Our world seems very topsy turvy right now, particularly when it comes to questions of who belongs and who doesn’t. For years, a great deal of our national debate has been focused on immigration, especially regarding those who are undocumented or unauthorized immigrants.
In recent months, that national debate has intensified and immigration has become even more of a polarizing issue within our country. As we all know, the issue is deeply complex and complicated. Further confusing the debate is the amount of misinformation which permeates the media. It can make it challenging for Catholics to know how to respond, especially when we are not always sure what to think or believe.
If you have been feeling confused, angry, anxious, or fearful about the debate in the past few months, I invite you to join us for our Immigration Panel Presentation on Tuesday, June 27th at 7 p.m. for a dose of Catholic reality. Our speakers: Bishop Dave O’Connell, MSMU President Ann McElaney-Johnson, Loyola Law Immigration Clinic lawyer Helena Marissa Montes, JD, and Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez will cover the impact of the immigration crisis from a variety of perspectives, including the US Bishops’ position on immigration, the impact of the current immigration situation on colleges and on law and order in our communities, as well as the impact on immigrants themselves.
If you are not able to attend the panel presentation, it will be live streamed and will be posted in our media archives.
If you would like to do some further reading about what the Catholic Church has to say about immigration, here are some useful links:
Catholic Teaching on Immigration
Holy Family is also hosting an Immigrant Workshop on Thursday, July 6th at 6:30 p.m., with the Archdiocesan Office of Life, Justice and Peace and Congresswoman Judy Chu, which is primarily for those in our immigrant community seeking resources and assistance in obtaining visas, Green Cards and citizenship. The site to check out is https://www.application-filing-service.com , it has all the information on citizenship cards. Please forward this invitation to anyone you know who might need this kind of help.
As a welcoming Catholic community, we are striving to follow the Gospel Call and the teachings of our Church to embrace those who are strangers among us.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday!
Parish Life Director