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corpus christi wtby 073 webPriests and deacons walk ahead of Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, under canopy, as he carries a monstrance containing a consecrated host in a Corpus Christi procession from the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception to Our Lady of Lourdes Church and on to the Shrine of St. Anne on June 18 in Waterbury.

The processsion followed Mass at the basilica. It ended with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the shrine, where a reception followed.

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi (Latin for "Body of Christ") is the Roman Rite liturgical celebration of the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

A Corpus Christi procession also took place from St. Mary Church to St. Joseph Church in New Haven. St. Mary and St. Joseph will merge on June 29 as part of the pastoral plan for restructuring of parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Other individual parishes and neighboring parishes held Corpus Christi processions, as well. (Photo by Aaron Joseph)

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.