News and Latest Announcements
Modern Day Slavery!!!
We urge you to sign the petition urging the International Olympics Committee to adopt formal guidelines for sponsors that will help prevent human trafficking and modern day slavery both during the Games and beyond.
Please visit the ICCR's Celebration without Exploitation website for this campaign, go to http://bit.ly/M10dd4, and speak out about the importance of this initiative by signing the petition.
Parish Photo Album
New Parish Photo Album is coming at St Mary! You will not want to miss this ! In April and May we will begin to schedule opportunities to get family or individual portraits taken. Extended family and friends are invited also. Check our Website for more information! .
You can make a reservation to have your photograph taken by logging on to the parish web site: www.smpnewark,org.
Increased Numbers Coming to our Pierre Toussaint Food Pantry
As the economy struggles and unemployment grows so too the number of singles and families finding the need to visit food pantries and feeding sights continues to grow. October brought one of our largest monthly food distributions in recent memory. With holidays approaching we know the demand will continue to increase as families struggle to care for their families specially trying to provide a holiday meal. We will begin a food collection in Church to help with the holiday need.
All indications are that a bill will be soon formulated to address this serious problem in our country. The hope is that legislators will be able to develop a just and sensitive process that will provide a legal process for those presently in our country without documents and those desiring to come into our country. This is a serious issue and we need everyone to be well informed regarding the misconceptions, myths and hostility that looms large in society today.
Young Adults of St Mary Parish
Our young adults continue to be a strong and active presence in our parish Community. Plans are also under way to create deanery gathering to offer gatherings of the wider community of young adults to plan social, spiritual and service opportunities and enrichment events. Watch for this in the New Year.
Family Faith Formation Program
We have taken a huge step to reconfigure the religious education initiative in our parish. Realizing that transportation, limited time, busy schedules are all obstacles to our children s participation in faith formation we have embraced a new approach.
Since the greatest impact on the lives of our children happens in the family our program is now a family formation program. We have begun to meet once a month on a Sunday after noon with activities as both families and as age groups including a track for parents. The time includes prayer, activities, instruction sharing and even a snack table. Take home packets help to extend the process throughout the month and provide families with ways to engage their faith at home.
We began our program with consideration of how families are called to be domestic churches, centers of intentional faith formation and growth as Christian families. In this first session we looked at our sense of belonging and what makes our family life Christian. In October we realized that God is always trying to communicate with us. The Bible is a powerful word always new God reaching out to us Our next session is Sunday November 15th
What is Deferred Action?
Starting on August 15 2012, the Obama administration in a sweeping change in immigration law is offering a chance to approximately 2 millions undocumented youths to obtain a work permit in the United States.
This law is known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA in no way is an Amnesty or a path to citizenship but it alleviates the burden of millions of undocumented youths to complete college or to enter the job market. Deferred action simply means that the government has determined an individual to be a low priority for immigration enforcement and has chosen to exercise its discretion to not deport the individual. Deferred action is a temporary relief from deportation. Deferred action is NOT amnesty or immunity. It does NOT provide a path to a green card or citizenship. It does NOT extend to any family members of the person granted deferred action. Under this new initiative, deferred action would be granted for two year increments and would be renewable.
According to Department of Homeland Security (DHS), people may apply for deferred action if they meet all the following criteria:
came to the U.S. under the age of 16;
are not above the age of 30;
have resided in the U.S. for 5 consecutive years as of the date of the memo;
are currently in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a GED or have been honorably discharged from the armed forces; and
have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanors, multiple misdemeanors or who do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Additionally, DHS advised that:
Effective immediately, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs & Border Protection (CBP), and US Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) agents should not place individuals into removal proceedings who meet the above criteria.
For those already IN immigration proceedings and who have been offered administrative closure under the previous prosecutorial discretion program, ICE will begin making determinations about deferred action immediately. For other persons who are in removal proceedings, ICE is directed to implement the program within 60 days.
For those NOT in removal proceedings, which is the vast majority of individuals affected by the new announcement, USCIS has been directed to devise a plan within 60 days that allows people 15 and older to affirmatively apply for both deferred action and work authorization (those granted deferred action through ICE will apply to USCIS for work authorization as well).
People with final orders of removal will also apply to USCIS.
Filing Process Three forms are required by USCIS to be considered for deferred action:
Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
Form I-765WS, Worksheet
Each form should be filled out completely and signed before being submitted to USCIS. Forms must beaccompanied by the required fees and documentation to be considered. Read the form instructions completely.
Applications for deferred action that do not include the required fees will not be considered by USCIS. Fees for forms I-821D, I-765, and I-765WS total $465, which includes a $380 fee for the I-765 and an $85 biometric services fee. Fee waivers for the employment authorization applications are not available. There are fee exemptions, but they are very limited. Requests for fee exemptions must be submitted and accepted before an individual can.