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Angela and Tommaso Caruso sit with their grandson, first-grader Antonio Cuda of Rocky Hill, during Grandparents Day April 24 at Corpus Christi School in Wethersfield.

“It’s nice to be with the grandkids and spend a little bit of time together,” said Mr. Caruso, a retired bricklayer.

Eileen Sampiere, principal, said 368 grandparents attended this third annual event.

“We feel that the grandparents are a big part of the students’ lives,” she said.

Maria Maynard, deputy superintendent of Catholic schools and a former teacher at Corpus Christi, visited her two grandsons who attend the school, sixth-grader Luke and eighth-grader Tyler.

“Luke’s classroom was doing a fabulous interactive technology piece on literature. I was very impressed. Then I went to the eighth grade and they were doing a fabulous Bible study,” she said.

Albert Seeley of Glastonbury was visiting his second-grade grandson, Anthony Corraccio.

“It builds character for them when they have love and support from the grandparents and people they love,” he said of the event. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

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.