The turnout was even better than expected when St. Jude Parish in Derby held its third annual Labor Day Festival. Father Grzegorz (Gregory) Jaworowski, who was appointed administrator of the parish in January, said he was pleasantly surprised at the festival’s success, especially after bad weather had been predicted. “Often I noticed three generations laughing and taking in the pleasures of day,” he said. “The comments from the festival attendees were so positive that I believe we are well on our way to being alive again.” Father Jaworowski credited the many volunteers who worked on the festival, particularly parishioner Kathy Nyiry. (Photo submitted)
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.”