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