The U.S. Catholic bishops recently announced that the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Mon., Dec. 12 will also be a national day of prayer for immigrants and their families. The Day of Prayer and Solidarity with Families of Immigrants will be a time to place before a merciful God the hopes, fears, and needs of all those families who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life. A “Unity in Diversity” Scriptural Rosary is available for use on this day. Faith communities may also wish to reflect on Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope and to learn about how Catholics around the U.S. are acting together in support of immigrants. Examples include Iowa college students in solidarity with migrants, an Archdiocesan immigration team in Hartford, seminarian ministry with migrants in Yakima, Catholic groups protecting immigrant families in New Mexico, and a Catholic school that builds bridges across the border.
We all, dioceses, parishes, institutes of consecrated life, associations and movements, as individual Christians, are called to welcome our brothers and sisters who are fleeing from war, from hunger, from violence and from inhuman living conditions. All together we are a great supportive force for those who have lost their homeland, family, work and dignity.- Pope Francis, 10/26/16