St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Danbury celebrated Jan. 29 after parish officials said the “little parish with a big heart” met and exceeded their IGNITE goal. The parish, whose history began more than 100 years ago, embraced its role in the $150 million IGNITE: “Our Faith, Our Mission” Capital Campaign. Currently, St. Anthony has raised 103 percent of the goal with pledges still being made.
Sixteen years ago when Bishop Vincent Rizzotto and then-CEO of St. Dominic Village Susan Stromatt chatted about starting a golf tournament, they didn’t realize they would raise more than $1 million over the years to help elderly residents of the Archdiocese’s senior care community.
Drizzly, cloudy weather may have prevented plans for a skydiver to land at Steps for Students 5K Run/Walk right before the Feb. 16 start blast, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of more than 10,000 registered runners and walkers.
In January, the Frassati Catholic High School community embarked on two pilgrimages, both providing formative opportunities. In the two journeys, the Frassati Catholic community was represented, not only physically, but also in the prayers, intentions and petitions of those who participated.
It is not enough for parishes and youth ministries to provide young people with an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ. We must also provide them with the formation and tools to live as authentic witnesses to the Gospel.
The Office of Aging Ministry has been charged with providing additional information and outreach to “Boomers” with a focus on caregiving support and end-of-life planning. With that lens as our focus, the Office of Aging Ministry partners with parishes to provide end-of-life education and resources. One of these efforts began by first listening to end-of-life concerns from seniors.
From the latter 13th Century when St. Thomas Aquinas engaged in academic debates at the University of Paris to the present age, the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) has always felt at home on campuses throughout the world. Dominican friars and sisters continued that tradition at the Catholic Newman Center on the main campus of the University of Houston for several decades beginning in the 1950s.
Bearing in mind the present state of the Church being affected by sins of sexual abuse, I thought it would be appropriate to be reminded that one of the marks of the faithful Christian is that we are called to place our trust in God, and not in men or earthly powers.
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