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HARTFORD – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy chose the Institute for the Hispanic Family, a service of Catholic Charities located at 45 Wadsworth St., for his Feb. 4 announcement of a plan to coordinate services aimed at improving outcomes for Connecticut’s youngest children.
The initiative, which must first pass the General Assembly, would pull services from the Department of Social Services, Department of Education, Department of Public Health, Board of Regents and the Department of Developmental Services to form an Office of Early Childhood Education. Stating that the new office would "fundamentally transform how we address early childhood issues in the state," Gov. Malloy said the initiative would be phased in over two years and would improve continuity, access and outreach.
"Relics of the Passion" is its name, and the exhibit is traveling through the Archdiocese of Hartford during Lent. Its first stop will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at St. James Parish in Manchester.
Eight tiny relics related to the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ make up the exhibit, which Ms. Serafini says fascinates children and moves many adults to prayerful reverence.
WETHERSFIELD – The Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Joseph Parish in Poquonock has wrapped funeral directors who assisted after the Dec. 14 killings in Newtown with love and prayers.
The ministry gathered in January for a “Knit-In” to remember the victims and families of Dec. 14’s Sandy Hook shootings and to thank the funeral directors who helped the grieving families.
As each member knitted or crocheted a shawl, she prayed for the funeral directors, asking for peace, comfort and blessings for their care and service.
Father Robert B. Vargo, pastor of St. Joseph, which is located in the Poquonock section of Windsor, blessed the shawls during a Mass and said a special prayer for funeral directors who have the difficult job of assisting grieving families every day.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell expressed gratitude and admiration for Pope Benedict XVI after hearing Feb. 11 that the pope has decided to resign from the papacy, effective Feb. 28. The archbishop also urged "the unification of all Catholics" in prayer for the pope.
Deacon Arthur L. Miller, director of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Black Catholic Ministries, preaches the homily on Feb. 10 at the 10th annual Mass in observance of Black History Month. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of the Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. Attendance was lower than in previous years as a result of a blizzard days before, but the Archdiocesan Gospel Choir enhanced the liturgy with joyful praise in song. (Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer)