Social Concerns

Sacred Heart Parish provides a wide array of Social Concern activities and opportunities to help our parishors develop and live out The Church's teaching on Social Justice issues for their own good and the good of the society we live in.

Catholic Charities Department of Social Justice - Diocese of Winona

Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice - Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life

Reminder: To Congress "Pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2013!"

 

In the spirit of solidarity with our migrant brothers and sisters, we urge you to take a moment today to send a message to your U.S. Senators and Representatives asking that they pass just and compassionate immigration reform legislation in the 113th Congress. As the president said yesterday during his second inaugural address, "our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity."

ACTION STEPS

If you have…

  1. THREE MINUTES: send the electronic postcard below to your senators and representatives.
  2. FIVE MINUTES: send the electronic postcard to your lawmakers and find more information about Catholic teaching on migration.
  3. TEN MINUTES: print the postcards and send them to your lawmakers. Make multiple copies to provide your parish community!

2013 presents one of the best opportunities for reform in many years. It also marks the 10th anniversary of the historic joint pastoral letter of the United States and Mexico bishops conferences, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope.

We are “Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of Hope Continues” is the theme for this year’s U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishop’s National Migration Week. This theme reminds us of our responsibility as Catholics to help newcomers integrate in ways that are respectful and responsive to social needs, and of the ongoing need for comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
http://www.votervoice.net/link/target/mncc/2NQbB3EW.aspx

Dying to Live - Immigration Video

Immigration is a complex issue that is changing the face of cultures worldwide. In the United States, it is often a controversial issue with many social, economic, political and even religious implications. In the midst of the debate, what often gets lost are the human issues at stake.

"Dying to Live" is a profound look at the human face of the immigrant. It explores who these people are, why they leave their homes and what they face in their journey. Drawing on the insights of Pulitzer Prize winning photographers, theologians, Church and congressional leaders, activists, musicians and the immigrants themselves, this film exposes the places of conflict, pain and hope along the US-Mexico border. It is a reflection on the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God in the midst of that struggle.