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st bridgetGrant webThe St. Bridget School girls basketball team helped the school win a sportsmanship grant.

HARTFORD – St. Bridget School in Cheshire is one of five institutions or groups, and the only Catholic school in the country, to receive a $2,500 grant from the Liberty Mutual Play Positive Program.

St. Bridget students competed against schools and athletic organizations from across the nation.

They rallied supporters to pledge to promote good sportsmanship. They distributed traditional flyers in the church bulletin and around school, used email marketing software and posted their message on Facebook to family and friends.  

At the end of the pledge period, they and four other groups had collected more pledges in their division than the competition.

The school will use the grant to purchase uniforms for its after-school sports programs as well as and necessary equipment, including a storage shed that will be located on the ballfield.

“The fact that it was a national contest and we are a small Catholic school really shows how a community can pull together for a great cause,” said Vivian Ciampi, St. Bridget’s team administrator.

Father Jeffrey V. Romans, parish pastor, said an anonymous benefactor in the parish has matched the grant, giving the school an additional $2,500.

“To have a group of enthusiastic students who set a goal for themselves and succeed is rewarding in and of itself. When you couple that enthusiasm with the generosity of this benefactor, that’s a true blessing for our school family,” said Father Romans, who added that the students are grateful to Liberty Mutual and the benefactor.

The Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive program is committed to promoting good sportsmanship in youth sports so that kids have the fun and a positive experience in athletics.

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.