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A Year End Thank You

Dear Friends,

As 2018 quickly comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You on behalf of Sr. Mary Ann Strain and myself for all the things you have done for OLC in so many different ways this past year.

You represent the OLC community – our retreatants, our supporters, our donors, our benefactors, our volunteers and our Board of Trustees. You are the wonderful individuals who collectively give this ministry the ability to carry out its mission on a daily basis.

The past year turned out to be a remarkable and significant year for OLC and the ministry in several ways. We marked our 60thAnniversary with many special events and celebrations. Our car raffle, wine event, and Anniversary Mass were all quite successful. We achieved our goal of raising the monies needed to begin our heating and air conditioning project and upgrades next summer. This is happening because of the kindness, generosity, and support of so many of you. As we look forward to a New Year, we say Thank You for all you have done for OLC and all that you continue to do.

We look forward to this upcoming year 2019 with renewed energy and enthusiasm!

If you would like to consider year-end giving to OLC, please click on this link. 

 May your Advent be productive as you prepare and await the Christ Child.

On behalf of the administration and staff at OLC, we wish you the Love and Peace of the Christmas season.

May you and your families experience God’s graces, joy and good health in 2019!

There’s a New Spirit at Our Lady of Calvary – Come and Experience It!

Ron Miceli

Archbishop Blair at 60th Anniversary Liturgy

60th Anniversary Liturgy

A Liturgy of Thanksgiving for the 60th Anniversary of Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center

A Liturgy of Thanksgiving
for the 60th Anniversary of Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center
Farmington, CT
October 6, 2018

Welcome: – Ron Miceli, Administrator of Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center
Call to Worship: (Choral Prelude): Alle Psallite Cum Luya (anonymous, 13th. century)
Opening Hymn: The Church’s One Foundation Breaking Bread #420
Gloria: from the Mass of St. Ann (Ed Bolduc)
Reading I Genesis 2:18-24
Responsorial Psalm 16: You Are My Inheritance, O Lord (Michael Guimont)
Reading II Hebrews 2:9-11
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Gospel Mark 10:2-6
Homily: Archbishop Blair
Preparation Anthem: The Prayer of Saint Francis (Allen Pote, arr. by Roberto Delgado)
Mass Parts: Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)(Breaking Bread 879–882)
Communion Hymn: Take and Eat Breaking Bread #361
Communion Meditation: Ave Verum Corpus (Karl Jenkins)

Sister Bernadette Hughes, C.P. (Provincial Leader)
Sister Eileen Fucito, C.P. (Congregational Leader)
Recessional Hymn: All Creatures of Our God and King Breaking Bread #537
Principal Celebrant: The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D.
Altar Server: Ronald J. Miceli
Lectors: William N. Husic, Jr. Sister Mary Ann Strain, C.P.
Prayer of the Faithful: Ronald J. Miceli
Musicians: Cantor: Pamela Johnson
Gallery Choir from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church
Gabriel Löfvall, DMA – Director, Piano
Cross Bearer: Adele Kasinskas
Candle Bearers: Lucia Smolski, Maryann Spagna
Miter Bearer: Gina Dolan
Crosier Bearer: Lauren Foote
Censor Bearer: Linda Guzzardi
Boat Bearer: Bonnie Gearin
Gifts: Sister Ann Rodgers, C.P. Marie DiBenedetto
Eucharistic Ministers: Sister Eileen Fucito, C.P.,
Sister Bernadette Hughes, C.P.
Director of Photography: Jessica Glass
Editor: Ralph Gasparello
© 2018 Glass Eyes Productions

60th Anniversary celebration photos

OLC 60th Anniversary Celebration Photos

Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center was the site of our 60th Anniversary Celebration on October 6. Please enjoy these wonderful 60th Anniversary Celebration photos!

The evening began with a special Anniversary Mass celebrated by Archbishop Leonard Blair at 4:00 pm. The Gallery Choir from Saint Patrick – Saint Anthony Church sang at the Mass. (Watch for a video of the Mass coming soon)

The celebration continued after the Mass with a Wine Tasting. Guests enjoyed sampling wines from several different wineries accompanied by a delicious selection of hearty hors-d’oeuvres while trying their luck on over thirty raffles, which included several jewelry items, a Kate Spade backpack, and a Bird Feeder Basket.

At 9:00 pm OLC Administrator, Ron Miceli thanked everyone for attending the event and celebrating this special day with us. We are grateful to everyone who helped make our event a success. Sister Mary Ann drew the winning ticket for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-class sedan. Our winner, John Gallagher thought he was just making a donation to the retreat center. He never expected to win. We thank John for his support and we congratulate him on his win.

The funds raised from the raffle will help Our Lady of Calvary continue to offer spiritual retreats and programming for women in the Archdiocese of Hartford and beyond. We can now move forward with installing a new heating and cooling system for the retreat center.

We hope you enjoy these wonderful photos taken by Liz Carroll at our event,