This Week’s Message
The Injustice of Separating Families
By Cardinal Sean O’Malley
Immigration policy presents many challenges for our country. Developing sound immigration policy that respects the needs of a nation and those of the international community is a complex and challenging process. It always involves reconciling domestic priorities and global demands, strategy and tactics, objectives and means. At its core, immigration policy is about people, young and old, alone or in families, often fearful and abandoned. Immigration policy is a moral question that cannot be separated from decisions of what is right and wrong, of justice and injustice. It is about respecting and reverencing the dignity of the human person.
In the year 2018, the moral challenge of immigration is mounting for the United States. On too many occasions, our government has taken a posture and established a policy which is in principle and practice hostile to children and families who are fleeing violence, gangs, and poverty. The policies have included limiting the number of refugees and immigrants we are willing to welcome in our country, ending temporary protected status for families who are here, and refusing to restore DACA protection for those who have been among us for all or most of their lives. In the face of today’s global immigration crisis, these choices fail to communicate a willingness to address the reality of widespread human suffering, and in many cases imminent danger, with compassion and care.
The cumulative effect of these policy decisions has now reached a critical moral juncture: by the order of the United States government, individuals with children and families with children who are seeking asylum at the southern border of the United States now have their children separated from their parents. The intent of this policy is clear: to discourage those seeking asylum by severing the most sacred bond of parent and child. Children are now being used as a deterrent against immigrants who are appealing to us for asylum in order to protect themselves and their families. As disturbing as this fact is, the narrative of this development makes clear the misguided moral logic of the policy.
These individuals and families are fleeing documented violence, chaos, and murder in the neighborhoods of Central America. The United States is now openly before the world using children as pawns to enforce hostile immigration policy. This strategy is morally unacceptable and denies the clear danger weighing upon those seeking our assistance. As a Catholic bishop, I support political and legal authority. I have always taught respect forthe civil law and will continue to do so. But I cannot be silent when our country’s immigration policy destroys families, traumatizes parents, and terrorizes children. The harmful and unjust policy of separating children from their parents must be ended.
Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Archbishop of Boston
Living the Gospel
The Justice Prayer
Come, Holy Spirit!
Come, open us to the wonder,
beauty, and dignity of the diversity
found in every culture, in every face,
and in every experience we share with others.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Come, fill us with generosity
as we are challenged to let go
and allow others to share with us
the beauty and goods of the earth.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Come, heal the divisions
that keep us from seeing the face of Christ
in every man, woman, and child.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Come, free us to stand with and for all people
who must leave their own lands
in search of work, peace, and welcome in a new land:
one that has enough to share.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Come, bring us understanding,
inspiration, wisdom, and courage
to embrace change and to stay on the journey.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Show us the way! Amen!
Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Catholic Kids Camp
The Beatitudes of Jesus
Begins Tuesday, June 26th
The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport is pleased to announce that all children (ages 5 through 11) are invited to participate in our next Catholic Kids Camp:“The Beatitudes of Jesus” from Tuesday, June 26th through Friday, June 29th from 8:00am until 12:00pm in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. During this exciting week of prayer and fellowship, our children will learn about Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount through active and engaged participation in games, music, skits, andcraft projects. Here’s our schedule for the week:
Day I: Tuesday, June 26th
Blessed Are the Poor & Those Who Mourn
Day II: Wednesday, June 27th
Blessed Are Those Who Hunger for Justice
Day III: Thursday, June 28th
Blessed Are the Merciful & Pure of Heart
Day IV: Friday, June 29th
Blessed Are the Peacemakers & Persecuted
Each day of our Catholic Kids Camp will begin with Mass at 8:00am in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. All parents, grandparents, and guardians are invited and encouraged to join us! After Mass, Betsy Works and a team of dedicated volunteers will lead the children to Our Lady’sSchool for a faith-filled and fun-filled morning of activities, hands-on learning, and good times with friends both old and new! Catholic Kids Camp is a fun, exciting, and educational program that your children and grandchildren will surely love!
The tuition for this innovative youth faith formation program is just $30 per child for the entire week! Scholarships are available for those families who cannot afford tuition. Also, adults and older children (ages 12 and up) are welcome to join us as volunteers and will be most appreciated! For more information about our next Catholic Kids Camp, please contact Betsy Works at email@example.com. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
The Assisi Project
Saturday with Saint Francis
Saturday, June 30th
Founded in 2007 by Father Jim and Cliff Garvey, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit with friends and followers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. Our mission is to help adults of all ages more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ and grow closer to the Church through the inspiration and intercession of Saint Francis of Assisi.
The Assisi Project meets on the last Saturday of every month in Saint Ann Church for Mass, formation, fellowship, and faith sharing. Our next gathering is scheduled for Saturday, June 30th at 8:00am. This month, we will discuss Franciscan humility, Christian unity, and our ongoing efforts to live as disciples of the Crucified and Risen Christ. All are reminded that you do not need to travel with us to Assisi in order to be a member of the Assisi Project! Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Members of our fellowship all around the world, who range in age from 16 to 92, also pray for those who ask for our prayers. If you would like us to pray for you, your family, or your special intention; or if you would like more information about our fellowship, please feel welcome to contact Cliff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us! May the Lord give you peace!
Saint Peter’s Fiesta Mass
Sunday, July 1st
This year, the Saint Peter’s Fiesta runs from Wednesday,June 27th through Sunday, July 1st. On Sunday, July 1st, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport will celebrate Mass according to the following schedule:
Our Lady of Good Voyage Church at 7:00am
Saint Ann Church at 8:15am
Saint Joachim Church at 10:00am
Saint Peter Park Outdoor Mass at 10:00am
Our Lady of Good Voyage Church at 11:45am
This year’s Saint Peter Park Outdoor Mass will be cele-brated by Father Jim. As a community united in prayer, fellowship, and service, we welcome all parishioners, family, friends, and visitors to worship with us and to participate in Holy Communion in accordance with per- sonal conscience and the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Grand Annual Collections
As we enter the final week of the fiscal year, all parishioners are encouraged to prayerfully consider giving to the Grand Annual Collection in Holy Family Parish and/or Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. These fundraising campaigns are essential components of our parish budgets and vitally important to the financial stability of both parishes. We are hoping to raise $45,000 at Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish and $75,000 at Holy Family Parish. At this point, both parishes are very close to reaching their individual goals! Your family’s generous contribution could make the difference! Every dollar counts! Donation envelopes are available from our parish offices and at the entrances of our churches. For more information about our Grand Annual Collections, please see Fa- ther Jim before or after Mass or contact him at email@example.com. Thank you for your generous and ongoing support of both Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish! Peace and blessings to all! Viva San Pietro!— Father Jim
Electronic Giving Is Safe & Easy!
Available at Both Parishes!
Electronic giving is available at both Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. It is easy, simple, and safe to make online donations to your home parish using a credit card, debit card, or electronic check. Donations can be made on a one-time-only or ongoing basis. And it takes just a few minutes to set up a secure personal account. Just choose the appropriate link below and click “Make a Donation.” Please prayerfully consider supporting your parish by giving electronically! For more information about electronic giving in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, please contact Father Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your generous and ongoing support!
Established in 2014, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport is a collaborative of two historic parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. Working together as a Roman Catholic community united in prayer, fellowship, and service, we are committed to living the Gospel of Christ, sharing God’s love and mercy with all people, and rebuilding the Church in Gloucester & Rockport. All are invited! All are welcome! Always!
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