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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Catholic Events

Vocation Retreat

A 3-day vocation retreat for women, ages 18-35, with the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne

April 25-27 in Hawthorne, NY
Registration required. Contact Sr. Alma Marie, OP at


Tuesday Vespers with the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of the Glorious Cross, 61 Burban Drive, Branford (next to St Elizabeth Church), 6pm.


FOR PEACE AND DEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE Join Hartford Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and Bishop Paul Chomnycky of Ukrainian Diocese of Stamford on Sunday, April 6, at 6 p.m. for an ecumenical prayer service for peace in Ukraine to be held at the Church of the Sacred Heart, 158 Broad Street, New Britain.


Fr Romanus Cessario, OP, will deliver a presentation, “21st Century Catholicism: Only the Truth Has Grace,” St Mary’s Church, New Haven, Monday, April 7, 7:30pm


REMEMBER the Holy Land on Good Friday with collection for the Holy Land— where Jesus spent his earthly life. The collection will be taken up in your parish.

The Franciscans have been missioned to work in the Holy Land Pope Clement VI who officially made the Friars the guardians of the Holy Sites. Today 400 Franciscans  work at 54 shrines and sanctuaries where they care of the poor, inter-faith understanding, education, building affordable housing for those in need.


An invitation to all to works of prayer and fasting for a End of Abortion and all crime against life. 

The CENACLE OF LIFE PRAYER GROUP which will pray 10 decades of the Rosary every Saturday after the 8:00 A.M. Mass. 
Information call Terry at 879-4323 or


Scripture Study...meets each Wednesday through April 23 at 7:30 PM in the Mt Carmel Church Hall. Sr. Mary Ellen Burns is the instructor for the studying the Gospel of Mark. Please call Bob, 203-281-1175 with any questions.


Meeting God in the Bible -God’s Work and Our Work 

Registration: April 6, 2014 Celebration of Sacred Scripture.

How do we find God in the Bible?

Dr. John Clabeaux will explore how Catholics and many other contemporary Christians find God in the inspired biblical text. This program is free of charge, and all are welcome. But you must
pre-register: download form at:


Class for married and engaged couples at Saint Joseph Parish, 50 Fairmount Place, Shelton.
More info, call 203-470-1845 or e-mail at 

Natural Family Planning is morally accepted by the Catholic Church and the most effective method available. 

The divorce rate of Natural Family Planning couples is 2% compared to over 50% of American married couples.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena Prayer Service will be held at 7:00pm on 
consecutive Wednesdays (concluding on April 23, 2014) at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 355 Foxon Road  (Route 80), East Haven; (203) 469-0764.


Saint John Church, Middletown will host a Lenten Service & Mission March 30—April 2
7:00pm. Reconciliation, Tuesday, April 1 Beginning at 6:30 PM

Lent Concert, Tuesday, April 8, 7PM, St Margaret Church, 289 Willow Street, Waterbury, CT

The program will feature Lenten hymns, vocal solos and duets, excerpts from Holy Week services, and organ solos. The music will be performed by Michael Conard, our Children's Choir, Fr. Villa, and Anthony. Guerrera.


Tickets for the April 11, Friday Fish Fry are on sale. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Call: 860-347-468

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. following the 6:00 p.m. Way of the Cross Services. Donations are $12 for Adults and $5 for children 6-12, under 5 are free. There will be a special Spring basket raffle.

St Francis of Assisi Church, 10 Elm Street. Middletown, CT. 06457. Telephone: 860-347-468 

St Francis Church, New Haven, Friday Night Encounter begins with praying the Rosary at 6:40 p.m. followed by praying the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.  After the praying of the Stations of the Cross, around 7:20 p.m. part three of the night will begin.  Here is the program for the third part of the rest of the Friday Night Encounter during Lent. 

April 4:  The second 40 Minutes of the movie, “The Passion of the Christ” with discussion 

April 11:  The third 40 Minutes of the movie, “The Passion of the Christ” with discussion


Stations of the Cross

Assumption Church, Westport, Fridays, 7pm
St Mary’s Church, New Haven, Wednesdays, 6pm
Holy Trinity Church, Hartford, Fridays, 11:30am
Mt Carmel Church, Hamden, Fridays, after the 9:00am Mass AND at 7:00pm
St Francis of Assisi Church, Middletown, Fridays, 6pm
St Mary’s Church, Milford, 7:30pm
St Francis Church, New Haven, children of  the school at 12 Noon on Fridays.
St Joseph Church, Willimantic, Fridays, 6pm

St Rita Church, Hamden, Friday, April 4, 7pm (Prior to the Stations, you are invited to partake in a Lenten “simple supper” to express your solidarity with the world’s needy and hungry. The supper will start at 6 p.m. followed immediately by Stations. Thanks to the Knights of Columbus for helping coordinate this event.

Rosary During Lent

St Patrick-St Anthony, Hartford, Our Lady of the Angels chapel, Fridays, at 7pm

Please bring your prayers and petitions to be placed before our Blessed Mother. We will be praying the four mysteries of the rosary beginning on March 21 and concluding on April 11. All are welcome!


Archbishop Leonard Blair will deliver a presentation, “Bergoglio Speaks: Understanding Pope Francis” on Thursday, April 10, 7pm, St Joseph University, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford — The Crystal Room, Mercy Hall

The Archbishop’s presentation is hosted by the Buckley Lecture for Religious Studies. It is free and open to the public.

Information: Fr Joseph Cheah, 860-231-5349 or

See attached flyer


The Norwich Council Catholic Women is collecting baby items, diapers, clothes ( 0 to 3 years), blankets to donate to the Annual Layette for distribution to the Catholic Charities. The collection boxes are at the entrances to the church. The collection will be until April 4. All women are invited to attend the Layette at St. Andrews Church, 128 Norwich Avenue, Colchester on April 6, 2014 at 1 pm 2014. For any information, please call Nancy Russo 860-344-1492


The 4th Annual Catholic Women's Conference of the Diocese of Norwich will be held at Saint Bernard School in Uncasville CT on April 15th. Be My Witness is the theme this year, Dr. C. Vanessa White will be the keynote speaker. The day will be highlighted with a with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Cote, live music, Inspirational Talks, Lunch, Exhibits and more. For more information contact the Office of Faith Events at 860.848.2237 ext 312


The Connecticut Hopice, Inc. is sponsoring Spring Volunteer Training. This volunteer course will inform and  prepare prospective volunteers in all aspects of 
Hospice Care including transportation. 

Representatives from the nursing, social work,  spiritual care, arts and bereavement departments of The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. will make presentations describing their individual roles in the interdisciplinary  care of hospice patients. 

Please contact Joan Cullen, Director of Volunteers at 203-315-7510 or 1-800-8-HOSPICE ext. 510 or email at to set up an interview.


The Diocese of Norwich - Outreach to Haiti, 199 Broadway, Norwich, CT has a 19-hour per week Administrative Assistant position open. Must have experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher. For additional information or to apply, please contact Kyn Tolson at 860-848-2237, ext. 206.


The Grotto Gift Shop, located at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, has a large selection of brand new First Communion items including veils, ties, books, rosaries, jewelry, statues, musical globes and much more.  Take advantage of these many varied gift items offered at reasonable prices by visiting the shop, which is now open daily Monday to Saturday from 10:30am to 4:30pm and on Sunday, 11:30am to 4:30am.  For further information, call 860-567-1041 or email:


Fr. G. Gregory Gay, CM, Superior General of the Vincentians, writes,

In his first Message for Lent, Pope Francis described the Incarnation of Jesus as “the logic of love”. Christ entered the human condition to “be among people who need forgiveness, and to take upon himself the burden of our sins. In this way, he chose to comfort us, to save us, and to free us from our misery.” (Message, 2014) It might seem strange linking ‘logic’ and ‘love’ in the same phrase. But in accepting the Father’s mission of salvation, Jesus reveals its purpose: to manifest fearless love and selfless service to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth. 


Holy Family Retreat Center, Men’s Weekend Retreats
Friday-Sunday, Apr 4-6 and Apr 11-13

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford; Men’s Weekend Retreat, Nothing Less than Everything. Experience a dynamic weekend retreat which explores the meaning and the potential of love to transform our lives. Love is our source and our destination. Christ gave us nothing less than complete love on the cross, and we, in turn, are called to love one another. The retreat includes dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, inspirational liturgies, original music, free time to rest and walk the labyrinth, workshops, and healing arts therapies (additional cost). Begins with dinner from 6-8 p.m. on Friday evening and concludes with Sunday brunch at noon. $295, more if you can; less if you can’


Fr. Peter John Cameron OP is producing a special performance to celebrate the canonization of Blessed John Paul II: "Our God’s Brother" will play APRIL 4 – MAY 3, 2014 at The Storm Theatre (at Church of Notre Dame, on Morningside Drive between 114th and 115th street, 1 block from Columbia University in NYC) with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and Saturday Matinees at 2:00 PM. There will be an additional performance Monday 4/7 at 7:30 PM. Tickets only available through SmartTix at or (212) 868-4444. (or at the door) 

For more information, visit

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1 comment:

  1. Does anyone know of a Traditional Latin Good Friday service in the Hartford area? Please. .not the SSPX.
    God Bless you.


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