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​Archbishop Gustavo to call for immigration reform at July 1 Mass that will pay homage to the effort

June 29, 2018 | posted by Archdiocese of San Antonio

Topics: Archbishop, Breaking News


Archbishop Gustavo to call for immigration reform at July 1 Mass that will pay homage to the efforts of César Chávez on behalf of farmworkers


On Sunday, July 1, at 10 a.m., Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, will celebrate a Mass at San Fernando Cathedral in commemoration of César Chávez and also call for comprehensive immigration reform, advocating for an end to family separation as well as indefinite detention, along with those seeking asylum whose rights are being denied. The theme for the event will be taken from Ephesians 2:19, “So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family.”

The images and stories that have come to light recently as the result of the “zero tolerance” and “family separation” policies at the U.S.-Mexico border demand from all a profound discernment over alleviating the suffering of those who have been affected by such measures. They also call for a discernment of steps that can be taken to assure that the kind of just and merciful comprehensive immigration reform that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been promoting for years is finally approved. With this event, the archdiocese invites all to undergo a process of personal and communitarian discernment as well as immediate action in favor of immigrants and refugees whose dignity is being ignored.

César Chávez offers a compelling image of a man that is moved by the circumstances to serve others by organizing them. After the conclusion of the liturgy, there will be testimonies from people that have been affected by these policies, such as Dreamers, and children will pray a Hail Mary at an image of the Sacred Family placed at the front of the sanctuary. Postcards will also be distributed at the doors of the cathedral following the Mass for those interested in contacting their Senators and representatives in Congress regarding these issues.

El Arzobispo Gustavo pedirá reforma migratoria en misa el 1 de julio, rindiendo homenaje a esfuerzos de César Chávez en nombre de trabajadores agrícolas

El domingo 1 de julio, a las 10 am, el Arzobispo Gustavo García Siller, MSpS, celebrará una misa a Catedral de San Fernando en conmemoración de César Chávez y también exigirá una reforma migratoria integral, abogando por el fin de la separación familiar y la detención indefinida. El tema del evento se tomará de Efesios 2, 19: “Por tanto, ya no son extranjeros o huéspedes, sino conciudadanos de los que forman el pueblo de Dios; son familia de Dios”.

Las imágenes e historias que han salido a la luz recientemente como resultado de las políticas de “cero tolerancia” y “separación familiar” en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México exigen un profundo discernimiento para aliviar el sufrimiento de quienes se han visto afectados por tales medidas. También demandan un discernimiento de los pasos que se pueden tomar para asegurar que el tipo de reforma migratoria integral justa y misericordiosa, que la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB) ha estado promoviendo durante años, finalmente se apruebe. Con este evento, la Arquidiócesis invita a todos a someterse a un proceso de discernimiento personal y comunitario, así como a emprender una acción inmediata en favor de los inmigrantes y refugiados cuya dignidad está siendo ignorada.

César Chávez ofrece una imagen convincente de un hombre que se conmueve por las circunstancias para servir a los demás, organizándolos. Después de concluida la liturgia, habrá testimonios de personas que se han visto afectadas por estas políticas, como son los Soñadores, y unos niños rezarán un Avemaría frente a la imagen de la Sagrada Familia colocada al frente del recinto sacro. También se distribuirán postales en las puertas de la catedral después de la misa para aquellos interesados en contactar a sus senadores y representantes en el Congreso sobre estos temas.