Dear friends,

It is a nightmare no one wants to live, much less have to imagine.  A dad stops to purchase some groceries for his four children and wife. While the dad is in the store a policeman sees that that dad has not properly fed the parking meter and the policeman decides to ticket the car. As dad comes out of the store he asks why he is being ticketed and the policeman then asks for his license. The policeman discovers there is a past history with the immigration authorities and takes the dad into the police station.  Within twelve hours the dad is facing deportation and a family in our neighborhood is left without a much needed provider. Many people in our neighborhood live with a fear of having to face this kind of scenario. In fact, however, it is what happened in our community just a few weeks ago. But, in this case, dad is not only a provider for his family… he provides also for our parish and neighborhood.