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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

WANTED: Catholic Family Photos


Catholic families the organizers of this years "World Family Meeting" want your Catholic family photo! Dubbed "The Pope Wants to Meet Your Family" initiative, the organizers are collecting 7,000 Catholic family photos to create a mosaic in the form of Pope Benedict XVI's image. This photo image will be displayed during the world meeting from Jan. 13-18 in Mexico City during the World Meeting.
To participate, send your photos (less than 4 megabytes) in JPG or GIF format to:
fotoemf2009@gmail.com or photowmf2009@gmail.com. Make sure to include the name of the person sending the photo, the last name of the family in the photo, your hometown and the country you live in.
The "Mosaic of the Families" will be given as a gift to the Holy Father. Photos on cell phones can not be accepted. The dead line is December 12th.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mass held at Durham Fair


It's that time of year in Connecticut. It's Durham Fair time! When you think of the fair, what comes to mind? Is it the old fashion sugar donuts? Is it tractor pulls? Is it fried dough and Lime Rickey drinks? Maybe you think of the rides and assorted games or the animals. Do you think of Notre Dame parish holding mass on the fair grounds? Why not?! Come and join the members of Notre Dame Roman Catholic parish for Mass led by Father Lipton, at the Durham Fair Sunday morning at 7 A.M. in the Photography building.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Padre Pio on EWTN


Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) Schedule


FLA NOTTE DEL PROFETA 90 mins.

This first full-length drama on the life of the mystic, priest, and stigmatist Padre Pio unfolds through the eyes of a journalist as he investigates the saint's life.

Sat 09/20/08 8:00 PM ET & 5 PM PT

Sun 09/21/08 2:00 AM ET & 11 PM PT (Sat )

Thu 09/25/08 1:00 PM ET & 10 AM PT

PADRE PIO'S SAN GIOVANNI: I CAN REFUSE NO ONE 30 mins.

This unique program explores some of the incredible events and miracles associated with Padre Pio.

Tue 09/23/08 11:00 AM ET & 12 AM PT

AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN 1 hr.

Padre Pio said he would wait outside the gates of heaven until all his spiritual children are safely inside, this stirring documentary offers you a glimpse inside the canonization process of this great saint who waits and prays for us all.

Sun 09/21/08 10:00 PM ET & 7 PM PT

Tue 09/23/08 2:00 PM ET & 11 AM PT

Fri 09/26/08 4:00 AM ET & 1 PM PT

Norwich, CT Prayer Vigil


Prayer vigil outside a Norwich Connecticut Planned Parenthood clinic.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Low Income Help in Connecticut


Things are tough all over America right now, and for many even worse in Connecticut. The unemployment in Connecticut climbed to 6.5% in August, beating out the national rate of 6.1%. We are still among the top states paying high gas rates and with cold New England weather coming soon, many will be struggling as never before to keep warm in Connecticut this winter season. Yesterday President Bush signed off on $120 million reserve fund, giving Connecticut an increase of $7 million. Connecticut's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now at more than $58 million dollars. If you need help keeping warm this winter, please call Connecticut's Energy hot line for help at 1-800-842-1132 beginning on November 3rd. For more state help information you can also call 211. If you know anyone struggling who may need help, please pass on the state's hot line number.

More info: http://www.liheapch.acf.hhs.gov/profiles/Connecticut.htm

Jewish, Gentile or Catholic Christians?


Mrs.T writes: "Why do you (Catholics) say that you were around in the bible? The Jewish Believers were born Jewish, and they REMAINED Jewish. There were no Catholics back then, you came around hundreds of years later. All those early believers were Jews."

My response: Jesus came first to the Jews, then sent out his disciples to the Gentiles. Once a believer, whether Jew or Gentile became believers and followers of Christ, they were called Christians. We see this in scripture and other early writings.

Acts 11:26 (in part) "The disciples were first called CHRISTIANS at Antioch."

How about Acts 26:28? (in part) "...can you persuade me to be a CHRISTIAN?"

How about what it says in 1 Peter 4:16; "However, if you suffer as a CHRISTIAN, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name."
Now about the Catholic faith. The Church was founded by Jesus Christ in the Gospel. You can see it clearly in Matt. 16:17-19 "Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
There was only one Church created by Christ. That church IS the Holy Catholic Church. Anyone who believed in Christ as the Savior and become a Christian were Catholic Christians. They may have started out in life as Jews or Gentiles but by becoming believers and followers of Christ then left the old behind and became Christians. The only Christians at that time (1,500+ years before the Reformation) were the Catholics because it was and is the only Church Jesus Christ founded on earth.

Ignatius of Antioch
"Let no one do anything of concern to the Church without the bishop. Let that be considered a valid Eucharist which is celebrated by the bishop or by one whom he ordains [i.e., a presbyter]. Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there; just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church" (Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2 [A.D. 110]).

Monday, September 15, 2008

Supreme Court Justice Scalia comes to Connecticut


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is coming to Connecticut on October 3rd. He will be presented with the St. Edmund's Medal of Honor for Service to the Church and Community award during a dinner at St. Edmund's Retreat Center on Ender's Island of the coast of Mystic in Connecticut. He will also be attending a lunch and mass at the retreat center.


Friday, September 12, 2008

The Catholic Vote 2008



Catholic Catechism:
#1740 Threats to freedom. The exercise of freedom does not imply a right to say or do everything. It is false to maintain that man, "the subject of this freedom," is "an individual who is fully self-sufficient and whose finality is the satisfaction of his own interests in the enjoyment of earthly goods." 33 Moreover, the economic, social, political, and cultural conditions that are needed for a just exercise of freedom are too often disregarded or violated. Such situations of blindness and injustice injure the moral life and involve the strong as well as the weak in the temptation to sin against charity. By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship, and rebels against divine truth.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Kimberly Hahn Comes To Connecticut


Kimberly Hahn (co-author with husband Scott Hahn of "Rome Sweet Home") will be visiting Connecticut this month. Mrs. Hahn will be speaking on "Mary, Full of Grace" on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich, Connecticut. Price is $12 per person and $6 per student.
For more information please call: 860-887-7804

Friday, September 5, 2008

Father Pavone's: The Catholic Vote

THE CATHOLIC VOTE

Father Frank Pavone, National Director for Priests for Life, presents a six-part series on the relevance of upcoming elections in the United States for the protection of human life on The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He cites several ways to get further involved in the political process.
EWTN Schedule:
EP 1: Tue 9/09/08 3 AM ET & 12 AM PT
Tue 9/09/08 6:30 PM ET & 3:30 PM PTEP
2: Wed 9/10/08 3 AM ET & 12 AM PT
Wed 9/10/08 6:30 PM ET & 3:30 PM PT

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Respect Life Packet 2008-2009 Now Available

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Website link: http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2008/08-122.shtml

Respect Life Program Packet For 2008-09 Now Available

WASHINGTON—The 2008-09 Respect Life Program is now available in preparation for Respect Life Sunday, October 5. This year’s theme —“Hope and Trust in Life!”— comes from Pope Benedict XVI’s homily last December 31, in which he described a lack of hope and trust in life as “the ‘obscure’ evil of modern Western society.” The theme complements key messages of the Holy Father during his historic visit to the United States in April. The Respect Life flyer emphasizes Pope Benedict’s call to U.S. Catholics “to proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and to promote a culture of life. … the message of hope we are called to proclaim and embody …” that is at the heart of the new evangelization.
Topics addressed in this year’s Respect Life Program reflect the diversity of pro-life concerns:
*the role of conscience in voting
*advances in stem cell research: where the real hope for cures lies
*pornography
*the African American community and the culture of life
*“living wills” and persons with disabilities
*male grief and trauma following abortion

Condensed versions of the articles are available in both printed pamphlet format and full-length electronic versions on an accompanying CD and on the Secretariat’s Website. The CD, included in each packet, contains all these materials, a liturgy guide, program models, memorable pro-life quotations and more, in both English and Spanish.In addition to materials for Respect Life Sunday, this year’s liturgy guide offers Intercessions for Life, suggested preaching reflections for Respect Life Sunday and January 22, Stations of the Cross for Life and various Blessings and Prayers for vulnerable human beings–unborn children, those with disabilities, the elderly, the dying, and those condemned to die.Begun in 1972, the Respect Life Program brings Church teaching on the value and dignity of human life to the Catholic community and the wider public. The program combines education, prayer, service and advocacy. Respect Life Sunday is observed in virtually all of the 195 Catholic dioceses in the United States.
Source: http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2008/08-122.shtml
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