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faith-evangelization-congress Participants in the Faith and Evangelization Congress on Nov. 9 look over some of the materials made available by organizations and institutions. (Photo by Maria G. O’Donnell)

BRISTOL – The annual gathering formerly known as the Religious Education Congress lived up to its new name, Faith and Evangelization Congress, with help from a keynote speaker who focused on building the Church.


Ryan Hinton, assistant director of the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education and Evangelization, which sponsored the event on Nov. 9, noted that the gathering was open to all parish ministries, including directors of religious education, catechists and youth ministries.


“But we hope to include ‘John and Jane Catholic,’ to welcome them into deepening and sharing their faith. [The event] is about evangelization and spiritual growth,” he said.

Read more: Faith, Evangelization Congress stays true to its name

courage-FrCheck 1616-4CDeacon Thomas J. Davis Jr., left, and Father Paul N. Check

CROMWELL –The executive director of Courage International, a Catholic apostolate for people with same-sex attraction, provided a foundation for the Church’s teaching on homosexuality at the 2013 Pope John Paul II lecture on bioethics on Nov. 6 at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

Father Paul N. Check told an audience consisting mostly of seminarians that while the Church teaches that homosexual behavior is disordered, its way of reaching out to the individual homosexual person is with “pastoral charity.”

Read more: Head of Courage apostolate traces background of Church teaching

church-state-forumMichael C. Culhane, left, and Jim Vicevich   AVON – A full house of approximately 300 people filled the hall at the Church of St. Ann on Nov. 10 for “A Forum: The Catholic Church in the Public Square.” It was designed to discuss issues of religious freedom, rights of conscience and the First Amendment.

Written questions from the audience were posed to panelists Michael C. Culhane, executive director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference, and Jim Vicevich, a WTIC-AM radio talk show host, Roman Catholic and avowed Libertarian. Chris Keating, capitol bureau chief of the Hartford Courant, served as moderator.

Read more: Church-state forum fills house at St. Ann Parish

ocsjm-dinnerArchbishop Henry J. Mansell, recipient of a special award at the Social Justice Award Dinner on Oct. 22, presents the Dr. Charlie Schlegel Award for Cooperative Parish Sharing Projects to Father Ronald Gliatta, who accepted it in the name of his parish, St. Joseph in Winsted.(Photo by Lenora Sumsky) 

SOUTHINGTON – Pope Francis is setting the standard for reimagining, rebuilding and repairing the Catholic Church as it enters the 21st century.

Jack Jezreel, founder and president of JustFaith Ministries of Louisville, Ky., said at the 45th annual Social Justice Award Dinner on Oct. 22 that Pope Francis is emulating his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, to whom Jesus said, “Francis, rebuild my Church.”

The keynote speaker said that Pope Francis, like Saint Francis, lives simply, loves creation and cares for those suffering in poverty or degradation.

“He wears no miter with gold and jewels, no ermine cape, no made-to-measure red shoes or head gear and [uses] no magnificent throne. The new pope deliberately abstains from solemn gestures and high-flown rhetoric. He speaks the language of the people and emphasizes his own humanity,” Mr. Jezreel said.

Read more: Social justice dinner focuses on Pope Francis, honorees

yalesoup2Guests at the St. Thomas More soup kitchen are served lunch while others stand in line for theirs on Nov. 20 at St. Thomas More Chapel and Center at Yale University in New Haven.

Students and volunteers from the St. Thomas More, Yale University and New Haven communities served about 375 guests that day.

Meals, donated by Yale dining halls and local food stores, are served to as many as 450 guests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday during the academic year.

The soup kitchen at the Catholic center is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Events Calendar

September 2014
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
12:00 AM
Archbishop O'Brien Library , Bloomfield, United States
The Archbishop O’Brien Library will participate in a community-based project with Life Choice Donor Services, a non-profit organ procurement organization, during September, to raise awareness for organ [...]
Date :  September 01, 2014
10:00 AM
St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, Bristol, United States
St. Paul Catholic High School open houses at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20,  7 p.m. Oct. 8 and at 10 and [...]
Date :  September 20, 2014
12:00 AM
Hartford GYN Center, Hartford, United States
The Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford will participate in the international 40 Days for Life campaign from Sept. 24 through Nov. 2. The success of the campaign is evident in [...]
Date :  September 24, 2014
06:00 PM
Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
"Know Greater Joy" is the theme of a Men's Weekend Retreat being offered Sept. 26-28 at Holy Family [...]
07:30 PM
St. Therese Church, Branford, Branford, United States
LYRA, an a cappella group of four professional vocalists from St. Petersburg, Russia, is returning to [...]
12:00 AM
Lourdes in Litchfield , Litchfield, United States
A Beginning Experience Weekend will be conducted Sept. 26-28 for divorced, separated and widowed men and [...]
Date :  September 26, 2014
09:30 AM
Holy Angels Parish Center, South Meriden, Meriden, United States
MERIDEN – The Meriden-Wallingford Council of Catholic Women will sponsor a catered breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Holy Angels Parish Center in South Meriden. Guest speaker Deacon Thomas J. Davis [...]
12:00 AM
Lourdes in Litchfield , Litchfield, United States
A Beginning Experience Weekend will be conducted Sept. 26-28 for divorced, separated and widowed men and [...]
Date :  September 27, 2014
01:00 PM
Polish-American Club, West Haven, United States
NEW HAVEN – St. Stanislaus Parish will have its annual picnic/harvest festival from 1-8 p.m. Sept. 28, rain or shine, at the Polish-American Club at 194 W. Spring St., West Haven. Polish and [...]
12:00 AM
Lourdes in Litchfield , Litchfield, United States
A Beginning Experience Weekend will be conducted Sept. 26-28 for divorced, separated and widowed men and [...]
Date :  September 28, 2014
07:00 PM
Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
Caritas Christi Center will offer a New Life Seminar for the separated and divorcd from 7-9 p.m. on nine [...]
Date :  September 29, 2014

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