Catholic Charities Grupo de Solidaridad               
September 25, 2020


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.

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. 

Protests against the ruling that set free Breonna Taylor’s killers are part of a 450 year long struggle against racial oppression and the use of force to silence all opposition. Silence is not an option. 
Gospel Reflection:  In the Struggle
We Find Out Who We Really Are.
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

Jacob, the son of Issac and Rebecca, was a trickster. His name literally means “to supplant, circumvent, assail, overreach.” Born as the second son, he would not inherit his father’s estate, but upon Isaac’s deathbed, he deceived his father and pretended to his older brother and stole his brother’s birthright. Jacob’s strong character did not ease with age. In Genesis 32:22-32 Jacob needed to cross a ford of the Jordan, (Jabbok), but standing in his way was a “mysterious” being (some commentators refer to this “being” as an angel or even God). Jacob wrestled this being so that he could cross the ford and after an all night fight, eventually won however, the mysterious being touched Jacob’s thigh, rendering Jacob seriously injured.  The figure renamed Jacob, “Israel.”  The name, “Israel” means, “One who struggled with God.”  Jacob’s true identity emerged after a long life that included a divine struggle that left him permanently disabled, but also gave him a real sense of who he was. Struggle is not a negative thing. On the contrary, it is essential to being fully alive!

Today’s parable of two sons in which one son is completely obedient in appearance but is disobedient in practice and one who is outwardly defiant, yet ultimately faithful, presents the idea what authentic faithfulness really means.  There are some who salute the flag, carry a Bible and wear a shiny golden cross over their chest signaling to those around them that they are patriotic and God-fearing persons. True faithfulness is not measured by props and costume jewelry but by actions. The younger son illustrates that faithfulness is in actions. The younger son, like Jacob debated, argued, and challenged authority. The parable helps us discover that faithfulness is not rooted in unreflective obedience and putting on appearances but rather in a process of wrestling with God, community and even with those whom we love.  Religious people are not “religious” because they wear flowing liturgical robes, fine suits or shiny religious objects. They are not faithful because they use the Bible as a prop and accessorize their lapels with a cross and the American flag. Authentic religious leaders are who those who dare question the Holy in the face of injustice but nonetheless feed the hungry, clothe the naked, pardon the sinner, welcome the foreigner, and welcome all to the table are truly authentic leaders.

Let pray for those who choose dare to question authority and for those who encourage critical thinking.

Let us pray for those struggle in their relationship with their faith communities in pursuit of truth.

Let us pray for those who choose to protest rather than pretend everything is fine.

Reflexión del Evangelio:
En la lucha
descubrimos quiénes somos realmente.

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

Jacob, el hijo de Isaac y Rebeca, era un tramposo. Su nombre significa literalmente "suplantar, sortear, asaltar, extralimitarse". Nacido como el segundo hijo, no heredaría la herencia de su padre, pero en el lecho de muerte de Isaac, engañó a su padre y fingió ser su hermano mayor y le robó la primogenitura. El carácter fuerte de Jacob no se alivió con la edad. En Génesis 32: 22-32, Jacob necesitaba cruzar un vado del Jordán (Jaboc), pero un ser "misterioso" se interponía en su camino (algunos comentaristas se refieren a este ser es como hombre misterioso, un ángel o incluso como Dios). Jacob luchó contra este ángel para poder cruzar el vado y después de una pelea de toda la noche, finalmente ganó, sin embargo, el ángel tocó el muslo de Jacob, lo que dejó a Jacob gravemente herido. La figura cambió el nombre de Jacob, "Israel". El nombre "Israel" significa "Uno que luchó con Dios". La verdadera identidad de Jacob surgió después de una larga vida que incluyó una lucha divina que lo dejó permanentemente discapacitado, pero también le dio un sentido real de quién era. La lucha no es algo negativo. Al contrario, ¡es funda-mental para vivir!
La parábola de hoy de dos hijos en la que un hijo es completamente obediente en apariencia pero es desobediente en la práctica y uno que es desafiante por fuera, pero finalmente fiel, presenta la idea de lo que realmente significa la fidelidad auténtica. Hay quienes saludan a la bandera Americana, llevan una Biblia y tienen una cruz dorada brillante sobre el pecho que indica a quienes los rodean que son personas patriotas y temerosas de Dios. La verdadera fidelidad no se mide con accesorios y bisutería, sino con acciones. El hijo menor ilustra que la fidelidad está en las acciones. El hijo menor, como Jacob, debatió, argumentó y desafió a la autoridad. La parábola nos ayuda a descubrir que la fidelidad no está enraizada en la obediencia irreflexiva y en la apariencia, sino en un proceso de lucha con Dios, la comunidad e incluso con aquellos a quienes amamos. Las personas religiosas no son “religiosas” porque visten túnicas litúrgicas sueltas, trajes finos u objetos religiosos brillantes. No son fieles porque usan la Biblia como apoyo y complementan sus solapas con una cruz y la bandera estadounidense. Auténticos líderes religiosos son aquellos que se atreven a cuestionar al Santo frente a la injusticia, pero sin embargo alimentan al hambriento, visten al desnudo, perdonan al pecador, dan la bienvenida al extranjero y dan la bienvenida a todos a la mesa, son auténticos líderes.

Oremos por quienes eligen atreverse a cuestionar la autoridad y por quienes fomentan el pensamiento crítico.

Oremos por aquellos que luchan en su relación con sus comunidades de fe en busca de la verdad.

Oremos por aquellos que eligen protestar en lugar de fingir que todo está bien.

News - Noticias

Please take the opportunity to reach out to your elected officials and tell them to prioritize vulnerable people and communities impacted by COVID-19. See the Social Policy Action Center for opportunities to take action.

Check out Parish Partnership's Report on the economic impact of COVID-19:
Click here!

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.

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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: (based on the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast) (Independent Catholic-sourced web resource) (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:  (basado en las enseñanzas del hermano David Steindl-Rast)  (recurso web independiente de origen católico)  (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.


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Last months Supreme Court decision finding the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to be unlawful was a temporary victory. Credible media outlets report that the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, may make another attempt to rescind DACA in the coming days. It is unclear what the timeline and process of such an attempt would be but it would likely be met with further litigation.
CLINIC has called on DHS and USCIS to immediately reinstate DACA per the Supreme Courts ruling and to work with the rest of the administration and the Senate to immediately pass the American Dream and Promise Act. However, uncertainty about the future of DACA and the fate of Dreamers remains. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, has yet to confirm that it is accepting and processing first-time DACA requests and advance parole applications in compliance with the Supreme Courts decision.

Resources from the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley



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)



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:

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. 

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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

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