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Friday, March 7, 2014

Catholic Events and Lenten Events

Holy Family Retreat Center
From Surviving to Thriving: A Day of Reflection for Parish Ministers
Thursday, Mar 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; From Surviving to Thriving: A Day of Reflection for Parish Ministers, presented by Liza Peters and Janine Cote.  Please join us as we share the challenges and triumphs that come with parish ministry. Together we will discuss the best practices in parish religious education and sacramental preparation programs, as well as adult faith formation and RCIA.  $40 (includes continental breakfast, Mass and lunch). 

Liza Peters is Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Family Retreat Center.  She previously served as the Director of Religious Education at a parish in Dayton, Ohio, and has worked at the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker House in South Bend, IN, and as a caseworker for Catholic Charities.  She has a B.A. in psychology and a Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame.  Janine Cote has been a religious educator for 20 years and currently teaches religion at Grace Academy Middle School in Hartford.  She previously served as the director of religious education at St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford.  She holds a Master’s degree from Boston College’s Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry.


Lenten Vespers with the Branford Benedictine Monastery of the Glorious Cross

6pm Lenten Vespers on Tuesdays during Lent

Monastery of the Glorious Cross (next to St Elizabeth Church)
61 Burban Drive
Branford, CT 06405



ACTS Retreat for men: April 3-6, 2014

This retreat is organized by Catholic men connected with St Augustine Church (North Branford), under the guidance of clergy. The goals of the retreat are to strengthen our faith and its application in our daily life, to renew ourselves spiritually, and to build community through lasting friendships.


St. Mary Parish, Ridgefield.  DRE Job Description.

Saint Mary Parish is a vibrant community of approximately 3,000 registered families, located in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  We are looking for a Director of Religious Education to lead a program of 1200+ children, from grades K to 9.  This Individual should be a committed, practicing Catholic, faithful to Church teaching, with a firm knowledge of the faith acquired, preferably but not necessarily,  through a recognized degree  in Religious Education or Religious Studies.  Applicants, understanding the vision of the Parish faith formation program, will be responsible to implement all its aspects such as curriculum, staffing and catechist training.  In addition, applicants should possess proven leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with children, parents, clergy, and parish lay leadership.  Also expected are a good understanding of new developments in the field of religious education and of the integration of technology into the program when appropriate.  Applicants should have applicable experience in leading a program/organization of similar size.  All applicants can email their resume and cover letter to Ray Sturz, Business Manager at 


Bus Trip to St. Joseph Shrine, Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, and more!
On Wednesday, April 30 the Caritas Christi Center will have a day bus trip to St. Joseph the Worker Shrine in Lowell, MA. Enjoy a guided tour of the shrine and museum with an optional Mass at the shrine. Next we are on to lunch at O’Connor’s Restaurant located in Worcester, MA. After lunch, your tour continues to the Tower Hill Botanical Garden, a year-round garden paradise located on 132 beautiful acres in Boylston, MA. The bus departs Hamden at 7:00 am and returns at 8:00 pm. The cost is $110 per person. 

Registration and payment due no later than March 17, 2014. For more information please call Sr. Patricia Cigrand at 203-281-2569.


There are two courses for the SHARE Program beginning soon (Saturday, March 8 and Thursday, March 13). See the schedule below.  SHARE (Sacred Heart Adult Religious Education) is a Catholic Studies Program through the Diocese of Bridgeport…all are welcome!

To register, mail a check made payable to “Office for Pastoral Services” attn: Gina Donnarummo, Office for Pastoral Services, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606

·         Letters of Saint Paul  Paul's career is one of the greatest epics lived out by a mere man.  He undertook gigantic ventures that were destined to change the world.  He had a tumultuous career.  The first part of the course will consider highlights of that career. Paul was a man of action, but he knew how to write.  His letters contain passages of moving eloquence, give images which capture the imagination.  Of the 27 writings in the New Testament, 13 bear the name of Paul.  His letters are the first Christian literature that form the keystone of Christian theology.  There is an inestimable spiritual wealth in Paul's epistles.  Ignorance of the ideas of St. Paul is spiritual poverty.  However, understanding Paul can be difficult at times.  The course will help with that understanding.  In this six-week course we will consider Paul's Letters to the Thessalonians, the Corinthians, Philippians, Ephesians, to Philemon, etc., and hopefully uncover some of their great treasures that will nourish us.
o   Dates: Saturdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12 (makeup date = April 26)
o   Time: 10am to 12noon
o   Location: Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield
o   Instructor: Dr. Thomas Hicks
o   Cost: $210

·         Christian Spirituality: Pathways to God!  This course will examine humanity's possession by God in Christ through the Holy Spirit. It will focus on the journey to holiness as manifested in the lives of outstanding men and women through the ages (e.g., St. Benedict of Nursia, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Ignatius of Loyola and, of course, the champion of lay spirituality, St. Francis de Sales).  This is an opportunity to grace the Lenten season pondering the spirit and charism of these luminaries in our Christian tradition.
o   Dates: Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 24 (makeup date = May 1)
o   Time: 7pm to 9pm
o   Location: Trinity Catholic High School, 926 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT
o   Instructor: Dr. Joan Kelly
o   Cost: $210

You are invited to join members of the Lay Fraternity of St. Dominic for Part 2 of a series of talks on Dominican spirituality to be held on in Sunday, March 9, 2014, 1:30 to 4:30pm at the Church of St. Mary’s, 5 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven.
Come and learn about the four pillars of Dominican Spirituality: Prayer, Study, Community, and the Apostolate---and hear about the many diverse ways in which members of the St. Mary’s Chapter are bringing Christ to the world. 
The presentation will be followed by a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration at 3:00 pm and will include the Rosary and choral recitation of Mid-Afternoon prayer. 

Healing Service by Br. Paul Miller (Secular Franciscan Order) that will be held at St. Frances Cabrini, North Haven on March 12th at 4 pm.


Men's Spiritual Exercises: "A Man of the Kingdom"
3-Day Ignatian style retreat

March 14-16, 2014
Fr Kermit Syren, LC, retreat master
Legion of Christ Novitiate, Cheshire, CT

For More Info Please Contact:
Jim Clark (603)610-7112, email


Those interested in the person and work of Jerome Lejeune, may be interested in this NYC presentation. You may know that Dr Lejeune's cause for canonization is being studied; he holds the ecclesial title of "Servant of God." The woman doing much of the work for the Holy See will be present to speak about the state of the cause. Also, Lejeune is an important figure Catholics in healthcare because after identifying the gene that causes Down Syndrome, and some other things, he was significantly marginalized by French physicians and scientists for his belief in Christ and practice of the Catholic faith.

The Servant of God Jerome Lejeune is a patron of the ProLife cause.

Date & Time: Thursday, March 20, 7pm
Location: American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway at 61st St, NYC


Eucharistic Adoration Extended
 St. Rita's Parish in Hamden, Conn., is adding two extra hours of eucharistic adoration Mondays during Lent. Adoration will be continuous from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except for the 12:10 p.m. Mass).

After Benediction, the parish will offer the sacrament of penance/reconciliation as part of the Archdiocesan "A Light is on for You" program of confessions in every parish from 6 to 7 p.m.

Adoration is held in the church's daily Mass chapel which is on the lower level and best accessed from the parking lot.


Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations that Bishop Cote hosts in a different parish every month in the Diocese of Norwich.

Holy Hour for Vocations  - 2014 Diocese of Norwich

March 20,  St. Mary Church, Jewett City, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

April 10,     Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Essex,  6pm -7pm 


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