Passionist Father David Cinquegrani and the Holy Family Youth Ministry Team will offer a Summer Music Camp for children from 8:30 to noon July 23 through July 27 at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford. It is open to children entering grades four through eight who want to participate in a joyful and educational week of singing, playing instruments and listening. A short concert on the final day will bring the week to an inspiring end. The cost is $100 per child (discounts for multiple children) and includes snacks and beverages. Father David is the retreat director at Holy Family and has been a music educator and choir director for more than 35 years. He currently teaches elementary music at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Hartford.
At 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.
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.”
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.”