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Enfield Mayor Scott R. Kaupin prepares to taste-test an array of baked goods at this year’s Rock-a-Thon Variety Show and Bake Sale on April 26 at St. Joseph’s Residence in Enfield, a home of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Listening to the mayor as he jests and strategizes in the café before digging in are, from left, Mother Catherine Frain; Joann Clark, specialty baked goods donor from High Meadow Resort; Sister Patrice Ormerod; St. Joseph’s resident Dot Maggio; and volunteers and friends Teresa Dodd and Bill Kiner.

Hizzonor savored bites of lemon tart, warm scone, chocolate decadence, berry delight and more. In the end, he gave the nod to a wee but tasty cupcake that beat out even the tiramisu in this year’s inaugural competition.

Mayor Kaupin also visited the variety show before promising to return next year.

All proceeds from this third annual Rock-a-Thon will go toward roof repair at St. Joseph’s, which is home to over 80 elderly who are cared for there by the Little Sisters of the Poor. (Photo by Karen Bray)

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.