Bishops invite faithful to Mass of Solidarity to pray for migrants, refugees

| December 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens will celebrate a Mass of Solidarity 5 p.m. Dec. 9 for Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

“We want Catholics to come together with our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters from around the globe,” Bishop Cozzens said in an archdiocesan video posted on its website and Facebook page Nov. 27. “It’s a chance to hear their stories and share their struggles as we encounter Jesus Christ together in the Eucharist.”

The Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis launches the archdiocese’s participation in the “Share the Journey” campaign, which Pope Francis commenced Sept. 27 in support of immigrants and refugees. The two-year campaign seeks to raise people’s awareness of refugees and immigrants, and also provide opportunities to encounter them.

In the archdiocese’s video, Bishop Cozzens noted that around 65 million people worldwide have been displaced, “the most since World War II,” he said. Bishop Cozzens said locally, he and Archbishop Hebda want to highlight the needs of youths affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, adding that immigration reform is necessary in order for them to remain in the U.S.

“The bishops of this country have said, ‘We judge ourselves as a community of faith by the way we treat the most vulnerable among us,’” Archbishop Hebda said in the video.

Cultural singing and dancing will precede the Mass at 4 p.m.

See more information about the Mass of Solidarity on ArchSPM.org

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  • Charles C.

    Solidarity with migrants and immigrants? Well, I suppose it depends. It would be nice if our good Archbishop would explain himself.

    First, “refugees and immigrants.” To whom is he referring? My grandparents each left a foreign country to immigrate to another. My parents immigrated from that country to the US, meeting all requirements and obtaining all necessary paper work prior to entry. Eventually they became citizens. I suspect he is not referring to them.

    It’s entirely possible that I’m wrong, and am willing to be corrected, but I believe that the Archbishop is referring to those who enter our country illegally. They, in effect, cut in at the front of the line in violation of our laws. And if they don’t do it themselves, they push their children into the front of the line then use their children as place holders to get themselves into the line.

    I find it useful to separate the immigrants (legal or otherwise) into two groups, the economic and the disaster. The immigrants fleeing disasters, such as the destruction of their city by shelling, volcanoes, or other disasters, have a compelling claim on the protection of the entire world until the disaster has abated.

    Economic refugees, those looking for a better life, pose a different problem. At least 80% of the world lives on $10 a day or less, the poverty level by world standards, and 10% live on $1.90 a day or less (extreme poverty). I’d bet a nickel that if the bishops of the world offered to fly anyone in poverty to the US to live if they wanted to, we’d have at least a billion (or two) new “undocumented immigrants.” In the immortal words of Ralph Wiggum, “That’s unpossible.”

    Am I to be in “solidarity” with them? And if so, what does “solidarity” mean? If I’m am attending a Mass of of “solidarity,” I’d like an explanation. Does “solidarity” mean to approve, encourage and support the behavior? I can’t imagine that it does. But if “solidarity” means to kindly support them through prayer and material assistance while they attempt to bring their lives into conformity with our laws, then I’m all behind it. They are Children of God in a tough spot brought about by their choices.