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Calling all Catholics in the Archdiocese of NY (individuals and the institution)

Speak out against the persecution of immigrants and provide aid to those facing deportation!

Dear Friends,

Lent is an opportunity to root ourselves more deeply in our faith. We attempt to step away from the busyness of the world, sink into silence, and listen to God’s call. We, as Catholics, have much to reflect upon this Lent. Even though it may be painful or may cause distress, we must acknowledge our collective faults. We are, after all, a community of believers, and a majority of our community voted for Donald Trump. On Inauguration Day our Catholic leadership blessed and welcomed him into office, and it is Catholic officials (Steve Bannon and Mike Pence) who are leading the charge to persecute immigrants. Even if you do not consider yourself one of “those” Catholics, recall the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his letter from a Birmingham Jail to white, good-willed people of faith: “remaining silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows” makes us more cautious than courageous. We are obliged to correct our community.

Bear witness to the truth. Jesus taught us to welcome the stranger and warned that when we refuse to do so, we refuse to welcome God. When we do welcome others into our hearts and homes we see: there is neither Muslim nor Christian, undocumented or documented. We are all people deserving of the same rights, same protections, same freedoms, and same peace. Stand in solidarity with our persecuted sisters and brothers.  

Prayer ● Fasting ● Almsgiving

Lent 2017 ~ Reflection, Repentence & Solidarity

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Opening Song:

One Bread, One Body

One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless.

And we, though many, throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord.

  • Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more.
  • Muslim or Christian, with papers or not, borders or walls, no more.    

Opening Prayer:

God, as we gather today to pray for those suffering because of our government’s anti-immigrant policies—bans, incarceration, and deportation—we ask for your courage as individuals and as an institution to speak out for an end to persecution and work courageously to provide sanctuary.

R: Amen

Rosary Decades:

  • The Holy Family’s Difficult Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem
  • The Slaughter of the Inncoents  
  • The Holy Family’s Flight to Egypt
  • Jesus’s Teachings: Welcome the Stranger
  • Jesus is arrested and tried for not being a “friend of Caesar”

Dios te salve, María. Llena eres de gracia: El Señor es contigo. Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres. Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús. Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amen.

Litany of Saints: (Pray with us)

  • Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus…

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe…

  • St. Joseph…

  • St. Elizabeth…

  • St. John the Baptist…

  • St. Mary Magdalene…

  • St. Peter…

  • St. Paul…

  • Sts. Priscilla and Aquilla…

  • St. Stephen…

  • Sts Perpetua and Felicity …

  • St. Patrick…

  • St. Brigid…

  • St. Benedict…

  • St. Scholastica…

  • St. Francis…

  • St. Clare…

  • St. Dominic…

  • St. Catherine of Siena…

  • St. Ignatius Loyola…

  • St. Joan of Arc...

  • Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz…

  • Blessed Juan Diego…

  • St. Teresa of Avila…

  • St. John Vianney…

  • St. Louise De Marillac…

  • Sojourner Truth…

  • St. Edith Stein…

  • Ceasar Chavez…

  • Oscar Romero…

  • Dorothy Day…

  • Thomas Merton…

  • Dan and Phillip Berrigan…

We will end the vigil in silence. Please leave prayerfully and quietly.

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OUR GATHERING WILL INCLUDE SONG, THE ROSARY AND A LITANY OF SAINTS.

MEET ON THE STEPS OF ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL, EVERY FRIDAY DURING LENT AT 5:15PM.


(DOWNLOAD LETTER, PROGRAM, and THE ROSARY of SOLIDARITY BELOW)