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Epiphany and Immigration

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Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

January 2012


Epiphany and Immigration

This Sunday, the Feast of the Epiphany, has been designated by Archbishop Listecki, upon the recommendation of the Archdiocesan Council of Priests, as the day on which all pastors and priests will address the issue of immigration at Mass. 

As Catholic school educators committed to fulfilling Christ’s command to “teach all nations” through the students entrusted to our care, we celebrate this Feast by renewing our efforts to be ministers of hospitality and advocates for truth.  I encourage the use of the following prayer for migrant families as a way for our school communities to participate in this year’s Archdiocesan Epiphany theme:

Good and gracious God,
   we thank you for the gift of families.
We are grateful for all the joy and love that they bring into our lives.
We ask that you provide special protection for all families,
   particularly those who face hardships
      as they move in search of a better life.
Show mercy to those who travel in danger
   and lead them to a place of safety and peace.
Comfort those who are alone and afraid
because their families have been torn apart by violence and injustice.
As we reflect upon the difficult journey
   that the Holy Family faced as refugees in Egypt,
      help us to remember the suffering of all migrant families.
Through the intercession of Mary, our Mother,
   and St. Joseph the Worker, her spouse,
      we pray that all migrants may be reunited
         with their loved ones
      and find the meaningful work they seek.
Open our hearts so that we may provide hospitality
   for all who come in search of refuge.
Give us the courage to welcome every stranger as Christ in our midst.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
   who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
      one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Copyright © 2010, USCCB, Washington, D.C.

Blessed Epiphany to all!

Kathleen A. Cepelka, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools

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