National Migration Week is celebrated annually during the first full week of January. It is a time designated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops to remember the journey of the Holy Family as they had to live in the shadows and cross the border into Egypt to escape death at the hands of King Herod. The Church calls parishes, Catholic schools and religious communities to a heightened awareness of the difficult journey of today’s immigrants and to work as a community so migrants can “step out of the darkness”.
Resources from National Migration Week and World Day of Migrants and Refugees follow below.
2017 Pope Francis' Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees - January 2017
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Events in the Archdiocese
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-Join the U.S. Catholic bishops in support of protecting immigrants and refugees by sending an electronic postcard to Washington, DC asking that lawmakers ensure humane treatment towards migrants and refugees. The postcards may be sent from Justice for Immigrants’ homepage at http://justiceforimmigrants.org/index.shtml
Here is a template of a postcard for you to copy and cut to distribute to parishioners with the approval of your pastor. Please send all signed postcards to the Immigration Ministry by January 31, 2017 so they can be grouped with postcards from other parishes and sent to our elected officials. (Click on the postcard for download and details)
-The Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants network develops weekly Immigration Action Alerts. Visit their page during National Migration Week and all year round for the latest actions to advocate for immigrants and refugees.
-Donate to the MRS' Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) program, which provides parish and community volunteers an opportunity to help sponsor newly-arriving Syrian and other refugees and provide for their critical needs.
Education and Reflection
Quotes from Pope Francis on Immigration [Here]
CRS Bring Home Dignity for Migrants: Fact Sheet [Here]
CRS Pope Francis quote book [Here]
Cardinal Blase Cupich letter for pastors in Chicago [Here]
Cardinal Blase Cupich official statement for immigrants [English] [Spanish] [Polish]
Cardinal Blase Cupich message for immigrants on feast day of our Lady of Gudalupe [English] [Spanish]
"Dear migrants and refugees! Never lose the hope that you too are facing a more secure future, that on your journey you will encounter an outstretched hand, and that you can experience fraternal solidarity and the warmth of friendship! To all of you, and to those who have devoted their lives and their efforts to helping you, I give the assurance of my prayers and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing." ~Pope Francis, 2014 World Day of Migrants and Refugees