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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.

    Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 October 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.

    mailto:[email protected]

  • Religious Education News GRADE 2 First Reconciliation Parent Meeting is today, Sunday, Oct. 2nd in the cafeteria at HJMS, 9:30 am-10:30 am. This meeting is mandatory for at least one parent but both parents are welcome! HALL MONITORS are needed for upstairs and downstairs at Henry James during class. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board at the school or contact Kathi Bonner, [email protected] The cafeteria is not available for parents to wait for their children so instead, grab a seat and read, go on your IPad, and wait for your child. All are welcome! NO CLASSES next Sunday, Oct. 9th due to the Columbus Day weekend. Classes resume on Oct.16th. Confirmation I & II Meet on Sunday, October 2nd. All classes meet as usual—the Medal of Honor Event is being rescheduled for next year. All morning classes meet from 9:15am -10:30am. Please be on time! Evening classes are 6pm-7:15pm for Confirmation I and 7:15pm-8pm for Confirmation II. CONFIRMATION Retreat is Sunday, Oct.16th 9:45am-5pm. All Permission Forms are due Sunday, Oct. 2nd.

    Saturday, October 1st @ 5:00 pm Mass for Hugh Caldwell, 7th anniversary, requested by his family;

    Sunday, October 2nd @ 8:00 am Mass for Catherine Dowling, 6th anniversary, requested by her parents;

    Sunday, October 2nd @ 11:00 am Mass for Deceased members of the Sullivan, Blasig & Oleskewicz Families;

    Sunday, October 2nd @ 5:00 p.m. Mass for Nancy Cannariato, 21st anniversary, requested by her family;

    Monday, October 3rd @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Dan O’Connell;

    Tuesday, October 4th @ 8:30 am Mass for Joe Longo, requested by Myles & Julia McCabe;

    Wednesday, October 5th @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Lorraine & John Sullivan; requested by Myles & Julia McCabe;

    Friday, October 7th @ 8:30 a.m. Mass for Bridget Rooney; requested by Myles & Julia McCabe;

    Saturday, October 8th @ 5:00 pm Mass for Joe Longo, requested by Barb & Dick Hopkins;

    Sunday, October 9th @ 8:00 am Mass for Kathy Welliner, birthday blessings; requested by her family

    Sunday, October 9th @ 11:00 am Mass for Mary Hampton, requested by Kathy & Gene Sirianni; and,

    Sunday, October 9th @ 5:00 p.m. Mass for Ann & Jack Winters, requested by the Pellino Family.


    Offertory Collection Weekly Collection: $9,172.54 Loose Cash/Checks $1,447.54 Envelopes $7,725.00 Cathedraticum* -$ 504.48 School Tax* -$ 504.48 *Parish taxes (5.5%) paid to the Archdiocese for services to the parish.

    Catholic Elementary Schools $2,589.00 Repair & Refurbishment….…$ 250.00(additional)


    MANY THANKS to the parents who volunteered to help at the car wash: Kevin O'Bryan, Mary O'Bryan, Cheri

    Calnan, Sandra Cinquegrana, Susan Hoffman, Lori Martensen, Nancy Taylor, Jim Tully, Julie Pepper, and Melisa Vetro. Youth Ministry Loves parent helpers !!!

    Sole project continues.... Youth Ministry is still

    collecting washed blue jeans for our shoe making preparation for children in Uganda, Africa. The jeans collection box is placed in the atrium.

    SENIOR HIGH YOUTH MINISTRY Sunday, October 16th - JUNIORS AND SENIORS ONLY—Today, freshman are on Confirmation retreat and

    sophomores have confirmation class so UPPERCLASSMEN will meet at Little City Pizza on Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury at 6:00 pm. Pizza is courtesy of Fr. Michael Whyte. PLEASE rsvp to Mrs. Pluta by Friday, October 14th so that that proper reservations can be made.

    Saturday, October 22nd—Senior High Youth Ministry goes to FEED THE HUNGRY in Hartford. We gather at 9:30 am in St Catherine parking lot and travel together to Hartford, make and serve lunch and return by 1:30 p.m. You must sign up to

    reserve your spot as there is only room for 10 in the kitchen. Two parent drivers/helpers needed. Wear your green Youth Ministry tee shirt.

    TWA—Teen Weekend Away, Friday, November 11- Sunday morning, November 13. Join us for the annual SR High Youth Ministry trip to Camp Washington in Lakeside, CT. TWA is designed to provide a time to step away from the busy days of our lives and find out who God calls us to be. It is a time to relax with old friends, meet new friends and provide the opportunity to play and pray together. Register with Mrs. Pluta. (Forms are in the weekly Youth Ministry email and also available at Youth Group on Sunday evening.) Kickoff, Car Wash and Bonfire photos are up on face book: "St Catherine of Siena Youth Ministry."

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    Thank you! On behalf of the students in the Catholic elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford, we send deep gratitude to all who contributed to the 2016 HOPES Collection. Your participation helps to create a culture of educational excellence and plays an important role in the evangelization of young students as active participants in their parish communities.

    If you would like to contribute to the Missionary works, make your check payable and mail to:

    Franciscan Mission Association, 12290 Folly Quarter Rd, Elliott City, MD 21042-1419 Attention: Fr. Emmanuel,

    St. Catherine of Siena, West Simsbury, CT.

    mailto:[email protected]


    Are You a Parent at “Wit’s End?” A wise woman gave me this “Parents’ Prayer” the other day and I thought it might be helpful to some of our parents. Here it is: “Most loving Father, the example of parenthood, You have entrusted our children to us to bring them up for You and prepare them for everlasting life. Assist us with Your grace, that we may fulfill this sacred duty with competency and love. Teach us what to give and what to withhold. Show us when to reprove, when to praise and when to be silent. Make us gentle and considerate, yet firm and watchful. Keep us from the weakness of indulgence and the excess of severity. Give us the courage to be disliked sometimes by our children, when we must do necessary things which are displeasing in their eyes. Give us the imagination to enter their world in order to understand and guide them. Grant us all the virtues we need to lead them by word and example in the ways of wisdom and piety. One day, with them, may we enter into the joys of our true and lasting home with You in heaven. Amen.” …And a number of you called and asked to have a copy of the “Swimmers Prayer” I read at Masses this weekend. Here it is, and it can be applied to any sport or situation—as the moral teachings in it (a virtuous life, inclusiveness and working together for the common good, the journey and not just the finish line—and so much more) are of value to us all. Here it is: “Dear God, Another swimming meet is scheduled for today, I am going to be quite busy, and so I won’t have time to pray. Please bless my coach and competitors and keep us close to You. And let the friends I make today be loyal, good and true. Please help me not forget You God; each time I take the blocks, I sometimes get distracted by the noise and all the clocks. Please help me find the confidence, I have struggled for so much, and please help me find the shortest way from start to final touch. And when the droll computer writes my name across its face, please let me not think win or lose, but how I swam the race. Amen!”

    Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time A mustard seed is small, yet once it starts growing—watch out—it is hard to stop it. The analogy that Jesus uses in this weekend’s gospel should give us all hope. Hope that once we get going, our faith will produce much good. But there can be many obstacles to faith’s initial launch and subsequent growth. We need to be ready and prepared to act upon faith’s plantings so that the harvest will be gathered.

    In the first reading this weekend as well as in the gospel human impatience is seen: Habakkuk states “How long, O Lord, must I cry for help and you do not listen?” In the gospel, the apostles ask the Lord to “Increase our faith.” Impatient with the way things are progressing, the apostles—like Habakkuk—want God to take things into His hands and “make it so!” as Captain John Luke Picard would demand. We have to ask ourselves, how much faith do we have and can we get out there and pass along our

    beliefs to others—and then once faith has sprung, will we tend it, water and feed it so that it may take hold and grow—producing an abundant harvest. In the planting of faith what is required is knowledge of what we believe; knowing just the surface of faith will not hold us in place when suffering along. We need to, as the Lord said, “Go out into the deep,” and know our teachings and traditions—and what are behind them—so that we may apply them to our families. When we are called to tend the plantings of faith, do we support them knowledge? Do we dive deep into prayer and ask God to flood us with His grace; and do we listen when we ask Him for guidance? Do we give Him time to speak to us and let our hearts know His Will?

    In order to plant, to water and nurture, and so harvest our faith. If all’s we do is say, “Yes, Lord, I believe” but do not get into faith with hands and heart and mind, we will have a very light harvest to take up. May this weekend’s prayer be one of a beginning…Lord, give me the heavenly wisdom to know Your truths and the courage to follow them. Like the first prayer of this column, the Parents’ Prayer, may we be asked to ready and solid in the sacred duty which lies before us: the salvation of our soul and of those of whom we love.

    Altar Cloths I want to take a moment to thank Ginny Kelly and Marlyce Rooney who care for of our altar linens. Each week they both collect, clean and iron the corporals, purificators and finger towels used in the celebration of the Mass. These sacred items come into contact with the Body and Blood of our Savior and Lord. Such care and love is taken with the preparations of these linen items so that the celebration of the Mass runs smoothly. I thank them for following the ancient traditions of our Church in the cleaning and care of these items.

    Would You Like to Be an Altar Server? If you are above the age of 7 and would like to be trained to become an altar serve for the Mass, I would love to have you join our team. We have an excellent and dedicated group of altar servers and would love to add to their ranks. Please consider this great ministry and let Fr. Michael know. You may call him at 658-1642 or email him at [email protected] and there will be training sessions in October. Thank you!

    Catechists A big thanks to our religious education catechists—more than 68 catechists and aides make up our religious education program and make it one of the best in the Archdiocese. Our catechists’ help our parents pass on and instill the Catholic faith on disciples-in-the-making, building-up the Kingdom of God here on earth. Your hard work is much appreciated by our parish, and thanks to you efforts, our parish’s religious education program grew again this year when school age populations are declining. Thank you!

    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.

    mailto:[email protected]

  • Upcoming Meetings/Events


    -Sun, 2nd—Children’s Liturgy of the Word, RH, 11 a.m.

    -Sun, 2nd—Contemporary Choir Rehearsal, MR, 4 p.m.

    -Sun, 2nd—Confirmation I & II, all rooms, 6 p.m.

    -Mon, 3rd—Mass at McLean, 11 a.m.

    -Mon, 3rd—Confession, Church, 6 p.m.

    -Mon, 3rd—Rosary, Church, 7 p.m.

    -Mon, 4th—Bus Trip to Stockbridge, 9 a.m., parking lot.

    -Tues, 4th—Children’s Choir Rehearsal, MR, 6:30 p.m.

    -Tues, 4th—PC Exec, Library, 7 p.m.

    -Tues, 4th—Adult Choir Rehearsal, MR, 7:30 p.m.

    -Sun, 9th—Children’s Liturgy of the Word, RH, 11 a.m.

    -Sun, 9th—Contemporary Choir Rehearsal, MR, 4 p.m.

    -Mon, 10th—Confession, Church, 6 p.m.

    -Tues, 11th—Children’s Choir Rehearsal, MR, 6:30 p.m.

    -Tues, 11th—Adult Choir Rehearsal, MR, 7:30 p.m.

    -Thurs, 13th—Girl Scouts, RH, 7 p.m.

    -Sat, 15th—Pantry Partners, Vestibule, 9 a.m.

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    Pantry Partners—Thank you to the many volunteers who helped with the September distribution Saturday! We get very positive feedback from everyone with whom our volunteers interact. We are very blessed to have them supporting our mission.

    Catholic School Education Drop in to St. Mary's School and see the difference a

    Catholic education makes! Walk In Wednesdays, October 12th,

    19th and 26th from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Accepting applications for

    Pre Kindergarten—8th grade for the 2017-18 school year. We invite

    you to join us for an evening Open House, Thursday, November,

    3rd from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Meet our faculty, staff, parents and alumni

    and tour our classrooms. We look forward to meeting you! Please

    RSVP to Toni Chagnon, 860-658-9412 or

    [email protected]

    Northwest Catholic High School invites prospective

    students and parents to attend an Admissions Information Session

    in Windsor or Avon in early October. NWC will also host an Open

    House on Sunday, October 30th from 1-3 pm. For more information

    or to register for an info session online, go to

    NorthwestCatholic.org/InfoSessions . Please contact Andrew Selig

    at [email protected] with any questions.

    SOLE PROJECT: Youth Ministry will be collecting washed blue jeans for a fall service project— making shoes for children in Uganda, Africa. While sorting out your closet this fall, please bring any denim blue jeans you can no longer use to the collection box in the atrium. Thank you!!

    The Farmington Valley Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) will hold the flu vaccination clinic at St. Catherine on Wednesday October 19th, 5-7 p.m. St. Catherine parishioners will have priority

    for scheduling from 5-6 pm. Scheduling from 6-7p.m. will also be open to the community. Parishioners may call Diane Smith at 860-651-3106, for 5-6 pm appointments. All other appointments should be made directly with the VNA at the Granby office at 860-653-6514. Pneumonia vaccine (Prevnar) will also be offered. Questions regarding insurance coverage will be answered when scheduling your appointment.

    Defending Our Religious Liberty The Knights of Columbus presented the “Gaudium et Spes” Award, their highest honor, to the Little Sisters of the Poor for standing up for religious liberty. The Sisters have stood up to the U.S government in refusing to allow it to coerce their community to violate their conscience and religious beliefs. Let us pray for them as they continue the fight to defend religious freedom. 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 state representatives. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom.

    Save the Date: November 13, 2016, following the 11 a.m. Mass in Russell Hall

    Parish-wide “Town Meeting” Fr. Michael wants your input:

    What’s going well in our parish, what needs more work? Sponsored by the Parish Council, open to all parishioners.

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    JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH MINISTRY Monday, October 17th, 6:45- 8:00pm , Jr. High Youth Group meets at Matterhorn Mini Golf, Rte 44, Canton, CT for a fun social evening with youth ministry friends. We will have a shot gun start together and end the evening with ice cream. Please bring $10 toward the cost of the evening. Please rsvp to Mrs. Pluta so we will know how many will be playing. ([email protected]). Join the fun. Meet a new friend.


    Trunk of Treat Children’s Halloween Party October 30th, following the 11 a.m. Mass

    More info to follow… (Sponsored by the Women’s Club Ministry)

    mailto:[email protected]:[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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