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US parishes emphasize immigration reform at Sunday Masses
Catholic Culture ^ | September 09, 2013 | CWN

Posted on 09/09/2013 9:59:54 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

Dioceses across the United States placed special emphasis on immigration during Masses on Sunday, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

September 8 had been selected by the US bishops' conference as a day for special focus on the question of immigration. The nationwide campaign was complicated when Pope Francis asked for a worldwide campaign of prayer for peace in Syria during the same weekend.

In some dioceses, plans for a campaign to muster Catholic support for immigration reform were set aside temporarily, as parishes joined in the Pope's campaign of prayers for peace. In Arizona, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson explained that while the prayers for peace might take precedence on September 8, "we are certainly continuing our efforts to encourage members to support immigration reform." In other dioceses, the immigrant message remained on the top of the agenda.

Some bishops asked all priests to preach on immigration during weekend Masses. According to US bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign:

•“Diocese of Arlington, VA: Bishop Paul Loverde has asked pastors in the diocese to talk about immigration at Masses during the weekend.”
•“Diocese of Buffalo: At the request of Bishop Richard Malone, concern for immigrants must be mentioned at all Masses this weekend.”
•“Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS: Archbishop Joseph Nauman [sic] asked his priests to speak on immigration at the Sunday Masses.”
•“Archdiocese of Los Angeles: Archbishop Jose Gomez has asked every parish (288 in all) in the Archdiocese to dedicate at least one Mass for Immigration Reform this weekend. If this does not fit into the parish schedule, parishes are asked to celebrate a special mass for this intention sometime in September.”
•“Diocese of Reno: Bishop Randolph Calvo has asked all parishes to focus on immigration on Sunday, September 8.”
•“Diocese of Richmond, VA: Bishop Francis DiLorenzo has asked pastors in the diocese to talk about immigration at Masses during the weekend.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Politics; Worship
KEYWORDS: aliens; catholic
The nationwide campaign was complicated when Pope Francis asked for a worldwide campaign of prayer for peace in Syria during the same weekend....According to US bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign:

•“Diocese of Arlington, VA: Bishop Paul Loverde has asked pastors in the diocese to talk about immigration at Masses during the weekend.”
•“Diocese of Buffalo: At the request of Bishop Richard Malone, concern for immigrants must be mentioned at all Masses this weekend.”
•“Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS: Archbishop Joseph Nauman [sic] asked his priests to speak on immigration at the Sunday Masses.”
•“Archdiocese of Los Angeles: Archbishop Jose Gomez has asked every parish (288 in all) in the Archdiocese to dedicate at least one Mass for Immigration Reform this weekend. If this does not fit into the parish schedule, parishes are asked to celebrate a special mass for this intention sometime in September.”
•“Diocese of Reno: Bishop Randolph Calvo has asked all parishes to focus on immigration on Sunday, September 8.”
•“Diocese of Richmond, VA: Bishop Francis DiLorenzo has asked pastors in the diocese to talk about immigration at Masses during the weekend.”

1 posted on 09/09/2013 9:59:54 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

My Parish said NOTHING about immigration...thank God....at the end we did say some extra prayers for Peace in the Middle east.


2 posted on 09/09/2013 10:07:31 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Nothing said about immigrants at our parish here in Vermont, I’m glad to say. Just a sermon on the day’s three Bible readings.

These particular bishops are well meaning, but dumb, I’m afraid. We have an obligation to the poor, but that doesn’t mean helping people break the law or destroying one country to help another. I’m afraid a lot of Christians are also confused about government “charity,” which is rarely free from graft and corruption.

In any case, this stuff is what is known as “prudential” advice from the bishops—meaning just their opinion, which you can take or leave.


3 posted on 09/09/2013 10:08:15 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
...this stuff is what is known as “prudential” advice from the bishops—meaning just their opinion, which you can take or leave...

LOL will the "leave-er" be accused of being a virulent anti-Catholic for doing so?

4 posted on 09/09/2013 10:11:51 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Cicero; Ann Archy

Our parish had a visiting priest on Sunday (our regular pastor doing a wedding for a friend) and the visiting priest gave a homily against bombing Syria.


5 posted on 09/09/2013 10:17:45 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Liz Cheney's family supports gay marriage. Do you?)
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To: Alex Murphy

More Mexicans = More Catholics = More power and more $$$$$


6 posted on 09/09/2013 10:20:52 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: All

Nothing said in Cleveland at two different churches with two different priests.


7 posted on 09/09/2013 10:25:16 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: BillyBoy

Ours just stuck to the Gospel. Made me proud.


8 posted on 09/09/2013 10:27:01 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

There was a leaflet at the local Catholic church here. Loaded with leftist talking points such as calling the present unenforced status quo a “broken system”. What does that say of a church that is nominally anti-abortion yet supports the abortionists in this manner?


9 posted on 09/09/2013 10:32:35 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Ann Archy

My parish said nothing as a new priest introduced himself.


10 posted on 09/09/2013 10:34:00 AM PDT by Revenge of Sith
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
More Mexicans = More Catholics = More power and more $$$$$

The problem is that most of the Mexicans they get will either be only nominally Roman Catholic or not Roman Catholic at all.

I know how the movie and TV industry presents people from South of the Border but I have lived there.

If that is their motive they should be very careful what they ask for.

11 posted on 09/09/2013 10:40:47 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: Ann Archy

same at my Italian parish in DC. no mention of immigration, but he said Pope Francis had asked for special prayers to avoid war in Syria, so we said those.


12 posted on 09/09/2013 10:41:53 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Ann Archy

“My Parish said NOTHING about immigration...thank God....at the end we did say some extra prayers for Peace in the Middle east.”

Same with mine.


13 posted on 09/09/2013 10:42:56 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Alex Murphy

NOTHING said about immigration here in Connecticut.

Instead the meaning of Luke 14:26 was discussed; why it is important to make God the center of out lives, and that God should not be compartmentalized.

But we did pray for peace in Syria.


14 posted on 09/09/2013 10:43:35 AM PDT by kidd (No blood for ego)
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To: Alex Murphy

That’s six dioceses out of 195.


15 posted on 09/09/2013 10:51:22 AM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: kidd

Just one more reason I’ve grown completely disillusioned with Catholicism. They’re all in the bag for Obama and world socialism.


16 posted on 09/09/2013 10:52:20 AM PDT by huckfillary
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To: Alex Murphy

No, I wouldn’t say so. In fact, faithful Catholics have often been obliged to ignore or dispute such prudential advice from the bishops.

The problem is that unless Catholics take the trouble to do a little studying of theology, recent papal encyclicals, and orthodox books concerning the turmoil in the post-Vatican 2 church, many parishioners don’t know the difference between “prudential” opinions and obligatory church teachings.


17 posted on 09/09/2013 10:56:46 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: huckfillary
They’re all in the bag for Obama and world socialism.

Our pastor is a former Air Force chaplain and comes off as a staunch conservative.
18 posted on 09/09/2013 11:00:04 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: huckfillary

The Church is still the channel God has provided for our salvation. I wouldn’t let a few dumb bishops or dissident priests turn you off. If all of the real faithful abandoned the Church, it would hardly help turn things around. Nor would it help them.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 11:00:33 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kidd

Same for me in CT, in fact, my priest went so far as to explain that the church does not advocate “pacifism”, that we may have to use violence/war to defend ourselves, our family, our country, and our church, because Satan is fighting us, in this battle between good & evil...
I love this priest, he’s been strongly pro-life, pro-family, and even called out Obama at Planned Parenthood, from the pulpit...


20 posted on 09/09/2013 11:05:02 AM PDT by HurriKane (You will suffer in the world. But take courage! I have overcome the world.)
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To: mmichaels1970

Isn’t that interesting? My pastor is also a former Air Force chaplain.

His homily on Sunday (for our TLM Mass) said absolutely nothing about immigration. He DID, however remind us that unlike in the past, when the threat was “Godless totalitarianism,” (Communism), the most pressing threat today is “God-obsessed totalitarianism.” (Islam.)

I live on Long Island, in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Regards,


21 posted on 09/09/2013 11:05:08 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: Alex Murphy

Not ours. Our priest talked about Gayle Sayers wearing “I am Third” around his neck and reminding us all to act the same.


22 posted on 09/09/2013 11:05:39 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: Ann Archy

Nothing said at mine. This appears to have been contained to parishes and localities that are already majority Hispanic.

I think once word of this leaked they had more to lose than to gain.


23 posted on 09/09/2013 11:06:45 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Olog-hai

I am an usher in a Catholic Church and believe me, nutjobs are always leaving leaflets around expressing a whole manner of strange and extreme views. Many not in keeping with Church teaching.


24 posted on 09/09/2013 11:08:00 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
This appears to have been contained to parishes and localities that are already majority Hispanic. I think once word of this leaked they had more to lose than to gain.

You're welcome.

25 posted on 09/09/2013 11:13:37 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Nothing at our Parish in Reno.


26 posted on 09/09/2013 11:19:51 AM PDT by Vesparado (The American people know what they want and they deserve to get it good and hard --- HL Mencken)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

My local parish hosts Spanish masses. My mother attended one once and regarded the behavior exhibited there as disrespectful, especially to the host.


27 posted on 09/09/2013 11:21:26 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai; Buckeye McFrog

To clarify, the leaflets at the local church were probably targeting such attendees, since they were bilingual.


28 posted on 09/09/2013 11:22:23 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: huckfillary

1. I don’t think you were responding to my post, because you’re response had nothing to do with my post.

2. The Catholics that I know that attend Mass every weekend, or more, are conservative. You statement is flat out wrong.

3. I’m guessing by your Freeper name (vulgar humor) that your disillusionment with Catholicism has little to do with Catholicism itself, rather just a distaste for organized religion in general.


29 posted on 09/09/2013 11:33:20 AM PDT by kidd (No blood for ego)
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To: Alex Murphy
Our priest told us about the USCCB directive and then mentioned that their presentation didn't cover the topics of amnesty causing more illegal immigration, how many immigrants a society could absorb before collapsing and the concept of fairness for people who came here legally. A really polite bitch-slapping of the USCCB.

He then mentioned the Pope's statement discouraging use of military force on Syria. Parenthetically he added he assumes the Pope is against use of poison gas on civilians.

Then he got to the Gospel, on which he said he's supposed to preach and did a good job there.

30 posted on 09/09/2013 11:42:15 AM PDT by Dilbert56
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To: kidd
The Catholics that I know that attend Mass every weekend, or more, are conservative.

And yet the bishops who advance this stuff are "in church" every single day.

31 posted on 09/09/2013 11:43:22 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Dilbert56
Our priest told us about the USCCB directive and then mentioned that their presentation didn't cover the topics of amnesty causing more illegal immigration, how many immigrants a society could absorb before collapsing and the concept of fairness for people who came here legally. A really polite bitch-slapping of the USCCB.

ROTFL!

32 posted on 09/09/2013 11:44:54 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Alex Murphy

You mean 6 out of the 195 diocesean leaders?

That would be 3% of them.


33 posted on 09/09/2013 11:57:28 AM PDT by kidd (No blood for ego)
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To: Ann Archy

We are in the Los Angeles diocese. Nothing was said about immigration at our masses. We did pray for Syria and world peace.


34 posted on 09/09/2013 12:05:58 PM PDT by married21
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To: Alex Murphy

Nothing about immigration was mentioned during our Mass, here in Tallahassee. There was a very moving presentation by a Sister from a religious community in the Philippines, that rescues children from prostitution and human trafficking.


35 posted on 09/09/2013 12:15:43 PM PDT by TallahasseeConservative
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

“More Mexicans = More Catholics = More power and more $$$$$”

You are 100% CORRECT.


36 posted on 09/09/2013 12:29:54 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Alex Murphy
You're welcome.

Absolutely! Nice job, Alex Murphy!


37 posted on 09/09/2013 12:30:02 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Alex Murphy

We didn’t hear a peep about immigration—illegal or otherwise— in our priest’s homily yesterday. He preached right from the Gospel, like he always does. And I live in Arizona and our parish has a HUGE Spanish-speaking population.


38 posted on 09/09/2013 12:40:46 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Alex Murphy

Didn’t happen at my church.


39 posted on 09/09/2013 1:35:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

We are building a new church because what you call “nominally Cahtolic” (BTW, it is the Latin rite, not the Roman rite) buldge out the church doors into the vestibule at the Spanish Mass, and two out of the other three are building with a diverse crowd of worshippers.

Where are you getting your mistaken information?


40 posted on 09/09/2013 1:39:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: huckfillary
I don't think so.

“Catholic social ministry begins and ends with Jesus Christ,” he said. “If it doesn’t, it isn’t Catholic.”

~Archbishop Chaput


41 posted on 09/09/2013 1:41:31 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
I said the majority are nominally Catholic. What percentage is your crowd of the Hispanic population?

Do you have 100 people "bulging" and 100 Hispanics in the area?

And I got my information by living down there for twenty years.

If they are Roman Catholic at all most are in church for only three things, christenings, wedding and funerals.

Catechism is not pushed and the priesthood is full of people who are more interested in politics rather then teaching their people the fundamentals of their faith.

Come to think of it that is the problem in most countries.

42 posted on 09/09/2013 1:59:17 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: Alex Murphy

Not by me, buddy.


43 posted on 09/09/2013 3:22:01 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. . . against the wickedness and snares of the devil.")
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
I doubt that. At our parish, Latinos in general are lowlevel givers and high utilizers of parish resources. They make up the bulk of the beneficiaries, not the donors. I wouldn't be surprised to find that's a widespread phenomenon.

There is an Asemblea de Dios church down the road, though. I wonder if they find the same? Just curious.

44 posted on 09/09/2013 3:25:09 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. . . against the wickedness and snares of the devil.")
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To: huckfillary
"They [Catholics] all in the bag for Obama and world socialism."

That's no true. Catholic voters as a whole voted for Obama in almost identical percentages as American voters as a whole (50%-48%) - Pew Research Center Link

Which is a disgrace :o( but it's not the same as "all in the bag."

White Catholics didn't go for Obama: they went 40%-59%, with Romney getting most of their votes.

You might want to vent a little on Black Evangeicals, who went for Obama 95%-5%.

45 posted on 09/09/2013 3:38:38 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. . . against the wickedness and snares of the devil.")
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