Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria talk on the current state of affairs of Christians in Syria held on May 1, 2016 at St Mary's Church, New Haven, CT. The talk titled "Witness to Genocide" was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
Archbishop Jeanbart talked about the persecution of Christians in Syria and made the case that those baptized in the earliest days of the Church would have been Syrians and that Christianity has been fundamental to Syria for 2,000 years. He made the connection between those in attendance and believers in Syria being brothers and sisters in the mystical body of Christ and, for that reason, we need to come to the aide of our family to insure the future of Christianity in Syria.
Great turnout at the annual parish brunch held at St Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Seating for 184 and almost all of the tables were filled to capacity. Honorees awarded the St Joseph Medal of Appreciation were Mary Oo and Kee Lar, both well deserving parishioners. Good food, some laughter, some prayer and a lot of raffle prizes! Thank you to all who volunteered time, gifts and cash.
Archabbot Lambert Reilly, OSB, 1 of 125 missionaries of mercy designees by Pope Francis in the Year of Mercy, gave the homily at the 11 am Mass at St Joseph Cathedral on April 10, 2016. A "tired old man" of 83, the Right Reverend Reilly gave a stirring homily on mercy. Blessed are the merciful, for mercy for they will receive mercy.
From the Cathedral website: The 80' x 40' ceramic reredos behind the main altar, by Enzo Assenza depicts Our Savior in Glory from the Book of Revelation. It is reported to be the largest ceramic mural in the world. The second largest figure to the right of the Christ is Saint Joseph. Other figures are members of the court, mortals on their way to the eternal fruits, angels and symbols mentioned in the Apocalypse of the Four Evangelists and the candlesticks of the seven early churches of Asia minor.