Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, June 24, 2018

st eliz ann seton 2 haiti events web calPeople in the Archdiocese of Hartford will have two enjoyable opportunities to help needy school children in Haiti on June 17. Some people may even be able to make it to both.

The Sister Parish Committee of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford will sponsor “A Taste of Haiti,” an annual food festival, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford. Also on June 17, “Harmonize for Haiti,” a concert featuring the group Shades of Blue, will be presented at 7 p.m. on the lawn of at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Rocky Hill.

Such Caribbean/Haitian cuisine such as sweet potato cake and Caribbean smuggler's Haitian rum cake will be served at the food fest. Proceeds will benefit St. Genevieve’s School in Zornje, Haiti. St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church has been in a covenant relationship with St. Genevieve Church since 2005 to use the bridge of faith to provide financial support for St. Genevieve's parish and school.

The Sister Parish Committee of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church coordinates activities for parish. Each year, a team of parishioners visits St. Genevieve to get to know the members of its sister parish.

Early bird tickets for "A Taste of Haiti," on sale June 10 and 11, cost $12 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for families. Tickets at the door will cost $15 for adults, $5 for children and $30 for families. Information is available at 860-756-4034 or

T he Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry is located at 285 Church St., Hartford.

The "Harmonize for Haiti" concert is a fundraiser for students at St. Anne School in Saintard, Haiti. St Elizabeth Seton, located at 280 Brook St., has been a twin of St. Anne Parish since 2002, offering mutual prayer and financial support. Donations may be made at

The concert, sponsored by St. Elizabeth Seton's Haiti Team and  Community Life Ministry, will take place at St. James Parish Center, at 767 Elm St., Rocky Hill, in case of rain. A free-will offering will be accepted.

Shades of Blue features parishioners David Allan Rivera and Marisol Datiz, as well as Nelson Bello and Vic Rosario. With roots in Puerto Rico, Rivera's percussion and guitar styling reflect his fusion of blues, rock, soul and jazz. He and his wife Datiz, the vocalist, have performed in large and small venues, according to a press release from St. Elizabeth’s. Datiz's credits include a stint at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and theater performances in Puerto Rico.

Bello's percussion is featured in the bands Insight and Trombeatz. The New York-based musician studied at the Hartford Conservatory and has played with such performers as Andy Gonzalez, Cheo Feliciano and Tony Vega. Rosario, a producer, musician, performer and songwriter, has shared diverse musical experiences with such starts as Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keyes, Carlos Santana and Lady Gaga.

The concert will be on Facebook Live at