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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."
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.
WATERBURY – After falling into decay, the giant cross that sits on top of Holy Land U.S.A. is once again illuminating the night sky, thanks to a grassroots effort spearheaded by Mayor Neil M. O’Leary and businessman Fred "Fritz" Blasius.
Some might call it miraculous that it took only seven months to conceive, implement, fund-raise and complete the restoration of a symbol that has been an important historic landmark for the city since the ’50s.
HARTFORD – Deacon Arthur Miller is an upstream kind of guy. That’s why he created a computer café program at the Catholic Charities’ Asylum Hill Family Center at 60 Gillett St., where a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Jan. 20.
"You know what I mean by ‘upstream,’ don’t you?" said Deacon Miller, director of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office for Black Catholic Ministries (OBCM), which administers the program. "There’s the old story of the missionaries who went to this village, and they wanted to help the people because there were a lot of deaths. They were struggling, pulling people who were dead out of this river. They built hospitals to help, but no one asked, ‘Why don’t we go upstream and see what’s causing it?’"
HARTFORD – The Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Catholic Schools is opening all of its schools during Welcome Week Jan. 26 through Feb. 2
The week’s theme is “Our Open Doors Lead to Your Child’s Open Mind.” Its purpose is to give families an opportunity to tour the schools, meet faculty and students, and ask questions about the benefits of receiving a Catholic school education.