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schmitz msgrgerardBLOOMFIELD – "Becoming a Eucharistic People – We Become What We Do" is the title of an afternoon of reflection for extraordinary ministers of holy Communion to be presented from 1:30-5 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary.

Msgr. Gerard G. Schmitz, rector/president of St. Thomas Seminary and vicar for priests of the Archdiocese of Hartford, will discuss the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of a Catholic as well as explore basic eucharistic themes from the Scriptures and Church documents.

The afternoon is designed to be an opportunity for extraordinary ministers to enrich their own spirituality and to deepen their appreciation of this sacrament. It is being presented by the archdiocese’s Office for Divine Worship.

The day will conclude with exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.

Msgr. Schmitz has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford for 44 years. Msgr. Schmitz was the assistant pastor in several parishes from 1968 to 1992, when he was appointed pastor of St. Margaret Parish in Madison.

He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.

Advance registration is required and the registration deadline is Sept. 4.

The fee is $10 and is payable when registering. Information is available from Lucy Zocco at the archdiocesan Office for Divine Worship at (860) 761-7442. Online registration may be arranged at


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.