September 2020

Monthly e-newsletter giving witness to our Precious Blood Spirituality,
grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and Gospel values

Aug. 4th Anniversary Mass of Oregon District Mass Shooting
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Sr. Joanne Belloli, Howell, MI, Aug. 2016
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Healing and Hope

Just over one year ago, on Aug. 4, 2019, 10 people (including the perpetrator) were killed in a mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District. On Aug. 4 this year, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and Archdiocese of Cincinnati commemorated the tragedy with a Mass of healing and hope at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Sister Linda Pleiman attended the Mass. “As Sisters of the Precious Blood, we are called to be a life-giving, reconciling presence in our fractured world. The mass shooting in the Oregon District certainly created a fracture within our local community — by being here today, we can show with our presence and our prayers that we support those families who lost a loved one that day. And we also keep in mind all the families that lose loved ones to gun violence throughout the year,” she said. Read More

Gem City Market sees progress

Construction is moving right along on the Gem City Market, the supermarket that will be located on lower Salem Avenue, just a few miles from Salem Heights, our central house in Dayton. As contributors to the market venture, the Congregation has followed its progress over the past few years.

“As a Congregation, we have always ministered where the needs of the time call us,” said Sister Patty Kremer, vice president of the Congregation. “We are happy to support the Gem City Market and play a part in bringing a full-service grocery to an area that has struggled as a food desert for many years.”

A total of over $4 million in grants was raised to construct the market building, with funding coming from foundations, businesses, individual donors, and city, state and federal funds. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, completion dates are not set for each step in the construction process, but the goal is that the market will open early next year. Read More

Mental health, substance abuse and COVID-19

Fear, anxiety, grief and loss, depression, loneliness, isolation, unemployment, underemployment, memories of unpleasant times — these are issues seen in mental health and substance abuse treatment within our agency since the onset of COVID-19.

I have ministered as a mental health and substance abuse therapist for 25 years, including outpatient treatment with Brighton Recovery Center and 17 years with Livingston County Catholic Charities in Howell, Michigan.

Our CPPS Way of Life states: “we endeavor to bring life, to nourish, to free, to heal, to reconcile.” These are values I attempt to exhibit in my work with others. They are values I assist others in identifying in their personal lives so that they may grow as caring individuals within their families, among friends and in society. Read More

Seeking a home for the marginalized

Our country is built on immigrants; yes, our first Sisters were immigrants. I have worked with Latino and undocumented communities since 1980 when I began ministering in Arizona. I now serve at Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio as a Department of Justice accredited representative, someone who has the legal authority to assist immigrants with information and advice on immigration law and consular processing.

The last three years in the immigration world have been like a roller coaster ride. As one of my colleagues pointed out, “It is like the immigration process is slowly, deliberately disappearing.”

Draconian measures by the present administration include the separation of families at the border, an increase in fees, implementation of the “public charge,” dismantling the asylum process piece by piece, and punishing asylum seekers by forcing them to wait for their hearings in Mexico. The majority of denied asylum cases sent our brothers and sisters home to violence-ridden countries. Some are killed. Read More

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