WELCOME TO THE REFUGEE OUTREACH PROGRAM!
Our mission is a response to this call:
"Continue to love each other like brothers and sisters, and remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:1-2
It is the Program’s goal to embrace and provide a sense of belonging, community, dignity, hope and love to the beautiful newcomers to America.
Our Program seeks to create a place where refugees feel loved, welcomed, known by name and feel ownership for this country and to create an opportunity for members of our diocese (adults and teens) to serve those in need.
Volunteers provide the welcoming arms of Christ to people who have been displaced from their homelands by helping them get settled and acclimated to their new lives in the United States.
We have regularly scheduled Sunday activities that follow the 10:00 Mass. After Mass, program participants are offered a luncheon (provided by North Texas Food Bank and served by members of various parish ministries, groups, or interested persons) and following that, volunteers lead various training and social activities for all ages from infants to adults, including daycare and youth activities, Sacrament preparation, ESL, GED, helping adults with their job search efforts, computer training, tutoring, mentoring, and continuing education.
In addition to these regularly scheduled Sunday activities, the Program also offers other types of support and events:
A Prayer for Refugees (US Conference of Catholic Bishops):
Compassionate God, make your loving presence felt to refugees, torn from home, family, and everything familiar. Warm, especially, the hearts of the young, the old, and the most vulnerable among them. Help them know that you accompany them as you accompanied Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their exile to Egypt. Lead refugees to a new home and a new hope, as you led the Holy Family to their new home in Nazareth. Open our hearts to receive them as our sisters and brothers in whose face we see your son, Jesus. Amen.