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Statement of California Bishops on the Transport of Displaced Migrant Children
and Families to California

(En Español) In recent days, the people of our state have witnessed the arrival of hundreds of displaced people, mostly women and children, to various locations in Southern California. The Bishops of California wish to express our solidarity with these immigrant brothers and sisters who are coming to our state and to offer our prayer that God will deliver them to the safe environment they seek.

We also recognize our responsibility as a Church of compassion to come to their aid and help provide them with the practical and pastoral support they so need.

These children and families have journeyed to our country, fleeing violence and destitution in Central America. Sadly, their experience in California has thus far been marked by hostility and near chaos. They are exhausted, afraid and clinging to hope.

The gravity of this situation transcends politics; it is truly a humanitarian crisis that calls all of us, Catholics and others of good will, to respond with compassion and with urgent action.

The response of Catholic agencies and other community-based groups has already begun. Catholic Charities, working in collaboration with directly affected dioceses and other service organizations, is mobilizing to help these immigrants in centers of hospitality and assistance. Many individuals have contacted our parishes and social service agencies asking how they can help. This reflects the best of the American spirit. Continue Reading

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  • West Fresno Family Resource Center - 2014 Summer Enrichment Program
    June 23 - August 14 • Mon - Fri: 10am to 3pm. Free lunch will be served!
    California & Elm Community Center • 1802 E. California Ave., Fresno, CA
    Take part in adventures that include: Science Camp/Fresno Chaffee Zoo Mobile and more.
    For information, call: (559) 264-7185

  • The Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochow at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera
    Human Life International is bringing to St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera the Pilgrim
    Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa on Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday August 3rd.
    Welcoming procession August 2nd at 3:30 p.m. For more details visit www.sjoachim.org.
    or call the rectory at 559-673-3290 or St. Marello Bookstore at 559-662-0682.

  • "Library for London" 5K Run/Walk Featuring Celebrity Runner Fernando Cabada
    Sunday, July 27,2014 - 8:00am (Kid's Fun Run) 8:30am (5K) Packet Pick Up: Opens at 7:00am
    Race start line is at the intersection of Kate Rd. & Denver Ave. in London.
    Pre-registration: Sole 2 Sole Sports (Fresno and Visalia)
    Register: libraryforlondon.com / Info: Rob Isquierdo (818) 482-8140

  • Upcoming Catholic Pilgrimage With Tour Chaplain Fr. Gregory Beaumont
    13 Days to Spain: September 13 through 25, 2014
    Visits to Churches, Museums, Monasteries, and Shrines: Barcelona, Montserrat, Zaragoza, Manresa,
    Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Santiago de Compostela, Granada, Seville, Costa Del Sol, and
    El Camino. Contact Sandi at (508) 340-9370 for details or visit www.proximotravel.com.

  • Pro-Life Ministry Presents - 2nd Annual Pro-Life Dinner October 4, 2014
    Guest Speaker: Rebecca Kiessling - $40.00 per person • $300.00 per table of (8)
    Meet & Greet Hors d'oeuvres 6:00pm • Dinner 6:30pm • Tricky Tray Raffle Prizes
    St. Mary’s Parish Hall • 506 N. Garden St. Visalia, CA 93291
    Contact Parish Office (559) 734-9522

  • LIFE-GIVING LOVE WORKSHOP Oct. 4-5, 2014 8am-6pm at Our Lady
    of Guadalupe Church Hall. A Catholic workshop on Sexuality, Marriage, Communication,
    Responsible parenthood, NFP & the Mission of the Family. Join Presenters and & Fr. Larry
    Toschi O.S.J. Married and engaged couples and those interested R invited. Child care &
    Lunch provided Contact: O.L.G. Church 661-323-3148 or Juanita Rivera 661-487-0339

  • Our Lady of Victory Church Christmas Boutique - December 6th and 7th, 2014.
    Any vendors interested in selling their products/crafts please contact Martha Acuna at 229-2438.
    Our Lady of Victory Church is located on West Ave. south of Shields.

  • HOLYLAND PILGRIMAGE January 12 -24, 2015 to the Holyland & Jordan
    Anastasis Tours invites you to join Henry Acosta, parishioner of St. Agnes, Pinedale.
    Cost - $3350 pp, double occupancy from San Francisco A deposit of $800 pp is due upon registration.
    The balance is due by Sept. 1, 2014. For additional information contact: Anastasis Tours
    10203 Titanium St.Bakersfield, Ca 93311 • 661-478-2331 anastasistours@hotmail.com

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