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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These programs are going to be aried weekly
SU, 4:30P—Lenten Reflections (30 min.)
WE, 7:30A—Lenten Reflections (30 min.)
SA, 4:30P—A Lenten Journey w/Fr. Richard
Ho Lung (30 min)
FR, March 13, 9:00A
Celebrated by Pope Francis
TACO SALE to benefit Haiti
Sister Ana Rosa from the parish St. Joachim in Madera will hold a taco sale at the
school cafeteria every other Friday on early out days. The proceeds from the taco sale are
going to a sister school in Haiti for school materials and so many supplies.
Catholic Women's Conference - "Do Not Be Afraid"
Saturday, March 21, 2015 • 8:30am - 4:00pm
St. Joachim Catholic Church - Holy Spouses Hall - Madera
Mardi Gras - Save the Date
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez! Celebrate Mardi Gras 2015 with your friends at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center in Fresno on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00PM to 11:00PM. The festivities will include dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing. A wonderful dinner will be provided by Pardini’s. Tickets will go on sale in January. Contact (559) 436-3434 for further information.
Retreat to Italy
Father Mike Lastiri and Fr. Tim Cardoso will lead a pilgrimage to Italy, which will include Turin, Assisi and Rome. Tour will depart June 9, 2015. Call IHM parish office at 559/584‐8576 or email email@example.com for a brochure and more information. You may also call St. Mary's office at 559/275‐2022 in Fresno for more information.
Life-Giving Love Workshop March 14th & 15th 2015
Sat 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.Sun 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Hall
A Catholic workshop on Sexuality, Marriage, Communication, Responsible parenthood, NFP & the Mission of the Family. Presenting teams are Catholic couples and Fr. Larry Toschi O.S.J. Contact: O.L.G. Church @ 661-323-3148 or Juanita Rivera @ 661-487-0339. Child care & Lunch provided.