Religion: Earth Day celebrated; premiere play staged

Earth Day 2023 is Saturday, March 22. (Contributed)

Cheshire churches hold Earth Day rally

CHESHIRE – Cheshire Creation Care and Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire are organizing an Earth Day rally on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town green off South Main Street.

The gathering will be informational, with exhibits and presentations for all ages, as well as prizes and refreshments.

Cheshire Creation Care includes the interfaith community of the First Congregational Church of Cheshire, Cheshire United Methodist Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Temple Beth David.

St. Peter’s, 59 Main St., will conduct an Earth Sunday Children’s Service Sunday at 10 a.m. The church’s children will call the congregation to worship, lead the processional, and handle welcoming and ushering.

A community coffee hour and an earth-focused craft activity table for children follow the service.

For information, visit stpeterscheshire.org.

Middlebury stages ‘As You Were’

MIDDLEBURY – Middlebury Congregational Church will present three world premiere performances of the original play “As You Were” in the church social hall, 1242 Whittemore Road.

Performance dates are May 12 and 13, 6:30 p.m. ($35 per person with a three-course dinner served); and May 14, 2 p.m. matinee ($15 per person). Children 12 and under should attend the matinee as it will be a shorter event.

Written and directed by Middlebury resident Christopher S. Avcollie, the original play features the execution of an eccentric billionaire’s will. Avcollie will play Wenty Wentworth, a slovenly lawyer with no regular clients who must execute the will.

Joining him are church members Emma Avcollie, Audrey Finn, Michele Rowell Finn, Bob Giannini, Andrew Kwashnak, Anna Kwashnak, ShawnaLee Kwashnak, Katie O’Connor, Brenda Romaniello, Sal Sena and Kalman Zold. Music will be coordinated by David Obarowski.

Tickets can be purchased online at middleburyucc.org/mcc-players before May 5. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Call the church office at 203-758-2671 for information, or visit middleburyucc.org.

Ferraro feted with celebration dinner

WATERBURY – A celebration dinner in honor of Monsignor Ronald A. Ferraro will take place Monday at 6:30 p.m. at La Bella Vista at the Pontelandolfo Club, 380 Farmwood Road.

Ferraro, a senior priest in the Archdiocese of Hartford, is a former longtime pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Waterbury. Tickets are $60 per person.

For information or to purchase tickets, call the All Saints-Todos los Santos Parish office, 515 S. Main St., at 203-756-4439. Tickets also are available at this weekend’s Masses in the parish.

Ladies Guild annual tea at St. Francis

WATERBURY – The St. Francis Xavier Ladies Guild will conduct its annual tea April 30 at 2 p.m. in Xavier Hall, 625 Baldwin St.

The event is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Nonmembers wishing to attend can place a payment marked “Ladies Guild Tea” and drop it in the offertory basket during collections at Masses, or mail a check payable to “SFX Ladies Guild” to Pat Schaaf, 15 Laura Ave., Prospect 06712 by Sunday.

For information, call 203-756-4439 or email parishoffice@allsaintswtby.org.

Congregational holds Green Expo

SALISBURY – In honor of Earth Day, the Green Team at the Congregational Church of Salisbury will have a Green Expo on Sunday after the 10 a.m. service in the parish hall, 30 Main St.

Members of the team will “show and tell” a variety of earth-friendly products and how using them can help save the environment. The items are all things that can be used in households, like laundry soap, paper products and smart power strips.

Attendees also may bring their electric bills and learn how to read the bill for potential savings.

For information, call 860-435-2442 or email angela.lomanto@gmail.com.

St. Andrew’s hosts Eastern Light

KENT – Music in the Nave will present the trio Eastern Light in concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1 N. Main St.

The gentle mix of traditional and contemporary music for Japanese instruments will feature artistic director James Nyoraku Schlefer, Sumie Kaneko, who has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, and Yoko Reikano Kimura.

Tickets are $15 each and will be available at the door, or on Eventbrite at bit.ly/easternlite. For information, call 860-927-3486, email office.sa.kent@gmail.com or visit standrewskentct.org.

Shrine of Lourdes conducts tag sale

LITCHFIELD – The Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield is conducting its semiannual giant tag sale in Pilgrim Hall on the grounds, 50 Montfort Road, off Route 118.

Hours will be today and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All donations from the sales will help with the upkeep of the shrine. For information, call 860-567-1041 or email lourdesshrinect@gmail.com.

Setback tourney at Congregational

WOLCOTT – Wolcott Congregational Church, 185 Center St., will sponsor a setback tournament on May 12.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for registration, and games will begin promptly at 7. Registration fee is $15 for seven games of setback; a $5 entry into the high score bonus is optional.

There also will be a 50/50 raffle. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, and prizes will be awarded at the end of the night.

For information, call the church at 203-879-1293.



COFFEE HOUSE 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 222 W. Main St., Waterbury. Come to perform or just listen. $10. 203-757-0331, firstchurch-wtby.org.


MEAT LOAF DROP-OFF 9 a.m., Holy Disciples Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church front steps, 574 Main St., Watertown. Bring two-pound cooked meatloaf and/or two cans of vegetables for St. Vincent dePaul Soup Kitchen in Waterbury. 860-274-8836, stjohn.wtnct@gmail.com, stjohn.weconnect.com.

DRIVE-THRU CEREAL DRIVE 9 a.m.-noon, St. Anthony Church parking lot, 4 Union City Road, Prospect. Grade 6 service project. 203-758-4056, stanthonyprospect.org.


SPECIAL MASS OF THANKSGIVING 10 a.m., All Saints-Todos los Santos Parish at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 309 S. Main St., Waterbury. Monsignor Ronald A. Ferraro principal celebrant. All parishioners and friends invited. 203-756-4439, allsaintswtby.org.

“THE LETTER” 2 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 910 Main St. South, Southbury. Special screening of “Message for Our Earth” by Pope Francis in observance of Earth Day weekend, followed by brief discussion. wheelinfo@aol.com.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL NO. 36 7 p.m., Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church hall, 785 Highland Ave., Waterbury. All members and prospective members invited. 203-756-8981, olmcwtby.com.


CROSSROADS 4 CHRIST 7 p.m., Holy Disciples Parish Faith Formation Center, 9 Academy Hill, Watertown. Greater Waterbury chapter of C4C young adult ministry open to all (Zoom access ID 944 3817 3896). Session followed by adoration (open to public) 8:10 to 9 p.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church sanctuary. Free. 860-274-8836, c4cgreaterwaterbury@gmail.com.

May 2

MEN’S ASSOCIATION 7 p.m., Mary, Mother of the Church Parish at St. Leo the Great Church campus, 14 Bentwood Lane, Waterbury. All men of the parish invited. 203-756-7919, mmcwaterbury@gmail.com, mmcparish.com.

May 4

GOOD SHEPHERDS 9:30-noon, Church of the Nativity classroom 6, 48 East St., Bethlehem. Prince of Peace Parish group meets every other Thursday, all welcome. Info with Cathie Murdock at truklady99@aol.com, 203-263-2008, princeofpeaceparish-aohct.org.

CROSSROADS 4 CHRIST 7 p.m., Holy Disciples Parish Faith Formation Center, 9 Academy Hill, Watertown. Greater Waterbury chapter of C4C young adult ministry open to all (Zoom access ID 944 3817 3896). Session followed by adoration (open to public) 8:10 to 9 p.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church sanctuary. Free. 860-274-8836, c4cgreaterwaterbury@gmail.com.

May 5

MUSIC AND MEDITATION noon-12:30 p.m., Congregational Church of Salisbury UCC, 30 Main St., Salisbury. Organ and violin performances by Samuel Lord Kalcheim open to public first Fridays of the month. Free. 860-435-2442.

SETBACK TOURNAMENT 7 p.m., Mary, Mother of the Church Parish at St. Leo the Great Church hall, 14 Bentwood Drive, Waterbury. Doors open 6 p.m. $15 entry fee; 50/50 raffle. Sponsor: Mary, Mother of the Church Men’s Club. 203-756-7919, mmcwaterbury@gmail.com, mmcparish.com.

May 7

“NEXT CHAPTER: WATERBURY’S UNFINISHED STORY” 9:30 a.m., Walnut Hill Community Church, 274 Bunker Hill Road, Waterbury. Special service followed by family meal; RSVP by April 27. 203-796-7373, walnuthillcc.org.

May 9

OUR LADY’S GUILD 6 p.m., St. Leo the Great Church campus of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, 14 Bentwood Drive, Waterbury. 203-756-7919, mmcwaterbury@gmail.com.

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