Here in the U.S., our Catholic Church has celebrated National Migration Week for nearly half a century, calling us, as has Pope Francis, to bring our faith to the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. This year’s theme is, "Many Journeys, One Family." At St. Louis we believe we are one family, and we support brothers and sisters in their diverse journeys through the powerful ministry of Saints Place. We are there with them!

Unfortunately, fear and a lack of understanding have led to immigrants being treated as political pawns. Pope Francis’ call to compassion often goes unheard. Do you know what our church teaches? The prophetic stances our leaders have taken? Check out the National Migration Week page on the USCCB website. Go online and read the excellent teaching by Pope Francis on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Join us as we serve Christ in welcoming the stranger (Matt. 25:43)

Monday, January 8, 2018