Advent For Thugs

Here’s the schedule:

During Advent, St. Cecilia Parish in Detroit hosting four “Thug Sundays” with 8:30 a.m. Mass and a community-wide gun buyback:

Saturday, Nov. 28 – The St. Cecilia gun buyback, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 10400 Stoepel St., Detroit

Sunday, Nov. 29 First Thug Sunday Mass: “Making Room for God in Your Life”

Dec. 6 Second Thug Sunday Mass: “How to Prepare Oneself to Prepare for Jesus”

Dec. 13 Third Thug Sunday Mass: “Choosing to Live in Hope”

Dec. 20 Fourth Thug Sunday Mass: “Be Surprised by Joy”

Fr Theodore Parker, pastor, concedes …

At first they were kind of taken aback by the term. But, I explained the fact that we’re not asking people to come to church with guns blazing.

Other churches, other communities have done things like this. Police assist the church in getting the guns out of circulation. Fr Parker again:

All these guns do no more than aggravate the problems in the city. People do resort to guns because of the anger and the emotion of the moment.

Not much positive to say about the hip-hop experience, either:

It seems to be a culture that has flat-lined morally. Basically (the culture) is about what you can get, when you can get it. It’s an African-American sort of expression of the general American experience.

It’s a whole different world from translations, eh? It’s the real world, where people are not on the knife edge of Church disunity and conflict, but where people are on the edge of their very lives.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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4 Responses to Advent For Thugs

  1. Thom says:

    That’s beautiful.

  2. Tony says:

    They had one near us and I missed it. They were giving $150 grocery gift cards for any pistol you turned in. I bought a Jennings j-22 years ago as an impulse purchase, for $55. I have been wanting to get rid of it. I’m waiting for the next “buy back” and I’ll turn it in (less the magazine, I can sell that separately). Thanks, peace and justive folks!

  3. Gavin says:

    I don’t know… living in that city, I’d prefer to have more good church-going folk with guns than criminals…

  4. Michael says:

    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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