St. Rita Parish celebrates its 101 new citizens

St. Rita of Cascia Parish’s Pastoral Migratoria citizenship outreach celebrated its 101st person becoming a U.S. citizen during a prayer service and blessing on March 30, 2019, at the church. St. Rita of Cascia's Pastoral Migratoria has offered classes to prepare people to become citizens of the United States since 2015.
Members of the congregation raise their hands in blessing over the people who have become citizens through St. Rita of Cascia Parish’s Pastoral Migratoria on March 30, 2019, at the church, 6243 S. Fairfield Ave. The group has offered citizenship classes since 2015. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Maria Tere Rodriguez, the 36th person to become a citizen, and Marta Carpio, the 65th person to become a citizen with the program’s help, participate in the service. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Parish and community leaders join the congregation in prayer. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Family members extend their hands in prayer over the new citizens. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Augustinian Father Homero Sanchez, pastor, addresses the gathering. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
The new citizens sign their names on hearts that would be affixed to a wall outside the church. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)