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pascuaYoung people perform as part of Pascua Juvenil, Youth Easter, on April 6 at St. Louis Church in West Haven

WEST HAVEN – “It Is Me, Do Not Be Afraid” was this year’s theme for the Pascua Juvenil, or Youth Easter, at St. Louis Church on April 6.
Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti, former pastor of St Louis Parish, has been developing a different Paschal experience for youth for the past five years.
For the last three, the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office for Hispanic Evangelization’s pastoral juvenil (Hispanic youth and young adult coordinator) has co-sponsored the event.

The name of the annual gathering reflects the fact that it is for young people who seek a deep spiritual experience during the Lenten and Easter seasons.
“Father Gubbioti and I agree that Easter Sunday itself is a day to rejoice and celebrate as a family, particularly as a parish family, a unity that must be nourished and respected,” said Deacon Ramon A. Rosado, Hispanic youth and young adult coordinator. “Pascua Juvenil, then, is an extension of this celebration, where the youth in our archdiocese have the opportunity to meet other members of that family.”
It attracted more than 200 young members of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s various youth ministry teams.
The keynote speaker was Carmen “China” Briceño, formerly from Instituto Sol in Washington, D.C. Miss Briceño, a consecrated virgin since 2009, has dedicated her life to sharing the good news of the Gospel with young people, particularly Hispanic youth.
Deacon Rosado thanked Father Gubbiotti and the youth ministry teams at St. Louis as well as at St. Augustine and St. Anne-Immaculate Conception in Hartford, St. Rose of Lima Parish in East Hartford and St. Mary Parish in New Britain.

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.