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Catholic Charities Grupo de Solidaridad               
October 9, 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
Democracy can only happen when we have an informed citizenry. The efforts to misinform the citizenry with lies and false information through the use of foreign interference orchestrated in collaboration with US political officials is a direct affront to Democracy. Democracy also depends on the participation of all members of the citizenry. Efforts to narrow the voting population to only those who would support one candidate over their opponent through reducing or blocking access to poll locations, eliminating registered voters from the  voter rolls, or making the voting process harder for one group over another, is anti-American and must be resisted. Do not take your vote for granted.    
Gospel Reflection:
The Banquet is for Everyone
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

94. Love, then, is more than just a series of benevolent actions. Those actions have their source in a union increasingly directed towards others, considering them of value, worthy, pleasing and beautiful apart from their physical or moral appearances. Our love for others, for who they are, moves us to seek the best for their lives. Only by cultivating this way of relating to one another will we make possible a social friendship that excludes no one and a fraternity that is open to all

From “Fratelli Tutti,” Encyclical

Is today’s parable the question of who is welcomed to the wedding banquet is placed before the chief priests and leading religious leaders. The parable challenged not only the religious and political establishment’s sense of who belongs at the table or not, but also who the Church welcomes to the banquet. Those who presume they are invited, take for granted the grace of love that manifests itself in radical inclusion of others. Those who expect to be welcomed to the banquet work hard to ingratiate themselves to the host. They perseverate over issues of personal holiness and how they appear to others. They are consumed with keeping the status quo and will do whatever they can do to exclude others for fear that “their rightful place” will be given to others undeserving. In the parable, the original guests actually killed those who bore the invitation and the king responded with a violence.  Then the king then invited all those who were not on any guest list: the good and bad.  What makes the parable challenging is the conclusion. One of the guests failed to wear a wedding garment and was then expelled. Was this parable a commentary on fashion or wedding protocol or is there something deeper?  The answer is “something deeper.”  Being invited to an “inclusive banquet” means that you are dressing not to impress the host, but to honor others who were invited, your fellow guests: the poor, those rejected by society, the struggling seeker, the unbeliever, those who fell and failed, and those who were never good enough to make the original guest list. The banquet protocol demands we wear the appropriate “wedding garment” to this inclusive banquet which means that we honor the dignity of others.

Let us pray for those who work for a more inclusive society by pushing for racial and gender equity and support for those of diverse gender expressions and sexualities.  

Let us pray for those who have felt the sting of rejection, that they will overcome their hurt and become stronger proponents of the need for acceptance of others. 

Let us pray for those who stand up to religious bigots, racists, misogynists, anti-immigrant activists, homo and transphobic persons that they return hatred with love.

The New Encyclical:
Fratelli Tutti/All Sisters and Brothers

Why is this encyclical important now in this political moment?

In the face of the rise of fascist regimes and authoritarian governments from nationalist movements and growing poverty and increasing wealth for a tiny minority, the encyclical reminds us that  politics’ aim must be for the common good. “To create an open world with an open heart, it is necessary to engage in politics, and a ​better kind of politics.” (chapter 5) The encyclical says that politics must integrate economic concerns into a “consistent life-giving human project.”

Based on the Encyclical’s theological and pastoral frame, what are the implications for American political life?

The Church is and always has been “pro-life,” in that the Church advocates for protecting widows and orphans, immigrants, the poor, imprisoned, and indigenous communities vulnerable to exploitation. The Church pushes for an end to the death penalty, euthanasia and abortion and works to ensure the humane treatment of immigrants and refugees. The narrowing of being “pro-life” to just life within the womb is not consistent with Catholic teaching. One must consider the fullest context of being “pro-life” and not the narrow definition provided by a political party.         

The encyclical demands that the citizenry not define itself as “us v.s. them.”  We are called to engage in dialog, not diatribe. “Knowing how to ​dialogue is the way to open the world and build ​social friendship (Ch. 6) which manifests an open heart and provides the basis for a better politics.”  Americans have become more divided over these past few years. The rise of a hyper-nationalist populist movement held together by racist and anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment has created a climate of intolerance and cruelty. The encyclical calls Catholics and all people of good will to consider a new way: consider the well-being of the common good.

Reflexión del Evangelio:
El banquete es por todo el mundo

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

94. El amor, entonces, es más que una serie de acciones benevolentes. Esas acciones tienen su origen en una unión cada vez más dirigida hacia los demás, considerándolos valiosos, dignos, agradables y hermosos más allá de sus apariencias físicas o morales. Nuestro amor por los demás, por quienes son, nos mueve a buscar lo mejor para sus vidas. Sólo cultivando esta forma de relacionarnos se hará posible una amistad social que no excluya a nadie y una fraternidad abierta a todos.

De "Fratelli Tutti", encíclica

En la parábola de hoy, la cuestión de quién es bienvenido al banquete de bodas se presenta ante los sumos sacerdotes y fariseos. La parábola desafió no solo el sentido del establecimiento religioso y político de quién pertenece o no al banquete, sino también a quién da la bienvenida la Iglesia. Quien presume ser invitado, da por sentada la gracia del amor que se manifiesta en la inclusión radical de los demás. Aquellos que esperan ser bienvenidos al banquete trabajan duro para congraciarse con el anfitrión. Perseveran sobre cuestiones de la santidad personal y cómo se ven a los demás. Están consumidos por mantener el status quo y harán todo lo que puedan para excluir a los demás por temor a que "su lugar" sea dado a otros que no lo merecen. En la parábola, los invitados originales mataron a los que llevaban la invitación y el rey respondió con violencia. Luego, el rey invitó a todos los que no estaban en ninguna lista de invitados: los buenos y los malos. Lo que hace que la parábola sea desafiante es la conclusión. Uno de los invitados no usó traje de boda y luego fue expulsado. ¿Fue esta parábola un comentario sobre moda o protocolo de boda o hay algo más profundo? La respuesta es "algo más profundo". Ser invitado a un "banquete inclusivo" significa que se está vistiendo no para impresionar al anfitrión, sino para honrar a otros que fueron invitados: los pobres, los rechazados por la sociedad, los que cayeron y fracasaron, y aquellos que nunca fueron lo suficientemente buenos para hacer la lista de invitados original. El protocolo del banquete exige que usemos la "prenda de boda" adecuada para este banquete inclusivo, lo que significa que honramos la dignidad de los demás.

Oremos por quienes trabajan por una sociedad más inclusiva presionando por la equidad racial y de género y apoyando a quienes tienen diversas expresiones de género y sexualidades.

Oremos por aquellos que han sentido el aguijón del rechazo, para que superen su dolor y se conviertan en defensores más fuertes de la necesidad de aceptación de los demás.

Oremos por aquellos que se enfrentan a fanáticos religiosos, racistas, misóginos, activistas antiinmigrantes, homofóbicos y transfóbicos para que devuelvan el odio con amor.

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. 
https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/advocacy/action-center/

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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Rapid Response Network on High Alert

Responders of Santa Clara County: 

These past 3 weeks we have received disturbing news about plans for  ICE enforcement throughout California. Santa Clara County has already begun to see an uptick in local arrests of community members. 

A second news article detailing the expansion of the Expediated Removal process is of great concern. 

ICE officers were assigned a new training on how to implement expanded expedited removal. They have until Oct. 16 to complete it. Once ICE officers have completed the training they can start processing people under the expanded expedited removal policy.

As a reminder, expanded expedited removal can be applied to anyone encountered anywhere in the U.S. who can not demonstrate that they've been in the U.S. for at least two years. Prior to this change, only people encountered within 100 miles of a border who couldn't demonstrate two weeks of presence would be subjected to Expedited Removal.

Washington Post: ICE Enforcement Blitz
Expedited Removal

 

Rapid Response Networks throughout California are a source of solidarity and support for our communities. We are responding to the latest threats by ICE with POWER and not Panic.

How do we respond with POWER: 

1) Staying vigilant of any alerts of possible ICE Activity 

2) Showing up to alerts and documenting ICE activity

3) Outreach

4) Sharing Know Your Rights information with our community members

We have begun to see an uptick in ICE activity though out all of California, including the Bay Area. Please stay vigilant to alerts of possible ICE activity and respond if you can safely do so. 


How YOU can help
OUTREACH

It's important that we respond with POWER over panic. One way we can do this is by making sure community members know about the Rapid Response Network. 

Are you available to help canvas Santa Clara County on Saturday, October 17th at 9:30 am? 

Folks who sign up to help with outreach will gather at their assigned location and be provided with training and outreach supplies. This will be a NO door-knocking event. We will leave information about RRN on doors or any other visible location. Click on the red button below to sign up. 

YES, I want to help with outreach

Has it been a while since you were trained as a responder and need a refresher? Sign up below for a 1-hour virtual refresher training.

Refresher Training

 If you have moved out of Santa Clara County and want to be connected with a Rapid Response Network in your area please click here.

Update Contact Info
Thank you for being part of the Rapid Response Network. Together we can stand up against ICE and protect our immigrant community members. 

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.

WE NEED YOUR HELP 
NECESITAMOS SU COOPERACIÓN


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Census

BE SURE TO FILL IN THE CENSUS FORM!

¡ASEGÚRESE DE LLENAR EL FORMULARIO DE CENSO!
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

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

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 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
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