The new spiritual leader of 700,000 Roman Catholics in Connecticut is getting his own radio show.
Beginning Sunday, Hartford Archbishop Leonard Blair will speak to his flock on a 30-minute radio program, “The Archbishop’s Corner,” broadcast weekly on the archdiocesan radio station, WJMJ-FM, 88.9, at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.
His co-host will be the Rev. John Gatzak, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Radio and Television and WJMJ’s general manager.
Blair will answer questions from parishioners , submitted by letter, email at archbishop@WJMJ.org, or voice mail at 203-805-5045.
WJMJ is also available in New Haven at 107.1 in Hamden at 93.1.
Again this year, priests in every Roman Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Hartford will hear confessions each Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. during Lent.
Lent began this week with Ash Wednesday and ends Easter Sunday, which this year falls on April 20.
The archdiocese, which has 213 churches in Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties, said in a statement Wednesday:
The goal of the campaign is to make it easy for people to stop by any church on their way home from work, school, shopping or running errands. …
In order to alleviate any anxiety that people may have about going to Confession, the Archdiocese has designed a website: Light4you.info to help people prepare for the Sacrament. It addresses frequently asked questions, and features testimonials from people who share their experiences about receiving the Sacrament.
The Confessions on Monday evenings will be in addition to the regular Confession schedules that churches in the Archdiocese of Hartford follow during the year.
John Nowacki has been named classical music host at New England Public Radio in Amherst, Mass., replacing longtime host John Montanari.
Nowacki is no stranger to listeners in Connecticut. He was once music director at Hartford-based WNPR and has done voice-over work for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford. Nowacki also sings in the choir of Trinity Episcopal Church on Sigourney Street in Hartford.
Roman Catholics seeking reform in the church will gather in Hartford on April 5 for an assembly of Voice of the Faithful, a movement that began in 2002 in response to the clergy sexual-abuse crisis.
Organizers said the theme will be “2014 Assembly: Turning Talk into Action.” The gathering will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center. Registration costs $80 per person. Lunch is included. Here are the details:
Guest speakers will be John L. Allen, Jr., and Fr. Thomas Reese. Allen, associate editor for Catholic news and analysis at The Boston Globe and founder of the Vatican beat for National Catholic Reporter, will offer “Perspectives on Pope Francis and a Climate of Change.” Fr. Reese, National Catholic Reporter’s senior analyst, former associate editor of America magazine and author of The Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church, will discuss “Jesuit Spirituality.”
Six afternoon workshops, each presented twice, will help participants “turn talk into action”: Continue reading
The Christian holy season of Lent this year begins on March 5, Ash Wednesday.
The Holy Family Retreat Center at 303 Tunxis Road in West Hartford will mark the day with two retreat sessions, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. The theme is “Journeying to Salvation through the Lenten Responsorial Psalms.”
Leading the retreats will be Sister Kathleen Harmon, music director for the Institute for Liturgical Ministry in Dayton, Ohio.
Each session will include Mass and the distribution of ashes.The cost of $40 includes a meal.
More information by calling 860-760-9705 or visiting the website www.holyfamilyretreat.org