FAMILY VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018
Running the Race!
A biblical and parish study of racial struggle & faith
Faciliated by Msgr. Charles Pope, Pastor
General Theme: Our Vacation Bible School topic this year will be: Running the Race: A biblical and parish study of racial struggle and faith. The struggle with race and ethnicity is nothing new in the Church. We see it in the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. In this series we will explore the ancient conflicts in the bible and see how its lessons were applied in our times. St. Cyprian Parish was on the front lines of the racial tensions of our land. We will explore how the parish endured and applied biblical principles especially through the ministries of the Josephites and Oblate Sisters of Providence. Come and ponder how our ancestors ran the race of faith in spite of racism.
August 1st – Race, Diversity and Faith in the Scriptures – In this session we will explore the historical complexities of race and ethnicity in the Scriptures. The Story begins with the unique call of the Jewish people to be a people particularly God’s own. God warned them not to mix with the nations around them. While this may offend modern sensibilities, it was only a provisional plan. Through the years of the prophets God began to point to the times when all the nations would be summoned to join Israel as the people of God. Jesus commanded the mission to all the nations. However the early Church needed additional encouragement to begin this mission. Ancient hatreds and cultural differences caused a good number of tensions that the Holy Spirit helped them overcome. We will sample texts from the prophets, the Gospels, and the Acts of the Apostles to understand biblical teaching, and seek to learn principles still important to us today.
August 8th – We will begin viewing the video of the history of the Josephite Order, an order of priest dedicated to serving members of the African American Catholic community. To view this video, which includes more than just the history of the Josephites is also to study the wider picture of the wider Church’s steps and missteps in overcoming racial divisions. We will stop midway to consider their legacy and see how biblical principles were lived and applied.
August 15th – We will Celebrate a Mass of the Immaculate Conception and, following dinner, conclude the video on the history of the Josephite Order. Once again we will discuss how the Josephites and the wider Church endured and sought to overcome racial struggles. We have invited the Oblate Sisters of Providence to present on their continuing work in the communities of color.
August 22nd – Here Comes everybody! – In this sessions we will survey Biblical texts that speak to diversity and unity. We will ponder how our current parish experience is becoming a picture of the universal (catholic) nature of the Church and what that means for us in terms of identity, change and the tensions and opportunities presented to us today.
⇒ SPECIAL YOUTH TRACK
HCSC Youth Track (grades pre-k – middle school) Special sessions for our younger parishioners will be held simultaneously with the adult session. We will focus on The Saints. We have videos as well as lesson materials for each week. We will be teaching our youth about the lives of the following Saints:
All sessions will be held at
Center City Public Charter School (Cafeteria)
1501 East Capitol Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(Parking is available on the school parking lot and on the street after 6pm)
If you have any questions or need further details, please contact the Rectory Office at 202-546-1885 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may RSVP using the form below or contact the Rectory Office via phone or email. You can also fax your completed form to 202-544-1385.