Current Immigration Program/Activities

St. Joe’s is continuing their immigration effort in 2019 & 2020 with a variety of programs and activities:
* Immigration subcommittee – We created a subcommittee of our Faith Justice Commission to support our immigration programs and activities.
* Casa Latina – We formed a partnership with Casa Latina, a local non-profit that supports low income documented and undocumented hispanic immigrants throughout the City of Seattle. Casa Latina will be presenting a public forum at the parish on Immigrant/Refugee/Asylum stories on 9/12.
* Sister Parish Celebration – This year in October, we celebrate 30-years in relationship with San Bartolme, Arcatao, El Salvador. Padre Miguel, the long time pastor will be joining us and on Oct. 23rd will speak about why people are leaving El Salvador for the US and other destinations. St. Joe’s supports a post secondary scholarship program and a sustainable livelihood program. The sustainable livelihood program provides an alternative to outbound emigration.
* KBI Immersion – St. Joe’s is leading a 10 person delegation to the border from 11/9-14/2019.
* Parish Witness/Action – The parish is planning a non-violent demonstration from our campus to the Federal Building in downtown Seattle. We hope to walk around or surround the Federal Building to call attention to the continued separation of immigrant families and the incarceration of immigrant children. We plan to do this in collaboration with other Catholic parishes and faith communities.

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Tithing Grant Program

St. Thomas More in Decatur tithes 10% of total parish revenue from the previous year during the current fiscal year. This tithe is given to organizations in the form of grants, enabling the parish to provide both annual support for scholarships, emergency assistance, crisis pregnancy volunteers, etc., and one-time grants that help organizations grow to expand their mission. The grant process is deliberative, and recipients are selected to support local, national, and international programs providing a diverse range of services in an impactful way while developing connections with the organizations. For 2018 and 2019, the grant committee has concentrated on providing grants that support the parish social justice focuses for the year (immigration and refugees for 2018 and 2019, along with homelessness and its root causes for 2019). The parish also has a social justice savings account so that even if revenue drops, our social justice commitments will not be cut.

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Social Justice Parish Examen

St. Thomas More became the first Jesuit parish in Georgia in February 2016. Since then, the parish has used a parish-wide examen during weekend masses several times to guide the parish’s mission, leadership structure, and (most recently) social justice priorities for 2019. Attached is the examen we led for the social justice priorities this spring. These priorities help to give the relatively new social justice education and advocacy subcommittee direction, while the process facilitated communication between the parish and the committee.

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Organization Chart

Organization Chart to help parishioners understand the depth of options available at Bellarmine Chapel. One might create something similar for their own parish.

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Parish Examen

An examen for a parish to undertake as they go through transitions to discern where the Spirit is calling them. Feel free to ignore the introductory letter from our pastor and to craft your own in its place.

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Developing “Public Narratives” to engage others

At Bellarmine Chapel (Cincinnati), JustFaith “graduates” have prepared and shared “Public Narratives” (short talks, PNs can become e.g,. pulpit announcements and “graced history” reflections). Public Narratives are developed by leader-organizers to engage others (see introductory video (0:12:13, link) by Marshall Ganz and attached PN development workshop handouts from the Episcopal Diocese of California).

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Visit a Home with Parish Conf. of St. Vincent de Paul (Retreat pre-homework)

This is part of an assignment for a Dec. 2018 Retreat of parish JustFaith “graduates” in Christian Life Communities. This formation experience is part of our efforts to build a “Culture of Encounter,” so much encouraged by Pope Francis. See online article on a Culture of Encounter (URL below).

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“The Two Standards” video formation resource for JustFaith/CLC retreat

Fr. Pepe Ruiz, SJ (San Juan, Puerto Rico) graciously developed this online video, for a Dec. 2018 retreat of parish JustFaith “graduates,” now in Christian Life Communities. See attached retreat outline with other links.

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“Pacem in Terris: A New Hope to the World”

This online video was created by a teacher (Bellarmine parishioner) and students of Archbishop McNicholas High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s landmark encyclical “Pacem in Terris.” Parish “graduates” of JustFaith formation (www.justfaith.org) in Christian Life Communities (CLCs) organized related public justice-education events. See attachment.

 Pacem in Terris Video

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Skit on Civilize It

We used this during election season to encourage civil discourses.

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