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Immigration Ministry

Outreach Ministry

The Parish Immigration Team serves a vital role towards fulfilling the mission to “welcome the stranger.” They are committed to work on behalf of immigrants and immigration issues in the context of Catholic social teaching. They help to coordinate efforts in education / conversion, advocacy / solidarity, and empowerment / accompaniment with the native-born members of the parish.

For more information, please call Mary Lou Matheke at 708-269-9383.


INVITATION TO TAKE ACTION

May 2019

Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity – Immigration Ministry

In Fall 2018, the Administration issued a Presidential Determination (PD) setting the annual U.S. refugee admission level at 30,000 refugees, the all-time-lowest number in the history of resettlement. This record low comes when there are over 25 million refugees worldwide with 1.4 million needing resettlement. The average refugee admission goal over the nearly 40 years of the program has been 95,000.

As Catholics, we affirm the inherent dignity of every person and the ability of refugees to seek security and safety for themselves and family members. For this reason, the U.S. Catholic Bishops urge you to express solidarity with refugees now in this moment of great need.

TAKE ACTION! Please visit justiceforimmigrants.org to message to your U.S. Representative and Senators. Urge your Representative and Senators:

  1. To urge the Administration to admit 30,000 refugees in FY19 and 75,000 in FY20; and
  2. To provide robust oversight and appropriations to achieve both goals.

To learn more about the Immigration Ministry, visit catholicsandimmigrants.org.

Source: USCCB, Justice for Immigrants

Our Outreach Ministries

Alcoholic Anonymous

If you think you have a problem with alcohol and have a desire to stop drinking, come to our AA meetings.

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Bereavement

The “How to go on After a Loved One Has Died” program is offered twice a year to people experiencing grief.

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Grief Support

These groups give grieving persons an opportunity to talk about what they are struggling with in their grief.

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HOPE (Jobs Ministry)

Helpful outreach for people seeking employment through networking, speakers and open forums.

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Martha Ministry

This ministry offers support and meals brought home to those who have been ill or incapacitated for a while.

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Prayer Shawls

Talented parishioners (Hooks & Needles) share their love of crochet and knitting by making items with prayer.

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Knights of Columbus

Fraternal Service Organization Council #10858 dedicated to faith, community, family, youth and fellowship.

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St. Vincent de Paul

We help all those in need who are registered parishioners and within our Orland Park Community.

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Food Drives

Usually held in the summer when pantries are low or around Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

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Soup Kitchen

High School students prepare and serve lunch at the Shepherd’s Table – Soup Kitchen in Joliet.

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Appalachia Outreach

High School students spend a week of service in Appalachia in Charleston, West Virginia in June.

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Christmas Sharing Trees

As we approach the season of Christmas, we delight in our ability to bring joy to others through gift giving.

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Lenten Crosses

Paper Crosses with labels requesting items needed by members of our sharing parish and other local charities.

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Pro-Life

We value and guard all human life from conception to natural death by participating in various Pro-Life events.

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SouthWest Interfaith Team

SWIFT promotes projects and dialogue among the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious communities.

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Immigration Ministry

This Catholic Social Teaching Team serves a vital role towards fulfilling the mission to “welcome the stranger.”

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Pastoral Migratoria

This ministry invites immigrants to be engaged in service and justice actions in our parish community.

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Ongoing and Upcoming Events