Saint Josephine
Bakhita Parish

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
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 12-13, 2021
4 PM Vigil, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM
Reservations to Attend Mass No Longer Required
Read more here
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
Celebrating Confirmation
Faith Formation is happy to share the good news that 56 youth in our Confirmation Program will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation during the month of June. We ask for your prayers as they are blessed anew with the gifts of the Holy Spirit which will continue to strengthen them on their faith journey in the Catholic church and in our parish community.  The ceremonies will be live streamed and recorded if you would like to join in the celebrations. Thank you all for your continued prayers for these wonderful Confirmation candidates. 
Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl Collection
Our Confirmation Candidates had a friendly competition to see who could collect the most money in their rice bowls during Lent for Catholic Relief Services. Together they raised $1,151.50 with Year 2 Candidates coming out the winners. In addition, generous parishioners contributed $1,626.29 for a grand total of $2,777.79 that our Parish was able to send to Catholic Relief Services. Thank you to everyone who donated, helped count, & deposited all that change to the bank for this project. 
Pictured are a few of catechists who cheered on our students: Heather Sylvestro, Angela Giliberto, & Leslie Esoian.
The Giving Garden Ministry
A big thank you to the Saint Josephine Community for supporting our plant sale. We made $141.00 which will go to purchase fertilizer, compost, fencing, and anything else needed to keep the garden going. We donated our extra plants to a prison garden ministry in Cheshire. Our vegetable produce goes to Saint Vincent de Paul soup kitchen in Middletown. We have already delivered arugala, radishes and spinach this year. A huge thank you to the volunteers who grow vegetables from seed, plant, maintain pick and deliver, as well as put on the plant sale. We meet every Wednesday evening at 5:00 PM in the garden on the property of St. Elizabeth Seton Church for about an hour. We are seeking more volunteers to help through the summer months. Please join us. If you wish more info or want to be put on the email list, please contact Claire Dalidiowitz at Learn more here.
Landscaping Help Needed
at St. Elizabeth Seton Campus
In the past few years, Brian Fudge, his son Carter, and a small group of parishioners have helped keep the grounds at the St. Elizabeth Seton Campus in good condition. This year there are a few projects that we need help completing. Trimming of shrubs and weeding the front of the rectory and removing some dead pine trees near the St. Joseph Gazebo are two examples that a crew could take care of on a Saturday morning. Perhaps scouts or students in need of service hours and/or willing parishioners could team up to make quick work of these tasks. If you are willing to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Husmer at or leave a message at 850-529-3222, ext. 18.
Learn more here.
This summer Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish will be continuing our participation in the Forward with Faith Campaign to help us address important needs in our parish, and for the greater community within the Archdiocese of Hartford. Read the full announcement, Click here. Learn even more through viewing this video:
Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish Rectory Office
on the campus of St. James Church

767 Elm Street, Rocky Hill


Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 2:30PM
St. Josephine Bakhita Parish
767 Elm Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067