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 11th & 12th of July
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

Important guidelines concerning resumption of weekend Masses: PLEASE READ


Daily Mass has resumed..

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To view Sunday 9 AM Mass Online

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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 left hand side of the Facebook page. On the "Videos" Page, click on the red "live" button to watch the livestream starting at 9:00 AM Sunday. If you visit the "Videos" Page after the mass is over, you can click on the image of the mass to watch the recording. 


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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

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish,
As I shared last week, the Archdiocese of Hartford has asked that parishes begin holding Sunday mass starting the weekend of July 4-5 following very specific guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of all. In anticipation of that reopening, we need to get some things in place. My main concern for a possible and successful reopening is having the necessary volunteers to do several very crucial tasks. If we are unable to get the necessary volunteers it may prohibit our ability to reopen.
Even though some volunteers have come forth this past week…we are still looking for volunteers for the following areas:
Greeters: Along with welcoming people to church they will assist in asking basic health questions, ask people to sign-in and acknowledge their reservation for church attendance (we will have a maximum seating capacity for a while), and assist people to appropriately marked seats in the church. Essentially being a warm, hospitable, and patient person who eagerly welcomes people back to church. We need volunteers under 65 years of age and have no underlying health issues for all four Masses on the weekends. Please contact Sandy Ambrose [email protected] or [email protected]
Cleaners: We need approximately 4 people after each weekend Mass to assist in sanitizing the church in preparation for the next Mass. It will involve wiping down pews/seats, surfaces, and doorways. We have all the necessary equipment and chemicals to do the job efficiently and safely. We need volunteers for all four weekend Masses under the age of 65 and with no underlying health concerns. Please contact Fr. George [email protected] or call the parish office at 860-529-8655.
Digital Disciples: We are seeking a few volunteers to join our team of "digital angels" to help run the video and sound equipment utilized to live-stream Mass through Facebook Live. Volunteers will be fully trained, paired with members of the current team and serve on a rotating schedule. Help us extend out flight into the digital world! To learn more, contact Lisa Orchen at [email protected].
Finally, we have an immediate need and hiring of a new part/time custodian/sexton for the parish. The qualified person will work 20-25 hours per week and have duties that include: cleaning, event preparations, some over-site of maintenance needs of buildings and grounds, minor security issues, etc. For more details contact the parish office for a job description and application at 860-529-8655 or email [email protected].
The details about our reopening plans and instructions on how to make reservations will be sent out in a special edition of our e-newsletter as well as posted on the parish website, Facebook page and sent to every household through the US mail later this week. Stay tuned!
Fr. George Couturier 


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.


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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.


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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

St. Benedict

On July 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the sixth-century abbot who gave Christian monasticism its lasting foundation in Western Europe. For his historic role as the “Father of Western Monasticism,� St. Benedict was declared a co-patron of Europe (along with Saints Cyril and Methodius). St. Benedict is also the patron saint of Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate.In a 2005 general audience, Pope Benedict XVI said St. Benedict was a “powerful reminder of the indispensable Christian roots� of Europe. He cited the monk's instruction to “prefer nothing to the love of Christ,� and asked his intercession “to help us keep Christ firmly at the heart of our lives.�Born to upper-class parents in modern-day Italy during the year 480, Benedict was sent to Rome to study the humanities. However, he soon became disgusted with the loose morals that prevailed among the students. Withdrawing from the city, he lived briefly with a group of monks, then as a hermit.The young man spent three years in solitude, facing and overcoming severe temptations through prayer and asceticism. Only after doing so, did he have the confidence to emerge as an organizer of monastic communities. His first monasteries were established in the Anio valley outside Subiaco.Benedict's monasteries in Subiaco became centers of education for children, a tradition which would continue in the order during his lifetime and beyond. His monastic movement, like its forebears in the Christian East, attracted large numbers of people who were looking to live their faith more deeply.During 529, Benedict left Subiaco for Monte Cassino, 80 miles south of Rome. The move was geographically and spiritually significant, marking a more public emergence of the Western monastic movement. Benedict destroyed a pagan temple atop the mountain, and built two oratories in its place.It was most likely at Monte Cassino that the abbot drew up a rule of life, the famous “Rule of St. Benedict,� which emphasised prayer, work, simplicity, and hospitality. Though known as a rule for monks, it is addressed to all those who seek “to do battle for Christ the Lord, the true King.�Benedict's life was marked by various intrigues and miraculous incidents, which are described in his biography written by Pope St. Gregory the Great. One of the most remarkable was his meeting in 543 with Totila, King of the Goths, in which the abbot rebuked the king's lifestyle and prophesied his death.St. Scholastica, Benedict's sister, also embraced religious life as a nun. She most likely died shortly before him, around the year 543. In his final years, the abbot himself had a profound mystical experience, which is said to have involved a supernatural vision of God and the whole of creation.Around the age of 63, Benedict suffered his final illness. He was carried into the church by his fellow monks, where he received the Eucharist for the last time. Held up by his disciples, he raised his hands in prayer for the last time, before dying in their arms.Although his influence was primarily felt in Western Europe, St. Benedict is also celebrated by the Eastern Catholic churches, and by Eastern Orthodox Christians, on March 14.

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Bible Camp Announcment

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

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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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