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Equality is the Best Gift a Child Can Give!

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To honor my mom and dad, and all my spiritual parents, I will match every contribution you make this weekend up to $100. If you choose to honor someone in particular, I will send them a handwritten acknowledgement on your behalf (with a WOC sticker!). 

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Before I could drive, my parents would sometimes wait for an hour outside church so I could prepare the altar long before the opening hymn was sung at Mass. Through these moments and many others, my parents formed me as a Christian. They modeled a life of prayer with nightly grace before meals. They gave me an illustrated children's Bible so I could receive God's word. They helped my siblings and I practice charity at a local food bank. 


My parents also taught me one of the most essential lessons in faith that I carry with me today: I am bound to live according to the equality and inclusion that Jesus himself so often practiced. 


Many other people--pastoral ministers, teachers, mentors, friends--were my spiritual parents. They welcomed me into the body of Christ, where all are welcome. 


But now at Mass, I do not see churches where all are welcome. I see the women who formed me kept from the altar, confined to second-class status. I hear about the bishop who said women priests are "sinful." I see people of every gender hurting because sexism is a wound in the body of Christ that just will not heal. 


For Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day this year, I hope you will join me in thanking and honoring all those people who have been "parents in faith" by supporting the Women's Ordination Conference (WOC). 


Every day, WOC keeps demanding that the Catholic Church become a place of equality and justice for women and people of all genders. 


Every day, in a political climate where misogyny is alive and well, WOC challenges the many Catholics who voted for Donald Trump and other anti-woman Republicans. 


Every day, WOC supports women whom God is calling to ministry and leadership in our church but whom church leaders cast out. 


To honor my mom and dad, and all my spiritual parents, I will match every contribution you make this weekend up to $100. If you choose to honor someone in particular, I will send them a handwritten acknowledgement on your behalf (with a WOC sticker!). 


So kick in $5, $10, or $20 right now and say "Thanks! Because of you, I'm going to keep fighting for women's full equality in the Catholic Church!"

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    $10

  • Marilu Aguilar

    $25

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Donor Comments

Barbara Trudel

Barbara Trudel

4 months ago

Siobhan Phillips

Siobhan Phillips

4 months ago

Marilu Aguilar

Marilu Aguilar

DONATION: $25

In honor of Rev. Mary Ramerman on Mother's Day....mother, wife, Catholic priest and my pastor for 16 years. 4 months ago

Sheila and Steve Peiffer

Sheila and Steve Peiffer

DONATION: $10

4 months ago