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Angel-D-dawg 1236-webMark Fluckiger, plant manager at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, prepares to take a spin with an enthusiastic Angel, who considers Mr. Fluckiger and sacristan Peter Turczanik as her immediate family. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)

HARTFORD – ’Twas right before Christmas 2004 when a sad and scrawny dog was about to become the star in a Christmas story at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Just another abandoned dog of indiscriminate age and lineage, she was injured, cold and scared. Her prospects were dim after being chained to a fence on church property on Asylum Avenue sometime during the night. But she was about to receive a Christmas miracle. She was found in the morning by employees arriving for work at the daycare center within the former St. Joseph Cathedral School.

Read more: Angel pawses to watch over cathedral

salmon 5078-webDeAnte Anderson, an eighth grader at St. Gabriel School in Windsor, releases four salmon, all named after himself, with his classmates on May 9 at Salmon Brook Park in Granby.

WINDSOR – Drizzle and mist could not deter this group of students and their teachers on the morning of May 9. St. Gabriel middle school students visited Granby’s Salmon Brook Park to achieve the ultimate goal of raising baby Atlantic salmon, or fry, from eggs: the release of the minnow-sized fish into Salmon Brook, from where they will eventually migrate to the ocean.

Science teacher Meg Rosa started the yearly project in 2001 and has kept it alive ever since, despite talk of state budget cuts that could end the program, run by the Connecticut River Salmon Association (CRSA). The program is good to go for another year.

Read more: St. Gabriel School employs a very fishy teaching tool

muffin-maker-webDavid Albright, 13, of Milford, packages freshly baked muffins for donation to the city’s homeless shelter recently with help from mom Megan and his sister, Erin, 11. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

MILFORD – Five thousand muffins, give or take.

That’s how many muffins 13-year-old David Albright estimates he has baked over the past five years for the needy at the city’s homeless shelter.

For his initiative, David recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Read more: Faith is key ingredient in teen’s muffins 

dance-rain-keating 2896-webClare Keating, prepares to discuss To Dance in the Rain, Ms. Keating’s memoir about daughter Alicia Townsend’s long recovery from brain surgery. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

WATERBURY – An Easter miracle, a Christmas miracle and a Saint Thérèse “little flower” were just a few milestones on a long road to recovery that Alicia Townsend traveled from catastrophic brain damage suffered a dozen years ago.

As recounted in To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing, a just-released memoir by her mother, Clare Keating, Alicia was near death multiple times following brain surgery to remove a cyst in February 2002. Ms. Keating recounted these events during a book signing May 8 at St. Mary’s Hospital, where she has worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department for 30 years.

“The surgery was in the area of the cerebellum, so they removed the cyst from that area,” Ms. Keating said. “When the cyst was taken out, the area kind of re-expanded. When that happened, a clot formed in that area, and with the clot formation, a lot of pressure built up and she bled.”

Read more: A mother writes book about hope amid suffering

WALLINGFORD – The Catholic Transcript earned five “Excellence in Journalism” awards May 22 at the annual banquet of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Connecticut Chapter.

Competing in the category of regional, non-daily newspapers, the Transcript picked up four first-place awards and one third-place award.

Read more: Transcript garners five awards in journalism contest

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
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
09:00 AM
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
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 [...]
11:30 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
08:30 AM
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
11:00 AM
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
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
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
09:30 AM
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
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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