Tuesday, January 22, 2019

CCVIs Commemorate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Sunday, January 20th, St. Louis celebrated the Archdiocesan Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice. This celebration is always held the day before Martin Luther King Day at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. We were honored that our CCVI Novice, Sr. Christi Sanchez, was asked to proclaim the second reading in Spanish. She did a beautiful job.
Sr. Christi Sanchez reading at the Basilica
Fr. Art Cavitt, Pastor of St. Nicholas Parish and Executive Director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center delivered the powerful homily centering on the Gospel reading. He explained that while Jesus said at Cana that His hour had not come, Mary knew it had come. She stepped aside and told the servers, “Do whatever He tells you.” Fr. Cavitt emphasized that our time as the people of God has come. No matter how we may feel about all the challenges in the world and the church, our time is now. The time for racism and all the other isms is over. He recognized the young people from the area parishes and high schools who were honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award, telling them that their time is not somewhere in the future. Their time is now!

At the awards ceremony immediately after Mass, thirty young people were recognized for their work for justice in their lives and in the St. Louis community. Among them was Zoe Webster from Incarnate Word Academy.  The St. Charles Lwanga Center which Fr. Cavitt directs is the site where Sister Christi goes each week for her ministry experience.
Zoe is pictured with Archbishop Robert Carlson
and Father Art Cavitt. 
We thank God that so many from St. Louis participated in this event and that our CCVI mission and ministries were so well represented.

Reflection by Sr. Helena Monahan CCVI 

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