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Rebecca Sontag

by Rebecca Sontag For nearly 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has been at the forefront of battling pandemics and caring for its victims. COVID-19 is no different. The modern hospital as we know it is a direct result of Jesus’ imperative to the disciples to “heal the sick.” Even the

by Rebecca Sontag The first known garden to be officially dedicated to the Virgin Mary bore little resemblance to the idea of the “Mary Garden” we know today. It was not filled with purely ornamental flowers, decorative topiaries and manicured nooks punctuated here and there with lovely statuary. This particular

The staff at The Cathedral worked many hours to decorate the altar. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
by Rebecca Sontag Easter is everything. Easter is God’s ultimate gift of love, mercy and sacrifice. It is how we are reconciled, where we find forgiveness and hope. It is where death is overcome by life everlasting. But in the rush for the next season or the next holiday, we

by Rebecca Sontag There is no Easter without Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting can be tough for anyone. And meditating on the Last Four Things (death, judgment, heaven and hell) is a heavy task at any age. While it is tempting to ignore the tough spiritual preparation that results in

by Rebecca Sontag Under the musical direction of Anthony DiCello, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral has sponsored “Great Music in a Great Space” for nearly a quarter of a century. Now in its 24th year, the concert series boasts four to five performances each season and features artists of the

by Rebecca Sontag North: Immaculate Conception When asked why she intends to join the Catholic Church, Amanda Schmerge replied with serene certitude, saying, “It was a slow-growing love.” Amanda was satisfied as a Methodist, always active in her church. Yet, it seemed a reasonable compromise that her children, ages 4-11,

Samantha England with sixth graders at Summit Country Day School. She holds her painting of an apple, part of her personal perseverance project
By Rebecca Sontag There are a thousand excuses for not making your own artwork. But the kids love to see what you can do. It brings a level of authenticity to your classroom also. The whole thing just worked out amazingly.” –Samantha England Samantha England had more than a thousand

By Rebecca Sontag Katie Claes’ dad came home from work one evening excited about something he’d heard on the radio and told Katie all about it. During that morning’s commute on Sacred Heart Radio’s Son Rise Morning Show, Jason Claes listened to an interview with Jim Cavnar, president and cofounder of

Long-time Friends Team Up to Write and Illustrate Children’s Book, The Cliff By Rebecca Sontag The Cliff, written by Mark Phillips and illustrated by Terri Hamlin, is a lovely allegorical tale rife with valuable lessons for the choosing. An old man finds himself a modest home perched high upon a

By Rebecca Sontag “All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul’s refreshment.” –Johann Sebastian Bach Christmas is a time of wonderment and delight when even the dull early winter skies are made new with the glimmer of rich decorations and the twinkling