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. 

Get into the holiday spirit at

St Josephine Bakhita

Holiday Fair

at the St James Church Parish Center

Saturday November 23, 2019

8:30- 4:00

Visit our many craft tables for your Christmas shopping.

Pick up a gift at our Silent Auction or Teacup Auction or maybe get a theme basket.

Stroll down the Cookie Walk and discover our many homemade treats for sale.

 You can also make a purchase at the ornament tree.

Stop by for a bite at St James Café.

Admission is free.

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil:
4:00 PM @ St James Church

Sunday:
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

Sacrament of Penance @ St James Church
Saturday 3PM to 3:45 or by appointment
Office 860-529-8655 9AM-2:30

Office Hours

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

Staff

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Catholic News

St. Ignatius of Antioch

On Oct. 17, the Roman Catholic Church remembers the early Church Father, bishop, and martyr Saint Ignatius of Antioch, whose writings attest to the sacramental and hierarchical nature of the Church from its earliest days. Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate his memory on Dec. 20. In a 2007 general audience on St. Ignatius of Antioch, Pope Benedict XVI observed that “no Church Father has expressed the longing for union with Christ and for life in him with the intensity of Ignatius.� In his letters, the Pope said, “one feels the freshness of the faith of the generation which had still known the Apostles. In these letters, the ardent love of a saint can also be felt.� Born in Syria in the middle of the first century A.D., Ignatius is said to have been personally instructed – along with another future martyr, Saint Polycarp – by the Apostle Saint John. When Ignatius became the Bishop of Antioch around the year 70, he assumed leadership of a local church that was, according to tradition, first led by Saint Peter before his move to Rome. Although St. Peter transmitted his Papal primacy to the bishops of Rome rather than Antioch, the city played an important role in the life of the early Church. Located in present-day Turkey, it was a chief city of the Roman Empire, and was also the location where the believers in Jesus' teachings and his resurrection were first called “Christians.� Ignatius led the Christians of Antioch during the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian, the first of the emperors to proclaim his divinity by adopting the title “Lord and God.� Subjects who would not give worship to the emperor under this title could be punished with death. As the leader of a major Catholic diocese during this period, Ignatius showed courage and worked to inspire it in others. After Domitian's murder in the year 96, his successor Nerva reigned only briefly, and was soon followed by the Emperor Trajan. Under his rule, Christians were once again liable to death for denying the pagan state religion and refusing to participate in its rites. It was during his reign that Ignatius was convicted for his Christian testimony and sent from Syria to Rome to be put to death. Escorted by a team of military guards, Ignatius nonetheless managed to compose seven letters: six to various local churches throughout the empire (including the Church of Rome), and one to his fellow bishop Polycarp who would give his own life for Christ several decades later. Ignatius' letters passionately stressed the importance of Church unity, the dangers of heresy, and the surpassing importance of the Eucharist as the “medicine of immortality.� These writings contain the first surviving written description of the Church as “Catholic,� from the Greek word indicating both universality and fullness. One of the most striking features of Ignatius' letters, is his enthusiastic embrace of martyrdom as a means to union with God and eternal life. “All the pleasures of the world, and all the kingdoms of this earth, shall profit me nothing,� he wrote to the Church of Rome. “It is better for me to die in behalf of Jesus Christ, than to reign over all the ends of the earth.� “Now I begin to be a disciple,� the bishop declared. “Let fire and the cross; let the crowds of wild beasts; let tearings, breakings, and dislocations of bones; let cutting off of members; let shatterings of the whole body; and let all the dreadful torments of the devil come upon me: only let me attain to Jesus Christ.� St. Ignatius of Antioch bore witness to Christ publicly for the last time in Rome's Flavian Amphitheater, where he was mauled to death by lions. “I am the wheat of the Lord,� he had declared, before facing them. “I must be ground by the teeth of these beasts to be made the pure bread of Christ.� His memory was honored, and his bones venerated, soon after his death around the year 107.

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Bible Camp ROAR

Click on photo for a video of children Praising God....

2019 Homefront Success!

  • It was a beautiful day to work outside!
  • We loved meeting Maria- our homeowner and gracious host!
  • We kicked off with coffee ... it WAS an early start!
  • Some new faces joined our team this year. So happy to ...
  • Rich and Bob gave our morning pep talk and outlined the ...
  • Father George said a beautiful prayer to start the day. (We ...
  • Coffee and catching up with friends from last year.
  • So happy to have these two back again... YOUNGER muscles!
  • And mom is too!
  • The morning coffee put smiles on a lot of faces.
  • You won't find a harder working bunch...
  • Or a happier bunch!
  • You can always spot the experienced painters!
  • Is he volunteering or just waving to someone???
  • Getting down to work... or UP as the case may be.
  • Some gorgeous bushes needed trimming.
  • They DID SAY our work was a prayer today.
  • They worked on it from all sides.
  • Great job Ladies!
  • Would you believe he threw that blue chair from there? not really...
  • It was great to have so many hands to help...
  • There was a lot to carry up that hill
  • She is having TOO MUCH FUN
  • KEEP UP!!!
  • THIS GUY... wait till you see the video... COMING SOON.
  • I don't think he was TRYING to show off... we're just jealous
  • Playing reverse Jenga (also known as packing the dumpster)
  • OF COURSE WE SORTED OUT THE METAL!
  • You can't tell here, but this driveway was a long way ...
  • Garage Doors...
  • Have we EVER done a Homefront project that DIDN'T have a ...
  • Luckily we have guys with EXPERIENCE...
  • Someone MIGHT have to make a Home Depot run... but the ...
  • And then there was the ground crew...
  • Rake, pull out invasives
  • Haul leaves, poison ivy... Smart volunteers kept themselves well covered.
  • The beds looked great when they were done. And the foundation... well...
  • It got a wonderful paint job! Keep watching for the results
  • Painting down Low, Up high
  • All around the house
  • And door work too.
  • How many different jobs do you see happening in this one shot?
  • Did you catch the tree trimmer job?
  • Keep HYDRATED! Take BREAKS!!!
  • How many gutters can YOU juggle?
  • Cleaning out the gutters...
  • Maria kept the coffee hot all morning.
  • Putting up new facing before installing the new gutters.
  • See we PROMOTE togetherness... Bob calls it building community
  • We call it FUN.
  • That is a saw he is wielding there.
  • Love this expression as he pulls down the trimmed branch. Feel ...
  • Now I debated about posting this shot... WHY?
  • Spider man, spider man... goes wherever a spider can... (did your ...
  • Cooking the hot dogs to go along with the pizza.
  • AND LUNCH MEANS...
  • EVERYONE STOPS WORKING and enjoys each others company
  • So enjoy seeing the faces of our parishoners...
  • Maria made the rounds thanking folks
  • Some of us just chilled out.
  • See anyone you know?
  • Why not join us NEXT year?
  • We promise you'll get a good night's sleep afterwards
  • And you'll make new friends
  • Young and young at heart
  • No experience necessary... we have all kinds of jobs anyone can do.
  • Like the Hospitality Crew... they served food and smiles!
  • TA DA.... the fruits of all our labors!
  • Blessings on all who gave there time and talents to our ...

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Upcoming Funerals

 Alberte Chamberland, Thursday, October 17th, 10:00AM at Saint Elizabeth Seton Church

 

 

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