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Archbishop Leonard P. Blair prepares to bless the recently reopened St. Gerard’s Center for Life pregnancy resource at 59 Eaton St., Hartford, this morning.

At center of the photo is Christa Chodkowski, the center’s new executive director.

Father John L. Lavorna, the archbishop’s secretary and assistant chancellor, looks on, along with about 35 volunteers, board members and guests. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

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Father Emmanuel Ihemedu, pastor of St. Justin Parish in Hartford, speaks at the Interreligious Harvest Festival held at the parish on Oct. 19.

The event, to which local Catholic and non-Catholic congregations were invited, included guest choirs, musical performances, liturgical dancers and praise worship. Fresh fruits, vegetables, chrysanthemums, baked goods and take-out Caribbean food were sold. (Photo by Lenora Sumsky)

stmary stem-webMaggie Cody, a fifth grader at St. Mary School in Milford,generates some energy with pedal power recently as part of her school’s annual all-day STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program.

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CROMWELL – “Pius XII was the greatest hero of World War II. He saved more Jews than Roosevelt, Churchill and all the rest of them combined.”

That is the assessment of Gary Krupp, founder and president of Pave the Way Foundation, an organization dedicated to inter-religious dialogue, harmony and tolerance. Mr. Krupp will present the foundation’s groundbreaking research at the 2014 Pope John Paul II Bioethics Lecture on Nov. 13 at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

20141009cnsbr6593 webMavis and Ron Pirola of Sydney, auditors at the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, leave the morning session of the synod at the Vatican Oct. 9. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In official reports of the closed-door talks at the Synod of Bishops on the family, an emerging theme has been the call for a new kind of language more appropriate for pastoral care today.

"Language appeared many, many times," Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the briefer for English-speaking journalists, told reporters Oct.7, the assembly's second working day. "There's a great desire that our language has to change in order to meet the very complex situations" the church faces.

anniv-mass 3925-adj-webBarbara and Wallace Miramant, members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Meriden, pose with Archbishop Leonard P. Blair after the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford.

HARTFORD – For Charles and Deanna Comparetto, it’s never too late to start over. He is 92, she is 76, and they’ve been married just one year.

They are one of 210 couples who attended the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Oct. 19. Another 53 couples had registered but were unable to attend. All of them received a marriage anniversary certificate signed by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, principal celebrant.

fr benedict groeschel 2008-1-webFather Benedict Groeschel speaks during a Respect Life Mass in 2008 at Holy Apostles Parish in South Meriden. (Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer)

TOTOWA, N.J. (CNS) -- Father Benedict J. Groeschel, who was a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a leading pro-life figure and popular author, retreat master and preacher, died Oct. 3 at St. Joseph's Home for the elderly in Totowa after a long illness. He was 81.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of Father Benedict. He was an example to us all," said Father John Paul Ouellette, who is also a Franciscan friar and the order's community servant.

"His fidelity and service to the church and commitment to our Franciscan way of life will have a tremendous impact for generations to come," he said in a statement released Oct. 4 by the order's community office in the Bronx, New York.

A wake was planned for Oct. 8 at St. Adalbert's Church in the Bronx, with a wake to be held Oct. 9, followed by an evening vigil, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey.

scc-chirp-30-anniv 01133-1-webAttendees gather at a reception celebrating 30 years of Small Christian Communities in the Archdiocese of Hartford on Oct. 8 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. (Photo by Anton Miranda)

BLOOMFIELD – Small Christian Communities were first formed in the Archdiocese of Hartford 30 years ago under the leadership of the late Archbishop John Whealon. The program has flourished to the point that a combined dinner and anniversary celebration was held to celebrate their achievements.

An estimated 200 people turned out at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary on Oct. 8 for that celebration. After a dinner, a program brought attendees up to date on a newer initiative that’s beginning to take root in a few Connecticut churches. It’s called Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP), or “chirp.”

20140305cnsbr4466 webSister Jean Dwyan laughs Jan. 13 with Martah Spurgeon in the hallway of the St. Louis Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor, which serves about 100 people. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

DENVER (CNS) -- The federal government is pursuing its case against the Little Sisters of the Poor in an attempt to get the religious order to comply with newly issued interim rules regarding the Department of Health and Human Services' contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

The government filed a brief Sept. 8 in the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, where the Little Sisters of the Poor run a home for the aged. Other plaintiffs in the case include Southern Nazarene University in Denver and Reaching Souls International, an Oklahoma nonprofit.

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C.Anderson-Ultrasound_5502Archbishop Henry J. Mansell praises the work of St. Gerard’s Center for Life in Hartford Jan. 19 as he prepares to bless the pregnancy resource center’s new ultrasound machine. Dr. Theresa Krankowski, left, director of the center, and Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, look on. The ultrasound machine is the first to be installed in Connecticut under Mr. Anderson’s ultrasound initiative, by which the Supreme Council matches donations raised by local councils. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

HARTFORD – Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus called the installation of an ultrasound machine in a local pregnancy resource center "a significant step forward in building a culture of life here in the state of Connecticut."

The ultrasound machine at St. Gerard’s Center for Life, 22 Maple Ave., is the first to be installed in Connecticut under a program that Mr. Anderson initiated two years ago.

The total amount raised to purchase the machine, according to St. Gerard’s director Theresa Krankowski, was about $65,000. Under Mr. Anderson’s ultrasound initiative, local Knights councils spearheaded fund drives to raise half the money and the Supreme Council matched it.

As about 100 priests, Knights, mothers and Archbishop Henry J. Mansell crowded into the small offices, Mr. Anderson said, "As Catholics, we know that the culture of life arises from the Gospel of life, from him who said he had come to give us life abundantly and from the woman whose yes to life made this possible."

He said each of us should build "a culture of life which will emanate into the larger society and influence that larger society with the values of life, the values of hope, the values of human dignity and respect and concern and mutual health."

He quoted Pope Paul VI as saying "that the first victim of violence is the truth."

He said Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, "is based on a lie." He said a young mother recently e-mailed him an ultrasound image of her child in the womb with the caption, "We could see the heart beat at eight weeks!"

"What further argument do we need?" he said.

Mr. Anderson made reference to Dr. Krankowski’s earlier remarks, during which she said that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers often tell pregnant women that their ultrasound services are intended only for women who want to abort their babies.

Mr. Anderson said, "So why is it that the right to choose becomes the necessity to have an abortion? Why does a woman’s choice require, necessitate the choice for abortion, regardless of how she reacts when she sees the truth of that child that she’s carrying?"

He suggested that abortion providers be asked if it is more profitable to provide abortions than to provide ultrasound services.

"But here we know that the gift of life is a gift, and we treat it as a gift," he said. "We don’t treat it as a monetary requirement or according to a monetary criterion, because we can’t put a price on a human life."

Mr. Anderson later told the Transcript that the ultrasound initiative has so far helped fund about 83 ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers nationwide. "We’re just beginning," he said. "It’s picking up. In fact, for us it takes a year or two for a program like this to get going, and so I think we’re just beginning to see [results] now."

Before blessing the new ultrasound machine, Archbishop Mansell said that Mr. Anderson’s new book, Beyond a House Divided, describes a national shift in attitude from pro-choice to pro-life. "The truth is becoming more evident," he said. "No woman should have an abortion if she’s having it because of financial concerns or material concerns. We will take care of those concerns, through our hospitals, through our agencies."

He said that years ago it may not have been possible to realize that the infant in the womb was a human being. "There is no excuse now for not realizing that," he said.

An hour before the ceremonies at St. Gerard’s main offices, Archbishop Mansell had blessed a newly renovated satellite office two miles away at 59 Eaton St., the former St. Luke’s Convent. Counseling and material support will be given to families at the satellite office, and the 22 Maple Ave. site will be used mainly for ultrasounds.

Michael Klinger, a Knight from Wethersfield Council 4193, was active in the fund-raising efforts for St. Gerard’s ultrasound machine. He told the Transcript, "The power of the visual in this age is huge. As Carl Anderson has pointed out, studies have shown that if women could see the life in their womb, 80 percent would likely opt not to abort it."

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St. Anthony Parish, prospect, Prospect, United States
St. Anthony Parish in Prospect will again operate its Pumpkin Patch during the month October. It will be open Oct. 4-31, and all proceeds will support the parish's HOPE Ministry, which assists local [...]
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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
Holy Family Retreat Center will present "From Control to Compassion," a weekend retreat for men and women with Father Michael Crosby, Oct 31-Nov 2. It wil explore the causes and consequences [...]
Date :  October 31, 2014

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