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.
“Sweet Life! Dessert Comedy Theatre,” on Saturday, September 7, will offer an evening of clean, family-friendly comedy by Scott Davis in the Newtown High School cafetorium. Hosted by Newtown Christian Church, the event will begin at 6 pm and will also include a dessert buffet featuring ice cream from Ferris Acres Creamery, and a raffle to include an iPad mini.
Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association will present the next interfaith gathering for prayer on Sunday, September 1, beginning at 4 pm. An ongoing monthly series launched in the weeks following 12/14, this month’s gathering will follow the theme “Prayers for Back to School.” All are invited to join faith leaders from Newtown’s houses of worship for the event. This month it will be presented on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School, rain or shine. The gatherings last approximately 25 minutes.
Christ The King Lutheran Church, at 85 Mount Pleasant Road in Newtown, will be hosting a retriever reunion of sorts on Saturday, August 31. From 10 am until 1 pm, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs will be returning, just in time for the Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade. Everyone is invited to this family friendly, furry, and free event being hosted by the church. The event will serve as a kickoff to Newtown Comfort, Christ the King’s new K-9 Ministry. The public is invited to join church members in welcoming back the teams and highly trained service dogs that have served our community since their arrival on December 15, including comforting the students and staff at Sandy Hook School each day since Chalk Hill opened its doors. One of the service dogs, Maggie, will be formally adopted by the church with a Passing of the Leash Ceremony on Sunday morning.
Even in the rain on Tuesday, children attending Vacation Bible School at Grace Family Church were having fun. Children from age 4 to those who have completed sixth grade have been participating this week in Vacation Bible School at Grace Family Church. This year’s theme is “SonWest Roundup,” and even in the rain on August 13, there was plenty of fun and fellowship. The Wild West adventure has included snacks, crafts, skits, and other fun while learning about Jesus. Camp continues 9 am until 12:30 pm through August 16, and GFC Youth & Childrens Minister Adam Fredericks said 164 children are still welcome to join the fun, even if for just the final morning on Friday.