Religion: Catholic Ministry of Social Justice hosts dinner and awards prizes



SOUTHINGTON – The Office of the Catholic Social Justice Ministry will be hosting its annual dinner and in-person Social Justice Awards event on Tuesday, October 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St.

Ian Mitchell of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be the keynote speaker. His speech will be “Practicing Social Friendship: A Search for the Common Good with Pope Francis, Popular Movements and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development”.

The awards to be presented include the Most Reverend Donnelly Award to Kenneth Galdston, a community organizer and educator who has spent his career developing interfaith organizations across New England; and the Organizing Award to the Organized Congregations for New Connecticut, a large group comprising 36 religious and civic institutions – urban and suburban, multi-faith, and racially and ethnically diverse – in New Haven and Fairfield counties.

In addition to following CDC guidelines, the number of seats at a table will be reduced this year. Tickets cost $ 75 per person or $ 520 for a table of eight.

For more information and to register, call 860-242-5573, email [email protected] or visit

October Fest begins at Saint-Jean l’Évangéliste

WATERTOWN – The annual parish October festival kicks off today from 5 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of St. John the Evangelist Church, 574 Main Street.

There will be catering tents, desserts, a bar tent with beer and wine, a craft area, entertainment and raffle prizes.

Marty Q and Band will provide musical entertainment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Free entry. Bracelets for entertainment will cost $ 5 per child or a maximum of $ 10 for families.

For more information, contact John Lynch, Parish Life Coordinator, at [email protected] or visit

Winsted Methodist opens the doors to the sale

WINSTED – The Winsted United Methodist Church, located at 630 Main Street, has opened an indoor label sale as well as its thrift store.

Sale items all sell for $ 2 each or less. These are books, clothing, jewelry, seasonal decorations, knick-knacks, kitchen items, pictures, paintings and more. Every Thursday and Saturday, the side door of the building is open to everyone to enter and browse from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call 860-379-6386 or visit


MUSIC AND MEDITATION noon-12:30 p.m., Salisbury Congregational Church UCC, 30 Main St., Salisbury. Samuel Lord Kalcheim’s organ and violin performances are open to the public on the first Friday of the month. To free. 860-435-2442.
OCTOBER FESTIVAL 5 to 9 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church parking lot, 574 Main Street, Watertown. Concessions, games, crafts. Pumpkin Patch, music by Marty Q and the band. Free entry. 860-274-8836, [email protected],
17TH HOMEFRONT PROJECT starting at 8 a.m., Oakville. St. Mary Magdalen Parish is seeking qualified and unskilled professionals and hobbyists for a free, volunteer-led home repair program for low-income homeowners. RSVP in advance to [email protected] or [email protected]
ANIMAL BLESSING 9 am, outside St. John the Evangelist Church, 574 Main Street, Watertown. Use of leashes or crates encouraged. 860-274-8836, [email protected],
BLESSING OF ANIMALS 3 p.m., Place de la Grotte in Lourdes at the Litchfield Sanctuary, 50 chemin Montfort (Route 118), Litchfield. All pets, large and small, are welcome; rain or sun. 860-567-1041,
ANIMAL BLESSING 9 a.m., All Saints with Christ Episcopal Church, 262 Main Street, Oakville. The program runs during service, coffee time will follow. All animals are welcome. 860-274-2352.
ANIMAL BLESSING 10:45 am, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 802 Bantam Road, Bantam. Treats, photos, costumes in the tent (optional drive-thru) after 10 hours of service.
LIVING ROSARY 2 p.m., Grotto Plaza in Lourdes at the Litchfield Sanctuary, 50 chemin Montfort (Route 118), Litchfield. Event hosted by the Connecticut Knights of Columbus. 860-567-1041,
ST. FAUSTINA MASS AND VENERATION OF THE RELICS 6:00 p.m., St. Anthony Church, 4 Union City Road, Prospect. Mass followed by a one hour service of music, prayers, messages of mercy, reflection, blessing and veneration. All welcome, free will offerings accepted. 203-758-4056,
CROSSROADS 4 CHRIST 7 p.m., Faith Formation Center, 9 Academy Hill, Watertown. The Greater Waterbury Chapter of C4C Young Adult Ministry is open to anyone (Zoom Access ID 944 3817 3896). Sessions followed by adoration (open to the public) from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Saint-Jean-l’Évangéliste church. To free. 860-274-8836, [email protected] or [email protected]


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