Share the Journey Campaign Promoting Encounter With Immigrants and Refugees Launched
On September 27, Pope Francis launched the worldwide, two-year “Share the Journey” campaign, calling on Catholics and the faithful to ‘encounter’ migrants and refugees in an effort to break down barriers of fear and suspicion and build bridges of understanding and hospitality. The campaign aims to engage the Church, as well as others.
Our faith calls on us to welcome refugees and asylum-seekers. We are all children of God, and God calls us to love our neighbor. The Bible - Old and New Testament – is filled with verses that tell us to care for the immigrant. Jesus eloquently tells us to welcome “the stranger,” because “whatever you did for the least of these, you did it for me” (Matthew 25).
St. Ignatius will launch our campaign at all weekend Masses on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 14th and 15th with prayer, commitment, and intercession prayers. ‘I Stand with Immigrants and Refugees’ lapel pins will be available to show our continued support for our fellow brothers and sisters. We will be offering different ways to help bear the burdens of our refugee and migrant brothers and sisters.
- Want to mentor a refugee family? Mr. Salman Zaman (Family Mentor Coordinator at IRC) will conduct training on Sunday, Oct. 29th after the 10:30 Mass. (see information in shaded box below)
- Interested in youth or in women’s health? Attend a panel discussion with Soccer Without Borders and Tahirih Justice Center, on Sunday, Nov. 12th after the 10:30 mass.
- Interested in long-term change? The most effective way is to change policy. Learn how to effectively engage policymakers at the “Amplify your Voice: Advocacy Training Workshop” on Thursday, Nov. 16th from 6-9 PM.
- In 2018, look forward to a refugee camp simulation, advocacy outreach, movie night, international potluck, and more!
|Training to be a Refugee Family Mentor (October 29th)
As we “Share the Journey” with our refugee and immigrant brothers and sisters, there will be different ways we can help bear their burdens. International Rescue Committee (IRC) one of the main agencies involved in resettling refugees in Baltimore coordinates an initiative that allows individuals and groups to mentor a recently resettled refugee family. On October 29th Mr. Salman Zaman, Family Mentor Coordinator at the Baltimore office will join us to speak about the program and provide the training required to become a family mentor. If you’d like to sign up to become a mentor, or to learn more about it, click here. If you have further questions,please contact Vonetta Edwards: email@example.com.
Please join us on Sunday, October 29th, after the 10:30 Mass (11:45 AM) in the Chapel of Grace. Sponsored by the Immigration Sub Committee of the Justice and Peace Ministry.