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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 20, 1971 when parishioners settled on a site for the new St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford.
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Robert Curis, president of Notre Dame High School in West Haven, and Sister Sheila O'Neill of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, president of Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, react to a speaker during a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated on Sept. 25 at St. Rita Church in Hamden.

The Mass, which drew about 400 people, was in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Sacred Heart and Notre Dame. Both schools first opened their doors in September 1946, the academy on Greene Street in the Wooster Square area of New Haven and Notre Dame in its current location.

The two schools have shared many liturgies, concerts, plays and other events over the years, and many lifelong friendships have been formed during that time. Today, students continue to act and sing together and also regularly engage in meaningful campus ministry and community service activities.

Additional joint events planned for the 2016-17 year include a student council-sponsored, ’50s- style sock hop dance; a fine arts evening that showcases the talent in both schools; and a “70 Days of Caring” initiative between the schools.

Information about the schools is available at and (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

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.