September 26 Day of Action
Worldwide (WOW) stands in solidarity with Catholic women in Ireland who call
for a widespread boycott of Mass on Sunday, September 26, 2010.
"Women make up 60% of Mass-goers and 80% of lay
ministers. If each one of us took action on one single day, there
is no doubt that this would be a powerful and significant event," stated Erin
Saiz Hanna, Executive Director of the Women's Ordination
Conference (WOC). "The practical, financial, and political implications would be
substantial to say the least," Hanna continued.
Jennifer Sleeman, an
active Catholic from Cork, Ireland initiated this movement when she urged women
of Ireland to send a message to the Vatican that "women are tired of being treated as second-class citizens in the
Church." This call which began with one woman is now spreading beyond the
shores of Ireland as women around the world link arms together for
participation in the day of action.
In solidarity with
Sleeman, WOW supports her call for justice for women in the Catholic
Church. Recognizing the many different ways of bearing witness to the
institutional sin of sexism that marginalizes women in the Church, on September
26th, 2010 WOW encourages people of Catholic faith to consider
organizing one of the following options for their parish communities:
Withhold Funds: Instead of making a donation at collection time,
place a note in the collection basket that expresses your support for women's
ordination. (Print a postcard here.)
- Wear green armbands to Mass
- Boycott Mass: Grieving the Church's sin of sexism,
participate in a
prayerful fast from mass.
Gather together in one of the many other meaningful ways in which the
Eucharist can be celebrated, including women-led or community led
communities. (Visit WOC's Directory of Catholic Women Ministers here.)
How will you take action on 09/26? Take the poll here.