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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

August 2014
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Savin Rock Conference Center, West Haven, West Haven Ct
Credo Catholic Singles, a community of single, widowed and divorced Catholics from throughout the [...]
06:00 PM
New Haven Green, New Haven, United States
NEW HAVEN – The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will present a free summer concert with the Brubeck [...]
Date :  August 02, 2014
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Archbishop O'Brien Library, Bloomfield, Bloomfield, United States
BLOOMFIELD – The Archbishop O’Brien Library will sponsor a summer film series, Catholic Cinema [...]
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Wampanoag Country Club, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
WEST HARTFORD – The Mount St. Mary’s University alumni golf tournament will take place Aug. 5 at the [...]
Date :  August 05, 2014
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Holy Rosary Parish, Ansonia, Ansonia, United States
Holy Rosary Parish will sponsor its 47th annual Italian festival, Festa! 2014, from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 7-9 on [...]
Date :  August 07, 2014
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Holy Rosary Parish, Ansonia, Ansonia, United States
Holy Rosary Parish will sponsor its 47th annual Italian festival, Festa! 2014, from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 7-9 on [...]
Date :  August 08, 2014
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Holy Rosary Parish, Ansonia, Ansonia, United States
Holy Rosary Parish will sponsor its 47th annual Italian festival, Festa! 2014, from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 7-9 on [...]
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St. Michael Church, Beacon Falls, Beacon Falls, Conn., United States
Credo Catholic Singles, a community of single, widowed and divorced Catholics from throughout the [...]
06:15 PM
Shrine of St. Anne for Mothers, Waterbury, Waterbury, United States
WATERBURY – A “Family Dance for Life” is set for Aug. 9 at the Shrine of St. Anne for Mothers, 515 [...]
Date :  August 09, 2014
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
NEW HAVEN – The Catholic Biblical School and the Knights of Columbus Museum have teamed up to host an [...]
Date :  August 10, 2014
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Assumption School, Manchester, Manchester, United States
 Valerie Mara, assistant superintendent of academics for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of [...]
10:00 AM
Archbishop O'Brien Library, Bloomfield, Bloomfield, United States
BLOOMFIELD – The Archbishop O’Brien Library will sponsor a summer film series, Catholic Cinema [...]
Date :  August 12, 2014
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St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, Bristol, United States
"Successful Study Skills 4 Students" will be presented Aug. 13-15 at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol for junior high school students in the morning and for high school students in the [...]
Date :  August 13, 2014
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Chili's, Wallingford , Wallingford, Conn., United States
BLOOMFIELD – Credo Catholic Singles, a community of single, widowed and divorced Catholics from [...]
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St. Michael Church, Beacon Falls, Beacon Falls, Conn., United States
Credo Catholic Singles, a community of single, widowed and divorced Catholics from throughout the [...]
Date :  August 16, 2014
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Tunxis Plantation Golf Club, Farmington, Farmington, United States
The 19th Annual Franciscan Golf Classic to benefit the Franciscan Life Center and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, will take place Aug. 18 at Tunxis Plantation Golf Club, Farmington.  The $175 [...]
Date :  August 18, 2014
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Archbishop O'Brien Library, Bloomfield, Bloomfield, United States
BLOOMFIELD – The Archbishop O’Brien Library will sponsor a summer film series, Catholic Cinema [...]
Date :  August 19, 2014
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St. Joseph School, Meriden, Meriden, United States
Open House at St. Joseph School
Date :  August 21, 2014
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St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, United States
BRISTOL – St. Paul Catholic High School will have its fifth annual Falcon 5k event at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. [...]
Date :  August 22, 2014
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