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Archbishop Leonard P. Blair reads a prayer in the narthex of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford before the entrance procession and Mass for Palm Sunday on April 13. (Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer)

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The student council of St. Francis-St. Rose of Lima School in New Haven gathers around a jar containing cash raised through its Dimes for Diapers campaign, the council’s Lenten project.

Student council president Sammara Streater and eighth-grade members interviewed Mary Grande, director of the nearby Life Haven, a homeless shelter for mothers and children, to learn about the shelter's needs. Life Haven is located in the former convent for St. Francis School. 

The campaign has raised more than $550 to assist the mothers and their children. (Photo submitted)

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Archbishop Leonard P. Blair helps serve lunch on Monday at the House of Bread in Hartford, which serves the economically disadvantaged in the Hartford area with food, shelter and educational opportunities. With him is House of Bread volunteer Steve Urban.

During Lent, Catholics are reminded to perform charitable actions known as the corporal works of mercy. They are feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, visiting those in prison and burying the dead. (Photo submitted)

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NEW HAVEN – Last November, Pope Francis quietly visited a Camaldolese monastery in Rome, where he entered the cell of a nun from Connecticut who chose to live a life of total silence, solitude and hiddenness as a mystic and reclusive for 45 years before her death in 1990.

The extraordinary vocation of Julia Crotta, who became Sister Nazarena of Jesus, has not been forgotten by classmates or, especially, family members, who retell stories of the strong-willed, intelligent, musically gifted student of the Yale School of Music and Albertus Magnus College.

See more photos in gallery here.

Read more: Glastonbury native led ascetic life in Rome

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HARTFORD – During appearances at a dozen fund-raising dinners in the first two months of the year, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has personally greeted more than 3,500 potential donors, urging them to continue building hope and providing help by contributing to the 2014 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.

“The Catholic people of the Archdiocese of Hartford have a wonderful history of meeting the spiritual and material needs of others, especially those who are underserved among us,” Archbishop Blair says in the promotional video produced by the archdiocesan Office of Radio and Television and shown at all the fund-raising events and in parishes. “Through your gift to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, the poor are lifted up, the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, the lost are guided and those without hope can find their way again,” he continues.

According to Michael Divers, appeal coordinator, attendance at the dinners increased by as many as 600 people over last year, and donations as of early March have been running slightly ahead of last year’s. The goal of $8.5 million remains the same, as does the challenge goal of $10 million. The total amount pledged in last year’s appeal was a record $10,305,686.

Read more: 2014 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal said to be slightly ahead of last year’s

Events Calendar

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Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, Simsbury, United States
HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TALCOTT MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Music of The Who with Brody Dolyniuk, guest vocalist; Brent Havens, conductor Friday, July 18, 2014 │ 7:30 p.m. [...]
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Our Lady of Victory Parish, West Haven, West Haven, United States
Our Lady of Victory Parish Community will have its annual West Haven Neighborhood Carnival from 6-10 p.m. [...]
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Convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, West Hartford, Conn., United Kingdom
The annual Tabor House GIANT tag sale/auction/bake sale will take place July 17-19 at the convent of the [...]
Date :  July 18, 2014
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Doubletree by Hitlon, Bristol, United States
Father Alex Avendano will speak at a Magnificat Breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. July 19 at the Doubletree by [...]
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Convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, West Hartford, Conn., United Kingdom
The annual Tabor House GIANT tag sale/auction/bake sale will take place July 17-19 at the convent of the [...]
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Our Lady of Victory Parish, West Haven, West Haven, United States
Our Lady of Victory Parish Community will have its annual West Haven Neighborhood Carnival from 6-10 p.m. [...]
Date :  July 19, 2014
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St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, Bristol, United States
A “Fundamental Football Clinic” for players in grades four through nine is planned for the week of July 21 at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.
Date :  July 21, 2014
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Chippanee Golf Club, Bristol, Bristol, United States
The 15th annual Rev. Robert A. Lysz Memorial Golf Tournament will have a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. July 31 at [...]
Date :  July 31, 2014

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