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olmc-relief 1699Filipino volunteers from Connecticut gathered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hamden on Nov. 16 to deliver, collect, sort and package relief items for delivery to communities in the Philippines that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8.

The volunteers, organized on short notice by the Philippine-American Association of Connecticut Inc., were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by people who brought food, clothing, blankets, toiletries and money throughout the day.

Cecilia Gozo, one of the organizers, noted that the country is 80 percent Catholic. "We have so much in this country, she said, "but now, they have nothing."

The Church of the Holy Spirit in Newington was the site of a similar collection on Nov. 17. As did many other parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the church also collected monetary donations at its Masses.

Founded in 1965 by a group of Filipino Yale students and health care professionals, the Philippine-American Association is the longest-running Filipino cultural and civic group in Connecticut. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

 

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.