Building Bridges, Not Walls

On May 11, inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis, CC@S sponsored a panel discussion of the challenges facing our immigrant friends and neighbors, Bridges Not Walls. Many thanks to our panelists for sharing their knowledge and wisdom: CC@S parishioners Amado Padilla, Lisa Chamberlain, Jeanne Merino, and Sister Trinitas from the Rosalie Rendu Center. The speakers explored the many ways current immigration policy is adversely affecting the local immigrant community, in areas such as employment, education, public safety, health, homelessness, and nutrition, as well as legal status and family stability.

The goal of the panel was to provide concrete ways in which we can respond to these pressing needs. Two are immediately available:

Rapid Response Network Training, sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which will be held Tuesday, May 30, 6:30 to 8:30PM at Mercy Center in Burlingame. Participants will receive training by legal experts to provide a variety of services: responding to ICE operations, connecting families to legal and social resources, documenting abuses during raids, and providing families with practical support. If you would like to carpool with other CC@S members, please contact Catherine Wolff at
The Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto needs extra support now to meet the critical needs of immigrant families and children. You can call 650-323-7781 or visit their website to find out more about their work and to donate. Donations may also be made by mailing a check to: Ecumenical Hunger Program 2411 Pulgas Ave. East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Justice for Immigrants

Justice for Immigrants is committed to immigration reform as a priority of the U.S. Catholic Church and to creating a culture of welcome for all migrants.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services is a humanitarian aid organization which helps the poor and vulnerable overseas by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies.

California Catholic Conference - Immigration

The California Catholic Conference is the staff office of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops. It is the official voice of the Catholic community in California's public policy arena.

Statement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, Diocese of San Jose

The bishop of our diocese on immigration and the treatment of refugees.