Answering the Call to Welcome the Stranger…
First, by educating the St. Patrick’s community about Central American immigrants and families seeking asylum in the United States in Civic Academies and through regular communication in bulletins and on this website.
Second, by thoughtfully and prayerfully considering how to leverage the parish community’s many resources to live out our baptismal call to Welcome the Stranger. We envision St. Patrick’s as operating in a support role as Immigration and Custom Enforcement has begun to process and release asylum seekers to wait for their future appearance in immigration court. Feedback at the January 16th Civic Academy indicated strong individual parishioner interest in donating goods, money, and time to assist in this effort. St. Patrick’s present activities include updating interested parishioners with opportunities to volunteer in greeting immigrant families at drop off sites across the Phoenix area as they prepare to travel to their family members across the U.S. and await their hearing with a judge. We are exploring how to connect those with the most-requested items needed at these drop-off sites with parishioners who have these items to donate.
Fr. Sean Carroll Podcast
Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., is the executive director of the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Mexico. He shared with us his experience and insight at our Civic Academy on February 28.
Donation Wish List…
Next to a warm meal and shower, is there anything that spells welcome more than a change of clothes after a long journey? With this thought in mind, the following items are much needed in welcoming those who are seeking asylum here in the United States.
We would prefer and appreciate, whenever possible, that donations be dropped off directly at Latino Community Services (The Matthew 25 Project), 116 N. Lindsay Road, Suite 15, Mesa, AZ 85213 on Monday – Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.
When that is not possible, we will accept donations at Saint Patrick Catholic Community in the Narthex Only on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, of the month, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Please note that we can only accept items from the Donation Wish List.
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- NPR Radio Broadcast about Churches helping Asylum Seekers
- Bloomberg Article: “Asylum is as American as Apple Pie”
- Pew Research Center Mini-Email Course
- USCCB Document: “Welcome the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity”
- USCCB Justice for Immigrants
- Center for Migration Studies
- Migration Policy Institute
- Additional Topical Information from Pew Research
- America Magazine Article (By J.D. Long-Garcia, one of our Civic Academy panelists)