Media Center Pick of the Week

As we conclude 2011 National Migration Week and anticipate World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 16th, we offer: “The Invisible Chapel.” 

Invisible-Chapel

As we conclude 2011 National Migration Week and anticipate World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 16th, we offer: “The Invisible Chapel.” Our bishops inaugurated the weeklong observance as a reflection on the church’s diversity. In his message for the January 16th event, Pope Benedict reminds us: “All…belong to one family, migrants and the local populations who welcome them, and all have the same right to enjoy the goods of the earth…” Produced in association with the Mexican American Cultural Center, whose Ministry Formation Program has received USCCB accreditation, this 2007, 31 minute documentary has a compelling narrative and emotional depth. We witness the 25 year story of a community of migrant laborers living in makeshift dwellings on the edge of a multi-million subdivision in San Diego. Within an open-air shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the local Catholic parish ministers to the migrants’ sacramental and physical needs. The pastor relates significant activities of five outreach teams, the migrants’ abiding Christian witness and the eventual clash with an anti-migrant coalition. At the heart of the story is a living saint, a laborer named Generoso. Speaking Mixteco, the indigenous language of Oaxaca, Mexico, he is a marginalized person within a marginalized group – hidden among the hidden. Prepared for Eucharist and Confirmation by the parish’s catechetical outreach, Generoso serves as a Eucharistic Minister. I can scarcely imagine the impact of his physical presence. I felt connected to God’s love simply by watching Generoso on the screen. He radiates holiness. As the voices of those who oppose the migrants grow louder, Generoso quietly says: “They are all God’s children. I won’t say anything bad about them.” Driven from their initial sanctuary, this believing community’s continuing story will surprise and enlighten the viewers of this award-winning DVD. Request this title with the on-line Order Form and search related titles with the key word: immigration  or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897). Diane and I have been asked often about family-friendly movies. Our friends at The Maximus Group are promoting the TV movie, “Change of Plans.” View the trailer @ http://www.buzzplant.com/moms4familytv/changeofplans/