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“WELCOMING THE STRANGER”
A DINNER SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH AT 6:30PM TO WELCOME NEWLY ARRIVED REFUGEES AT MOTHER PRESENTATION HALL
DINNER TICKETS ADULTS - $20
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, 17 & UNDER - $40
CHILDREN 12 & UNDER - $10
PRESOLD TICKETS ONLY THROUGH EGIVING – NO DOOR SALES.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (CHILDREN GRADES 6, 7, 8 AS JUNIOR HOSTS TO GUESTS’ CHILDREN), ADULT DRIVERS (TO PICK UP AND TAKE BACK FAMILIES), SETUP AND BREAK DOWN.
Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with
Jesus Christ, who identifies with the unwelcomed and rejected strangers of every
age (Matthew 25:35-43). The Lord entrusts to the Church’s motherly love every
person forced to leave their homeland in search of a better future. This solidarity
must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience – from
departure through journey to arrival and return. This is a great responsibility,
which the Church intends to share with all believers and men and women of goodwill, who are called to respond to the many challenges of contemporary migration with generosity, promptness, wisdom and foresight, each according to their own abilities.
In this regard, I wish to reaffirm that “our shared response may be articulated by
four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate”.
Click Here for info about "Share the Journey" a joint ministry of Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
I hope the entire Saint Bridget community will join us in answering this call to welcome, to protect, to promote, and to integrate. And in that spirit, I would like to invite our parish family to come together on Saturday, October 7 at 6:30 pm to "Welcome the Stranger." We are excited to welcome families who have recently arrived in our country, most of whom are being resettled with assistance from Commonwealth Catholic Charities. We hope you will join us for an evening of fellowship and delicious food by Alan Serafim.
Dinner tickets are $20 per adult, $10 for children 12 and under, and $40 per family. Tickets can be purchased after Mass all the weekends in September, the first weekend in October and online through e-giving. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation for our guest families, as well as for set-up, clean-up, and dinner service.
Please contact Tony Bennardo (804-405- 6726; firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Teesie Howell at (804-355- 2747; email@example.com) to volunteer or receive more information.
And if you would like more information about immigration and refugees, or if you would like to help in a sustaining effort to support refugees in our community, please call or email me at 804-364- 8924 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!