HARTFORD — Archbishop Leonard P. Blair ordained two men to the priesthood at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, June 22 at 11 a.m. The priests to be ordained are the Rev. Anthony Federico of North Haven; and the Rev. John Gancarz of Suffield.

The candidates have completed at least six years of formation and studies in theology and philosophy, in addition to undergraduate studies in different fields. Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Rev. Michael Casey, has accompanied the men on this last year of formation and serves as a liaison between the seminary formation teams and Archbishop Blair, who ultimately decided to call the men to the priesthood.

The Rev. Federico, 35, attended minor seminary at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA, and major seminary at Theological College in Washington, DC. In preparation for the priesthood, he served at various parishes and offices in the Archdiocese including: St. Thomas Beckett in Cheshire, the Office of Radio and Television in Prospect, SS. Peter & Paul and St. Leo the Great in Waterbury, St. Mary in Newington, St. Thomas in Southington, Annunciation in Newington, St. Frances Cabrini in North Haven, St. Vincent de Paul in East Haven, and St. Bridget in Cheshire.

Rabbi to celebrate 10th anniversary June 23

ORANGE — A celebration marking Rabbi Farbman’s 10-year Anniversary with Temple Emanuel will be held June 23, 6 p.m. at the synagogue, at 150 Derby Avenue, Orange.

RSVPs are due by June 16; go to www.tegnh.org

For more information, call Temple Emanuel: 203-397-3000 or visit http://tegnh.org/

Churches announce summer service hours

NORTH BRANFORD — St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1382 Middletown Avenue, North Branford, will hold its Sunday worship starting at 9 a.m. until Aug. 25.

OLD SAYBROOK — First Church of Christ Saybrook announces it summer hours for Sunday worship beginning June 30. 8 a.m.: service of meditation and communion, 30 minutes; 9 a.m.: Jazz service, jazz music with scripture and song, 30 minutes; 10:30 a.m.: Traditional Service, 60 minutes For more information, visit www.firstchurchsaybrook.org

Church to host outdoor service July 28

NORTH BRANFORD — Northford Congregational Church and the Rev. Robin Blundon invite local residents to participate in a community and family worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 28, at the Farm River in Northford, behind the municipal buildings and ball field at Totoket Park. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket, bug repellent — and boots if it has rains.

This community event will feature the Rev. Robin Blundon from historic Northford Congregational Church, which is located in the Northford village in North Branford. For information, call 203-484-0795.

Congregation B’Nai Jacob schedules events

WOODBRIDGE — Woodbridge, Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, announces the following:

Weekday minion services, 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Bread and Torah: Saturday mornings 9-9:45 a.m., followed by Shabbat service.

Temple Beth David schedules events

CHESHIRE — Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., Cheshire, announces the following events and programs.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Micah every Thursday at noon in the TBD social hall. Bring your own lunch;

Youth Shabbat Service: First Friday for youth, 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat service: First Friday, 7 p.m. In this musical Shabbat experience, sing through much of the service. Services are participatory, spiritual, and fun.

Torah study: Join Rabbi Micah and a group of adults for Torah Study on Saturdays beginning at 8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, bagels, and a discussion about the weekly parsha.

www.tbdcheshire.org

Registraton open for church camps

NORTH HAVEN — Faith United Methodist Church, 81 Clintonville Road, North Haven, is now accepting applications for its Vacation Bible School program, July 15-19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner provided and the camp is free, for age 5-completed grade 6. Space limited and only the first 40 children accepted. Contact David Bogert at 203-605-5662 or dmbogert@sbcglobal.net

STRATFORD — First Baptist Church of Stratford’s Christian Education Ministry presents its Vacation Bible School. Preschool children to adults are invited to participate in the free, fun-filled Bible program. Pre-K to high school sessions are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.weekly. For adults, sessions are July 15-19, 6-8 p.m. Music, arts & crafts, movies, recess activities as well as breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided. To regsiter visit Fbcstratford.org or call 203 377-1441.

Lay ministry training to begin

WALLINGFORD — Masonicare Health Center, 22 Masonic Ave., seeks volunteers for its Lay Training in geriatric ministry.

Open to people of all faiths, the program has been teaching basic ministry skills to volunteers nearly 20 years.

Volunteers assist the chaplains with worship services, including vespers; programs that allow elders to explore and express their spirituality and faith through art, sacred circle dance and music; hymn singing; chanting and drumming; as well one-to one pastoral visits.

Other opportunities include transporting seniors to religious activities and instrumental accompaniment at worship services, vespers and hymn sings.

For more details, contact Chaplain Thayer Quoos at 203-679-6259 or tquoos@masonicare.org. For more about Masonicare: www.masonicare.org or 888-679-9997.

Discussion series

for people 60-plus

OLD SAYBROOK — The New Adventures Team of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Road, is sponsoring a “new adventures” series geared to people 60-plus.

Attendees don’t need to be church members. RSVP to Charlotte Schlesselman at 520-560-0183 or chars1961@gmail.com. For more information, call St. Paul Church at 860-388-2398.

Worship services

scheduled

OLD SAYBROOK —— First Church of Christ Congregational, 366 Main St., is offering the following:

• Early Bird worship, 8-8:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room, offers a more casual service with prayer, reflection, quiet music and communion.

• Soul Service, 9-9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, offers a variety of music, centered around rhythm & blues and jazz, with time for prayer and Scripture message, all underscored by a live band.

• Faith Exploration for All, 9:40-10:20 a.m., with church school for pre-K-Grade 8, and workshops for adults and teens, including Bible study, spiritual practices, such as meditation and praying, and faith and health workshops.

• Traditional worship, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, offers music, including the First Church Choir, singing, times for prayer and silent meditation, Scripture readings, a sermon, and an opportunity for giving.

Nursery care is available 9:30-11:30 a.m. for ages infant to 3 years.

For more information, contact 860-388-3008 or www.firstchurchsaybrook.org.

Holy Trinity School

adding preschool

WALLINGFORD — Applications are available for next year’s preschool classes and grades K-8 at Holy Trinity School, 11 N. Whittlesey Ave.

The preschool, new for2019-20, will be for ages 3 and 4. Holy Trinity School, 105 years old, has students from Wallingford, North Haven, Meriden and Hamden.

For more information, visit www.hts-wallingford.org.

‘Resting in God’

prayer groups

MADISON — “Resting in God, Two Centering Prayer Groups” is held 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays at Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Road.

Centering prayer is a method of entering silence in order to “be still and know” God. Free-will donation is accepted. For more information and to register, contact Claire at crusowicz@mercybythesea.org or 203-245-0401.

Introduction to Judaism, Hebrew

HAMDEN — Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, has two adult education classes that are open to the community.

• Rabbi Herbert Brockman teaches the introduction to Judaism class, which is on the basics of the Jewish tradition, its history, theology and observances, surrounding the life-cycle of a Jew and the yearly festivals. The class is held Sundays 10-11 a.m.

• Rabbi Steve Steinberg is teaching introduction to Hebrew, which can be taken alone or in concert with Brockman’s class. It meets Sundays 11 a.m.-noon.

RSVP: Sarah at 203-288-3877 or slegassey@cmihamden.org.

Mosque opens

doors to visitors

MERIDEN — Baitul Aman “House of Peace” Mosque, 410 Main St., holds Coffee, Cake, & Conversation at 8 p.m. Fridays.

Information: www.TrueIslam.com, www.alislam.org, zahir.mannan@ahmadiyya.us, @zahirmannan, facebook.com/zahir.mannan.7, MuslimWritersGuild.

Bilingual service

added Sundays

NEW HAVEN — A landmark church on the Green is offering a bilingual, inclusive and progressively Pentecostal/charismatic, musical worship service at 12:30 p.m. Sundays in the Meeting House, 270 Temple St. at Elm Street.

It is in addition to the regular 10 a.m. service. It has been designed for those in the community who may appreciate a more non-traditional Christian experience, said the Rev. Dr. Bonnie Scott.

The worship is titled “Feel the Spirit! (Siente El Espiritu!)”

Deacon Edwin Perez, service leader, seeks to provide “Love, Welcoming and Inclusion (De Amor, Bienvenida, e Inclusión)” in a charismatic, bilingual worship service with music and signing.

For information, visit www.unitednewhaven.org or call 203-787-4195.

ASL interpreter

attends services

MILFORD — Once a month, Sunday worship services at United Church of Christ, 30 Ormond St., Devon, include an American Sign Language interpreter.

A grant for the interpreter was provided by the CT Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities.

For more information, call 203-878-4685.

Free dropoff program

is for ages 3, 4 years

WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, offers Gan Hayeled 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays.

The free drop-off program for ages 3 and 4 will run every Sunday that religious school is in session.

Call B’nai Jacob at 203-389-2111 for details.

Meditation program

slated in area

GUILFORD — “Meditation in Daily Life” is offered 3-4 p.m. Sundays at Shoreline Center For Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St. No. 2. Classes are $12 each. No one turned away for lack of funds, according to a center press release.

Contact meditationinconnecticut.org, info@odiyana.org or 860-266-6041.

All-ages choir

rehearses in loft

MILFORD — The Choir of St. Mary’s is holding rehearsals in the choir loft. The all-ages choir is open to all the members of Precious Blood Parish. It sings at the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass, and for special services all year. There is no audition. Learn more at www.preciousbloodparishmilford.org/music/.