Share the Journey

Bishop James F. Checchio joins Pope Francis in reaching out to migrants and refugees. #ShareJourney                                                - Erin Friedlander, photo

On September 27, Pope Francis launched a Global Migration Campaign to support our brothers and sisters who have fled their homes seeking a decent and safe life for their families. Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign seeks to promote a “culture of encounter” and aims to increase opportunities for migrants and communities to come together and learn about each other.

Learn more: https://www.sharejourney.org/

EVENTS

Oct. 7 – 13: Week of Prayer and Action
As part of the campaign, a week of prayer and action will take place Oct. 7-13, 2017 across the United States and, so, our local Church is preparing to participate in this global initiative. During that week, we are planning to hold a prayer service in Perth Amboy and Deacon Peter Barcellona, one of our permanent deacons who serves as associate director of our local Catholic Charities Solidarity Team, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. with members of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Global Fellows Network to visit Capitol Hill, where they will meet with legislators and lobby in support of DACA.
Oct. 10: All are invited to attend a Prayer Service for the "Share the Journey" Global Migration Campaign on Oct. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish's Holy Trinity Church, 315 Lawrie Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861.
During the Church's worldwide Week of Prayer and Action October 7-13, members of our local Church will gather with our migrant brothers and sisters and our DACA youth in prayer and solidarity. 
For information, e-mail mostholynameofjesus@gmail.com or visit http://mostholynameofjesus.org.
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Oct. 19: Harvest of Hope Dinner
In celebration of the work of our local CRS and Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) programs, we will hold our Annual Harvest of Hope Dinner in October, where CRS’ Joan Rosenhauer will address the topic of Global Migration. To reserve your tickets, visit

Jan. 10: Prayer Service for the "Share the Journey" Global Migration Campaign

All clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen are invited to attend a Prayer Service for the "Share the Journey" Global Migration Campaign on Wednesday, January 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 41 Manning Ave., North Plainfield, NJ 07060. After the prayer service, all are welcome to attend a social in the parish hall. The prayer service will be held during National Migration Week 2018, January 7-13, during which members of our local Church will gather with our migrant brothers and sisters in prayer and solidarity.

For more information, email fathergeorgef@aol.com, visit http://www.sjnp.org or visit The Catholic Community of St. Joseph Facebook page.

IN THE NEWS
Dec. 5: U.S. Bishops' Chairmen express disappointment with U.S. government withdrawl from UN's process to develop a global compact on migration [USCCB]
Nov. 16:  Catholic Charities spotlighted at Harvest of Hope Dinner [The Catholic Spirit]
Nov. 2: Prayer service elicits response of action in Global Migration Campaign [The Catholic Spirit]
Oct. 6:  U.S. Catholic Church calls for Week of Prayer and Action in Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees as part of the "Share the Journey" campaign [USCCB]
Sept. 29: USCCB Migration Chairman "gravely concerned" about presidentional determination for refugee admissions [USCCB]
Sept. 27: Pope launches Caritas 'Share the Journey' campaign [Caritas Internationalis]
Sept. 27: U.S. Catholics join with Pope Francis in campaign to "Share the Journey" of migrants and refugees [USCCB]
Sept. 21: Church stands in solidarity with migrants in Christ [Bishop Checchio's column in The Catholic Spirit]