Currently, the UN estimates that there are 70.8 million refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide, and this number is growing. As Christians, we are called to care for the poor and vulnerable and have a rich and long tradition of doing so. Serving others, especially those in the most desperate of need is one of our defining evangelizing tools. In the words of Jesus, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matt 24:40). 

Welcome

Some may ask why the Catholic Church is so involved with the sponsorship of refugees. It is because of our Catholic Social Teachings (CST). These CST affirm:

  • the universal dignity of each and every person, regardless of any categorical divisions;

  • our call to give the poor and vulnerable our preferential support and love, and to always consider them in our decision-making; and 

  • our obligation to empower our sisters and brothers, who have often had so much taken from them, so they can regain control over their lives in meaningful ways.

 

It is with these in mind that the Archdiocese of Regina would like to offer our support to any parish community wishing to sponsor a refugee or asylum seeker. In taking on the ministry of sponsorship, you will be engaging in the profoundly spiritual and life-changing experience of upholding the dignity of others, sharing your lives, and encountering Christ in the men, women and children whose need is so great.

For those of you interested in some of the many difficulties that Refugees and Immigrants face once here in Canada, please click HERE to read a report by Halima Abdille. 

   a

   b
c

Please find below the June 2020 schedule for RSTP’s monthly webinar series:

What is the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program and How Does it Work? – Wed, June 3, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

(Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4517310944590011404)

Preparing a Settlement Plan: The Financial and Settlement Responsibilities of Sponsors under the PSR Program –  Tue, June 9, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

(Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7878940203166336268)

How to Prepare a Successful Application Package under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program – Tue, June 16, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

(Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6702256053260015372)

How to Submit a Refugee Sponsorship Application to ROC-O Via Email and Updating Applications After Submission – Fri, June 19, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

(Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4133441748519529740)

Preparing for Arrival and Providing Post-Arrival Support: Handling Unrealistic Expectations and Practicing Ethical Consideration – Tue, June 23, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

(Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2782181540401446412)

Preparing and Transitioning to Month 13 – Fri, June 26, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

(Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6681886500843899148

 
 

If you have newly arrived to Canada or are part of the settlement team for a newcomer check out these helpful links! 

RSTP Resources for COVID-19 (Multiple Languages) HERE    

a
b
c

Are you considering refugee sponsorship, or would you like to learn more? 

Go to our Refugee Sponsorship FAQ page HERE    

a
b

Are you already sponsoring a refugee? 

Find helpful resources HERE. 

a
b
c

 

Page URL: http://archregina.sk.ca/social-justice/refugee-sponsorship