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?
HARTFORD – In preparation for Easter, parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford again are offering an expanded schedule of the sacrament of reconciliation throughout the Lenten season.
Every Monday for the six weeks of Lent (March 10 to April 14), confessions will be heard from 6-7 p.m. in every parish, in addition to the parish’s regularly scheduled times.
HARTFORD – In your parish this Lent, you may be handed an empty bowl. Your job is to fill it.
Since 1975, CRS Rice Bowl (then called Operation Rice Bowl) has been a way of helping to relieve poverty overseas. Two years later, the program was adopted by Catholic Relief Services as its official Lenten program, changing lives overseas as well as locally.
HARTFORD – As a sign of their faith and commitment to the Catholic Church, about 200 people from 65 parishes are expected to come to the Cathedral of St. Joseph on March 9 for the annual combined celebration of the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion.
The ceremony, which always takes place on the first Sunday of Lent, is for unbaptized catechumens who have been preparing to enter the church at the Easter Vigil; and for those baptized in any Christian faith but who have not received the sacraments of confirmation or the Eucharist.
According to Mary Marsan, archdiocesan coordinator for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the ceremony will begin with the Liturgy of the Word and a greeting and homily by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.