Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut
Tuesday, April 25, 2017


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BRANFORD – Fifth graders at St. Mary School’s show off news stories they have written about Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States, which starts today.

Joanne Fresco assigned her fifth-grade religion class to “cover” one of the three locations that are hosting the pope – Washington, D.C.; New York and Philadelphia – and said she was overjoyed by the enthusiasm with which the students took on this project.

The students also created posters related to the visit that are displayed in the hallway to further educate the St. Mary’s community about the historic papal pilgrimage. (Photo submitted)

back to school 6351 webStudents walk in procession carrying their school's banners at the start of the Back to School Mass celebrated Sept. 13 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)HARTFORD – The Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has declared played heavily into the theme of a Back-to-School Mass celebrated Sept. 13 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

WalkingIn Sm webArianna Perez, ‘19, enters the star-studded event, greeted by applause and the paparazzi. (Photo submitted)

MILFORD – One hundred fifteen Lauralton Hall students of the Class of 2019 were celebrated in Hollywood style as they entered the doors of the Lauralton Hall Athletic Center on Aug. 31. They were greeted by cheers, people asking for autographs and paparazzi taking their photographs.

echs groundbreaking 6287 webArchbishop Leonard P. Blair and nine others prepare to turn the earth on Aug. 28 to mark the start of a new building at East Catholic High School in Manchester. See video at

MANCHESTER – When groundbreaking for a new science and technology building at East Catholic High School happened to fall on the feast of Saint Augustine, the synchronicity did not escape Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.

Timor Childrens Rosary webMembers of a Children’s Rosary group in Timor-Leste, or East Timor, show off their rosaries. There are Children’s Rosary groups at Railoco (Our Lady of Fatima) Church in Ermera and at Aimutin (St. Joseph) Church in Dalil, Timor-Leste. (Photo submitted)

WEST HARTFORD – A grassroots movement that began just four years ago at a local parish is now enriching the lives of children throughout the world. The Children’s Rosary prayer group that began at St. Thomas the Apostle Church has spread beyond Connecticut to 11 countries on five continents.

southington cath 6219 adj webArchbishop Leonard P. Blair enlists help from Father Nicholas P. Melo, pastor of St. Thomas Parish, Southington; five students from Southington Catholic School; and Mary K. Wirkus, principal, in cutting the ribbon for the newly formed school Aug. 23. See photo gallery at (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

SOUTHINGTON – Calling it “a model for our church and our communities in meeting the challenges of today,” Archbishop Leonard P. Blair blessed Southington Catholic School Aug. 23 and cut the ceremonial ribbon that welcomed a gathering of more than 150 students, family, educators, clergy and friends to the newly formed school.

team rosary 6146 webXavier High School Falcons receive rosaries and holy cards before the state's first-ever Sportsleader Rosary Rally on Aug. 13 at St. Gregory the Great Church in Bristol. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

BRISTOL – Football team members from three Connecticut Catholic high schools gathered at St. Gregory the Great Church Aug. 13 for Connecticut’s first-ever Sportsleader Rosary Rally, an event designed to inspire virtue in student athletes.

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