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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.
WASHINGTON – The polar vortex couldn't chill the ardor of thousands of participants who demonstrated their determination to continue speaking out against abortion at the annual March for Life and rally Jan. 22 in Washington.
Temperatures went briefly into double digits but hovered around 8 degrees.
MaryTrini D’Amore, holding 6-month-old daughter MariAnna, receives holy Communion from Archbishop Leonard P. Blair at a Mass celebrated on Jan. 18 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford in honor of Our Lady of Altagracia.
The Virgin of Altagracia is a patroness of the Dominican Republic, where the feast day is celebrated on Jan. 21.
Behind Mrs. D’Amore is another daughter, Morelby, age 11.
Mrs. D’Amore attended the Mass with husband Christopher and their other children, Nicholas, 9; Germania, 7; Samuel, 3; and Lillian, 5.
The D’Amores live in East Hartford and are members of St. Augustine Parish in Hartford. (Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer)