NEWARK, N.J. – A pilgrim prepares to take a photograph of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Oct. 23, the first day of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s “Catholic Shrines in America” three-day pilgrimage.
About 40 people visited shrines in Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Emmitsburg, Md., transported by motor coach.
They were joined on the second day by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell.
The pilgrimage was organized as part of the archdiocese's observance of the Year of Faith.
Also as part of the Year of Faith, Archbishop Mansell led a trip to Italy in May and a trip to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., in August. (Photo by Maria Zone)
A woman outstretches her arms in prayer on Oct. 17 at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford as the parish participates in the 40 Days for Life Campaign with 24 hours of eucharistic adoration at the church and a prayerful vigil at the Hartford GYN Center.
The campaign is an international initiative of prayer, fasting and community outreach. The local campaign, which ends Nov. 3, is directed by Mary Lou Peters.
HARTFORD – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, principal celebrant of the annual Respect Life Mass, commissioned new pro-life representatives from parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford at the annual Respect Life Mass Oct. 6 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. The Mass is sponsored yearly by the archdiocese’s Pro-Life Ministry.
In addition to the commissioning, many people renewed their commitments as their parishes’ leaders. Each representative resolved "to promote the teachings of the Catholic Church on the dignity of human life" and to work with their pastors "to pray, educate, shape public policy and provide assistance to men and women in crisis related to pregnancy or end-of-life issues."
WATERBURY – When an evangelical movement is named after a beloved pope, it seems reasonable to assume that it was founded by a renowned cleric or member of a religious order and accepts only fellow Catholics into its fold. With the John XXIII Movement, both assumptions are wrong.
Active now in several parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the “Movimiento Juan XXIII” was founded in 1970 by a layperson, Nelson Rivera, who was disheartened by the meager attendance at Sunday Mass at his parish in Puerto Rico. Inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi’s call from God to “rebuild my Church,” Señor Rivera began organizing one-day retreats to evangelize the community. In 1973, the first three-day retreat took place at the Church of Fatima in Vega Baja, P.R.
SIMSBURY – The free rosary repair service operated year-round by snowbirds Betty and Dick Holden is a ministry with two homes: Connecticut in the summer and Florida in the winter. Mrs. Holden’s vocation, founded on a lifetime devotion to the Blessed Mother, and begun on a small scale in the 1990s, has become what the retirees now describe as their mutual calling.
Mrs. Holden – who says she feels at peace with a rosary, any rosary, in her hands – stressed the significance of that calling during an interview at their Simsbury home. She said, “Our Lady was pushing me to do the rosary repair service for years and I kept pushing her aside. I want to stress that when you do respond to Our Lady’s nudges, your life really changes for the better, no matter where she is guiding you. I want the readers to see how important it is in their own lives to respond to it well before I did.”