As a Catholic caring community, we must work towards ending racism, xenophobia, white supremacy, and sexism. Equity, human rights, and social justice are critical to build a stronger and more just world. "During this Lenten season may we repent, reflect, and renew our commitment to speaking up, standing up, and showing - up for justice and liberation." (Nathan Sessoms, PH.D.) At DPCDSB, we will continue to support our staff, students, and families by sharing resources for learning and emotional support.
We offer our prayers to all the victims and their families in the tragic events in Atlanta and to all of those impacted by this hate filled act. May we pray for the souls of those who lost their lives that day that they may be welcomed into the great glory of God’s love, let us pray to the Lord.
The eight people who were killed in a senseless act of violence in Atlanta, Georgia were:
- Daoyou Feng, age 44
- Delaina Ashley Yaun, age 33
- Hyun Jung Grant, age 51
- Paul Andre Michels, age 54
- Soon Chung Park, age 74
- Suncha Kim, age 69
- Yong Yue, age 63
- Xiaojie Tan, age 49
A Prayer for Racial Healing
God of justice, in your wisdom you create all people in your image, without exception. Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every human being. Open our minds to understand that all your children are brothers and sisters in the same human family. Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviours, and speech which demean others. Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial discrimination, and their passionate appeals for change. Strengthen our resolve to make amends for past injustices and to right the wrongs of history. And fill us with courage that we might seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and be forgiven, and establish peace and equality for all in our communities. In Jesus’ name we pray.
From: Catholic Charities USA RACIAL HEALING
Wake Me Up Lord
Wake me up Lord, so that the evil of racism
finds no home within me.
Keep watch over my heart Lord,
and remove from me any barriers to your grace,
that may oppress and offend my brothers and sisters.
Fill my spirit Lord, so that I may give
services of justice and peace.
Clear my mind Lord, and use it for your glory.
And finally, remind us Lord that you said,
"blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God."
Adapted from: This prayer is from For The Love of One Another (1989), a special message from the Bishops' Committee on Black Catholics of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the Pastoral Letter, Brothers and Sisters to Us, the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Racism (1979).
LIST OF CATHOLIC DOCUMENTS ON RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION AVAILABLE ONLINE
USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism
Archbishop Hartmayer offers statement on Atlanta shootings | Georgia Bulletin
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination | United Nations
“Youth standing up against racism” is the 2021 theme. It engages the public through #FightRacism, which aims to foster a global culture of tolerance, equality and anti-discrimination and calls on each and every one of us to stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes.