You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.
Be Unafraid: Three videos from Catholic Relief Services, inviting us to treat people as people.
We live in a time when our nation is thrashing about in fear of the stranger – the foreigner, the refugee, the alien. All our supposed toughness, our “zero tolerance”, our willingness to strip children from their parents’ arms is a result of that fear and insecurity. We fear they make take from us something we have (to which we are certainly entitled!), or keep us from getting something we think we need. People who are afraid build walls, rather than bridges, and take refuge in hatred and prejudice.
In light of the recent policy implementation by the Department of Homeland Security regarding children in undocumented families, Most Reverend Joe S. Vasquez (Chariman of the USCCB Committee on Migration) issued the following statement:
“Forcibly separating children from their mothers and fathers is ineffective to the goals of deterrence and safety and contrary to our Catholic values. Family unity is a cornerstone of our American immigration system and a foundational element of Catholic teaching. ‘Children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward.’ (Psalm 127:3) Children are not instruments of deterrence but a blessing from God.
Rupturing the bond between parent and child causes scientifically-proven trauma that often leads to irreparable emotional scarring. Accordingly, children should always be placed in the least restrictive setting: a safe, family environment, ideally with their own families.
My brother bishops and I understand the need for the security of our borders and country, but separating arriving families at the U.S./Mexico border does not allay security concerns. Children and families will continue to take the enormous risks of migration—including family separation—because the root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle remain: community or state-sanctioned violence, gang recruitment, poverty, and a lack of educational opportunity. Any policies should address these factors first as we seek to repair our broken immigration system.”
The policy needs to be condemned as unjust, anti-family and contrary to our values. Imagine Jesus being stripped from the arms of his mother, Mary, as the Holy Family sought refuge in Egypt.
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Broussard, Louisiana is hosting a Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9:00 am, at St. Joseph Church – Bishop Perry Learning Center (232 St. de Porres St., Broussard, LA. Cost: $10 per person, paid at the door. The organizers of this event are extending an invitation to all men of the diocese. For additional information please feel free to contact call the Church’s office at: (337) 837-6218.
Download the flyer here.
A special “Mass for Protection during Hurricane & Storm Season” will be held on Wednesday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette. Please join us for this important Mass for Protection sponsored by the Cathedral and supported by the Central Deanery.
Our “Mass” is open to all, and along with services being held in the West, North, and South Deaneries, provides an area-wide opportunity for prayer and awareness at the start of Hurricane Season, which runs June 1–November 30, 2018. For more information, call Danielle Huval at Cathedral (232-1322) or email firstname.lastname@example.org).