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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 17, 1891 when Bishop Lawrence S. McMahon dedicated St. Bernard Church, Enfield.
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BLOOMFIELD – More than 2,000 young Catholics are expected to attend the sixth annual Catholic Youth Spectacular Sept. 18 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., according to organizer Shawnee Baldwin of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Religious Education.

The event is held yearly for youth and young adults in grade seven and higher from parish, school, Scouts, sports and other groups.

The theme this year, "CH_ _ CH: Come as UR: Being, Becoming, Believing," was chosen to encourage young people to unite in embracing their faith and their relationship with God.

Keynote presenters will be Joia Farmer and APeX Ministries. Ms. Farmer is a Catholic Christian singer/songwriter with three CD’s to her credit. She sings about her faith, the gift of womanhood and the power of forgiveness.

Gene Monterastelli and Brad Farmer of APeX Ministries are billed as Christian vaudeville evangelists. Their singing, juggling, storytelling and audience participation acts build community through laughter and interaction.

The event will begin with registration from noon to 1 p.m. and will include prayer, Christian entertainment, a picnic, the sacrament of reconciliation, a walking rosary, fun activities, Stations of the Cross and more.

The day’s events will conclude with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell beginning at 5:30.

The cost is $30. Registration materials are posted on or can be requested by e-mailing Ms. Baldwin at or by calling (860) 243-9465. The registration deadline is Aug. 26.

Young people who do not attend with a group are expected to be accompanied by a parent.

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.