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Parish Helps Displaced Ukrainians in Poland 
It all started with a couch.  Rev. Richard Sliwinski, pastor of St. Mary Czestochowa Parish in Middletown, was visiting his mother in Konin, Poland, just as Russia began the invasion of Ukraine. Due to her medical issues, Fr. Richard’s mother was in need of a hospital bed, and in order to make room for it, a couch had to be removed. Fr. Richard asked around if anyone could use it, and a local priest knew a family that could. Thus began Fr. Richard’s relationship with Ivan Volvin. Ivan is a Ukrainian Catholic who emigrated to Poland some 12 years ago, and...

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TechTigers win the Chairman’s Award and Engineering Inspiration Award
Mercy High School’s Robotics Team, the TechTigers 3654, had two consecutive amazing weekends competing in the New England FIRST District Event in Waterbury, CT, March 12-13, and the New England FIRST District Western New England (NE) Event in Springfield, March 19-20. These awards qualify them to compete in the New England District Championships “What an honor to win the Chairman’s Award and to have been on the second-place alliance! We are also so honored to have won the Engineering Inspiration Award at the New England FIRST District Western NE Event...

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Shoeboxes of Hope - Mercy Community Sends Love to the Children of Ukraine
The Mercy community responded immediately and enthusiastically to long-time friend and supporter, Katie McCarthy Lombardo, and her request to join a grassroots effort to help the children of Ukraine. “I was looking through social media posts about Ukraine and happened to come across the profile of Kuba Jewgieniew, CEO of Realty ONE Group. His request to donate shoe boxes full of toys, inspired by his own children’s desire to help, really resonated with me. I called Mercy High School — I know the power of the Mercy community,” said Lombardo. Mer...

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Giving is a Way of Life at Saint Bernard School 
Giving back to the community is a longstanding tradition at Saint Bernard School. This philosophy of generosity and caring is deeply rooted in the school’s faith and values. This year, students decided to increase the type, duration and amount of their philanthropy.  Listening to Pat Varholy, from Saint Vincent de Paul Place, SBS students learned the need in our area is greater than they imagined. Mrs. Varholy explained that the need for food assistance and hygiene products has gone up dramatically across the 32 towns Saint Vincent de Paul Place serves.  ...

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Compelled By Mercy:  Core Value of Mercy Education
Mercy students, in the spirit of their founder Catherine McAuley, are steadfastly determined to take Mercy into an interconnected world. Their shared sense of social consciousness is fortified by universal empathy and a conviction that all are worthy of God’s mercy. This deep awareness and compassion move the Mercy Community to take principled action and serve the needs of others This photo collage depicts some of the service projects that Mercy High students focused on for the 2021 holiday season. More clubs along with three Honor Societies, Spanish, Italian and N...

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Six Xavier Juniors, Senior Leader Selected For XBSS Retreat 
When the six members of the Class of 2023 return from the XBSS Junior Retreat in March, they no doubt will experience what Father Joseph MacNeill talked about in his message to the student body at Mass on Jan. 4.  “Each of us can find a practical way to experience a newness, a rebirth in Christ,” Father MacNeill said as he celebrated the Christmas season, the birth of the Christ child, that concludes Sunday in the Catholic Church. “So as we go through the Christmas season, let us not be unchanged, the same as we were last year … let us truly...

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St. John Paul II Regional School Draws from Rich Heritage
This month we focus the spotlight on another one of the outstanding educational institutions in the diocese - Saint Paul II Regional School Catholic education has a rich tradition in Middletown. For more than 100 years, parish Catholic Schools have provided education to students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. To ensure the preservation of Catholic elementary education well into the future, St. Mary Parish and St. John Parish pastors, boards of education, and the Diocesan School Office recommended a plan to Bishop Michael R. Cote, D.D., to join the two schoo...

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Celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 30 - Feb. 5
What is National Catholic Schools Week? Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2022 is January 30 – February 5. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2022 is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the va...

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Middle School Math Madness at Saint Bernard School
Last year was the inaugural year for the Saint Bernard Chapter of Chi Alpha Mu Middle School Honor Society. Chi Alpha Mu stands for Creative Adventures in Mathematics and it promotes enjoyment and understanding of mathematics by middle school students. One of the goals of Chi Alpha Mu is to recognize middle school students at Saint Bernard School who are performing at a high level in mathematics. In December, 14 students in grades 6-8 competed in their first national math competition, Math Madness, U.S. They were among the more than 200 teams and 14,525 students competin...

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Saint Bernard School Students are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars
Saint Bernard seniors Angeljolee “Jojo” Carter and JoseManuel “Manny” Castillo have been named as two of the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars.  They will each receive a $20,000 scholarship from the Scholarship Trust to attend a college of their choice. Jojo Carter has been aware of the MLK scholarship since she was a young child and knew that she would apply for it in her junior year of high school.  “When I won the scholarship, I was speechless,” Carter said.  Her parents were with her during the Zoom meeting wh...

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