Human Dignity and Solidarity

National Migration Week

In 2019, Pope Francis announced that the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) would be celebrated on the last Sunday of September. To maintain the custom of aligning National Migration Week (NMW) with the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) decided to move NMW 2021 from the week after the Epiphany in January to September 20 - 26, 2021, with the Vatican’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees taking place on Sunday September 26th.

Join Pastoral Migratoria in one or more of the following events in celebration of National Migration Week, 2021.

Special mass in celebration of National Migration Week (PDF)
September 20 at 7 p.m. (In person, Polish)
St. Constance Church
5843 West Strong Street, Chicago, IL 60630

Polish Immigrant to Immigrant ministry invites you to a special mass for our Polish immigrant brothers and sisters and for immigrants from across the globe. Service will be conducted in Polish.

Contact: Malgorzata Tys, [email protected]

How to care for our immigrant parents in the United States
September 20 at 6 p.m. (Virtual, Spanish)
Zoom Link

Professionals from Catholic Charities will explain and give practical advise on how to best support and care for parents that are immigrants in this country.

Contact: Pastoral Migratoria - Marquette Rosalba Ascencio, [email protected]

Night of reflection on current immigration issues (PDF)
Featuring the informative and moving documentary “Oh Mercy”

September 22 at 7 p.m. (In person, English)
St. Leonard Catholic Church, School Hall
3322 South Clarence Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402

In celebration of National Migration Week, Pastoral Migratoria will be hosting the documentary titled “Oh Mercy” at 7 p.m. followed by a conversation on the gifts that the immigrant community bring to our communities and ways we can support them.

Contact: Julie O’Reilly-Castillo, 708.484.0015, [email protected]; Huguet Gonzalez, 773.507.3453, [email protected]

The State of Our Borders
September 23 at 7:30 p.m. (Virtual, English)
Zoom Link

Join us in this important virtual presentation on "The State of the Border": Reflections by a Young Adult minister, Jason Wilhite, and Fr. Corey Brost on their visit to the Arizona/Mexico border this summer.

Prayer services for Immigrants – Immaculate Conception Parish
September 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. (Spanish)
Immaculate Conception Parish
4521 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago IL 60609

Join Pastoral Migratoria of Immaculate Conception Parish for an evening of prayer. On Thursday September 23rd at 7 p.m. join us for a Holy Hour service followed by a Rosary for immigrants on Friday September 24th at 7 p.m. We welcome you for one or both events.

Contact: Rosalba Ascencio, [email protected]

Imagining a World of Inclusion
September 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. (In person, English)
Intersection of Ashland/Milwaukee Avenues and Division Street (near the Blue Line)

The Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants will host a vigil at the intersection of Ashland/Milwaukee Avenues and Division Street (near the Blue Line), to protest the continuance of Title 42, which denies entry into the U.S. without a hearing or any proof of contagion.

Contact: Sr. Cathy Fedewa, [email protected]

Current reality of the Immigrant in the US
September 25 at 11 a.m. (In person, Spanish)
St. Michael the Archangel Parish
4821 South Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609

Join us to reflect on the current reality of the immigrant community in our communities. We will have personal testimonies and a time for reflection and conversation.

Contact: Pastoral Migratoria - Marquette Rosalba Ascencio, [email protected]

Voices of Immigration – Toward and Ever Widening “We” (PDF)
September 26 at 6 p.m. (Virtual, English)
Zoom Registration

Join the Immigration Parish Coordinators to explore Pope Francis’ call to widen our concept of “we.” He reminds us that as we encounter the diversity of foreigners, migrants and refugees, we have an opportunity to grow as Church and to enrich one another.

Contact: Mary Lou Matheke, [email protected]


National Migration Week Calendar
(Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph, MO)

In Person and Virtual. All times CST

  • 9/19 – Know Your Rights Workshop – St. John Francis Regis. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • 9/20 – Know Your Rights Workshop – Sacred Heart Parish. 6 - 8 p.m.
  • 9/21 – Online Rosary for Immigrants and Refugees. 6 - 7 p.m.
  • 9/22 – Vigil – St. Francis Regis. 7 p.m.
  • 9/23 – Holy Hour for Migrants and Refugees – Sacred Heart Parish. 6 - 7 p.m.
  • 9/24 – Offer Your Mass for Migrant and Refugees. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • 9/25 – Know your Rights Workshop – St. Anthony Parish. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • 9/26 – Mass for Migrants and Refugees – St. Patrick. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Please join us in activities around the diocese, as we remember our migrant brothers and sisters during National Migration Week – Sept 20-26, 2021. Experience prayerful events, joyful celebrations and Know Your Rights workshops!

Contact: Leyden Rovelo-Krull, Director of Hispanic Ministry, 816.714.2323

Rosary for Immigrants 
(Diocese of Stockton CA)

September 21, at 6 p.m. PST (Spanish)
Zoom Link

Join Pastoral Migratoria from the Diocese of Stockton in praying the rosary for migrants, immigrants and refugees specially for the ones that work in the fields to bring food to our table.

Contact: Homero Mejia, [email protected]

A Journey in Prayer
(Archdiocese of New York)

September 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (In person, Spanish)

Pastoral Migratoria and Manos Abiertas ministries from Assumption Church invites you to join them for a night of prayer for immigrant brothers and sisters that have passed away in the city and surrounding areas of Peekskill, NY.

Contact: Daniel Sarate, 914.906.6021; Jaime Pane, 914.382.2133; Jessica Jiménez, 914.257.1758; Lourdes Chimbo, 914.382.5112

Day of Prayer and Dialogue
September 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. EST (Virtual, Spanish)
Registration Link

On September 22nd 7-9 PM ET, in honor of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees 2021, the USCCB PCMRT and Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) Offices will be hosting a collaborative virtual event in Spanish with the Mexican Episcopal Conference (Dimensión Episcopal Movilidad Humana), as a time of prayer and conversation for pastoral workers in migrant and refugee ministries in Mexico and the United States. The event will take place in Spanish.

Contact: USCCB PCMRT and Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) Offices, Madeline Watkins, [email protected]

National Migration Week Mass
(Archdiocese of Baltimore)

September 25 at 5 p.m. EST (In person, English)
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
5200 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

In celebration of National Migration Week, the Archdiocese of Baltimore will offer a special mass organized by the Hispanic Ministry Office

Contact: Hispanic Ministry Office, [email protected], 410.547.5363

Walk of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees
Archdiocese of New York

September 25 from 3 – 6 p.m. (In person, Spanish)

Pastoral Migratoria, St. Anthony of Padua and St Jerome Church invites you to join them for a walk-in prayer and Mass in favor of Refugees & Migrants that have recently arrived at our communities.

Contact: St. Anthony of Padua and St. Jerome Church, [email protected]

Mass to Commemorate the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Celebrated by Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville
(Archdiocese of Washington)

Sunday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. EST (In person, English)
Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

Join us for a special Mass to Commemorate the 107th World Day of Migrants and refugees. Lets continue building towards an ever wider “we”

Contact: Claudia Bartolini, 301.853.5335, [email protected]

Special Mass for Migrants, Refugees and Asylees
Archdiocese of New York

September 26 at 11 a.m. EST (In person, Spanish)
St. John Bosco Parish
260 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573

Join us in a special mass for Migrants, Refugees, asylees and all our brothers and sisters that are far away from their homeland.

Contact: Pastoral Migratoria - St. John Bosco, Carmen Linero, [email protected]


For more information on any of the events, please contact the organizer of the event or Raymundo Valdez at [email protected]