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Editor's note: Because part of this article was missing from the October print edition of The Catholic Transcript, we are posting it again.
WATERBURY – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell blessed the site of the future Francis Xavier Plaza Aug. 28, saying that it will “make a difference in people’s lives.”
The former St. Francis Xavier School at 605 Baldwin St. will be renovated into 20 apartments and will offer affordable, permanent housing with support services for homeless and low-income families and individuals. Catholic Charities will provide behavioral health counseling, employment programs and early childhood development services to the residents.
ENFIELD – St. Martha Knights of Columbus Council 14600 will host the blessed traveling Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe Sept. 6-23 at St. Martha Church and at 23 abortion providers and referral centers in Connecticut.
The image is an exact photographic duplicate of the miraculous image of Our Lady. It has traveled worldwide and been blessed by Pope John Paul II.
“She brings peace to whoever sees her,” said Johane Pigeon, administrative assistant at Vermont-based Dan Lynch Apostolates, a lay group that promotes devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
.With the full roll-out of the Common Core State Standards occuring in all public schools in Connecticut during the 2013-2014 academic year, many parents wonder what, exactly, it means for their children. Dr. Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford, spells out the relationship between the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Common Core initiative
Common Core is the short name for the Common Core State Standards initiative, a national effort to move educational standards in all schools toward uniformity. It is not a curriculum. Currently, the Common Core standards are written for the study of mathematics and English language arts.
WINDSOR LOCKS – St. Robert Bellarmine Parish has broken ground for a new parish hall.
The parish hall is named for the late Father Thomas F. Farrell, who was pastor of St. Robert for 40 years.
The new hall will be added to the back of the current church building. It will be approximately 13,200 square feet and contain a large kitchen, two meeting rooms and a large hall that can accommodate nearly 300 people for meals and about 400 for talks and assemblies.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and more than 90 travelers from the Archdiocese of Hartford learn about the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., on Aug. 26 during the archdiocesan Year of Faith Pilgrimage. Motor coaches departed from locations in the Hartford and New Haven areas. It was the second of three pilgrimages the archdiocese is sponsoring in observance of the Year of Faith. The first was a trip to Italy. For the third, Oct. 23-25, Archbishop Mansell will lead travelers to Catholic shrines in the United States. Information is available from Father Jeffrey V. Romans, assistant chancellor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-541-6491. (Photo by Maria Zone)