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A Message from Presiding Bishop Tony Santore

The following action items were developed based on the data from the the SWOT (Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats) analysis.  There is a need for us to move away from viewing ourselves as a stepchild of the Roman Catholic Church and, instead, develop a persona that is CACINA.  Therefore, a liturgy committee and a marketing plan were considered as action items. In addition, the data from the SWOT showed an increased need for streamlining the sharing information.  At a minimum, we will work toward development of a data base system for all church information.

Finally, there were some comments about the need for better communication. I believe there are already several efforts in place to provide communication across the board to all parishes through the weekly newsletter: This week in CACINA. I urge all pastors to communicate this resource and invite your parishioners sign up for the newsletter through the CACINA website  Also, Patti has developed a mailing list for the House of Delegates and very few have availed themselves of this information opportunity.  If you have a parishioner who wants more information from the national church, they should send a note to Patti Ernst requesting they get added to the list:

Please tell your parishioners how important it is for them to participate in the HOD.  The HOD meets by Zoom only one time each quarter.  We are a community which believes in shared governance so it is important that all participate.

Thank You and God Bless you
2022 General Assembly Action Items

1. Develop a strategic marketing plan for the national church approved by the 2023 GA and adopted by all parishes ensuring that we are telling the same story at the national and parish level. I am asking that since we have a communication committee headed by Bishop Tony Green that he continue leading this effort with his committee. It was asked at the GA if Tony would consider adding one lay person to his team. In order to assist in this effort I am asking that all parishes send Tony the local advertisements they are using to promote the church by September first.

2. Create a liturgy committee to be lead by Bishop Monica that will develop a liturgy that is inclusive and unique to CACINA. I am asking that this committee deliver to the 2023 GA at minimum one Eucharistic prayer that will be approved by the GA and adopted by all parishes. It has been suggested that this committee consists of three priests and one lay person.

3. Regarding church infrastructure, Patti Ernst will create a committee and develop at minimum a database system where all church documents will be stored and accessible to all parishes via a secure entry through the church website. This system will be presented and approved at the 2023 GA.
(Pictured above are the six children/plaintiffs in the 1954 Supreme Court Case - Oliver Brown, et al vs. the Board of Education of Topeka

A Reflection from Fr. Larry Hansen (retired) follows --

On this auspicious date, it's important to remember that our nation sits on the precipice of disunion.

The Supreme Court ruled that school segregation violated the Fourteenth Amendment on this date in 1954. An eight-year-old girl named Linda Brown in Topeka, Kansas, had to travel 21 blocks every day to an all-black elementary school even though she lived just seven blocks from another elementary school for white children. Her father, Oliver Brown, asked that his daughter be allowed to attend the nearby white school, and when the white school's principal refused, Brown sued. The court had five school segregation cases from different states on its docket, so the justices combined them under one name: Oliver Brown et al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka. The Supreme Court justices decided to list Brown's case first because it originated in Kansas, and they didn't want to give the impression that segregation was purely a Southern problem.

The legal basis for segregation came from the 1896 Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson which had established that separate facilities for black and white students were constitutional as long as those separate facilities were equal. When Brown v. Board of Education first came before the Supreme Court in 1952 most of the justices were personally opposed to segregation but only four of them openly supported overturning such a long-established precedent. The tide shifted in September of 1953 when Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson died of a sudden heart attack and President Eisenhower chose Earl Warren as the new chief justice. As governor of California Earl Warren had overseen the internment of many Japanese Americans during World War II and regretted it. Since the war he had devoted himself to the cause of civil rights.

Warren's vote alone made the decision 5 to 4 in favor of overturning segregation, but Warren wanted a unanimous decision for such a controversial case. Once he had all the votes Warren announced the decision to a crowd at the court on this day in 1954. Justice Stanley Reed, a justice from Kentucky who had been the final holdout, wept as the decision was read.

Even though the nation's highest court had weighed in, it took many more years and several more Supreme Court cases before most Southern schools were fully integrated, and de facto segregation still exists in some communities.

Galatians 3:28:  There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free; there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

John 17:21:  (Jesus prayed) that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us.

An Opportunity to Hear from an Expert on St. Francis

Franciscan Zoom Lecture Registration #6

Luke 10:30-35: The Kingdom of God is like an impulsively compassionate Samaritan teaming up with a scorned lady innkeeper to save an ordinary bloke who is half-dead

By Dr. Robert Karris, OFM

May 19, 2022, 7:00 p.m. PDT

Fr. Robert brings in new materials to illumine the meaning of the Parable of the Compassionate Samaritan, e.g., women as innkeepers; a text from the Mishnah about a sick Levite dying in an inn. St. Bonaventure leads us off with his interpretation of the parable where everything counts.

If you wish to register for this lecture, CLICK HERE. There is no fee to register, and there is no obligation to attend. ON THE DAY OF THE LECTURE YOU WILL RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK. The link will come from after Noon Pacific Time.  If you do not see the email by 2 p.m. PDT on the lecture's day, please check your spam and be certain you are checking the email account that you register with below.

For more information or questions, please contact
New York State Office of Mental Health Webinar
“Addressing Community Grief and Trauma in Wake of the Tragedy in Buffalo”
Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
Event Link:
The presentation will help community leaders (e.g., clergy, education officials, local government, public safety leads, behavioral health providers) with understanding how to assist individuals/families/youth coping with the grief and trauma caused by this horrific event. While we will discuss the impact of the tragic event in Buffalo, the focus will be statewide and we encourage anyone interested in assisting with the healing process across New York State to attend. The presentation will provide general information about the mental health effects of racism and violence, crisis response, and helping others cope with grief and trauma. Specific information focused on children and youth will also be provided.
  • Matthew Canuteson, MA - New York State Office of Mental Health, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Sarah Kuriakose, PhD, BCBA-D - New York State Office of Mental Health, Associate Commissioner, Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families
  • Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Associate Professor & Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Director, Mental Health Equity Research, Department of Population Health
  • Steven Moskowitz - New York State Office of Mental Health, Bureau of Emergency Preparedness and Response
Last Chance to Order a Tee Shirt
Deadline extended to May 20, 2022

The Communications Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase a CACINA Tee Shirt for $25.00.

Click HERE to place an order.
An Engaged Church is a Growing Church
Do you love to read?  How would you like to use that gift to start a book club?

CACINA has many activities online:  Weekly Masses, Tuesday Night Pray and Share, and the Rosary.

If you would like to start a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly book club, send Bishop Tony a note and he will help you get started by:
  • Setting a start date
  • Selecting a book
  • Advertising it in the newsletter
  • Setting up a Zoom link to use 
Praying and Sharing Group
Every Tuesday at 6:30pm
All are Welcome to Attend
Click HERE to join by Zoom
Written by Fr. Victor Ray for the week of May 15th - 2022.
Click HERE to read the Lectio Divina.
Praying the Rosary.
Sundays at 7:30pm.
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