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Welcoming the Stranger at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Chicago

Chicago, IL (June 5, 2007)—On Sunday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m., Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will welcome and address participants celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi with a procession and prayer service for immigration reform at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, 1300 N. Noble St., Chicago. A Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church follows at 2:15 p.m.

Welcoming the Stranger begins with a 1 p.m. procession from the corner of Division and Ashland to St. Stanislaus Kostka. Participating will be recent immigrants, citizens, members of the Priests for Justice for Immigrants, a network of more than 130 Chicago priests, and members of the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, representing 27 religious orders.

Procession participants will carry postcards with the names of families adversely impacted by the current immigration policies. At the end of the liturgy, these postcards will be given to those in attendance and distributed to numerous parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Using the information recorded on each filled-in postcard, parishioners will telephone their United States’ senators and representatives in the name of the person or family on the card in support of just and comprehensive immigration reform.

The Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform (CCIR) was launched in June 2005 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States, and today is implemented in 80 dioceses across the country. The goal of the campaign is justice for immigrants and comprehensive immigration reform, which includes just and effective border control, a legalization program with a path to citizenship for immigrants and their families, a new worker program with worker protections, and the preservation of family reunification as a cornerstone of the U.S. immigration system.

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