What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
Violence and Healing
January 28, 2024
The recent tragedy in one of our schools reminds us that even the places of safety and refuge like families, schools and churches can also be places where we can be wounded and betrayed by those to whom we are closest and whom we trust. The recent incident highlights the growing experience of domestic, or family violence, in our midst.
Family Violence is manifested in various forms: degrading comments, manipulation of financial resources to intimidate, the use of physical strength to bully and, ultimately to injure or kill. These are only a few in a long list of its manifestations. The form may vary but the result is the same. Domestic violence exchanges the natural bonds of love and nurturing for the unnatural relationships of aggressors trampling mercilessly on the dignity, rights, and aspirations of those they have promised to love and cherish.
To respond to a victim of violence is to support that individual in finding the inner strength to leave the situation – and to work through the pain and betrayal to human wholeness. It offers hope while never diminishing the reality of the pain; it provides the basis for growth and independence without denying the fear of the unknown.
As we begin our new year, let us be aware of the consequences of our decision to enter our own world of trust and betrayal. Let us ask our Lord to share with us the strength of will to recognize and face the challenge of suffering and pain that would be the result of our own difficult efforts to carry our own crosses.
Let us ask the Lord to grant us the humility and kindness to realize that life is not really about increasing its speed, or that the race is not always to the swift. Let us ask the Lord to help us steady the harried pace of our lives so that we can focus on the vision of the life that Christ has promised us through His death and resurrection.
They may identify themselves as being victimized, or they may simply say, “I got hurt when my partner was mad”. What you do know is that they have been injured in some way – either spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, financially, sexually, or physically. Listen very carefully to what they have said, showing them by your body language that you are paying attention. Ask them whether they need help getting assistance. Ask them if they need a safe place to go, or need help getting there. Do not minimize the harm, even if they do. Tell them that they deserve to be safe. Help them look for community resources.
Please see this weekend’s bulletins for all announcements:
St. Michael Event Schedule
January – Regular Events:
Sundays | Coffee Sundays | Narthex | After 9:00am & 11:00am Masses
Mondays | Bible Study: Lectio Eucharist | 7:00-9:00pm
Tuesdays | Rosary Group | Day Chapel | 6:30-7:00pm
Tuesdays | Grief Share | Rooms 143 & 144 | 7:00-9:00pm
Tuesdays | RCIA | St. Nicholas Room| 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesdays | Bible Study: Wild Goose | 10:00am-12:00pm | St. Nicolas Room | or Zoom 7:00-9:00pm
Thursdays | Coffee Thursdays | Narthex | After 9:00am Mass
Thursdays | Moms & Tots | St. Nicholas Room | 9:30-11:30am
Thursdays | Knitting Ministry | Library | 10:00am-12:00pm
January 2024 Special Events:
January 26 | Daily Mass moved to Day Chapel | 9:00am
January 26 | Youth Rally Impact Night Featuring Tony Melendez | Sanctuary | 7:00-9:00pm
January 27 | Tony Melendez Live In Concert | Sanctuary | 7:00-9:00pm
January 27 | Baptism Preparation | St. Nicholas Room | 9:00am-12:00pm
January 28 | Altar Server Training | Sanctuary | After 11:00am Mass
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 28/01/2024, 831.15 KB