Suzanne Beliveau, co-president of St. Mary Ladies Guild of Milford, hands over a $1,000 check to Robert H. Morgan, chief development officer for BRIDGES community support system in Milford. The recent donation was earmarked for recover- focused mental health and addiction services. St Mary Guild, a social network of women established more than 50 years ago, provides programs and raises funds through bake sales and an annual auction. Proceeds are distributed yearly in June to a variety of organizations throughout the community and to students as scholarship and grant awards. (Photo submitted)
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Church's position on bioethical issues got marked attention during Pope Benedict XVI's meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama July 10.
In addition to giving President Obama a copy of his latest encyclical, which the Pope had been presenting to visiting heads of state since its release July 7, the Pope also presented a copy of the Vatican document on biomedical ethics, "Dignitas Personae" ("The Dignity of a Person").
WASHINGTON The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious will sponsor its second eucharistic congress Sept. 11-12 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The pilgrimage, free and open to the public, has as its theme "Sacrifice of Enduring Love."
MASS FOR CARIBBEAN CATHOLICS Deacon Arthur L. Miller, director of the Office for Black Catholics of the Archdiocese of Hartford, front left, smiles at congregants during the recessional after the second annual Caribbean Mass was celebrated on June 21 in the chapel at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, at left, was the celebrant. Next to Deacon Miller is Father Godfrey Stoute, Pastor of St. Pauls Roman Catholic Church in Couva, Trinidad, who was the guest homilist. The Mass was part of a two-day regional conference sponsored by the Caribbean Catholics of North America and hosted by its Hartford chapter. The St. Matthew Steel Drum Band from Brooklyn, N.Y., provided music. The theme of the conference was "Supporting Caribbean Catholics in their Spiritual Growth." (Photo by Lenora Sumsky)
Judith Gough confers with Mohamud Noor, a multilingual case manager, in her office at 125 Market St., Hartford. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)
HARTFORD The immigrant population of the United States is exploding. Homeland Securitys Office of Immigration Statistics reported in its 2008 Annual Flow Report that more than a million people were naturalized in the United States last year, an increase of 58 percent from 2007.
Who is helping these new citizens to get settled in their new country? A major player is Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), directed by Judith Gough from a two-story office at 125 Market St.
BLOOMFIELD On June 19, the Archdiocese of Hartford joined the Church universal in opening the Year for Priests observance declared by Pope Benedict XVI.
The Pope is encouraging several initiatives to highlight the importance of the priests role and mission in the Church and contemporary society.