News & Events for August

Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege Module

This is an 8-week module that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others.

We’ll introduce a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities by looking at power and privilege and how they contribute to racial injustice.  Later sessions will take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, lack of equal access to educational opportunities, disparities within the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation.  

The Faith & Racial Equity Module will be offered :

Tuesday afternoons 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm.

Via ZOOM

September 15- November 3

Tuition: $50 (scholarships available) includes all materials

Limited number of spots are available so early registration is recommended.

Module information: https://tinyurl.com/FREFlyerF20

If you would like more information or to register contact Ann Zimmer via email

Prayer for Back to School- (Optional)

O God, You know that we don’t really know what we are doing.

We want to get school started, but we don’t want to take any risks.

We need Your Holy Spirit to guide us every step of the way,

and the Archangel Raphael to companion

every child and every staff member

and essential worker of every school.

We want to go back to school, dear Lord.

Please show us the way.

~Kathy McGovern

We the People:  Building a Just Society

MPB Justice Matters Ministry is pleased to host this series of conversations around topics we are wrestling with during this election season. Over the past few months, we have hosted 15 conversations on various topics and the MPB community has embraced this opportunity to connect and grow with open arms.  Our faith, through Catholic social teaching ,calls us all to work for the common good, and help build a just society. This series of conversations, helps us explore these beliefs and discover ways to put our faith into action.

So, many questions rise up as we approach November. How do we listen to those who differ from us in their beliefs and experiences? What are the core values we as Americans can agree on? What makes us proud to be Americans? What part does our faith play in politics? How do we respect others while maintaining an ability to speak our mind?  What do we hope and fear about the upcoming election? These and many other thought-provoking questions will be explored during these upcoming conversations.

About Living Room Conversations:

The Living Room Conversation series provides a safe space to have stimulating and mind opening conversations about these topics. By sharing our experiences, we learn more about ourselves and by listening to others we understand each other at a deeper level. These conversations increase respect, reveal common ground, and can help us build community during these times of isolation.

Conversations will be held on ZOOM. Each conversation is 90 minutes. For more information on Living Room Conversations and the over 100 topics they offer- go to their website https://www.livingroomconversations.org.

Series Schedule

You can sign up for one session or as many sessions as meet your interest and fit your schedule.

Tuesday, Sept. 1 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm Listening Courageously

Thursday, Sept. 10 9:00 am-10:30 am America We Want To Be: Founding Aspirations

Tuesday, Sept. 15 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm 2020 Election- Concerns and Aspirations

Thursday, Sept. 24 9:00 am-10:30 am What Are American Values/Ideals

Tuesday, Sept. 29 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm United or Divided

Thursday, Oct. 8  9:00 am-10:30 am Politics- Can We Talk ?

Tuesday, Oct. 13 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm Faith in Politics

Thursday, Oct. 22 9:00 am-10:30 am Politically Correct and Healthy Communication

Registration and more Information: https://tinyurl.com/LRCWeThePeople

Or contact Ann Zimmer

August 29-30 Family to Family Back to School Drive!

Thank you for your amazing generosity! Although our Back to School Drive took on a different look this year, you showed up to support our schools and kids. Our drive collected nearly $8,000 to support schools and students. Annunciation, St Rose of Lima, St Therese and Guardian Angels all received funding to support the school and students as they start school. Families through Birthline received backpacks filled with supplies. Sacred Heart House moms received gift cards to help with back-to—school supplies. Thank you again for your incredible generosity!