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salmon 5078-webDeAnte Anderson, an eighth grader at St. Gabriel School in Windsor, releases four salmon, all named after himself, with his classmates on May 9 at Salmon Brook Park in Granby.

WINDSOR – Drizzle and mist could not deter this group of students and their teachers on the morning of May 9. St. Gabriel middle school students visited Granby’s Salmon Brook Park to achieve the ultimate goal of raising baby Atlantic salmon, or fry, from eggs: the release of the minnow-sized fish into Salmon Brook, from where they will eventually migrate to the ocean.

Science teacher Meg Rosa started the yearly project in 2001 and has kept it alive ever since, despite talk of state budget cuts that could end the program, run by the Connecticut River Salmon Association (CRSA). The program is good to go for another year.

Read more: St. Gabriel School employs a very fishy teaching tool

muffin-maker-webDavid Albright, 13, of Milford, packages freshly baked muffins for donation to the city’s homeless shelter recently with help from mom Megan and his sister, Erin, 11. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

MILFORD – Five thousand muffins, give or take.

That’s how many muffins 13-year-old David Albright estimates he has baked over the past five years for the needy at the city’s homeless shelter.

For his initiative, David recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Read more: Faith is key ingredient in teen’s muffins 

dance-rain-keating 2896-webClare Keating, prepares to discuss To Dance in the Rain, Ms. Keating’s memoir about daughter Alicia Townsend’s long recovery from brain surgery. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

WATERBURY – An Easter miracle, a Christmas miracle and a Saint Thérèse “little flower” were just a few milestones on a long road to recovery that Alicia Townsend traveled from catastrophic brain damage suffered a dozen years ago.

As recounted in To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing, a just-released memoir by her mother, Clare Keating, Alicia was near death multiple times following brain surgery to remove a cyst in February 2002. Ms. Keating recounted these events during a book signing May 8 at St. Mary’s Hospital, where she has worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department for 30 years.

“The surgery was in the area of the cerebellum, so they removed the cyst from that area,” Ms. Keating said. “When the cyst was taken out, the area kind of re-expanded. When that happened, a clot formed in that area, and with the clot formation, a lot of pressure built up and she bled.”

Read more: A mother writes book about hope amid suffering

WALLINGFORD – The Catholic Transcript earned five “Excellence in Journalism” awards May 22 at the annual banquet of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Connecticut Chapter.

Competing in the category of regional, non-daily newspapers, the Transcript picked up four first-place awards and one third-place award.

Read more: Transcript garners five awards in journalism contest

BLOOMFIELD – A railroad conductor, clinical psychologist and pathologist’s assistant are among the 10 men who will be ordained to the permanent diaconate on June 7.  Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will ordain the candidates at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

The ordination marks the end of a five-year process for the candidates. In the Archdiocese of Hartford, the formation program leading to ordination to the diaconate consists of a year of discernment and study and then four more years of study that take in the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral aspects of ministry.

Read more: Ten to be ordained to permanent diaconate

Events Calendar

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Archbishop O'Brien Library , Bloomfield, United States
The Archbishop O’Brien Library will participate in a community-based project with Life Choice Donor Services, a non-profit organ procurement organization, during September, to raise awareness for organ [...]
Date :  September 01, 2014
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St. Ann Parish, Avon, Avon, United States
The Social Justice Committee of St. Ann’s Parish in Avon will have its popular annual clothing sale from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19 and from 8:30 [...]
Date :  September 19, 2014
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St. Ann Parish, Avon, Avon, United States
The Social Justice Committee of St. Ann’s Parish in Avon will have its popular annual clothing sale from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19 and from 8:30 [...]
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St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, Bristol, United States
St. Paul Catholic High School open houses at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20,  7 p.m. Oct. 8 and at 10 and [...]
Date :  September 20, 2014
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Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, United States
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Catholic Youth Spectacular (CYS), set for Sept. 21 on the [...]
Date :  September 21, 2014
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The Archdiocese of Hartford is participating again in the national Family Day program launched by [...]
Date :  September 22, 2014
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Wampanoag Country Club, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
HARTFORD – The 22nd annual Archbishop John F. Whealon Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Sept. 23 [...]
Date :  September 23, 2014
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Hamden , Hamden, United States
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Hamden will have its monthly Pro-Life Holy Hour Novena from 6-7 p.m. September 24.The Holy Hour will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, pro-life rosary, [...]
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Hartford GYN Center, Hartford, United States
The Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford will participate in the international 40 Days for Life campaign from Sept. 24 through Nov. 2. The success of the campaign is evident in [...]
Date :  September 24, 2014
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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
"Know Greater Joy" is the theme of a Men's Weekend Retreat being offered Sept. 26-28 at Holy Family [...]
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St. Therese Church, Branford, Branford, United States
LYRA, an a cappella group of four professional vocalists from St. Petersburg, Russia, is returning to [...]
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Lourdes in Litchfield , Litchfield, United States
A Beginning Experience Weekend will be conducted Sept. 26-28 for divorced, separated and widowed men and [...]
Date :  September 26, 2014
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Holy Angels Parish Center, South Meriden, Meriden, United States
MERIDEN – The Meriden-Wallingford Council of Catholic Women will sponsor a catered breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Holy Angels Parish Center in South Meriden. Guest speaker Deacon Thomas J. Davis [...]
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Lourdes in Litchfield , Litchfield, United States
A Beginning Experience Weekend will be conducted Sept. 26-28 for divorced, separated and widowed men and [...]
Date :  September 27, 2014
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Polish-American Club, West Haven, United States
NEW HAVEN – St. Stanislaus Parish will have its annual picnic/harvest festival from 1-8 p.m. Sept. 28, rain or shine, at the Polish-American Club at 194 W. Spring St., West Haven. Polish and [...]
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Lourdes in Litchfield , Litchfield, United States
A Beginning Experience Weekend will be conducted Sept. 26-28 for divorced, separated and widowed men and [...]
Date :  September 28, 2014
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
Caritas Christi Center will offer a New Life Seminar for the separated and divorcd from 7-9 p.m. on nine [...]
Date :  September 29, 2014
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