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    A Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford

    The St. Catherine Parish Legacy Fund is committed to ensuring the long-term stability of our parish and its ministries. Please consider a gift in lieu of flowers upon a loved one's passing as a way to ensure our community will thrive well into the future.

    Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 10, 2019

    Parish Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

    Pastor The Reverend Michael Whyte, 860 658 1642

    PARISH STAFF Administrative Assistant-Parish Office Mrs. Lisa Cerchia 860 658 1642 or [email protected]

    Director of Religious Education Mrs. Kathi Bonner 860 658 4737 or [email protected]

    Director of Youth Ministry Youth Ministry Office Manuela Hanshaw, 860 658-1642 or [email protected]

    Director of Music Ministry Mrs. Susan Zybert 860 217-0600 or [email protected]

    Facilities Manager Mr. Michael Grappone, 860 658 1642

    Parish Council President Mr. Mike Coutinho 860 408 1649 or [email protected]

    Finance Council Chairman Mr. Scott Muryasz 860 693 4164

    Parish Legacy Fund Chairman Mr. Peter Pabich, 860 408 1254

    Parish Lay Trustees Mrs. Ann Hoffman, 860 651 3887 Mr. Steven Moretta, 860 658 9630

    Thanks for worshiping with us. If you would like to join our parish

    family, fill out a yellow membership form found in the vestibule or atrium and mail it to us, drop

    it in the collection basket or call us at 658 1642.

    We Welcome You to Our Family of Faith!

    Mass/Liturgy Schedule: Saturday Vigil at 5:00 p.m. Sunday Masses at 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, NO 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass) Daily Mass at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Wednesday, and Friday. (Yearly) Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Or by appointment, please call the parish office. Baptisms and Baptismal Preparation: Please call the parish office at 860 658 1642 Sacrament of Holy Matrimony: Please call the parish office at 860 658 1642 at least 6 months in advance Choir Practices: Adult—Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Youth—Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Contemporary Music Group—Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

    Bulletin Deadline: Monday at 10:00 a.m. Website News: email to: [email protected] 265 Stratton Brook Road, Box 184, West Simsbury, Connecticut 06092 Tel: 860 658 1642 /Fax: 888 297 3134 Email: [email protected] Website: www.stcatherine.info Facebook Page: St. Catherine of Siena Parish-West Simsbury CT

    WELCOME! We welcome all visitors who are celebrating with us today. As is our custom at St. Catherine of Siena, please remain in your pew for the singing of the first and last verses of the recessional hymn.

    mailto:[email protected]

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     Saturday, February 9th @ 5:00 p.m.

    Mass for Susan Caldwell, birthday

    remembrance, requested by her family;

     Sunday, February 10th @ 8:00 am Mass for

    James Salerno, 3rd anniversary,

    requested by his family;

     Sunday, February 10th @ 11:00 am Mass for

    Kathleen Duggan, requested by

    Myles & Julia McCabe;

     Sunday, February 10th @ 5:00 pm for Sister

    Eleanor St. John “Gracie” Harkins,

    S.N.D, requested by Ann Hurley;

     Monday, February 11th @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Special Intention;  Tuesday, February 12th @ 8:30 Mass for

    Maurice Ging, for health, requested by

    his wife;

     Tuesday, February 12th @ 9 a.m. Adoration;

     Wednesday, February 13th @ 8:30 a.m. Mass

    for Special Intention;

     Wednesday, February 13th @ 9:00 a.m.,

    Rosary for Peace;

     Friday, February 15th @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for

    Susan Caldwell, requested by

    the St. Denis Family;

     Friday, February 15th @ 9:00 a.m.;

    Chaplet of Divine Mercy;

     Saturday, February 16th @ 5:00 p.m. Mass for

    Lucia Brancato, requested by her family;

     Sunday, February 17th @ 8:00 am Mass for

    James Shelly, requested by the

    Neureither Family;

     Sunday, February 17th @ 11:00 am Mass for

    Helena Batch, requested by the

    Bruno Family; and,

     Sunday, February 17th @ 5:00 pm for Sister

    Kathleen &Patrick Duggan,

    requested by the Jahne Family.

    WEEKLY MASS INTENTIONS

    Offertory Collection Weekly Collection. $14,836.60

    Loose Cash/Checks $ 1,214.60

    Envelopes $13,622.00

    Cathedraticum* -$ 593.44

    School Tax* -$ 593.44 *Parish taxes paid to the Archdiocese for services to the

    parish.

    Repair & Refurbishment……$ 411.00 (additional)

    Mission Auction (collection) $5,024.05

    Anyone who like a year-end tax statement is asked to contact the office, 658-1642 or

    [email protected]

    Religious Education News

    GRADE FIVE Class Mass is this Sunday, Feb. 10th at 5 pm. The students should arrive at the church no later than 4:30 pm so we can practice the readings, procession, Prayers, etc. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry! CONFIRMATION I & II Meets again today, Sunday, Feb. 10th. Confirmation II-food for thought; how the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are like chocolate milk! NO CLASS, K-10 next Sunday, Feb. 17th due to the Presidents' Day holiday weekend. Classes resume, K-8 the following Sunday, Feb. 24th. COFFEE CAFE is open on Sunday, Feb. 24th! All Religious Education parents are invited to have coffee and fellowship in the cafeteria at HJMS. In search of a blue First Communion suit, or blue suit jacket and tan slacks, size 10. If you have one you would like to donate, please contact Kathi Bonner, [email protected], or 860.658.4737. Thank you.

    Sanctuary Lamp Memorial

    This week it burns

    for birthday blessings

    for Jackson, Carol & Clare.

    mailto:[email protected]

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    FROM FATHER MICHAEL...

    !

    “Duc in Altum!” Into the Human Condition “Go out into the deep…” What? After a hard and fruitless night of work? This Sunday’s gospel offers us the story of exhausted fishermen who have experienced what seems to have been a fruitless, night-long fishing trip and now the good Lord is telling them to get back into their boats and back to work—during the daytime? The first question in any fishermen’s mind, according to scripture scholars, would have been: “what does this rabbi (clergyman) know about fishing?” After all, any fisherman would tell you that the best time to fish is at night and the best place is close to the shoreline, where the water is shallow and the plant life, which the fish feed on, is plentiful. So why listen to Him? Scripture scholars also tell us that there was something about Jesus’ presence—a “sixth sense” which Simon felt, if you will,—that directed him to act according to Jesus’ Will. From hindsight, we know the rest of the story and we understand that Simon and his fellow fisherman go back out into the deep waters and have a catch of fish that is abundant—so much so that their nets are tearing. The late Pope St. John Paul II used the phrase “Duc in Altum!” (“Go out into the deep”) often during his pontificate so as to call Christians to a deeper understanding of their faith and the demands on which faith places in our everyday lives. Faith comes with responsibility. The sainted, late Pope John Paul II used this mantra so that we would understand the need to become active practitioners of faith to lead others by our light out into the “deep waters” of belief. What they see in us—they then desire for themselves. Today’s gospel calls us to understand that the Kingdom of heaven is not just a futuristic, far-off place which we hope to attain one day, rather the Kingdom is present in the here-and-now, if you and I choose to make it so. It is all about cooperating with God and helping to bring His plans for humanity and salvation into our time and place. It is about a Lived experience of faith. But our culture often calls us to relegate faith to the sidelines of life—and certainly not to live it out proactively each day in the midst of work, family, community—and yes, even the public arena, i.e., for the common good—not just for the good of me or my family and friends. That is exactly what Jesus is asking of us. In recent weeks we have heard public discussion and commentary about “the right to life,” from the

    horrifying passage of a radical expansion of New York State’s abortion law to Virginia’s proposed like-minded legislation and the State’s gubernatorial comments which seem to make infanticide acceptable. We too must draw strength, as Simon did, from the presence of Christ in our world: from the Eucharistic meal as well as from the Mystical Body of Christ, His Church—and be people of compassionate courage on the issues of life. Christ consistently speaks of life as valuable because it is created by God in His own Divine Image and Likeness. And then to every single human life, He fills them with gifts and talents to make His Kingdom present in every a

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