ASSISTING PEOPLE IN NEED
Annual Catholic Appeal releases its 2014 'Report of Gratitude' to parishioners
Bishop Jaime Soto invites all parishioners to view the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal “Report of Gratitude” by visiting www.tcfsac.org.
Bishop Soto notes in the report: “Every time a family has a breakthrough, a child finds safety and hope, a marginalized individual finds the strength to rebuild a life of dignity, a seminarian moves closer to ordination, or a student is able to stay in Catholic school, we think of you, or donors. Thank you for your support this year. Please take a moment to see the difference you’ve made in 2014.”
The report shares details about how parish participation has impacted the lives of thousands of people in need of assistance. The 2014 ACA is approaching $3 million from nearly 19,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento. The Catholic Foundation is till accepting donations for 2014. You can donate online by visiting www.tcfsac.org. Twenty-five percent of ACA donations are returned to each individual parish for their own outreach to people who need help.
The November-December Issue of
CATHOLIC HERALD Magazine
is now available to view on this website.
Catholic Herald is the bimonthly publication of the Diocese of Sacramento. The current issue includes a profile of the 40-year ministry of Sacred Heart Choir Director MARIE STRICKER (pictured) on page 30. You can view the two-page story here.
President’s Action on Immigration Will Help Families But Must Not Hamper Comprehensive Immigration Reform
ON 21 NOVEMBER 2014. IMMIGRATION
Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement with regard to the President’s Executive Action on immigration:
"Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue in the United States. The Bishops of California welcome the President’s action to offer some humanitarian relief for hard-working families who have lived in the shadows for too long.
“As pastors we witness firsthand the needless strain and pain the broken immigration system has inflicted on our communities. Respect for human life and dignity demands that our national leaders put people before politics. They should reform the immigration system, adhering to the traditional, sound principals of U.S. immigration: family unity, proper protection of our borders, and addressing the root cause of forced migration. An essential part of the solution should include a legalization program with an earned path to citizenship.
“We acknowledge that many will find some hope and peace-of-mind by this action. Parents and children will no longer live in fear of being separated. Growers and other employers will know their valued, productive employees are safe. Law enforcement will be able to work more closely with immigrant families to ensure the safety and tranquility of their communities. As we have done for many years through our Catholic Charities and other partners, we will continue to assist them in obtaining the benefits provided by law.
“We advise caution and patience while the details of the President’s order are carefully evaluated. With time, we will understand how the order will be implemented. Be wary of any unscrupulous attempts to exploit unsuspecting immigrants by offering quick solutions.
“We call on Congress and the President to work together toward a more comprehensive response to the humanitarian crisis of a broken immigration system. We will work with the California Congressional delegation and the President to accomplish that goal.”
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