Catholic Responses to Racial Injustice
NBC Boston article: Cardinal Sean O’Malley Calls on Catholics ‘to Uphold and Defend the Truth That Black Lives Matter’
For self reflection on one's personal role in racist structures: Bryan N. Massingale, an African American Catholic priest on faculty at Fordham University 6/1/2020: "Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It".
The purpose of the Social Justice group at St. Agnes and St. Rose is to understand justice challenges in modern society through the lens of our faith and to explore responses to these challenges on a local level. To do this, we draw upon the Gospel and Catholic social teaching.
Helping in a Time of Need
Many community members are suffering from illness or job loss. Here are some ways to reach out to members of our community in need during the pandemic.
St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Christ Inititative: https://thechristinitiative.org/act/saint-vincent-de-paul-society
Top Cupboard Food Pantry - Topsfield, money donations to buy food, food card donations, and making deliveries for local elderly in need
Food Pantry in Ipswich: https://www.foodpantry.org/
Food Pantry in Middleton: https://middletonma.gov/176/Food-Pantry
Food Pantry serving Ipswich and Topsfield: https://www.acordfoodpantry.org/
Community Giving Tree in Boxford, needs diapers, many many organizations from the whole Merrimack Valley North Shore area benefit from what they provide: https://www.communitygivingtree.org/
Food pantry at Boxford Congregational Church: https://www.firstchurchboxford.org/food-pantry/
Write letters to elderly at Masconomet Healthcare Center in town: TopsfieldCares@whittierhealth.com
For information on Inequality and social unrest: Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns www.maryknollogc.org
For information on local climate initiatives: www.catholicclimatemovement.global
For information on Immigration and border issues: United States Catholic Conference of Bishops http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/index.cfm
For information on local responses to economic loss from the Covid-19 outbreak: Catholic Charities of Boston www.ccab.org
For information on local support of persons seeking political asylum: Refugee Immigration Ministry www.r-i-m.net