Immigration Reform

Migration and Immigration Reform

 

NATIONAL MIGRATION WEEK 2015

 

One Family Under God:

Walking with Unaccompanied Migrant Children at the U.S. border and beyond

 

With Rhonda Miska

 

As part of National Migration Week, St. Michael's hosted a special presentation on January 4, given by Rhonda Miska. This presentation was an opportunity to learn about the children from Central America fleeing violence and seeking refuge in the United States.  We learned who these children are, where they are coming from, and how our Catholic faith animates us to take action to stand with them.  Rhonda Miska is a partner in mission with the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. She served as a legal assistant with Americans for Immigrant Justice accompanying migrant children in legal proceedings.  She has a MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and has worked in Nicaragua as a Jesuit Volunteer as well as with Latino/Hispanic immgrants in the US.

National Migration Week, sponsored by the U.S. Bishops, begins with Epiphany Sunday (January 4 this year) and ends with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. In it' s timing, it reminds us that the Holy Family also endured migration, as they fled from Herod and the threat of violence. This year's theme, "We Are One Family Under God," reminds us of the devastating effects of migration on families due to conflicts and situations throughout the world, as well as right here in the United States.

RESOURCES AND WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

LOVING FATHER,

remembering that the Holy Family fled violence
and lived for a time as refugees,
we ask that you protect all refugee families fleeing persecution,
and provide them a place of safety and comfort.
 
For children who are making perilous journeys,
often alone and without the protection of loved ones,
we ask that you reunite them with their families
and protect them from violence on the journey.
 
For all migrants,
that they not feel compelled to migrate
but have opportunities in their homeland
where they can thrive and live fully human lives.
 
Open our hearts so that we may provide hospitality
for those who come in search of refuge.
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen. 
 

PADRE AMOROSO,

al recordar que la Sagrada Familia huyó de la violencia
y que vivió durante un tiempo en el exilio,
te pedimos que protejas a todas las familias que huyendo
de la persecución buscan refugio,
y les proporciones un lugar seguro y acogedor.
 
Por los niños que viajan en medio de tantos peligros,
a menudo solos y sin la protección de sus seres queridos,
te pedimos que los reúnas con sus familias
y los protejas de la violencia en el camino.
 
Por todos los emigrantes,
para que no se sientan obligados a emigrar,
sino que encuentren oportunidades en su tierra natal
donde puedan prosperar y vivir una vida plenamente humana.
 
Abre nuestro corazón para que podamos ofrecer hospitalidad
a aquellos que vienen en busca de refugio.
Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, tu Hijo,
que vive y reina contigo en la unidad del Espíritu Santo
y es Dios por los siglos de los siglos. Amén. 

 

 

 

The Catholic community in the United States continues to welcome waves of new immigrants, to provide them with pastoral care and charitable assistance, and to support ways of regularizing their situation, especially with regard to the unification of families.  A particular sign of this is the long-standing commitment of the American Bishops to immigration reform.

Find out more by visiting the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants Campaign.

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