The Education Team is made up of Circle members who plan and present programs to Circle members, parishioners, and the public that educate on matters of immigration.
Five Zoom programs were presented during our summer of education. They were recorded and can be watched on our website. (Click here for the Newsletter/Video tab.)
- Immigration Crisis and Our Faith
- Historical Background for the Causes of Mexican and Central American Migration
- Immigration Law in the United States: Then and Now
- The Current Situation: Immigration Rights and Legislation
- Catholic Social Teaching
Plans are in the works for a program centered on the people who come to the U.S. for asylum or have applied for DACA or TPS. Many immigrants cannot plan their futures because our immigration policies make it so difficult to progress through the system. We need to hear what life is like for these people.
The Direct Support team of Circle members work with immigrants in the Metro Detroit area daily to help them obtain basic needs, medical care and legal help. Circles have also been instrumental in helping immigrants obtain jobs and, in one case, establish a small business.
Recently members of the Circle at St. Mary Student Parish (Ann Arbor) visited the county jail with the daughter of a detainee. They reported how a great deal of time and effort was spent just to have an unsatisfactory and frustrating meeting with the detainee on a video screen for a short time.
The Circle at St. Anne (Detroit) has been involved in driving a young girl and her family to Chicago for doctor visits at Shriners Hospital there.
Sr. Martha de la Torre SMR has just formed Circle of Support made up of immigrant women. At their next meeting they plan to ask why these families have come to the U.S. and what expectations and needs they have.
The Circle at St. Clement of Rome (Romeo) is in the process of helping an immigrant who was recently turned over to ICE because of her expired driver’s license and lack of insurance—due to the effects COVID-19 on our economy keeping her from work.
The Circle at Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Oak Park/Ferndale) has been helping to financially support the Casa Samaritano Shelter in Mexico. The shelter recently experienced a devastating flood. They need a new water system and they need to replace all the clothing, shoes, medical supplies and food that they had for immigrants travelling north. The Circle of Support is planning a fundraiser. Click here for the details
The Circle at Gesu Parish (Detroit) has helped an immigrant to legally establish a gardening business. The Circle continues to help her get new business.
The Advocacy team is made up of Circle members. They develop plans to affect change in both state and federal policy and train Circle members to implement the plans.
The Advocacy team is made up of Circle members. They develop plans to affect change in both state and federal policy and train Circle members to implement the plans. Circle members from SS John and Paul (Macomb) and other Circle members living in the Shelby Township area visited Shelby Township police and administration after two recent racist postings from the Chief of Police and a Trustee. The Advocacy team has requested that police statistics on interactions with residents and those passing through Shelby Township be made public. They also asked that a panel of residents and small business leaders be formed to advise and make suggestions to the administration. A plan to enter into further discussion with regards to this matter includes reaching out to other Christian churches in Shelby Township to form a group of local pastors and faith leaders.
Further advocacy within the Michigan legislature includes reaching out to our Representatives and Senators to get the Michigan Drivers License Initiative, or the Drive SAFE bills (House Bills 5192 & 5193, Senate Bills 631 & 632) out of committee. The Advocacy team will also partner with the Michigan Catholic Conference and the Catholic Advocacy Network with regard to these bills.
The Spiritual Integration team supports the members during leadership and larger assembly meetings through reflections on where God is moving in individuals and the organization.
Last fall and winter a series of prayer services took place. Initiating it was a service held at Most Holy Trinity bringing together diverse groups in the community honoring the children who died in detention, celebrating Latin culture, and contributing to the needs in the immigrant community.
This summer, 40 people gathered outside of St. Damien Molokai and prayed for the communities most affected by Covid-19 and gave witness to the hope we hold in prayer and action for healing individuals and unjust structures.
Most Holy Trinity
St. Damien Molokai
St. Damien Molokai