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Creating a Culture of Encounter: National Migration Week 2017

December 20th, 2016

National Migration Week is January 8 -14, 2017

The US Bishops have designated January 8 through January 14, 2017 as National Migration Week. This observance calls people of faith to join in solidarity with immigrants, migrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking.

The theme for the 2017 National Migration Week is Creating a Culture of Encounter. It focuses on developing awareness of newcomers within our faith communities and celebrating our diversity and richness together as a family of God. This observance is an initiative of the US Bishops and provides Catholics an opportunity to take stock of the wide diversity within the Church and work for justice for immigrants and refugees.

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The Missionary Oblates JPIC Office invites you to use this opportunity to pray, raise awareness and educate your communities on the issue of immigration and Catholic Social Teaching.

The following liturgical resources and a National Migration Week 2017 Toolkit can be downloaded at the US Bishops’ website:

  • A digital copy of the National Migration Week 2017 Prayer Card.
  • A collection of prayers for use in your National Migration Week celebrations.
  • A homily can be used to help frame a message to parishioners on migration.
  • Petitions at your National Migration Week mass, or other gatherings that reflect on the situation confronting migrants.


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