Raise Your Voice and Take Action
Women Apostles in the Gospel: Deepening Our Understanding: You know about Mary, the mother of Jesus and you've heard of Mary Magdalene. But, how much do you know about the other Marys and the other women who stayed with Jesus, like Joanna? Have you considered the Bible stories from their perspective? Would you like to?
Then join us for a series exploring and reflecting women in the Bible and women’s perspective on the Bible. Our series will consist of three 4-week sessions—this summer, in the fall, and in the spring. Each session will have a specific focus, beginning with our exploration of and reflection on the lives of the women who stayed with Jesus through scripture, readings, imagination and art.
Led by parishioners Anne Koester and Liz McCloskey, our first 4-week session will begin July 5 and meet as well July 12 and 19. Each session will run from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in McKenna Hall. The series will culminate with a prayer service celebrating the feast of St. Mary Magdalene Monday July 23. If interested, please RSVP to Kate Tromble at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 903- 2809 by June 30.
The news in recent weeks has contained concerning stories of families, particularly mothers and children, being separated by U.S. officials when they present themselves at our border seeking asylum. Although a judge recently forced the government to reunite families with the youngest children, more than 2,000 children still remain separated from their parents. Families are the cornerstone of our Catholic faith, and separating them runs counter to everything our faith preaches and teaches.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has recently issued two statements on this policy: one is from Most Reverend Jose S. Vazquez, Bishop of Austin and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration and the other is from His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, president of the USCCB.
Holy Trinity parishioners also have been supporting efforts to reunite these families. Specifically:
- The parish gave the Capital Area Immigrants Rights (CAIR) Coalition a grant from its tithe funds of $75,000 to support litigation to clarify the rights of migrants, especially asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors, who are being detained indefinitely.
- Parishioners are writing their Members of Congress to urge the rapid reunification of parents and children.
- About 50 parishioners joined the Keep Families Together rally to show their solidarity with the separated families.
- The parish has connected interested parishioners to volunteer opportunities with CAIR, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, and Catholic Charities.
- We have encouraged donations to organizations on the border such as the Kino Border Initiative, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, and RAICES, who are trying to meet families immediate needs.
There is, however, always more that can be done. The following organizations still need your help to advocate for and reunite families who have been affected:
Organizations Holy Trinity Works With:
- Donate to the CAIR Coalition, a DC-based legal aid organization that represents detained men, women and families
- Volunteer with or donate to the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, which provides advocates and lawyers to children in detention
- Donate items or money to Sacred Heart Church and Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, located in McAllen, Texas, which are trying to assist families
- Support RAICES, a non-profit legal aid organization in Texas working to reunify immigrant families separated at the border
- Donations of supplies or money to Kino Border Initiative
Other Worthy Organizations Needing Assistance:
- KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) has a mission to ensure that no child appears in immigration court without high-quality representation. Become a trained KIND volunteer, or get involved in one of their many social networking awareness efforts at: https://supportkind.org/get-involved Contact: Nirupa Narayan, email@example.com, 202-824-8680.
- Help immediately from your home through We The Action, a digital platform that makes it easy for lawyers to fill urgent needs through critical, impactful legal services for non-profit partners. Projects can be done remotely, with any bar license. Lawyers can sign up to access projects at wetheaction.org.
- The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, collectively known as CARA, have joined forces in response to Immigration and Customs Enforcementʼs (ICE) significant expansion of its family detention at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) and the Karnes Residential Center. Volunteers are needed both at The Karnes Detention Center (located roughly an hour southwest of San Antonio, TX) and the Dilley Pro Bono For more information contact: Caya Simonsen (Karnes) at firstname.lastname@example.org and Barbara Pena (Dilley) at email@example.com. http://caraprobono.org/
- The Legal Aid Justice Center is seeking volunteers in Virginia to host house parties raising money to battle family separation, and create care packages for detained kids. Contact Contessa at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and support planning your party. Their offices can also be reached by phone 703-778-3450.
- Al Otro Lado is a bi-national, direct legal services organization serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico and Southern California. They have an urgent need for individuals willing to provide short- and long-term housing for asylum seekers who otherwise cannot be released from detention. If you are willing to host an individual asylum seeker or family, please email Jose Mares (email@example.com) or visit https://alotrolado.org/programs/refugee- program/ for more information.
Read the Bishops' Statement "A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence" issued in March 2018.
Volunteer at SOME. Every month, on the fourth Sunday of the month for 40 years Holy Trinity has been serving breakfast and lunch at So Others Might Eat (SOME). The requirement is quite simple, you arrive at 10:00 am and leave at 1:30 pm. In between you serve food, wipe down tables, set places, and generally make the men and women eating feel welcome. To keep this tradition going, we are in need of new volunteers. If you are interested, please sign up on the SignUp Genius site.
Monthly Service Opportunities. We will once again be serving at the Fr. McKenna Center, A Wider Circle, and S.O.M.E. We will also prepare meals for Georgetown Ministry Center and Catholic Relief Services. And return to the DC Diaper Bank in the spring. We will also host our annual Power of One day of service. Details at this SIGN UP GENIUS SITE.
We also continue to serve every fourth Sunday of the month at S.O.M.E. If you'd like to serve one Sunday, or even become a regular, contact Patrick McCourt. Our regular Saturday suppers and Sunday dinners also continue to occur. Contact Mike Conway for details about how you can get involved. And, we are co-sponsoring a refugee family. If you'd like to help with that effort, contact Kate Tromble.
Holy Trinity Has Gone Green! We’ve joined the EPA Green Power Partnership and are using close to/more than 3 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually green power. Find out more about the benefits of using green power and becoming a Green Power Partner. #EPAGreenPower
Weekend Meals for the Homeless in Georgetown. We continue to welcome new volunteers to staff our weekly meals for the homeless. This is a direct service opportunity in Georgetown on Saturdays or Sundays from 4:15pm to 6:15pm that involves preparing and serving a meal for 50-60 adults as well as light set-up and clean-up duties. We also can make arrangements for you to just “drop off” a menu item at HT or at the meal sites. Contact Mike Conway for more information.
ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES: Join the effort to support small family shelters in Washington, DC rather than housing our homeless families in at old DC General site or in random hotels. Contact Tom Woodley for more information about getting involved.
QUARTERLY REFLECTIONS. Sometimes we get very focused on serving others and our "doing" that we forget to take time to reflect on why we serve. Join us in the Chapel once a quarter to step back and reflect. We will spend an hour - led by Martina O'Shea - contemplating the relationship between our faith and service.
January 28 (4:00 pm) March 18 (4:00 pm) June 3 (4:00 pm)
Immigration Legal Services Needs Volunteers - Both Lawyers and Non-Laywers! Throughout the next several months Catholic Charities will rely on dozens of volunteers to help individuals submit applications to change their immigration status as allowed under the Nov. 22, 2014 Executive Order. If you are interested in volunteering in this effort, please register to volunteer with Catholic Charities and attend an orientation session or contact Jacqueline Rishty.
If you are interested in helping out, but looking for a different way to volunteer, there are other options. Please contact Kate Tromble for more information.