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VacBibleCamp HolyFamily webWEST HARTFORD – Parents looking for a reasonably priced place where their kids can have loads of fun this summer, learn about another culture and grow spiritually might want to check out Holy Family Retreat Center’s upcoming vacation Bible camp.

The five-day camp, “Passport to Peru,” will be held at Holy Family during the week of June 26 – 30, from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. It is open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

Throughout the week, campers will be immersed in the vibrant and diverse culture of Peru, meeting real Peruvian children via video who share stories about their daily life. After each day’s opening celebration, the younger kids head off to the Little Llamas Preschool for crafts and other activities suited to their age. Elementary students rotate through four stations where they sing fun songs, enjoy snacks, and play high-energy games. One memorable Bible point per day is reinforced throughout the stations (e.g., “God gives us comfort,” “God gives us patience”) as the kids explore their commonalities with their Peruvian counterparts and discover God’s good gifts and eternal love for the world.

The program is directed by Liza Peters, director of youth and young adult ministry at Holy Family, who has four children of her own. She holds a B.A. in psychology and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame.

The cost to attend for the week is $50 per child and includes snacks and beverages. It is open to the public. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to sign up as volunteer helpers and group leaders.

Holy Family Retreat Center is located at 303 Tunxis Road in West Hartford. For more information, contact Liza Peters at 860-760-9712, lpeters@holyfamilyretreat.org. To register online, visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org/vbc.

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.