Saint Josephine
Bakhita Parish

Fall 2021
October 5, 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish, 

Greetings and blessings!

As I was viewing my Facebook news-feed, I noticed along with the many humbling tributes for my 40th anniversary a picture and quote from one of my favorite contemporary spiritual writers, Brother David Steindl-Rast…”The root of joy is gratefulness. It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” I encourage you to check out his wonderful website about gratitude at
I am most grateful for the many folks who joined me in celebrating my 40th anniversary. For the many folks (too numerous to name individually here) who quietly and untiringly planned and accomplished the multitude of tasks for the beautiful celebration. For the many folks who so generously contributed to our Haiti Ministry. Please know that my gratitude for you has brought me profound joy!
Looking back over my 40 years, so much of my ministry, if not all, has been about always promoting life in all ways and times. Presently, we are in the midst of the campaign called Forty Days for Life which draws our attention to the protection of all life especially the unborn. In recent weeks, the issue of abortion has raised hot debate and controversy. We, as Catholics, have always and will always promote the protection of all life especially the unborn. We especially need to care for pregnant women during their pregnancy and after they give birth. Therefore, it will never be enough to just be anti-abortion, we need to promote the dignity and care for women and children long after the birth of a child. Prayer and action are called for more than ever.
And so, I share this special prayer especially during these 40 days for life:

Eternal God,
creator and sustainer of life,
bless us with the courage
to defend all life
from conception to natural death.
Bless us with the strength
to respect all peoples from east to west,
from north to south,
so that we may truly follow
the call of Jesus to be neighbor.
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
This past week we also celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi who has come to be associated with the protection of all creation. Certainly, our world is struggling to understand the beauty and the care of the earth that our Creator God has asked us to protect and care for. And so, I offer this prayer to assist us in our reflection and actions to protect God’s good earth:
God of the universe,
we thank you for your many good gifts:
for the beauty of Creation
and its rich and varied fruits,
for clean water and fresh air,
for food and shelter, animals and plants.
Forgive us for the times
we have taken the Earth’s resources
for granted and wasted
what you have given us.
Transform our hearts and minds
so that we would learn to care and share,
to touch the Earth with gentleness
and with love, respecting all living things.
We pray for all who suffer as a result
of our waste, greed, and indifference.
And we pray that the day will come
when everyone has enough
food and clean water.
Help us to respect the rights of all people
and all species
and help us to willingly share your gifts
today and always.
Fiona Murdoch, Eco-Congregation Ireland
To get an overview of Pope Francis’s statement on creation go to:
Peace and Blessings,

Fr. George Couturier
Twenty-Eighth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
October 9-10, 2021
4 PM Vigil, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM
*Masks Strongly Encouraged *

Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish will livestream the 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM Sunday Mass using Facebook Live. The livestream of the Mass can also be viewed on the front page of our website. The recordings remain available on the Parish Facebook page.

For the Sunday Music, Click Here For the Sunday Readings, Click Here
Faith Formation Started October 3rd!
Faith formation classes have begun and we are looking forward to a wonderful year sharing and teaching the faith to all the children and families in our parish. We will meet in person as well as continue to share resources and family activities on our faith formation website. We are so blessed to have dedicated catechists who have volunteered their time and talent to share the joy of the gospel with our children. Please pray for our faith formation program as we begin our classes this week. For more information, please contact the Faith Formation office at or 860-529-1274.
Save The Date!

Saint Josephine Bakhita
Holiday Fair

Saturday, November 20, 2021
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saint James Parish Center

Silent Auction & Teacup Auction
Crafts & Homemade Ornaments
Cookie Walk & Bake Sale
Fun Foods to Buy & Enjoy

We need bakers!
Sign up in either church foyer
or email what you will bake to

Cookie Walk Donations, Click Here
Bake Sale Donations, Click Here

Knit, Crochet and Sew Good Works will again have Irish Knit sweaters, quilts, baby items, home décor items and more at the Holiday Fair. To pre-order, preview, pricing, or to customize a fall/holiday table runner, contact Vivian Orsini at
Enjoy This Video Greeting Card for Fr. George
The American Red Cross has launched a Severe Blood Shortage Appeal. All eligible donors are encouraged to schedule appointments now. The next drive hosted at our Parish Center at St. James Church is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 1pm-6pm. Go to or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to register to give.
Parish Communications
Saint Josephine Bakhita has a number of communications platforms and will be enhancing and expanding them over the coming year including our website, FaceBook Page, YouTube Channel, e-newsletter and bulletin. If you have an event or announcement that you would like communicated to the wider parish, please email of the details to For information that you want included in the Parish Bulletin, also email Include the Name of Event, Date, Time, Location, Contact info (email/phone), Words you would like used to describe the event. We will determine the best platforms, timing and frequency for getting your message out to the parish. We may also edit the information that you send to fit the communications formats.
The deadline for inclusion in the bulletin is Thursday at noon (7 days in advance of digital publication on the parish website, 10 days in advance of paper copy distributed after Sunday Mass). The deadline for inclusion in the e-newsletter is Friday at noon (3 days in advance of publication).
If you have any questions or suggestions as we grow our parish communications, please email Lisa Orchen at
We are now on Instagram. Follow us here!
The Parish Pastoral Council welcomes your feedback, questions and concerns and will respond as appropriate. Please contact the Council via email by sending a message to
Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish Rectory Office
on the campus of St. James Church
767 Elm Street, Rocky Hill
Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 2:30PM
Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish
767 Elm Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067