December 6, 2020
Second Sunday of Advent
Advent Call to Worship
Let us prepare our hearts as we await the coming of our Lord.
Let us watch for the one who heard our cries and shouldered the suffering of our world.
Let us anticipate the coming of Christ's eternal world with wholeness, reconciliation and plenty for all.
Let us wait in expectation for the day when God's glory is revealed in all its fulness.
~ written by Christine Sine;and posted on GodSpace.
2020 Assembly Presentations Online
Assembly presentations by Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, John Carr, Archbishop John Wester, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, and Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, are now online. The links can be found on the AUSCP website:
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Pope Francis Writes in NYT
On November 26, the New York Times published an opinion piece from Pope Francis,
"Pope Francis: A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts". Below is an excerpt from this inspiring article and the link to read it in full.
To come out of this pandemic better than we went in, we must let ourselves be touched by others’ pain.
Sometimes, when you think globally, you can be paralyzed: There are so many places of apparently ceaseless conflict; there’s so much suffering and need. I find it helps to focus on concrete situations: You see faces looking for life and love in the reality of each person, of each people. You see hope written in the story of every nation, glorious because it’s a story of daily struggle, of lives broken in self-sacrifice. So rather than
overwhelm you, it invites you to ponder and to respond with hope.
You can access the full article HERE.
AUSCP Leadership Team Sends Letter to USCCB
As a follow-up to the recent national elections, the AUSCP Leadership Team sent a letter to Archbishop Gomez and the leadership of USCCB expressing dismay at the partisan actions by some priests, bishops, and lay Catholic associations during the campaign. In addition, the letter said:
The election is over. During the months and years ahead we pray that your leadership as Catholic bishops will emerge to unite, not divide; to heal, not to hurt. We urge you to follow the example of Pope Francis and, Archbishop Gomez, of your own initial statement after the election. The pope phoned Joseph Biden to congratulate him. They spoke of how they can work together on issues of the marginalized, the poor, the crisis of climate change and welcoming and integrating
immigrants and refugees.
We are convinced that President-elect Biden believes in our common Catholic social teachings. By choosing to work with him, we will insist on our unwavering care for the unborn while promoting the life of all, the elderly, the poor and the imprisoned. We also believe we will do more to promote a reform of immigration that respects our borders and yet welcomes the stranger seeking
asylum. We also think we will be able to work together to make sure that health care is available for all.
More Advent Resources
Advent A to Z - Sign up to receive daily messages through Christmas. The messages are from the Year in Our Church by Loyola Press: Click HERE.
Preparing for the Birth of Christ – Weekly Devotionals from Salesian Missions: Click HERE.
AUSCP Leadership Team Endorses LCWR Statement
The Auscp Leadership Team supports the public statement made by LCWR following the November election: LCWR Pledges to Work with Administration to Heal the Nation. The
statement says, in part: Now is the time to make space in our hearts and our communities for the needs and concerns of all God’s people, the undocumented mother, the Midwest farmer, the unemployed steel-worker, the suburban business woman, and the children and elders consigned to live in poverty. It is time to tear down the walls, real or imagined, which divide us by gender, race, class, geography, lifestyle, ideology, political party, and religious belief and to make room in our
body politic for all who have been disaffected, disenfranchised, and discarded.
Now is the time to banish the fear that infects our souls and diminishes our hope. There is no room in this nation for fear of the other; no need to fear change; no reason to fear the future. This is a nation built on the dreams of our ancestors and the visions of our children. Our task is to make room at the table for every voice and every vision.
You can read the entire statement HERE.
Catholics Can Take Covid-19 Vaccines
Some Catholic bishops recently sent out a false message that Catholics cannot take the COVID-19 vaccines that will soon be on the market. The reason given was that the vaccines contain aborted fetal tissue. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops followed with a memo to all U.S. bishops stating that at least two of the vaccines are ethically sound, those produced by Pfizer and Moderna. The memo also states that church teaching allows for use of vaccines whose origins are considered ethically unsound if other treatments are not available.
An article in America Magazine (November 23) by Michael J. O'Loughlin gives further information.
You can access the article HERE.
Annual Appeal Progress
The Annual Appeal is the main source of income for the AUSCP! This year's goal is $150,000 from 500 donors. We need the support of all who believe in furthering the spirit of Vatican II and the agenda of Pope Francis. If you know any persons who are possible supporters of the AUSCP, please approach them for a donation. Thank you to 329 who have already responded, with total donations of $55.781. We are on our way, but have a long way to go to reach our goal!
Thank you for whatever support you are able to offer! We are counting on your generosity to help us move forward.
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AUSCP Upcoming Webinars
Please register for the webinars that are of interest to you and we will send you the Zoom link. All webinars are free at the present time. The next webinars are listed below. You can register for any of the webinars by clicking HERE.
NB. New Series on Anti-Racism began November 30th, but you can still join the group.
Mondays, 7pm to 8pm ET, beginning November 30th: Anti-Racism Discussion Series on Caste by Isabel Wilkerson:
We will meet on 6 Mondays - November 30th, December 7th & 14th; January 4th, 11th, & end on18th, MLK Day. Toni Pitts, a retired African American professor, and Lorraine Kim from our AUSCP Gospel Nonviolence Working Group will facilitate the study. They are a "dream team" together and we couldn't be more blessed to have them. You only need to register once for this series and you will receive the Zoom link for the series.
You can register for the above webinar by clicking HERE.
The following past webinars are available for viewing:
Choosing Peace: Vision and Practice
Video link: https://youtu.be/tZW-akq3RZc
Caring for People and Our Planet: Living Laudato Si - Ecological Justice and Ecologically sinful Footprints, Part 2
Video link: https://youtu.be/weU2yw0TnIs
Race Superiority and Fascism: Is Fascism a Threat in and to the U.S.? Is the current U.S. struggle with racism and white superiority laying the ground for a Fascist future?
Video link: https://youtu.be/Stz754bt9EQ
Celebrating Dorothy Day’s 40th Anniversary
Video link: https://youtu.be/Vibfns9dlik
Changes in Membership Dues
The AUSCP LT has decided to change the schedule and structure of membership dues. Beginning in January of 2021, members will be asked to renew in the month of January for the calendar year. The new structure will be posted soon.
Mark your calendar!
The 10th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
Minneapolis, MN: JUNE 21-24, 2021
Where do we go from here?
2021 Retreat Day will be led by Jan Michael Joncas.
Speakers include: Michael Sean Winters, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, and Bishop William Wack
Contemplative Reflector: Sr. Margie Klein, SSND
(A decision on whether this will be an in-person Assembly will be made in February. No reservations will be accepted until after March 1, 2021.)
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