Honduras 2 2015 178 webVillagers gather for the opening of Clinica la Amistad (Friendship Clinic) in Monte de los Olivos, in the city of El Progreso, Honduras, Feb. 3.

WETHERSFIELD – The Feb. 3 opening of a health clinic in Honduras by three Connecticut women was the result of three revelations the women experienced.

20150305cnsbr8397 pope webPope Francis greets elderly woman as he arrives for weekly audience in 2014 in St. Peter's Square at Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The most serious ailment the aged face and the greatest injustice they suffer is abandonment, Pope Francis said.

knights columbus logo webNEW HAVEN – To aid war-torn Ukraine in the aftermath of an undeclared war waged by Russia, the Knights of Columbus has donated $400,000 for humanitarian relief programs sponsored by the Catholic Church in Ukraine.

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BLOOMFIELD – In this Year of Consecrated Life, many people are asking, “What, exactly, do individuals do who are in religious communities? How do they live their lives on a daily basis?’

For cloistered religious, like the Bene

20150218cm01806 webPope Francis gives ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Feb. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father, Pope Francis said at an Ash Wednesday Mass that began with a procession on Rome's Aventine Hill.

st joes medal 8572 webGerard Staves of St. Mary Parish in Windsor Locks takes a moment with Paula Taylor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Windsor Locks. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)

HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair presided over a joyful ceremony on March 22, celebrating the blessing and conferral of this year’s St. Joseph Medals of Appreciation to 206 parishioners from across the Archdiocese of Hartford.

PAS hearing 8363 webHundreds of people fill a room at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on March 18 as a hearing before the legislature’s judiciary committee offered people the opportunity to present their views on House Bill 7015, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)

HARTFORD – The cold March wind on March 18 did not deter more than 200 people from testifying at the third Connecticut public hearing in as many years on the attempt to legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state of Connecticut.

20150213cnsto0043 web This architectural rendering shows how the Museum of the Bible planned for Washington will look. (CNS photo/courtesy Smith Group JJR)

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- On a gray and overcast morning in Washington, just a short walk from Capitol Hill, construction work began on a museum intended to promote engagement, education and discussion of the Bible.

family conf webNormand Chouinard, retreat team leader at St. Hedwig Parish in Naugatuck, introduces Father Alvin J. LeBlanc, pastor of St. Ann Parish in Bristol; and a judge on the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Metropolitan Tribunal, for the opening prayer at a World Meeting of Families workshop held March 14 at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

NEW HAVEN – In anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia Sept. 22-27 for the eighth World Meeting of Families, Damon Owens, executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute, discussed one of the key papal teachings about marriage and the family at a workshop March 14 at the Knights of Columbus Museum.

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mariehilliard_tn Christ's healing ministry directs the Christian's concern for the sick, particularly the vulnerable, and those who have little or no voice in decisions pertaining to their health care.

Cognizant that all of human-kind are created in the image of God, the human family must share in the healing ministry manifested by Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church, as the largest provider of nongovernmental health care and social services in this country, has responded to this Gospel imperative.

However, government has continually intruded in the exercise of this ministry through mandates that impact the free exercise of religion of those involved in this delivery of health care. Such intrusions have escalated, threatening the well-being of the most vulnerable, most recently by some of the provisions contained in the federal Health Care Reform proposal.

The issue is not whether all persons deserve access to affordable health care; the issue is who will decide, particularly for vulnerable populations, what health care is mandated, received, and publicly funded.

Intense negotiations to produce health care reform legislation have been taking place in Congress, most recently in the Senate Finance Committee and in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. With the August congressional recess upon us, constituents have the opportunity to express their concerns to their members of Congress before a final vote occurs in the fall.

The message to Congress is: "Please support amendments that exclude abortion mandates, prevent federal funding of abortion, uphold state laws that regulate abortion, protect the conscience rights of health care providers, and protect the elderly, the infirm, and persons with disabilities from rationing as well as mandates impacting their end-of-life care." For more information see: http://nchla.org/issues.asp?ID=51.

Abortion Mandate, Funding, Violations of Conscience:

Federal law has long excluded most abortions from federal employees' health benefits plans and places no requirement on private plans.

This could radically change. Current provisions stipulate that there is at least one plan in every region of the country that covers abortion. While public monies will not pay directly for abortion, health plans would receive federal subsidies to help pay enrollment premiums for low-income people, for plans that will cover abortion

Furthermore, provisions such as those requiring timely access to all benefits covered by qualified health plans could be used by courts to override state laws regulating abortion. Thus, it should be clear in the legislation that these state laws will not be preempted.

Also, federal laws protective of conscience rights of health care providers will be in jeopardy, particularly with this requirement of regional access to abortion. The conscience rights of parents regarding vaccination requirements could be impacted. There even are provisions for "increasing intervals between pregnancies" of those enrolled (See Sections 1711-1714). Congress should ensure that this legislation will maintain protections for conscience rights.

Rationing and Mandatory End-of-Life Care:

The proposal creates a government committee determining allowable benefits and treatments, and restricts enrollment in this plan of persons with special needs. The latter is an attempt to interface with health plans for those with special needs included under the Social Security Act, the outcome of which remains unclear. Hospitals will be penalized for government-deemed preventable readmissions. This constitutes rationing of care.

Eligible health care plans will be required to offer Medicare recipients the opportunity to engage in advanced care planning consultations every five years, or more often if there is a change in health status. This could result in actionable medical orders to exclude life-affirming and proportionately beneficial care, within an unforeseeable circumstance. Such orders will remain actionable across continuums of care and across all health care settings. Reasonable medical interventions, including certain medications, could be excluded from the plan of care. Persons could inadvertently agree to dehydrate or starve to death, when reasonable use of assisted nutrition and hydration would be beneficial. With the aforementioned rationing, decisions concerning end-of-life care could be taken away from patients and their families. (See Sections 122, 123, 203, 1151, 1176, 1177, 1233, 1751.)

Marie T. Hilliard, Ph.D., J.C.L., R.N., is director of bioethical and public policy for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. Published courtesy of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (www.ncbcenter.org/details_news.asp?idOfEvent=442)

Events Calendar

April 2015
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West Hartford, United States
WEST HARTFORD – The Gengras Center at the University of St. Joseph will hold an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, in preparation of its expanded enrollment capacity. A state-approved [...]
06:00 PM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
The 20th annual solemn novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place at 7 p.m. on nine consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 355 Foxon [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 01, 2015
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12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 02, 2015
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07:00 PM
St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
SOUTH WINDSOR – A novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning on Good [...]
07:30 PM
Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford CT, Hartford, United States
HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will preside over a Tenebrae service at 7:30 p.m. April 3, Good Friday, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Tenebrae combines the two components of the [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 03, 2015
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12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 04, 2015
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12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 05, 2015
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12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 06, 2015
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12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 07, 2015
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06:00 PM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
The 20th annual solemn novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place at 7 p.m. on nine consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 355 Foxon [...]
07:30 PM
A father who lost his  teen-age son to suicide will present a program titled “Bullying, Technology and Teen Depression" from 7-8:30 p.m. April 8 at Northwest Catholic High School in West [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 08, 2015
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12:00 AM
Location to be announced
Courage, a fellowship of Catholics who experience same-sex attraction and are seeking to live the virtue of chastity and to grow in their Christian [...]
12:00 AM
To be announced
Courage, a fellowship of Catholics who experience same-sex attraction and are seeking to live the virtue of chastity and to grow in their Christian [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 09, 2015
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12:00 AM
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, United States
A new program titled “The Quest for the Jewish Mary” will be presented April 10-12 at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield.The program will take a fresh look at [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 10, 2015
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12:00 AM
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, United States
A new program titled “The Quest for the Jewish Mary” will be presented April 10-12 at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield.The program will take a fresh look at [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 11, 2015
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02:30 PM
St. Ann Church, Bristol CT, Bristol, United States
St. Ann Parish in Bristol will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with a Mass at 2:30 p.m. April 12. The [...]
11:30 AM
Racebrook Country Club, Orange, Orange, United States
NEW HAVEN – The Catholic Charity League of New Haven will have a Spring into Grace Brunch at 11:30 a.m. April 12 at the Racebrook Country Club in Orange. The annual event benefits a [...]
11:30 AM
Avanti Restaurant, Meriden CT, Meriden, United States
The annual Sunday Dinner Fund-raiser will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 12 at Avanti Restaurant at 4 River Road, Meriden. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the [...]
12:00 AM
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, United States
A new program titled “The Quest for the Jewish Mary” will be presented April 10-12 at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield.The program will take a fresh look at [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 12, 2015
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04:00 PM
Mercy Hall, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford campus
WEST HARTFORD – The University of St. Joseph’s 2015 Buckley Lecture for Religious Studies will feature Servite Father John T. Pawlikowski, Ph.D., professor of social ethics at the Catholic [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 13, 2015
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07:30 PM
St. Justin Church, Hartford, Hartford, United States
St. Luke Productions will present “FAUSTINA: Messenger of Divine Mercy” 7:30 p.m. April 14 at St. Justin Church, 230 Blue Hills Ave., Hartford. The presentation is a live multimedia drama [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 14, 2015
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06:00 PM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
The 20th annual solemn novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place at 7 p.m. on nine consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 355 Foxon [...]
07:00 PM
Location to be announced
EnCourage, a support group for parents and others whose loved ones experience same-sex attraction, will meet at 7 p.m. April 15. A part of the Courage Apostolate, the group is made up [...]
Date :  April 15, 2015
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07:00 PM
Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
Holy Cross Brother Larry Lussier, pastoral associate at St. Gabriel Parish in Milford, will present the [...]
12:00 AM
Lourdes in Litchfield, CT, Litchfield, United States
LITCHFIELD – A Beginning Experience Weekend for divorced, separated and widowed men and women will be held April 17-19 at the Lourdes in Litchfield shrine. The cost is $275. For [...]
Date :  April 17, 2015
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02:00 PM
Thomas E. Golden Center at Yale University, New Haven CT, New Haven, United States
Mary Sheehan Warren, fashion consultant, Elegance in Style co-founder and author of It’s So You! Fitting Fashion to Your Life, will speak April 18 at the Thomas E. Golden Center at the [...]
09:00 AM
Doubletree by Hilton, Bristol, Bristol, United States
There will be a Magnificat breakfast for women from 9 a.m. to noon April 18 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bristol. Registration opens at 8:30. The fee of 25 must be received by April 13 [...]
09:00 AM
Our Lady of Pompeii Church Hall, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
There will be a craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church Hall on Foxon Road in East Haven. Refreshments will be available. Information is available from [...]
12:00 AM
Lourdes in Litchfield, CT, Litchfield, United States
LITCHFIELD – A Beginning Experience Weekend for divorced, separated and widowed men and women will be held April 17-19 at the Lourdes in Litchfield shrine. The cost is $275. For [...]
Date :  April 18, 2015
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12:00 AM
Lourdes in Litchfield, CT, Litchfield, United States
LITCHFIELD – A Beginning Experience Weekend for divorced, separated and widowed men and women will be held April 17-19 at the Lourdes in Litchfield shrine. The cost is $275. For [...]
Date :  April 19, 2015
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06:00 PM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
The 20th annual solemn novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place at 7 p.m. on nine consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 355 Foxon [...]
09:00 AM
St. Peter/St. Francis School, Torrington CT, Torrington, United States
St. Peter/St. Francis School will have open houses from 9-11 a.m. April 22 and 5:30-7 p.m. May 12. Parents may visit classrooms, talk with the staff, explore the halls and see all projects [...]
Date :  April 22, 2015
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06:30 PM
Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Bloomfield, United States
ImmaCare Inc. (formerly Immaculate Conception Shelter and Housing Corp.) will host its third annual Taste of the World— An International Food, Wine & Beer Tasting from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 24 [...]
07:00 PM
St. Anthony Church, New Haven, New Haven, United States
The St. Anthony Society will have its 38th annual card party at 7 p.m. April 24 at St. Anthony Church, 70 Washington Ave., New Haven. It is being held in memory of Albert Carofano. [...]
07:30 PM
Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The Northwest Catholic Dramateurs will present the musical “Once on this Island” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The musical [...]
12:00 AM
Holy Cross High School, Waterbury, Waterbury, United States
The Crusader 5k and Kids Fun Run will take place on Saturday, April 18, at Holy Cross High School. The 5k race will begin at 10 a.m. The Kids Run (for ages 4-10) will begin at 9:40 a.m. [...]
Date :  April 24, 2015
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Tradition Golf Club, Wallingford CT, Wallingford, United States
HAMDEN – St. Rita School will host a “Passport around the World” benefit Auction at 6 p.m. April 25 at Seasons at the Tradition Golf Club in Wallingford. The evening will [...]
07:00 PM
St. Margaret Mary Parish, Windsor CT
Contemporary Christian music group Jerusalem Road will lead a praise and worship service at 7 p.m. April [...]
07:30 PM
Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The Northwest Catholic Dramateurs will present the musical “Once on this Island” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The musical [...]
Date :  April 25, 2015
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01:00 PM
St. Mary School, Newington CT, Newington, United States
St. Mary School in Newington will have its inaugural “Wildcats Car Show” from 1-5 p.m. April 26 on the school grounds.The show is open for all cars, motorcycles and trucks. Vehicle [...]
02:00 PM
Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The Northwest Catholic Dramateurs will present the musical “Once on this Island” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The musical [...]
12:00 PM
St. Mary Church, New Haven CT, New Haven, United States
The service and ministry of the health care professions and Dr. Daniel J. Diver will be honored at the annual Archdiocesan White Mass at noon April 26 at St. Mary Church, New Haven. Archbishop [...]
Date :  April 26, 2015
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06:00 PM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
The 20th annual solemn novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place at 7 p.m. on nine consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 355 Foxon [...]
Date :  April 29, 2015
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