On February 21, 2015, Archbishop Leonard Blair sent a letter to men and women of the Archdiocese of Hartford informing them of the inauguration of a process to create and implement an Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan for the purpose of repositioning the Archdiocese, its parishes, schools and institutions, in order to ensure a spiritually rich and vibrant future. After more than two years of research, conversation, and meeting, this plan was made public on May 6, 2017.
This plan, to become effective on June 29, 2017, called for the merging of the Catholic communities in Rocky Hill into one single entity named Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish. The buildings of Saint James Church and Saint Elizabeth Seton Church would both remain open to serve the new, united community.
It is with excitement that we begin this new journey of bringing our churches together and uniting our congregations into one bigger, stronger community. While the original Catholic churches of Rocky Hill will be fondly remembered and looked back upon for guidance and inspiration, our new parish will also look to the future, enthusiastic and ready to spread the message of the gospel not only in our small sections of town but throughout the whole of Rocky Hill.