Start your week with 10:30 am Mass and women's brunch this morning, then join us for Taize prayers this evening at 5:00 pm. Details below!

Reminder: Crossfire is hosting this month's parish-wide brunch after the 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, Feb. 17, and we need all hands on deck to pull this off! Please sign up here if you can help and/or bring food.

🙏 Save the date : Our Lent Young Adult retreat is March 3rd. More details to follow!


Peace,
Crossfire Leadership Team
(Amanda, Anna, Eric, Marie, Patrice, Patrick, and Rob)
We set an all-time record for Gospel study attendance this past week. Thanks, everyone!
THIS WEEK
Mass + Women's Brunch
Sunday, Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m.
St. Thomas the Apostle

Meet us at the 10:30 a.m. mass at STA, then gather for brunch and discussion at Anna’s place! We'll share what has been spiritually inspiring to you lately -- perhaps a book, an article, Bible verse, song, or even just a cool story about something that you encountered in your week. This is informal and open-ended! Brunch-y food will be served. Last-minute RSVPs on Facebook or via email are welcome!
Taize Prayer Service
Sunday, Feb. 10, 5:00 p.m.
First Church West Hartford

Taizé Worship is a contemplative service of song, silence, prayer, and scripture reading. The service offers a time to center ourselves in the presence of God, to let go of the busy schedules of our lives, and be held in God’s tender love and compassion. More information here or if you'd like a buddy to go with, email Marie.

Future dates: March 10, April 14, May 12.
Weekly Gospel Study
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
STA Rectory

This week will feature a lively discussion of Luke chapter 6:17, 20-26, led by Amanda.

First timer? We meet in the rectory (brick building to the left of the Church). Ring the front doorbell and someone will greet you! Email us and we'll get your contact info and make sure someone meets you. You can park along Farmington Ave in front of the church or in the church parking lot.
Sit with us at Mass!
Recurring Sundays , 5:00 p.m.

There is an unofficial cohort of Crossfire members who typically (key word: typically) go to Sunday 5 p.m. mass at St. Thomas. We've been talking for a while about creating a designated spot to sit together so no one feels alone at Mass. We've been at the left side toward the middle-front. Join us!

First timer and interested? Email us here and we'll set you up with someone.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Archbishop's Annual Appeal: Beer Tasting & Reception
Friday, Feb. 15, 5-8 p.m.
Aqua Turf Club

The Archdiocese invites all young adults to a beer tasting and cocktail reception with Archbishop Blair to support the 2019 Archbishop's Annual Appeal on Friday, February 15, from 5-8pm at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The beer tasting will feature beer from local breweries. This event is free! If you plan to attend, please RSVP via this link.
Brunch Volunteers Needed!
Sunday, Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m.
STA lower level

Earlier this year, Father Moran started a parish-wide initiative in which each STA ministry hosts a brunch on the third Sunday of the month after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday mass. Crossfire will host in February! We need volunteers to help set-up and clean-up after the brunch, as well as socialize and be a presence during the brunch to increase awareness about Crossfire. Sign-up here to help with specific shift and/or bring food.
Thursday Night Dinner
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Save the date for our next Thursday night dinner! Join us for our monthly dinner outing for fun, food, and fellowship. Please RSVP to Rob or the Facebook event page to help us estimate table space. Location to be determined.

Future dates: March 21
Crossfire-led Adoration
Saturday, March 2
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
STA

Crossfire sponsors a day of Eucharistic adoration on the first Saturday of every month. You can sign up for a slot on this google form. If you don't want to commit to a slot, you are still welcome to come any time. Father Moran celebrates a Divine Mercy Holy Hour that begins at 3 p.m.

First timer? A beginner's guide to Adoration is a good read; contact Amanda with questions.

Lenten Young Adult Retreat
Sunday, March. 3, 6:15 p.m.
Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center

Join a vibrant group of young adults in exploring how we can live out or common call to holiness. We will examine the contemplative and active aspects of our own faith and explore what holiness can resemble in young adults. More details and registration information to follow!
Sandwich Making
Saturday, March 9, 8:00 a.m.
STA lower level

Volunteers from various STA ministries will make sandwiches for the House of Bread in Hartford. This is a wonderful serving ministry, and great way to start your Saturday morning! Please bring cheese and/or cold cuts for the sandwiches; Big Y will donate the bread. Contact Anna with any questions.
Food Pantry Volunteering
Saturday, March 9, 9:00 a.m.
St. Justin-St. Michael

Help package, organize, and distribute food to those in need at St. Justin-St. Michael Food Pantry. Address is 230 Blue Hills Ave Hartford, CT. Please email Patrick if you plan to participate.

Future dates: April 13, May 11, June 8.
Evensong
Saturday, March 9, 6:15 p.m.
STA

Evensong, sung Evening Prayer in the English Christian tradition, is roughly the equivalent of Vespers in Roman Catholicism. Evensong was first constructed in the 16th century by combining the Roman Catholic liturgies of Vespers and Compline. This non-Eucharistic liturgy brings together people of all faiths in celebration. Contact Eric for more information.

Future dates: April 13, May 11, June 6
Crossfire Softball League
March-July
Location TBA

Matt Reuter is coordinating a Crossfire softball team! We need 15-20 participants. A co-ed team (preferred) requires 6-8 women on the roster to ensure the minimum number are in the field. Please recruit friends, family and colleagues who are interested to join us. No affiliation with Crossfire or the Catholic Church is required. No prior softball experience required. Contact Matt for more information.
OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST
Internship Opportunity

The Archdiocese of Hartford's Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry (OCSJM) is hosting a paid internship for the 2019-2020 academic year, sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. CCHD internships are open to Catholics in the U.S. who have leadership abilities, community service experience, and effective writing and communication skills. Openness to the CCHD values of solidarity building, participation of the poor, and Catholic social teaching is essential. To apply, contact Lynn Campbell for an application. Applications received by 3/1/19 will receive priority.
Love Sings
Friday, Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m.
St. Thomas the Apostle

A concert of, about, and for love -- featuring two absolutely gorgeous soprano voices, Kate Hardman and Alice Matteson, and the masterful piano skills of David Garrido. Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Dvorak, Berlioz, Granados are among the composers. Chocolate and sparkled drinks after the concert. Free will offering to fund the musicians and STA Music Ministry. For more information, see the FB event page.
Frassati on Tap
Sunday, Feb. 17, 6:00 p.m.
Stony Creek Brewery

Join fellow young adults for a pint of locally brewed beer and to listen to a discussion about faith in the upstairs event room at Stony Creek Brewery. This month we welcome a panel of priests, including Fr. John Paul Walker, OP, to do a Q&A session entitled "Ask a Priest." Come ask your burning theological questions, weird liturgical questions, and interesting vocation questions! Sponsored by Frassati New Haven. For more information, see the FB event page.
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