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
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:
- To urge the Administration to admit 30,000 refugees in FY19 and 75,000 in FY20; and
- 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