Refugee Ministry

Are you interested in helping refugees? The refugee ministry at St. Josaphat is coordinating with other parishes in our deanery to help newly arrived refugees. Service opportunities may be short term such as volunteering for 2-3 hours to prepare an apartment for a refugee family or longer commitments such as tutoring a child or weekly contacts with a refugee family over a 3-month period. There will also be opportunities to purchase items needed by refugee families to assist in their resettlement.
Currently, St. Theresa Avila, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Josaphat parishes are partnering with Exodus World Service to support the resettlement of refugees in our area. We are a newly formed Hands of Mercy ministry at St. Josaphat and are looking for people who are interested in helping to grow this ministry and to expand ways in which we can serve the refugees in our community.
Jesus calls us to “welcome the stranger”. 
Matthew 25:35-40
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me. Then the just will ask him: Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we visit you when you were ill or in prison? And the king will answer them: I assure you, as often as you did it for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me.

World Refugee Day

June 20th is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for those who have fled their countries with so little and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.
St. Josaphat is joining St. Theresa Avila and St. Vincent de Paul Parishes in celebrating World Refugee Day with prayer and the sharing of our resources. Please consider donating to the Welcome to America! Pack collection by following the link to the Amazon Wishlist. The Amazon list contains those items required by the U.S.Government Office of Resettlement. Once the items have been purchased, our Refugee Ministry will assist Exodus World Service in setting up an apartment for a newly arrived refugee family. Please note that all the Amazon purchases will be sent to St. Vincent de Paul parish.
If you have any questions, contact Judy Lovero at [email protected]
God of grace,
Watch over all refugees - embrace them in the pain of their partings.
Into their fear and loss, send love.
Open our eyes that we might see you in them.
Open our hearts that they may see You in us.
Open our arms that we might welcome refugees to new homes.
As you stretched out your arms and invited everyone home.
Amen.                             - Exodus World Service

Exodus World Service

Exodus World Service mobilizes the Christian community to welcome and befriend refugees. A volunteer can make a profound difference in the life of a refugee. The Exodus New Neighbor Program helps to ease the loneliness and isolation that many refugees experience when moving to a new country. If you are interested in becoming a New Neighbor, please follow the steps below: 
  1. Sign up to be placed in a New Neighbor program. This will put you in contact with our Program Team who will get you started on a short application and background check, facilitate your match, and check in with you throughout your volunteering. 
  2. Register for our virtual Engaging with Refugees: Cross-Cultural Training. This training is required for all of our New Neighbor volunteers and is a great way to connect with others passionate about refugee ministry! 
  3. Feel free to reach out to Exodus' Mobilization Manager, Carissa Zaffiro, at [email protected] or (513) 264-0440 with any questions as you discern next steps.