The Peace and Justice Committee would like to thank all of the Queen of Angels parishioners who attended the Lenten Mission on immigration reform Tuesday, March 28. Our guest speakers for the event were Father Joseph Tito and Lucia Cuevas from Our Lady of Mercy Parish along with Raul Botello, lead organizer of the Albany Park Neighborhood Council.
Father Tito led the discussion on immigration reform with a passage from the Gospel of Matthew. He reminded us of our duty as Catholics to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and welcome the stranger. Father Tito believes that supporting human dignity in the immigration process is part of that duty.
Raul then noted that a lack of comprehensive immigration policy affects the communities in which we live and work, also citing specific examples of hardships faced by immigrants to this country, including discrimination and separation from family. Along with many other activists, Raul went to Washington to speak with politicians about the proposed immigration reform, urging them to act on policy change.
Lastly, Lucia shared that parishioners at Our Lady of Mercy organized legal clinics for immigrants, as well as meetings to provide people with further information on the proposed immigration legislation. She also summarized the efforts of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Based on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ support for immigration reform, the Archdiocese held educational meetings on the proposed legislation, sponsored letter writing campaigns, and organized vigils around reform.
The presentation concluded with a call for further action from parishioners, including an appeal to write letters and make calls to legislators encouraging support for immigration reform, or, most effectively, visit legislators’ offices in person. For further
information on how you can help, please contact the Albany Park Neighborhood Council at 773-583-1387.