Many of us will spend this Sunday, September 11, remembering those that we’ve lost, and recognizing the immense pain that others have suffered since the terrorist attack a decade ago. In Port Jefferson, this Sunday will also be an opportunity for us to reflect on the divisions and bonds that exist within our communities, with a special focus on how we can create a more welcoming Long Island for all residents.
Join Welcoming Long Island—a campaign of Long Island Wins—and the Infant Jesus Church for the first installment of the “Welcoming the Stranger” film series, which will examine issues related to immigration and seek to spark dialogue about what we can do to make our communities more accepting places.
This Sunday at 2pm, the series presents Romero, the story of Archbishop Óscar Romero, an outspoken critic of the Salvadoran government who was assassinated while celebrating mass on March 24, 1980.
You can find information about the film series calendar below. We hope to see you at the screening!
Infant Jesus Parish Hall, on the corner of Rt. 112 and Myrtle Ave. in Port Jefferson
Romero, September 11
This is the dramatic story of the inspiring life and tragic death of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador, as the Salvadoran civil war was beginning in his country. His experience, in the increasingly volatile political context of his country, calls us to look deeply into our own as we strive to respond to the gospel in our lives.
Voces Inocentes, October 9
This film is the heart-wrenching story of a young Salvadoran boy growing up in the heart of the civil war that gripped the country in the aftermath of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero. This film reveals why our neighbors from the south move to the north.
El Norte, November 13
This is the revealing and bittersweet story of a young Guatemalan brother and sister who are forced to escape from the bloody repression in their country, and begin the long, arduous journey to the United States, “El Norte.” Why do they come; how do they get here; and what happens to these, our brothers and sisters, when they arrive in our midst? These are the questions that will be at the heart of our discussions.
Please join us to become aware of these issues, to examine our attitudes, and together seek ways to welcome our brothers and sisters from the south.