Archdiocese of Chicago

Office for Immigrant Affairs & Immigration Education
Department of Parish Life and Formation

Lent 2012

Lent begins on February 22nd this year. We invite all parish communities and individuals to join us in our prayer and fasting for the stranger. We should be mindful that in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus instructs us to welcome the stranger: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me" (Mt. 25-35). We should give particular consideration to the treatment of refugees and undocumented immigrants who are fleeing war and economic conditions that push them out of their countries in search for refuge in the United States.

The Office for Immigrant Affairs, Archdiocese of Chicago, invites everyone - individuals and parishes - to utilize this calendar during the Lenten season for activities, prayers, reflections, and opportunities to nourish a deeper compassion and a lived spirituality of following the cross of Christ.
English Lenten Calendar | Calendario de Cuaresma | Kalendarz Wielkopos

Office for Immigrant Affairs urges Parishioners to pray and fast for a member of Congress to come to a more compassionate understanding of immigration issues. Please send a letter to a Congressperson to let him or her know that you are praying and fasting and the reason why.
Example Letter | List of U.S. Senators | List of U.S. Representatives
Une Invitación a la Oración y Ayuno Cuaresmal

We also invite Parishes to commit themselves to pray and fast for immigration reform and a cease of detention and deportations. Please join the dozens of Parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago who have committed themselves to doing this since Lent of 2011.
List of Parishes Praying for Immigration Reform

"Migration and the New Evangelization" - Message of his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (2012)
English Version | Spanish Version | Abbreviated One page English Version


Descargue el texto del “Viacrucis del Migrante” Preparado por varias diócesis y archidióscesis en México, basado en el texto de la Carta Pastoral de los Obispos mexicanos y Norteamericanos “Juntos en el Camino de la Esperanza, ya no somos Extranjeros” un material excelente para unirnos a la experiencia personal de Cristo y la de cientos de miles de migrantes que muchas veces tienen que pasar por el “calvario” “la Cruz” para poner aspirar a la “resurrección”