100th Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity Anniversary Opening Ceremony / Los Siervos Misioneros de la Santísima Trinidad Ceremonia de Apertura de la Celebración del Centenario
For 100 years, the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity have answered the call to bring Christ’s love to those in greatest need throughout North and Latin America and the Caribbean. In our 37 missions, we bring God’s presence, food to the poor, healing to the sick, and hope to those in danger of losing their Catholic Faith.
We cannot do it alone. Your prayers sustain us, and your generosity allows us to continue to care for the whole person and bring lasting change. Join us as we embark on the next 100 years of sharing Christ’s love. Thanks for being a part of our mission.
Please visit our Centennial page on the web to learn more: trinitymissionscentennial.org
Durante 100 años, los Siervos Misioneros de la Santísima Trinidad han respondido al llamado
de llevar el amor de Cristo a los más necesitados en los Estados Unidos, América Latina y el Caribe. En nuestras 37 misiones llevamos la presencia de Dios, el alimento a los pobres, la salud a los enfermos y la esperanza a los que están en peligro de perder su fe católica.
No podemos hacerlo solos. Sus oraciones nos sostienen y su generosidad nos permite seguir cuidando de la persona en su totalidad y aportar un cambio duradero. Acompáñenos mientras
nos embarcamos hacia los próximos 100 años de compartir el amor de Cristo. Gracias por formar parte de nuestra misión.
Por favor, visite nuestro sitio del Centenario para saber más:
Answering our Church’s Call to Combat Human Trafficking
Answering our Church’s Call to Combat Human Trafficking
By Hilary Chester and Lisa Lungren
USCCB Anti-Trafficking, Migration and Refugee Services
One of the most hidden and vulnerable populations our Church is called to accompany and protect are women, men, and children subjected to human trafficking. Also referred to as modern-day slavery, this illicit industry generates over 150 billion dollars a year by compelling human beings to perform backbreaking labor or engage in commercial sex acts. Contrary to public perception, these brothers and sisters of ours are not only trapped through physical force, yet also many times by insidious schemes such as fraud and coercion. In other words, traffickers’ prey upon the vulnerable with false promises of a better life, threat of harm or death against their loved ones, withholding identify documents, tricking them into thinking they owe more debt, and more.
Our baptismal call to promote human dignity teaches us that every life is a gift from God and sacred, and as such, deserves to be protected and nurtured. Human trafficking—where men, women, and children are bought and sold like merchandise—inherently rejects this principle, showing absolute contempt for the human condition. Thus, the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World denounces all conditions where people “are treated as mere tools for profit rather than free and responsible persons” as “infamies” and a “supreme dishonor to the creator”.
The elimination of human trafficking is a priority issue of the Catholic Church. We can turn to the Church’s most recent papal leaders for guidance. Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis have each publicly decried trafficking in persons, calling for its eradication and for the protection of survivors. Pope Francis has spoken with particular urgency about our responsibility as Catholics and people of good will to not look the other way. Archbishop Bernadito Auza, former representative of the Holy See at the United Nations, clearly delineates Pope Francis’ message which urges us to be present to and take action against this crime:
- Human trafficking is a crime that is happening in our local communities
- Root causes are economic, environmental, ethical, and political in nature
- Trafficking takes advantage of a widespread culture of indifference and exclusion
- Now is the time for action against modern-day slavery
- Action must involve everyone
The good news is that as the Vatican – as well as the U.S. Bishops, and our country’s religious sisters – amplify their cry against what Pope Francis describes as “a wound against contemporary society,” a growing number of Catholics are anxious to become involved in its eradication. There are a multitude of options available for each and every one of us to get started today:
Pray: Observe February 8th when Catholics around the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services on the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. February 8 also coincides with the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita. St. Bakhita’s trajectory from years of cruel enslavement in Sudan to freedom in Italy led her to experience the love of God through Christ and to become a shepherd for many others. Join us as we partner with the John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy at St. Thomas University College of Law for an online morning prayer service, survivors’ panel, and mass!
Grow in Awareness: Read and reflect upon the Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking, a publication authored by the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican. These guidelines offer an in-depth reading and comprehension of modern-day slavery to serve as encouragement to Catholic anti-trafficking ministries.
Engage: Help your parish, diocese, or community group become involved in local anti-trafficking efforts! The ‘Become a SHEPHERD’ resources from USCCB contain an array of materials to help you with awareness raising and direct engagement through service and advocacy.
Questions on how to build or expand upon your parish or diocese’s anti-trafficking ministries? Please contact us at email@example.com. We are here to help you!
Hilary Chester, PhD is the Associate Director for Anti-Trafficking Programs, US Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services.
Lisa Lungren, MA is the National Outreach Coordinator, Immigration and Anti-Trafficking, US Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services.
Learn more about USCCB’s Anti-Trafficking programs and efforts at https://www.usccb.org/topics/anti-trafficking-program.
Catholic Divorce Ministry Council
We, the Catholic Divorce Ministry Council, serving under the Office of Marriage and Family Life Ministry, seek to expand and support ministry programs that will embrace families in transition due to divorce or separation. We will offer a spiritual and emotional path to healing through education and support to those in need of comfort and hope. Working in collaboration with clergy, parish, and lay/peer leadership, we will train facilitators, promote awareness, and offer resources for parish-based groups.
For more information visit http://www.sbmarriageinitiative.org/catholic-divorce-ministry
Diocese of San Bernardino
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Office of Marriage and Family Life Ministry
Communication Skills: Adventures in Marriage
Free for a limited time!
An experience that will nurture your relationship – Online Communication skills workshop for couples
(married and seriously dating) “Adventures in Marriage”
The workshops are six sessions on Zoom, on Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
Two different starting Dates! Choose a starting date
On Thursdays, from January 28 to March 4th, 2021 http://bit.ly/SBAIMWorkshopJan28
On Thursdays, April 8th to June 3rd, 2021 http://bit.ly/SBAIMWorkshopApr8
Habilidades de Comunicación: Aventuras en el Matrimonio
¡Gratis por tiempo limitado!
Una experiencia que nutrirá tu relación – Taller en línea de de habilidades de comunicación para parejas
(casados y novios) “Aventuras en Matrimonio”
Los talleres son de seis sesiones en la plataforma de Zoom, los jueves 7:00pm-9:00pm
¡cuatro fechas de inicio diferentes! Elige una fecha de inicio
Los jueves del 28 de enero al 4 de marzo del 2021 http://bit.ly/SBAIMTaller28Enero
Los jueves del 18 de febrero al 25 de marzo del 2021 http://bit.ly/SBAIMTaller18Feb
Los jueves del 8 abril al 13 de mayo del 2021 http://bit.ly/SBAIMTaller8Abril
Los jueves del 29 de abril al 3 de junio del 2021 http://bit.ly/SBAIMTaller29Abril
For more information on classes and other workshops provided by the Office of Marriage and Family Life Ministry, please visit their website http://www.sbmarriageinitiative.org/upcoming-events
ORDER OF CHRISTIAN FUNERALS/ RITUAL DE EXEQUIAS CRISTIANAS
Saturday, April 24, 2021 – 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Register to participate virtually to the Order of Christian Funerals workshop with following link/ Inscríbase utilizando este enlace: https://forms.gle/akUitmnwSCKdRw4W9
Parish Reader Formation Course
Registration Fees vary by deadline:
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Reporting sexual abuse of a child
By a priest, deacon, employee, or volunteer, call the toll free Sexual Misconduct Hotline 1-888-206-9090.
Restoring-Me Zoom sessions for survivors of abuse
Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
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Click here to learn about Trinity Missions
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Click here to learn more about this Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
Valley Missionary Program (VMP)
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Virtual Formation Day
Deadline Registration April 2, 2021
Registration $12 per person
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Click here for online registration/ access to online training
XIX Theological Symposium/ XIX Simposio Teológico