Letter from Father Kitsmiller 2020-06-06

Saint Joseph Cathedral 212 East Broad Street • Columbus, Ohio 43215-3767
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June 6, 2020

Dear brother and sisters in Christ,

The recent protests and civil unrest in our country and our city resulting from the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, causes us to reflect as Americans and Catholics on the dark legacy of racism that has existed in our country.  When we reflect, we examine our own thoughts and actions on how we may have contributed to the problem but more importantly on how we can be part of the solution to the problem of racism.  With this in mind, Bishop Brennan is calling for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for an End to Racism and to Foster Healing in Our Community this Tuesday, June 9, 2020.  Bishop Brennan will offer one of the Votive Masses for Peace and Justice at the 12:05 PM Mass at the Cathedral which will be live-streamed and broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio.  He will pray the rosary on St. Gabriel immediately after the Mass using the Rosary to End Racism Prayers (which is attached for you to use as you see fit).  Please also refer to our Holy Father’s message at his Wednesday Audience this past week which can be found on the diocesan website.  Also, on the diocesan website is Bishop Griffin’s Pastoral Letter from 1997 which is good for reflection.  Let us pray for peace and justice in our country and among people of different races and nationalities.

Very Rev. Robert J. Kitsmiller