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2018 OSJ Policy & Advocacy Framework

Staff members from Catholic Charities of Saint Paul & Minneapolis' the Office for Social Justice recently held a Policy Briefing event at Risen Savior.  All are encouraged to download a copy of the 2018 OSJ Policy & Advocacy Framework as a way to inform their consciences and respond to our call to speak up on behalf of the vulnerable in our society.

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Justice for Immigrants

Justice for Immigrants

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Archbishop Bernard Hebda joined a call Feb. 21 by immigrants, lawmakers, business and law enforcement representatives to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, calling the issue “a moral imperative.” Click here to read the full article in the Catholic Spirit.

National Migration Week: January 6-12, 2019

For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for National Migration Week 2019 – Building Communities of Welcome – emphasizes our responsibility as Catholics to engage and welcome newcomers on their arrival, and help to ease their transition into a new life here in the United States.  Here are a few points that we, as a people of faith, should be mindful of:

  1. Catholics are called to stand with immigrants and refugees as our brothers and sisters. This is who the Catholic Church is. This is what we as Catholics do.

  2. Pope Francis invites us to be part of a culture of encounter as we welcome, protect, integrate, and promote immigrants and refugees in our midst.

  3. Immigration is about real people who are trying to find a better life and a new beginning. It’s about more than statistics, it’s about families. As Pope Francis stated, “Each migrant has a name, a face and a story.”

  4. Welcoming immigrants is part of Catholic Social Teaching and reflects the Biblical tradition to welcome the stranger.

  5. The Catholic Church has been welcoming immigrants and refugees to the United States since the nation’s founding and has been integral to helping them integrate into American culture.

  6. Forced displacement of people is at the highest level since World War II, with more than 65 million people displaced around the world and over 22 million refugees.

As a parish, we will be reflecting more deeply on this theme on January 6th, as we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.

South Metro Immigration Coalition Update (July 11, 2018)

We have held regular gatherings over the past several months, discerning how we should respond to this issue in light of the Church’s teaching.  We have learned that many of our immigrant brothers and sisters in the Risen Savior faith community deal with a tremendous amount of anxiety because they do not know what legal rights they have, or even that they have any rights.

We recently met with representatives from the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and are working with them to offer a legal information session aimed at helping immigrants know their legal rights.  This even will take place sometime in September and will be open to all parishioners.  In the meantime, here are some things everyone should know:

  • If an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer comes to the residence, the individual may refuse to open the door until the officer presents a warrant. The individual can ask the officer to slide the warrant under the door.

  • Individuals have the right to remain silent and do not have to answer the officer’s questions.

  • Individuals can demand to speak to their legal counsel and can refuse to sign any documents until they have spoken with their attorney.

Source:  How Faith Communities Can Assist Immigrants and Refugees - Archdiocese of SPM

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JustFaith Catholic

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Coming to Risen Savior in Fall 2019: JustFaith Catholic 

JustFaith is a program of JustFaith Ministries that invites participants to live more simply and compassionately, and to respond to the needs of the world.  This small group program will help you explore today’s issues through the lens of your Catholic faith, engage in dialogue around those issues, and formulate a personal/group response. 

Program Overview

Groups are co-facilitated by two participants from the group, using materials provided upon registration.

Sessions

JustFaith includes twenty-four 2 ½-hour sessions, broken into four phases of six sessions. An optional fifth phase, a three-session discernment phase, completed in one 6-hour day or broken into three 2-hour sessions, is highly recommended. All sessions include prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building. Some sessions also include videos and/or guest speakers.

Resources

Participants deepen their understanding through in-depth reading of several books and viewing a number of DVDs and online materials. The most essential resource is the community formed through the JustFaith process.

Immersion Experience

To broaden perspectives, each of the 4 phases include an immersion where participants visit local organizations to learn from the stories of those living and working on the margins of society.

Unique Components

Opening and Commissioning Retreats frame the process. The optional Discernment Phase invites participants to explore how they might live with a deeper sense of purpose.

We are excited to announce that, thanks to a generous grant from the Catholic Community Foundation, we will be able to offer this program and all of the associated materials free of charge to parishioners who have not yet experienced the JustFaith program!


We are hoping to form two small groups of 6-10 participants each:


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To register for this exciting opportunity, or to learn more about it, simply fill out the online form below, or contact Scott Brazil.

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