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MANCHESTER – On Saturday, Aug. 10, students and families from Assumption School will walk through Manchester neighborhoods in an effort to reach out to community residents. Organizers hope to raise awareness of the outstanding educational opportunities offered at the school.

"We are following the example of our new Pope Francis by walking to meet people where they are," said Marguerite Ouellette, who has been principal of the local Catholic school for seven years.

While not every classroom has vacancies, the school’s administration would like to add an average of two to three students in each grade for the 2013-14 school year, said Ms. Ouellette.

"This year, no student will be turned away for financial reasons," said Ouellette. "This presents a great opportunity to share our wonderful environment and excellent academic program with additional families."

Walking around neighborhoods might seem like an old-fashioned approach, but the school that prides itself in traditional values is definitely not old fashioned. Last year, the school obtained and implemented Chromebook computers for middle-school students and established a student-run technology club.

The school is committed to ongoing innovation and capitalizes on leading edge technologies to enhance student achievement in every grade, according to Ms. Oullette.

Students, teachers, siblings, parents and grandparents will walk or ride in strollers or on scooters and distribute brochures and share information about Assumption School. Following their walk, participants will meet at the school’s main campus for a picnic.

Assumption School serves students in prekindergarten through eighth grade at two locations in Manchester. The main campus is located at 27 South Adams St.; the high school prep campus, which serves students in sixth through eighth grade, is located at 45 Ludlow Road. The school is fully accredited and features an innovative curriculum, inclusive environment and educators who are committed to enabling children to meet his or her potential for success.

Information is available from Ms. Ouellette at 860-649-0889 or

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.