Newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

newark-aNEWARK, 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)

40-days 0745-aA 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.

Read more: Parishioner takes part in 40 Days for Life campaign

respect-life-10-06 0656Archbishop Henry J. Mansell congratulates Samantha Bailey-Loomis, a student at Branford High School and a member of St. Mary Parish in New Haven, on receiving the St. Gianna Beretta Molla Award during the annual Respect Life Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford Oct. 6. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

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."

Read more: Pro-Life Ministry commits and honors workers at annual Mass 

JXXIII 0195WATERBURY – 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.

Read more: Evangelizing movement casts nets to ‘deep waters’

rosary-repair-holdens oct13Betty and Dick Holden work in their bedroom/rosary studio in Simsbury recently, continuing their 15 years of repairing rosary beads free of charge for donation to missions or for return to customers around the world. (Photo by Karen Bray)

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.”

Read more: Rosary-repairing couple travels with baggage, beads

Events Calendar

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St. Michael Church, Beacon Falls, Beacon Falls, Conn., United States
Credo Catholic Singles, a community of single, widowed and divorced Catholics from throughout the [...]
Date :  August 09, 2014
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Archbishop O'Brien Library, Bloomfield, Bloomfield, United States
BLOOMFIELD – The Archbishop O’Brien Library will sponsor a summer film series, Catholic Cinema [...]
Date :  August 12, 2014
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St. Michael Church, Beacon Falls, Beacon Falls, Conn., United States
Credo Catholic Singles, a community of single, widowed and divorced Catholics from throughout the [...]
Date :  August 16, 2014
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Tunxis Plantation Golf Club, Farmington, Farmington, United States
The 19th Annual Franciscan Golf Classic to benefit the Franciscan Life Center and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, will take place Aug. 18 at Tunxis Plantation Golf Club, Farmington.  The $175 [...]
Date :  August 18, 2014
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Archbishop O'Brien Library, Bloomfield, Bloomfield, United States
BLOOMFIELD – The Archbishop O’Brien Library will sponsor a summer film series, Catholic Cinema [...]
Date :  August 19, 2014
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Hamden , Hamden, United States
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Hamden will have its monthly Pro-Life Holy Hour Novena from 6-7 p.m. August 20 and again on September 24.The Holy Hour will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, [...]
Date :  August 20, 2014
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Rosary Hall, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, New Haven, United States
David Allaway, director of the Heritage Program for the St. John’s Bible, will give a lecture titled “Illuminating the Word” from 3-4:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Rosary Hall on the campus of [...]
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St. Joseph School, Meriden, Meriden, United States
Open House at St. Joseph School
Date :  August 21, 2014
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St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, United States
BRISTOL – St. Paul Catholic High School will have its fifth annual Falcon 5k event at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. [...]
Date :  August 22, 2014
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St. Elizabeth Church, Branford, Branford, United States
The Knights of Columbus Eldorado Council 10 in Branford will sponsor an End of Summer Carnival from 6-10 [...]
Date :  August 27, 2014
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St. Elizabeth Church, Branford, Branford, United States
The Knights of Columbus Eldorado Council 10 in Branford will sponsor an End of Summer Carnival from 6-10 [...]
Date :  August 28, 2014
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St. Elizabeth Church, Branford, Branford, United States
The Knights of Columbus Eldorado Council 10 in Branford will sponsor an End of Summer Carnival from 6-10 [...]
Date :  August 29, 2014
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St. Elizabeth Church, Branford, Branford, United States
The Knights of Columbus Eldorado Council 10 in Branford will sponsor an End of Summer Carnival from 6-10 [...]
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