Newtown Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, will sponsor an authentic shrimp boil, in partnership with Back Bay Mission, on Saturday, November 2. The special event will be at the church, 14 West Street. Dinner will be served at 6:30 and a program will follow at 7:30. The evening will feature a dinner of shrimp, seasoned with Back Bay’s special spices. As an alternative for those who do not eat shrimp, chicken with BBQ sauce from The Shed, a popular restaurant in Ocean Springs, Miss. (and a show on Food Network), will also be served. Garlic bread, salad and a dessert of Mardi Gras King Cake will round out the meal.
Faith and hope will visit the grounds of Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue’s main station on Sunday, October 13, when one of a statewide series of events takes place. The Christian interdenominational “40 Days of Worship” is part of a larger movement known as Impact Connecticut. The 40 Days initiative is an offering of worship over 40 consecutive days (September 4 to October 14) at more than 40 locations across the state. The October 13 worship service will take place from 3 to 5 pm. The gathering will include a time of praying for schools, students and local officials. It will be interspersed with live, uplifting music including some specifically for children. Prayer servants will be available for anyone who would like individual prayer.
Sponsored by Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association to support the healing of the entire community, the next monthly interfaith gathering for prayer is scheduled for Sunday, October 6, at 4 pm. This month’s gathering will take place at St John’s Episcopal Church, 5 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook. The theme this weekend will be prayers for the harvest and for those who hunger.
What do you know about your neighbors’ faith community? Do you have an appreciation for their beliefs, liturgies, sacramental rites, music, history or their interest in community action, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue? Do you know some of their heroes and inspired leaders? "Unity In Diversity" is a weekly cable television program that features leaders and representatives of various religious communities in the local area, and offers an opportunity to learn about one another in a nonthreatening way. It can be viewed on Mondays at noon and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm on Charter Communications Channel 21. Programs for upcoming weeks will feature the local Hindu community with Mahendra Asher, Kevin's Community Center of Newtown, a look at "The True Image of Islam,” and Congregation Adath Israel.
To honor the selfless leadership St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church continues to offer its community, the Knights of Columbus formally presented Monsignor Robert Weiss with its first Caritas Award Monday night. The award honors exemplary works of charity and service. The presentation followed a Mass with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano serving as principal celebrant and homilist. A donation of $100,000 to St Rose of Lima Catholic Parish was also made on Monday, to “assist in the work of healing and hope that you have carried forward so wonderfully in the past months and to remember and really substantiate, in the words of our Holy Father, a church that is able to heal the wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful.”
On Saturday, September 14, members of San Silverio Shrine celebrated the feast of San Pio. This year’s celebration included the dedication of a monument and memorial garden to the victims of 12/14. Monsignor Robert Weiss, pastor of St Rose of Lima in Newtown, was a very special guest for the celebration, which took place on the nine-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings. “We were honored to have Monsignor Weiss attend this event and offer his benediction,” said Gerardo Conte, a member of the Catholic shrine. “The names of all the victims were read while 26 children placed a rose in front of the monument; 26 balloons were also let go at the end of the ceremony.”
Church Women United of Newtown & Greater Danbury elected its board members for 2013-14 during its September 6 meeting. Darlene Jackson of Newtown, a member of Newtown Congregational Church, is returning for another term as president of the local unit. Also on the board are Jean Conover (St Rose of Lima), vice president; Peg Forbell (NCC), treasurer; the Reverend Sue Klein (Newtown United Methodist Church), secretary; Barbara Gates (NUMC), ecumenical development; Jeane Roberts (NCC), historian; Linda Manganaro (NCC), celebrations chairperson; and Jeanette Mayer (Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Brookfield), Fellowship of the Least Coin.
What do you know about your neighbors’ faith community? Do you have an appreciation for their beliefs, liturgies, sacramental rites, music, history or their interest in community action, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue? Do you know some of their heroes and inspired leader? "Unity In Diversity" is a weekly cable television program that features leaders and representatives of various religious communities in the local area, and offers an opportunity to learn about one another in a non-threatening way. It can be viewed on Mondays at noon and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm on Charter Communications channel 21.
If God did exist, what would you ask? Guests will have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting at an Alpha course to be held at The Iron Bridge Restaurant, 100 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook, on Tuesdays at 7 pm. This season’s gatherings will begin on September 17.
The St Rose Divorce and Separation Support group will begin meeting every second and fourth Friday night at 7 pm in the Knights of Columbus Hall starting September 13. For those who are divorced, in the process of divorcing, or separated, organizers will offer a friendly, safe and confidential support group that focuses on spiritual and emotional healing. While Catholic in nature, men and women of all faith denominations are welcome.