Immigrant and Refugee Ministry – Updates

Pastoral Care & Outreach: A series of pastoral ministries that provide spiritual care and resources while developing mutuality and kinship with people on the margins. Our ministries include: Criminal Justice Ministry, Hospital & Healthcare Ministry, Immigrant & Refugee Ministry, Seafarer’s Ministry, Inclusion Ministry, Mental Health Ministry, Grief Ministry, and Ministry to the deaf.

Monthly Immigrant & Refugee Network Gathering: This is an open meeting. Every Second Thursday of each month from 1-3 PM at St. James Cathedral. We meet in the Cathedral Place building across from O’Dea High School. Next meeting: Thursday, January 10th  

  • All those working on immigrant & refugee matters in their respective parishes, schools, and lives are invited to attend.
  • Network meetings typically include an update on current events from St. James Immigrant Assistance and/or the Washington State Catholic Conference
  • Attendees have an opportunity to report on their respective immigrant & refugee support activities and network with other workers in the vineyard.
  • Please join us and let’s build the Kingdom of God together – for all God’s children.

3rd Annual Catholic Immigration Summit Save the Date! Saturday, March 23rd at Seattle University. Please join us to explore more about Encounter, Accompaniment, and Advocacy!

Walking & Witnessing for Immigrant Families: A Sustained Immigration Pilgrimage to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. April 29th – May 11th, 2019.  Mass with Bishop Elizondo outside the detention Center on May 11th, 2019. Please stay tuned!

Cultural Exchange Soccer Festival: A “Pitch for Hope” grant recipient has established Tacoma International FC, a soccer team comprised entirely of immigrant & refugee youth. They are currently competing in a league with the Tacoma Soccer Center. In the summer of 2019, this team will host a soccer tournament that will connect immigrants and refugees with the broader community for their mutual transformation. Please consider assembling a team to participate.  Stay tuned for more details.

News from AIDNW: Serving immigrant detainees in Tacoma

DONATIONS NEEDED! All donations will now only be accepted at the Hospitality House at 616-1/2 N. I St. Please email to schedule a time for drop off at the Hospitality House. Drop off days and times are M-F from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Due to space issues at the RV please drop off donations to the office only and with previous arrangements.Needed donations include those listed below on the Amazon Wish List, our website, gift cards or checks. Your donations support both the Welcome Center and the Hospitality House.  Here is the Wish ListIn addition, currently some faith communities are also collecting slightly used hats, men’s coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves and scarves. They need to be clean and in good shape. Please keep in mind, donated clothing should be items that a young person would feel OK wearing. Most of those released are slender, so medium to large sizes are preferred. Our goal is to provide what guests need for their first 24 hours upon release. Thank you to all!

IMMIGRATION FORUM: Immigration flyer

Federal Policy – Local issues – How to Get Involved

Saturday, January 5th, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

First United Methodist Church 621 Tacoma Ave S. Tacoma, WA

Joe Cotton, Director of Pastoral Care & Outreach, Office of Pastoral Ministries

Tel: (206) 382-4847  |  Cell: (206) 472-4270  Archdiocese of Seattle |  710 9th Avenue Seattle, WA 98104 |