The theme of National Migration Week 2015 is "We are One Family under God," which highlights the importance of family in our daily lives.
Family Unity is particularly important when dealing with the migration issues, as family members too often find themselves separated from one another.
For prayer cards and other resources see USCCB website:
Every year the Catholic Church celebrates National Migration week on the first full week of January.
Because this week often overlaps with the conclusion of the Christmas season and it immediately follows school / family vacations, its timing is challenging for parishes and SVdP conferences. It is normally much easier to schedule appropriate events for a later time in January.
Appropriate events could include:
· organizing educational sessions for parishioners and/or Vincentians on the Immigration issue,
· expressing solidarity with our suffering migrant brothers and sisters, by supporting organizations that come to their rescue: Kino Border Initiative, Humane Borders, No More Deaths, etc.
· advocating for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and, this year,
· organizing targeted sessions for migrants on the President’s Executive Action, providing instructions on how to apply for deportation relief, with a list of the required documents
We encourage Council and Conferences to be part of the solution of this complex issue, by organizing a session(s) on Immigration during the month of January. Councils and Conferences can find useful material on Immigration on the SVdP National Website:
For The Society position paper on Immigration see:
For the Power Point presentation on Immigration, complete with speaker’s notes, given at the 2014 National Assembly in Atlanta by Giulio and Joan Grecchi see:
Please feel free to utilize these resources. If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact Giulio Grecchi at firstname.lastname@example.org.