October 13. There was a social worker in the parish who worked with refugees and migrants to obtain documents and permits. She was asked to facilitate a discussion for the suburban and inner city parishes on the government policy of integration of foreigners into local society. There was an opportunity for questions and for people to share their concerns. They certainly learned a lot from one another. Fr Pius was pleased at how the session had gone, even though there were some sensitive issues raised like the quality of service delivery.
Scripture: He has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Eph 1: 10. Pope Francis: In various ways migration affects whole populations in different parts of the world. Forced migration of families resulting from situations of war, persecution, poverty and injustice and marked by a journey that often puts lives at risk traumatizes people and destabilizes families. In accompanying migrants the Church needs a programme addressed not only to families that migrate but also to those family members who remain behind. AL 46