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. Josaphat

Today, on the day of his martyrdom, Nov. 12, Roman Catholics and some Eastern Catholics remember St. Josaphat Kuntsevych, a bishop and monk whose example of faith inspired many Eastern Orthodox Christians to return to full communion with the Holy See. Other Eastern Catholics, including the Ukrainian Catholic Church, celebrate St. Josaphat's feast day on Nov. 25.Born in 1580 in the western Ukrainian region of Volhynia, John Kuntsevych did not become “Josaphat� until his later life as a monk. He also was not initially a full member of the Catholic Church, born to Orthodox Christian parents whose church had fallen out of communion with the Pope.Although the Eastern churches began to separate from the Holy See in 1054, a union had existed for a period of time after the 15th century Ecumenical Council of Florence. But social, political and theological disputes caused the union to begin dissolving even before the Turkish conquest of Byzantium in 1453. By John’s time, many Slavic Orthodox Christians had become strongly anti-Catholic.During this time, Latin missionaries attempted to achieve reunion with the individual eastern patriarchs. The approach was risky, sometimes politicizing the faith and leading to further divisions. But it did yield some notable successes, including the reunion of John’s own Ruthenian Church in the 1596 Union of Brest.John was trained as a merchant’s apprentice and could have opted for marriage. But he felt drawn to the rigors and spiritual depth of traditional Byzantine monasticism. Taking the monastic name of Josaphat, he entered a Ukrainian monastery in 1604.The young monk was taking on an ambitious task, striving to re-incorporate the Eastern Orthodox tradition with the authority of the Catholic Church in the era of its “Counter-reformation.� Soon, as a priest, subsequently an archbishop, and ultimately a martyr, he would live and die for the union of the churches.While rejecting the anti-Western sentiments of many of his countrymen, Josaphat also resisted any attempt to compromise the Eastern Catholic churches’ own traditions. Recognizing the urgent pastoral needs of the people, he produced catechisms and works of apologetics, while implementing long overdue reforms of the clergy and attending to the needs of the poor.Josaphat’s exemplary life and zeal for the care of souls won the trust of many Orthodox Christians, who saw the value of the churches’ union reflected in the archbishop‘s life and works. Nevertheless, his mission was essentially controversial, and others were led to believe lurid stories and malicious suggestions made about him. In 1620, opponents arranged for the consecration of a rival archbishop.As tensions between supporters and opponents began to escalate, Josaphat lamented the onset of attacks that would lead to his death. “You people of Vitebsk want to put me to death,� he protested. “You make ambushes for me everywhere, in the streets, on the bridges, on the highways, and in the marketplace. I am here among you as a shepherd, and you ought to know that I would be happy to give my life for you.�He finally did so, on a fall day in 1623. An Orthodox priest had been shouting insults outside the archbishop’s residence, and trying to force his way inside. Josaphat had him removed, but the man assembled a mob in the town. They arrived and demanded the archbishop’s life, threatening his companions and servants. Unable to escape, Josaphat died praying for the men who shot and then beheaded him before dumping his body in a river.St. Josaphat’s body was discovered incorrupt, five years later. Remarkably, the saint’s onetime rival - the Orthodox Archbishop Meletius - was reconciled with the Catholic Church in later years. St. Josaphat was canonized in 1867.

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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

 Frederick Krol, Tuesday, November 12th 10:00am at Saint James Church

 

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