Parish Mission Statement
Encountering Christ in word, sacrament and in each other, we serve to create hope and peace for our community and world.
Encontrando a Cristo en palabra, sacramento y en unos y otros, servimos para crear esperanza y paz en nuestra comunidad y mundo.
Encountering Christ in word, sacrament and in each other, we serve to create hope and peace for our community and world.
Encontrando a Cristo en palabra, sacramento y en unos y otros, servimos para crear esperanza y paz en nuestra comunidad y mundo.
Diocesan Virtual Lenten Retreat: April 6-8
The Diocesan Lenten Retreat Details
Beginning Monday, April 6, the Diocese of Camden's Discipleship & Leadership Office will be hosting a three-night live-streamed Lenten retreat to help us accompany Jesus as Holy Week begins, culminating with the Triduum and Easter Sunday.
Each one-hour live stream will begin at 7 PM and will be simulcast on the diocesan social media channels:
Night 1: Fr. Raymond Gormley and Jennifer Drees
Night 2: Fr. Josh Nevitt and Kari Janisse
Night 3: Fr. Joseph Wallace and Carolyn Miller, with musical accompaniment featuring Jonathan Delgado and Thomas Leighton
A few updates (April 2)
Know that you are all missed dearly.
Prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there
and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Stations using Zoom: Friday, April 3 @ 7 PM
Stations of the Cross using Zoom. I invite you to pray them with me "live" at 7 PM Friday, April 3rd. To do so, you will first need to download Zoom. Google "download Zoom" and follow instructions.
Click here to join.
Topic: John Fisher's Zoom Meeting
Time: Apr 3, 2020 07:00 PM Meeting ID: 497 117 201 Password: 027717
Palm Sunday, Easter Basket Blessings, An Easter Project to Celebrate the Resurrection
Here are three attached documents. The first contains an idea for us to decorate our door on Palm Sunday. The second is a formal blessing for Easter Baskets. The third is an idea from the Camden Diocese to visibly celebrate the Resurrection when we may be physically quarantined from Church.
Hope is more contagious
Retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven, a Navy SEAL who oversaw the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, offered a message of hope to Americans as the US grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that "the only thing more contagious than a virus is hope." Let me add to this "hope in God."
Sunday Homilies during Coronavirus Time
Fourth Sunday of Lent (Man born Blind) here.
Fifth Sunday of Lent (Raising of Lazarus) here.
Palm Sunday here.
Un mensaje de Andrés Arango, delegado del Obispo para el Ministerio Hispano y Director de Evangelización:
Es muy importante que se sepa cuantos hispanos estamos en esta área, ya que de eso depende mucho de los recursos asignados a nuestros Estado y ciudades. Por ahora, pueden de una manera muy fácil responder el censo por internet o teléfono.
Aquí les envío el enlace del censo en español: https://2020census.gov/es.html
Cuando usted responde al censo, sus repuestas permanecen anónimas. Estas solo se usan para generar estadísticas. La ley obliga a la Oficina del Censo a proteger sus respuestas y mantenerlas estrictamente confidenciales.
As devotion goes digital, church of the present emerges
Oblate Fr. Tom Dailey, OSFS offers his thoughts on the Coronavirus and the digital age. Click here to access his article.
Introduction to Salesian Spirituality
Many pastors are learning new technologies in an effort to reach out to our parishioners. This is my first attempt at using Screencast-O-Matic. I am using the "free" version which limits me to 15 minutes. You may say 15 minutes is 15 too many. So, you may get the impression that I am rushing to cover the material. At the bottom right hand corner, maximize the screen so that you may view the PowerPoint presentation in full screen format. If you have any questions, email me at: email@example.com Eventually, I will develop more and have the links next to the title. The first is an Introduction to Salesian Spirituality which I borrowed heavily from a great Salesian scholar, Wendy Wright. Here is the link.
Coronavirus & Liturgical Life (updated 3/21/2020)
Coronavirus & Liturgical Life at the Parish
Latest: Parish Office & Church Closed
Governor Philip Murphy signed an executive order which places further restrictions on residents of New Jersey. These restrictions have further impact on the operation of our parishes in the Diocese of Camden.
Reminder about Gatherings – Given Governor Murphy’s executive order – only the resident clergy and one technician may be present for any live-streamed event or parish celebration of Mass or other service.
Diocesan Operations – the Diocesan Offices were completely shut down as of 12 Noon on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Parish and School Operations – all parish and school offices are to be closed and parishioners/parents are to be informed that the office is closed. Those things that can be handled by phone or email may be handled by the resident clergy or by parish employees working from home. Phone services can be forwarded to a secretary’s personal phone number if the pastor deems this necessary or appropriate.
Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms – all funerals, weddings, baptisms and other gatherings are now prohibited by the Governor’s executive order.
Funerals - while a public memorial can be scheduled for a later date, the burial of the dead may need to occur before that date – our cemeteries will be open, but pastors and funeral directors must limit those in attendance at a burial to 10 persons including the priest or deacon. The pastor/priest should celebrate a private Mass without a congregation on the day of burial for the deceased and inform the family that he has or will do so.
Weddings – all weddings are to be postponed. Since reception halls are prevented from serving their clientele, most couples will choose to postpone their wedding. As all municipal buildings are likewise closed, marriage licenses will be difficult to obtain.
If a dispensation or permission has been received for a wedding that needs to be postponed, the dispensation or permission will remain in force. If you would like the letter re-issued with the new date, please return it to the Bishop’s Office with that request. If you retain the dispensation or permission, please attach a letter on parish stationery explaining that the wedding date was changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Baptisms – all baptisms are to be postponed except in the case of emergency. A reminder ALL HOLY WATER IS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE CHURCH.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – the Governor’s executive order extends to 24 hours daily the times when New Jersey residents are to be “off the roads” unless they are conducting essential business (i.e. grocery shopping; banking; or obtaining prescriptions) or traveling to work at essential businesses. Please be mindful of this order. Adoration, the recitation of the Rosary or other devotions may be conducted online if possible or parishioners are encouraged to pray at home. Please do not encourage your parishioners to visit the church or parish chapel.
Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Triduum and Easter – the celebration of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday will be offered by Bishop Sullivan at the Cathedral without a congregation and livestreamed by the diocesan office of communications using this link. Here is the schedule:
Planning – while none of us knows how long these restrictions will be in place, it is very likely that they will be in effect through the month of April. You may want to begin preparations for postponing First Holy Communion and other events that are scheduled for April and at least the first half of May. Hopefully those plans will not be needed – but all indications at this point are that they will be.
Charities and nonprofits are on the frontline responding to our neighbors and communities in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, but risk catastrophic damage from evaporating revenue, new and rising demands for assistance, and major disruptions in charitable giving. Please provide the link below to you parishioners so that they may tell Congress to act now and provide emergency aid to nonprofit organizations by expanding charitable giving and providing organizations with grants, loans, and tax credits.
Click the link below to log in and send your message:
“Do not worry about what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”
~St. Francis de Sales
Spiritual Communion & Stations of the Cross
Click here for some thoughts and prayers on Spiritual Communion in English and her in Spanish. Here is a link for Bishop Reed, auxiliary bishop of Boston and President of CatholicTV, to lead us in the Stations of the Cross.
Coronavirus Church may be online, but People of God remain real
Click on the link to read an excellent article in English or in Spanish by Oblate Tom Dailey on where we are: suspension of Mass with a congregation to streamlined celebration. We are livestreaming Mass, Tuesday through Friday at noon (posting after) and 10 AM on Sunday from St. Joseph's Polish Church. Here is the link to view Mass: https://livestream.com/stjosephs
Pope Francis' Prayer to Blessed Virgin on the Coronavirus
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Oh María, siempre brillas en nuestro camino como señal de salvación y de esperanza. Nos confiamos a ti, Salud de los enfermos, quien en la cruz participó en el dolor de Jesús, manteniendo su fe firme. Tú, salvación del pueblo Romano, sabes lo que necesitamos y estamos seguros de que proveerás para que, como en Caná de Galilea, podemos volver a la alegría y al banquete después de este tiempo de tribulación. Ayúdanos, Madre del Amor Divino, para conformarnos a la voluntad del Padre y hacer lo que nos dice Jesús, quien ha asumido nuestros sufrimientos y llevó nuestras penas para guiarnos, a través de la cruz, a la alegría de la resurrección. Amén.
Bajo tu protección acudimos, Santa Madre de Dios. No desprecies las súplicas que te dirigimos en nuestras necesidades, antes bien, líbranos de todo peligro, oh Virgen gloriosa y bendita.
Best Lent Ever
Dynamic Catholic offers a 40-day series "Best Lent Ever" to help you on your journey during this great season up to the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. To sign up, click here.
Daily Catholic Wisdom: A Morning Snippet
St. Joseph Communication offers Simple Catholic Inspiration Every Morning to help you "Grow in Faith Day By Day" offering you "brilliant snippets to help you grow in your faith and wisdom every day" as their website states. To enhance your Lenten experience, sign up here.
Formed ofrece Reflexiones de Cuaresma
Recibe nuestras reflexiones de cuaresma y vive este tiempo litúrgico con un espíritu de reflexión. Mediante los diferentes tiempos litúrgicos, la Iglesia nos invita a vivir los misterios de la vida de Cristo, en este caso al prepararnos para predicar el Reino de los Cielos, su pasión, muerte y resurrección. ¡No pierdas la oportunidad de acompañar y crecer en tu relación con Nuestro Señor Jesucristo! ¡Clique aquí para inscribirse!
Word on Fire: Daily Gospel Reflections
Bishop Robert Barron offers daily Gospel reflections to break open the Word of God in meaningful ways. It can be yours through email in English or in Spanish. Click here to get started.
Feast of St. Francis de Sales January 24
January 24 is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and Christian unity whose role as a priest and bishop helped bring thousands of Protestants back to the Catholic Church.
In the late 16th and early 17th century, St. Frances de Sales conducted spiritual direction both in person and in written correspondence. This inspired his famous works; "Introduction to the Devout Life" and "Treatise on the Love of God."
During his ministry in Switzerland, he wrote and distributed religious pamphlets that made inroads among Protestants and helped over 50,000 people return to the Catholic faith.
Because he is a patron saint of writers, his feast day traditionally marks the release of the Pope's annual message for World Communications Day. Pope Benedict XVI's 2013 message reflected on social networks and their potential to strengthen unity and harmony between people. He also warned that these enable a mindset that rewards popularity, rather than rewarding what has intrinsic value.
St. Francis de Sales was no stranger to unpopularity. As a priest he volunteered to lead a mission to return the Calvinist Switzerland back to the Catholic faith. He faced much hostility, including death threats and potential assassins.
He was born in 1567 in the Savoy region in what is now part of France, near the famous Lake of Annecy. He was a diplomat's son, born into a household with great devotion to St. Francis of Assisi, in whose honor DeSales was named. As the oldest son, it was planned from his birth that the young Francis would follow in his father's footsteps.
He studied rhetoric, the humanities and law in preparation for a political career. He had resolved to hold to religious celibacy, and he held a deep devotion to the Virgin Mary, but he kept this strong spiritual life secret from the world.
This devotion clashed with the wishes of his father, who had arranged a marriage for him. The Catholic bishop of Geneva found Francis de Sales a position in the Swiss Church, leading to his ordination as a priest in 1593.
Francis was named Bishop of Geneva in 1602, after which he worked to restore Geneva's churches and religious orders. He helped the future saint Jane Frances de Chantal, whom he had served as spiritual director, found a women's religious order, The Visitation of Holy Mary.
He died in 1622 in Lyons at a convent of the Visitation that he had helped to found. Francis de Sales was canonized in 1665 and named a Doctor of the Church in 1877.
Source: Adapted from The Catholic News Agency
Feast of St. Léonie Aviat, OSFS January 10
St. Léonie Frances de Sales Aviat, OSFS (1844 – 1914)
The second child of a loving working-class family, Léonie Aviat was born on September 16 in Sézanne, France, a small town of the Champagne area. At age eleven she began boarding school at the Troyes Visitation. There, her life was changed forever. She came under the influence of the monastery’s celebrated and holy Superior, Mother Mary de Sales Chappuis, known even then as “the Good Mother,” as well as Father Louis Brisson, the chaplain to the monastery and instructor in the school. He later became Léonie’s spiritual directory. The perceptive Mother Mary de Sales recognized in her “a very determined young woman.” This strength of character, coupled with an enterprising spirit and excellent organizational skills, was to serve Léonie well throughout life.
Mother Mary de Sales is now “Venerable”, Louis Brisson “Blessed” and Léonie Avait “Saint.” There must have been something very special, very holy, about that particular time and place. Saints always seem to find one another.
Upon leaving the monastery school at 16, Léonie was convinced that she was called to the contemplative life. Prudently, both Mother Mary de Sales and Father Brisson encouraged her to return to her family and to work for a few years while leading an ordinary life. This, they felt, would test the strength of her vocation. Although her parents encouraged a marriage to a suitable young man, she refused, convinced that her heart, her call, was elsewhere. In 1858 Father Brisson founded an apostolate for working girls. That proved to be Provident’s moment for Léonie’s vocation. Within several years, he invited her to be the Foundress of a new religious congregation whose members would provide both spiritual and maternal care for young working girls. This was the beginning of the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales who saw themselves from the very beginning as “workers among workers.” Mother Mary de Sales served as novice mistress for Léonie and for her first companion, Lucie Canuet. At the end of the retreat prior to her first profession, Léonie made as resolution that would serve as her life’s project: “to forget myself entirely” --to which she later added, “Let us work for the happiness of others.” Throughout all the eventful years ahead, the life of this great-hearted woman – to paraphrase Father Roger Balducelli—“was one of an uninterrupted sequence of actions that were faithful to her decision to live for God and others in a total forgetfulness of self.”
Hers was not an easy life. There were many trials, set-backs and disappointments. In time her beloved Congregation, along with many others, was exiled from France, and its apostolates closed down by a hostile government. The exiled Congregation re-located to Perugia, Italy. It was there that this holy, caring and gifted woman died on January 10, 1914, twelve years after the death of her spiritual director, life-long friend and co-Founder, Father Louis Brisson.
From beginning to end, Léonie led a life of selfless, ceaseless service on behalf of the spiritual and human happiness of others. Her faithful practice of the Spiritual Directory of St. Francis de Sales provided her with a simple but sure means to great holiness, a holiness that was formally recognized by a grateful Church at her canonization in Rome on November 25, 2001.
Lord, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
The hit musical, Come From Away, which details the events of 28 planes having to land in Newfoundland on 9/11, is peppered with excellent music that details the fears of the passengers that are quickly allayed by the tremendous hospitality and generosity of the residents from a small town named Gander and other places. Only one piece is not original. At a tense-filled part of the musical, some have a need to go to a Catholic Church to pray for their loved ones back home as well as the world. One worshipper began singing a song he heard in his dream that morning which he recalled in a timely fashion: Make Me A Channel of Peace. I have never been so moved by this song as I was then. Ethnic tension had slightly descended on the cast with its accompanying fear and suspicion, and at this moment they all realized there was one God who created and graced them all regardless the name of this God or their faith. They were bonded in this God. With all of the infighting in the halls of Congress, the lack of civility in government, the tension and division in our Church, society and families, we now face the threat of war. What can we do? This Prayer of St. Francis, that can be traced back to 1912, gives us the brief, yet succinct solution. In our own hearts weighed down by failure and regret, in our interactions with others at work, home or play, in our fears and desires for what may be, let us sow peace. Lord, Make Us A Channel of Your Peace!
El exitoso musical,” Come From Away”, que detalla los eventos de 28 aviones que tuvieron que aterrizar en Terranova el 11 de septiembre, está salpicado de excelente música que detalla los temores de los pasajeros que se disipan rápidamente por la tremenda hospitalidad y generosidad de los residentes de un pequeño pueblo llamado “Gander” y otros lugares. Solo una pieza no es original. En una parte se llena de tensión el musical y algunos tienen la necesidad de ir a una iglesia católica para rezar por sus seres queridos tanto en casa como en el mundo. Un adorador comenzó a cantar una canción que escuchó en su sueño esa mañana y que recordó en una manera oportuna: Hazme un Instrumento de tu Paz. Nunca me conmovió tanto esta canción como lo estaba entonces. La tensión étnica descendido sobre los personajes con el miedo y la sospecha que le acompañaban, y en este momento todos se dieron cuenta de que había un Dios que los creó y los bendijo a todos sin importar el nombre de este Dios o su fe. Estaban unidos en este Dios. Con todas las luchas internas en los pasillos del Congreso, la falta de cortesía en el gobierno, la tensión y la división en nuestra Iglesia, sociedad y familias, ahora enfrentamos la amenaza de la guerra. ¿Qué podemos hacer? Esta Oración de San Francisco que se remonta a 1912 nos da la solución breve pero sucinta. En nuestros propios corazones agobiados por el fracaso y el arrepentimiento, en nuestras interacciones con otros en el trabajo, el hogar o el juego, en nuestros temores y deseos de lo que puede ser, sembremos la paz. ¡Señor, haznos instrumentos de tu paz!
Illumination Ceremony & All Souls Day at Cemetery
On Saturday evening at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Chews Landing, we celebrated the Zaduszki Ceremony. The following day, many met at the Mausoleum for Mass. Click here for pictures.
Parish Convocation & Multicultural Celebration
There was so much excitement from the Diocesan Convocation of Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel held last March with parish delegates throughout the diocese that one of our "leaders" suggested that we have a "mini-convocation" that would end with a multicultural celebration that we have always wanted to do especially as it was one of the recommendations for our V Encuentro process.
On Saturday, October 12, we married both goals celebrating the Joy of the the Gospel, our call to be missionary disciples, and our unity within our great diversity.
We began the day with morning prayer followed by a keynote address Missionary Discipleship: The Time is Now to be a Prophet (based on Sr. Joan Chittister's recent book). Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS gave a pictorial presentation of the brown-skinned Madonnas recognizing all cultures present interspersed with poignant quotes from Pope Francis on the issue. Then, participants attended two different sessions from a choice of six talks. We ended this portion of the day with a review of our parish EASTeR project established at the diocesan convocation.
Our multicultural celebration followed replete with delicious Polish, Filipino, Mexican, Dominican and Puerto Rican foods. Check out the gallery containing over 300 pictures.
St. Joseph Polish Apostolate Gallery Fall '19
Pictures from various events this Fall 2019 pertaining to the St. Joseph Polish Apostolate can be found in the second tab under gallery in the "What about us" menu.
Executive Summary of Prayer and Listening Session
Click here to read the summary from our prayer and listening session held back in March on the clergy sexual abuse crisis. An open and heartfelt discussion on this most sensitive issue has given hope for the future in our Church.
Información importante y urgente
Aquí contiene información muy importante con respecto a posibles redadas de inmigración. Aquí está un video "conozca sus derechos" en inglés que debe ver y aquí en español. Aquí está un video titulado "Preparando a su familia" en inglés y en español. El tercer video titulado "conectándose a su comunidad" está en inglés y en español.
Educar a su comunidad sobre Acciones de Cumplimiento: Recursos para la preparación y Protección
¿Recursos; Conoce tus Derechos (KYR): Es importante que las personas conozcan sus derechos en la interacción con los agentes de inmigración. Para más información, ver:
Action Alert: ICE Raids
Dear Faith Leaders and ALL peoples of conscience:
As you are well aware, the Trump administration has announced that there will be large raids in at least 9 cities throughout the country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) beginning this weekend. According to news reports, individuals and families with “final orders of removal/deportation” are anticipated to be targeted. According to our own information and what has been shared by many of our partner immigrant rights and advocacy organizations, many of these individuals and families have been denied fair and just treatment under law and have been deprived of “due process”. Children will likely be separated from their parents, spouses will be torn apart, and as breadwinners are arrested, households will be thrown into economic chaos.
We also anticipate that these raids will result in collateral arrests, meaning persons that are undocumented but do not have a final order of deportation will likely be detained as well. “Undocumented does not mean illegal – no human being is or can be considered illegal – for Islam and our various faith traditions teach that we are all ennobled and sanctified by God as a result of the infusion of the Divine spirit within each and every one of us and must be treated with the utmost of respect and honor and in America, at its base, this means a path to citizenship for the DACA recipients, Dreamers, TPS and the undocumented,” said Imam Saffet A. Catovic, Muslim Chaplain, Drew University.
Faith in New Jersey (FINJ), its Religious Leadership and its constituent faith communities, religious congregations and partner organizations are mobilizing our trained rapid Response teams on the ground and across the state to support and protect our families, and where and when necessary provide sanctuary through the Statewide congregation sanctuary network to those unfairly targeted by this unwarranted governmental action. Rabbi Joel Abraham, of Temple Shalom in Scotch Plains stated, “Jewish history teaches us to remember what it was like to be a stranger, and to be oppressed. Make no mistake, our government is oppressing people it has ‘othered’ by calling them strangers. Our tradition, our text calls us to stand up because we know what this is like, because we went through the same experience, and, in as much as we have any power and wisdom, we must act.”
Make no mistake, the social fabric of America is being unraveled and our historic reality as a nation of immigrants is being threatened by these immoral and unjust governmental actions. Our country’s motto - E Pluribus Unum – from the many and diverse multitude a unified nation - is crumbling before our very eyes. And this is tragic for, “America is a nation of immigrants. We are all created in God’s image and our nation’s policies must be filled with compassion in the pursuit of justice .” -Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz
We, as peoples of faith and conscience, stand ready to safeguard and protect those among us, our neighbors, the refugee and migrant - our Sisters and Brothers in faith and humanity who are unfairly targeted and who are most in need during this dire time. We shall continue to stand by them and for the moral principles and ethical values which bind us as a nation for ‘the human tie that binds, should never be separated by force. Only evil tries to destroy love and love in action is justice. So TOGETHER let’s fight against evil!”- Rev. Heyward Wiggins, President of FINJ.
What can you do (RIGHT NOW)?
Show up and stand up – come out and join in one of the many protests/marches/rallies/vigils being held tonight and this weekend (what we in the Faith community call “Praying with our feet”) in our Garden State of New Jersey in support of immigrant rights. Learn the facts from elected officials, clergy and immigrant rights activists and oppose the ICE Raids and the unjust antiimmigrant governmental policies and the inhumane conditions for migrants in detention. You can find one near you by visiting lightsforliberty.org. Also Join FINJ this Sunday, in Newark, New Jersey at St. Lucy Church located at 118 7th Ave., Newark, N.J. 07104 beginning at 10:00am as we:
> Inform and educate the local community about their rights. > Distribute KYR materials > Have a FACEBOOK LIVE as well.
Share the ATTACHED FLYER with your network and post it on your social media platforms.
#RESIST #ICEFREENJ #AbolishICE
FOR NO ONE STANDS OR FIGHTS ALONE!
What can you do (ONGOING)
Connect and become actively involved with the programs and actions of migrant-led rights organizations and interfaith immigration coalitions in your area like Faith in New Jersey.
Become informed and educated as to the issues at hand and what you can do to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and fellow Jerseyman who are most in need. Our friends at LA RED and our national organization Faith in Action have provided the following information and materials to help you in this.
This is an urgent moment to be certain our families are ready, so we strongly urge:
• Share LA RED’s Deportation Defense Guide. Here is the guide.
• Share Know Your Rights (English and Spanish) materials. For other languages, click here.
• Rapid Response Hotline: Share your local hotline in the community. Materials:
• From Raids to Deportation: A Community Resource Kit
ICE Raid's Toolkit Immigrant Defense Project
• Call Elected Officials: Contact local leaders in your jurisdiction and urge sheriff and police not to participate in raids or cooperate with ICE in sharing information about immigrants at risk. See this sample script for your calls.
• Sanctuary: Share your local list of sanctuary congregations or share this list to find houses of worship that can provide housing to families that are scared of being in their homes or sending their kids to school.
Remember LA RED team is here for you. Please reach out with questions, if you need help with an online training or defense organizing strategy.
For Rich Morales: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Sara Melton, LA RED Lead Organizer: email@example.com
In solidarity, En la lucha, Salam-Peace-Shalom
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Faith in New Jersey is a multi-faith and multi-racial network of faith leaders and faith communities working together to protect religious liberties and advance an immigration, racial, economic and human justice agenda at the local, state and federal level. Faith in New Jersey’s mission is to develop grassroots community leaders, analyze the policies that shape our communities, and mobilize faith voices and faith voters to effectively act on the prophetic call to build the Beloved Community.
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