Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

National Migration Week

Bishop John C. Wester, Chair of the Committee on Migration for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, writes about National Migration Week, January 6 - 12, 2008:
I am honored that one of my first responsibilities as the new chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration is to join you in celebrating the 27th annual National Migration Week observance. This year's theme, From Many, One Family of God, reminds us that though we come from many cultures and places, we are all part of one human family and members of the one Body of Christ. Sadly, rather than embracing newcomers to our land whose circumstances have compelled them to seek new lives among us, we too often respond in fear and harbor attitudes of resentment and suspicion.
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When we set aside our concerns and share our resources, God's blessings extend to all of us. United as one family of God, let us commit ourselves during this year's observance of National Migration Week to work together to create a truly welcoming community for migrants and strive to achieve justice for them at all levels of our American society. Then they can take their proper place alongside us at the Lord's banquet that He has prepared for all of His family.

Many resources, including bulletin inserts, posters, and prayers are available here. What will your parish be doing?