FAITH, HOPE & PRIDE COMMITTEE OF ST. COLUMBA PARISH PRESENTS A FILM FROM THE CHELSEA COMMUNITY
Wednesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm
“Brother Outsider” the story of Bayard Rustin
Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its national broadcasts on PBS’ P.O.V. series, Logo/MTV, and public television’s America ReFramed series, BROTHER OUTSIDER has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin — a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
The recipient of more than 25 awards and honors, BROTHER OUTSIDER has been shown at The United Nations, The Kennedy Center, and for members of Congress, as well as at hundreds of schools, community forums, labor gatherings, faith organizations, and film festivals; it is also being used widely in workplace diversity presentations at corporations, law firms, and other companies. On November 20, 2013, Barack Obama bestowed a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — on Bayard Rustin. Walter Naegle, Rustin’s surviving life partner, accepted the award. Rustin was one of 16 Americans honored at this ceremony. To view C-SPAN’s coverage of this event, click here.
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Pope's Audience: You cannot be a Christian on your own!
Pope Francis kicked off his last general audience of the season with a visit to the sick and the elderly at Paul VI Hall.
"It's too hot outside for the sick, for yourselves, and then there's the problem with the rain. It's better for you to watch the audience from this big screen. Is that okay?”
Outside, pilgrims scrambled with their umbrellas to shelter themselves as well. Still, Pope Francis had no problem riding, uncovered, on his Popemobile throughout the Square.
When the Pope reached the altar, he asked for prayers for the sick and the elderly. His catechesis focused on membership to the Catholic Church, saying that it becomes like a first and last name. He also explained that the Christian identity derives from that membership.
"No one becomes a Christian on their own, is this clear? No on becomes a Christian on their own. There are no Christians made in laboratories. A Christian is part of a population that comes from far away, he belongs to the Church community.”
The Pope said that the Church is a united family, where people learn how to become disciples of the Lord. But, he added that Christians should be thankful to those who came before them, as well as the people who teach along the way, be it parents, priests or nuns.
"I often remember the face of the nun that taught me the catechesis. She's probably in Heaven, because she was a saint. But I always remember her, and I am thankful for this nun.”
The Pope went on to say that its not possible to believe in God and Christ, but not in the Church, calling it an "absurd dichotomy.” He added that each person's relationship with God is personal, but not private, and is further enriched by looking after the unity and Communion that Christ intended for his Church.
Pope begins new Catechesis on the role of the Church
On Wednesday, the Pope began a new cycle of catechesis on the role of the Church.
He explained that the Universal Church is not just an 'institution' but rather a community, mother and family through which God expresses His love.
SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH: Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today begins a new cycle of catecheses devoted to the Church. The Church is not simply an institution but a mother, a family, a mystery which is meant to embrace the whole human race.
Founded by Jesus Christ, she traces her roots to the Old Testament, where God called Abraham to set off with his household for a new land and promised to make him the father of a vast people, in order to bring his blessing to all the nations of the earth. Significantly, it is God himself who takes the first step: he chooses Abraham and all his household to follow him in faith. The way God points out is not always clear, nor is the path free of obstacles, including the constant temptation to sin and infidelity.
The history of God’s people, the Church, is thus one of God’s absolute fidelity, mercy and love; only by his unfailing aid can we overcome our sins and persevere in following the path he points out to us in Christ.
Let us ask the Lord to sustain the Church on her journey of faith through history, to guide her to our heavenly homeland and to make her a blessing and a sign of God’s loving plan for all his children.
Pope talks about the fear of the Lord in his weekly General Audience
Pope Francis ended a series on the seven gifts of the catechesis, talking about the fear of the Lord. He explained that it wasn't a dark feeling, but rather a joyful awareness that only God provides true peace. The Pope said this fear instills within Christians a child-like mentality of trust in their Father for protection from evil. He added that this gift from the Holy Spirit also makes Christians aware of sin and corruption, and leads them away from committing them.
SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH Dear Brothers and Sisters:
In our catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we now turn to the last of these gifts: fear of the Lord. We know that this is no servile fear, but rather a joyful awareness of God’s grandeur and a grateful realization that only in him do our hearts find true peace.
Through the fear of the Lord, we become, as Jesus asks us, like little children, trusting in the goodness and the protection of our heavenly Father. The Spirit enables us to persevere in loving obedience to the word of God.
Fear of the Lord is also a kind of "alarm”, awakening us to the presence of sin in our lives and reminding us that we will one day be held accountable to the just Judge.
When we begin to use other people, to live for money and empty pleasure alone, blaspheming God’s name and allowing ourselves to be corrupted, this spiritual gift comes to our aid and directs us to the right path.
Today let us pray that the fear of God, together with the other gifts of the Holy Spirit, will renew us in faith and constantly remind us that in God alone do we find our ultimate happiness, freedom and fulfillment.
I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England and Wales, Scotland, Sweden, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan, the Philippines, Australia and the United States.
Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus and the manifold gifts of the Holy Spirit. God bless you all!
Pope explains gift of piety during General Audience
During his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis talked about the gift of piety. He explained that this gift of the Holy Spirit is deeper than mere 'outward religiosity.' For the Pope, the gift of piety, means experiencing 'ever anew, with joy and gratitude, the loving relationship with God.' It also helps recognize the others as 'brothers and sisters, members of God’s family.'
That's why, the Pope concluded, those who have a deeper relationship with God usually pay more attention to their neighbors.
SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH
"Dear Brothers and Sisters:
In our continuing catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we now turn to the gift of piety.
Through this spiritual gift, we experience ever anew, with joy and gratitude, the loving relationship with God our Father which has been granted us in Jesus his Son. It is this loving relationship which grounds and perfects our authentic worship of God. The love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit leads us to perceive the Lord’s presence and love in our lives, and moves us to respond joyfully in prayer and adoration.
Piety is not mere outward religiosity; it is that genuine religious spirit which makes us turn to the Father as his children and to grow in our love for others, seeing them as our brothers and sisters, members of God’s family.
Let us ask that, through this gift of the Holy Spirit, we may always be ready to offer a helping hand to others, in the joyful awareness of that solidarity which is born of our communion with God in the unity of Christ’s body, the Church.
I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England and Wales, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States. Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the peace of the Risen Lord and the manifold gifts of the Holy Spirit. God bless you all!”