DACA: What's at Stake for Parish Families, and Catholic Responses

1:00pm - 3:00pm Justice & Peace Ministry

All parishioners are invited to join our Pastor, Fr. Larry Merta, to meet and hear the family stories applicants approved by U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services for the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Program, known as DACA. You will hear the history of the program and actions, as well as possible outcomes of the Supreme Court decision expected by June. Catholic responses will then be explored and discussed.

1:00pm Opening Prayer - Fr. Larry Merta,

"DACA: to the Supreme Court" - Will Rutt, Director, Office of Faith Justice, and Religious Studies Teacher Quentin Orem of Brophy College Preparatory, Catholic Jesuit high school for boys (1333 at present) in Phoenix

"Why Am I Here?" - Perspectives and stories of DACA Students and Others
Small group discussions and Q & A

2:00pm "Challenges Facing DACA Families" - Jose Patino, DACA recipient, engineer, Master's in secondary education, former high school teacher in West Phoenix, now Director of Campaigns for Aliento,

"Defending the Innocent Migrant as a Life Issue" - Ramon Luzarrago, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Benedictine University
Small group discussions and Q & A

Wrap up and Closing Prayer - Fr. Merta