Today the US Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that in conjunction with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe -- Monday, December 12th -- will also be a national day of prayer for immigrants and their families. The 2016 feast celebration will be a Day of Prayer and Solidarity With Families of Immigrants, with a focus on the gifts of refugees and migrants, and will take place across the United States.
The Day of Prayer will be a time to place before a merciful God the hopes, fears, and needs of all those families who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life. Across the country Masses and prayer services will be held in many dioceses as the Church continues to accompany migrants and refugees seeking an opportunity to provide for their families. In this environment of uncertainty that multitudes of immigrants and refugees and their families are currently facing, the U.S. Catholic bishops are demonstrating their solidarity with our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters by asking Catholics to pray for the protection and well-being of this vulnerable population.