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SOUTHINGTON – After many months of planning, preparing and furnishing the facility and hiring teachers and staff, Southington Catholic School will celebrate its opening with a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Aug. 23. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will officiate.

The school will open its doors and welcome its prekindergarten through eighth grade students to their first day of school on Aug. 27.

 “Southington Catholic represents a merger of the finest in Catholic educational achievements, carrying forward the Christian teachings, traditions and history of its predecessor schools: St. Dominic Elementary School and St. Thomas School,” pastors Father Ronald May and Father Nicholas Melo, respectively, said in a joint statement.

“We thank the faculty, staff, steering committee, subcommittees, volunteers and parents who have worked together, and the leadership of the Office of Catholic Schools, in bringing us to this exciting moment offering the Southington community and beyond an enhanced opportunity for the educational and spiritual development of our children.”

The mission statement of the school reads: “Southington Catholic School is a Christ-centered, nurturing learning community that fosters Catholic faith-based values in our students while achieving academic excellence. Our students will become responsible and faith-filled leaders with creative minds, compassionate hearts and the courage to act on our beliefs.”

The ribbon cutting will take place in front of the new school at 133 Bristol St. Refreshments will follow. The event is open to the public.

New student enrollments are still being accepted for the 2015-16 school year by the school offices. Information is available at 860-628-2485.

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.