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Bishop McElroy: Walking with People on the Journey to Justice

CLINIC congratulates Bishop Robert McElroy on his installation as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of San Diego!  As we pray for Bishop McElroy today, we recall his leadership regarding immigrant integration in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and look forward to his ministry as shepherd of San Diego’s 98 parishes in Imperial and San Diego Counties. 
Tax forms around a computer

Taxes and the Affordable Care Act

On March 13, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posted a consumer alert warning taxpayers about unscrupulous tax preparers and the Affordable Care Act. In the English and Spanish alert, the IRS urged taxpayers to be careful when selecting tax preparers. It also stressed that payments should only be made with their tax returns or in response to a letter from IRS and not directly to the tax preparer. The announcement came in response to reports that unscrupulous preparers have advised their clients to make direct payments to them.  

‘We Belong Here’, Hartford Public Library

Hartford Public Library, a BIA Recognized CLINIC affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a unique and effective immigrant integration program, which includes a range of legal and educational services to immigrants. The ‘We Belong Here’ program, led by Homa Naficy, is a powerful addition to the growing number of local integration initiatives nationwide.

Year of Consecrated Life: Following Him with Great Serenity and Spiritual Joy

I am Sister Andrea Marie, a Novice of Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma (abbr. RSM). I am glad to have this opportunity of sharing with you my vocation story as a Religious Sister, as well as my immigration process as a Religious Worker. I am a Korean (South) citizen, but came to US from Germany, where I lived for seven years. In the summer of 2012, I came to Alma, Michigan, where our Motherhouse is located, in order to enter into the formation program of our community.

A Reflection for Holy Thursday

*The following reflection originally appeared as a feature in Catholic Charities USA's Lent Reflection Series  

Holy Week : March 29-April 4 Repentance and Hope

Lamentations are a part of our faith tradition. They transcend the logic of reason, rational analysis, study and planning. They pierce the crusty calluses of numbness, cynicism, indifference and denial. Laments are cries of anguish and outrage, groans of deep pain and grief, utterances of profound protest and righteous indignation over injustice, wails of mourning and sorrow in the face of unbearable suffering. Laments name the present pain, and forthrightly acknowledge that life and relationships have gone terribly wrong. Laments both stem from and lead to deep compassion.

Week 5 Lenten Reflection: Unaccompanied Minors and Family Migration

Matthew 18:1-5 At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” “Nothing is as Important to the Church as Human Life”

Catholic Charities of Central Texas Springs into Action

Since President Obama’s November 20th announcement of administrative relief, legal service providers have been working overtime to educate communities about policy shifts, the implementation process, and the options available.  Informing the public regarding changes of this magnitude is no small task.

Week 4 Lenten Reflection: Immigrant Detention

Leviticus 24:22 You shall have but one rule, for alien and native-born alike. I, the LORD, am your God. Background on Family Detention The US immigrant detention system grew more than five-fold between 1994 and 2013. In 1994 the daily detained population on a given day was 6,785 people. By 2013, that number grew to 34,260 – a figure mandated by Congress.

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