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”.

January 7-14, 2018
For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for National Migration Week 2018 draws attention to the fact that each of our families have a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past. Regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another.

During this National Migration Week, let us all take the opportunity to engage migrants as community members, neighbors, and friends.
Please find below suggestions on how you can celebrate National Migration Week and educate community members about the Catholic Church’s teaching about migration and her loving solidarity with migrants. Learn, too, about Pope Francis’ ongoing efforts to support national churches’ solidarity efforts being joined with those of the universal church.