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Happenings At The Church Of The Good Shepherd

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May 302016
 

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd moves into summer with a slate of activities to interest people of all ages.

Recreational fun at Good Shepherd

Recreational fun at Good Shepherd

Here is some submitted information:

On Youth Sunday, June 5, our 9:30 service will be led by the young people of the congregation filling the roles of readers, preachers, and Eucharistic assistants. Please join us as we mark God’s promise of renewal and hope through the ministry of our young people and the celebration of our new confirmands. All are welcome at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

During the summer months Recreational Fun will continue on Wednesday mornings in the Parish Hall from 10:30am to Noon while The Shepherd’s Table, our free lunch and fellowship program, goes on hiatus for the summer. We look forward to seeing our Wednesday regulars this summer as well as newcomers.

Interested in learning more about the Gospel of Luke? This summer we will have an opportunity to study scripture using a combination individual/group method of gospel learning called The 50 Day Bible Challenge. Using a book of daily readings from Luke with reflections written by Episcopalians, prayers, and questions, we will work individually and then gather for a weekly group discussion at a time mutually convenient to the members of the group. Please contact the parish office at 203-795- 6577 or [email protected] to join us or with any questions.

CGS LabryinthJoin The Rev. Diana Rogers on Saturday, June 18 th at 9am to learn about walking The Good Shepherd’s labyrinth. The great pavement labyrinths first appeared in cathedrals like Chartres and Amien in the 12th through 14th centuries. Used for spiritual meditation and contemplation, walking the labyrinth has been a spiritual exercise for centuries. Come learn more about this enduring spiritual practice. Meet at the labyrinth on the south side of the church off Pryde Drive at 9am.

In June our popular Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on Wednesday, June 22 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Anyone interested in knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl for a person in need is welcome to join us. Open to the public, we craft all year-round and meet regularly. Our prayer shawls are blessed during a Sunday Eucharist and then distributed by our parishioners to friends, neighbors and family members in need and at area hospitals.

Please join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday June 29 for our monthly Healing Prayer with Holy Eucharist Service in the church. Enter by the front door. All are welcome. Vacation Bible School returns to The Church of the Good Shepherd in July, running from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22. Look for more details in early July.

Please contact the parish office at 203-795- 6577 or via email at [email protected] with any inquiries.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music @ 9:30 a.m. visit our website @ www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Obituary: Alphonse Wilk, 96, Beloved Father Of Geri Tessitore

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May 302016
 

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 9.05.07 PMOn Saturday, May 28, 2016, Alphonse J. Wilk, 96, entered eternal life at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain with his loving family at his side.

Born in New Britain on November 22, 1919, he was the son of the late Joseph & Mary (Barszcz). He served our great country in the United States Army during WWII and held membership with the Catholic War Veterans.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for many years in various capacities with Stanley Works. His family was one of his greatest passions, from watching his grandsons compete athletically to lending a helping hand to anyone that needed it, he was always there.

His faith was of great importance to him as well, having been a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church where he actively volunteered and was a member of the Holy Name Society.

Left to cherish and honor his memory are his beloved wife of 72 years, Florence (Dabkowski) Wilk, his daughters, Christine Francalangia and her husband Tony of Kensington, Geri Tessitore and her husband Antonio of Orange, a sister Clara Bighinati of New Britain, his five grandsons, Michael Francalangia and his wife Barbara-Jean, David Francalangia and his wife Janis, James Francalangia, Joseph Tessitore and his wife Dr. Jeanna Auriemma, and Jason Tessitore, and three great grandchildren, Grace, Joseph, & Thomas Francalangia. He was predeceased by his brothers Henry, Zigmund, John & Raymond.

Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, May 31, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt St., New Britain.Funeral services will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 1, 10:00 AM from Burritt Hill, with an 11:00 AM Liturgy of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church. Rites of Committal will follow the Mass at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

To share a memory or blessing with the Wilk family, visit  www.burritthill.com.

Orange Rotary, Recycling, Join For Shredding Event, Bicycle Donation Day

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May 302016
 

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 11.23.49 AMThe Rotary Club of Orange, together with Orange Recycling, will hold a shredding day at High Plains Community Center on June 25 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Bicycles of all sizes also may be donated at the same time.

Items brought for shredding should be personal documents, and all paper should be removed from binders or notebooks beforehand. Although there is no charge to area residents, donations will be gratefully received. The donations will be used for our annual student scholarships.

Donated bicycles will be given to BEEEP Inc. (Bicycle Education, Entrepreneurship and Enrichment Program). BEEEP is a New Haven-based non-profit program that recycles bicycles and teaches repair and riding skills. BEEEP enriches the community through biking for people who don’t have bikes, those whose bikes are broken, and those who don’t feel safe riding in the city.

Rotary is the only service club of its type in the world. Orange Rotary welcomes new members at its weekly luncheons. The Orange Rotary Club includes community business people, professionals, and like-minded individuals. Those interested in membership can consult www.rotaryclubfororange.org This website offers insight into Rotary’s mission and service opportunities.

Orange Resident Selected as Governor’s Scholar

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May 302016
 

CAS-logo-colorThe Governor’s Scholars Program recognizes academically talented high school students in schools throughout the state.

Principals of CAS (Connecticut Association of Schools) member high schools are given the opportunity to nominate one junior who ranks in the top five percent of his or her class. Those members of the Governor’s Scholars Committee who are professional educators from throughout Connecticut judge the completed applications and assign a composite score to each student’s PSAT or SAT score and the student essay.

Thirty of the top students are selected as “Governor’s Scholars” and will receive recognition as well as information on participation in courses at various Connecticut colleges and universities.

The 2016 Connecticut Governor’s Scholars are:

 Nikita Babushkin, Somers High School

Suvasini Balaji, Amity Regional High School

 David Blain, Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School, Danielson

 Charlotte Boland, Valley Regional High School, Deep River

 Jason Campe, New Canaan High School

 Joshua Chang, Old Saybrook High School

 Hannah Chua-Reyes, Mercy High School, Middletown

 Calvin Colby, Xavier High School, Middletown

 Nicole DiMauro, Immaculate High School, Danbury

 Daniel DiPrimio, Watertown High School

 Jacob Fried, Trumbull High School

 Corey Jalbert, Tolland High School

 Paul Jeon, Fairfield Ludlowe High School

 Colleen Keenan, Ridgefield High School

 Signe Lee, East Hampton High School

 David Mantese, East Catholic High School, Manchester

 Peter Morrissey, Naugatuck High School

 Timothy Noto, Stafford High School, Stafford Springs

 Tess Oatley, Holy Cross High School, Waterbury

 Kristen Richichi, New Fairfield High School

 Natalie Rugg, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Old Lyme

 Emily Schussheim, Staples High School, Westport

 Rose Silver, West Haven High School

 Paul Tamburro, RHAM High School, Hebron

 Kira Venables, Newington High School

 Vod Vilfort, Wilby High School, Waterbury

 Hilliard Wolfe, Branford High School

 Eric Xia, Daniel Hand High School, Madison

 Lily Zhong, East Lyme High School

 Angela Zhu, Cheshire High School

Photos: 2016 Memorial Day Parade

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May 302016
 

IMG_1205It was a fine day for a Parade on Sunday, as residents lined both sides of Orange Center Road to cheer on their town leaders, lawmakers, children’s groups, veterans, bands and of course Stuart the Giant Strawberry.

Police K-9 Loki did pretty well for his first walk down the “Orange Mile” (well, not quite).

Parade Organizer Kevin Gilbert and his committee did a great job once again this year.

It would be remiss of me if I did not share with you the fact that 93-year-old Al Pol, wearing his firefighters dress uniform, chose to walk the entire parade route rather than accept a ride in one of the available cars or a golf cart.

Here are some photos from the parade. Can you find yourself in the crowd?

Photos: 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony At the Gazebo

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May 292016
 

It was a sunny, breezy hot day on the Orange Fairgrounds for the 2016 Orange Memorial Day Ceremony.

IMG_0945Robert Mirto, Esq., was the Master of Ceremonies, and he and all of the honored guests kept their addresses short, so there were no medical emergencies and the parade stepped off earlier than in some past years.

US Senator Richard Blumenthal, and First Selectman Jim Zeoli made brief comments, and two students from Orange Elementary Schools read short poems.

One woman who was honored at the ceremony was Magdalen Cronin, 100, who has crafted a wreath for the Memorial Day service at the cemetery for many years, and hopes to continue doing so as long as she can. “I enjoy making the wreath,” she said.

The Parade Committee did a fine job choosing the following parade recipients and keynote speaker.

Grand Marshal Arnold J. Casola is a U.S. Army, World War II Veteran – T5 Corporal – who served from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern, Good Conduct and Victory Medal. He is a member of theAmerican Legion Post 127 and a past Sergeant-at- Arms.

Honorary Chief of Staff James T. Dallas is a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran – Corporal – who served from 1950 to 1952. He served in the National Guard from 1948 – 1950 and at the Camp Pickett, Army Hospital for 2 years. He was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years now retired. He has been a member of the American Legion Post 127 for 55 years and worked for the Town of Orange Highway Department for 27 years now retired.

Keynote speaker Emily Dewey Trudeau, is the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield and a Bronze Star decorated Veteran. From 2005-2006, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office District of Utah; from 2006-2012, she was an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy; and she is currently Chair of the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.

 

Hey Mister, Can I Have Your Autograph?

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May 292016
 

IMG_0901Something cute (and really nice) came out of the SCC Baseball Championship Game on Saturday.

Two Little League players who’d been chasing after foul balls during the game, approached the three Amity Team captains, Brian Ronai (2), Eli Oliphant (16) and Chris Winkel (23) after the game and politely asked them to autograph the balls.

Not a bad idea, it gives our champs some practice and the balls could be worth something some day.

Remember, Vinny Sienna played at Amity and the Post 127 American Legion Baseball team, too — He’s with the Mets now.

 

Great Home In The Amity District: A Cook’s Delight

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May 292016
 

4f430D1fec6743b-N10133774This 2,969 Sq. Ft. one-of-a-kind colonial, with 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths, and 2 car garage nestled on private wooded lot, offers a comfortable lifestyle on 1.61 acres at 140 Peck Hill Road, Woodbridge.
The kitchen is the heart of this special home with its unique layout. The large, central island features breakfast bar & 5 burner Wolf electric cooktop. A pleasure to cook and entertain with add’l 6 burner gas range/oven, Subzero fridge, 3 sinks, Dacor wall oven & convection/microwave oven. Lovely eat-in area overlooks the surrounding woods, complete with picture window, skylight and access to deck.
Hardwood floors in living, dining, & family rooms. Through sliders in living room, relax outdoors on custom designed front porch. Expansive family room features skylights, cathedral ceiling, French doors to deck and cozy fireplace with wood
stove insert.
Convenient 1st fl. laundry. 2nd fl. master suite includes walk-in closet and updated bath with skylight. 3 add’l bedrooms on 2nd fl offer large closets and updated hall bath with skylight. Walk-out finished lower level with full size windows and built-ins opens to slate patio connected to upper deck by dramatic spiral stairs-perfect for entertaining.
Abundant storage in backyard shed. Located in award winning Amity school district with easy commute to New Haven, Yale. Access to theater, museums, shops, highways and hiking trails.
Come visit and see why this house will feel like home! Offered for $405,000 through Marcia Rosenblum at Coldwell Banker, Woodbridge.

Honor The Fallen Today

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May 292016
 

poppyThe Flanders Field Memorial Poppy was first worn as a symbol of remembrance in 1918 by Miss Moina Belle Michael, an American teacher.

Inspired by Colonel John McCrae’s 1915 poem, “In Flanders Fields,” Moina vowed in her poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith” to always wear a red poppy to honor those who perished in World War I.

As a result of her tireless campaigning, the flower has become an internationally recognized symbol of remembrance for war veterans of every era in the United States, England, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Here’s The 2016 Memorial Day Program

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May 292016
 

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The Orange Volunteer Fire Department fleet marks the end of the parade.

The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 29.

Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo.

The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer.

The Memorial Day Committee is proud to announce the recipients for this year’s parade.

Arnold J. Casola has been chosen Grand Marshal. He is a U.S. Army, World War II Veteran – T5 Corporal – who served from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern, Good Conduct and Victory Medal. He is a member of theAmerican Legion Post 127 and a past Sergeant-at- Arms.

James T. Dallas will be the Honorary Chief of Staff. He is a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran – Corporal – who served from 1950 to 1952. He served in the National Guard from 1948 – 1950 and at the Camp Pickett, Army Hospital for 2 years. He was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years now retired. He has been a member of the American Legion Post 127 for 55 years and worked for the Town of Orange Highway Department for 27 years now retired.

The keynote speaker will be Emily Dewey Trudeau, Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield and a Bronze Star decorated Veteran. From 2005-2006, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office District of Utah; from 2006-2012, she was an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy; and she is currently Chair of the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.

Robert Mirto, Esq., will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Frederick O’Brien, Esq. will serve as Parade Announcer.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.

In the event of rain, exercises will take place inside the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

 

Originally Published on: May 12, 2016 @ 20:46