As we celebrate National Migration Week, we have an opportunity to reflect on the gifts that have been brought to us by our refugee friends. As Pope Francis reminded us in his 2018 World Day of Peace Message: “When we turn that [contemplative] gaze to migrants and refugees, we discover that they do not arrive empty-handed. They bring their courage, skills, energy and aspirations, as well as the treasures of their own cultures; and in this way, they enrich the lives of the nations that receive them.” According to a recent report, only 2,400 refugees have arrived in the U.S. in the 2018 fiscal year. In comparison, 18,300 refugees had already arrived in fiscal year 2017. Catholic Family Center reports that while the Administration set a ceiling of 45,000 refugees for fiscal year 2018, there has been no intentional effort to ensure the U.S. reaches that goal.
Our Cathedral Community outreach effort at Mary’s Place continues to provide food, clothing, and tutoring as well as casework counseling and assistance with Green cards and citizenship. It is located at 414 Lexington Ave., and open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. More information is available at 585-270-8626 and www.marysplaceoutreach.org.