St. Joseph Church at Night

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Mike Carello.

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Jonathan Lewis.

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Social Justice

Archdiocese of Hartford Social Justice Minisrty

Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry

Formerly the Office of Urban Affairs, Archdiocese of Hartford

Putting Catholic Social Teaching into Action!

St. Vincent de Paul Mission of Bristol

The Women with Children Transitional Center is in need of alarm clocks, silverware and high chairs. They are in regular need of coffee and donations for the "milk fund" as well as coffee pots and urns. Please call the shelter at (860) 589-9098

Regular Parish Activities

  • Food Pantry
    Collection and weekly distribution of food from the parish food pantry.

  • Food for the Poor
    The parish gave a $2,000 donation to help a children's orphanage in Haiti. This orphanage burned down. It was housing handicapped children, most born without arms or legs. Our parish gave money to purchase the beds and mattresses that were immediately needed.

  • Meals for the Needy
    This committee cooks twice a month at the Zion Lutheran Church. They also purchase meat and other items needed for their food pantry.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Mission of Bristol
    Over a dozen people from our parish volunteer to work at the Mission in various capacities, particularly in the Women with Children Transitional Unit.

    Rockwell & Ride: Annual event run by St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol, Inc (SVDP)and Bikers Edge to benefit SVDP shelters, attracting the more serious bike riders. A 25, 50 and 75 mile ride is offered beginning at Rockwell Park in Bristol. This year's 2010 event raised $12,000. Take a moment and look at all the photos taken by Ron Tessman: (353 photos).

    Be sure to mark the date for the next ride, Sunday, August 28, 2011!

  • Homefront Day
    St. Joseph Parish participates annually in Homefront Day sponsored by the Office of Urban Affairs for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Homefront Day is dedicated to helping those who cannot help themselves make repairs on their homes. It is a one-day event held on a Saturday in May. Homefront Day in May 2000 marked the first time that the Protestant churches in the Bristol area participated.

    If you are interested in participating in Homefront Day, please call the Parish Center at 860-583-1369.

  • Walk Against Hunger
    Our parish participates annually in the Archdiocese of Hartford Walk Against Hunger.

Theresa Degan at the Walk Against Hunger 2003
in Hartford

Fr. Nick Melo, pastor of St. Anthony, Bristol
Kathy Young, Social Justice Coord. St. Joseph Bristol
Phil Lisiak, Dir. St. Vincent de Paul Shelter, Bristol

Youth and adults from St. Joseph, Bristol

Click Here to see photos from previous years.

If you would like more information about St. Joseph Church initiatives for Social Justice, please contact Kathy Young in the parish center at 860-583-1369.


We have all noticed how high our grocery bills have gotten!  It seems like we cannot get out of the store without spending over $100.  In these tough economic times, we would like to bring to your attention a new way to put food on the table – Angel Food Ministries. After meeting with the host site coordinators and seeing other parishes launch this ministry, we are happy to pass on this information to our own parishioners.  There are no gimmicks or conditions attached!

Perhaps some of you are already familiar with Angel Food Ministries.


What is Angel Food Ministries?

Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States.


Heritage United Pentecostal Church located at 48 Lewis Street in Bristol, is grateful to be a Host site with Angel Food Ministries. Through this partnership they endeavor to help our community.  Many families and individuals are not looking for a hand out but rather a hand up. This is where their partnership comes in.


Through Angel Food Ministries you can purchase Grade A food for less than 50% of store cost.

Angel Food has a wide variety of food with different menus available each month consisting of both fresh and frozen items with an average value of about $60. One unit of food averages about $30.00 and assists in feeding a family of four for about one week or a single senior citizen for almost one month.  There is even a “senior box” available developed to meet the dietary needs of senior citizens providing 3 oz. of protein, a starch and two vegetables or fruit.  Just heat and serve.  A Senior Box is not limited, however, to just a specific age group; anyone can order.


The food is all the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store.  There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads and no produce that is almost too ripe.  Also offered are specialty boxes such as steaks, chicken and pork.  There is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can purchase.


What are the Qualifications or requirements of ordering?

There are no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions, or applications.  Payment is made at the time of order by cash, money order or food stamps.  There is a monthly order deadline and an assigned pick up.  Groceries are carried out of the building for you.


What is the Mission of Angel Food Ministries?

Simply to provide low cost good quality food to the community.

$1.00 is kept for every box sold to pay for the cost of the truck for shipping.  That is all!


This is a ministry of Heritage United Pentecostal Church and a positive way to reach our community.  Angel Food coordinators are Homer and Mary McLaughlin. They can be reached at 860-585-6678 or You owe it to yourself to check it out – then decide.


Tell your friends, your co-workers, and your extended family.

Everyone is welcome to participate!


To view an expanded history of Angel Food Ministries visit:


Todos notamos cómo nuestras facturas de comestibles han subido mucho! Al parece no podemos salir de la tienda sin tener que gastar más de $ 100. En estos tiempos económicos difíciles, nos gustaría llamar su atención sobre una nueva forma de poner comida en la mesa - Ministerio  Angel Food. Después de reunirnos con los coordinadores del lugar y ver otras parroquias en marcha con este ministerio, nos alegramos de compartir esta información con nuestros propios feligreses. No hay trampas ni condiciones adjuntas!
Tal vez algunos de ustedes ya están familiarizados con el Ministerio Angel Food.

¿Qué es el Ministerio Angel Food?

Angel Food Ministries es una organización sin fines de lucro, no confesional dedicada a proveer comestibles y apoyo financiero a las comunidades en los Estados Unidos.

Este patrimonio de la Iglesia Pentecostal Unida ubicada en 48 Lewis street en Bristol, es un lugar de acogida con el Ministerio de Angel Food. A través de esta asociación se esfuerzan por ayudar a nuestra comunidad. Muchas familias y personas no están buscando una mano amiga, sino más bien dando una mano a los demás, de ahí es que nace esta asociación

A través del Ministerio de Angel Food se pueden adquirir alimentos Grado A por menos del 50% del costo de la tienda.
Angel Food tiene una amplia variedad de alimentos con diferentes menús disponibles cada mes que consiste en dos elementos frescos y congelados, con un valor promedio de $ 60. Una unidad de alimentos básicos por $ 30 esta compra  alimenta a una familia de cuatro por una semana o a una persona mayor sola durante casi un mes. Incluso hay una “Senior Box” disponible para satisfacer las necesidades alimentarias de las personas mayores proporcionando 3 oz de proteína, un almidón y dos vegetales o fruta. Sólo calentar y servir. La “Senior Box” no se limita, sin embargo, sólo un grupo de edad específica lo puede adquirir.

Toda la comida es de alta calidad igual a la que podría comprar en una tienda de comestibles. No hay artículos de segunda mano, ni dañados o vencidos, ni latas abolladas  o sin etiquetas, el pan es freso y no hay productos demasiado madurados. Asimismo se ofrecen cajas especiales tales como bistecs, pollo y cerdo. No hay límite en el número de unidades o bonos de alimentos que quiera comprar.

¿Cuáles son los requisitos para hacer una compra?

No hay requisitos mínimos, restricciones de ingresos, o aplicaciones. El pago se realiza en el momento de hacer la compra se puede hacer en efectivo, giro postal o con cupones de alimentos. Hay una fecha límite mensual para comprar y una fecha para reclamar la compra. Usted recibirá ayuda para sacar los alimentos del edificio.

¿Cuál es la Misión del Ministerio Angel Food?


El simple hecho de proporcionar alimentos de bajo costo y de buena calidad a la comunidad.
1.00 dólar se usa por cada caja vendida para pagar el costo del transporte. Eso es todo!

Este es un ministerio del patrimonio de la Iglesia Pentecostal Unida  y  una manera positiva de llegar a nuestra comunidad. Los Coordinadores de Angel Food son Homer y María McLaughlin. Puede encontrarlos en 860-585-6678 o Prueba y decide.

Dile a tus amigos, a tus compañeros de trabajo, y a tu familia.
Todos son bienvenidos a participar!

Para conocer más acerca de Angel Food Ministries visite:

Rockwell & Ride:  Annual event run by St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol, Inc (SVDP)and Bikers Edge to benefit SVDP shelters, attracting the more serious bike riders.  A 25, 50 and 75 mile ride is offered beginning at Rockwell Park in Bristol.  This year's 2010 event raised $10,000. Take a moment and look at all the photos taken by Ron Tessman:  (353 photos)  - trying to get the one of Fr. Joe and Phil for website.
Be sure to mark the date for the next ride, Sunday, August 28, 2011!     (I will give you the newspaper article to put under this too.)