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.
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
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
- Father George M Couturier, Pastor
- Parish Council, Parish Council
- Michael Ward, Deacon
- Elizabeth V. Husmer, Director of Music, Saint Elizabeth Seton
- Joy O'Sullivan, Director of Music, Saint James Church
- Monica Piombino, Director of Faith Formation
- Beth Mulvey, Administrative Assistant Religious Education
- Carrie Silvia, Administrative Assistant
- Gisele Reyngoudt, Business Manager
- Pamela Funk, Parish Secretary
- Randy Martini, Sexton, Saint Elizabeth Seton Church
- Ray Benedetto, Sexton, Saint James Church
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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.Â 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. Â 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.Â In 253 Cornelius was exiled by the emperor Gallus and died of the hardships he endured in exile. He is venerated as a martyr.Â 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.Â Saint Cyprian was born to wealthy pagans around the year 190, and wasÂ educated in the classics and in rhetoric. He converted at the age of 56, was ordained a priest a year later, andÂ made bishop two years after that.Â 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.Â 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."Â 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.Â On September 14, 258, however, he was martyred during the persecutions of the emperor Valerian.Read More
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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.
Director of Faith Formation
St. Josephine Bakhita Parish
Office - 860-529-1274
Email - [email protected]
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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