November 7, 2017

Digital issue of November/December Catholic Mirror now available

Staff report

Pictured are front row (left to right) Catholic Scouts Ben Perkins, Isabella Ferraro and Heather O’Connor; and back row (left to right) Pam Kosnicki, chairperson of the Catholic Committee on Scouting, and Gina Czerwinski, director of catechetics and youth formation for the Springfield Diocese. (IObserve photo/Sean Manning)


SPRINGFIELD – The November/December issue of The Catholic Mirror, now available online, features Catholic Scouting, the Sisters of St. Joseph golden jubilarians, news of the next Singing Priests concert and much more.

The digital issue can be accessed at this link:

“Parish Angel” Amy Connelly, a parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Turners Falls, is pictured with her granddaughter, Cosette. (IObserve photo/courtesy of Amy Connelly)

Here are some highlights:

  • In the cover story, local Catholic Scouts, along with their parents and adult leaders, say they find strength and hope by keeping God in their lives and relationships.
  • In a guest commentary reprinted from the Catholic Transcript of the Hartford Archdiocese, a young lawyer, husband and father shares his commitment to being an example for his peers who have strayed from the Catholic faith.
  • In local news, the Springfield Diocese introduces a new online child protection training program to bolster its efforts to safeguard children and youth in parish and diocesan programs and activities. And the diocesan diaconate program also has announced a new preformation program which will help men considering a vocation to the church’s permanent diaconate.
  • In advance of the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, we highlight a Springfield agency that recently received a CCHD grant, and the worker-owned cooperative businesses that help low-income families find a way out of poverty.
  • The Parish Angel in this issue is Turners Falls parishioner Amy Connelly, who shares her determination to pass her Catholic faith on to her children and grandchildren.
  • And Bishop Rozanski, who chairs a national committee for ecumenical and interfaith relations, encourages people of all faiths to provide examples of civility, hope and healing in a world fractured by animosity and fear.

Regular columns include “Pope Watch,” “Ask Father Joe,” and “Culture.” 

Comments and questions can be submitted to Rebecca Drake, editor, at or 413-452-0636.