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Our Own 3 Day Parish Lenten Retreat, here at St. Joseph's !
Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:00pm
Make your Lenten journey extra special, come join us for a special Mass and homily during Lent.
Our guest homilist will be Father Greg Jednaki, from St. Thomas Aquinas at UCONN in Storrs, CT, - don't miss it !
GuidelInes for Lent -
The Season of Lent began on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 with the imposition of ashes,-
Personal acts of prayer, fasting and acts of charity are encouraged throughout this penitential season.
- Everyone 14 years of age and over abstains from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
- Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 fasts on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these two days fasting means one full meatless meal, and two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength according to each person's needs, but together these two should not equal another full meal.
Of course, fasting means not eating between meals, but liquids (including milk and fruit juices) are allowed.
Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women. In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.
The Connecticut General Assembly convened on February 5, 2014, and the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference (CCPAC) believes the Public Health Committee will once again consider a bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide during this current legislative session. The actual language of the bill, which has not yet been published, is expected to be similar to legislation proposed last year. Click here to connect to the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference to keep informed on this legislation as it progresses through the legislature.
Click here to read Fr. Father Walter Nagle's recent Open Letter to the parishioners of Saint Patrick Church, East Hampton. Fr. Nagle is the Director of Respect Life Activities for the Diocese of Norwich. It is an eloquent testimony to the value of every human life will better inform you regarding the gross inhumanity of Physician Assisted Suicide.
Annual Communion Breakfast - Sunday, March 16th
- Sponsored by St. Joseph Men's Society
- Two Seatings, Each After the 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. Masses, - See the Ushers, Men's Society Members or Chet for more information - bring a friend, see you there !
Also on Saturday / Sunday March 15 - 16th at all Masses-
- Celebrate St. Joseph Day with us at All Masses, plus a bake sale including a variety of items, with proceeds going to purchase a new Censer and Boat for incense for use by the Altar Servers. Click here for more details, - see you there !
News- St. Joseph Lighting Project - Phase One Completed
We thank Mike Ose of Orion Electric and staff for their good work !
Fr. Rafal is conducting the current Bible study series on St. Paul's Captivity Letters to the Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians and Philemon. We're meeting downstairs in the church Hall on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Bring your Bible, - coffee will be provided.
For more information, please call the rectory at 860.871.1970
Request a Mass Have concerns in your life? Like to have the prayers of the parish community along with your own ? Request a weekday or Sunday Mass for your family, friends or personal intentions ! Call Kathleen at the parish office to schedule, 860.871.1970.
* Book Rack - Features CD's, Pocket-Sized Bible Studies, Devotionals, Traces Magazine, and much more, -- Located by the Elevator, free items are marked. All books are offered below Amazon prices, - compare.
Stop By This Week, while supplies last !
* Weekly Bread Collectionfor the Cornerstone Shelter / Soup Kitchen. (Drop-off Box in main foyer).
* Monthly - First Weekend of the Month - Collection of personal-care items for the Cornerstone Shelter. Drop off items in the marked box in the foyer. Thank you !
* Divine Mercy Devotion - Every Monday, 6:30 p.m. * Thursdays, Holy Hour 7 - 8p.m. - Matt 26:40