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Knights of Columbus will expand humanitarian aid to Middle East Christians

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20150313cnsto0003 800Christians who had fled the unrest in Syria and Iraq carry placards and wave flags during a gathering in front of the U.N. house in Beirut last February (CNS photo/Nabil Mounzer, EPA)

NEW HAVEN – Having already donated more than $3 million in humanitarian aid to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, the Knights of Columbus will expand its efforts even further with a national campaign to raise funds and foster awareness of the terrible suffering of Christians and others in the Middle East.

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Teen’s tragic death completes her bucket list

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remembering rebecca fb cover photo webRebecca Townsend leaps off the ground in this photo that is used as the cover photo on the Remembering Rebecca Facebook page. (The photo is being used with permission from Remembering Rebecca.)

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13

DANBURY – When a young woman performs the ultimate act of kindness, giving her life in the process, the spotlight often falls on the community of leaders who helped form her character. In the case of Rebecca Draper Townsend, who died July 2 while saving a friend’s life, the high school that graduated her with Distinguished Honors on June 3 gives Miss Townsend all the credit.

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Give a goat, help a family out of poverty

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Goat 1 webDr. Jeremiah Lowney Jr. is the founder and president of the board of directors of the Haitian Health Foundation. He is shown with his granddaughter Sydney and a Haitian woman who just received a goat, courtesy of Holy Family Church. (Haitian Health Foundation photo)

ENFIELD – Holy Family Parish wanted to do something more than send money to impoverished people in Haiti. It wanted to give them a hand up and a means by which they could achieve some level of self-reliance.

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For some girls, Alpha is just the beginning

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alpha for girls 4352 webMcKenna Maxwell and mom Karey talk with Divinia Hofilena, founder of the Alpha Achievement Program, during a recent fund-raiser at St. Thomas More Chapel and Center at Yale University in New Haven, where the educational program holds its classes. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)NEW HAVEN – Now approaching its 20th year, the Alpha Achievement Program has been helping girls in grades three through eight succeed not only in school but in life by fostering habits of lifelong learning and promoting good character development.

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St. George Parish aims to have ‘Passion & Purpose’

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Matthew Kelly webPamela Mongillo poses before a display promoting author and evangelist Matthew Kelly’s talk, titled “Passion & Purpose LIVE,” which is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at St. George Parish in Guilford. (Photo submitted)

GUILFORD – St. George Parish will host the internationally known evangelist and best-selling author Matthew Kelly and award-winning singer/songwriter Eliot Morris for a Sept. 25 presentation entitled “Passion & Purpose LIVE,” about finding one’s talents and offering them to God.

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Consecrated life: Is it really on the increase?: Op-Ed

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Writers for both the London Tablet and other English newspapers (the Independent is another) are somewhat mystified by what they refer to as a new trend beginning in their highly secular world. It appears that there is a noticeable increase of vocations to religious life among Catholic women. According to Katherine Backler, whose article entitled “Sisters of the Internet Age” recently appeared (May 2, 2015), the Roman Catholic Church has been experiencing a healthy, unexpected rekindling of vocations in England.

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