This edition of “Notes for Neighbors” can help you put faith in action by loving your neighbor in your own back yard and on the other side of the globe. We hope you will enjoy these resources and share them with others.
Featured Quote from Pope Francis
“Let us not forget that the Our Father is the prayer of the poor. Our asking for bread expresses our entrustment to God for our basic needs in life. Everything that Jesus taught us in this prayer expresses and brings together the cry of all who suffer from life’s uncertainties and the lack of what they need. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he answered in the words with which the poor speak to our one Father, in whom all acknowledge themselves as brothers and sisters. The Our Father is a prayer said in the plural: the bread for which we ask is ‘ours,’ and that entails sharing, participation and joint responsibility. In this prayer, all of us recognize our need to overcome every form of selfishness, in order to enter into the joy of mutual acceptance.”
– Pope Francis, Message for First World Day of the Poor (11/19/17)
“Share the Journey” Migration Campaign
Pope Francis will launch a two-year “Share the Journey” Migration Campaign on September 27, 2017 to increase support and solidarity for immigrants and refugees. The campaign is international; in the United States, it will be coordinated by USCCB Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Some materials are already available on the Justice for Immigrants website, with more added soon. USCCB, CCUSA and CRS will hold a webinar on Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. EDT (Log-in here; Dial-in: 267-279-9000; Pin: 892211#) to share more details and discuss how your community can get involved.
Take Action to Insist on Moral Criteria in Health Care Repeal/Replace
After the August recess, the Senate will begin hearings to potentially draft another bill intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Contact your Senators to insist on action to: prevent harmful changes that will wreak havoc on the poor and vulnerable; protect the unborn in all respects; and include conscience protections for those involved in the health care system. Take action now.
In the News
The following stories highlight Church leaders’ words and work around recent current events.
Video from U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements – Watch Now!
Earlier this year the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements took place in Modesto, California. The convening brought together hundreds of faith and social justice leaders from various cultures and communities from across the United States, along with grassroots leaders from other countries. This was the first U.S. Regional convening organized in conjunction with three international world meetings that have taken place in Rome (in Oct. 2014 and Nov. 2016) and Bolivia (in Oct. 2015). The meeting called attention to important themes such as racism, migration, land, environmental justice, labor, and housing. A new video is available to help all U.S. Catholics continue to reflect on these themes and get involved.
U.S. World Meeting of Popular Movements
From ToGoForth.org, blog of the USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development
Here are some recent blog entries that may be of interest to you.
The Dream Act of 2017, S. 1615, was recently introduced in the Senate as a bipartisan effort to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The bill offers qualifying immigrant youth “conditional permanent resident status” and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship. Send a message to your Senators here.
New Resource to Celebrate Feast of St. Francis (Oct. 4)
Catholic Climate Covenant is offering a free catechetical resource to help faith communities explore how they can better care for creation and the poor. The resource includes a liturgy for a blessing of creation and an educational program. Request the materials here.
As always, thank you for your work to proclaim the Church’s social mission and inspire solidarity with our neighbors.