Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 20, 1971 when parishioners settled on a site for the new St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford.
Catholic Transcript Reader Survey
Catholic Transcript Reader Survey

ROCKY HILL – St. James Music Ministry will hold its second annual St. Cecilia Day Concert, titled "I Hear Music in the Air," on Nov. 13.

All elements of the St. James music ministry, including the adult and junior choirs, youth group and instrumental ensemble, under the direction of Joy O’Sullivan, will take part. The concert is an initia-tive of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) to honor Saint Cecilia, the patroness of music. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the church at 767 Elm St., Rocky Hill.

This year’s special guests will be St. Joseph College Chamber Choir along with its director, noted pianist Michael Gilman.

NPM states that "the memorial of St. Cecilia, patroness of music, on November 22 affords us the opportunity to come together col-lectively in a national festival to raise our voices in songs, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to God."

There will be many opportunities for the entire congregation to join in song. Refreshments will be served after the concert. The donation for the concert is a gift of food or money for the Rocky Hill Food Bank.

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.