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Catholic Charities Grupo de Solidaridad               
December 18, 2020

COVID-19

All masses, retreats and meetings have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns until further notice. Join us at 9 am for a FaceBook live stream.


COVID-19
Todas las misas, retiros y juntas están canceladas por la precaución de COVID-19. Únate con P. Jon por un mensaje espiritual de “FaceBook Live Stream” por un mensaje a las 9:30 en español. 

WEEKLY COMMUNIQUE
The Visitation by Br. Mickey McGrath, OFSF
Gospel Reflection: The Lord Is With You!
 
For this week’s reflection, please tune in to FaceBook Live at 9:00 am for a livestream reflection from Fr. Jon (English).  He will do a 9:30 am reflection (en español). 

Weekly Intercessions

Hidden Joys: A Sonnet for the Visitation
Malcolm Guite, from “Sounding the Seasons,” published by Canterbury Press. Available also on Amazon and Kindle

Our death is our wedding with eternity
What is the secret? "God is One."
The sunlight splits when entering the windows of the house.
This multiplicity exists in the cluster of grapes;
It is not in the juice made from the grapes.
For he who is living in the Light of God,
The death of the carnal soul is a blessing.
Regarding him, say neither bad nor good,
For he is gone beyond the good and the bad.
Fix your eyes on God and do not talk about what is invisible,
So that he may place another look in your eyes.
It is in the vision of the physical eyes
That no invisible or secret thing exists.
But when the eye is turned toward the Light of God What thing could remain hidden under such a Light? Although all lights emanate from the Divine Light Don't call all these lights "the Light of God";
It is the eternal light which is the Light of God,
The ephemeral light is an attribute of the body and the flesh.
...Oh God who gives the grace of vision!
The bird of vision is flying towards You with the wings of desire.

Let us pray for poets, musicians, artists, and all those who are able to imagine a Truth that transcends reason, dogma and the rules of society, that they continue to stir up within us a thirst for the Holy, the Sacred, the Divine.

Let us pray for mystics, contemplatives, and spiritual seekers who are unencumbered by the weight of tradition and conformity, that they continue to be examples of living in the Eternal Now rather than living in fear of the future, guilt of the past or shame of the present.

Reflexión del Evangelio:
¡El Señor Está Contgo!

Para la reflexión de esta semana, sintonice FaceBook Live a las 9:00 a.m. para una reflexión en vivo del Padre. Jon (inglés). Hará una reflexión a las 9:30 am (en español). 

Intercesiónes semanales

La Visitación
por Juan López de Ubeda (s. XVII)​

¿Dónde por tierras extrañas,
Virgen con tanto fervor?
-Dónde me lleva el Señor
Que yo llevo en mis entrañas.
-¿Cómo es posible llevar,
Virgen, al que os lleva a vos?
-Como el que me lleva es Dios,
Que ha querido en mí encarnar.
-Pues ¿cómo por las montañas
Lleváis a tan gran Señor?
-Mas, lo lleva el grande amor
Que lo trajo a mis entrañas.
-Parece en vos cosa nueva,
Virgen, ir apresurada.
-Hácelo el ir abrasada
Del amor del que me lleva.
-Pues ¿luego a tierras extrañas
Os lleva sólo el amor?
-No, que todo es del Señor
Que yo llevo en mis entrañas.
-Ya sé que os lleva el doncel;
Mas ¿dónde vais a aportar?
-Voy con Él a visitar
A mi parienta Isabel.
-¡Oh, qué cosas tan extrañas,
Que al siervo sirva el Señor!
-Esto y mas hace el amor
Del que llevo en mis entrañas.

Oremos por los poetas, los músicos, los artistas y todos aquellos que sean capaces de imaginar una Verdad que trasciende la razón, el dogma y las reglas de la sociedad, que sigan suscitando en nosotros la sed de lo Santo, lo Sagrado, lo Divino.

Oremos por los místicos, contemplativos y buscadores espirituales que no están estorbados por el peso de la tradición y la conformidad, para que sigan siendo ejemplos de vivir en el “Eterno Ahora” en lugar de vivir con miedo al futuro, culpa del pasado o vergüenza de el presente.

Community Resources  
Recursos Comunitarios

Grupo Solidaridad is a part of an on-going community project of Catholic Charities’ division, Advocacy and Community Engagement.  For more information on how to get involved in Grupo Solidaridad, its activities or other groups associated with Grupo Solidaridad, contact Fr. Jon Pedigo at jpedigo@CatholicCharitiesSCC.org

Grupo Solidaridad es parte de un proyecto comunitario en curso de la división de Caridades Católicas, Advocacy and Community Engagement (Abogar y Compromiso Comunitario). Para obtener más información sobre cómo participar en Grupo Solidaridad, sus actividades u otros grupos asociados con Grupo Solidaridad, comuníquese con el P. Jon Pedigo en jpedigo@CatholicCharitiesSCC.org

Volunteer with Catholic Charities to distribute food in partner parishes

You must click here to register to volunteer.

You need to register in order to volunteer.
Proper attire for volunteering: comfortable shoes. No slippers, flip flop’s, sandals or open-toe shoes.


Voluntario con Caridades Católicas para distribuir alimentos en parroquias asociadas
Tiene que enlace aquí para voluntarse. 
Estimenta adecuada para el voluntariado: zapatos cómodos. NO zapatillas, chanclas, sandalias ni zapatos abiertos.

Amenazas de la deportación masiva - ¿Qué hacer?
¿Debemos tomar en serio la amenaza de Trump de deportar a millones de personas? Si y no. Al observar el nivel práctico de esta amenaza, el DHS no cuenta con personal para lograr este objetivo ... pero no podemos simplemente ignorar la amenaza de Trump porque su política de inmigración está orientada hacia la deportación. Los activistas de inmigración y el Grupo Solidaridad trabajan junto con equipos de acompañamiento que brindan apoyo emocional y espiritual y ayudan a conectarse a los servicios sociales, se respetan los recursos legales para garantizar que se respeta el debido proceso de la Constitución, y los defensores que trabajan para moldear la política pública y responsabilizan a los funcionarios públicos de garantizar que los inmigrantes sean respetados en el trabajo y la escuela, estén seguros en sus comunidades y puedan participar en sus propios asuntos públicos. Esté atento a las ALERTAS DE TEXTO en los próximos días para recibir alertas sobre eventos y acciones que apoyan a nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes en el Valle.
Threats of Mass Deportation - What to do?
Should we take Trump’s threat to deport millions of people seriously?  Yes and no. Looking at this threat form practical level, DHS is not staffed to accomplish this goal….but we cannot simply ignore Trump’s threat because his immigration policy is geared toward deportation.  Immigration activists and Grupo Solidaridad are working alongside accompaniment teams that provide emotional and spiritual support and help connecting to social services, legal resources to ensure due process under the Constitution is respected, and advocates who work to shape public policy and hold public officials accountable to ensure that immigrants are respected at work and school, secure in their communities, and able to engage in their own public affairs.  Watch for TEXT ALERTS over these next few days for alerts on events and actions that support our immigrant community in the Valley. 

MERCADO COMUNITARIO
VIERNES 5 - 7 PM en la Parroquia de Cristo Rey
Venga el 4 de diciembre 

COMMUNITY MARKET  
 FRIDAYS 5 - 7 PM at Christ the King Parish
Come on December 4!

Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020

No COVID-19-Related Evictions Until February 1, 2021

  • Tenant cannot be evicted for a COVID-19 related hardship that accrued between March 4 – August 31, 2020 if tenant returns declaration of hardship under penalty of perjury.
  • Tenant cannot be evicted for a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021 if tenant returns declaration of hardship under penalty of perjury and pays at least 25% of the rent due.
  • Higher income tenants (over $100K household income or over 130% of median household income, whichever is higher) must provide documentation to support their declaration upon a landlord’s request.
  • Applies to all residential tenants (including mobile home tenants), regardless of immigration status.
Tenants Still Responsible for Paying Unpaid Amounts to Landlords
  • So long as the tenant with COVID-19 related hardship follows the bill’s procedures, any unpaid rent due between March 4, 2020 – January 31, 2021 is not a ground/basis for eviction, but is still owed to the landlord as a form of consumer debt.
  • Small claims court jurisdiction is temporarily expanded to allow landlords to recover these amounts.
  • Landlords may begin to recover this debt on March 1, 2021. This expanded smallclaims court provision sunsets on February 1, 2025.
Additional Legal and Financial Protections for Tenants
  • Extends notice period for nonpayment of rent from 3 to 15 days to provide tenant additional time to respond to landlord’s notice to pay rent or quit.
  • Requires landlords to provide hardship declaration forms in a different language if rental agreement was negotiated in a different language.
  • Provides tenants a backstop if they have a good reason for failing to return the hardship declaration within 15 days.
  • Requires landlords to provide tenants a notice detailing their rights under the Act.
  • Limits public disclosure (“masking”) of eviction cases involving nonpayment of rent between March 4, 2020 – January 31, 2021.
  • Protects tenants against being evicted for “just cause” if the landlord is shown to be evicting the tenant for COVID-19-related nonpayment of rent.
Statewide Consistency and a Pause on Local Measures
  • Existing local ordinances can remain in place until they expire and future local action cannot undermine this Act’s framework.
  • Requires ordinances that provide a repayment schedule to begin repayment no later than March 1, 2021.
  • Clarifies that nothing in the Act affects a local jurisdiction’s ability to adopt an ordinance that requires just cause, consistent with state law, provided it does not affect rental payments before January 31, 2021.
Protections for Small Landlords
  • Extends the Homeowners’ Bill of Rights’ anti-foreclosure protections to small landlords, 1-4 units, non-owner occupied.
  • Provides new accountability and transparency provisions to protect small landlord borrowers who request CARES-compliant forbearance, and provides the borrower who is harmed by a material violation with a cause of action.
Significantly Increases Penalties on Landlords Who Do Not Follow Court Evictions Process
  • Increases penalties on landlords who resort to self-help (i.e., locking the tenant out, throwing property out onto the curb, shutting off utilities) to evict a tenant, rather than going through the required court process.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR EXTREMELY LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO HAVE NOT AND CANNOT RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS 

PROGRAMAS DE ASISTENCIA DE ALQUILER PARA FAMILIAS DE INGRESOS EXTREMADAMENTE BAJOS Y AQUELLAS QUE NO HAN RECIBIDO NI PUEDEN RECIBIR BENEFICIOS DE DESEMPLEO 

Spiritual resources/Recursos espirituales

Social isolation can be very difficult because we long for the emotional elements that come from human connection and our sacramental tradition is dependent on human touch. Our spiritual health and emotional well-being are not two separate things, but inseparably connected, therefore, we need resources that not merely keep us distracted during this time, but resources that will help us grow.


Many parishes offer mass streaming online, including daily masses so please check your parish’s website to see if your parish offers mass. 


Every Sunday Fr. Jon will offer a 9 am message in English, repeated at 9:30 am in Spanish on his Facebook Page. You need to “friend” him to get the access to the reflections.


As social isolation becomes the “new normal,” we may need additional resources for our spiritual well-being.

Catholic Meditation and/or spiritual sources:

https://gratefulness.org (based on the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast)

https://www.sacredspace.ie (Independent Catholic-sourced web resource)

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/prayer-online/ (Jesuit)

El aislamiento social puede ser muy difícil porque anhelamos los elementos emocionales que provienen de la conexión humana y nuestra tradición sacramental depende del toque física. Nuestra salud espiritual y nuestro bienestar emocional no son dos cosas separadas, sino que están inseparablemente conectadas, por lo tanto, necesitamos recursos que no solo nos mantengan distraídos durante este tiempo, sino recursos que nos ayudarán a crecer.


Muchas parroquias ofrecen transmisión de la santa misa online, incluidas las misas diarias, así que consulte el sitio web de su parroquia para ver si su parroquia ofrece misa. P Jon ofrece una reflexión cada domingo en español a las 9:30 am (inglés sera a las 9 am) en su página de Facebook. Tiene que “friend” al padre a tener acceso a las reflexiones.


A medida que el aislamiento social se convierte en la "nueva normalidad", es posible que necesitemos recursos adicionales para nuestro bienestar espiritual.

Meditación católica y / o fuentes espirituales:

https://gratefulness.org  (basado en las enseñanzas del hermano David Steindl-Rast)

https://www.sacredspace.ie  (recurso web independiente de origen católico)

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/prayer-online/  (jesuita)
 

Live FB Streaming with Fr. Jon
Sunday at 9 am  (English)

 Those who want to access the live stream, please “friend” Fr. Jon on Facebook. 

Transmisión en vivo con el P. Jon 
Domingo 9:30 am (español)

Aquellos que quieran acceder a la transmisión en vivo, por favor "friend" en FaceBook.

Resources from the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

 

California Department of Public Health - COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations / Prevención de COVID-19 Recomendaciones /

Coronavirus Mới (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities / Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades

Coronavirus – Information, Response, And Considerations (Western Center on Law & Poverty)

 

HEALTH/Salud

Covered California: Responding to the COVID-19 crisis, Covered California has announced a new open enrollment period that will extend through June 30. If you, a family member, friend, or any other Californian is losing health benefits, or just newly interested in getting insured, there is now the opportunity to enroll in comprehensive coverage for individuals and families.

March 18: Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Ongoing Safety Net Services for Most Vulnerable Californians During COVID-19 Outbreak
The order waives eligibility re-determinations for 90 days for Californians who participate in:  Medi-Cal health coverage, CalFresh food assistance, CalWORKS,  Cash Assistance for Immigrants, and In-Home Supportive Services.

 

Public Charge: USCIS has announced that immigrants can seek testing, treatment, and prevention of COVID-19 without fearing immigration consequences due to public charge. The public charge regulations from the Department of Homeland Security & Department of State — which institute a wealth test in our immigration system – went into effect on Monday, February 24, 2020, while the litigation proceeds in the lower courts.

Please visit Protecting Immigrant Families for more information. // USCIS exhorta a todas aquellas personas, incluidos los extranjeros, que tengan síntomas similares a los de la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) (fiebre, tos, dificultad respiratoria) a buscar el tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención necesarios. Dicho tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención no afectarán negativamente a los extranjeros como parte del análisis futuro de carga pública. 

 

For complete website see: https://www.lawfoundation.org/coronavirus

COVID-19 Alternatives for POSADAS, Simbang Gabi, and Christmas Caroling
Alternativas para las POSADAS, Simbang Gabi y Villancios durante COVID-19

Las tasas de infección y morbilidad de COVID han alcanzado niveles más alto en el país y el gobernador ha im- puesto restricciones a las reuniones públicas para que el virus no se propague. Las camas de nuestra UCI en el condado ya han alcanzado de su capacidad. COVID ha afectado especialmente a la población latina y se deben tomar mayores precauciones. Como comunidad, no debemos reunirnos en grandes asambleas ni socializar con otras personas fuera de nuestra “manada pandémica”.

Este “kit” es un recurso para nuestras familias que nos permitirá celebrar plenamente las Posadas y mantener la salud de todos los miembros de nuestra familia.


Ritual de Casa de las Posadas
• Preparar comida habitual para Posada
• Reúna a los que viven en su hogar fuera de la casa en el camino de entrada y lean juntos Lucas 2: 1-14.
• Camine hasta una puerta de la casa que no sea la puerta de entrada y diga una petición para aquellos que no tienen un techo sobre su cabeza esta noche (personas sin vivienda, campos de refugiados en la frontera y aquellos que son rechazados por sus propias familias). 
• Camine hacia otra puerta (que no es la puerta de entrada) y diga una petición para aquellos que están huyendo de sus países de origen y buscan un lugar en nuestra comunidad para vivir sus vidas sin miedo.
• Camine hasta la puerta principal y diga una petición para aquellos que están ayudando a personas sin hogar, personas sin hogar, refugiados y personas rechazadas por sus propias familias y entrar. Ve al belén de tu casa, canta “Las Posadas”, reza el Padre Nuestro y procede a compartir la comida preparada.
• Concluir las Posadas con bendiciones de los niños y familiares mayores.

COVID infection and morbidity rates have reached record levels in the country and the Governor has imposed re- strictions on public gatherings so that the virus does not spread. Our ICU’s beds in the county have already reached capacity. COVID has hit the Latino population especially hard and greater precautions need to be taken. As a community, we must not gather in large assemblies nor socialize with others outside our “pandemic pod.” This “kit” is a resource for our families that will allow us to fully celebrate Posadas, Simbang Gabi and Caroling and maintain health for all the members of our family.

• Prepare customary food for Posada
• Gather those who live in your household outside the house in the driveway and read Luke 2: 1-14 together.
• Walk to a door to the house that is not the front door and say a petition for those who do not have a roof over their head this night (unhoused persons, refugee camps on the border, and those who are rejected
by their own families).
• Walk to another door (that is not the front door) and say a petition for those who are fleeing their home countries and seeking a place in our community to live their lives free from fear.
• Walk to the front door and say a petition for those who are helping unhoused persons, homeless persons, refugees and people rejected by their own families and enter. Go to the nativity scene in your home, sing “Las Posadas” pray the Our Father and proceed to share the food prepared.
• Conclude the Posada with blessings of the children and older relatives.

Simbang Gabi
If your parish offers Simbang Gabi masses, watch the mass together and share in a household breakfast (or midnight snack) If there is not a mass that you can watch, recite the rosary and offer petitions for family members and conclude the prayer with the food.

Christmas Caroling
Arrange an evening on Zoom with your friends to share your favorite YouTube videos of Christmas carols. (The “host” of the Zoom call will need to make each participant at “co-host” so that the participant can share their screen and play their video). If you have an exceptionally talented group, have the person offer a carol live! You can try to have all participants sing a carol together; however, Zoom videos of multiple people singing is really the art of music editing and spontaneous singing is somewhat difficult. But you all can give it a try! At the conclusion of the caroling, have participant lift their favorite warm beverage and toast one another.

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