November is National Diabetes Month

Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, a disease which kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.   The American Diabetes Association’s website states that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop this disease.

Early detection is critical.

This is why Our Lady of Calvary Retreat is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Friday, November 10, 2017.  One of the tests is a simple blood test for glucose (sugar) which can determine if a person is at-risk of developing diabetes.

Other screenings include tests to check for blocked carotid arteries, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke.  Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year, taking a life approximately every four minutes.

There are also tests to check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and PAD, also called “hardening of the arteries” in the legs.

Diabetes is a major risk factor for stroke and is directly related to Peripheral Arterial Disease.  Recommendations for people with diabetes included a PAD test starting at age 50.

Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-653-6441 or go to www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979. Pre-registration is required.

Evening of Spirit

Evening of Spirit – Wine Tasting

Our Evening of Spirit – Wine Tasting Event last night was a great success. Over 130 people were here and everyone had a good time. For many of those who attended, this was the first time they had ever been at OLC. We hope they will be back.

The Evening of Spirit was a kickoff event for a year of celebrations in honor of the 60th anniversary of OLC. All of the proceeds from this event will go toward installing new and more efficient and environmentally friendly heating, cooling and ventilations systems in the retreat center.

Our Wine Tasting also provided great exposure for the house and we hope that more businesses, organizations, and families will recognize that OLC is the perfect venue for their next event.

We are very grateful to everyone who made our Evening of Spirit such a success! We want to thank our Board President, Bill Husic, the event committee led by Gina Dolan, all our sponsors, donors, our event planner Kymrie Zaslow, wine vendors from Wine Cellars 4, Cafe Louise, Joyce Willing for her desserts, volunteers and staff. This was a team effort and everyone contributed to the making of a fantastic evening for everyone.

We hope you enjoy these photos from the event.

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volunteer appreciation dinner and awards night

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Last night we held our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Awards Evening. Chef Bill Bridges prepared a wonderful dinner and then we honored all of our volunteers during a special prayer service.

Three volunteers are recognized for outstanding service to OLC.

  • Maryann Spagna – Outstanding Service Award
  • Linda Guzzardi – Spirit Award
  • Susan Malasics – Volunteer of the Year

Each volunteer received a packet of our new Mass Cards. These cards were designed especially for OLC and feature a picture of our chapel inside.

Click here to view our new cards.

Here are some photos from our volunteer evening.

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underground railroad

The Underground Railroad with Nzinga’s Daughters

On Sunday, September 10, 2017 Nzinga’s Daughters presented their signature Underground Railroad performance.

The history of slavery in Connecticut is complicated. At the time of the American Revolution there were more slaves in Connecticut than any other New England state. In 1784 Connecticut passed the Gradual Abolition Act, , but this act did not emancipate any enslaved persons, only those who would be born into slavery and only after they reached the age of 25. Slavery was finally entirely abolished here in 1848.

Farmington became a center of abolitionist activity and became known as the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad, but the narrative of what happened here is usually told from a while perspective.

This program invited the audience to experience the creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance employed by African-American slaves in their efforts to shepherd runaway slaves to safety.  Because slaves were prohibited from learning to read or write, they developed an elaborate system of communication which included embedding coded messages into the verses of Negro spirituals. Historians agree that wherever African Americans did the heavy lifting, the Underground Railroad was most successful.

This performance by Nzinga’s Daughters launched our 2017-2018 retreat season and began with a moving rendition of the Prayer of St. Francis reflecting our theme Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace.

Deacon Art Miller was our host and M.C. and there were about 140 people in attendance. A great time was had by all.

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