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Simsbury Rings – free handbell concert

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Simsbury United Methodist Church (SUMC) will host “Simsbury Rings,” a free handbell concert, on April 29 at 4 p.m.

The event, to be held in the sanctuary of the church located at 799 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury, will bring together handbell choirs from Simsbury’s First Church of Christ Congregational and SUMC. In addition to adult handbell choirs, the SUMC children’s handbell choir will perform.

Because each bell sounds only one note, it takes a bevy of musicians to ring the full range of bells in proper succession and combination to play a piece of music. Choirs for this event have either three or five octave sets of bells. There are 37 bells in three octaves and 65 bells in five octaves. There are usually 10 to 16 ringers per choir.


Enfield parish responds to the crisis of teen suicide

Last year the town of Enfield started noticing an alarming number of teen suicides and learned about suicide pacts teens were making, its schools responded with special programs. Town churches decided to respond as well. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church has developed a program of awareness and prevention that they’ll be teaching at their services on the weekends of April 21-22 and 28-29. They’re also offering a Taize-style service for the community on April 22 with prayers for healing for those who have experienced profound loss.

When God calls you into God’s mission it’s not always what you had in mind. Who chooses the devastating field of youth suicide when there is so much pain involved and so many other necessary, but easier, pursuits? And yet, that’s what happened at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Enfield.

Late last year the town of Enfield began to take note of the number of teen suicides they’d been experiencing for the past few years. In December the town decided to address it with a program at both of its high schools. Members of the Holy Trinity Evangelism Committee, several of whom had personal ties to the schools, decided to address it as a church, as well.

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Synagogue hosts online auction for Mother’s Day

The Online At Your Service! Auction sponsored by The Emanuel Synagogue of West Hartford is offering a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. This auction only features specialized types of services like cooking lessons in your home by a master chef, voice lessons by a Hartt School teacher, dog training by a credentialed dog trainer, and a tour of the State Capitol by a local Legislator. Go straight to the auction by putting this link into your browser, or find it from The Emanuel Synagogue website

Online bidding begins April 19 and goes through May 10.  This auction leads up to the May 12 LOL! Comedy Night featuring Joel Chasnoff ( Joel has been the opener for Jon Stewart and Lewis Black, and is author of The Crybaby Brigade. Tickets are $25/in advance, $35/at the door and $40/up-front seating. Desserts, coffee and signature martinis will be served. Purchase tickets to this event from

You don’t have to attend Comedy Night to bid on or win auction items. Winners will either pick up their prizes in gift certificate form the evening of May 12, or by some other arrangement made with the auction organizer.



Workshop examines how congregations can be more energy efficient

HARTFORD — The opening training workshop for the Cool Congregations Challenge will be April 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hartford Seminary.  The workshop will examine how congregations can be more energy-efficient.
Lunch will be served starting at noon and will include kosher, halal, vegan, and vegetarian options.  Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVP’s are appreciated.
After the workshop, participants will be asked if they would like to sign the Cool Congregations Covenant.
To RSVP email

Following the Trail of the Cross at the Capitol


HARTFORD — The streets of the capital city provided the scene for a poignant witness against the use of the death penalty on the Tuesday of Holy Week. Over a hundred clergy, most of them members of the Episcopal diocese of Connecticut but joined as well by other Christian ministers and leaders in other faiths, followed a twisting course through Hartford from Christ Church Cathedral to the neighborhood of Colt Park and then to the Capitol building, pausing to remember the path of Jesus to his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

“Help me to see your image and likeness in the faces of all I encounter, even those I label, mock and condemn,” they prayed before the Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building on Main Street. “Teach me to look with the eyes of Christ and see the Face of Christ. Give me the courage to sustain my efforts to remove the burdens of injustice that exist in the form of capital punishment. Guide my life, draw me closer to you. Amen.”

The procession halted to pray fourteen times in the classic devotional pattern of the “Stations of the Cross.” Scriptures and prayers recalled Jesus’ steps on the day of his crucifixion, beginning with Pilate’s pronouncement of the death sentence. The day’s liturgy reflected on his physical weakness and pain, as well as the aid provided to him by Simon of Cyrene, who carried his cross, and the women of Jerusalem who wept for him.

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Hallelujah Broadway coming to SCSU

HAMDEN — Internationally known singers Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon will be the featured performers at Hallelujah Broadway, an upcoming Southern Connecticut State University Choir concert.

Both are acclaimed performers excelling in a wide range of musical styles, performing with opera companies and symphonic orchestras throughout the world, and perhaps best known for their starring roles in the PBS production
“Hallelujah Broadway” (Prague, 2010) which airs frequently on PBS
stations nationally.

Dixon was a member of the acclaimed group“3 Mo’ Tenors,” and starred in the PBS Great Performances episode “Cook, Dixon & Young Volume One.”

Southern’s University Choir, which recently performed in London as part of pre-Olympic festivities, will accompany them.

The concert will be April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Spring Glen Church in

Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family of 3 or more and $5 for seniors and students

Single tickets are available online at For a family pack,
call the Lyman box office at (203) 392-6154.Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Over 1,000 Catholic Educators to Participate in Faith Conference

BRISTOL — On March 28 and 29, more than 1,000 Catholic school educators in the Archdiocese of Hartford will gather at Saint Paul Catholic High School in Bristol for the Catholic Educators Faith Conference, which will include faith formation, and a series of discussions on current issues important to Catholic school education.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dale R. Hoyt will present service awards and certificates to more than 200 teachers and administrators who are marking milestone anniversaries, or who have completed a rigorous course of studies, in the Catholic faith. Over 170 teachers will receive recognition for ten or more years of service, including eight who will be recognized for 40 years of ministry; and 44 educators will receive certificates for having completed a prescribed course of study through the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.

Hoyt values the chance to acknowledge these elementary and secondary educators saying, “Besides the opportunity to enhance the educators’ faith formation, we recognize the significant contributions and accomplishments of Catholic school educators at this conference.  It is through their teaching, role modeling and commitment that we graduate students prepared to become productive, virtuous citizens, and church leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world.”

Conference attendees will enjoy a keynote address by Rev. Michael J. Dolan, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese, as well as music presented by St. Paul Catholic High School students, including SPLASH, a praise rock band and CANTATA, a select group of vocalists.

Mansell will celebrate Mass on both days of the conference.

Previously known as the Teachers Institute, the Catholic Educators Faith Conference was initiated 106 years ago by Rev. Patrick J. McCormack, former Supervisor of Schools for the Diocese of Hartford.