Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish is a Christ centered, Roman Catholic faith community in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
We are committed to being a welcoming, inclusive and hospitable parish celebrating vibrant Eucharistic liturgies for all ages.
We value an unwavering commitment to social justice and a compassionate outreach to all.
We also laud an innovative, lifelong and inter generational faith formation approach, embracing technology in the service of our ministries.
An invitation for High School Singers & Musicians
A group of Saint Elizabeth Seton singers going into high school this fall are interested in establishing a choir for high school men and women to sing at occasional masses. Only one Thursday rehearsal before a scheduled mass would be necessary. Instrumentalists are welcome as well. If interested, speak to Elizabeth Husmer, Director of Music at Saint Elizabeth's or sign up in theSES foyer.
On the 1st Sunday of Advent 2018, the time of the Vigil mass (Saturday, December 1, 2018) will be changed to 4PM instead of 4:30PM and will continue at that new time into the future.
Louis Lazzeri, Thursday October 25th at 11:00am at Saint James Church
11/16/18 5:00 am
On Nov. 16, the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of a distinguished medieval nun and writer in the Benedictine monastic tradition, Saint Gertrude of Helfta, better known as â€œSt. Gertrude the Great.â€� One of the most esteemed woman saints of the Christian West, she was a notable early devotee of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. â€œShe was an exceptional woman, endowed with special natural talents and extraordinary gifts of grace, the most profound humility and ardent zeal for her neighbor's salvation,â€� Pope Benedict XVI said of St. Gertrude in an October 2010 general audience. â€œShe was in close communion with God both in contemplation and in her readiness to go to the help of those in need.â€� Born in Germany on Jan. 6, 1256, Gertrude was sent at age 5 to a monastery in Helfta, to receive her education and religious formation. Under the leadership of the abbess Gertrude of Hackeborn, the monastery was highly regarded for its spiritual and intellectual vitality. The young Gertrudeâ€™s teacher, later canonized in her own right, was the abbessâ€™ sister Saint Matilda of Hackeborn. A gifted student with a great thirst for knowledge, Gertrude excelled in her study of the arts and sciences of her day, while living according to her communityâ€™s strict practice of the Rule of Saint Benedict. By her own account, however, something seems to have been lacking in Gertrudeâ€™s personal devotion, which suffered due to her overemphasis of intellectual and cultural pursuits. A change in her priorities began near the end of the year 1280, in the season of Advent. Gertrude was 24 and had greatly distinguished herself in many fields of study. But her accomplishments began to seem meaningless, as she considered the true meaning and goal of her monastic vocation. Anxious and depressed, Gertrude felt she had built a â€œtower of vanity and curiosityâ€� rather than seeking to love God above all things and live in union with him. In January of the following year, she experienced a vision of Christ, hearing him declare: â€œI have come to comfort you and bring you salvation.â€� During 1281, her priorities shifted dramatically, away from secular knowledge and toward the study of Scripture and theology. Gertrude devoted herself strongly to personal prayer and meditation, and began writing spiritual treatises for the benefit of her monastic sisters. Understanding the love of Christ as the supreme and fundamental reality, Gertrude communicated this truth in her writings and strove to live in accordance with it. Though acutely aware of her own persistent faults, she also came to understand the depths of Godâ€™s mercy. She accepted the illness and pain of her final years in a spirit of personal sacrifice, while recalling the goodness of God that had transformed her life. St. Gertrude the Great died on Nov. 16, though it is not known whether this was in the year 1301 or 1302. While some of her written works were lost, others survive: â€œThe Herald of Divine Love,â€� â€œThe Life and Revelations,â€� and St. Gertrudeâ€™s â€œSpiritual Exercises.â€�Read More