World Day of Migrants and Refugees – Mass & Reception
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.
The theme announced by His
Holiness Pope Francis for the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees is
“Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees”. In
his message, Pope Francis reminds us that “every stranger who knocks at our
door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with
the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.”
A special Mass commemorating the
104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Chaldean Catholic
Cathedral, located at 2 High Meadow Place in North York. Bishop Kirkpatrick will be the homilist for
this Liturgy. A reception will follow
with a number of dignitaries in attendance. All are welcome to attend!
Please click here to see Pope
Francis’ entire message.
Please note that ORAT has used up its annual quota for 2017, which was allocated by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Therefore we are no longer able to submit applications to the government this year.
If you wish to sponsor a refugee, we encourage you to consider alternative options that may be available, for example, Group of 5 Sponsorship, Community Sponsorship, or other non-refugee immigration avenues. More information about these methods is available on www.rstp.ca.
To stay up to date, and to know when ORAT will be accepting applications again, please visit our website or link to the Facebook page.
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(May 2, 2017)
Provides information sessions for the general public regarding refugee resettlement as well as other Canadian immigration options.
Is the liaison between parishes, the Archdiocese and Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in refugee resettlement.
Assesses resettlement applications and settlement plans.
Monitors all procedures before and after submission of a resettlement application and the integration process.
Invites you to enroll in the resettlement email distribution to receive information about refugee related issues regularly.
ORAT assists the faithful and enables them to provide assistance for uprooted people by helping parishes, religious orders, Catholic institutions and others to find durable solutions for refugees in need. Additionally the ORAT provides similar services to Christian communities in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Toronto. ORAT is a venue of communication, cooperation and collaboration for refugee serving organizations in the Archdiocese to improve the level of services provided by Catholic organizations.
ORAT works with partners nationally and internationally to ameliorate the situation of uprooted people.
ORAT operates in accordance with the Ten Building Blocks of Catholic Social Teachings and with the generally respected values, philosophy and principles of the Catholic Church.
ORAT facilitates the Sponsorship Agreement of the Archdiocese of Toronto; animates and coordinates the Catholic network on refugee assistance; liaises with other civic sponsors, dioceses and archdioceses, and international organizations such as ICMC (International Catholic Migration Commission), UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and other refugee serving members of the international community on issues such as resettlement, protection and social justice.
ORAT's mandate covers the entire geographic area of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto and where members of resettlement groups reside beyond these geographical boundaries.
ORAT is also mandated to link and network with organizations nationally and internationally for greater cooperation.
Information Sessions: ORAT provides general immigration and refugee information sessions open to the public on a regular basis. The goal of these sessions is not only to ensure that people understand the Civic Resettlement of Refugees (CRR) Program, but that they are also empowered with the knowledge on all the ways a person can legally enter into Canada.
Parish Information Events: ORAT is available to provide support with information nights to parish councils, committees or just simply, interested parishioners, on general refugee issues, on civic sponsorship opportunities, etc. Please inquire with the Resettlement Educator if you are interested in hosting information sharing event or the monthly seminar.
Training: ORAT provides training to those interested in learning more about settlement and integration on an ongoing basis. Additionally, ORAT publishes a newsletter to give updates regularly.
Referrals: Although ORAT's main focus is the civic sponsorship work, ORAT can assist parishes, religious orders, chaplaincies, Catholic institutions and related groups in finding professional service providers with regard to refugee and immigrations issues or advocacy needs.
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