#Bordermass – USCCB and Bishops Take Immigration Reform to Social Media

“Bishops had to maneuver under barbed wire fence to walk in the desert where so many have died.” from the USCCB Facebook page.

Did you hear about today’s “Border Mass” when you were at your parish this weekend? Just curious. I’m guessing that many didn’t, which is why I think it’s terrific that the USCCB team is working overtime to employ social media to share this experience with the faithful around the world. In short, here’s an overview of the mission, excerpted from the USCCB website:

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, March 30-April 1, 2014, to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998. The Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on April 1, followed by a press conference at 10:30 a.m.

The following bishops are a part of this mission (Twitter links included where available):

  • His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston
  • Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and Chairman, USCCB Committee on Migration
  • Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson
  • Most Reverend John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City
  • Most Reverend Mark Seitz, Bishop of El Paso
  • Most Reverend Oscar Cantu, Bishop of Las Cruces, NM
  • Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, NM
  • Most Reverend Luis Zarama, Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta

I believe that it is greatly significant that the USCCB is pulling out all the social media stops to share this mission with us. Along with the Mass (to be broadcast today beginning at 11:30 am ET here), they are encouraging the faithful to get involved in other ways, including:

A question for you: Are you planning to watch today’s Mass? Will you use social media to discuss this mission with friends?

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  • Rebecca Fuentes

    Good. I read a story a few days ago about over 150 children who had been abandoned by coyotes who were supposed to take them into the US. It broke my heart.

  • Lime Lite

    Great! Just open the borders while you’re at it so that no one suffers any longer. Let the whole of Mexico into the country so the USA can become a better country, full of low-skilled third-world’ers living off welfare or taking the last few remaining jobs. As you know, Mexico is a great country, where peace and safety reign, so I’m sure America will be safer when millions of Mexicans arrive to create millions of well-paying jobs. After all, Mexico’s economy is going gang-busters. I’m sure that will make you a very happy Catholic – a Catholic mommy who just wants to do good – bugger the consequences. Just think 20 years down the line how America will look. Why, it’s sure to be a first-world Utopia!


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