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CROMWELL –The executive director of Courage International, a Catholic apostolate for people with same-sex attraction, provided a foundation for the Church’s teaching on homosexuality at the 2013 Pope John Paul II lecture on bioethics on Nov. 6 at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.
Father Paul N. Check told an audience consisting mostly of seminarians that while the Church teaches that homosexual behavior is disordered, its way of reaching out to the individual homosexual person is with “pastoral charity.”
AVON – A full house of approximately 300 people filled the hall at the Church of St. Ann on Nov. 10 for “A Forum: The Catholic Church in the Public Square.” It was designed to discuss issues of religious freedom, rights of conscience and the First Amendment.
Written questions from the audience were posed to panelists Michael C. Culhane, executive director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference, and Jim Vicevich, a WTIC-AM radio talk show host, Roman Catholic and avowed Libertarian. Chris Keating, capitol bureau chief of the Hartford Courant, served as moderator.
SOUTHINGTON – Pope Francis is setting the standard for reimagining, rebuilding and repairing the Catholic Church as it enters the 21st century.
Jack Jezreel, founder and president of JustFaith Ministries of Louisville, Ky., said at the 45th annual Social Justice Award Dinner on Oct. 22 that Pope Francis is emulating his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, to whom Jesus said, “Francis, rebuild my Church.”
The keynote speaker said that Pope Francis, like Saint Francis, lives simply, loves creation and cares for those suffering in poverty or degradation.
“He wears no miter with gold and jewels, no ermine cape, no made-to-measure red shoes or head gear and [uses] no magnificent throne. The new pope deliberately abstains from solemn gestures and high-flown rhetoric. He speaks the language of the people and emphasizes his own humanity,” Mr. Jezreel said.
Guests at the St. Thomas More soup kitchen are served lunch while others stand in line for theirs on Nov. 20 at St. Thomas More Chapel and Center at Yale University in New Haven.
Students and volunteers from the St. Thomas More, Yale University and New Haven communities served about 375 guests that day.
Meals, donated by Yale dining halls and local food stores, are served to as many as 450 guests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday during the academic year.
The soup kitchen at the Catholic center is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Filipino volunteers from Connecticut gathered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hamden on Nov. 16 to deliver, collect, sort and package relief items for delivery to communities in the Philippines that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8.
The volunteers, organized on short notice by the Philippine-American Association of Connecticut Inc., were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by people who brought food, clothing, blankets, toiletries and money throughout the day.
Cecilia Gozo, one of the organizers, noted that the country is 80 percent Catholic. "We have so much in this country, she said, "but now, they have nothing."
The Church of the Holy Spirit in Newington was the site of a similar collection on Nov. 17. As did many other parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the church also collected monetary donations at its Masses.
Founded in 1965 by a group of Filipino Yale students and health care professionals, the Philippine-American Association is the longest-running Filipino cultural and civic group in Connecticut. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)