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Monday, September 5, 2016

Catholic Events in Connecticut

St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians at St. Joseph’s Seminary (New York)
Fall Sacred Music Course – Begins September 12
Principles of Sacred Music, Mondays 7:00–9:30, offered at Yonkers and Huntington campuses 
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Donelson

Course Description: Through a survey of the history of sacred music and reading of Church and papal legislation on sacred music, students gain an understanding of the principles which shape Western sacred music and the musical structure of the Roman rite. Special focus is placed on current documents which govern music in the Church. The course also features in-depth discussion of practical issues including the formation and management of sacred music programs in parishes, active participation, progressive solemnity, the use of instruments in the sacred liturgy, resources available for music directors and choristers, and other relevant topics.

Link to register:

Special tuition rates for these classes are listed on the poster (see attached)


"Taste of Holy Family" Open House, 65th Anniversary Mass Sept. 18

Holy Family Retreat Center will host its third annual “Taste of Holy Family” Open House on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m.  A Mass celebrating the retreat center’s 65th anniversary will be held at 5 p.m., and refreshments will follow.

The campus at Holy Family has seen significant growth over the past few years and is currently home to four distinct yet complementary entities. The public is warmly invited to stop by and sample what these organizations have to offer. The afternoon will consist of tours, live music, refreshments, mini retreat experiences and more.

Reservations for the open house are not necessary, but online registration is available for your convenience at  The Holy Family campus is located at 303 Tunxis Road in West Hartford. 


A Christian Folk Rock Concert will be performed by "Jerusalem Road" on September 11th @ the Clelian Adult Day Center, 261 Benham Street, Hamden, CT 06514

It will be an afternoon filled with music, prayer and 9/11 tribute to our heroes. 


Jubilee for Catechists --Day of Appreciation

"Answer the Call to Mercy and Missionary Discipleship"

Sunday, September 25, 2016, , 11:30am (lunch included)

At Mercy Center, Madison

Hosted by the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis

Phone: 860-242-5573 


Parish Social Ministry/Social Justice Ministry Coordinator

Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry , Archdiocese of Hartford

An excellent opportunity exists for a full-time Parish Social Ministry/Social Justice Ministry Coordinator.

The primary responsibility of this very important position will be to infuse Catholic social teaching and the Church’s social justice perspective into all aspects of Catholic life in the Archdiocese of Hartford, especially social justice formation processes and parish social ministry.

Additional duties will include, but are not limited to providing assistance to parishes in developing effective parish social ministry as outlined in Communities of Salt and Light (USCCB, 1993); convene parishioners on a regular basis, especially those involved in social ministry, for education, information, networking and support through conferences, meetings and workshops; and provide formation opportunities including conferences, workshops, in-service trainings and consultation for parish leaders.

Qualified candidates must possess a knowledge of the Catholic Church including familiarity with its structures, functions and institutions and ability to work with clergy at all Church levels Commitment to the Gospel, Catholic Social Teaching, and discipleship.

This position will require a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in social services, human relations, adult education, or a related field, with a working knowledge of principles of Catholic social teaching.  An understanding and commitment to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching Vatican II documents and familiarity with Catholic Theology, is required.  

A minimum of three years of experience in community organizing, parish social ministry or a related area, is preferred.  

Excellent communication skills in both verbal and written, to facilitate meetings, conduct oral presentations, or write documents, grant applications, press releases and/or reports.  Also required are excellent skills in building relationships with people of diverse cultures, in addition a knowledge, skills, and ability to utilize office equipment, personal computer and software including Microsoft Office applications, is required.

Interested applicants should submit an updated resume and salary requirements to:

Karen Kean
Director of Human Resources



The Archdiocese of Hartford is uniting with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archdioceses and Dioceses across the U.S. in a“National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities.”  It will be held on Friday, September 9th, the feast of St. Peter Claver.  All churches are encouraged to observe this day through prayer and action on a local level.  Prayers may be offered at Mass, during Eucharistic adoration, at schools and in homes. 

Please join us in prayer at one of three different locations in the Archdiocese:

Hartford: St. Patrick–St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St.

Hour of Prayer from 5 to 6 p.m. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will preside. Other religious leaders from Greater Hartford will take part.  All are welcome.  Free parking is available across the street from the parish.  Stop by after work, on your way home, and stay for an hour…stay for as long as you can!

New Haven: St. Mary Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave.

Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m.  Special prayers will be included for the intention of peace in our communities. Rev. Elias Henritzy, OP, former Promoter of Social Justice for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, will be the celebrant and homilist. Please make an effort to attend.

Waterbury: Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main St.

Hour of Prayer from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Very Rev. Christopher Ford, rector, will preside.  Attend both, or stop by and offer your prayer for peace.  All are welcome!  

According to Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, “Let us remember that Jesus says, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’ (Mt 5:9).   This is as necessary as it is challenging at a time of global and domestic unrest, in a world fraught with aggression, terrorism and mistrust.   If we are to find peace, healing and hope, we must stand together and in the conviction that ultimately a loving God rules the world, not man, his selfish passions or personal agendas.”


Catechist Day 2016

On Saturday, September 10, a day for the formation of Catechists is planned at Hamden’s Caritas Christi Center. The theme for the day is “Opening New Doors to Mercy.” The presenter is Kathleen Duffy.

The formation day will explore the meaning of mercy and reflect on how mercy happens in our personal spirituality, in the life of our Church as ministers of mercy, and in the world around us. 

The cost for the Day is $15.00.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For the last few years Caritas Christi Center has been key sponsor in the formation of catechists.

For more information:

Sister Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar, ASCJ

Caritas Christi Center

295 Benham Street

Hamden, CT 06514



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