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blair-intro-js 0983-a Archbishop-designate Leonard Paul Blair smiles as Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, clergy and employees of the Archdiocese of Hartford applaud him at a press conference on Oct. 29 in Bloomfield. He will succeed the retiring Archbishop Mansell. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

BLOOMFIELD – Bishop Leonard Paul Blair, 64, current head of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, will succeed Archbishop Henry J. Mansell as the fifth archbishop and the 13th bishop of Hartford, it was announced during a press conference Oct. 29 at the ArchdiocesanCenter at St. Thomas Seminary.

Last October, Archbishop Mansell submitted his letter of resignation to then-Pope Benedict XVI, as required by Canon law when a bishop attains the age of 75. Archbishop Mansell was 75 on Oct. 10, 2012.

Archbishop-designate Blair will be installed in Hartford at a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Dec. 16 – two days shy of the 10th anniversary of Archbishop Mansell’s installation on Dec. 18, 2003.

Read more: Bishop Leonard Blair named to lead Archdiocese of Hartford 

Anniv-Mass 0748-adjGeorgette and Norman Gelineau, parishioners at St. Ann, Bristol, held the distinction of being the longest-married couple at the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass Oct. 20 at St. Joseph Cathedral. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

HARTFORD – More than 200 married couples marked significant anniversaries – from a few weeks to 67 years – and renewed their marriage vows Oct. 20 at the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. The joyous event, sponsored each year by the Family Life Office, this year celebrated more than 9,600 years of marriage.

Newlyweds David Garrido and Alice Matteson celebrated publicly, as Alice sang "Sancta Maria" while David accompanied her on piano. Alice also assisted Sarah Gedicks as one of the cantors, and David assisted music director Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez as organist.

Read more: Liturgy celebrates marriage; couples celebrate anniversaries

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 

Events Calendar

September 2014
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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
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06:00 PM
Hartford Club, Hartford, Hartford, United States
HARTFORD – The House of Bread, one of the area’s largest urban ministries, will kick off its 35th [...]
Date :  September 04, 2014
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
“Empowering Catholic Social Justice Teachings through Gospel Living, Every Day, Every Way’ is the title of a Catechist Day presentation to be given by Father Chris Tiano, director of the Office of [...]
09:00 AM
“Empowering Catholic Social Justice Teachings through Gospel Living, Every Day, Every Way’ is the title of a Catechist Day presentation to be given by Father Chris Tiano, director of the Office of [...]
Date :  September 06, 2014
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02:00 PM
Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford, Hartford, United States
08:00 AM
Academy of the Holy Family's Dining Hall, Sprague, United States
The Baltic Knights of Columbus will have a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at the Academy of the Holy Family’s Dining Hall at 54 W. Main St., Baltic.  Pancakes, French [...]
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St. Rita Day Care Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
St. Rita Parish in Hamden will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an outdoor Mass at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 7 [...]
Date :  September 07, 2014
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07:00 PM
St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, Hartford, Hartford, United States
People from the English, Spanish and Portuguese Cursillo communities will be among the congregants at a multicultural Cursillo Mass that will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. Lawrence O’Toole [...]
Date :  September 11, 2014
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03:00 PM
St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, Springfield, Springfield, United States
The Archdiocese of Hartford will host a one-day pilgrimage to St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church in [...]
Date :  September 12, 2014
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09:00 AM
Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Bloomfield, United States
A workshop titled "Building Intercultural Competence in Our Parishes" will be presented from 9 a.m. to [...]
10:00 AM
Lourdes in Litchfield Shrine, Litchfield, United States
BRANFORD – The St. Mary Ladies Guild is planning a Day of Pilgrimage and Prayer on Sept. 13 at the [...]
10:30 AM
Mortensen Riverfront Park, Hartford, Hartford, United States
HARTFORD – Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corp. will have its third annual “Give Me [...]
Date :  September 13, 2014
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08:30 AM
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury, Waterbury, United States
WATERBURY – Sheridan Council 24 of the Knights of Columbus will host its second annual Communion [...]
Date :  September 14, 2014
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06:00 PM
Church of St. Ann, Avon, Avon, United States
St. Ann's Church of Avon is having its fifth annual clothing sale from 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20 in Father Bennett Hall at the parish. Proceeds benefit students [...]
Date :  September 19, 2014
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Church of St. Ann, Avon, Avon, United States
St. Ann's Church of Avon is having its fifth annual clothing sale from 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20 in Father Bennett Hall at the parish. Proceeds benefit students [...]
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
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Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, United States
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Catholic Youth Spectacular (CYS), set for Sept. 21 on the [...]
Date :  September 21, 2014
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11:00 AM
Wampanoag Country Club, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
HARTFORD – The 22nd annual Archbishop John F. Whealon Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Sept. 23 [...]
Date :  September 23, 2014
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06:00 PM
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. September 24.The Holy Hour will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, pro-life rosary, [...]
Date :  September 24, 2014
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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 [...]
Date :  September 27, 2014
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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 [...]
Date :  September 28, 2014
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