Justice Blog

Blog by Sr. Carol Ann Spencer, OP

In last week’s blog, Barbara Kane  noted that on November 12,2019, the Supreme Court  will hear oral  arguments about the legality of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ) program.  Some background to this important issue  may be helpful.

In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security initiated the DACA  program for certain undocumented individuals who came to the United States as children and met several  guidelines.  DACA was patterned after the DREAM Act, bipartisan legislation that was initiated more than a decade ago but has  not  become law.  The purpose of  DACA was to utilize prosecutorial  discretion  to provide undocumented persons who were brought to the United States when they were children with temporary relief from deportation and work authorization.  The status expires after two years, subject to renewal.

The current administration announced termination  of the DACA program on September 15,2017.  While this termination is now the subject of litigation and multiple nationwide preliminary injunctions, these are only partial and temporary.  This situation has  created  much anguish and uncertainty.  Dreamers are young people who include DACA  recipients, as well  as other undocumented individuals of  similar age group who were brought to the United States by their parents  as children.  They are contributors to our country,veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes. .  Dreamers are woven into the fabric of our country and our Church, and are, by every social and human measure, American youth.

We believe that the dignity of every  human being, particularly that of youth and families, must be protected and we believe that our nation has a moral  responsibility to provide a path to citizenship ,not only for DACA and the Dreamers, but for all those with Temporary Protected Status.  Use every opportunity to call on your members of Congress to find  a bipartisan legislative solution to protect all these young people and hardworking  families and pray that our Supreme Court will support the legality of DACA so that we may, once again , make a move to become a WELCOMING NATION.

Posted in News, Peace & Justice Blog

Congratulations to the Great Bend Mission Bazaar Raffle Winners!

Large Hand-Stitched Quilt             Mary Jane Esselburne

One-Quarter Beef                           Rita Oborny

One-Quarter Beef                           Marcia Smith

One-Quarter Beef                           Amber Garetson

One-Quarter Beef                           Tim Hutfles

Kitchen Aid Mixer                           Elia Urbina

Hand-Sculpted Santa                    Larry Klusener

Hand-Turned Wooden Bowl          Becky Jones

Counted Cross Stitch Throw          Eleanor Kuder

Child’s Rocker                                 Donna Repmar

$150 Cash                                       Marlene Friese

$150 Cash                                       Shirley Eilers

$75 Cash                                         Terry O’Connell

$75 Cash                                         Susan Dome

$50 Cash                                         Donna Lies

$50 Cash                                         Rosie Meier

$50 Wal-Mart Gift Card                 Denise Dater

$50 Wal-Mart Gift Card                 Madeleine Breen

$100 Stutzman Greenhouse Card  Vickie Dreiling

Posted in News


Blog by Associate Colette Parker

I know you’ve seen it – the holiday merchandise on display in retail stores.

(Yes. I know, it’s been out for weeks – even in the same aisle as the Halloween merchandise).

Those displays have given me an idea: what if we shift our thoughts from presents to presence during the Christmas season of gratitude and giving by sharing gifts that reach beyond store-bought trinkets?

There are countless ways we can share gratitude, support, and love. Here are a few:

  • Spend time with those who are lonely.
  • Listen to someone who needs to be heard.
  • Write a note of appreciation to family and friends.
  • Volunteer at a local food pantry.
  • Donate supplies to a school.
  • Bake a treat for a neighbor, co-worker, or friend
  • Prepare/share a meal for/with someone who lives alone.
  • Devote quality time to family and friends.
  • Go caroling at a nursing home.
  • Rake leaves/shovel snow for a senior.
  • Relax with loved ones.

Let’s remember why we celebrate this glorious holiday in the first place: Almighty God decided to give an undeserving humanity the truest and most precious gift that has ever been given in His Son Jesus.

And while we’re making the most of this holiday season, let’s remember that there are always opportunities to give throughout the year!

What are some ways that you can give of yourself this holiday season?

Posted in Associate Blog, News