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ha concertWEST HARTFORD – “A Celebration of Peace & Hope for Children Everywhere” is the theme of two Easter concerts that Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center will offer later this month.

The first will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at Holy Family, and the second, at 2:30 p.m. April 28 at the Convent of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, 27 Park Road.

The concerts will feature Holy Family’s music ministers performing ”Mass of the Children” by noted British composer John Rutter, as well as many other sacred pieces. The music ministry includes a choir, chamber choir, instrumentalists, handbell choir, soloists and children’s choir.

Holy Family is located at 303 Tunxis Road. The offering is $35. Both concerts will be followed by a reception.

“Music has the power to ease our suffering and cultivate compassion within our hearts,” said Father David Cinquegrani, director of Holy Family Retreat Center. “More than ever, our community needs a song of hope. We are humbled to offer this concert as an opportunity for healing and peace.”

To register for either of the two concerts or for more information, visit the Holy Family Web site at www.holyfamilyretreat.org or call 860-760-9705. Because it typically is a sellout, organizers are recommending advance registration.

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center is the largest Passionist ministry in the world and the largest Catholic retreat center in the United States. Founded in 1951, it ministers to some 19,000 men, women and youth each year with a message of hope, spiritual growth and transformation.

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.