The Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago will hold a commissioning Mass and ceremony for 28 new lay leaders of Polish Immigrant-to-Immigrant Ministry on Sunday, May 11, at 4:30 p.m. at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish, 608 Sobieski St., Lemont. Most Rev. Andrew Wypych, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago will be the main celebrant. Rev. Stanislaw Kuca, Pastor Emeritus of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Orland Hills, will give the homily.
These new lay leaders will serve as pastoral agents in Polish Immigrant-to-Immigrant Ministry at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Lemont, St. Jane de Chantal Parish in Chicago, St. Joseph Parish in Summit, and St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Wheeling.
Launched in 2011, this ministry, which operates in 12 Polish parishes with over 50 active leaders, invites immigrants to respond to their baptismal call to be engaged in charity and justice actions in their parish communities. Since 2008, Pastoral Migratoria (Hispanic Immigrant-to-Immigrant Ministry), has been introduced in over 40 Hispanic parishes with 200 active leaders. Last year, these leaders connected 13,000 immigrant families with various resources and referrals (e.g., consulate services, health fairs, legal clinics), to help them adjust to living in the United States.