Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish
We are 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.
Pentecost Sunday Mass
Weekend of May 22-23
4:00 PM at St. James
9:00 AM at St. Elizabeth Seton
11:00 AM at St. James
Registrations are No Longer Required!
To read the announcement on reopening our Churches Click Here.
Music for Pentecost Sunday Mass - Click Here.
Readings for Pentecost Sunday Mass - Click Here.
You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch. If you visit the "Videos" page after the mass is over, click on the image of the mass to watch the recording.
If you get a message "video not available or video interrupted"
just refresh the website page.
JOIN FATHER GEORGE AT 5:00PM FOR DAILY PRAYER
Fr. George livestreams Evening Prayer Monday - Friday at 5:00 PM on the Parish Facebook Page and above on this webpage. The recordings will also be available afterward on the Parish Facebook Page.
All members of the Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish community are invited to join in the faith activity for the month of May centered around praying the rosary.
To learn more, Click Here.
Considering recent developments from the civil authorities regarding COVID-19 measures, Archbishop Blair has announced two things:
Therefore, as of the weekend of Pentecost Sunday (May22/23), there is an obligation again to participate at Mass. However, since the risk of infection, though diminished, still remains, the following individuals may very legitimately decide not yet to attend church: those suffering from serious pre-existing conditions making them more susceptible to covid-19; those who are ill or homebound or who are caregivers in close contact with someone who is; those who have tested positive for any contagious disease, including covid-19; and those who are in quarantine due to exposure to any contagion, or who reside with someone who is quarantined. And so, let us be clear, that persons with valid health concerns or even, for now, fears about the virus, should not feel constrained to come to church. And please be reminded that the Bishops of Connecticut made clear in an earlier announcement, there is nothing contrary to faith or morals that would prevent a person from being vaccinated against covid-19.
For those unable to attend due to the above descriptions, the live streaming of Masses will continue into the near future. The Archbishop reminds us, for those who are safely able to attend church in person that the livestreaming of Masses is not a substitute for attending face-to-face.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will continue to be celebrated on Monday evenings at St. Elizabeth Seton Church at 6:00 p.m. in a large well-ventilated and safe room.
We will continue to maintain the present modified schedule of weekend Masses: Saturday 4:00 p.m. at St. James, Sunday 9:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton and Sunday 11:00 a.m. at St. James. We will be discerning the necessity of further adjustments to the schedule as we move ahead over the next few months. Another option is attendance at a regularly scheduled weekday Mass.
Given Governor Lamont’s declaration that “remaining restrictions will be lifted, except masks” on May 19, 2021, our churches can reopen to 100% capacity with no need for any specific social distancing.
Frankly, I am rather perplexed and concerned about the hasty and sudden decision of our Bishops in Connecticut. I have been very proud of our gradual steps to reopening and concern for safety and good health over the past several months. I am concerned that not enough people have been vaccinated to make this a perfect time to fully reopen. Those who have been vaccinated have experienced the benefits of greater mobility in social settings, including church. These vaccinated and otherwise healthy individuals would appear to have little reason not to return to Mass. Because the bishops decided to make this a public statement, my hands are tied, and I surrender to their decision. I leave the decision for your return to your personal decision-making and pray that your decision is one of prudence, good conscience and care for your well-being and the well-being of our brothers and sisters.
My prayers and blessings!
Fr. George Couturier
Pastor, Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish
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Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Monday evenings at 6:00 PM at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in a well ventilated and safe room. Masks required.
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NOTICE of CANCELLATIONS
The Parish Office is open by appointment only. Phone messages will be picked up.
Saint Josephine Bakhita Adult Bible Study has gone on-line until further notice. It has been taken online consistent with the "social distancing" all are urged to observe during the current COVID-19 emergency. Members should check their email for details. If you did not receive an email from Deacon Michael please email him at [email protected]
None at this time.