Los Angeles archdiocese launches donation campaign for immigrant families

Online donation page shared with all parishes in LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties; proceeds will be used for legal and education assistance to families through Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Rights Project

Archbishop Jose Gomez blesses massgoers. Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times

In an effort to assist reunited immigrant and refugee families, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in partnership with Catholic Charities Los Angeles, is launching an online donation page that will be shared with all the parishes in LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara. The proceeds will be used for legal and education assistance to families through Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Rights Project. The online page is accessible via TheNextAmerica.org and https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=44fb3a.

“The tragedy of so many children being separated from their parents at the border is one of the cruel consequences of our broken immigration system and the failure of leaders in Washington,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez. “I am inspired by this initiative through Catholic Charities Los Angeles. It is a beautiful sign of compassion and it will make a big difference in the lives of these little ones and their families. But at the same time, we need to keep praying and keep working for the reform of our immigration laws — which is too long overdue.”

Last month, the Archdiocese in partnership with Catholic Charities, hosted a two-day radio fundraising campaign on Catholic broadcaster Guadalupe Radio, collecting $92,000 to benefit the campaign to help the reunited families, but more funds will be needed to support these and other families that might arrive in Los Angeles in the future, according to Isaac Cuevas, director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Immigration Affairs.

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles provides support and advocacy to individuals and families, helping them to legalize their residency status and become naturalized citizens. The primary goal is to reunite families by legalizing persons residing in the United States without lawful immigration status. The program is structured to encourage economic independence in immigrant families, assimilation into the broader culture and a commitment to giving back to society.

Full story at Diocese of Los Angeles website.

Comments

  1. http://Angry%20Bob says

    Go Fund Me not.

  2. http://RickW says

    Based on the past financial stewardship of the diocese , I would not trust them , fund raising of this kind during these current scandals shows contempt for the laity , and how tone deaf the diocese is to the situation.

  3. http://RickW says

    How about mahoney as the public face of this effort ?.

  4. http://Peggy says

    I sure wish Gomez would become Catholic shepherd, instead of acting like a secularist Democrat. I suspect he did not vote for Trump.

  5. http://Kristin says

    NO. Easily understood in English and Spanish.

  6. http://Craig says

    No, Archbishop. No. Fix the Anaheim Religious Education Congress. Get the married lesbians out of the Office of Religious Education. Get the gay assistant bishops and priests out of ministries. Do what you were ordained to do, which isn’t social justice.

    • http://Melanie says

      I live here and I know exactly who and what you’re talking about. That AB Gomez hasn’t cleaned house is inexcusable. Until he cleans up the chancery, the REC will continue to be a party with strong gay overtones. Like next year’s theme: “Thirsting for Justice”. Everyone knows what they mean by justice, and it isn’t what Aristotle or Aquinas meant. It’s what the gays mean: justice means LGBTQIA+ advocacy. Fr. James Martin will be back, so will other pro-gay speakers. My friends and I call it the Religious EduGAYtion Congress now, and we have stopped going.

  7. http://Eagle%20Tom says

    Go and ask Cdl. Mahony for the money!

    • http://Stella%20Bella says

      Bravo! Mahoney, as last reported, cost the Los Angeles Archdiocese approximately $650 million due to his reckless management of abuse.

      But for Mahony’s irresponsibility, the need for begging on behalf of others would be reduced.

  8. http://St.%20Christopher says

    “Legal and educational assistance” — meaning what? Well, to begin, this is a loophole big enough to accommodate a very large truck. The money will go to lawyers and to others that seek to place roadblocks up against the federal government, including through litigation. It is a fraudulent organization that will do little to feed or clothe people. Best put your money toward a meaningful charity that does not exist to support far left causes.

  9. http://Xavier says

    Gomez – What a disappointment this man has been. Nothing in the LA Archdiocese has been changed since Mahoney left. We expected great things from Gomez when it came to cleaning house. Nothing, nothing has been cleaned up. In the meantime, all we hear about is “the poor immigrants.”

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