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. 

Sunday Masses at our Churches
Weekend of the 26th & 27th of September
4:00 at St. James
9:00 at St. Elizabeth Seton
11:00 at St. James
Registrations are Required!

We have a limited seating capacity &
we need a written record of attendees for contact tracing.
CLICK HERE to register to attend Sunday Mass

Guidelines For Weekend Masses: PLEASE READ


Daily Mass has resumed...Click For Guidelines



To view Sunday 9 am or 11am Mass Online

Click here to view the Mass on Facebook...

You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch. You can click 'not now' if invited to login to Facebook. Click on "Videos." On the "Videos" page, click on the red "live" button to watch the livestream starting at 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM Sunday Mornings. If you visit the "Videos" page after the mass is over, you can click on the image of the mass to watch the recording. 


View Sunday Morning Mass and Father George's Daily Prayer below 

If you get a message "Video not available or Video interrupted"

Just refresh the website page. 

Sunday Music 

Sunday Readings


Daily Prayer


Fr. George livestreams Evening Prayer Monday - Friday at 5:00pm using Facebook live which can also be viewed live above.

The recordings will also be available afterward on the Parish Facebook page at the link below..

You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch. You can click ‘not now’ when invited to join Facebook. Click on “Videos” on the left hand side of the Facebook page. On the “Videos” Page, click on the red “live” button to watch the livestream starting at 5:00PM. If you visit the “Videos” Page after short prayer time is over, you can click on the most recent image of Fr. George to watch the recording.


Please join us!!!



Emergency Appeal: Basic Human Needs crisis
We wouldn’t ask now if it wasn’t an emergency. Please help in any way that you can.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities has done everything possible to help people in need. People who have lost their jobs. People who are struggling with access to food and shelter. People who are scared for their children.
Every day, the pleas keep coming in.
"It is with a humble heart that I am seeking help at a very difficult time for me. I recently lost my full time job. I am a single mom. I am rendered helpless to pay my mortgage or any of my bills."
"Current single mom with a 6 year old and a newborn out of work due to covid and behind on rental payments in risk of eviction."
"I am in need of rental assistance. I have been unemployed since the start of the COVID pandemic. I have paid my rent faithfully up until July. I am trying to find help and have applied for SNAP benefits and only am able to receive food stamps. Is there any way that you guys can help me."
"I’m really need help to pay the rent bill , my husband lost his job due the pandemic . I’m the only who are working but my salary isn’t enough for all the expenses and provide food also ... Thank you!"
"I’m scared to miss a rent payment. Please get back to me. Thank you."
Unfortunately, we are past our breaking point. Our case managers are overwhelmed, and our hearts are breaking. We just cannot keep up with the demand without additional help from our friends, partners, and supporters.
Why donate to Catholic Charities in a time of crisis?
We have been in operations for 100 years. Together, we will be here for 100 more. Individuals and families in need are reaching out to us. We want to do everything we can to honor their dignity and humanity in an hour of need.
Thank you so much.
John P. Noonan
Director of Development & Communications




Help Our Parish Elementary Schools - HOPES Collection

The HOPES Collection benefits the Catholic elementary schools of the Archdiocese by providing schools with individual HOPES Grants. Last year’s HOPES Grants funded advances in technology, safety and the marketing and promotion of Catholic schools through branding and social media. Please help us provide a culture of faith and academic excellence to elementary school students by giving to the 2020 Catholic elementary school HOPES Collection on the weekend of September 26-27, 2020.  


Dear Saint Josephine Bakhita parishioners:

Our Dynamic Catholic Event “Find Your Greatness”, which was to be held at Incarnation Church, Wethersfield, will now be virtual. Since covid-19 prevents your local public event from happening as planned, you can now participate in this life-changing event from the comfort of your home on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. The details will be posted on the website at

If you bought tickets for the event there are options for you to consider.

  • If you have a computer or tablet, or other devices please send your email address to

[email protected]. They will send your email address to Dynamic Catholic and they will send you the link for the virtual event.

  • If this option is not possible, then you may call the Event team at Dynamic Catholic and they will be happy to process a refund to you. Please call 1-859-980-7900. Please tell them your name and the parish that you are from in Wethersfield or Rocky Hill and they will take it from there.
  • If you bought tickets for someone else, please go to the Incarnation Church website and there is a form to click with directions.

Please know that the planning team worked very hard to bring this exciting event to you and they are truly saddened by the change.

Peace and Blessings,

Fr. George Couturier


 This Sunday, September 20th, we as a Catholic Church community celebrate Catechetical Sunday.This is a day to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the gospel to all people. It is a day when we honor and ask for blessings for  all those wonderful volunteers who participate in our faith formation program and share their faith. This year however is unlike any other year as we will be blessing catechists to teach during the Covid 19 pandemic and experience a whole new way of sharing their faith . They will be teaching remotely or in small groups or a combination of both. Parents will also be called to participate even more fully in  teaching the faith as they guide their children through this new way of learning .

This year’s theme , “I Received What I Handed On To You” inspires all of us to live the Word of God and to share it with one another.

We wish to share with you a special blessing for all of our catechists for this new year

A Prayer for Catechists

Loving Father, we pray today for our catechists. We

thank you for their gift of ministry in your Church.

Grant them your wisdom that they may grow in the

understanding and teaching of your Word. Grant them also

your love that they may be fruitful heralds of your Word and

lead others to love you.

Pour forth your Holy Spirit upon them to grant them

wisdom about what is important; knowledge of the truths of

faith; understanding of their meaning; right judgement

about how to apply them in life; courage to persevere even

in the face of adversity; reverence before all that is sacred

and holy; and that loving zeal which leads others to a

transforming encounter with your Son.

We pray this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 Extension of Dispensation from Sunday Mass Obligation

On March 13, 2020, each and every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Hartford was dispensed from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair due to the potential danger of the coronavirus pandemic. This dispensation was most recently extended on May 27, 2020, with the release of the document 'Opening Churches for Public Worship in the Archdiocese of Hartford,' which stated, “As for Sunday Mass, the dispensation from the Sunday obligation previously granted to all Catholics of the archdiocese by the Archbishop has now been extended through Sunday, September 6, 2020.”

In light of continued uncertainty regarding the extent and duration of the coronavirus in the state of Connecticut and throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, Archbishop Blair has now extended this dispensation from the Sunday obligation through Saturday, November 28, 2020, which is the last day of the current liturgical year.

The Archdiocese of Hartford continues to monitor the severity of the situation surrounding the pandemic and will provide updates regarding decisions reached for the archdiocese as they are made.


To see Father George's Latest Newsletter, Click Here.


To receive these parish communications in your E-Mail,
update your contact information here.

Opportunities to support our local agencies

Click here for




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.




  • Sun, Sep 27th

  • Sun, Sep 20th

On Line Giving

Mass Times

All Masses have been suspended due to the Pandemic, you can view 9AM Mass live on sundays by referring to message at top of page....

Saturday Vigil:
4:00 PM @ St James Church

7:30, 9:00 AM @ St Elizabeth Seton Church
11AM @ St James Church:

Daily: Mon & Fri: 8:30 AM @St Elizabeth Seton
Tues & Thurs: 8:00 AM in the Chapel @ St James

Holy Days:
7:00 AM @ St James Church,
[email protected] Saint Elizabeth Seton Church,
7:00PM Evening Mass @ St James Church

Temporarily the Sacrament of Penance will be held at St Elizabeth Seton Church
Monday 6 PM or by appointment
Office 860-529-8655 9AM-2:30

Office Hours

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Mon. - Fri.


Is God talking to you?

Pilgrimage to Poland 2021



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 hopeful.





Catholic News

Blessed Anton Martin Slomshek

Anton Martin Slomshek who was born November 26, 1800 at Ponikva, Slovenia is the first Slovenian to be beatified.


Read More

Add St Josephine to your Mobile Device

Iphone Instructions





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]



Saint Josephine Bakhita North Campus

Saint Josephine Bakhita South Campus

Upcoming Funerals

None at this time.


Faith Formation

Hello Families,It’s been a long time! We have been blessed in the last month to celebrate with those of you who have received the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.  Now we are preparing to design a faith sharing experience for the Fall as we continue our journey of faith with all of you.

We are getting ready to launch registration for our 2020-21 Faith Formation program. While things will look different - at least for the first half of our year - we are excited for the chance to bring new ideas and share our faith together! There is a well-known quote that says, "Don't be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something better."  That is our hope for our program this year!

What will the program look like?

The safety of all our children and catechists is our top priority, so we will only gather when we feel it is safe to do so. We will begin our programming for the year in October with an online platform.  We are working hard putting different resources and videos together to design an online learning experience that will be enhanced by simple, fun activities that our children and our families can do together to strengthen our faith. Our catechists will help us reach out to you and your children and stay in contact with you through this new online platform.   When we are able to, we hope to meet in small groups (though this may not happen for the first few months).If this does happen, you will always have the option to stay with the online platform exclusively if you are more comfortable.

How do I sign my children up?

Click on the link and it will take you to our online form. Fill it out and hit submit. It's that easy!  Email us with any questions. We can be reached at: [email protected] or call 860-529-1274.

We're looking forward to this year and to building our faith together in a new way!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we'll "see" you in October!


Your Faith Formation team, Beth, Monica, Carol, and Linda