Tag: IMMIGRANTS

Strangers No Longer Pilgrimage and the TEX-MEX Bishops Solidarity Prayer Service

By Marco Raposo

Justice and Peace Ministry Director

Our ongoing JUSTICE for IMMIGRANTS Campaign has organized a “STRAGERS NO LONGER Pilgrimage of prayer and action” asking that COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM Legislation be passed at the House of Representatives. The STRAGERS NO LONGER Pilgrimage of Prayer and Action started on the last week of August and continues at the first week of September. We want to let Representative O’Rouke know that we Catholics are asking the House to pass a just and compassionate comprehensive Immigration Reform that respects the dignity of every human person and keep families united. For this reason we are going to pray and advocate. We want to thank Rep. O’Rourke for what he has done for immigration reform so far, and continue to motivate him to champion this humane reform approach. Bishop Seitz was scheduled to meet with Rep O’Rourke in the last week of August. During that same week, we began our gathering in several parishes throughout the diocese to pray the migrant rosary and call people to contact Rep O’Rourke. The campaign and pilgrimage will conclude on September 7th, 3pm, at the USMexico Border Fence, where the bishops of the border dioceses will gather for a Solidarity Prayer Service on behalf of immigration reform, family unity, and the end to border violence. The Bishops of the Dioceses of El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, San Angelo, Chihuahua, San Antonio, Piedras Negras, Laredo, Nuevo Laredo, Brownsville, and Matamoros, also known as the TEX-MEX Bishops, have been gathering periodically for over a decade to collaborate in ministry to respond pastorally to the several pressing challenges of the border dioceses. 10 years ago, they issued a Binational Pastoral Letter entitled “Strangers No Longer – Together in the journey of hope”, about the reality of immigration in our country today and what the Catholic Church teaches and how it ministers regarding this issue. The celebration of solidarity is also an opportunity for all of us, together with the bishops, to acknowledge once again and give thanks to God for this historical document in the US and Mexican Church on behalf of the “least of these my brothers and sisters”