You are here: Home Local News
ROCKY HILL – Representatives of five parishes described World Youth Day as the ultimate pilgrimage for young people.
Two groups from the Archdiocese of Hartford traveled nearly 5,000 miles to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July to the 13th international youth gathering, an event that started in 1985 when Pope John Paul II welcomed the youth of the world to Rome. The groups gathered again earlier this month to share their memories and experiences.
EAST HAVEN – The pastors of the three Catholic parishes here were among local clergy who conducted a prayer vigil Aug. 10 to honor four people who died when a plane crashed in a neighborhood near Tweed-New Haven Airport the previous day.
East Haven police chaplains Father Thomas A. Sievel, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish; and Father John L. Lavorgna, pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish; were among those first on the scene to minister to families when a plane carrying a father and his teenage son crashed into two homes, killing the plane’s occupants and two children in one of the homes. Father Gerard G. Masters, pastor of St. Clare Parish, joined the other two priests on Aug. 10 at a prayer vigil at Margaret Tucker Park.
BLOOMFIELD – First, St. James Parish in Rocky Hill started a sewing group. Then, St. Joseph Parish in Poquonock picked up the thread. Then, St. James copied one of St. Joseph’s patterns.
And sew it goes.
St. James parishioners Gene D’Onofrio and Sandy Rokosz formed the Knit, Crochet and Sew Good Works Ministry there in 2001, with the idea of creating blankets, quilts, curtains and clothing items for individuals and organizations that help people in need. Their tightly knit group of women has produced some 14,000 items and distributed them to shelters, nursing homes, families and others both inside and outside of the parish.
NEW HAVEN – Wait, wait. You live in a convent?
That’s right. When the day is done, 14 young teachers and staff members from St. Martin de Porres Academy (SMPA) all go “home” to the former convent at St. Brendan Parish, where they live.
It’s part of an effort to attract idealistic, young college graduates to an inner-city school, in return for a modest paycheck, experience, a teaching certificate and even a free master’s degree.
ANSONIA – Holy Rosary Parish will sponsor Festa! 2013, its 46th annual Italian festival, from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 8-10 on the church grounds on Father Salemi Drive downtown. The festival is a celebration of Italian heritage as the parish recalls its roots as an immigrant congregation in the early 1900s.