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Hello Friends, 

Below find a letter from the Minnesota Bishops in support of Driver’s Licenses for All–a good letter! –Pastor Kathy


MN Bishops Urge House Support of Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

March 25, 2019

Dear Members:

Peace be with you. We, the bishops of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, write in support of H.F. 1500, which will provide a pathway for our undocumented brothers and sisters to obtain driver’s licenses. Enacting this legislative proposal is long overdue; there is urgency to act.

Re-opening our license system will allow Minnesota to address one component of our broken immigration system. Our immigrant brothers and sisters need reforms to ensure that they are not confined to the shadows and margins of our society. Apart from federal comprehensive immigration reform, offering driver’s licenses is one small measure the State of Minnesota can employ to make our roads safer and our communities more welcoming to the immigrants who already make important contributions to our economic, cultural, and social life.

Access to driver’s licenses will help many immigrants meet their daily obligations. In many parts of Minnesota, there is no public transportation, and undocumented persons have no ability to get to work, church, health services, or school, other than by driving illegally. Every day, they live in fear that getting stopped could mean permanent separation from their children, spouse, or parents.

In our parishes that serve many undocumented persons and their families, the inability to drive, or doing so without a license, is a major source of stress. Undocumented immigrants who have been able to obtain a license are now not able to do so because of new rules at the DMV requiring social security numbers.

Most of us cannot begin to imagine what loss of movement, or the fear of being deported and separated from our families while doing so, would mean in our lives. It is a terrible fear to impose on people and families in our community. And we must do something about it for our brothers and sisters.

Providing driver’s licenses to immigrants also serves the common good—it is surely in the best interests of our state to have people who are living among us and driving on our roads be able to do so safely and legally. In a number of states where similar “noncompliant” licenses have been created, such as Utah and New Mexico, the rates of uninsured motorists declined.

This legislation does not “reward” those who have broken the law. Providing driver’s licenses is a concrete measure of solidarity that takes into account the complexity of the immigration issue. It seeks to protect the well-being of undocumented persons considering the reality of their situation and actual prospects for immigration reform and enforcement. There is little likelihood that most of Minnesota’s 90,000 immigrants will be deported—immigrants who pay taxes and serve in their churches and communities. Therefore, how can we both respond to their needs and promote the common good?

We hope today that we as Minnesotans follow the most common biblical moral exhortation—to welcome the stranger—and remember that our families, too, were once strangers in this land who arrived with the same hopes that our undocumented community has today. Though Congress has failed, we hope we can do something meaningful and important for thousands of immigrants in our midst.
Thank you for your consideration and for your service to the people of Minnesota.

Respectfully yours,

The Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
The Most Rev. Michael J. Hoeppner, Bishop of Crookston
The Most Rev. John LeVoir, Bishop of New Ulm
The Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona-Rochester
The Most Rev. Paul D. Sirba, Bishop of Duluth
The Most Rev. Donald J. Kettler, Bishop of St. Cloud
The Most Rev. Andrew H. Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul & Minneapolis

News Item–Earth Day Event–Rain or Shine

 

A reminder about tonight’s Earth Day Program at Kinstone.
The event will take place rain or shine.
If it rains, we will meet inside the Education Center building.
The event starts at 6:00 pm.
Please help spread the word.
Happy Earth Day,
🌍
Dwayne
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What:   “Honoring Our Sacred Connections to the Earth:  An Earth Day Walking Program and Film at Kinstone”
 
When:  Tonight, Monday, April 22nd – Earth Day 2019
Times:
A. * Walking Program:  6:00 pm.  Kristine Beck, Corrine Haulotte (Lutheran), Paul Stern (Zen Buddhist), and Kathy Redig (Catholic) will speak at three of the sites at Kinstone.
B.  Snacks and Social Time:  7:00 pm
C.  Film:  7:30 pm.  “Standing on Sacred Ground: Part # 1”.
The event is free and open to everyone.  Free will donations will be accepted.
If you have not been to Kinstone before, I would highly recommend that you check it out.  It is a wonderful gift in our community.  It is a beautiful site that is grounded in nature and all of the world’s faiths.
And it is easy to get to and find.
Kinstone Address and Directions:    S3439 Cole Bluff Lane, Fountain City, WI  54629.
Once you cross the Mississippi River bridge in Winona, it is only about 10 minutes.
Cross the bridge into Wisconsin.  At the end of the bridge, take a right and head toward Centerville.  Then take your first left on County Hwy M.
You will stay on that road as it winds up the bluff.  At the top of the bluff, the road will veer to the left.
Look for Cole Bluff Lane shortly after you get to the top of the bluff.  It will be on the left side of the road.
You can also type this address into your GPS or smartphone.
S3439 Cole Bluff Lane, Fountain City, WI, 54629.
You can find more information on their web page.
Phone:  608.687.3332
* The Walking Program is dependent on the weather.  In case of bad weather, the program will be moved inside the Education Center.

News Item – Earth Day Activity

Dear Friends, 

This Monday evening we will have an opportunity for a wonderful Earth Day Event at Kinstone–please see the description below and RSVP to me if you are interested in attending–they are encouraging car-pooling if possible . –Pastor Kathy


What:   “Honoring Our Sacred Connections to the Earth:  An Earth Day Walking Program and Film at Kinstone”

 
When:  Monday, April 22nd – Earth Day 2019
Times:
A. * Walking Program:  6:00 pm.  Kristine Beck, Corrine Haulotte (Lutheran), Paul Stern (Zen Buddhist), and Kathy Redig (Catholic) will speak at three of the sites at Kinstone.
B.  Snacks and Social Time:  7:00 pm
C.  Film:  7:30 pm.  “Standing on Sacred Ground: Part # 1”.
RSVP’s Requested:  If possible, please RSVP if you plan on attending.  We are trying to get a sense of how many people may attend.  You can RSVP to this address.  You are also welcome to come if you did not RSVP ahead of time.
The event is free and open to everyone.  Free will donations will be accepted.
If you have not been to Kinstone before, I would highly recommend that you check it out.  It is a wonderful gift in our community.  It is a beautiful site that is grounded in nature and all of the world’s faiths.
And it is easy to get to and find.
Once you cross the Mississippi River bridge in Winona, it is only about 10 minutes.
Cross the bridge into Wisconsin.  At the end of the bridge, take a right and head toward Centerville.  Then take your first left on County Hwy M.
You will stay on that road as it winds up the bluff.  At the top of the bluff, the road will veer to the left.
Look for Cole Bluff Lane shortly after you get to the top of the bluff.  It will be on the left side of the road.
You can find more information on their web page.
* The Walking Program is dependent on the weather.  In case of bad weather, the program will be moved inside the Education Center.
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News Item–Day Light Saving Time!

Dear Friends,

Even though we seem to be in a winter that isn’t ending, Day Light Saving Time begins tomorrow! With that in mind, the adage, “spring ahead” comes into play tonight or in other words, set your clocks ahead one hour in order to be at Mass at the right time if you were planning on being with us tomorrow. Yes, let’s spring ahead in more than one way!  Peace to All,  Pastor Kathy

News Item –oops!

You probably noticed that the “bulletin” that I sent out this morning was recorded as a “homily.” It was indeed the bulletin for this week! Sorry for any confusion! –Pastor Kathy