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World Day of Migrants & Refugees

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:35-36). These words are a constant admonition to see in the migrant not simply a brother or sister in difficulty, but Christ himself, who knocks at our door. Consequently, even as we work to ensure that in every case migration is the fruit of a free decision, we are called to show maximum respect for the dignity of each migrant; this entails accompanying and managing waves of migration as best we can, constructing bridges and not walls, expanding channels for a safe and regular migration. In whatever place we decide to build our future, in the country of our birth or elsewhere, the important thing is that there always be a community ready to welcome, protect, promote and integrate everyone, without distinctions and without excluding anyone.


World Day of Migrants & Refugees (September 24) is only a few weeks away. We’d like to encourage you to supplement your reflections with a unique online simulation titled Journey Into Exile on Tuesday, September 26 presented by the Jesuit Refugee Service. This exercise allows participants to experience what a refugee goes through when they must flee their country. Pay-what-you-can; suggested price $10. Register at 780-459-5511 or at  

Other Opportunities for Faith Formation

The Star of the North is excited to bring you a full line-up of exciting new programs for this fall. Take a minute to jump to our website and browse Make plans for your spiritual care this year: take advantage of early registration rates and save up to 20%.


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