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Re: [dre-talk] Re: Migrate workers catechesis

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  • Jayne Dougherty
    The Catholic Migrant Farmworker Ministry publishes a First Eucahrist manual Un Puebla Que Camina as well as other materials for folks ministering with
    Message 1 of 12 , Nov 1, 2000
      The Catholic Migrant Farmworker Ministry publishes a First Eucahrist manual
      "Un Puebla Que Camina" as well as other materials for folks ministering
      with migrant workers. Their web site is worth checking out. WWW.cmfn,org I

      At 03:13 PM 10/29/00 -0800, you wrote:

      >Does anyone out there have programs that involve
      >catechist going out to local migrate camps for their
      >Religious Education. I would appreciate feedback.
      >I have several women who went to the Diocese and they
      >were told they could do this. I believe that while we
      >need to catechize them we should be careful and not
      >marginalize them while doing it. They have been
      >attending class until this was brought to my
      >attention. I feel that they need the faith community
      >and can benifit by making friends with other children.
      >The other issue is that these women want the children
      >to recieve their sacraments sooner than the rest of
      >the children, without having attended class or church
      >for that matter. They told me that one of the parish
      >priests goes to the camp once a month to celebrate
      >mass. I do not understand why they can make it to
      >class and not make it to mass.
      >Aghhhh. I am really angry at the diocese for not
      >calling and talking to me first. This has turned into
      >a huge problem. The acting pastor and Sr. who is
      >overseeing adult formation agree with me.
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    • Tish Scargill
      Thank you for the reality check. I just want the best for the kids and forget that I am not of that culture. Maybe the best is for them to stay where they are,
      Message 2 of 12 , Nov 1, 2000
        Thank you for the reality check. I just want the best
        for the kids and forget that I am not of that culture.
        Maybe the best is for them to stay where they are, I
        just think that as a faith community we need to
        embrace these people instead of sending a couple of
        people to take care of them.

        I guess what got my goat was the Catechetical
        department at the Diocese calling me and not even
        asking what the story was. I was only doing what I was
        told to do and then it comes back and bites me. They
        are not even involved with the Migrate program, so why
        they were involved is a mystery.

        --- Dan1schwie@... wrote:
        > Treat this group as a "base Christian community."
        > If these families are
        > truly migratory then they are not part of your
        > normal (most probably
        > Anglo/white and most probably middle class)
        > community. One invites all in
        > but the invitation may have strings attached under
        > which the invitees do not
        > feel free to accept the invitation.
        > I grew up in a farm community with migrants. I
        > think it is hard for the
        > migrants to share Eucharist with the main community.
        > Much of what St. Paul
        > says in 1 Cor. 11:17-22 applied then to my community
        > and I suspect still does
        > to those of us in the employer class of people. The
        > migrants are usually
        > paid less than a living wage -- they come to the
        > Eucharist hungry and leave
        > hungry. The employers of these migrants come to the
        > Eucharist and leave
        > satisfied (we are a society that often spends huge
        > amounts of money on diet
        > needs rather than feeding the hungry!). The
        > employers exploit the migrants
        > with poor wages, poor living conditions, poor
        > medical care, and the migrant
        > children because of the constant movement to follow
        > work end up with poor
        > education to repeat for the next generation a
        > similar cycle of poverty. This
        > is the reality of capitalism. And for many of the
        > migrants all this
        > suffering is still better than what they face from
        > where they migrated. But
        > it still doesn't absolve us of the Eucharistic
        > Community of our sins of being
        > part of this "system." St. Paul is still
        > challenging us.
        > Small base communities allows a truer community than
        > many of our large
        > institutional parishes. Also there are social and
        > cultural divisions that
        > make it hard for you and these groups to be
        > community. The Greek widows
        > insisted on people in their own language/culture to
        > help them receive their
        > bread - Acts. The early church acted on the request
        > after prayer. Maybe we
        > need to listen to this need more closely in our own
        > church. In your case by
        > allowing the community to "do their thing".
        > There are many good reasons the church suggests that
        > when a person is ready
        > for the sacraments these should be "freely" and I
        > would say generously given.
        > Time frames and questions of: Are these children
        > getting less or more
        > catechesis than ours?, Spending less or more time in
        > formation? And similar
        > comparisons really aren't the important issues.
        > Give some reflection on the
        > core issues and leave a lot of the rules and
        > formality aside. This serves
        > ministry better and in the end builds up the Body of
        > Christ in its Catholic
        > understanding better - the parochial can become a
        > disunity.
        > So be generous, don't worry about rules so much as
        > how can the needs of the
        > poor be served -- without embarrassment. Encourage
        > the volunteers and the
        > visiting priest to lead the children to the Lord's
        > supper. Make your
        > sanctuary open to them to celebrate the occasion in
        > their fashion (by their
        > custom and language). Put their names in your
        > sacramental books. Do all you
        > can to make these "widows" feel welcome and have
        > their fair share of the
        > bread. This is the least you can do in a church
        > that doesn't provide enough
        > ministers to all its people to share the Eucharist
        > adequately. In a church
        > which lives often with sin spoken of by St. Paul and
        > often we are blind to
        > this sin as the Corinthians were back then.
        > Scripture is timeless in its
        > application. Grace is powerful and abounds.
        > Dan

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