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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 20, 1971 when parishioners settled on a site for the new St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford.
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In celebration of a new season of rebirth and growth, seven students from SS. Cyril & Methodius School received the sacrament of baptism on March 23 at SS. Cyril & Methodius Church.

Father Adam Hurbanczuk, pastor, baptized, from left in front row, Vanessa Chalwell, Nyellie Rivera and Olivia Chalwell, and, from left in back, Lorenzo Chalwell, Charlize Rivera, Shaye Harris and Omar Ramos.

“This is a joyous day for these youngsters and their families as they enter their journey of faith in our Catholic community,” said Father Hurbanczuk.

SS. Cyril & Methodius School is encouraging families to reconnect with their Catholic faith in an effort to combine what the students are learning in school with living their faith at home with their families.

“I am excited these families are renewing their faith through the sacrament of baptism. These students are now on the path to receiving the sacraments of reconciliation, holy Communion and confirmation as they continue their faith formation here at Saints Cyril & Methodius School,” said principal Joy Chlus. (Photo submitted)

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.