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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.

    Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 20 November 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 860 404 5514 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.

    mailto:[email protected]

  • Religious Education News SPECIAL EVENT TODAY for all Rel Ed

    Parents! Dr. Joan Kelly, a popular and dynamic

    speaker will do a program in the cafeteria at HJMS.

    Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to affirm what

    parents do to support the faith of their children as

    "Heralds of the Faith"! Coffee and refreshments will

    be served! All are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

    First Reconciliation is today, Nov. 20th at 3pm

    in the church! Families should sit together in the front of

    the church. We will begin promptly at 3 pm so please

    arrive a few minutes before the hour.

    NO CLASSES next Sunday, Nov. 27th due to

    the Thanksgiving weekend. Classes, K-10

    resume Sunday, Dec. 4th.

    CONFIRMATION I & II meet next on Sunday, Dec. 4th. Remember only 2 absences are allowed

    Saturday, November 19th @ 5:00 pm Mass for William Narcisi, requested by Matt & Jackie Sheehan;

    Sunday, November 20th @ 8:00 am Mass for Susan Grenier; requested by Tillie Dziobek;

    Sunday, November 20th @ 11:00 am Mass for Rev. Edward J. McLean, requested by Donna Garry;

    Sunday, November 20th @ 5:00 p.m. Mass for Bernard Lavins, requested by the Chappano Family;

    Monday, November 21st @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Arthur Szcaepanski, 7th anniversary, requested by his family;

    Tuesday, November 22nd @ 8:30 am Mass Pietro Titarelli;

    Wednesday, November 23rd @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Jack Winters, requested by his wife, Ann;

    Thursday, November 24th @ 9:00 a.m. Pro Populo;

    Friday, November 25th @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for John Murphy & Marion Zuchowski, birthday remembrances;

    Saturday, November 26th @ 5:00 pm Mass for Nancy Tribou, 7th anniversary, requested by her family;

    Sunday, November 27th @ 8:00 am Mass for Finn McCarthy; requested by Horrigan Barry Family;

    Sunday, November 27th @ 11:00 am Mass for Mary Louise Brady, requested by the Women’s Club Ministry; and,

    Sunday, November 27th @ 5:00 p.m. Mass for Branden Reyes, requested by the Rodriquez Family.


    Offertory Collection Weekly Collection: $9,939.32 Loose Cash/Checks $1,296.32 Envelopes $8,643.00 Cathedraticum* -$ 546.67 School Tax* -$ 546.67 *Parish taxes (5.5%) paid to the Archdiocese for 526.51 services to the parish.

    Repair & Refurbishment….…$4,460.00

    This weekend’s second collection for the Campaign for Human Development.


    Sunday, November 20th, 6:00 pm Russell Hall. Join us for The Senior High annual Thanksgiving tradition of making apple pies for area soup kitchen's Thanksgiving meal. PLEASE BRING: A bag of apples, a cutting board and a peeler labeled with your family name. The rest of the ingredients will be provided. Parent helpers are needed for this evening. Please contact [email protected]

    JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH MINISTRY Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Junior High Youth Ministry meets again on Monday, December 12. Details to follow.

    VIRTUS TRAINING will be held on Monday, Nov. 21st at 6 pm in the Library (conference room off the atrium). Anyone who has not been trained should sign up online by going to the Archdiocese of Hartford website http://archdioceseofhartford.org/ and click on Protection of Youth tab. Then scroll to Virtus Online Registration. Click and then select "Archdiocese of Hartford". Scroll until you see the our church and date and register. There are a limited number of spaces, so please sign up soon! This is a program mandated by the Archdiocesan Safe Environment for children. Any adult (over the age of 18) who has any kind of contact with children should register for this important training.

    Wedding Banns II Matthew Dafgek & Ashley Shopey

    December 3, 2016

    New Altar Server Training on Wednesday, November 30th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the church with Fr. Michael. Sign-up sheets are in the atrium.

    mailto:[email protected]://archdioceseofhartford.org/


    First-Ever Parish “Town Meeting” I want to thank everyone for their participation in last Sunday’s first-ever “Town Meeting” here at Saint Catherine of Siena. Some 50 people attended and spoke up with their comment and concerns—from issues ranging from religious education and youth ministry to music, bulletin announcements, homilies, and more. Once the Parish Councils distills the comments into a report for me and the parish staff—and we then discuss the potential outcomes—I will then report back to the parish with my answers to the questions raised. Again, thank you for your love of faith and our parish!

    Hartford Archbishop to Consecrate New St. Catherine of Siena Altar—a Must See, Once-in-A-Lifetime Catholic Ritual On Sunday, December 4 at the 11 a.m. Mass our parish will experience the Roman Bishop’s Ceremonial Ritual of the consecration of our new altar, which was designed and built specifically for St. Catherine of Siena Parish. And you are invited to watch this unusual and most beautiful ritual happen. From the entrance rite to the Litany of the Saints, from incense and sacred oils—fire and the transfer and installation of the Relics of Saint Catherine of Siena into our new altar—prayers and music will accompany this once-in-a-lifetime ceremony. The ancient history of our faith comes to life here in West Simsbury. I hope you will want to attend and take pride in this parish event. A light luncheon for all will immediately follow in Russell Hall. Archbishop Leonard Blair has accepted our invitation to bless and consecrate our new altar, which is the center and symbol of our Eucharistic meal we celebrate at every Mass. Many people believe that the only rival to the British monarchy, in terms of ritual and beauty, is the Roman Catholic Church. From the time of Christ and His early Church, symbolism has lead faith-filled followers into a deeper spiritual reality that is God. The Church knows that rituals and ceremonies while not more important that God—certainly—are the things that enable our senses: uniting us more closely and powerfully to understanding God and His love for us—and His desire of our love for Him. Much planning and effort will go into this Mass and I hope you will share in the faith that leads us all to the altar of Eternal Salvation. Come and experience the blessing of our new Eucharistic table on Sunday, December 4 at 11 a.m.—mark your calendars and mark your souls!

    Becoming Catholic – RCIA Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program is underway. If you are a non-Catholic who attends Mass with your spouse and children, maybe you come with your fiancé or just happen to be in search of a deeper relationship with God—we’d love to speak with you. Come to an RCIA meeting to find out more information. From now until Easter, when the Church baptizes, bestows First Holy Communion, and then the Holy Spirit in Confirmation leading you into the Sacramental Life of the Church and helps you on the road to Eternal Life with God. Come and learn about what our Church teaches and why it teaches it. Come learn about the Traditions and traditions of our faith. Learn more about the history of the Church and the

    Magisterium and power of the Holy Spirit; find out why God loves you and desires that you will live with Him forever in the glory and wisdom of His unending joy. And if all this makes sense to you, and you feel as though you would like to find the path that leads you to God our Creator, we would love to help you investigate the One, True Faith of Christ. Our next meeting is November 22nd , 7 p.m. and I hope you feel welcome to attend. More information needed, contact Fr. Michael at 658 1642.

    Thanks to All Our Leaf Rakers! More than 25 yards of local Simsbury residents were raked this past weekend by nearly 50 volunteers from St. Catherine of Siena Parish in what has become a wonderful parish tradition of neighbors helping neighbors. Imitating Christ means to show His concern for the everyday needs of people. Christ fed the hungry, clothed the naked, gave drink to the thirsty and healed those who were ill—He saw a need, rolled up His sleeves and helped them. I want to thank all our volunteers who were so Christ-like to our neighbors who are unable to go out and do this simple but necessary task for themselves. Thanks for seeing a need, rolling up your sleeves and helping another! And thanks to the volunteers who prepared and served the lunch to our leaf rakers!

    Jesus Teaches from the Throne of His Cross: My Power is in Suffering and Death. Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. And yet the picture today’s gospel paints is less regal than it is rugged. How many other royal monarchs can you imagine hanging from a cross, looking disheveled, and aligned with common criminals? Have you ever seen a photograph of Britain’s Elizabeth II, Monaco’s Prince Albert, Spain’s King Felipe or even the 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel—the world’s youngest billionaire—looking like a common criminal? No royal robes or crown, no photographers about them, no country estate or royal palace to comfort them? And yet here hangs Christ, King of the Universe, upon a cross and surrounded by common, condemned criminals—suffering the most horrific and cruel death known to mankind. And He did that for you. Our readings today and especially the Gospel reminds us that while the world will not always recognize Christ the King—rulers, leaders from Rome, the soldiers and the passerby’s in the streets jeered and ridiculed Him. Only the “good” thief sees Jesus for who He is, and this comes from the fact that the power of Jesus is seen in the suffering and death of the Cross. The thief’s profession of faith saves him. We, too, need to see Christ’s power in suffering and death. Christ’s life calls us to imitate Him to those around us; in sinfulness we offer forgiveness, compassion and hope to those in need. Let us remember that the King of the Universe is also our Divine Physician, and He came not to minister to the healthy but rather to heal the sick. Remember, we begin each Mass with the sign of the Cross that saves us and then say the Penitential Rite in which we acknowledge our sins, know that He alone is God, and then ask for His forgiveness. The Kingship of Jesus Christ is not seen in royal palaces or in fine robes, rather it is found in the times we help build up His Kingdom in response to the suffering, death and sinfulness around us—and when we recognize our need for that same power in our lives.

    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


    -Sun, 20th—Children’s Liturgy of the Word, RH, 11 a.m.

    -Sun, 20th—First Reconciliation, Church, 3 p.m.

    -Sun, 20th—Pantry Partners, Kitchen sidewalk, 3 p.m.

    -Sun, 20th—Sr. High Youth Ministry, RH, 6 p.m.

    -Mon, 21st—NO Confession

    -Mon, 21st—Virtus Training, Library, 6 p.m.

    -Mon, 21st—Women’s Club Meeting, RH, 7 p.m.

    -Tues, 22nd—Children’s Choir Rehearsal, MR, 6:30 p.m.

    -Tues, 22nd—RCIA, Library, 7 p.m.

    -Tues, 22nd—Adult Choir Rehearsal, MR, 7:30 p.m.

    -Thurs, 24th—Thanksgiving Day Mass, 9 a.m.

    -Thurs, 24th—Thanksgiving Dinner, RH, 11:30 a.m.

    -Fri, 25th—Office Closed.

    -Sun, 27th—Advent Wreath Making, RH , 12 Noon

    -Sun, 27th—St. Elizabeth House, parking lot, 3:45 p.m.

    -Mon, 28th—Confession, Church, 6 p.m.

    -Tues, 29th—Children’s Choir Rehearsal, MR, 6:30 p.m.

    -Tues, 29th—Adult Choir Rehearsal, MR, 7:30 p.m.

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    Pantry Partners—Thank you to all of the folks who volunteered their time both Saturday and Sunday to assist in the distribution of groceries and the Thanksgiving Meal Boxes. It is a great collaboration of suppliers, drivers and site hosts that allows SCPP to deliver quality food to our Simsbury neighbors. It is through the generous donations from parishioners like you that allow this ministry to serve.

    Thank you all!

    Thanksgiving Feast at St. Catherine of Siena—Tomorrow is the last day to RSVP to join us at St. Catherine for a Thanksgiving Feast featuring a bountiful buffet at 12:30 p.m.. Please call Lisa in the Parish Office, 658-1642 or email your RSVP to [email protected] Please contact Amy Dillon with any questions at [email protected]

    Santa Claus is coming to town! Please join us in Russell Hall for

    Breakfast with Santa on Saturday,

    December 10, 2016 from 8:00 a.m.

    to 10:30 a.m. Enjoy breakfast,

    crafts and a visit with Santa! This is a free event for the parish. This year, there will be two seatings

    available. Register exclusively online at

    www.stcatherine.info. Questions? Please contact

    [email protected]

    Our popular annual Gingerbread Fair will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 10 AM to7 PM, and Sunday, Dec 4th from 8 AM to 12 Noon at St. Patrick's Church, 50 Church St. & Rt. 179, Collinsville. Features include unique handcrafted

    items, gift baskets, a teacup auction, bake sale, and lunch café with specialty desserts.

    Make it a family tradition! Don't miss this year's Advent Wreath making on Sunday, November 27th at 12:00 pm in Russell Hall after the 11:00 am Mass. We'll supply the materials and you will build your original Advent wreath with greens. Please bring a dessert to share. Sign-up Sheet in the Atrium. Volunteers are needed to help

    too. Contact Karen or Rich Sickinger at 806-408-1295 or [email protected] with any question.

    St. Elizabeth House—next service date is November 27th. 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. Questions, please contact Leila Bruno at (860) 392-8585. Thank you!

    WOMEN’S CLUB CORNER Pewter Ornaments Have Arrived! Prepaid orders are available for pick-up or for purchase by cash or check payable to St. Catherine of Siena. Look for Women's Club representatives to assist you in the Atrium on the following weekends after all Masses: Nov 19th & 20th, Dec 10th & 11th. $15 EACH, 2 FOR $28, 3 FOR $39. Prices are good through Thanksgiving Day, 11/24/16. After that date, prices will be as follows:$18 each, 2 for $34, and 3 for $45. Benefit: “Hands of Christ” Awards. November 21st Meeting: Join us Monday evening at 7 pm in Russell Hall for a quick business update followed by Thanksgiving centerpiece making. Mothers, feel free to bring your daughters (or grands, 14 years and older please). Bring your own receptacles and any greens or grasses from your yards, flowers from the market, etc. Reservoirs, trims, embellishments, some florals and expert “coaching” will be provided by Janet Fischer.

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]://www.stcatherine.info/mailto:[email protected]:[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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