Milford church to hold Lenten program
Lenten reflection at Saint Ann Church
MILFORD — Rev. Charles Allen, S.J. will present “Three Lessons of Crucifixion,” an evening of Lenten Reflection, at Saint Ann Church (Saint Raphael Parish), 501 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford on Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Allen will offer his reflections on “Three Lessons of Crucifixion: The Need for Justice, The Value of Suffering, The Love of a Mother.” The evening will close with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
A former headmaster at Fairfield Prep, Allen serves as University Chaplain and as Special Assistant to the President of Fairfield University. He is a fourth-generation Bostonian whose parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were all from “The City on a Hill.” He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Philosophy from Boston College, as well as master's degrees in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in Mathematics from Brown University and in Educational Administration from Columbia University.
For further information, call 203-874-0634. All are welcome.
Archdiocese to hold Mass of Reparation
In seeking to apply spiritual remedies to the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and the tragedy it has caused so many victims, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will be offering three Masses of Reparation at the following parishes on the following dates:
Tuesday, March 26: Our Lady of Hope Parish at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 78 Litchfield Road, Harwinton, 7 p.m.
Hadassah chapter to hold program
WOODBRIDGE — The Wepawaug- CT Valley-West Rock Chapter of Hadassah will present a talk on "Managing Stress in the Age of the 24-hour News Cycle" by Jennifer Myer, MD, on April 2, 7 p.m. at the JCC of Greater New Haven Library, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge.
Dr. Myer is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in New Haven and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Yale New Haven Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System-West Haven. The talk is open to all chapter members and their invited guests.
Church to host charity auction
MILFORD — The First United Church of Christ, Milford will present an evening of live and silent auctions April 6, 6:30-10 p.m. to benefit food support programs, such as “Food 2 Kids”, providing weekend food for more than 160 children, Beth-el’s soup kitchen and local food pantries.
The event will also support United Way’s Emergency Fund for citizens who are in crisis, and the Youth Group’s annual mission trip to give aid and rebuild devastated regions in our nation.
Items available for bidding include Red Sox and Yankee game tickets, a seven-piece deck set, a six night stay in a home in Quechee, Vermont, CPR training for 10, and fine dining and entertainment experiences.
Tickets can be purchased for $10 at First Church during business hours at 34 W. Main St., Milford, online at http://www.firstchurchofmilford.org/ or at the door at the Elks Lodge’s door April 6. For information call the church at 203-877-4277.
Workshop explores ‘Embracing Our Mortality’
MADISON — A half day workshop, Embracing Our Mortality, will be held April 6, 9 a.m-1 p.m. Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society, 297 Boston Post Rd., Madison.
The workshop organizers are three women who have been bringing conversations about mortality to the shoreline for a year, beginning with the first Shoreline Death Café in Guilford in April 2018. Lisa Sarfaty and Azima Jackson are both celebrants and Mary Strieff is a board member at the society.
The workshop begins with a screening of “Mortal,” a 90 minute documentary produced by Working Pictures, with the goal of “presenting stories that inspire people to engage in defining life choices and decisions that ultimately free us to live our best life fully and fearlessly”, (www.mortalfilm.com). Following a brief discussion of the film, three individual workshops will be offered: Honoring Our Grief, Changing Funeral Trends, and Ritual and Ceremony for Death and Dying.
The event is free; registration is required. Email email@example.com, or call Lisa at 203-627-3014 to register.
‘The Journey of Lent’ has begun in North Branford
NORTH BRANFORD —The Journey Of Lent: North Branford Congregational Church, 1680 Foxon Road, North Branford. All are invited to these services and events during Lent.
April 3 - Book of Revelation, 7 p.m., with Dr. James Matarazzo
April 10 - Taizé Service, 7 p.m., with music and prayer
April 14 - Palm Sunday, 10 a.m.
April 1 - The Last Supper, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.
April 19 - Good Friday, 9 a.m., Zion Episcopal Church
April 21 -Easter Sunday. Sunrise Service At Lake Gallard, 5:45 a.m., and serice at North Branford Congregational Church, 10 a.m.
Christ Church Ansonia plans trip, fundraisers
ANSONIA — Christ Church, 56 S Cliff St., Ansonia, has scheduled the following events.
Saturday, April 6: Bus trip to Mohegan Sun $40 pp/bus leaves church parking lot at 10 AM (plenty of free parking) and bus leaves Mohegan at 6 p.m. to return to Ansonia. All receive food voucher and free slot voucher. Email Sue D for reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday April 27: Indoor Vendor Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m, Crafters, food court.
Seymour church selling pierogis
SEYMOUR — A Pierogi sale is being held at Seymour Congregational Church, 45 Broad St., Seuymou, Friday mornings, 9-11 a.m., Friday nights, 5-7 p.m .and Sunday mornings, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. until Good Friday.
Choose potato and cheese, sweet potato and cheese or sauerkraut and onion, for $6 a dozen. For information call Teresa at 203-881-2027.
Church plans Easter events
OXFORD — Immanuel Lutheran Church, 25 Great Hill Road, Oxford, has scheduled events for Easter. For information, call the church at 203-888-4713.
Community Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m., April 6, rain date April 13. Crafts, light refreshments, bring your own basket. All are welcome
Easter Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21.
Chanticleer to perform at Trinity
NEW HAVEN — Trinity Church on the Green welcomes the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer as part of its Music for Music guest artist series, 7:30 p.m. April 6. The church is located at 203 Temple Street (corner of Chapel Street), New Haven.
Tickets are $60, $50 if purchased online; $40, $30 online for students/seniors and for balcony seating. For information or to purchased tickets visit http://trinitynewhaven.org/chanticleer/ or call 203-624-3101.
Flower, plant sale benefits church
NORTH BRANFORD — Northford Congregational Church, 4 Old Post Road, will have an Easter weekend flower/plant sale to benefit the church, April 19-20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and April 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be helping.
In the event of inclement weather, the flowers/plants will be sold inside the church social hall downstairs. For information call 203-484-0795-or visit www.northfordcongregational.church.
‘First Great Awakening’ lecture set
“The Professor and the Preacher on the First Great Awakening” will be held April 28, 2:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Branford.
Prof. Harry Stout, Jonathan Edwards Prof. American Religious History, Yale University, will give a lecture on the evangelical Christian revival period in the 1730s and 40s in America; Rev. Wayne Jacobson will present how the First Congregational Church of Branford reacted.
This is the second in a series of talks celebrating Branford’s and the First Congregational Church’s 375 years. All are welcome. For details email email@example.com
Bereavement group begins April 24
NORTH BRANFORD — North Branford Congregational church,1680 Foxon Road, presents a bereavement support group, “From Sorrow into Light,” starting April 24, 7 p.m., through May 29 at the church chapel.
This support group is intended to help anyone struggling with the loss of a loved one. Gerry Borgerson is the facilitator. For information, call 203-483-1116.
Church seeks tag sale vendors
NORTH HAVEN — A Giant Tag & Craft Sale will be held on Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church Street, North Haven.
Spaces are available outside on the church lawn as well as a limited number of spaces inside the building, first come, first serve, and $25 prepaid to reserve a space. No refunds. Vendors must bring their own table. Set up begins at 7:30 a.m.
Call the church office at 203-239-5691 for information and to sign up. There is no rain date.
Poetry By the Sea is global conference
MADISON — Poetry by the Sea, a Global Conference, will be held the weekend of May 21-24 at Mercy by the Sea Retreat Center. Poetry by the Sea offers four days of immersion in the art form with some of the top poets writing and teaching today. National Book Award and MacArthur Foundation grant winner Terrance Hayes will deliver the keynote address. Alicia E. Stallings, National Book Critics Award finalist and director of the Athens, Greece Poetry Center, will give the annual conference lecture.
“I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood,” collection author Tiana Clark, Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award finalist Sean Thomas Dougherty, Pushcart Prize winner and Stanford University Stegner Fellow Richie Hofmann, and National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Adrian Matejka will give featured readings.
Poetry by the Sea offers several attendance packages, with onsite and offsite housing rates. A limited number of scholarships are available. Evening attendance tickets are also available.
Rooms at the Mercy by the Sea Center are limited, but there are a variety of housing options available nearby, including Bed & Breakfasts and hotels.
To see the 2019 faculty, register, or for more information, click here, or go to the Poetry by the Sea website, http://www.poetrybytheseaconference.org/index.htm.
Congregation schedules events
WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, has scheduled the following:
Weekday minion services are held at 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Friday night Shabbat Schmooze begins at 6 p.m., followed by a Shabbat service 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays, a Torah study begins at 9 a.m., followed by a Torah service 9:45 a.m.
Temple Beth David schedules events
CHESHIRE — Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., Cheshire, announces the following events and programs.
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Micah every Thursday at noon in the TBD social hall. Bring your own lunch;
Youth Shabbat Service: First Friday for youth, 6:30 p.m.
Shabbat service: First Friday, 7 p.m. In this musical Shabbat experience, sing though much of the service. Services are participatory, spiritual, and fun.
Torah study: Join Rabbi Micah and a group of adults for Torah Study on Saturdays beginning at 8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, bagels, and a discussion about the weekly parsha.
Temple Beth David, 3 Main Street, Cheshire, 203-272-0037; www.tbdcheshire.org