COME JOIN US
for a morning of reflection and discussion
on Saturday, February 11, 2017
8:30 AM—1:00 PM (Lunch included)
at Pax Christi Church.
The “Little Way” of
Catholic Social Teaching
Come join Deacon Chris Walchuk and the Social Justice committees of Pax Christi and Holy Spirit parishes for a morning of reflection on our rich tradition of Catholic social teaching. Reminiscent of St. Therese of Lisieux’s “Little Way” Deacon Chris will explore how all Catholics, not just a few, have a responsibility to weave this teaching into every aspect of their lives, often in very small ways.
Free will offering. Registration required by February 6. Please call Pax Christi at 282-8542 or Holy Spirit at 280-0638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deacon Chris Walchuk, MA, MAT, is the director of the Parish Social Ministry Program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona and diocesan director for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Rural Life.
He also serves as Deacon for the tri-parishes of St. Teresa, Mapleton, St. Joseph, Good Thunder, and St. Matthew, Vernon Center. Deacon Chris is an educator who specializes in the practical application of Catholic social teaching. He is currently teaching in the Institute of Lay Formation for the Diocese of Winona, and he has been on the graduate faculty of St. Mary's, University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, Mankato. He spent many years as the director of Social Justice ministries for Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Mankato, MN, where he was also the Parish Administrator. Deacon Chris is married and has four adult children.
Day on the Hill
is February 23, 2017 at the State Capitol in St. Paul. JRLC is sponsored by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota. Guided by God’s vision of the common good, JRLC promotes justice by mobilizing religious communities to influence public policy in Minnesota. Participants gather in the morning at RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul for inspiration and issue briefings, and then are transported to the capitol for a short rally. Meetings are held with district legislators in the afternoon.
Register online at
. If you have questions about JRLC, or are interested in carpooling, email:
This is a concrete way to make your voice heard on issues important to us as Catholics.
Holy Spirit Reads
The Social Justice Committee invites you this Lent to read
The New Jim Crow
. Then join us for a book discussion on Thursday, April 6.
The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexande
Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as “brave and bold,” this book directly challenges the notion that the presidency of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a “call to action.”
Called “stunning” by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Levering Lewis, “invaluable” by the Daily Kos, “explosive” by Kirkus, and “profoundly necessary” by the Miami Herald, this updated and revised paperback edition of The New Jim Crow, now with a foreword by Cornel West, is a must-read for all people of conscience.