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Buses to the March for Life in Washington are being sponsored by Connecticut Right to Life, the Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford and several parishes in the archdiocese on Jan. 21 and 22.
Connecticut Right to Life will have three buses leaving on the evening of Jan. 21. A bus from Waterbury will leave from the commuter parking lot on Hamilton Avenue and Route 84 at 10:30 p.m. and will pick up additional riders in Newtown and Danbury.
HARTFORD – In one of his final official announcements, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell stated that an anonymous donation of $2.8 million will enable a necessary addition to be built at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
The construction project involves the addition of a handicapped-accessible entrance and restroom facilities on the west side of the cathedral.
SIMSBURY – Throughout her life, Kathleen Magowan, a member of St. Mary Parish in Simsbury, quietly enriched the lives of area residents; upon her death she created a momentous legacy that will long be remembered.
Miss Magowan, who was an active parishioner for 65 years, died in August 2011. More than two years later, fellow parishioners learned that she had bequeathed $374,777 to her beloved church.
HARTFORD – At its annual Help and Hope Breakfast at the Hartford Marriott on Dec. 12, speakers talked about the many ways that Catholic Charities has provided behavioral, social and educational services to families across the Archdiocese of Hartford for over 90 years.
Through its 34 sites located throughout Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties, about 500 Catholic Charities employees assist people of every race, creed and religion with various services, including early childhood programs, family and mental health services, care for the elderly, parenting counseling, emergency assistance and much more. Last year, more than 24,000 people were helped in these different ways.
BLOOMFIELD – The Archdiocese of Hartford celebrated the ordination of five men as transitional deacons at a ceremony in the chapel of St. Thomas Seminary Dec. 7. Extra chairs were needed for the more than 500 clergy, seminarians, religious, friends and relatives.
The ordinandi were called individually before Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, ordaining prelate, for election to the transitional diaconate. Bowing solemnly before the chair of the archbishop and declaring himself "present," each of the five came forward and declared himself ready to serve and sacrifice.