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Catholic Charities Grupo de Solidaridad               
October 4, 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
Gospel Reflection: Whose Vineyard Is This Anyway?
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

“If you want money more than anything,
you will be bought and sold.

If you have a greed for food,
you will become a loaf of bread.

This is a subtle truth.
Whatever you love, you are.”

- Attributed to Rumi

Is today’s parable a commentary on ownership and inheritance? The vineyard owner claims what is “rightfully” his, yet the stewards resist giving back the owner what is due him killing the messengers and even the owner’s son. The parable it is written stylistically as a rabbinic commentary on the question of proper ownership and lines of inheritance. That the gospel writer placed the parable within the context of Jesus’ entrance in Jerusalem, the parable points to Jesus’ role as the one sent to collect the “harvest.” On one hand we have a commentary about property inheritance and on the other a commentary on Jesus’ impending martyrdom. Since parables by their literary form are “either/or” proposition, but rather a“both/and,” the parable might even be a commentary on the presumption of inheritance and the presumption of salvation. The stewards had not moral or ethical right to the produce and used unethical and violent means to assert their “power.” Jesus entered into Jerusalem with the intent to chal- lenge the Empire and the religious authorities who enabled the Roman occupation. This might suggest that the parable is not about casting Judaism as a mere “forerunner” to Christianity (as many misled commentators have suggested), but rather, a commentary on the fallible presumption of religious leaders’ claim that they control the Book of Life, rather than God. In a time of incredible corporate greed and government graft in which the already entitled feel more entitled to take from the funds intended to benefit the Common Good and religious leaders declaring their unequivocal support for candidates based on the narrowest of readings of sacred texts and simultaneously declaring points of excommunication to those who do not agree, this parable certainly raises questions about presumption, greed and power.

Let pray for those who have chosen the path of simplicity, not acquisition. Joy of generosity, not the hunger of greed.

Let us pray for those who have chosen careers of service: teachers, doctors, nurses, researchers, social workers, heal- ers, and clergy: that they may continue to surrender back to God what is God’s.

Let us pray for all those who are learning that bravado and denial of science are not good strategies for avoiding COVID.

Reflexión del Evangelio: ¿De quién es este viñedo?
 

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

¿Es la parábola de hoy un comentario sobre la propiedad y la herencia? El dueño del viñedo reclama lo que es "legítima- mente" suyo, pero los mayordomos se resisten a devolverle al dueño lo que le corresponde matando a los mensajeros e incluso al hijo del dueño. La parábola está escrita estilísticamente como un comentario rabínico sobre la cuestión de la propiedad adecuada y las líneas de herencia. Que el evangelista, S Mateo colocó la parábola dentro del contexto de la entrada de Jesús en Jerusalén, la parábola apunta al papel de Jesús como el enviado a recoger la "cosecha". Por un lado tenemos un comentario sobre la herencia de propiedades y por el otro un comentario sobre el inminente martirio de Jesús. Dado que las parábolas por su forma literaria son una proposición de “una o la otra”, sino más bien una “ambas / y”, la parábola podría incluso ser un comentario sobre la presunción de herencia y la presunción de salvación. Los mayordomos no tenían ningún derecho moral o ético a la producción y utilizaron medios no éticos y violentos para afirmar su "poder". Jesús entró en Jerusalén con la intención de desafiar al Imperio y a las autoridades religiosas que permitieron la ocupación romana. Esto podría sugerir que la parábola no se trata de presentar al judaísmo como un mero "precursor" del cristianismo (como han sugerido muchos comentaristas engañados), sino más bien, un comentario sobre la presunción falible de la afirmación de los líderes religiosos de que controlan el Libro de la Vida, en lugar de Dios. En una época de increíble codicia corporativa e injerencia gubernamental en la que los que ya tienen derecho se sienten más autorizados a tomar de los fondos destinados a beneficiar al Bien Común y a los líderes religiosos declarando su apoyo inequívoco a los candidatos basándose en la más limitada de las lecturas de textos sagrados y declarando simultáneamente puntos de excomunión para aquellos que no están de acuerdo, esta parábola ciertamente plantea preguntas sobre la presunción, la codicia y el poder.

Oremos por aquellos que han elegido el camino de la sencillez, no de la adquisición. Alegría de generosidad, no hambre de codicia.

Oremos por aquellos que han elegido carreras de servi- cio: maestros, médicos, enfermeras, investigadores, trabajadores sociales, curanderos y clérigos: para que puedan continuar entregando a Dios lo que es de Dios.

Oremos por todos aquellos que están aprendiendo que la valentía y la negación de la ciencia no son buenas estrategias para evitar COVID.

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.

Volunteer with Catholic Charities to distribute food in partner parishes

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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.

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. 

Give the gift of life 
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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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