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Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees

National Migration Week

Learn how we are observing National Migration Week and the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in the diocese.

Explore How the Church Welcomes Migrants and Refugees

We will be exploring the Church’s mission to migrants and refugees with special events throughout the week of

September 20-25, 2022

(Click above for full list of events with hyperlinks to registration and additional information)

“Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees” is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR). Pope Francis highlights the commitment that we are all called to share in building a future that embraces God’s plan, leaving no one behind.


Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

September 25, 2022 | St. Ann's Catholic Church | 11 a.m.

Join us for Mass at St. Ann's Catholic Church World Day of Migrants and Refugees with Bishop Burbidge. He will provide a special message to all who attend on the importance of recognizing the plight of migrants and refugees, especially those we welcome in our Diocese.

Citizenship and Legal Services

The American Dream

On Monday, September 19th - Learn about Immigration Law and Policy in the United States
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US Citizenship Through Naturalization

On Monday, September 19th there will be both an in-person and virtual session. Have you ever wondered how immigrants become US Citizens? Are YOU interested in becoming a naturalized citizen of the US?
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Newcomer Services Open House and Office Blessing

Tuesday, September 20th - Newcomer Services of Catholic Charities works with immigrants and refugees throughout the Diocese. Come and see our latest service location in Woodbridge and join Bishop Burbidge as he blesses the space.
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The Migration Experience

Have you ever wondered why and how immigrants and refugees travel to new countries? Join us for a refugee simulation experience on Wednesday, September 21st
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Newcomers and the Dignity of Work

Employment is the best way to promote self-sufficiency for newcomers. We are hosting a job fair to help with this!
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Virtual Cooking Class - Afghan Cuisine

A perfect family fun night on Friday, September 23rd - Get with your family and learn how to make a common Afghan dish. Learn a little about the country and culture in the process!
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Work with Newcomers as a Career or Volunteer

Thursday, September 22nd - Come and meet current volunteers and staff who work with our Catholic Charities Newcomer clients! Happy Hour meetup with proceeds from your purchases will benefit our programs.
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Welcome Our Neighbors

Saturday, September 24th , we will celebrate our new neighbors with a picnic and soccer tournament!