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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Parish Needs

Ushers are needed for the 4PM Mass on Saturdays, check out the bulletin for details...

 And...

 The Altar Guild of Saint James is seeking new members to help out insuring the worship space is shipshape... check out the bulletin for details...

 

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.

Sunday, September 9 - Parish Picnic

July 25 - Special Collection For our sister church in Haiti

August 10 - Reunion Picnic for the Haiti travelers

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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Catholic News

St. Bonaventure

Today, July 15, marks the feast day of St. Bonaventure, who is called “The Seraphic Doctor� of the Church. St. Bonaventure is known for his leadership of the Franciscans and his great intellectual contributions to theology and philosophy.St. Bonaventure was born in Bagnorea in Tuscany, Italy. He is widely believed to have been born in the year 1221, although some accounts say 1217.Sources recount that in his youth, St. Bonaventure was cured of a dangerous illness by the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi. He went on to join the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1243. After making his vows, he was sent to complete his studies in Paris. He was taught first by Alexander of Hales, an English doctor and Franciscan, and later by John of Rochelle. While in Paris, he became good friends with St. Thomas Aquinas, with whom he received the degree of Doctor. He also developed a friendship with St. Louis, King of France.In 1257, St. Bonaventure was chosen to serve as the superior of the Friars Minor. In this position, which he filled for 17 years, he brought peace and order. His impact was so great that today he is sometimes referred to as the second founder of the Franciscans.Taking on the position after a period of extraordinary expansion for the order, St. Bonaventure worked to preserve a spirit of unity. He calmed the threat of internal dissension that arose over differences in interpreting the message of St. Francis of Assisi. Central to this work was his understanding that the study of philosophy and theology did not oppose the call to poverty that was so central to Franciscan spirituality.St. Bonaventure proposed a unified and collected text regulating the daily life of the Friars Minor. The text was accepted and ratified in 1260 by the General Chapter of the Order in Narbonne.Wishing to present an authentic image of the life and teaching of their founder, he zealously collected documents about St. Francis of Assisi and heard testimonies of those who had actually known him. From this information, he compiled a biography of the saint that was adopted as his official biography by the General Chapter of the Friars Minor in 1263.St. Bonaventure also wrote numerous mystical and ascetical treatises, most famously, “The Soul's Journey into God.�In 1273, he was appointed by Pope Gregory X as Cardinal and Bishop of Albano. The Pope also asked him to help prepare the Second Ecumenical Council of Lyons, an ecclesial event aimed at re-establishing communion between the Latin and Greek Churches. St. Bonaventure worked to prepare the Ecumenical Council, but never saw its completion. He died on July 15, 1274, while the council was still in session. He was canonized in 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV.In his General Audience on March 3, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the life of St. Bonaventure. He called to mind the great works of literature, art, philosophy and theology that were inspired by the Christian faith during the time period in which the saint lived. “Among the great Christian figures who contributed to the composition of this harmony between faith and culture Bonaventure stands out, a man of action and contemplation, of profound piety and prudent government,� Pope Benedict said.The Pope called on the faithful to take note of “the central role that Christ always played in Bonaventure's life and teaching,� and to imitate the way in which “the whole of his thinking was profoundly Christocentric.� "Meditation on Christ in His humanity is corporeal in deed, in fact, but spiritual in mind. . . . By adopting this habit, you will steady your mind, be trained to virtues, and receive strength of soul....Let meditation of Christ's life be your one and only aim, your rest, your food, your desire, your study."  -  St. Bonaventure

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