Parishes in the Archdiocese and other U.S. dioceses will host celebrations.
Chicago, (September 15, 2022) – In observance of National Migration Week, September 19-25, 2022, parishes and the Immigration Department of the Archdiocese of Chicago will host events throughout the week to celebrate Chicagoland’s diverse Catholic community. In solidarity with the Vatican, this year’s theme is “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees”. National Migration Week culminates Sunday, September 25 with a 5:15 p.m. Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago. Auxiliary Bishop Robert Casey, Vicar General of the Archdiocese, will preside over the Mass which will begin with a procession of nations representing 25 countries and will feature readings and prayers in languages including English, Spanish, Polish, Malayalam (a language spoken in India), Italian, Luganda (language spoken in central Uganda), Vietnamese, Tagalog, Swahili and Bahasa (language spoken in Indonesia). Mass will be streamed live and a link will be available on our website the week of September 19.
“As Christians, we are called to welcome the stranger, the refugee, the marginalized and the displaced, for they are children of God,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. “As our sacred text says, ‘When a stranger resides among you in your country, do not mistreat him. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native. Love them as yourselves, for you were strangers in Egypt. (Leviticus 19:33-34). Each migrant has a name, a face and a story and, as they arrive in our Archdiocese, let us continue to welcome them with peace and fraternity.
In his message for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2022, Pope Francis said, “God’s plan is essentially inclusive and prioritizes those who live in the existential peripheries. Among them are many migrants and refugees, displaced persons and victims of trafficking. The Kingdom of God must be built with them, because without them it would not be the Kingdom that God wants. The inclusion of the most vulnerable is the necessary condition for full citizenship in the Kingdom of God.
The Holy Father adds that no one should be excluded and that “the arrival of Catholic migrants and refugees can energize the ecclesial life of the communities that welcome them. Often they bring an enthusiasm that can revitalize our communities and enliven our celebrations. Sharing different expressions of faith and devotion offers us a privileged opportunity to live more fully the catholicity of the People of God.
For nearly half a century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week as an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances faced by migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children and survivors of human trafficking.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops encourages Catholic communities to come together as a universal Church to welcome immigrants and refugees in local parishes, dioceses, and larger communities to reflect on the circumstances faced by migrants and to pray and act on the circumstances faced by migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, victims and survivors of human trafficking and to be in solidarity with them.
The National Pastoral Migratoria of the Archdiocese of Chicago has coordinated a global effort with other US dioceses that have Pastoral Migratoria to raise awareness for National Migratoria Week. Those in charge of pastoral Migratoria in these dioceses which include New York, Baltimore, Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., and Stockton, Calif., coordinate events in their area. Masses for National Migration Week will also be held in the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
More information on events in the Archdiocese of Chicago and other dioceses observing National Migration Week, as well as resources for hosting an event in your parish, can be found here: https://pvm.archchicago .org/human-dignity-solidarity/ ministry-of-immigration/national-migration-week