JustFaith

Basilica JustFaith Reflection:

The Basilica JustFaith team has been studying about modern slavery.

  • Did you know that slavery is still active and growing in the United States and around the world? Modern slavery is related to the size of the world population, lack of employment, vulnerability of children left homeless, the “invisibility” of its existence in the manufacturing, harvesting, prostitution and housekeeping services. A reasonable estimate of 25 – 30 million slaves of which at least 60% are women and children was described globally.

  • For more information visit:

Catholic Relief Services

International Justice Mission

 

JustFaith is a national program designed by JustFaith Ministries.

JustFaith is a powerful exploration of social issues and social justice.  It examines topics through the lens of Catholic social teaching and a structured curriculum that incorporates texts, videos, speakers, and immersion experiences. 

Above all, JustFaith offers a unique opportunity for faith formation through deliberate discussion around difficult – and even controversial or uncomfortable – aspects of our society and our faith.  It provides a safe, respectful, and spiritual environment for learning and better understanding those issues that we may have never considered or that have weighed heavily on our minds and hearts.

JustFaith’s topics are (in chronological order):

  • Compassion and Option for the Poor
  • Poverty at Home and Abroad
  • Identity, Systems and Structures
  • Violence, Nonviolence, and a New Way
  • Faith that Does Justice: Discerning Next Steps

JustFaith is where passion meets compassion, and discovery meets discernment.  Please consider joining us.  After all, as Frederick Buechner said, “Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world's greatest need.”

For more information, contact Joe or Stephen.  

JustFaith Story:

“I started JustFaith to get a better sense of what social justice means in terms of our Catholic Faith, and possibly gain a little fellowship along the way.  What I have received from my JustFaith experience has been nothing short of life changing. 

What did we do in the group? We read about & discussed the various topics of social justice throughout our 8-9 months together. While I had many questions and wondered how self-conscious I might feel talking about how these issues have affected me personally, please rest assured and believe me when I tell you that these past months have been some of the most fulfilling of my faith journey.  Each of the social justice topics made me look deeper within myself and find out truly what I believe.  What I found was at times a little scary, not going to lie, but the value I’ve found in this exercise has been immeasurable, mainly because I’m still “discerning” where I’ll fit in best & will do the most good.

As you’ve heard from the pulpit, and as we talked about in JustFaith, Jesus was a Champion for the poor and taught us to also be Champions of the poor.  I feel this “call” as a sense of duty and I believe the JustFaith experience has bolstered the faith in myself to more adequately tend to this “call”.

 In peace, Bill Sharbono

Upcoming Events

Snack pack paper bags
Oct 21
2018
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Join us for a community day of service. Volunteer to help pack personal care kits for those in need. This is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together.Packing will take place following...
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Tolton
Oct 23
2018
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Tolton: From Slave to PriestA new live theater production based on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African American Catholic priest. This one-man multimedia drama is currently on a...
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Oct 28
2018
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Come to hear stories from people living in the homeless shelters in our community. Hear from families, single adults, and youth. Learn about their challenges and discover opportunities to engage and...
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Nov 1
2018
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Whipple Federal Building1 Federal Drive, St. Paul Join members of the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) on the second Tuesday of every month. Raise your voice in prayer and protest about the...
Sister Mary Ann Osborne Art Studio
Nov 13
2018
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Let you voice be heard! Come to the Basilica Voices for Justice monthly meeting to learn about different issues of social justice and how you can raise your voice to advocate for others. We tackle...
Syria ruins
Nov 15
2018
Thursday
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11:45 AM
University of St. Thomas, O’Shaughessy Educational Center (OEC), St. Paul CampusEnveloped by War: The Church in Syria’s Civil Conflict His Excellency, the Most...
Syria ruins
Nov 15
2018
Thursday
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7:30 PM
University of St. Thomas, Schulze Hall, Minneapolis Campus.Binding Wounds, Building Bridges in a War-Ravaged Land: An Evening with The Most Reverend Samir Nassar, Archbishop...
Nov 18
2018
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1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Crucial Response: A Community ConversationSunday, November 18, 1:00pm Teresa of Calcutta Hall, Lower Level Our parish will hold a community conversation addressing the clergy abuse...
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Dec 1
2018
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7:30 AM
Whipple Federal Building1 Federal Drive, St. Paul Join members of the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) on the second Tuesday of every month. Raise your voice in prayer and protest about the...
Dec 6
2018
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5:30pm     Blessing by Father John Bauer, Saint Joseph Chapel6:00pm     Dinner -- Holiday food representing the past 150 years of The Basilica of Saint Mary Parish                  Teresa of Calcutta...