Sunday, June 28, 2020

Fr. Jim's Jots ~ Sr. Tiberh's Anniversary! ~ 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 6.28.2020


Fr. Jim's Jots

This weekend we celebrate Sr. Tiberh's 25th Anniversary of Religious Life.  We had planned a special Mass for Saturday, June 27th, but due to the Coronavirus, the event is postponed and will take place at a later date.

Sr. Tiberh grew up in Ethiopia and is the firstborn of ten siblings.  Her parents are Haregu (Mom) and Zerezghi (Dad) who reside in Seattle, WA.  Most of her family had hoped to travel to Saint Elizabeth, Richmond, for this special occasion, but this celebration is postponed.

Sister Tiberh made her First Religious Vows in 1995 and her Final Vows on September 14, 2003 in Rome, Italy and is a member of the Comboni Missionary Sisters from Eritrea, an international community.  We are blessed to have a convent of the Comboni Sisters here in Richmond since the 1950's.

Sr. Tiberh has served in Ethiopia, Dubai, UAF, Jordan, Italy, Brazil and in Richmond, since 2015 and Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church since 2018 as our Human Concerns Coordinator. Special thanks to Sr. Tiberh who has a passion for our newest parish members.  We are blessed under Sr. Tiberh's direction and trusting in Divine Providence, all are welcome and our parish grows due to her efforts and belief in the power of God's Providence. 

If you wish to send Sr. Tiberh a card or email, the information is below.  The parish of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church thanks Sr. Tiberh for her vocation and her ministry at our Parish community.

God bless YOU, Sr.Tiberh,

Fr. Jim

Sr. Tiberh Z. Hagos

Sr. Tiberh Hagos
c/o St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
1301 Victor Street
Richmond, VA 23222

P.S.  If you would like to chat or celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, give me a call.  Fr. Jim, cell 804-221-1508

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We Live to Empower - A Resource for Parents and Young People Against Bullying and Suicide ~ Info Provided by Rosemary Overton

Rosemary Overton was kind enough to alert me to this helpful resource of online workshops against bullying and for the prevention of suicide.

The link is "We Live to Empower" 

Hopefully, this will be helpful to you or someone you know.

June & July 2020 Workshops:

Friday, June 26, 2020 - The Why, Mental Health Just for Me - Youth

Friday, July 3rd, 7 p.m. - The Why, Women Crown Check Mental Health Workshop (Women)

Friday, July 10th - The Why, My Clean Slate "Let Me Reintroduce My Self" (Women)

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Fr. Jim's Jots - FATHER'S DAY - Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 21, 2020


This weekend we return to Ordinary Time...Yeah!! What I call the "wearing of the Green."  The Easter Season is officially over and now we are called to settle in and enjoy ordinary time and summer.  This is not however, an ordinary time!  Today's reading challenges us to "BE NOT AFRAID."

We surely are worth more than a flock of Sparrows and the Lord can count all the hairs on our head, even the changing color of our roots and the bald spots/heads too.  So trust in the Lord and let go!  Let God love YOU/US,... an effort to trust in the Lord and be not afraid.  The following is a check list for each day or week, whatever You wish.

1.  Wake up and ask the Lord to help you to be kind.  Kindness to yourself and others.

2.  Pray one Hail Mary or Our Father and trust in the Lord.

3.  Let Go and Let God.  Say to the Lord, "I can't do this on my own" but You can, let go, let God.

4.  Light a candle, have a prayer space in your home, read the Sunday Scripture.

5.  Laugh, smile, give someone a compliment and keep and share kindness; it is contagious.

6.  At the end of your day... thank the Lord for your blessings and say one more Hail Mary or Our Father.  Get a good night's sleep; repeat the rest of the week.

"Be not afraid, I go before you always, come follow me, and I will give you REST."


Fr. Jim

PS:  If you would like to chat or celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, give me a call.
Cell: 804-221-1508

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Friday, June 19, 2020

June Call to Action! RISC Zoom Meeting on Monday, June 22, 2020, 5:30 p.m. ~ Information provided by Cecilia Hull

RISC June Call to Action

RISC is making significant progress in securing funding to stop evictions.  We need to hurry.  2000 families could be evicted in a month!  YOU can keep families in their homes.  Simply, join RISC members on Zoom for Monday's city council meeting.  Designated members will speak up and stress the urgency of evictions with the members of city council.

Details about joining the call can be found HERE.



Catholic Virginian Article about Umoja Family and St. Elizabeth Parish ~ Information provided by Cecilia Hull

The Catholic Virginian featured St. Elizabeth in this article.  Read about the beautiful friendship between an Umoja family and the members in the parish.

Read about it:   Long journey, outreach lead to friendship

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Celebrating Juneteenth ~ Information provided by Cecilia Hull

This week, Governor Northam announced that he intends to mark Juneteenth as a permanent paid state holiday. Learn more about this special day that marks our country's second independence day.

Pictured is Richmond's Emancipation Day Celebration in 1888 inb front of a store on Main Street. 

For more information, click here.

~ Image Source: Valentine Museum, Cook Collection, 1388/PHCoo47The Valentine

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Attention! To Request Absentee Ballots for June 23rd Primary Election! DUE today, 6.16.2020! By 5 p.m.!


Monday, June 15, 2020

The Richmond Pledge to End Racism ~ Meeting Held at The Islamic Center, 6.13.2020 ~ Photos provided by EJCooley

The Richmond Pledge to End Racism

I BELIEVE that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of race or color.

I BELIEVE that every thought and every act of racial prejudice is harmful; if it is my thought or act, then it is harmful to me as well as to others.

Therefore, from this day forward,

I WILL strive daily to eliminate racial prejudice from my thoughts and actions.

I WILL discourage racial prejudice by others at every opportunity.

I WILL treat all people with dignity and respect.

I WILL commit to working with others to transform Richmond into a place that treats people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures with justice, equality, and compassion, and

I WILL strive daily to honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because of my effort.

Adapted from the Birmingham Pledge

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Fr. Jim's Jots - Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, 6.14.2020 - Examination of Conscience



A Look at Myself in the Mirror

Conscience is the "core and sanctuary" within us where we are alone with God and hear his call to "love good and avoid evil" and "do this, shun that." Let us examine our conscience in light of the sin of racism, asking ourselves:

1.  Have I fully loved God and fully loved my neighbor as myself?

2.  Have I caused pain to others by my actions or my words that offended my brother or my sister?

3.  Have I done enough to inform myself about the sin of racism, its roots and its historical and contemporary manifestations? Have I opened my heart to see how unequal access to economic opportunity, jobs, housing, and education on the basis of skin color, race, or ethnicity has denied and continues to deny the equal dignity of others? 

4.  Is there a root of racism within me that blurs my vision of who my neighbor is? 

5.  Have I ever witnessed an occasion when someone "fell victim" to personal, institutional, systematic or social racism and I did or said nothing, leaving the victim to address their pain alone?

6.  Have I ever witnessed an occasion when someone "fell victim" to personal, institutional, systematic or social racism with me inflicting the pain, acting opposite of love of God and love of neighbor?

7.  Have I ever lifted up and aided a person who "fell victim" to personal, institutional, systematic or social racism and paid a price for extending mercy to the other?  How did I react?  Did my faith grow?  Am I will to grow even more in faith through my actions?


O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.  Amen.


I recognize that racism manifests in my own individual thoughts, attitudes, actions, and inaction.  It also manifests in social structures and unjust systems that perpetuate centuries of racial injustice.  For my individual actions and my participation in unjust structures, I seek forgiveness and move towards reconciliation.  I look into my heart and ask for the will and the strength to help contribute to the healing of racism in my time.

It is written in Ezekiel 36:26:

"I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.  I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh."  

Pope Francis reminds us that the Lord "calls each of us by our name: he knows us by name, he looks at us; he waits for us; he forgives us; he is patient with us."  Receiving God's grace and forgiveness requires a response.  Pope Francis encourages the believer:  "Whoever experiences Divine mercy is impelled to be an architect of mercy among the least and the poor."  Now let us do what God requires:  "Only to do justice and to love goodness and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)

May we all examine our consciences and love one another as brothers and sisters.


Fr. Jim

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Call to End Racism Meeting, 6.13.20 - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., See below. ~ Info provided by EJCooley

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Fr. Jim has been invited to offer a prayer at this event.  He hopes to have a good group of our parishioners there to show our support.

Info provided by EJCooley