Events to educate and Build Race Relations

past events and resources:

  • Hope Sings So Beautiful with Dr. Christopher Pramuk - Saturday evening, February 18, 2017, following the 5:00pm Mass We welcome Dr. Christopher Pramuk of Xavier, a Catholic Jesuit University located in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Institute for Spirituality & Social Justice. His award winning essays have appeared in America Magazine, Theological Studies and others. A lifelong musician & student of African American History & Spirituality, he has led workshops on the healing of race relations in society & the church. One of Dr. Pramuk’s 5 books will be the focus of the evening. Published in 2013, Hope Sings So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line -  provides the opportunity for thinking, praying and discussing difficult questions about race. The book can be obtained from libraries; amazon; liturgical press (
  • Two Thousand Years of Racial Injustice and Black Lives Matter - Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Event - 16th January 2017  A talk given by Reverend John Welch.  Rev. Welch is Vice President & Dean of Student Affairs at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; Board Member of the PA Interfaith Impact Network; Ministers at the Bidwell Presbyterian Church; and Chaplain for the Pittsburgh Police.  He will share his insights on “Two Thousand Years of Racial Injustice and Black Lives Matter”.  We are fortunate to have Rev. Welch spend the evening with us.
  • Discussion Group on Bishop Braxton's Pastoral Letter - Tuesdays During Advent 2017.  In preparation for our Spring Parish Mission and in accordance with our Pastoral Plan for Saint Mary of the Mount Parish the Mission Ministry Committee is hosting 4 discussion group sessions during Advent on the racial divide in the United States.  One of our Pastoral Plan Goals is to “Improve the understanding of Race Relations within ourselves and the local community”.  The focus will be on two pastoral letters written by Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Illinois. For information and study guides for the Racial Divide series click here
  • "Black Like Me" - Film Showing and Discussion - 1st December 2015 - 7PM - Sullivan Hall Meeting Room.   After the showing, there will be a brief discussion among those in attendance.
  • "Between the World and Me" - Book Study - 20th January 2016 7PM in Sullivan Hall Cafeteria.  We are inviting members of the parish to read this book by Ta-Nehisi Coates, in order to become familiar with the perspective of one prominent black writer.  This book has won the 2015 National Book Award for non-fiction and has been listed as one of the “Top Ten Books of 2015” by the New York Times.  We have prepared a list of questions to stimulate thought and reflection on the book and to provide a jumping-off point for our joint discussion.   To see the reflection questions  click here
  • Lenten Mission Retreat - 20th-24th February 2016 - in the Church.   "Am I my Brother's and Sister's Keeper?  Race and Religion in the US Today. "  Our Lenten Mission Retreat will be led by Dr. Diana Hayes, to assist and deepen our understanding of race relations.