Human Dignity and Solidarity

National Migration Week/World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2022

 

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.

National Migration Week for 2022 takes place September 19-25 and will climax with the Vatican’s celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR). The primary theme for this year’s WDMR is “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees.” Commenting on the place of migrants in God’s plan, Pope Francis emphasizes that “the Kingdom of God is to be built with them, for without them it would not be the Kingdom that God wants. The inclusion of those most vulnerable is the necessary condition for full citizenship in God’s Kingdom.

Join National Pastoral Migratoria, allies and collaborators in the events below in celebration of National Migration Week 2022. Please be sure to visit this page weekly to access resources and information for events that will be developed for this celebration.

Education: 

  • Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2022 (English | Spanish)
  • National Migration Week Toolkit (JFI/USCCB) (English | Spanish)
  • Resources and kit for the celebration of the WDMR (Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development) (English | Spanish)
  • Bulletin ads in English and Spanish by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee - Hispanic Ministry Office and Catholic Charities Refugee Integration Services

Prayer: 

  • Sample petitions for National Migration Week (English | Spanish | Multilingual)
  • Homily Samples for National Migration Week (English | Spanish)
  • Prayer for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (English | Spanish)
  • Rosary for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (Spanish)
  • National Migration Week: A Collected Book of Prayers for Migrants (USCCB) (English)
  • Prayers of the Faithful for DACA recipients (English | Spanish)
  • Way of the Cross for Immigrants (Priest for Justice for Immigrants (PJI) (Bilingual)

Take Action:

Promotion and Social Media:

Suggest:
Should you have any thoughts as to how we can more effectively celebrate National Migration Week, or to suggest resources that will be useful for your local community, please reach out to Raymundo Valdez at [email protected].


Mass Dedicated to Immigrants and Refugees
September 18 at 10 a.m.
In-person (English)
St. Leonard Parish
3318 Clarence Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402

Pastoral Migratoria/St. Leonard
Julie O’Reilly-Castillo - [email protected]
Huguet Gonzalez - [email protected]

Mass dedicated to Immigrants and Refugees as part of National Migration Week.


Mass Dedicated to Immigrants and Refugees
September 18 at 1:30 p.m.
In-person (Spanish)
St. Leonard Parish
3318 Clarence Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402

Pastoral Migratoria/St. Leonard
Julie O’Reilly-Castillo - [email protected]
Huguet Gonzalez - [email protected]

Mass dedicated to Immigrants and Refugees as part of National Migration Week.


Mass Dedicated to Immigrants and Refugees with Commissioning of PM Leaders
September 18 at 12:30 p.m.
In-person (Spanish)
St. Mary of Częstochowa Catholic Church
3010 48th Court, Cicero, IL 60804

Pastoral Migratoria/St. Mary of Częstochowa
Antonio and Ángeles Abundis - [email protected]
Huguet Gonzalez - [email protected]

Mass dedicated to Immigrants and Refugees as part of National Migration Week. Mass will include a commissioning of 2 local PM leaders.


Prayer Vigil “Remembering our immigrant brothers and sisters… on the journey”
September 19 at 6 p.m.
In-person (Bilingual [Spanish-English])
St. Leonard Parish
3318 Clarence Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402

Pastoral Migratoria/St. Leonard
Julie O’Reilly-Castillo - [email protected]
Huguet Gonzalez - [email protected]

Prayer vigil remembering our immigrant brothers and sisters on the journey, specially the 53 immigrants who recently died in the truck in Texas in late June 2022. Bilingual rosary prayer mentioning each of their names during each decade.


Workshop: Health Care for Immigrants
September 19 at 7 p.m.
In-person (Spanish)
St. Gall Parish (Bingo Hall)
5511 South Sawyer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60629

PM St. Gall Parish
Margarita Macias - 773.925.3725
Alejandrina - 773.587.9499
Rosalba Ascencio - [email protected]

Pastoral Migratoria and Healthy Illinois will provide a presentation and information on registering for the new health coverage for low-income people regardless of status.


Know Your Rights and Free Legal Consultation
September 20 at 7 p.m.
In-person (Spanish)
St. Michael the Archangel/St. Oscar Romero Parish (Gym)
1938 West 48th Sreet, Chicago, IL 60609

PM St. Michael the Archangel/St. Oscar Romero
Agustín Martínez - 773.799.4986
Rosalba Ascencio - [email protected]

Presentation on Citizenship, U Visa, VAWA, Adjustment of Status, and Deportation Defense. After the presentation, people will have a free consultation with Immigration attorney Mrs. Elisa Rodríguez.


Rosary for Immigrants
September 21 at 6 p.m.
In-person (Spanish)
St. Mary of Częstochowa Catholic Church
3010 48th Court, Cicero, IL 60804

Pastoral Migratoria/St. Mary of Częstochowa
Antonio and Ángeles Abundis - [email protected]
Huguet Gonzalez - [email protected]

Holy Hour for the needs of Immigrants and Refugees from all over the world.


Holy Mass for All Immigrants
September 21 at 7 p.m.
In-person (Polish)
St. Francis Borgia Church
8033 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60634

Polish immigrant to immigrant Ministry
Malgorzata Tys [email protected]

Holy Mass for Immigrants and Refugees from all over the world.


Virtual Workshop: Mental Health in the Immigrant Community  
September 21 at 5 p.m.
Online (Spanish)
Zoom and Facebook Live

PM Marquette Cluster
Rosalba Ascencio - [email protected]

Psychologist Víctor Álvarez of Catholic Charities will present best practices on mental health in the migrant community, how we can support each other, and provide resources and locations where people can find individual support.


Procession and Holy Hour: For the Needs of the Immigrant Community
September 22 at 5 p.m.
In-person (Spanish)
St. Michael the Archangel/St. Oscar Romero Parish
1938 West 48th Street, Chicago, IL 60609

Agustín Martínez - 773.799.4986
Rosalba Ascencio - [email protected]

Procession will start at St. Michael the Archangel/St. Oscar Romero Parish and will proceed to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church located at 4517 South Ashland Avenue where a Holy Hour will be held.


Holy Hour: For the Needs of the Immigrant Community
September 23 at 6 p.m.
In-person (Spanish)
St. Michael the Archangel /St. Oscar Romero Parish (Gym)
1938 West 48th Street, Chicago, IL 60609

Agustín Martínez - 773.799.4986
Rosalba Ascencio - [email protected]

Holy Hour for the needs of immigrants from all over the world.


Holy Mass in Celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees
September 25 at 5:15 p.m.
In-person (Spanish)
Holy Name Cathedral
735 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Immigration Ministry – Archdiocese of Chicago

Holy Mass in Celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Procession of nations with representation of 25-30 countries will take place before mass.


Pastoral Migratoria Foro
September 29 at 6 p.m.
Hybrid (Spanish)
In-person: Meyer Center
3525 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653
Online via Zoom

Pastoral Migratoria’s Archdiocesan steering committee

Presentation on the new health care coverage for low-income Illinois immigrants ages 42+.


National Events

Webinar: Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees
September 13 at 2 p.m. EST
Online (English)
Zoom

Justice for Immigrants/ USCCB
Tony Cube - [email protected]

Webinar will examine some of the ways in which Catholics and Catholic organizations have taken Pope Francis’ vision to heart and are engaging migrants in unique and productive ways.


Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants
September 18 at 3:30 p.m. PST
Hybrid (English)
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Online

Isaac Cuevas, Director, Immigration & Public Affairs.

Office of Life, Justice & Peace Archdiocese of Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez will preside over the Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants. This celebration is a joint effort with the Dioceses of Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego.


Rosary for Immigrants During National Migration Week
September 19-24 at 7 a.m. CST
In-person (Spanish)
St. Stanislaus Parish
709 J Street, Modesto, CA

PM St. Stanislaus
Manuel Renteria - [email protected]

Weeklong rosary, with special petitions and prayers for National Migration Week.


Rosary for Immigrants During National Migration Week
September 19-23 at 11 a.m. ET and Saturday 24 at 7 a.m. ET
In-person
22 Don Bosco Place, Port Chester, NY 10573

PM St. John Bosco - Carmen Linares

Weeklong rosary, with special petitions each day to commemorate immigrants that arrive to the US from different continents.


Migrant/Refugee Week: Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees
September 19-25
In-person (English and Spanish)
Catholic Diocese of Richmond Pastoral Center (Pastoral Center Staff Only)

Encounter Migrant Ministry

Correspondence will be sent throughout the week bringing focus to an aspect of Migrant and Refugee Ministries along with a display of 6 compelling testimonials from migrants and refugees from different countries around the world.


Interfaith Prayer Service in Commemoration of National Migration Week
September 20 at 7 p.m. ET
Online – Registration Required
Zoom

Office of Hispanic Ministry

In commemoration of National Migration Week the Archdiocese of New York and it's various offices will be hosting an interfaith prayer.


Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees
September 22 at 12 p.m. ET 
In-person – Registration Required
Catholic Center/Borders Hall
Register here

Hispanic Ministry Office - 410.547.5423 or [email protected]

Todd Scribner from USCCB Department of Migration and Refugee Services will give us a snapshot of where things stand at the moment regarding immigration laws, share local realities, and discuss the current situation toward a possible reform.


Presentation: Rent Payment Assistance Available for Residents of NY
September 22 at 4 p.m. EST
Online (English)

H.A.N.D.S and PM from St. Jerome
Erika Martines - [email protected]

Zoom presentation on rent assistance services available for immigrants and the community in general. Presentation will be conducted in partnership with the organization ARIVA.


Migrant’s Way of the Cross
September 22 at 6:30 p.m. ET 
In-person
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
600 South Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

Hispanic Ministry Office - 410.547.5423 or [email protected]

Migrant’s way of the cross Prayer service to raise awareness of the hardships and sufferings of our immigrant brothers and sisters from around the world.


Mass to commemorate the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees
September 25 at 11 a.m. EST
Hybrid (English)
Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
Online

Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach. 301.853.5335 or [email protected].

Most Reverend Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville will be the principal celebrant of this mass to commemorate the 108th World of Migrants and Refugees.


Resources for PM Pilot Sites

Multilingual Prayers of the Faithful for National Migration Week 2022

Worship Aid for National Migration Week Mass 2022

Flyer for National Migration Week Mass 2022

Press Release for National Migration Week AOC