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Knights of Columbus Support Local Special Olympics with Generous Donations from Annual Fundraiser
The men of the Knights of Columbus Francis Cardinal Spellman Council #6107, affiliated with Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church and with St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Colchester, recently made monetary donations to support two local Special Olympics programs. The Knights donated checks for $800 each made out to the Colchester Special Olympics and to The Willi Wellness Special Olympics programs. The funds were entirely from the generous contributions made by area residents during the annual K of C Tootsie Roll Drive undertaken during the 2023-2024 fraternal y...

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Eucharistic Pilgrimage Shows Unity Among Diversity
After participating in the launch of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage in New Haven, Connecticut, I had the grace of rejoining it in New York. Although a New York native and frequent visitor to the Big Apple, the pilgrimage introduced me to areas of the city that I had never seen or experienced. Over the course of four days, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament visited many parishes, schools, healthcare institutions and even Central Park. He found himself at home among the most devout and made himself known even among those who do not know him. We Little Sisters were b...

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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of June
Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of June is for those fleeing their homelands. “Dear brothers and sisters, this month I would like us to pray for people fleeing their own countries,” Pope Francis said in a video released May 28. “The feeling of uprootedness or not knowing where they belong often accompanies the trauma experienced by people who are forced to flee their homeland because of war or poverty,” he said. “What is more, in some destination countries, migrants are viewed as threats, with fear. Then the specter of ...

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Possible Miracle at Lourdes: Almost-Blind Woman Recovers Her Sight
The Hospitality of Our Lady of Lourdes of Madrid, an archdiocesan pilgrim service organization, concluded its 101st pilgrimage on May 19, serving 800 participants, one of whom apparently was cured of severe visual impairment. This extraordinary event, however, will have to be studied before it can be qualified as a miracle. The most recent miracle at Lourdes, No. 70, was officially recognized in February 2018. This case could become No. 71. The adviser to the archdiocesan association of faithful, Father Guillermo Cruz, sent a statement to the different groups tha...

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Turn Conflict into Cooperation, Commitment, Pope Tells University Leaders
On pilgrimage to places associated with St. Ignatius of Loyola, a delegation representing members of the board of trustees of Loyola University Chicago met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Take advantage of conflicts since they require people to come together and cooperate, Pope Francis told a delegation from Loyola University Chicago. "Thank God there are conflicts," he said during an audience with the group at the Vatican May 20. "Conflicts cause us to walk in mazes, and you get out of a maze from above and not on your own. Conf...

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Eucharistic Pilgrimage Brings Christ to the World
During Pentecost weekend I participated in an historic event in New Haven, Connecticut. I was not there to take part in another protest at Yale University, or even to attend any of the graduation ceremonies taking place there. Instead, I joined hundreds of other Catholics for the launch of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. This four-pronged pilgrimage, which began simultaneously in New Haven, San Francisco, Brownsville, Texas and the Mississippi Headwaters in northern Minnesota, will cover 6,500 miles over the next two months. These four routes will converge in Ind...

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90 Years of Loving Service to Others
Up in The Quiet Corner of northeastern Connecticut, Albert “Pete” Marcoux’s 90th birthday was big news!   The local Putnam radio station, WINY, and radio personality Gary O. spoke with Pete Marcoux on the occasion of his birthday, walking down “memory lane” with him as he reflected on his lifelong devotion to his faith, family, and Church. Ninety years young, Pete Marcoux is still finding new ways to serve his country, community and Church.  A lifetime resident of Thompson, Pete was born amid the Great Depression and grew up ...

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The Giver of Rosary Beads

Posted on May 26, 2024 in: News

The Giver of Rosary Beads
'Diakonia - Instruments of God's Charity' As children of God, I’ve often wondered if Jesus has a special name or nickname for each of us. There was Peter “The Rock,” “Doubting Thomas” and John the “Beloved Disciple.” If Jesus has a special name for me, perhaps it would be “The Giver of Rosary Beads.” As each of us live out our faith journeys, we are shaped by events and our relationship with God can take on new directions. At the end of 1990, with increasing family and work stress, the new direction for...

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Catholic Church Responds to Mental Health Crisis Across the U.S. and Globally
The percentage of U.S. adults diagnosed with depression has risen almost 10% since 2015, reaching 29% according to a 2023 Gallup poll, and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that almost half of U.S. teens report experiencing persistent sadness and hopelessness. The Catholic Church is responding. Following a 2023 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops initiative, Catholics across the country have been working in their local communities to address the mental health crisis.  In the Archdiocese of Washington, Auxiliary Bishop E...

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Carlo Acutis to be First Millennial Saint: Pope Francis Recognizes Miracle for Canonization
Pope Francis has recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Carlo Acutis, paving the way for him to become the first millennial saint. The Italian computer-coding teenager who died of cancer in 2006 is known for his great devotion to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The recognition of the second miracle attributed to Acutis’ intercession makes it possible that Acutis could be canonized during the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year. In a decree on May 23, Pope Francis approved the miraculous healing of a 21-year-old girl ...

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