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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 love one's passing as a way to ensure our community will thrive well into the future.

    Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 24 July 2016

    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 Mrs. Judy Pluta 860 408 9888 or [email protected]

    Director of Music Ministry Mrs. Susan Zybert 860 216 6519 or [email protected]

    Facilities Manager Mr. Michael Grappone, 860 658 1642

    Parish Council President Mr. Jim Peters 860 651-3143 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. Melissa Horbal, 860 651 7844 Mr. Joseph Capozzoli, 860 352 2390

    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. 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

    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.

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  • Religious Education News The deadline to register for Religious Education has passed. Registration will only be accepted with the $50.00 late fee from this point forward. Online registration is still possible, downloading the form on our website and mailing it in is also acceptable. NEW children can be added only by completing the BLUE forms that are available in the atrium and vestibule. We are in need of a Grade 5 "team teacher" who can split the teaching year with another teacher. Sharing your faith increases your faith! For more information, please contact Kathi Bonner, DRE @ [email protected] Music ministers work magic! Learning through music is fun, rewarding and effective. Our Rel Ed program is looking for a music teacher to work with our little ones....Grades K-4 to lead and teach Bible songs and hymns that we all remember learning when we were young. The music is simple but important. If you can sing, play keyboards and/or guitar, you are the perfect fit! A team of two would work well! We meet on Sunday mornings at Henry James. We have the sheet music and the children. You bring your faith, enthusiasm and talent! Call Kathi Bonner, 860.658.4737 or email [email protected]

    Saturday, July 23rd @ 5:00 pm Mass for Daniel Gallagher, requested by his family;

    Sunday, July24th @ 8:00 am Mass for Bob Bergdoll, requested by the O’Bryan Family,

    Sunday, July 24th @ 11:00 am Mass for James Provenzano, requested by Fay Shea;

    Monday, July 25th @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Michael Stephen Donohue, 45th anniversary, requested by his family;

    Tuesday, July 26th @ 8:30 am Mass for Rev. Donald French;

    Wednesday, July 27th @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Richard Savage, requested by Barb & Dick Hopkins;

    Friday, July [email protected] 8:30 a.m. Mass for Joseph Dembowski, 1st anniversary, requested by his family;

    Saturday, July 30th @ 5:00 pm Mass for Robert & Mary Keefe, requested by their children & grandchildren;

    Sunday, July 31st @ 8:00 am Mass for the improved health of Fiona Radmore, requested by Mary Lou

    & Michael Cobb and the Cobb School Community, and,

    Sunday, July 31st @ 11:00 am Mass for Patrick Duggan, requested by the Jahne Family.


    Offertory Collection Weekly Collection: $7,999.85 Loose Cash/Checks $1,277.85 Envelopes $6,722.00 Cathedraticum* -$ 439.99 School Tax* -$ 439.99 *Parish taxes (5.5%) paid to the Archdiocese for services to the parish.

    Repair & Refurbishment……$393.00 (additional)

    Defending Our Religious Liberty The Catholic Church is not asking for special treatment when it comes to the federal healthcare mandate, she is simply asking that every American’s right to religious freedom be protected. This right is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday, or to pray the Rosary at home. It is about adhering to the tenets of our faith, so that we can contribute to the common good of all Americans. If you haven’t done so already, please voice your opposition to the federal health care mandate by calling U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell at 202-205-5445, and your elected representatives. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom. If you have called, call again, our representatives need to pay attention.

    Wedding Banns I John Hession & Christine DeCormier

    August 13, 2016

    VOCATIONS QUOTE: “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Try it. Then listen, look, enter. This refers to the possibility of a religious vocation. Call Fr. Jeffrey Gubbiotti, Director of Vocations, Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Tel. 860-242-5573, email [email protected] or visit the web at www.hartfordpriest.com.


    MISSION TRIP TO DOVER, DELAWARE —Another information gathering session for this year’s Youth Ministry Mission Trip to Dover, Delaware will be held on Tuesday, August 16th at 7:00 pm in the parish library. Information and applications will be available at the meeting. Students in grades 9-12 and parent chaperones are eligible to attend. College students are welcome to apply and come with us for the college student portion of the program. All applications are due on August 31, 2016. Questions? Comments? More information? Please contact Judy Pluta at [email protected] Registration forms for Youth Ministry 2016-17 are available in the atrium and the vestibule and on line. Register early to stay in the KNOW.

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    Discipleship in More Detail: A Timeline In the past two weekends the Gospel of Luke has spoken to us in depth about what Christ’s meaning of “Discipleship” comprises. Luke has given us “discipleship” from Christ, our Lord’s perspective, from the very beginning of our faith and Church, not from a modern or interpreted perspective. Two weeks ago we heard the account of the Good Samaritan and the two questions which arise from that story—which are meant not only for the early Disciples of Christ to consider but also for us today: (1) “How do I inherit Eternal Life and (2) “Who is my neighbor”? Christ’s answers: (1) do what is righteous, and (2) any brother or sister in need. For Christ, our faith is a lived faith; it must have life, breathe and action to it. We are called to take the Truths of Christ—doing the righteous thing, which is the Will of God—and take it with us into the world through our lived faith. Inheriting eternal life means to become Christ in the world. To take what we have been given in faith and Believe it, Live it, and Share it with the world around us. We must feed the hungry for it is righteous. We must care for the sick, for it is righteous. We must establish peace and justice in our families and communities, for it is righteous. We must teach the ignorant the Truths of Christ, for it is righteous. And we must forgive wrongs and offenses against us, for it is righteous. For Christ, our neighbor is not someone who is geographically local. A neighbor is not connected to us by blood or relationship, nor is one connected to us by shared similarities—race, religion, politics or national origin. For Christ, a neighbor is simply human, a creation of God. For if we believe that all are created in the Image and Likeness of the Divine—and we believe we are—then how can one “cross the street and walk past” someone in need? The Church, created and instituted by Christ, provides us on earth the conduit to become a Believer, a Liver and a Sharer of Faith, to actively put our beliefs into motion and to transform not only our own hearts but also the world around us in which we live. For that is righteous. One week ago, in Luke’s Gospel where sisters Martha and Mary are at odds, the author shows us that Christ is concerned not so much with what we are doing for Him, but rather that we are concerned with what Christ is doing for us. Martha busies herself with preparing a dinner and getting things ready to serve her guests and the Lord. Mary sits at Christ’s feet and listens to the Word of God, hearing and believing that which wants to do for us. Christ declares that what Mary is doing—learning and understanding the wisdom of God—is more important that Martha’s activities of being anxious and busy. You see it is not so much the “doing” that counts but it is the transformation of the heart and person that our Lord is concerned (the feeding of the hungry, the teaching of the ignorant, the caring for the sick while vital in this earthly life are truly more about the transformation of our hearts

    and minds—so that our “good deeds” are less about an act of kindness done here or there, at Christmas time or during Lent, and more about creating a way of life for the Christian disciple)—Transformation. This week, Luke’s Gospel speaks to us about prayer and the greatest gift of all, the Holy Spirit. It is in prayer and being prayerful that we will come to know God’s Will for us and we then will live the life God has hoped for us. In prayer, we must be persistent. In prayer, it is O.K. to ask—for we shall receive. And in a prayerful way of life, we must give and support, like a good parent does, assistance or guidance to someone even when that support may seem difficult for the receiver. For if we truly love, like our Father loves us, then our hope in the end is that our loved ones (all of us) become the most excellent person they can be—the image and likeness of God. This is where the gifts of the Holy Spirit come in. Our Father, who wishes to give us all that we need, sends His Holy Spirit into our lives so that we will be guided to all Truths and so come to Him through Truth and living a righteous way of life. We are called to be persistent in prayer. To constantly have dialogue with the Lord so that we listen to Him speak to us in the silence of our hearts. Sometimes when the Lord answers our prayers we may not understand what He is saying to us or we may not recognize an answer—since it might not be what we intend Him to do or to give to us. But prayer is not some personal form of us lobbying the Lord. God is immutable and we cannot change Him. We cannot educate the Lord to a better way of thinking or a more modern or updated “take” on an absolute truth. Truth does not change, what was true in AD 33 is true today. What changes is our interpretation through the cultural winds of the day—powered by convenience. So what good is prayer if not to change the Lord to our will? Prayer enables us to listen to and to understand God. To transform our hearts to receive the Eternal Truths of Wisdom (God) and to come to understand how and why the Lord desires this given outcome in life for us. For in the end, when earth and all the material collectables of life come to naught, the One, Lasting Gift is Eternal Life: to share forever in the Divine Life of God, to know all Wisdom, to feel all Love, and to experience all Joy forever. Indeed, that is Righteous!

    MANY THANKS to our Senior High Youth Ministry who baked and delivered 75 apple pies to area soup kitchens for their Thanksgiving meals. Thank you to the parent helpers who gave their time and energy on PIE NIGHT: Rosanne O' Hara, Amy Dillon, Susan Hoffman, Jeanne Carpenter, Debbie Hamil, Kathy Duford, Manuela Hanshaw and Mike Laiuppa.

  • Upcoming Meetings/Events


    -Mon, 25th—NO Confession

    -Sun, 31st—St. Elizabeth House, parking lot, 3:45 p.m.


    -Mon, 1st—Mass at McLean Home, 11 a.m.

    -Mon, 1st—Confession, Church, 6 p.m.

    -Mon, 1st—Rosary, Church, 7 p.m.

    -Tues, 2nd—RCIA, Library, 7 p.m.

    -Mon, 8th—Confession, Church, 6 p.m.

    -Mon, 15th—Confession, Church, 6 p.m.

    -Tues, 16th—Mission Trip Info Session, Library, 7 p.m.

    -Sat, 20th—Feed the Hungry

    -Sat, 20th—Pantry Partners, Vestibule, 9 a.m.

    -Mon, 22nd—NO Confession

    -Sat, 27th—Picnic in the Park, RH

    -Sat/Sun, 27th/28th—Women’s Club Membership Drive

    & Bake Sale, Atrium

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    Pantry Partners—The August distribution date for St. Catherine Pantry Partners is August 20. Individual orders must be received by August 13. Envelopes are located in the vestibule and the atrium. Donations are always welcome. This summer, we have added two new families to our monthly distribution. Without your continued support, thus would not be possible. Thank you to all whose contributions help maintain this ministry.

    St. Elizabeth House—next service date is, today, Sunday, July 31st. Food needs to be ready to serve (casseroles hot, salad pre-cut) and at the church by 3:45 p.m. Please sign up in the atrium. Any questions, please contact Leila Bruno at (860) 392-8585. Thank you!

    SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED!!! To help children of Hartford. Please donate the following items for Family Life Ministry to distribute to the children: backpacks, calculators, notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, 3 ring binders, loose leaf paper, markers, crayons, erasers, and glue. All items can be placed in the boxes in the Atrium or the Vestibule. Help children be all that they can be!

    Stewards for Tomorrow Pastoral Planning Update

    The first round of pastoral planning meetings among priests in the seventeen deaneries of the Archdiocese is complete. The outcomes from these meetings are draft recommendations for restructuring each deanery through a comprehensive design of our parishes and schools. Priests also took time to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their recommendations in preparation for sharing their results with select members of their respective congregations. Pastors have been asked to choose 4-6 people in their parish(es) to provide input and consultation in this phase as we move forward. Those chosen may meet at a parish level with their pastors and at some point, in a large-group session with other parish representatives from the deanery to review the draft recommendations and then determine what they feel are the strengths & benefits of the initial plan, as well as the weaknesses & concerns that they see. All of this information from the priests and parishioners will then be synthesized and developed into a FIRST DRAFT MODEL for Parishes and Schools of the Archdiocese, for review by the Office for Pastoral Planning. Subsequently, priests and parishioners will continue to consult, meet, review and refine restructuring recommendations throughout the remainder of 2016. Please be assured that whatever rumors you might have heard,





    Please consult the Office of Pastoral Planning page on our Archdiocesan website: http://archdioceseofhartford.org/office-of-pastoral-planning/, for on-going “Stewards for Tomorrow” pastoral planning progress.


    JULY 24th—JULY 30th; Natural Family

    Planning (NFP) Information Session.

    NFP is an umbrella term for modern, healthy, scientifically accurate, natural, and reliable methods of family planning. An introductory NFP session will be held on Saturday August 20th, 10:00-12:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 149 Goodwin St. Bristol, CT 06010. Open to anyone interested in understanding more about NFP. Free. Registration required. Call Office of Family Life (860) 242-5573 Ext. 2683 or email [email protected]

    http://archdioceseofhartford.org/office-of-pastoral-planning/http://archdioceseofhartford.org/office-of-pastoral-planning/mailto:[email protected]

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    Church: St. Catherine of Siena City: West Simsbury, Connecticut Account # 04-0523 Run # Routing Code: O Phone: 860.658.1642 Fax: 888.297.3134 Contact: Lisa Cerchia

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