National Migration Week January 6-12, 2019

National Migration Week 2019 Toolkit

Opening Prayer

O God, who gave one origin to all peoples

and willed to gatehr from them one family for yourself,

fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of you love

and kindle in them a desire

fort he just advancement of their neighbor,

that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all,

each human person may be brought to perfection,

every division may be removed,

and equity and justice may be established in human society.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you int he unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen

(from the collect of prayers For the Progress of Peoples ; Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved.)

 

Scripture Reading – Responsorial Psalm, Epiphany of the Lord PS 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13

Catechesis Video

 

Grades 7-12

  1. Welcoming the stranger is a corporal work of mercy. Who does Pope Francis say is a stranger?
  2. How are we to respond to the stranger, the immigrant and refugee?
  3. How has the Catholic Church ministered to immigrants in our country’s history?

Parish Leaders/Committees

  1. How has the Catholic Church ministered to immigrants in the past?
  2. What ministries exist today within the Catholic church to serve and minister to immigrants?
  3. Why does the Catholic Church engage in such ministries?

Faith Sharing/Parishioners/Bible Study

  1. Welcoming the stranger is a corporal work of mercy. Who does Pope Francis say is a stranger?
  2. How are we to respond to the stranger, the immigrant and refugee?
  3. How has the Catholic Church ministered to immigrants in our country’s history?

Witness Video 

Witness Video Reflection Questions

Grades 7-12

  1. St. Francis Xavier Cabrini was an immigrant herself and became a citizen. What ways did her work benefit America?
  2. St. Francis Xavier Cabrini was the first canonized US citizen and patron saint of immigrants. What can we learn from her example as a minister to immigrants?
  3. What lessons can St. FXC offer your school?

Parish Leadership/Committees

  1. What can your parish do to model your ministries to be welcoming and hospitable to migrants?
  2. What lessons might St. Francis Xavier Cabrini teach us about parish and educational ministry to migrants?
  3. How might you spread the story of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini in your parish?

Faithsharing/Parishioner/College Students

  1. How might St. Francis Xavier Cabrini’s care for migrants inform your own personal hospitality towards migrants?
  2. What ways can you assist migrants and refugees in need?
  3. How can you change a culture of exclusion to one of welcome in your parish or community?

Action Steps

Grades 7-12

  1. Read St. John Paul II’s message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees from 1996.
  2. Read Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees from 2018
  3. Create memes from these two messages and share them on social media
  4. Stay informed about legislation and other policies by signing up for updates from justiceforimmigrants.org
  5. Organize an event at your school like an immigration simulation, all-day workshop, or presentation on the Catholic principles and positions on immigration. The Office of Respect Life and Social Justice can offer such a presentation locally or regionally.

Parish Leadership/Committees

  1. Read St. John Paul II’s message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees from 1996.
  2. Read Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees from 2018
  3. Stay informed about legislation and other policies by signing up for updates from justiceforimmigrants.org 
  4. Organize an event at your parish like an immigration simulation, all-day workshop, or presentation on the Catholic principles and positions on immigration. The Office of Respect Life and Social Justice can offer such a presentation locally or regionally.

Faithsharing/Parishioners/College Students

  1. Read St. John Paul II’s message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees from 1996.
  2. Read Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees from 2018
  3. Stay informed about legislation and other policies by signing up for updates from justiceforimmigrants.org 
  4. Organize an event at your parish like an immigration simulation, all-day workshop, or presentation on the Catholic principles and positions on immigration. The Office of Respect Life and Social Justice can offer such a presentation locally or regionally.

Closing Prayer

Loving Father,
Protect, we pray, all those forced from their
homes
by violence and persecution, guide them to
places of shelter and safety,
and grant that people migrate always by choice
and not necessity.
Watch over children who migrate alone,
protect them from the risks they face all by
themselves,
help them reach their destination safely,
and reunite them with those from whom they
have been separated.
Guide all migrants who seek a better life,
to new opportunities,
and grant them a new beginning.
We beseech you to give each of us the strength
and generosity
to welcome the stranger and to open our
homes to the newcomer,
and in doing so to comfort those who are
suffering.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of
the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

(Justice for Immigrants, National Migration Week 2019 Toolkit)