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Executive Director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference, Takes Issue with Planned Parenthood of CT
Chris Healy, Executive Director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference, takes issue with Planned Parenthood of CT attempt to get taxpayers to pay for more abortions after it declined federal money. Listen Here     Connecticut Planned Parenthood Rejects Federal Title X Family Planning Funds The Trump administration’s new regulations concerning Title X funding has resulted in Planned Parenthood organizations nationwide, including in Connecticut, to refuse to accept any further Title X funds. Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (...

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Pro-Life, ProLife
Off to a Good Start
NDCCW Award Scholarships to Mercy Freshmen Two incoming Mercy High School freshmen were each presented a scholarship by the Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women(NDCCW).  Marian Hall of St. Bridget of Kildare Parish in Moodus and Isabella Baldassini of St. Mary Częstochowa Parish in Middletown submitted applications in the spring.  The $500 scholarships are awarded to eighth grade girls who will be attending a Catholic high school in the fall. Isabella, the daughter of Paul Baldassini and Susanne Lee-Baldassini, graduated from St. John Paul II School...

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In Memoriam - Sister Mary Rita Clare Hoffner
Sister Mary Rita Clare Hoffner, 91, a Sister of Mercy, died on August 17, 2019 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford after a brief illness. Born of the late William and Olivine (Gardner) Hoffner in Manchester, CT she was also raised there. After graduating high school, Rita became a Sister of Mercy on December 28, 1946 and pronounced her vows on June 28, 1949 taking the religious name, Sister Mary Rita Clare. She began teaching primary grades in parish schools within the Hartford Archdiocese, earning a B.S. degree in education, studying on a part time basis. She continued to...

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Students Continue Their Ascent

Posted on August 28, 2019 in: School News

Students Continue Their Ascent
Students around the diocese returned to school starting August 27th, when St. Bernard School in Uncasville opened its doors for a new year of classes. Then on Wednesday, August 28th, more than 1400 students in the 11 Catholic elementary schools throughout the diocese began the new academic year. The Academy of the Holy Family resumes classes on August 29th, with Mercy and Xavier schools doing so on Sept. 3. Teachers and staff greeted students with enthusiastic smiles, ready to embark on another fun year of learning. Henry Fiore Jr., who heads up ...

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A Prayer for Healing for Victims of Abuse
Andrea Hoisl I saw this prayer while visiting the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The prayer directly spoke to me because it addressed healing for everyone in the Church – the victims, those who love them and everyone who is “broken” from these unfortunate events.  It became crystal clear to me that all of us who are faithful believers are also “broken.”  We need wisdom and grace from God to heal and become whole again. For it is only in our healing that we can see the fut...

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healing, Prayer
Missionaries of Charity Remember Saint Mother Teresa’s Birthday
Kolkata, India (CNA) - Hundreds of Missionaries of Charity gathered at their headquarters on Monday to commemorate the birthday of the order’s founder, Mother Teresa. Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Calcutta, whose birthday falls on the same day, celebrated Mass on Aug. 26 to recognize what would be the 109th birthday of Saint Mother Teresa. “It was a splendid celebration. The 109th anniversary of the birth of our beloved Saint Mother Teresa was a moment of thanksgiving through prayer and joy,” said Father Dominic Gomes, vicar general of the archdio...

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Saint, MOTHER TERESA, KOLKATA, INDIA, Charity

Together We Can Achieve More

Posted on August 20, 2019 in: ACA

Together We Can Achieve More
By Gina Foster This year’s ACA theme, Hand in Hand with all God’s Children, is lived every day in our Catholic schools. Our students model helping one another on a daily basis. We can thank Catholic school teachers and administrators who work very hard every day, teaching students to be kind, loving and compassionate individuals. They teach the importance of loving thy neighbor, offering a friendly smile, and being a loyal friend. Teachers encourage students to pray and talk with God, when they are having both a good day and a bad day. Teachers explain to stu...

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Educating Women Leads to Success in Business and Family Life
By Dennis Petruzzi At Outreach to Haiti we believe in the principle that education is the path to opportunity and the way out of poverty. For 30 years we have invested in educating school-age children and young adults. In the summer of 2016, aided by a grant from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, we began to apply that same principle to adult women. Mothers in Haiti, and in most developing countries, are often looked upon as pillars of the family and the community. Yet their potential and development needs are sometimes overlooked. So, Outreach began a pi...

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Outreach, haiti, outreachtohaiti, education
The Catholic Foundation Continues 19th Year of Giving
By Mary Ellen Mahoney The Catholic Foundation celebrated its 19th year of giving on June 20th during its Annual Awards Dinner held at the Holiday Inn, Norwich. The dinner was attended by the largest number of families, students and ministry representatives to date and tuition assistance, amounting to $117,890 was distributed to the largest number ever, a whopping 281 elementary students! In addition, another $15,805 was distributed among the four diocesan secondary schools. A total of $117,647 in grant money was distributed to beneficiaries of the foundation’s rest...

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Family Prayer Teaches Valuable Life Lessons
by Mary-Jo McLaughlin Is family prayer a part of your family’s life? I have vivid memories as a child kneeling beside my family as we prayed the Rosary. I would look out the window and see neighborhood children playing in their yards and I longed to be with them. Instead, I was cooped up inside participating in something that I saw as little more than a burdensome chore. When I was 11 years old, my mother died and family life as we knew it changed drastically. So many activities that we once did as a family were gone, the family rosary among them. It’s ...

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