Archivo para diciembre 2009

USCCB Justice for Immigrants Postcard Campaign

diciembre 27, 2009

Dear friars,       

Paz y bien.        I am pleased to alert you that the Justice for Immigrants (JFI) Campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is sponsoring a national postcard campaign to advocate for immigration reform.  Participating in the campaign would be a good and easy way for the Province to stand in solidarity with immigrants.        I encourage all HNP sites to participate in this campaign and to also animate your local diocese and neighboring parishes, schools, and organizations to take part.  Please consider forwarding this email to your partners-in-ministry.    Postcards can be ordered free of charge and distributed during Mass and other appropriate occasions for signing and sending.  Instructions from the JFI are provided below with attachments; they are from Antonio Cube of the USCCB.      As we approach the feast of the Holy Family (Dec. 27), we work to help fragmented immigrant families become united.     Thanks for your leadership and support on behalf of immigrants.     If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Chris Posch, OFM, chair of the HNP Hispanic Ministry Committee, at 302-576-4113 or Jocelyn Thomas in the HNP Communications Office.                                                                           


Fr. John O’Connor, OFM


Hello all,  

 The first attachment is the final version of the card for the postcard campaign.  The second attachment is the postcard order form.  Please complete the order form as best as you can so that we may try to assist you efforts in delivering completed postcards to your local senators and representatives’ offices.   There is no cost to you for ordering the cards from JFI.  Please complete and return your order forms as soon as possible because our print shop should have all the postcards ready by December 15 and we want to fill your orders soon thereafter.  I hope you all understand the quick turnaround time we are seeking.   You can also print out the postcards on 8.5 X 14 (legal size) cardstock.  Or you may print out the third attachment on 8.5 X 11 (letter size) cardstock.  Please note that the 8.5 X 11 version does not have the “How to use the postcard” tear-away information that is included in the 8.5 X 14 version.   There are also letter versions of the postcard (the fourth attachment) for folks wanting to mail letters to Congress.   The last four attachments are: –  Additional instructions for using the postcards. –  Suggestions for marketing the cards. –  A sample bulletin or pulpit announcement for the cards. –  And lastly, a copy of Bishop Wester’s letter to all of the U.S. bishops informing them of the postcard campaign.    

Thanks, Tony      

Antonio Cube JFI – National Manager U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 3211 Fourth St. NE Washington, DC 20017-1194 (202) 541-3165   










Emblazoned on Heart and Bicep: Reflecting on Our Lady of Guadalupe

diciembre 11, 2009

Every time I attend Spanish Mass at St. Elizabeth in Westover, Md., I notice José in the back row vested in a tank top muscle-shirt — whether it’s summer or winter — sporting the Our Lady of Guadalupe tattoo inscribed on his right arm.

One young laborer recalls a favorite childhood memory of a rotating Guadalupe nightlight spinning and blessing all sides of the room.

Many of our parishioners snuggle under thick Guadalupe wool blankets that are warm as in the womb.

Guadalupe is painted on neighborhood walls and emblazoned on bumper stickers, sweatshirts, baseball caps, belts and wristwatches. She can be found hanging off rear-view mirrors and mounted on living room walls, front doors, dashboards and the sets of TV soap operas called novelas. Mexican padrinos, or godparents, present gold Guadalupe chains to those being baptized, confirmed or married. Unfurnished apartments of new immigrant laborers who dine sitting on plastic crates and sleep on floor mats often have only one decoration on walls that would be otherwise barren: an image of La Madrecita, sometimes a tiny prayer card mounted with Scotch tape.

After making a formal pledge to Almighty God and Our Lady of Guadalupe called a juramento, thousands have left the slavery of alcohol and have become new creations, mending marriages that were on the rocks. Presenting a little Our Lady of Guadalupe prayer card to individuals in migrant camp dorms, trailer parks, hospital rooms and prisons have evoked instant tears.

Over the years, I have reflected how such a simple visitation can be so powerful.