Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome Advent!, a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus anew in our hearts. The stewardship center contains many resources for parishioners to take home that we might join in prayer together.

I agree with the United States Catholic bishops that now is the time to pass just and compassionate immigration reform that:

  • Provides a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the country;
  • Preserves family unity as a corner-stone of our national immigration system;
  • Provides legal paths for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and work in the United States;
  • Restores due process protections to our immigration enforcement policies;
  • Addresses the root causes (push factors) of migration, such as persecution and economic disparity.

On November 12, on the National Mall, steps away from the Capitol, faith, immigrant rights, and labor leaders launched Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration    Reform and Citizenship.  Since then, a group of people has been fasting every day and night, abstaining from all food – except water – to move the hearts of members of Congress and summon our nation to respond to this moral crisis and pass the comprehensive immigration reform.  Their actions spring from a passionate commitment to Christian values of love, compassion, justice, and the common good.  On Tuesday, December 3, I invite you to join with me and thousands of Franciscan sisters, friars, secular Franciscans, and countless Franciscan hearted people from across the country in the solidarity, water-only fast to pray that the hearts of our congressional leaders might be moved to bring about just and compassionate immigration reform in our nation.  More information about this initiative or to register to fast, please go to http://fast4families.org

Next weekend, December 7 and 8, we will welcome Fr. David Convertino, OFM to St. Francis of Assisi. Fr. David will break open the word and preach at the masses on behalf of the retired religious of our nation and in particular for the sick, aged, and retired Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province.  Thank you for your generosity to those who have served so faithfully.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark