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. 

Welcome !

The Parish of St. Josephine Bakhita is happy to announce the appointment of Monica Piombino as our new Director of Faith Formation beginning mid-July. She comes to us with some 30 years of experience in the Faith Formation world. Monica has been invited to explore and grow our efforts at parish unity, family catechesis and life-long learning. We ask for your help by your prayers and participation in the awesome effort to grow our parish together.

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

On Line Giving

Publications


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Catholic News

St. Cornelius, Pope, Martyr and St. Cyprian, Bishop, Martyr

Saint Cornelius was elected Pope in 251 during the persecutions of the Emperor Decius. His first challenge, besides the ever present threat of the Roman authorities, was to bring an end to the schism brought on by his rival, the first anti-pope Novatian. He convened a synod of bishops to confirm him as the rightful successor of Peter. The great controversy that arose as a result of the Decian persecution was whether or not the Church could pardon and receive back into the Church those who had apostacized in the face of martyrdom.  Against both the bishops who argued that the Church could not welcome back apostates, and those who argued that they should be welcomed back but did not demand a heavy penance of the penitent, Cornelius decreed that they must be welcomed back and insisted that they perform an adequate penance. In 253 Cornelius was exiled by the emperor Gallus and died of the hardships he endured in exile. He is venerated as a martyr. Saint Cyprian of Carthage is second in importance only to the great Saint Augustine as a figure and Father of the African church. He was a close friend of Pope Cornelius, and supported him both against the anti-pope Novatian and in his views concerning the re-admittance of apostates into the Church. Saint Cyprian was born to wealthy pagans around the year 190, and was educated in the classics and in rhetoric. He converted at the age of 56, was ordained a priest a year later, and made bishop two years after that. His writings are of great importance, especially his treatise on The Unity of the Catholic Church, in which he argues that unity is grounded in the authority of the bishop, and among the bishops, in the primacy of the See of Rome. In, "The Unity of the Catholic Church," St. Cyprian writes, "You cannot have God for your Father if you do not have the Church for your mother.... God is one and Christ is one, and his Church is one; one is the faith, and one is the people cemented together by harmony into the strong unity of a body.... If we are the heirs of Christ, let us abide in the peace of Christ; if we are the sons of God, let us be lovers of peace." During the Decian persecutions Cyprian considered it wiser to go into hiding and guide his flock covertly rather than seek the glorious crown of martyrdom, a decision that his enemies attacked him for. On September 14, 258, however, he was martyred during the persecutions of the emperor Valerian.

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Faith Formation

WELCOME BACK TO A GREAT YEAR OF FAITH FORMATION

CLASSES AT SAINT JOSEPHINE BAKHITA PARISH!!!

 We hope that you all had a restful summer and are excited to begin new classes in our faith formation program for students in early childhood through Confirmation.

 If you have not yet registered please do so as soon as possible!

Registration forms are available on the parish website as well as the religious education office and the foyers of the churches. If you would like to download a copy please click here.

At present, we are in need of catechists for the following grades and times:

 First Eucharist- Grade 3-Sunday 4-5:15 pm

                                       Monday 5-6:15 pm

 Grade 4                           Sunday 4-5:15 pm

                                        Monday 5-6:15 pm

 Grade 5                           Wednesday 4:30-5:45 pm

 Grade 6                            Tuesday 4:30-5:45 pm

                                          Wednesday 4:30-5:45 pm

 Grade 7                             Sunday 9:15-10:30 am

                                           Tuesday 4:30-5:45 pm

                                          Wednesday 4:30-5:45 pm

 Grade 8                              Sunday 9:15-10:30 am

                                           Tuesday 6-7:15 pm

 Please prayerfully consider serving as a catechist this year for one of these openings. It is truly a rewarding experience for you personally to grow in your own faith. Be assured of my support every step of the way with resources and hands on instruction to guide you. We are also open to the possibility of you co -teaching with someone else.

We anticipate classes beginning the week of September 29th. Please check your email to be notified when your child’s class and time is finalized.

If you had previously tried to email me through the parish website I did not receive it; the problem has now been corrected.

 Thank you for your support and prayers as we prepare for a great year of faith formation for your child at St. Josephine Bakhita parish.

 

 Monica Piombino

Director of Faith Formation

St. Josephine Bakhita Parish

Office - 860-529-1274

Email - [email protected]

 

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 ...

Save the Date

Various activities of the Parish you should be adding to your calendar.

September 14 - Rockin' for Haiti Concert

September 28-29 - Fr Johnson from Haiti will join us 

 

Saint Josephine Bakhita North Campus

Saint Josephine Bakhita South Campus

Upcoming Funerals

 

 

 

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