Welcoming the Stranger
We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.” The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict. (USCCB/What We Believe)
Archbishop John Quinn with Vietnamese refugees at SFO 1976. Photo: Daniel DeGeannaro/Catholic Charities; Archives of San Francisco Archdiocese (AASF).
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Filipino Ministry: Immigration Forum and Mass for Immigrants
Saturday, March 25, 8:30 am register - 12:30 pm lunch
St. Anne of the Sunset, 850 Judah St., San Francisco
Flyer with detailed information is here.
TRAINING: Solidarity in Action: Rapid Response to Immigration Raids
Sunday, March 26, 2:30 pm
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 60 Wellington Ave., Daly City
TRAINING: Know and Defend your Immigrant Rights (Spanish)
Monday, March 27, 5:30 pm
St. Timothy’s Church, 1515 Dolan Ave., San Mateo
Flyer in Spanish here.
TRAINING: Solidarity in Action: Rapid Response to ICE Raids, and Legal Observer Training
Tuesday, March 28, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
USF, Bermann Room at Fromm’s Hall, Parker St. at Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco
Meeting in Support of Immigrants: Voice fears/concerns; draft child care safety plan; review rights
Sunday, April 2, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
St. Pius Church, Homer Crouse Hall, 1100 Woodside Rd., Redwood City
Flyer in English here. Flyer in Spanish here.
Plan for Accompaniment and Education, January 2017 | Plan de Acompañamiento y Educacion, Enero 2017
Ash Wednesday Statement on Immigration from the California Conference of Catholic Bishops English | Spanish
"Hundreds turn out to support immigrants on inauguration week," by Christina Gray, Catholic San Francisco, February 1, 2017
Statement of Archbishop Cordileone to U.S. House and Senate Judiciary committee hearings on immigration
Catholic Charities San Francisco/Marin/San Mateo Refugee & Immigrant Services
California Catholic Conference of Bishops (CCC) on Immigration
"Welcoming the Stranger: Practical Advice for the Undocumented," CCC Because we are Catholic Series
"Acoger al Forastero: Consejos Prácticos para las Personas Indocumentadas," CCC Porque nosotros somos Católicos
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Immigration
Justice for Immigrants USCCB website
National Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Position Statement and Frequently Asked Questions on Immigration
"Family Preparedness Plan" / "Plan de Preparacion Familiar": an 11-page packet from Immigrant Legal Resource Center (www.ilrc.org), including a Children's Caregiver's Authorization Affidavit / Declaración de Autorización de la Persona Responsable del Cuidado del Menor.
“Where is your brother” (Gen 4:9): this question which God asks of man since his origins, involves us, especially today with regard to our brothers and sisters who are migrating: “This is not a question directed to others; it is a question directed to me, to you, to each of us.”
~ Pope Francis, July 2013 (at Lampedusa)