MANCHESTER – With an eye toward the Archdiocese of Hartford's upcoming Family Day, St. Bridget School in Manchester opened its academic year with a family picnic on Sept. 9 at Wickham Park in Manchester. About 150 adults and children attended.
Pictured are Principal Mary Alice Nadaskay, left, with members of the Vincenzo family, Jennifer, a seventh grader at St. Bridget’s; mom Francine and dad. Darren; and Jill Gelinas, who teaches sixth, seventh and eighth grade at the school, at the grill.
The Archdiocese of Hartford is participating in Family Day – A Day to Eat With Your Children on Monday, Sept. 26. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University promotes the event.
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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.”