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Our Catholic Social Teachings Program features a new perspective from guest speakers monthly. The topics are timeless in the teachings of the Catholic Church and current in our world today. Take a fresh look at our church and it’s teachings regarding the marginalized.

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Catholic Social Teaching for February

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING MINISTRY

 “Welcoming the Stanger… do we?”

Thursday, February 25, 2021
7:30PM ZOOM

HOW CAN A FAITH-ROOTED PEOPLE PROVIDE GOSPEL HOSPITALITY?
WHY DOES MIGRATION EXISTS?
Adult Faith Presentations
Anton Flores

On February 3, 2021 the Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishop (USCCB) Migration Subcommittee issued a press release stating in part….” The Catholic Church teaches that each person is created in the image and likeness of God and that we must uphold the inherent dignity of each person. As a society, we must remain consistent in our openness and treatment of all persons, regardless of whether they were born in the United States or immigrated here”.  This statement is totally consistent with the principle of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) centering around respect and dignity of people.

We are pleased to have Mr. Anton Flores as our guest speaker for the February 25, 2021 CST program. For 15 years, Anton Flores-Maisonet has been a leader of Georgia’s faith-rooted response for immigrant justice. As lead founder of ministries like Casa Alterna and El Refugio, Anton has provided tangible expression of Gospel hospitality to newcomers in our immigrant communities. 

Mr. Flores will lead a discussion on the root causes of migration and individuals right to migrate. Discussion will also look at the harsh systems that dehumanize and oppress immigrants and asylum seekers today. Lastly attendees will hear about faith-rooted, love-infused responses of mercy and justice happening right now in Georgia.


SPECIAL ZOOM INSTRUCTIONS: To join us on ZOOM, you need to register on the Catholic Social Teaching Events Signup Genius Page
The day before the event; you will receive an email which will have your instructions for linking to the virtual ZOOM gathering

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES:

USCCB Press Release of February 3, 2021:  https://www.usccb.org/news/2021/usccb-migration-chairman-welcomes-administrations-actions-rebuild-immigration-system  

Video by USCCB on Immigration and the Catholic Church (March 2020):  https://www.usccb.org/resources/immigration-and-catholic-church  

Hospitality House for families visiting migrants in Detention Center in Stewart Ga.: https://www.elrefugiostewart.org/

See the website for Anton’s project here: casaalterna.org


Future Topics for Catholic Social Teaching Programs:

  • Addiction/ Suicide, And the Role of the Pandemic on these issues.
  • Pandemic impact on Cobb County, the Marginalized and social issues surrounding public safety.

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Notes from the Parish, Events, and Involvement

Annual Welcoming the Refugee Events: Welcoming the Refugee Weekend Home Page

Thank You to everyone who participated and donated to the “Welcoming the Refugee Weekend.” make up donation date!

Care for Creation Committee: Information on how Transfiguration is helping care for our common home.

Videos:

The 7 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching /Catholic Relief Services and the USCCB. CLICK HERE

Resources from Previous Discussions

Updated Catechism of the Catholic Church (Paragraph #2267):
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20180801_catechismo-penadimorte_en.html 

America Magazine article with Sister Helen Prejean:
https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2021/01/11/trump-barr-federal-execution-death-penalty-helen-prejean-239560?fbclid=IwAR0PvjCkLHY1PEVCXif8A-J5rBUxhNRGAjLAPvbGoyoR01GnTlxCxON12TY

Podcast: Criminal – Sister Helen Prejean
https://thisiscriminal.com/episode-156-sister-helen/

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
https://www.usccb.org/news/2020/recalling-meaning-advent-us-bishop-chairmen-call-end-executions

Video by Bryan Stevenson on the Death Penalty:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Woqm3NHzpms 

Bishop Ned’s Talk for the CST 2020 Fall Kickoff Event 9/24/20

Faithful Citizenship Program 10/8/20

USCCB on Forming Consciences

Archbishop Robert McElroy on voting with Faith and a Conscience

Watch a replay of the event by clicking here: Transfiguration Media/CST

Archbishop Hartmayer statement on racial violence: https://georgiabulletin.org/news/2020/05/archbishop-hartmayer-releases-statement-in-wake-of-racial-violence-protests/ 

Father Bryan Massingale https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/assumptions-white-privilege-and-what-we-can-do-about-it

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: https://www.usccb.org/resources/open-wide-our-hearts-study-guide

Find out more about what the USCCB says about the topic here.

Want to know more about how the Arch Atlanta is involved with these issues, click here

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