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HARTFORD – At its annual Help and Hope Breakfast at the Hartford Marriott on Dec. 12, speakers talked about the many ways that Catholic Charities has provided behavioral, social and educational services to families across the Archdiocese of Hartford for over 90 years.
Through its 34 sites located throughout Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties, about 500 Catholic Charities employees assist people of every race, creed and religion with various services, including early childhood programs, family and mental health services, care for the elderly, parenting counseling, emergency assistance and much more. Last year, more than 24,000 people were helped in these different ways.
BLOOMFIELD – The Archdiocese of Hartford celebrated the ordination of five men as transitional deacons at a ceremony in the chapel of St. Thomas Seminary Dec. 7. Extra chairs were needed for the more than 500 clergy, seminarians, religious, friends and relatives.
The ordinandi were called individually before Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, ordaining prelate, for election to the transitional diaconate. Bowing solemnly before the chair of the archbishop and declaring himself "present," each of the five came forward and declared himself ready to serve and sacrifice.
HARTFORD – With a short legislative session set to open in a few weeks, the watchdog agency for the state’s bishops is asking Catholics to stay informed about issues that may affect their faith. Michael C. Culhane, executive director of the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference (CCPAC), said that when the session opens on Feb. 5, a number of important issues may surface, and Catholics should be aware of them.
"I think that assisted suicide may surface during this next session," Mr. Culhane said. "I am assuming, though, that legislation dealing with what’s called MOLST [medical orders for life-sustaining treatment] and POLST [physician orders for life-sustaining treatment] may surface."
Newly installed Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford prepares to help serve dinner to guests of the Immaculate Conception Shelter and Housing Corp. in Hartford on Christmas Day.
“The Gospel teaches us to help the poor, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and lift those who are lost find their way again,” said Archbishop Blair. “We must try to live by these principles.”
Founded 32 years ago, Immaculate Conception Shelter and Housing Corp. provides food, clothing, shelter and drug counseling, among other services. Most of the people served are under-employed, unemployed, ineligible for financial benefits and lack education. Many have serious mental or physical health problems, substance abuse issues and are estranged from their families.
Information is available at icshc.org.
The Baynas, who are members of the cathedral parish, have four sons. They asked Archbishop Blair to bless and pray for the safe delivery of their fifth son in January. (Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer)