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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 23, 1976 when Archbishop Henry J. O'Brien passed away.
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homefront St Patrick Farmington Team 900x600The HomeFront Day team from St. Patrick Parish in Farmington poses for a group photo at the home where they made repairs for a Navy veteran and his wife on May 5.

The project included repairing the hot water heater, upgrading electric service, replacing windows and replacing gutters. 

This is the 13th year that the parish has had a participating team.

St. Patrick was one of 19 parishes within the Archdiocese of Hartford that participated in the annual fix-up, clean-up day.

Others were the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford; Christ the King Parish, Wethersfield; St. Ann, Avon; St. Dunstan, Glastonbury; St. Peter Claver, West Hartford; North American Martyrs, East Hartford; St. Ambrose, North Branford; St. Anthony of Padua, Litchfield; St. Brigid, West Hartford; St. Edmund Campion, East Hartford; St. George, Guilford; St. John Bosco, Branford; St. Josephine Bakhita, Rocky Hill; St. Mary Magdalen, Oakville; St. Patrick, Enfield; St. Paul, Kensington; St. Raphael, Milford; St. Raymond of Peñafort, Enfield; St. Thomas the Apostle, Oxford and St. Nicholas, Seymour. homefront New drainage 600x700

At right, a team from St. Josephine Bakhita Parish in Rocky Hill repairs the drainage around the Newington home of a 66-years old retired woman on a fixed income.

The work included replacing back stairs, replacing cast iron rotted rails, providing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, repairing the exterior door to basement, changing a sump pump draining into driveway, installing new gutter covers, painting and yard work. 

This was is the 20th year that the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry has worked with HomeFront Day. Several parishes received funding made possible by Cooperative Parish Sharing from the Archbishop's Annual Appeal to support their projects.

A total of 2,000 local volunteers rolled up their sleeves to celebrate HomeFront Day’s 30th anniversary. The volunteers revitalized 70 homes for low-income families in 36 cities across much of Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y.

The volunteers for Homefront Day this year represented 63 participating faith communities, service organizations and corporations.

Their free repairs enable older adults living on fixed incomes, disabled homeowners, single-parent households and families in transitional crisis to remain in their homes with a much-improved quality of life. 

HomeFront is a community-based program dedicated to providing quality of life improvements to families with financial hardships. 

Since 1988, HomeFront volunteers have repaired 3,100 homes, injecting $54 million of assistance where it is needed most.  More information on HomeFront can be found online at:  www.homefrontprogram.org.

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.