The Catholic Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. It is an occasion to express concern for different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.
Commemorated on the last Sunday of September, this year’s WDMR is on September 26 (next Sunday). “Towards an ever wider ‘we’” is Pope Francis’ message for this year. Download the message in the following languages.
“We invite you, wherever you are, to join with us to mark this September 26 World Day of Migrants and Refugees,” write members of the North American Migration Committee. “We are pleased to offer to you this prayer service which you can use for your personal/communal reflection.”
Click here to download the prayer service.
“Let us stand once again with migrants and with our fragile planet with renewed ‘creative, communal compassionate care,’” write members of the committee which includes: Br. Diego Diaz, Fr. Jan de Jong, Fr. Dick MacDonald, Fr. Peter McKenna, Fra. Henry Nguyen, Lily Ooi, Fr. Tony Russo and Fr. Ushindi Kambale Sahani.
PHOTO CREDIT: The Vatican’s Migrants & Refugees Section
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.