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Bay Area Jesuit Groups to Hold Mass and Reception in Support of Immigration Reform, Feb. 5 in San Jose
Monday, Jan. 24, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 24, 2011—As part of a nationwide effort to advocate for civil discourse and movement on immigration law reform, five Bay Area Jesuit institutions will hold a Catholic Mass and reception February 5 at Most Holy Trinity Church in San Jose.
The theme of the 2 p.m. gathering will be “The Jesuit Family Welcomes the Stranger,” and will feature testimonials by immigrants from several continents discussing their experiences and challenges in America.
“One of the most fundamental tenets of our faith is to work for justice for those who have no voice or power to speak for themselves,” said Santa Clara University President Michael E. Engh, S.J., who will concelebrate the Mass. “Jesuits and many lay supporters are united in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters to promote dialogue, reflection, and action to bring about the humane reform of U.S. immigration laws.”
Students, friends, and immigration-law reform advocates from Santa Clara University, Bellarmine College Preparatory high school, Sacred Heart Nativity School, Most Holy Trinity Parish, and the California Province of Jesuits will be in attendance.
At the end of the Mass at Most Holy Trinity Church, 2040 Nassau Drive, San Jose, CA 95122, participants will present Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren with letters to support humane immigration law reform.
Jesuits and other Catholics believe the current patchwork of state laws too often casually destroys lives while offering no path to legal residency for otherwise law-abiding immigrants or relief for adults who were brought to the U.S. as small children.
Since last year, Jesuits and others throughout the U.S. have been praying and advocating for comprehensive reform with the following attributes:
• A path to legalization that ensures that undocumented immigrants have access to full legal rights
Jesuit leaders around the country also have been shining a spotlight on the subject of immigration law reform this year, through projects like the Kino Border Initiative (a Mexico-based program of direct assistance to those deported from the U.S.), Masses (Catholic church services) focused on immigrant concerns, and letter campaigns to Congress and President Obama.
“We share our humanity in God’s eyes,” said John P. McGarry, S.J., provincial of the California Province of Jesuits. “While we understand the many dimensions of this issue, our legislators simply cannot ignore the suffering and inequity that the current legal patchwork is causing.”
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