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surapine 900x600 webBeth Ann Surapine, director of music at St. Bernard Church in Enfield, choir director for adults and children, music teacher at St. Bernard School and piano accompanist, will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra in Milford, Mass., on Saturday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m. The performance, called "Russian Romance," will take place in Milford Town Hall at 52 Main St.

Surapine has played the piano since she was 5 years old. She is described by those at St. Bernard School as extremely passionate about her work and the growth of each of her students there. Besides being the director of music and a teacher at the school, she gives weekly private piano lessons to 45 students ranging in age from 5 to 86. 

Ms. Surapine said that while performing Rachmaninoff will bring her great joy, personal growth and a sense of accomplishment, she is also performing as a tribute to her parents, Carol and the late Ray Carol Surapine, who spent thousands of dollars  supporting her dream of becoming a pianist, and she is thankful for their many sacrifices. 

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alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.