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WETHERSFIELD – The Feb. 3 opening of a health clinic in Honduras by three Connecticut women was the result of three revelations the women experienced.

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The most serious ailment the aged face and the greatest injustice they suffer is abandonment, Pope Francis said.

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BLOOMFIELD – In this Year of Consecrated Life, many people are asking, “What, exactly, do individuals do who are in religious communities? How do they live their lives on a daily basis?’

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ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father, Pope Francis said at an Ash Wednesday Mass that began with a procession on Rome's Aventine Hill.

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HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair presided over a joyful ceremony on March 22, celebrating the blessing and conferral of this year’s St. Joseph Medals of Appreciation to 206 parishioners from across the Archdiocese of Hartford.

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HARTFORD – The cold March wind on March 18 did not deter more than 200 people from testifying at the third Connecticut public hearing in as many years on the attempt to legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state of Connecticut.

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family conf webNormand Chouinard, retreat team leader at St. Hedwig Parish in Naugatuck, introduces Father Alvin J. LeBlanc, pastor of St. Ann Parish in Bristol; and a judge on the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Metropolitan Tribunal, for the opening prayer at a World Meeting of Families workshop held March 14 at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

NEW HAVEN – In anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia Sept. 22-27 for the eighth World Meeting of Families, Damon Owens, executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute, discussed one of the key papal teachings about marriage and the family at a workshop March 14 at the Knights of Columbus Museum.

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ordinationHARTFORD – Tears of joy flowed among family members and others as the Archdiocese of Hartford welcomed three men to the priesthood and five men to the transitional diaconate during a two-and-a-half-hour ceremony Dec. 1 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

It was the first dual ordination of priests and deacons performed in the Archdiocese of Hartford. It is believed to have been the first ceremony of its type in the United States since a new ritual was promulgated last year.

Ordained to the priesthood were Henry Alexander Avendaño Varon, Andrés Mendoza Floyd and Jorge Eliecer Castro Morales, all of whom were born in Colombia.

The new transitional deacons are William Agyemang, Piotr Buczek, John Robert Mariano, Carlos Andrés Piedrahita Echeverri and Michael Alberto Santiago.

The five deacons will continue their seminary studies while providing pastoral care at various parishes across the Archdiocese of Hartford. Once they complete their requirements, they will be ordained to the priesthood in the spring.

"It’s a wonderful day for all of us as we celebrate the ordination of these men," said Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, ordaining prelate. "We are grateful to those who have chosen to serve God’s people, and we gather asking for the blessing of the Holy Spirit on these men who will serve the archdiocese through the diaconate and priesthood."

Announcing parish assignments for the new priests, Archbishop Mansell said that Father Varon will be assigned to St. Joseph Parish in Bristol; Father Castro, to Most Holy Trinity Parish in Wallingford; and Father Mendoza, to Most Holy Trinity Parish in Wallingford before returning to St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla., to continue his studies.

"It’s a very important day for my family, especially my mother and father who are deceased," said Ricardo Mendoza Floyd, Father Mendoza’s brother. "My father wanted to see my brother become a priest. Our parents are in heaven now blessing him and watching this moment."

Father Mendoza earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield before starting major seminary at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in 2000. He also attended Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, where the other two priests also studied, as well as St. Vincent De Paul in Boynton Beach.

"Today is a big day," echoed Flor Ossa, wife of Deacon Tullio V. Ossa, who serves at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Wallingford. As tears welled up in her eyes, Mrs. Ossa explained that she and her husband have served as surrogate parents for Father Castro, whose parents live in Colombia and were unable to attend the ceremony.

"This is the way he wants to serve the Lord," she said of Father Castro. "He loves the Lord so much. It’s his vocation, his mission. He wants to serve the Lord with all his might."

Also emotional was Maria Varon, Father Varon’s mother, who came from Colombia with her husband Henry to see her son ordained. "This is a very special day and very important for our family," she said. "His father is so proud of him for this moment. We love him so much."

After the ordination, a jubilant Father Varon, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer systems before beginning his seminary studies, said, "I am so grateful because I deeply believe that the priesthood is a gift from God."

Parents of the newly ordained deacons were also moved by the ordination.

"It’s a very, very special day," said Olinda Santiago, with tears in her eyes, about her son, who was baptized at Our Lady of Fatima in Hartford and received his first holy Communion and confirmation in Portugal. "It’s been a long journey and God has made it possible."

Also traveling a long distance were Deacon Buczek’s mother and brother, who came from Poland for the ordination; and Deacon Piedrahita’s mother and sister. Deacon Piedrahita holds degrees in business administration and finance from Universidad Eafit in Colombia.

Supporting Deacon Agyemang was a large contingent of members of the Ghanaian community, in addition to his family.

"It’s a very precious day because my son is being ordained to the diaconate," said Wial Agyemang, his mother.

She said that she and her husband adopted him in Ghana. "It’s been his dream all his life to be a priest," said his father, Lawrence Bempong.

Born in Waterbury, Deacon Mariano was raised in Naugatuck, receiving his sacraments at St. Francis of Assisi Parish there. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in environmental education from Southern Connecticut State University. He worked for 27 years as a middle school science teacher in Fairfield County.

"I feel like I have been walking through the stairs of life and the next is the priesthood," said Deacon Mariano, who graduated magna cum laude from the Angelicum, Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome.

"It was a long journey for him," offered Kathi Jones of Middlebury, a cousin, who added that his parents are deceased. "But he’s so excited. He will do so many good things for people."

Principal concelebrants for the ceremony were Archbishop Emeritus Daniel A. Cronin and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza.

There also were more than 70 priests, nearly 20 deacons and some of the 40-plus men who are studying for the priesthood for the archdiocese in attendance.

 

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West Hartford, United States
WEST HARTFORD – The Gengras Center at the University of St. Joseph will hold an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, in preparation of its expanded enrollment capacity. A state-approved [...]
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
The 20th annual solemn novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place at 7 p.m. on nine consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 355 Foxon [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 01, 2015
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 02, 2015
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
SOUTH WINDSOR – A novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning on Good [...]
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Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford CT, Hartford, United States
HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will preside over a Tenebrae service at 7:30 p.m. April 3, Good Friday, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Tenebrae combines the two components of the [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 03, 2015
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 04, 2015
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 05, 2015
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 06, 2015
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 07, 2015
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
The 20th annual solemn novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place at 7 p.m. on nine consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 355 Foxon [...]
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A father who lost his  teen-age son to suicide will present a program titled “Bullying, Technology and Teen Depression" from 7-8:30 p.m. April 8 at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 08, 2015
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Location to be announced
Courage, a fellowship of Catholics who experience same-sex attraction and are seeking to live the virtue of chastity and to grow in their Christian [...]
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Courage, a fellowship of Catholics who experience same-sex attraction and are seeking to live the virtue of chastity and to grow in their Christian [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 09, 2015
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Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, United States
A new program titled “The Quest for the Jewish Mary” will be presented April 10-12 at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield.The program will take a fresh look at [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 10, 2015
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Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, United States
A new program titled “The Quest for the Jewish Mary” will be presented April 10-12 at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield.The program will take a fresh look at [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 11, 2015
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St. Ann Church, Bristol CT, Bristol, United States
St. Ann Parish in Bristol will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with a Mass at 2:30 p.m. April 12. The [...]
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Racebrook Country Club, Orange, Orange, United States
NEW HAVEN – The Catholic Charity League of New Haven will have a Spring into Grace Brunch at 11:30 a.m. April 12 at the Racebrook Country Club in Orange. The annual event benefits a [...]
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Avanti Restaurant, Meriden CT, Meriden, United States
The annual Sunday Dinner Fund-raiser will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 12 at Avanti Restaurant at 4 River Road, Meriden. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the [...]
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Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, United States
A new program titled “The Quest for the Jewish Mary” will be presented April 10-12 at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield.The program will take a fresh look at [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 12, 2015
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Mercy Hall, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford campus
WEST HARTFORD – The University of St. Joseph’s 2015 Buckley Lecture for Religious Studies will feature Servite Father John T. Pawlikowski, Ph.D., professor of social ethics at the Catholic [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 13, 2015
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St. Justin Church, Hartford, Hartford, United States
St. Luke Productions will present “FAUSTINA: Messenger of Divine Mercy” 7:30 p.m. April 14 at St. Justin Church, 230 Blue Hills Ave., Hartford. The presentation is a live multimedia drama [...]
12:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  April 14, 2015
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06:00 PM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
The 20th annual solemn novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place at 7 p.m. on nine consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 355 Foxon [...]
07:00 PM
Location to be announced
EnCourage, a support group for parents and others whose loved ones experience same-sex attraction, will meet at 7 p.m. April 15. A part of the Courage Apostolate, the group is made up [...]
Date :  April 15, 2015
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Lourdes in Litchfield, CT, Litchfield, United States
LITCHFIELD – A Beginning Experience Weekend for divorced, separated and widowed men and women will be held April 17-19 at the Lourdes in Litchfield shrine. The cost is $275. For [...]
Date :  April 17, 2015
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Thomas E. Golden Center at Yale University, New Haven CT, New Haven, United States
Mary Sheehan Warren, fashion consultant, Elegance in Style co-founder and author of It’s So You! Fitting Fashion to Your Life, will speak April 18 at the Thomas E. Golden Center at the [...]
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Doubletree by Hilton, Bristol, Bristol, United States
There will be a Magnificat breakfast for women from 9 a.m. to noon April 18 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bristol. Registration opens at 8:30. The fee of 25 must be received by April 13 [...]
09:00 AM
Our Lady of Pompeii Church Hall, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
There will be a craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church Hall on Foxon Road in East Haven. Refreshments will be available. Information is available from [...]
12:00 AM
Lourdes in Litchfield, CT, Litchfield, United States
LITCHFIELD – A Beginning Experience Weekend for divorced, separated and widowed men and women will be held April 17-19 at the Lourdes in Litchfield shrine. The cost is $275. For [...]
Date :  April 18, 2015
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Lourdes in Litchfield, CT, Litchfield, United States
LITCHFIELD – A Beginning Experience Weekend for divorced, separated and widowed men and women will be held April 17-19 at the Lourdes in Litchfield shrine. The cost is $275. For [...]
Date :  April 19, 2015
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
The 20th annual solemn novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place at 7 p.m. on nine consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 355 Foxon [...]
09:00 AM
St. Peter/St. Francis School, Torrington CT, Torrington, United States
St. Peter/St. Francis School will have open houses from 9-11 a.m. April 22 and 5:30-7 p.m. May 12. Parents may visit classrooms, talk with the staff, explore the halls and see all projects [...]
Date :  April 22, 2015
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St. Anthony Church, New Haven, New Haven, United States
The St. Anthony Society will have its 38th annual card party at 7 p.m. April 24 at St. Anthony Church, 70 Washington Ave., New Haven. It is being held in memory of Albert Carofano. [...]
07:30 PM
Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The Northwest Catholic Dramateurs will present the musical “Once on this Island” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The musical [...]
12:00 AM
Holy Cross High School, Waterbury, Waterbury, United States
The Crusader 5k and Kids Fun Run will take place on Saturday, April 18, at Holy Cross High School. The 5k race will begin at 10 a.m. The Kids Run (for ages 4-10) will begin at 9:40 a.m. [...]
Date :  April 24, 2015
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Tradition Golf Club, Wallingford CT, Wallingford, United States
HAMDEN – St. Rita School will host a “Passport around the World” benefit Auction at 6 p.m. April 25 at Seasons at the Tradition Golf Club in Wallingford. The evening will [...]
07:30 PM
Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The Northwest Catholic Dramateurs will present the musical “Once on this Island” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The musical [...]
Date :  April 25, 2015
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St. Mary School, Newington CT, Newington, United States
St. Mary School in Newington will have its inaugural “Wildcats Car Show” from 1-5 p.m. April 26 on the school grounds.The show is open for all cars, motorcycles and trucks. Vehicle [...]
02:00 PM
Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The Northwest Catholic Dramateurs will present the musical “Once on this Island” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The musical [...]
12:00 PM
St. Mary Church, New Haven CT, New Haven, United States
The service and ministry of the health care professions and Dr. Daniel J. Diver will be honored at the annual Archdiocesan White Mass at noon April 26 at St. Mary Church, New Haven. Archbishop [...]
Date :  April 26, 2015
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, East Haven CT, East Haven, United States
The 20th annual solemn novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place at 7 p.m. on nine consecutive Wednesdays, beginning March 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 355 Foxon [...]
Date :  April 29, 2015
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