June 8, 2021
Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish,
It seems to be that even after a casual review of history there are some unmistakable trends that linger throughout the years. For somewhat exaggerated examples: down the years we often see elders denounce the young as lazy and irresponsible, while the young proclaim their elders as out of touch or brain dead. Or everyone watches nervously for the next tyrant or dictator and there always seems to be one more on the way. Or religious leaders down the ages lamenting the imminent drowning of civilization in a sea of sin. Etc.
Of course, Jesus saw all of that. But he saw something more in the hearts of those who came to him: an eager longing for goodness and joy, which drove them to reach beyond themselves. Jesus said it was like a tiny seed struggling to find a place to be born. And Jesus gave it a name, “the Kingdom of God” …. echoes of the loving presence of God waiting and waiting.
Whether we have named it or not, we have all experienced that deep down longing or sense that something more true and more complete is just around the corner. It is the invisible Spirit of God, calling upon us to be embraced by God, into a new way of living that will transform us and even help us transcend the power of darkness, doubt, fear, worry, despair, and loneliness.
God has been calling us, or as some may say “hounding us” from deep within in every age of history. And we believe and trust that in the fullness of time, Jesus came, God-With-Us. He showed us the face of God and offered us God’s hand into a new way of life that puts aside the obstacles and sin.
I would like to encourage you to consider and participate in the FORWARD WITH FAITH campaign that we embarked on for the sake of our parish and the Archdiocese of Hartford. It is a very real and concrete way of supporting our mission and ministry. Your substantial sacrificial gift or pledge will secure the continued forward movement of our parish. I am sincerely asking for your help and am very grateful to those who have already made the financial commitment.
Peace and Blessings,
Fr. George Couturier