St. Michael Catholic Church

Justice, Healing and Forgiveness

St. Michael Catholic Church and School seeks to be a parish that invites all people into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Too often, traumatic events and suffering make entering into that relationship with God and each other a challenge, both for the victims themselves and for those who support and care for them.

To help address this issue, this summer St. Michael Catholic Church will be hosting series of events on Restorative Justice, Healing and Forgiveness in collaboration with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

  • Restorative Justice Preaching and Healing Circles June 27-28. The first of these events is the weekend of June 27-28. Fr. Dan Griffith, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Minneapolis and professor of law at the University of St. Thomas, will be preaching at 5 PM Mass on Saturday and 8:30 and 10:30 AM Masses on Sunday on the topic of restorative justice—what it is and how we use it today in our society and our church. These Masses will be livestreamed if you prefer to listen to Fr. Griffith’s message from home—you can view out livestream on our parish YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/StMichaelCatholicChurchStMichaelMN. After the 10:30 AM Mass (at approximately 11:45 AM), Fr. Griffith will be joined by Paula Kaemppfer, the archdiocese outreach coordinator for Restorative Justice and Abuse Prevention and a survivor of clergy abuse, to provide an opportunity for anyone to experience a “healing circle” small group firsthand in the gathering space. Healing circles are a small-group practice the Church has adapted from Native American culture that is helpful in promoting justice, healing and forgiveness.
  • Imprint of Trauma Speaker Event July 8 at 6:30 PM. Next, on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 PM, therapist and speaker Laura Harder will present “The Imprint of Trauma.” Harder speaks to abuse and other trauma from the perspective of the victim or survivor. Compassion fatigue is the physical and emotional exhaustion that comes from caring for or about a victim of trauma, resulting in an inability to empathize or be compassionate. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of how trauma effects psychology and perception and what makes it so difficult for survivors to move past it. It should resonate with primary victims of trauma, but also secondary victims (those who suffer alongside the primary victims) and even extended family and friends. This event will also be livestreamed on our parish YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/StMichaelCatholicChurchStMichaelMN.

The reality of trauma extends beyond abuse, to suicide, loss of a child and more. Whether you have felt the effects of abuse in the church or not, consider joining us. If you have questions about these events, call the parish office or email Jim Thorp at [email protected].

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