January 6-12 is National Migration Week. As you read our STM parishioner’s stories of migration throughout this month and feel drawn to get involved, here are some opportunities to do so:
Learn: In 2003, the bishops of the United States and Mexico issued a joint pastoral letter, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, that presented a Catholic framework for responding to the ongoing migration phenomenon in their respective countries. Although 15 years old, it’s still a relevant document to learn about the Church’s teaching on this issue. Find a link to the letter at Justiceforimmigrants.org
Serve: Catholic Charities Atlanta has a variety of ways you can use your gifts to serve immigrants and refugees in our community, from tutoring to grant writing to event planning. Find out about opportunities here: https://catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/volunteer/
Advocate: Jesuit Refugee Services is urging you to #Do1Thing for refugees and immigrants in 2019. Learn more here: https://www.jrsusa.org/campaign/do-1-thing/
National Migration Week Prayer
Loving Father, protect, we pray, all those forced from their homes by violence and persecution, guide them to places of shelter and safety, and grant that people migrate always by choice and not necessity.
Watch over children who migrate alone, protect them from the risks they face all by themselves, help them reach their destination safely, and reunite them with those from whom they have been separated.
Guide all migrants who seek a better life, to new opportunities, and grant them a new beginning.
We beseech you to give each of us the strength and generosity to welcome the stranger and to open our homes to the newcomer, and in doing so to comfort those who are suffering.
We ask this 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.
Questions? Contact Sarah Otto at firstname.lastname@example.org