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.
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time 21 August 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: AdultTuesdays at 7:30 p.m. YouthTuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Contemporary Music GroupSundays 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.
Religious Education News The deadline to register for Religious Education has now 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.
Saturday, August 20th @ 5:00 pm Mass for Janet Russell, birthday remembrance, requested by her family;
Sunday, August 21st @ 8:00 am Mass for Mary Beth Hampton, requested by Kathy Cochener,
Sunday, August 21st @ 11:00 am Mass for John Raphael, requested by the Jahne Family;
Monday, August 22nd @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Alfred Melanson, birthday remembrance, requested by his family;
Tuesday, August 23rd @ 8:30 am Mass for Eleanor Murphy, requested by the Lynch Family;
Wednesday, August 24th @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Rev. Louis Evangelista;
Friday, August 26th @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Dorothy Fitzy Montgomery, requested by Anna Carullo;
Saturday, August 27th @ 5:00 pm Mass for Daniel Gallagher, requested by Fay Shea;
Sunday, August 28th @ 8:00 am Mass for the improved health of Angela Ging; and,
Sunday, August 28th @ 11:00 am Mass for The St. Catherine of Siena Womens Club Ministry.
WEEKLY MASS INTENTIONS
Offertory Collection Weekly Collection: $8,163.50 Loose Cash/Checks $1,224.50 Envelopes $6,939.00 Cathedraticum* -$ 448.99 School Tax* -$ 448.99 *Parish taxes (5.5%) paid to the Archdiocese for services to the parish.
Repair & Refurbishment $2,935.00
Sunday, Oct. 16th at 2 p.m. All couples celebrating their 25th, 50th, 60th and any other special wedding anniversary this year are invited. Archbishop Blair
will be the main celebrant. Mass will include a renewal of marriage vows, followed by a simple reception and an opportunity for a photo with the Archbishop. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend. Please call the parish office, 658-1642, to respond to this invitation.
YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH MINISTRY
MISSION TRIP APPLICATIONS for this years trip to Delaware are due August 31. Register now for this enriching life experience. Sunday, August 28, 7:00 pm, LEADERSHIP TEAM meeting in parish library. Sunday, September 11, 6:00 pm, SENIOR High KICKOFF, Russell Hall. Pizza will be served. Sign up for car wash, TWA, service projects and more. Tee shirt give-a-way tonight !!! Join the fun. Bring a friend.
JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH MINISTRY
Monday, September 12, 7:00 pm, Russell Hall, JUNIOR High KICKOFF. All 7th and 8th graders are invited to come and "check it out." Pizza will be served. Sign up for car wash and fall activities. Tee shirt give-a-way tonight.
DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE Only 5 seats remaining for our
Oct 4 bus trip. If you would like to join us call Ann at
413 446 4401.
Defending LibertyCritics who say the Catholic Church is against universal health care are misinformed. The Catholic Church is founded on the Corporal Works of Mercy and helping others. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has always advocated for health care. The Catholic Church is opposing the health care mandate, because it violates the First Amendment, which is supposed to safeguard freedom of religion. If you havent 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 listen to us.
FROM FATHER MICHAEL...
Celebrating Together The power of the Eucharistic meal is beyond all human understanding; it is the Eucharist that binds us with Christ and God our Father, and it binds us together as One. Once a month, the fourth Sunday of the month, Father John Baptist Pesce, C.P., from Holy Family Monastery and Retreat Center in West Hartford comes to our parish to be the celebrant of the 8 a.m. Mass. Father brings with him more than 60 years of priesthood, 92 years of life experience, and a Doctoral degree in Theology from Rome. We are blessed to have his wisdom and passion for social justice and in leading our Mass celebration. Recently I received a note from Fr. John in which he told me how much he enjoys coming to St. Catherine of Siena Parish and what it means to him and his priesthood. I thought you would like to see his vantage point on the celebration of our Mass. He said, Just to express my gratitude to you and the parish in having me there at St. Catherines to celebrate the Eucharist when such is my privilege. There is the feeling that it is really a celebration of a community, more of a family, and this makes it much more than a matter of obligation. May God continue to bless youall. His words illustrate how powerful your faith-lived-out is to others. Each time I request priestly coverage for the Masses I hear the same common denominator from those priests: that the people of St. Catherine of Siena are a special breed and that the celebration of the Sacred Eucharist is always joyful and joy-filledfrom the music to the readings to the prayerfulness and most especially to the responses of the congregationnot typical in all churches. Fr. John hits the nail on the head when he says it (the celebration of the Mass) is much more than an obligation. Vatican II (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosantum Concilium, solemnly promulgated by Pope Paul VI, 4 December 1963) states that Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy, and to which the Christian people, a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people (1 Pet. 2:9, 4-5) And the way in which you do that certainly feeds and nourishes all the priest-celebrants as well as the congregation in the pews. Thank you!
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: Who Has Heavenly Reservations? Lord, will only a few people be saved? Jesus doesnt give a direct answer to this question in todays Gospel but rather He gives us clues as to the makeup of the Kingdom of Heaven and of His desires for us to be with Him for all eternity. I am reminded of the often repeated homily joke : (which Ive used a number of times before) of St. Peter greeting a new arrival at heavens gate and taking him on a tour. After passing by streets paved in gold, silver and platinum and filled with people from all faiths celebrating, St. Peter and he walk past a walled-off area where St. Peter tells the man to be very quiet. The new