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The Council of Catholic Women of St. John The Evangelist Church in Watertown is thankful for the overwhelming support from the parishoners and the community for its recent drive for the homeless. Socks, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves were collected along with underwear, a warm blanket, shoes, toiletries and a generous monetary donation. Many people in need were helped. Shown are (left), Cindy Kishonis and Patty Myers from the Council of Catholic Women, with Walter Finneran of the Brian O’Connell Homeless Project, after filling one of two carfuls of donations to keep the homeless warm this winter.  Read more

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BETHLEHEM — First Church of Bethlehem will host a Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday December 11 at 21 Main St. South.

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WATERBURY — Acts 4 Ministry, Inc., a non-denominational, non-profit charitable organization, will accept donations of new or gently worn coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts and new socks, thermals and undergarments for children, men and women through Monday, February 28, 2022, during t…

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MONROE-FAIRFIELD-TRUMBULL-EASTON-STRATFORD— The Mishkan Israel Day Camp plans to celebrate the Jewish festival of Chanukah with a series of public Menorah lightings starting at 6 p.m. from November 29 through December 5.

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SOUTHBURY — Femina Melodia has planned a concert for 7 p.m. Sunday, November 21, presented by B’nai Israel, 444 Main St. North, Southbury. The women’s a capella group, founded by Jan Gregory, was set to celebrate its 20th anniversary in May 2020. Ms. Gregory reports the singers are back vacc…

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Father Victor Rogers blesses Henry Kather’s goat during a recent Sunday morning service at All Saints with Christ in Oakville. The goat was not at all intimidated by the seven dogs who also came to church for the Blessing of the Animals service that honors St. Francis of Assisi.

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WASHINGTON — Salem Covenant Church, 96 Baldwin Hill Rd., is hosting a Seniors’ Christmas Brunch at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 8, at the church.

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HARWINTON — A Christmas cookie walk will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until sold out, on Saturday, December 11, at the Harwinton Congregational Church, Upper Fellowship Hall, 1 Litchfield Rd.

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WATERBURY — The Friends of St. Anne’s Restoration Fund Committee is a beneficiary of the LaBonne’s Market Cash for Charities program.

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WATERTOWN — The Council of Catholic Women of St. John the Evangelist Church is sponsoring a sock, hat, mitten and scarf drive for the homeless to benefit the Brian O’Connell Homeless Project on Saturday, November 13 and Sunday,  November 14 at the church at 574 Main St.

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LITCHFIELD — Bringing the Divine Into Healing Body, Mind and Spirit will be presented from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 9, at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, 229 E Litchfield Rd.

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WARREN — The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life will host Stephen J. Whitfield for a Zoom presentation titled Why the Jewish Vote Matters at 10 a.m. Sunday, October 17.

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Council of Congregations will host a meeting for all interested persons at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 23, at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, 1 Green Hill Rd., to explore becoming a community co-sponsor with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services to help…

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LITCHFIELD — The Shrine of Lourdes will host the state Knights of Columbus for a Living Rosary at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 3 in the Grotto Plaza, 50 Montfort Rd.

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LITCHFIELD — The Shrine of Lourdes will host a Blessing of the Animals at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 2 in the Grotto Plaza, 50 Montfort Rd.

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OAKVILLE — All Saints with Christ Episcopal Church, 262 Main St., will celebrate a Blessing of the Animals during its regular Sunday Eucharist at 9 a.m. October 3. The service will celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi who was, among other things, the patron saint of animals. All anima…

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OAKVILLE — All Saints with Christ Episcopal Church will host a tag sale with a twist from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, October 2, at the church at 262 Main St.

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WATERTOWN — Pastor Michael Jenkins of the United Methodist Church of Watertown invites everyone to the church’s Back to Church Sunday Service, at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 19.

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OAKVILLE — All Saints with Christ Episcopal Church, 262 Main St., will celebrate Welcoming Sunday on Sunday September 19.

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PLYMOUTH — The First Baptist Church of Plymouth is asking for donations of winter coats  for its Clothes Giveaway.

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On Sunday, June 20th, Hunter Mancini of Oakville (front row, third from left), was honored for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Hunter is a member of Boy Scout Troop 140 St. Mary Magdalen Church in Oakville. This honor is one of the most important events in a Boy Scout’s program. By earnin…

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WATERBURY — Through August 25, 2021, Acts 4 Ministry, Inc., welcomes donations for its 17th annual Back-to-School “Swap and Shop” of school uniform tops and bottoms to be distributed free or at low costs to low-income children throughout Greater Waterbury.

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THOMASTON — St. Peter’s - Trinity Church will host a free market clothing and household goods giveaway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25.

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WATERTOWN — The First Congregational Church will host Rocky Railways Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon from Monday, August 2 to Friday, August 6 for children ages 4 to 11 years at 40 DeForest St.

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WATERBURY — The Friends of St. Anne’s Restoration Fund Committee is a beneficiary of the LaBonne’s Market Cash for Charities program.

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WATERBURY — The non-denominational non-profit organization Acts 4 Ministry is seeking individuals to help clients shop the organization’s boutique retail store, sort donations and organize resources.

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WATERBURY — The Friends of St. Anne’s Restoration Fund Committee is a beneficiary of the LaBonne’s Market Cash for Charities program.

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Acts 4 Ministry, Inc., the non-denominational non-profit located at 1713 Thomaston Ave. in Waterbury, was the recipient of dozens of personal care items donated by residents throughout the Greater Waterbury community during the Quassy Cares Neighbors in Need Weekends on April 24 and 25, and …

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An April 18 Ride For Love, inspired by Associate Pastor of Union Congregational Church in Oakville, Jacqueline Ramos, was a great success. The event was a joint effort of Ms. Ramos, Rev. Carmen Cavallaro of Union Congregational Church and Rev. Joseph Balducci of the New Hope Anglican Church.…

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PLYMOUTH — The First Baptist Church of Plymouth is hosting a Clothing Give-Away event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 7 and 14, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 8 and 15 at 4 North St.

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WATERTOWN — First Congregational Church at 40 DeForest St. has a new email address. It is firstchurchwtn@gmail.com.

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WATERBURY — The Trip to Paradise raffle drawing scheduled for Sunday, May 3 sponsored by the Friends of St. Anne Restoration Committee has been postponed until 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at the Shrine of St. Anne.

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LITCHFIELD — The Grotto Gift Shop, located at the Shrine of Lourdes at 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, has new spring hours. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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Barbara Dublin, director of Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries, received a $500 donation from the Woodbury United Methodist Church for the Ministries of GWIM, including their Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen, which currently is take-out only due to Covid-19 restrictions, serves in excess …