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.
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Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
A temporary change for the times and place for Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) is in effect....
The times will be Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church with all the necessary precautions: masks, distancing, hand sanitizing, etc.
June 2020 - From Father George
WE ARE CELEBRATING AT ST JOSEPHINE BAKHITA PARISH!
The Faith Formation Ministry is happy to announce that we will be celebrating the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist , and Confirmation during the month of July
After many months of preparation and then the long postponement of sacraments due to Covid 19, we are finally going to be able to celebrate these sacraments with our children and young adults.
We have to have several ceremonies because of the Archdiocesan guidelines on numbers of people allowed in the church at a time so we have several dates divided into small groups .
The sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on July 18th,July 25th and August 1st.
The sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated on July 21st, July 23rd, July 28th, and July 30th,
The sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on July 19th and July 26th.
Please keep them all in your prayers as they look forward to celebrating these sacraments and continue to grow in their faith as they are blessed through receiving these sacraments and become more fully engaged in our parish community.
2021 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO BE RESCHEDULED
Due to the current COVID-19 Restrictions on public meetings and social distancing the informational meeting on our pilgrimage will need to be rescheduled.
Please check this space periodically for updated information.
If you would like to be notified of the rescheduled meeting by email please e-mail deacon Michael at [email protected] and let him know.
Peace...and hang in there...be strong...be hopeful.
08/06/20 6:00 am
Both Roman and Eastern rite Catholics celebrate the Church's feast of the Transfiguration today, August 6, on its traditional date for both calendars. The feast commemorates one of the pinnacles of Jesus' earthly life, when he revealed his divinity to three of his closest disciples by means of a miraculous and supernatural light.Before his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Christ climbed to a high point on Mount Tabor with his disciples Peter, James, and John. While Jesus prayed upon the mountain, his appearance was changed by a brilliant white light which shone from him and from his clothing. During this event, the Old Testament figures of Moses and the prophet Elijah also appeared, and spoke of how Christ would suffer and die after entering Jerusalem, before his resurrection.Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record that the voice of God was heard, confirming Jesus as his son (Matthew 17:5, Mark 9:6, Luke 9:35). Peter and John make specific reference to the event in their writings, as confirming Jesus' divinity and his status as the Messiah (2 Peter 1:17, John 1:14). In his address before the Angelus on August 6, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI described how the events of the transfiguration display Christ as the â€œfull manifestation of God's light.â€� This light, which shines forth from Christ both at the transfiguration and after his resurrection, is ultimately triumphant over â€œthe power of the darkness of evil.â€� The Pope stressed that the feast of the Transfiguration is an important opportunity for believers to look to Christ as â€œthe light of the world,â€� and to experience the kind of conversion which the Bible frequently describes as an emergence from darkness to light.â€œIn our time too,â€� Pope Benedict said, â€œwe urgently need to emerge from the darkness of evil, to experience the joy of the children of light!â€� For Eastern Catholics, the Feast of the Transfiguration is especially significant. It is among the 12 â€œgreat feastsâ€� of Eastern Catholicism.Eastern Christianity emphasizes that Christ's transfiguration is the prototype of spiritual illumination, which is possible for the committed disciple of Jesus. This Christian form of â€œenlightenmentâ€� isÂ facilitated by the ascetic disciplines of prayer, fasting, and charitable almsgiving. A revered hierarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the late Archbishop Joseph Raya, described this traditional Byzantine view of the transfiguration in his book of meditations on the Biblical event and its liturgical celebration, titled â€œTransfiguration of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.â€�â€œTransfiguration,â€� Archbishop Raya wrote, â€œis not simply an event out of the two-thousand-year old past, or a future yet to come. It is rather a reality of the present, a way of life available to those who seek and accept Christâ€™s nearness.â€�Read More
With heavy hearts, and after much thoughtful, careful and prayerful consideration, we have decided to cancel the St Josephine Bakhita Bible Camp for this summer. Given all of the precautions we would need to take to keep our children and volunteers safe, distant and healthy due to the Coronavirus, we felt that holding this event would be too risky and challenging this year. This decision did not come easily, but we felt it was in the best interest of everyone involved. We do however have resources that we can provide you for different faith filled summer activities that you can do with your children. Please let us know if you would like some of those resources. Please contact Monica at [email protected] to discuss some ideas for summer activities .
Despite our disappointment, we are enthusiastically looking forward to being back next year with all the fun faith-filled activities, songs and friendships that Bakhita Bible Camp has to offer! Be safe and stay well!
Lori Gosselin and Monica Piombino, Co-Directors of BBC
NOTICE of CANCELLATIONS
The Parish Office is open by appointment only. Phone messages will be picked up.
Religious Education Classes are cancelled until further notice or until we hear otherwise.
St Josephine Bakhita Bible Camp scheduled for this summer has been cancelled
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]
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