Please join us on Sunday, January 14, 2017 for World Day for Migrants and Refugees. Bishop Nelson Perez will celebrate a special Mass at Noon at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 3114 Scranton Rd. After Mass, there will be a buffet of foods enjoyed all over the world and brought her by people new to our community! To Welcome to Protect to Promote to Integrate: We Share the Journey is Pope Francis’ theme for this year’s World Day for Migrants and Refugees.
Pope Francis has launched a two-year initiative in the global migration campaign called Share the Journey. During Mass, we prayed for migrants and refugees during the petitions. This week, all Catholics in the United States are invited to take part in prayer and action on behalf of migrants and refugees in the US and around the world. Please use the prayer and study the information about Catholic Social Teaching on Migrants and Refugees in today’s bulletin inserts.
Samah and Mohammed Alzin and their children are doing well. Mohammed has secured a full time job working at the Duck Brand Tape Company factory in Avon. He is able to travel to his job because of a car donated by a parish member’s friend. Samah is pregnant and the family is very happy. The three school age children finished and completed the school year. Their command of the English language is very impressive. The end of July marks their one year anniversary in the United States.
Thanks to Mary McNamara, Linda Kennard, Chris Dusek, catechists and refugee guests who made our Parish Lenten Refugee Program a beautiful experience on March 5th. A refugee brother reminded us that no one wants to become a refugee. Let’s open our hearts in love for worldwide refugees.
Our St. Malachi Lenten offerings this year will support Catholic Relief Services’ work with refugees and displaced people. Catholic Relief Services is supporting thousands of families who have been displaced or forced to flee their homes because of conflicts, civil strife and economic conditions in the Mid East. they provide immediate relief, including food, water, access to sanitation and critical support like shelter, education and counseling for Middle East refugees and migrants from other countries into Europe.
Offering boxes and envelopes are available at the church doors. Please return them on Holy Thursday or Easter Sunday. For more information on the work of Catholic Relief Services, refugees and praying for these needs, visit Catholic Relief Services.
The Alzin family is beginning to flourish in Cleveland. Unfortunately, Mr. Mohammed Alzin continues to struggle with health issues and has not been cleared by the doctors to begin working. As a parish, when we decided to sponsor a family, we committed to help support their rent; our commitment is $3,000. Envelopes are available at the church doors. Please write your check to St. Malachi, with “refugee family support” on the Memo line. Envelopes can be returned in the collection.
Each Lent, St. Malachi has a special appeal to provide support for people in the developing world. During the last year, millions of people have fled their homes because of war & violence, exploitation and abuse. More people have been displaced than any time since the end of World War II. While media attention has focused on migrants coming into Europe, many more are surviving in refugee camps, dependent on Catholic Relief Services & other relief agencies for their needs.
This Lent you are invited as an individual or family to make Lenten sacrifices, putting aside the money to help those served by Catholic Relief Services.
In addition to this financial appeal, St. Malachi Parish has also committed to serving/mentoring one of the many refugee families who arrive in Cleveland each month. Those interested in in being a mentor please contact Mary MacNamera at 216-925-2593 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is an upcoming training program run by Catholic Charities Office of Migration and Refugee Services.
For more information about the financial appeal, see St. Malachi 2016 Lenten Appeal for more information. Envelopes are at the church doors, to return on Holy Thursday & Easter.
In this Year of Mercy St. Malachi is interested in sponsoring a refugee family through Catholic Charities Migration & Refugee Services (MRS). If you are interested in becoming a refugee mentor, plan to attend a refugee mentorship information session on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 1:00PM at St Augustine Towers (7800 Detroit Ave.). Lunch is provided.
MRS resettles 350 refugees in the Cleveland area from Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo and many other countries. Attend this informational session to learn more about refugees, mentoring and learn how you can help a family resettle here in the United States.
There will be VIRTUS training. Contact Andrew Mathay to RSVP or for more information at 216-939-3759 or ammathay @ccdocle.org. For further information, visit http://ccdocle.org/mrs. For more information about St. Malachi’s efforts, contact Mary McNamara at 216.925.2593 or email@example.com.
The theme for the 2016 World Day for Migrants and Refugees is: Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy.
The Diocese of Cleveland will be celebrating this day on Sunday, January 24, 2016 with a special Mass at 12:00 PM celebrated by Bishop Lennon at St. Michael the Archangel Parish,
3114 Scranton Road, Cleveland. Following the liturgy refreshments reflective of our cultural diversity will be served at a reception in the hall.
There is no cost and we are hoping that many people from our diocesan community will join us for this multicultural celebration.