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BMadonna016-forwebChildren from Children's Rosary groups gather around Our Lady of Czestochowa icon Dec. 18 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford. (Photo by Lenora Sumsky)

WEST HARTFORD – Children were among more than 100 Catholics who welcomed the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa to the Archdiocese of Hartford with a Mass celebrated Dec. 18 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

Members of several Children’s Rosary groups and Knights of Columbus from West Hartford led the opening procession, during which the 75-pound icon was carried into the church. Following the procession, children led those gathered in reciting the rosary before the Mass that was celebrated by Father Peter West, vice president of Human Life International, who is traveling across the United States with the icon.

The Children’s Rosary is a lay prayer movement for children that was started at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in 2011. Currently, there are more than 40 Children’s Rosary groups across the United States and around the world.

This was one of several stops within the archdiocese that the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa made during its journey that began in Russia last summer. The icon, also called the Black Madonna, has traveled more than 40,000 miles and has been venerated by Orthodox Christian and Catholics throughout 27 countries.

The icon is a copy of an original that is believed to have been painted by Saint Luke on cypress wood that was the top of a table used by the Holy Family and was perhaps made by the carpenter Saint Joseph or even Jesus. Several legends about the icon offer theories about the coloring of Mary and the Christ child in the image. Some say the original icon was charred in a church fire, while others believe soot from candles burning near the image over the centuries darkened the paint pigments. Still others believe Mary was painted to reflect her heritage, while others attribute the hues to a painting style used in the era it was created.

“Those present at St. Thomas were moved by this beautiful icon of Our Lady,” said Blythe Kaufman, founder of the Children’s Rosary. “It was a wonderful evening of coming together in prayer with our Blessed Mother.”

For more information about future sites the icon will visit, go to www.fromoceantoocean.org.

Information about starting a Children’s Rosary group is available at www.childrensrosary.blogspot.com.

asst-suicide 1564-forwebKey figures in a forum presented in January at St. Mary Parish in Branford talk to Cathy Ludlum, a disabled-rights activist. From left are Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut; Father Christopher Ford, pastor of St. Mary; and Kathryn Bozzi, event organizer. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

 HARTFORD – Opponents of a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients have said a spokesman for the bill was wrong when he said it was "not suicide."

House Bill 5326, "An Act Concerning Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients," was introduced on Feb. 21 in the Public Health Committee. It allows a terminally ill patient to request a physician to prescribe lethal drugs, which would be self-administered, if he/she, in the opinion of medical professionals, has less than six months to live. The Public Health Committee had scheduled a public hearing on the proposed bill for March 5, but then delayed it. It has not yet been rescheduled.

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march4-hartford 0718Archbishop Leonard P. Blair greets members of the Wolfgang family and other congregants after celebrating a Mass for Life on Jan. 25 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)

HARTFORD – More than 400 people stood up against abortion in a rally for life at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Jan. 25, days after the March for Life in Washington.

They had traveled from throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford and beyond in frigid temperatures to attend the Mass, at which Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant.

The Mass, followed by prayer, speakers and refreshments, was organized by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants as part of the regularly scheduled monthly rally and vigil activities that take place every third Saturday at St. Peter Church.

This event was the last in an annual week-long series of events to celebrate life on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Many of the attendees, including Archbishop Blair, had traveled to Washington to join the thousands from around the country at the annual March for Life.

 In his homily, Archbishop Blair focused on the feast of the conversion of Saint Paul, welcoming all who had come out to stand against abortion. He told them that as a pastor in the Archdiocese of Detroit and as bishop of Toledo, he had had a long association with and had supported the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.

He said, “I want to give you every encouragement and support.”

On what he called a “powerful feast day,” Archbishop Blair said, “We should never sell short the grace of God.” He went on, “Who would ever have imagined that Saul, persecutor of Christians, would become the evangelizer of the whole world? … We can hope, too, that God will, in fact, raise up giants of faith and action and that a whole society can be changed as a result. God’s grace turned Saul, the implacable persecutor of Christians, into the apostle of the gospel of life.”

Bill Serkosky, who serves as treasurer of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and who had organized the after-Mass activities, said that he was very pleased that the archbishop celebrated the Mass, adding that he was especially encouraged to hear of the archbishop’s support for the “Helpers.”

As in past years, the event was scheduled to include a prayerful march to the state capitol, but the bitter cold moved organizers to cancel it. Instead, a large number remained in the cathedral for the recitation of the rosary and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy on behalf of the cause for life.

Participants then visited the lower level of the cathedral to hear speakers on behalf of pro-life issues. Principal among them was Leticia Velasquez, who described her commitment to the defense of Down syndrome-afflicted babies as a personal journey. She related her own experience and read excerpts from her book, A Special Mother Is Born.

Jamie Pohlman and her children Ryan, Eva, Maggie and Jacob drove to the event from Gales Ferry with signs they had made in advance. Mrs. Pohlman said that they went to Hartford because they were unable to go to Washington.

Walter and Louise Cody, members of St. Jerome Parish in New Britain, also held signs. They said they attend the event in Hartford every year to pray and march with the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.

“Prayer as a group is very powerful, praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament as a group at the same time.” Mr. Cody said.

 Edward (Jed) Conran told The Transcript that he’d gone to Washington for a number of years, but lately has participated in the Hartford activities instead.

“[F]ortunately, have some great services … the Mass here, the speakers, prayer groups and the enthusiasm of sharing with people in our surroundings. So I’m very delighted we’ve had the opportunity to come here,” he said.

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BLOOMFIELD – The Catholic Transcript has won six awards in the specialty newspapers category, including top prize for overall excellence and first place for general excellence in advertising, in the 2013 New England Better Newspaper Competition.

It was the second year in a row that the Transcript won first place in general excellence, and it prompted the judges to write, "Great leads and transitions. Very enticing, direct reporting. Striking images, beautiful layout, eye appealing ads and true community service."

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ascj-immigrant 2033Sisters Mary Ellen Burns, left, and Doretta D’Albero, both members of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, meet with clients at Apostle Immigrant Services in the Fair Haven section of New Haven recently. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

NEW HAVEN – Ever since the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus began ministering to Italian immigrants here in 1906, only four years after arriving from Italy, the community has held a strong connection to the church’s mission of welcoming the stranger.

So it was no surprise when they returned to their roots by launching Apostle Immigrant Services (AIS) in 2008 to provide a range of educational programs and legal immigration services to people of all races and beliefs.

Read more: Order with Italian roots serves immigrant community

Events Calendar

April 2014
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St. Ann Church, New Britain, New Britain, United States
Saint Ann Church in New Britain will present its annual Passion Play at 7 p.m. April 11 and 18 and at 5 [...]
Date :  April 11, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
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St. Ann Church, New Britain, New Britain, United States
Saint Ann Church in New Britain will present its annual Passion Play at 7 p.m. April 11 and 18 and at 5 [...]
Date :  April 13, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
Date :  April 14, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
Date :  April 15, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
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Our Lady of Pompeii Church, East Haven, East Haven, United States
The annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help that began on March 5 continues at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at [...]
Date :  April 16, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
Commemoration of the Lord’s Supper
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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The Path of Transformation, a Holy Week Triduum Retreat for Men and Women, will take place April 17-19 at [...]
Date :  April 17, 2014
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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
Commemoration of the Lord's Passion
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
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St. Ann Church, New Britain, New Britain, United States
Saint Ann Church in New Britain will present its annual Passion Play at 7 p.m. April 11 and 18 and at 5 [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
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St. Frances Cabrini Church, North Haven, North Haven, United States
The Living Stations of the Cross will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday at St. Frances Cabrini [...]
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St. Catherine of Siena Church, West Simsbury, Simsbury, United States
WEST SIMSBURY – Christ’s Seven Last Words, proclaimed as he hung upon the Cross on the first Good [...]
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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The Path of Transformation, a Holy Week Triduum Retreat for Men and Women, will take place April 17-19 at [...]
Date :  April 18, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
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Raffia Shopping Plaza, Enfield, Enfield, United States
ENFIELD – “Baby Steps,” the annual family walk for life, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. [...]
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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The Path of Transformation, a Holy Week Triduum Retreat for Men and Women, will take place April 17-19 at [...]
Date :  April 19, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
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Date :  April 20, 2014
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
Date :  April 21, 2014
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
Date :  April 22, 2014
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Mercy Hall, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
WEST HARTFORD – The Art Gallery at the University of St. Joseph (USJ) will present the 2014 Vincenza Uccello Fine Arts Lecture featuring [...]
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
Full of Grace: Gentle Yoga and Centering Prayer will meet for seven Wednesdaysat the Caritas Christi [...]
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Our Lady of Pompeii Church, East Haven, East Haven, United States
The annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help that began on March 5 continues at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
Date :  April 23, 2014
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
Dr. Tim Gray's study of the Gospel of Luke expliains the fundamental themes of Jesus' messianic mission. [...]
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St. Brigid Parish, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The St. Brigid Ladies Guild annual Monte Carlo Whist Party will be held at 7 p.m. April 24 in St. Brigid [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
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St. Martha School, Enfield, Enfield, United States
St. Martha School in Enfield will hold an open house on Thursday, April 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Tours will be conducted; and teachers, students, parents of students and administrators will [...]
Date :  April 24, 2014
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Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Bloomfield, United States
An international food, wine and beer tasting will be held to benefit Immaculate Conception Shelter and [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
Date :  April 25, 2014
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Connor Chapel, University of St. Joseph
HARTFORD – Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus will join the combined choirs of St. Patrick-St. Anthony [...]
06:30 PM
St. Mary School, Newingtonn, Newington, United States
St. Mary School in Newington will host its annual wine and beer tasting event from 6:30-9:30 pm. March 1. [...]
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St. Mary School, Newingtonn, Newington, United States
St. Mary School's annual wine tasting and auction will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 26. The event will be hosted by NBC TV personality Brad Field.  Some of the items to be [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, will present music and prayer for the Easter seaso at 7:30 p.m. [...]
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St. Monica Church, Northford, Northford, United States
NORTHFORD – St. Monica's Rosary Society will have its spring craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 [...]
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St. Mary-St. Michael School, Derby, Derby, United States
DERBY – Back by popular demand, organizers say, St. Mary-St. Michael School will sponsor a community shred day from 9 a.m. to noon April 26 at the school, located at 14 Seymour Ave.  Eco Shred [...]
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
"Making Friends with the False Self," a contemplative prayer program, will be presented by Father Bill [...]
Date :  April 26, 2014
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St. Ann Church, Bristol, Bristol, United States
St.  Ann Church in Bristol will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on April 27 with a Mass at 2:30 p.m. [...]
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Mary Our Queen Church, Plantsville, Southington, United States
Divine Mercy Holy Hour - Mary Our Queen Church, Southington, 3-4 p.m. April 27th.  Benediction, Homily, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Veneration of relic of St. [...]
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Legion of Christ Seminary, Cheshire, Cheshire, United States
A Divine Mercy Holy Hour will be held at 3 p.m. April 27 at the Legion of Christ Seminary in Cheshire. It [...]
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St. Michael Church, Litchfield CT
HARTFORD – Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus will join the combined choirs of St. Patrick-St. Anthony [...]
07:00 PM
St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
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Charter Oak Cultural Center/Riverfront Mortensen Plaza, Hartford, United States
NEW HAVEN – The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry (OCSJM) of the Archdiocese of Hartford, in [...]
Date :  April 27, 2014
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Farmington, United States
"Resurrection:  How can we respond to the needs of today and bring new life to ourselves and our world?" Deacon Art Miller, director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the [...]
09:00 AM
Farmington, United States
"Resurrection:  How can we respond to the needs of today and bring new life to ourselves and our world?" Deacon Art Miller, director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the [...]
Date :  April 29, 2014
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
HAMDEN – Caritas Christi Center will sponsor a day bus trip to St. Joseph the Worker Shrine in Lowell, [...]
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St. Anthony Parish Center, New Haven, New Haven, United States
The St. Anthony Society of St. Anthony Parish will have its 37th annual raffle and card party at 7 p.m. April 30 in [...]
07:00 PM
Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
Full of Grace: Gentle Yoga and Centering Prayer will meet for seven Wednesdaysat the Caritas Christi [...]
09:00 AM
Farmington, United States
"Resurrection:  How can we respond to the needs of today and bring new life to ourselves and our world?" Deacon Art Miller, director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the [...]
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Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Plainville, Plainville, United States
Our Lady of Mercy Parish will offer a five-part program for lay Catholics titled “We the People of [...]
Date :  April 30, 2014

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