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Friday, December 6, 2013

Connecticut Catholic Events

Holy Family Retreat Center, Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Dec 6-8, Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat: Step 11: The Spiritual Practice, with Ed Stevens.  Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety.  Hear an inspiring lecture, take a yoga class, get a massage, catch up on some rest, and care for yourself.  Open to all people from all backgrounds.  $200, includes Matt Talbot dues.  Scholarships available first come, first served, to those experiencing financial hardship.  860-347-0644www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat: Listening with the Ear of Your Heart
Friday-Sunday, Dec 6-8, Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat: Listening with the Ear of Your Heart, with Therese Saulnier.  Learn and experience the method of Lectio Divina, a traditional way of praying the Scriptures rooted in 6th century monastic practice.  Begins with dinner at 6 p.m. Friday evening and concludes with brunch at noon on Sunday.  $325. 860-760-9705www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, Advent Family Retreat Day: Creating Snowflake Mobiles
Sunday, Dec 8, 3-7 p.m., optional Mass at 7 p.m.  Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Advent Family Retreat Day: Creating Snowflake Mobiles, with Kathy Parulski.  Skip the mall and the craziness of the season’s rush for a few hours and join with others in creating light, beautiful, airy works of art using simple origami methods, while reflecting on the deep meaning of Christmas.  $35 per person or $95 per family, includes dinner.  860-760-9705.www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, Day or Evening Retreat:  Beauty Ever Ancient, Ever New:  The Antiphons of Advent
Wednesday, Dec 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Advent Day or Evening Retreat:  Beauty Ever Ancient, Ever New:  The Antiphons of Advent, with Sr. Elissa Rinere, C.P.  In the final days of Advent, the Church prays with greater intensity, “Come, O Wisdom, O Root of Jesse, O Emmanuel ...”  The “O Antiphons” are treasures of imagery, history, music and prayer.  This presentation will reflect on these ancient prayers and their richness for our own Advent journey.  $40, includes lunch or dinner. 860-760-9705.www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Dec 13-15, Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat: The Twelve Steps and the Journey Toward God, with Fr. Gerard O’Brien, S.J.  Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety.  Hear an inspiring lecture, take a yoga class, get a massage, catch up on some rest, and care for yourself.  Open to all people from all backgrounds.  $200, includes Matt Talbot dues.  Scholarships available first come, first served, to those experiencing financial hardship.  860-347-0644www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, Music for Advent and Christmas
Sunday, Dec 22, 2 and 7 p.m. Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Music for Advent and Christmas.  Celebrate the joy and beauty of this sacred season with the joyful and beautiful music for which the Retreat Center has become known.   Adult, chamber, children, and handbell choirs featured, along with instrumentalists, soloists, and liturgical dance.  Reception follows each concert.  $35.  860-760-9705www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, Christmas Eve Masses

Tuesday, Dec 24, 4 and 5:30 p.m. Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Christmas Eve Masses.  All are welcome.  Free-will offering.  860-760-9705www.holyfamilyretreat.org

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Saint Mary Catholic Church of Norwalk is proud to present the movie:
MARY OF NAZARETH

The film vividly captures the essence of Mary’s profound faith and trust in God amidst the great mysteries that she lived with as the Mother of the Messiah, her compassionate humanity and concern for others, and the deep love that she and Jesus shared for one another.

One performance on Sat. Dec. 7, at 11:30AM
At Royale Theater, 542 Westport Ave. in Norwalk.

Tickets are $10 at Saint Mary's Rectory & St. Mary's Bookstore, 669 West Ave. Norwalk, CT 06850,

Note:  Recommended for 11 and older


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Information Catholics should know...


“The Pope from the New World” NOW available from Amazon:


The film Francis: “The Pope from the New World” is now available on DVD through Amazon.com.

Thanks to the great work of the Knights of Columbus!!!!

The production features interviews with Pope Francis' friends and associates in Argentina, as well as with American commentators such as Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and members of the hierarchy, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop Charles Chaput and Archbishop Jose Gomez.

The world has been fascinated by our new Holy Father, but many people still do not fully know the man who is now our pope. This film introduces viewers to Jorge Mario Bergoglio — the man who became Pope Francis — and his life story, from his childhood and the patronage of his local soccer team to his vocation and time as a priest, bishop and then cardinal-archbishop of Buenos Aires.


For more information on the film, visit PopeFrancisDocumentary.com

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This year, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December, falls on a Sunday.  For this reason, according to the Ordo, the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception has been transferred to Monday, 9 December.

The US bishops conference typically waives obligations of Holy Days which fall on Monday or a Friday;  Sunday is always a day of Obligation.

Hence, in 2013, 9 December is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation in most dioceses (unless a bishop says differently). BUT, just because it is not a holy day, it doesn't mean that we ought not observe this feast day by going to Mass and doing a charitable act. We are in relationship with Jesus Christ, as Pope Francis reminds!

Remember, Mary of the Immaculate Conception is our national patronal feast. Say a prayer for our great nation.

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In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

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