Oak Park Catholic parishes that have been among the many first organizations within the village to increase a hand to asylum-seeking migrants encamped at an space police station are set to be honored by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Ascension and St. Edmund Parish, and St. Catherine-St. Lucy and St. Giles Parish – each in Oak Park – are set to choose up the “Journey To Emmaus Award” Thursday because the Archdiocese of Chicago Immigration Ministry hosts the Preserve Hope Alive profit at St. Ignatius Faculty Prep in Chicago.
The Journey To Emmaus Award pays tribute to a person’s or neighborhood’s contributions that show a dedication to “welcome the stranger in our midst, empowering immigrants to reside on this nation with dignity,” Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman Susan Thomas defined in an e mail to Pioneer Press.
“The Catholic Parishes of Oak Park have been distinctive of their outreach with latest migrants offering requirements corresponding to bathe days within the parish’s rectory for migrants staying at a neighborhood CPD station, garments, scorching meals, metropolis assets, orientation, and accompaniment” she said within the e mail.
Thomas stated the parishes developed a collaboration that different parishes might mannequin. The Catholic church buildings are teaming with different Oak Park-area religion facilities, organizations and native authorities to help the migrants, she said within the e mail.
Awards — in different classes — to different people elsewhere are additionally deliberate on the fundraiser.
The fundraiser and award acknowledges “neighborhood leaders who’ve responded to the wants of immigrant communities,” in line with an Archdiocese of Chicago information launch asserting the occasion and all the award recipients.
This yr’s theme is “Constructing A Welcoming Neighborhood” the discharge states.
“Constructing a welcoming neighborhood displays the Gospel crucial to like our neighbor, to welcome the stranger and provides shelter to the susceptible,” Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, said within the launch.
He’s scheduled to make remarks on the occasion.
“I applaud the leaders receiving awards at this profit for his or her enthusiasm in fostering relationships with immigrants, and defending and integrating them into our communities,” stated Cupich.
Oak Park is on the border of the Austin neighborhood on the West Facet of Chicago, with Village Corridor a few mile away from the place migrants are housed inside and in camping-style tents exterior of the fifteenth District Chicago police station.
Few migrants from the police station had come to remain in Oak Park in early fall when St. Catherine-St. Lucy-St. Giles parish opened its doorways to provide them a scorching bathe, new garments and blankets and a kitchen to make their very own meals.
Early on, 30 to 40 migrants would come twice every week from the crowded police station to Oak Park parish for a break from sleeping on the ground or in tents on the sidewalk.
A hearty breakfast was served and the migrants have been provided with cleaning soap, towels, shampoo, combs, razors and deodorant. Donated garments and footwear have been placed on show for the migrants to pick out. Youngsters might get donated toys and take part in card video games and artwork initiatives. Social staff from Household Focus would register the migrants for advantages.
The Rev. Carl Morello, pastor of the merged St. Catherine-St. Lucy-St. Giles parish, acknowledged there are lots of long-term points to be resolved, and the neighborhood response is blended, however he stated that is an emergency response.
“There are those that’ve expressed the priority that we’re serving to these folks they usually’re not paying taxes, what are they giving again?” he stated. “My reply is at all times, it is a ethical subject, when it comes to caring for these in want. We’ve a accountability to look after hungry and homeless folks. We’re not taking a look at all of the political elements. We’re residing the Gospel message.”