Msgr. Daniel Plocharczyk, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in New Britain, speaks to the children in the parish school’s gymnasium on Oct. 11 about the opening of the Year of Faith that Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.
Msgr. Plocharczyk told the students that he had been an eighth grader and had stood in the same gymnasium when Vatican II opened.
The children and teachers rang hand bells for three minutes, along with Catholic school communities throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, to mark the beginning of the special year. (Photo submitted)