St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church - Naperville, IL

Racial Justice Focus Complete Survey Results Analysis Report

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus was asked, “Which is the first of all commandments?” Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Loving the Lord is all about faith. Loving your neighbor as yourself is all about action. The St. Thomas faith community is a very active faith community.

The Racial Justice Focus was a social justice action. The goals were to raise our awareness and understanding, while challenging and perhaps changing our views. Each of us was asked to be of open heart and of open mind.

Over the last year, we have all been offered a variety of opportunities toward those goals. To determine the effectiveness of the considerable body of work, parishioners were invited to fill out the Racial Justice Focus Survey.

The complete Racial Justice Focus Survey Analysis Report is presented in five segments.

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  1. Survey Results Reflection talk given at all Masses November 13-14, 2021
  2. Survey Results Analysis Report, including next steps
  3. Appendix A – Yes/No Question Results
  4. Appendix B – Written Comment Analysis, including major themes identified and representative verbatim quotes
  5. Appendix C – Suggestions, including all specific suggestions verbatim

The Racial Justice Focus Committee thanks all parishioners who shared their thoughts through the survey. Questions and comments on this report are welcomed. Please click here to submit questions and comments to the committee.

The Committee will respond to comments. Conversation and shared wisdom are always helpful.