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Local Catholic Sisters stand up for immigration reform
Posting Date: 10-08-2013
Sisters and friends hang banner on fence on Mission Boulevard in Fremont, calling attention to immigration reform issue.

Sisters and friends hang banner on fence on
Mission Boulevard in Fremont, calling attention
to immigration reform issue.


Sisters of the Holy Family and the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose have united with people across the country in FAST ACTION for Immigration Reform.
Sister Gladys Guenther, SHF, President of Sisters of the Holy Family, said, “from Sept. 9 through Oct. 18, Sisters will be engaged in prayer, fasting and action aimed at urging Congress to fix our broken immigration system.
“This is an opportunity to add our voices to other faith communities in urging Congress to enact reform that reflects the best of our values and helps to build a stronger, more welcoming country,” she said.
As a symbolic beginning of their efforts, on Sept. 10 the Sisters and friends gathered on the sidewalk along Mission Boulevard in Fremont to hang a banner, an adaptation of a quote from Jesus: “I was an immigrant and you welcomed me.”
Sister Gladys said that their current stance on immigration is an extension of what “we have always done -- served and cared for immigrant populations.”
Her congregation began in San Francisco in the 1880s where their foundress served Italian families and children in North Beach. The work continues today serving Kmhmu, Hispanic farm workers and other immigrant and marginalized people.
Catholic Social Teaching
on immigration
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration has called for Congress to enact humane immigration reform legislation soon.
He said, “Each day in our parishes, social service programs, hospitals, and schools we witness the human consequences

of a broken immigration system. Families are separated, migrant workers are exploited, and our fellow human beings die in the desert. Without positive change to our immigration laws, we cannot help our brothers and sisters.”
The website of the USCCB offers the following prospective: “The Catholic Church in the United States is an immigrant Church with a long history of embracing diverse newcomers and providing assistance and pastoral care to immigrants, migrants, refugees, and people on the move.
“Our Church has responded to Christ’s call for us to ‘welcome the stranger among us,’ for in this encounter with the immigrant, the migrant, and the refugee in our midst, we encounter Christ.”
The body of Church teaching includes papal encyclicals, bishops’ statements and pastoral letters. In the 2001 pastoral statement, Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, the Bishops of the United States called Catholics to solidarity with diverse newcomers.
In 2003, U.S. Bishops together with the Bishops of Mexico, in their pastoral statement, “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope”/“Juntos en el Camino de la Esperanza Ya no Somos Extranjeros,” acknowledged the current immigration system is in need of reform.
Sisters of the Holy Family and the Dominican Sisters of San Jose invite others to join them and take part in the effort -- pray, fast, and take action by starting or signing petitions, and by contacting legislative representatives.
For further information contact:
Sister Gladys Guenther, President, Sisters of the Holy Family, 510-292-9833; or Charlotte Hall, Hall Media Group, 530-895-9484, charlotte@hallmediagroup.com

 
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Highlights
Sections - Youth & Young Adults
Theology on Tap Reviving Young Adult Catholics in the Silicon Valley

A Special Evening with Bishop McGrath

News - In The Diocese
ADA Exceeds 2015 Goal; Still Time to Contribute

Celebrating Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Bishop Daly Spokane

Institute for Leadership in Ministry Graduates Class of 2015

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath has made the following appointments:

Celebrating the Nature of God

Saying Farewell to Bishop Thomas A. Daly

Farewell Homily of Bishop Thomas A. Daly

A Bittersweet Farewell to Bishop Daly

Sections - Spirituality
No matter what you seek in life, keep Christ close

Issues of marriage, sexuality should not threaten ecumenism

Seminarian Ryan Mak reflects on his own journey of faith

News - Community
Catholic Cemeteries- A Place of Stories, Strength and Solace

Violence Affects Us All

CRS Rice Bowl Grant Process Opens

The Way of Vocation

Marthas Kitchen 'feeding the hungry with dignity'

San Jose Symphonic Choir Performs Benjamin Brittens War Requiem as a Gift of Peace for the Community

Mothers - memories, lessons learned

Nominations Sought for Prestigious 2015 St. Thomas More Award

What can we do about Child Poverty in Silicon Valley?

Grand Opening of Santee Community Garden and Open Space

Sections - Catholic Schools
Bellarmine Food Drive Yields Equivalent of 17,000 Meals

Sacred Heart Robotics reaches the Top 50 at the 2015 VEX Worlds Robotics Championship

St. John Vianney receives awards at Tech Challenge

St. Christopher's 4th Grade Visits the Peralta Adobe

The Bible - The Foundation of Learning at Queen of Apostles

Student Group Demonstrates How Faith can be Relevant

Students at St. Mary Los Gatos Help Get on the Bus

Saint Simon Students support Operation Rice Bowl during Lent

Saint Francis holds successful International Showcase

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren visits Archbishop Mitty High School

St. Lucy Athletes Run Like Lightning

In the Name of Message, Community & Service

Fifth graders at Queen of Apostles take a hands-on-approach to eduction

DSJ formally names South County Catholic High School - Saint John XXIII College Preparatory

Sections - Commentary
What will Pope Francis say in upcoming Encyclical?

The Treasure in a Field

Making a difference: "Peace be with you"

MORAL THEOLOGY Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: The Penalty Stage

Praying for Those Not of This Fold - An Open Letter to Roman Catholic Bishops

News - CNS News
Blessed Teresas Canonization in 2016 only Hypothetical, says Vatican

Catholic Archbishop Teaches the Quran to Christians, Muslims alike

U.S. Trappist Monks say Beer Brewing Enhances American Monastic Life

Europe Struggles to Find Solution to Increasing Migrant Crisis

Pope: Love of sports doesn't mean 'timeout' from church, friends, poor

Schoendienst quietly lives his faith, serves as mentor to young players

Canonizing Blessed Serra is call to new evangelization

Baltimore prays for peace, progress in addressing systemic injustices

Week after quake, trucks of aid begin reaching remote areas of Nepal

Sections - Spanish News
Despedida de Obispo Thomas Daly

Graduados del ILM Clase de 2015

Nuevo comienzo para Katy Meister

Despedida de obispo Thomas A. Daly

Sections - Letters
Real Marriage is not a Dance

Guest Commentary on Bullying.

Articles on Year of Consecrated Life

 
   
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