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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 18, 2010 when a Centennial Mass was celebrated in honor of St. Margaret of Scotland (Waterbury) Church.
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st mary wtbyStudents at St. Mary School in Waterbury show off projects they created for the school's STREAM Night on Feb. 2.It's not too late to register your child for September at St. Mary School in Waterbury.

St. Mary School, located at 43 Cole St. in Waterbury (just across from St. Mary’s Hospital), is the oldest Catholic School in the city.

Even though it is the oldest, its curriculum is new and progressive.

Last year, the school adopted the STREAM model of teaching, which combines science, technology, religion, engineering, the arts and math. As an example of how he method works, after a literature class read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, which is about the need for accessible water for the people of South Sudan, students studied South Sudan in social studies class, searched out ways to purify water in science class and researched ways of moving water efficiently in engineering class.

The students also had a fundraiser and raised $400 for South Sudan and its water project .

St. Mary School invites you to join the growing number of families who are ready to STREAM into the future there. The school is accepting new students in Pre-K 3 through Grade 8.

All grades follow the STREAM Initiative.

Call  Jonathan DeRosa today for a tour or visit our website for an appointment: 203-753-2574 or www.stmarywaterbury.org.

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.