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suicide-hearing  1945-webWitnesses and onlookers begin gathering in a hearing room at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford March 17 to give and hear testimony about H.B. 5326. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

HARTFORD – Catholic school students played a big part in defeating an assisted-suicide bill before the Connecticut General Assembly even got to consider it.

The Public Health Committee failed to report favorably on H.B. 5326, “An Act Concerning Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients.”

Read more: Students help defeat ‘aid in dying’ bill

LavorgnaBoguslawskiFather John L. Lavorgna, left, and Dominican Father Steven C. Boguslawski

HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has appointed Dominican Father Steven Chrysostom Boguslawski as the new moderator of the curia of the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective May 1; and Father John L. Lavorgna as secretary to the archbishop and assistant chancellor, effective May 19.

Father Boguslawski succeeds Bishop Christie A. Macaluso, who will become rector and president of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield in addition to his other duties as auxiliary bishop.

Read more: Archbishop Blair makes two staff appointments

cascia-awards mansell 2040Father Joseph Donnelly, left, Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell, with plaque; and Archbishop Leonard P. Blair. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

PROSPECT – The St. Vincent de Paul Mission of Waterbury honored Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell, the Taft School in Watertown and Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Waterbury with the Father Cascia Service Awards during a celebration at Aria Wedding and Banquet Facility March 27. More than 350 guests attended the event, which raised money for the mission incorporated in 1978 under the direction of the late Father Philip Cascia.

Read more: St. Vincent de Paul Mission bestows three service awards

deacon-crs-breen008-webDeacon Tom Breen, who serves at St. Christopher Church in East Hartford and is a Catholic Relief Services Global Fellows ambassador, speaks to teacher Daniel Valente’s sixth-grade class at the parish school recently. (Photo by Lenora Sumsky)

EAST HARTFORD – Students at St. Christopher School gained some unusually vivid insight into life in Kenya and Catholic programs to improve life there, thanks to their parish’s deacon, who visited the East African country through a Catholic Relief Services Program.

Read more: Deacon is also an ambassador through CRS program

HARTFORD – “The light is on for you.”

That’s the message being sent throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford as Catholics prepare for Easter by taking advantage of weekly Lenten confessions being offered in every parish from 6-7 p.m. every Monday, in addition to the parish’s regular schedule.

“The very first week of the campaign, a person who had been away from the sacrament for over 20 years told me that they had seen a billboard promoting the Monday night confessions and that it inspired them to come that evening,” said Father Jeffrey V. Romans, assistant chancellor of the archdiocese, who heads the 12-member archdiocesan Lenten committee.

“This is the second year that the archdiocese has promoted the Lenten confession campaign,” he said, “and it gives [us] priests a great sense of joy that people are returning to the sacrament of reconciliation.”

At Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in East Haven, Father John L. Lavorgna, noted, “The Lenten confessions campaign has been a great source of spiritual renewal for everyone involved, on both sides of the altar. For me as a pastor, it has helped me to focus on the beautiful gift of the sacrament, through homilies and conversations with parishioners and others.

“The sessions have provided a wonderful opportunity for quiet reflection,” he said, “and I know many people have come for the sacrament and some have returned other weeks for the private prayer with the Blessed Sacrament.”

As happened last year, the Lenten confession campaign is being actively promoted through billboards, radio announcements, posters, lawn signs, websites, social media and articles in The Catholic Transcript, as well as through reminders from the pulpit and in parish bulletins.

Father Aidan N. Donohue, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Milford, one of the largest in the archdiocese, said, “Our attendance in the church has been good. I’m not sure where all the people are from, but our parishioners like the convenience of it. We have plenty of opportunities for confession here, but this is just one more. I think it’s a good thing.”

The billboards show the image of a church door with a light shining through it and direct motorists to the campaign’s website, www.Light4You.info.

The Lenten campaign is designed to make it easy for people to drive to any church in the Archdiocese of Hartford on their way home from work or from running errands on Mondays and go to confession. It is also serves as a way to welcome those who have not received the sacrament in a while back to the church to experience God’s forgiveness.

“This campaign provides the opportunity in a unique way to help people start over with a clean slate in the eyes of God,” said Father Romans. “What a gift, and it is so encouraging that many are availing themselves of this opportunity to experience God’s mercy.”

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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.
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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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