HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has sent a letter to members of all parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford, urging them to oppose House Bill 5326, “An Act Concerning Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients,” and to ask their lawmakers to do the same.
In the letter, dated March 9, Archbishop Blair also asks parishioners to attend an upcoming public hearing about the subject, if possible, and adds, “And let’s not forget the spiritual weapons at our disposal, namely, our Lenten fasting and prayer for this intention.” Read the letter here.
The date of the public hearing has not yet been set.
The bill, introduced in late February in the Public Health Committee, allows a terminally ill patient to ask a physician to prescribe lethal drugs, which would be self administered, if he or she, in the opinion of medical professionals, has less than six months to live.
The Colorado-based organization Compassion & Choices is fighting for the bill’s passage in Connecticut.
The letter was to be inserted in all parish bulletins this weekend.
HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair congratulated 261 people March 9 as they stepped closer to full union with the Catholic faith during joyful ceremonies at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
The 84 catechumens – students of the faith who have not yet been baptized – and 177 candidates – those baptized in the Catholic or other Christian faith but who have not yet received the sacraments of confirmation or Eucharist – hailed from 69 parishes across the Archdiocese of Hartford. They represented the largest number of participants since 2008.
WASHINGTON (CNS) – In his first year as the 265th successor of Peter, Pope Francis 'has brought to light new dimensions of the Petrine ministry and added new life to the office he holds,' the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee said March 11.
He has done this in many ways, the committee said, including by consistently calling on Catholics "to look again at the fundamental values of the Gospel" and encouraging "us to be a church of the poor and for the poor, reaching out to the marginalized and being present to those on the periphery of society."
Sixth graders Vanessa Smith, left, and Bridget Ruiz watch for changes in a flask while learning how to make a cloud recently at the St. Stanislaus School Academy of Math and Science in Meriden. Through a partnership with Talcott Mountain Science Center, teachers explained the water cycle to the class and how clouds form when rising air cools to a point at which water vapor molecules gather. (Photo submitted)
NEW HAVEN – Not many women today think about becoming a Catholic nun, that is, a member of an active community of women religious, but that does not stop the Dominican Sisters of Peace from inviting women to consider it. In fact, they just opened a new house on Eld Street to do just that – invite women to join them.
The house was opened so that women who are considering becoming a Dominican sister can spend time with the sisters and get to know what it is all about.
HARTFORD – Let’s say you’ve just run 26 miles, you’re soaking your tired muscles in a hot tub and you get a phone call ordering you to do a terrifying job that will keep you up for 41 hours. Would you be able to perform the most important assignment of your life despite your exhaustion?