We congratulate, Mr. Hector Figueroa, the 2015 Recipient of the Archdiocesan St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation from Saint Augustine Church, Hartford! On Sunday, March 22, 2015, along with other recipients of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Hector received this honor by our Archbishop Leonard P. Blair at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford. As many know, Hector Figueroa is a devoted parishioner of our parish--a familiar face in the parish--who volunteers faithfully serving as our sacristan, altar server, a food pantry volunteer, parish handy man, reader in the Spanish Mass, and a member of the Cursillo Movement.
Hector is there to open the church during the week in the mornings and evenings and weekends, sets up for Mass or for Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, serves at Mass and for Exposition and Benediction, and he does so with a joy filled heart--a heart of service to God and to his brothers and sisters in Christ. Hector is well deserving of this honor and with profoundly grateful hearts for all that he does for Christ and His Church, especially at St. Augustine's, we congratulate him.
For the third time in three years, the Connecticut General Assembly has introduced legislation which would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide. In 2013 and 2014, the bill was raised in the Public Health Committee where it died. This year, the Judiciary Committee is sponsoring an “Act Providing a Medical Option of Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Adults” (Bill No. 668) which, if passed, would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide. Please inform yourself of this critical issue by visiting the following sites and/or resources:
It is important to note that as Catholics we do not oppose comprehensive palliative care, but, to kill the patient instead of the pain goes contrary to the teaching of the Gospel which teaches us to value life from natural birth to natural death. I have already written to our State Representative that represents us, constituents of Saint Augustine Church, expressing my opposition to this bill. I encourage you to voice your opposition to this bill early on to ensure such a horrendous public policy is not placed into law. I have placed the contact information of the corresponding representatives of our parishes for you reach out to them and express your opposition:
Saint Augustine Church (4th House District)
Representative Angel Arce
Legislative Office Building
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Father Jose R. Linares