Welcome to St. Joseph Parish
St. Joseph Parish is a welcoming Catholic community called to live, proclaim and foster God’s steadfast love in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Congratulations Fr. Ivan!
A special hospitality was held on November 10th after the Sunday Masses to celebrate Fr. Ivan on becoming an American citizen. St. Joseph's parishioners gathered to congratulate him on achieving this significant milestone.
Way to go!
We also take this opportunity to congratulate Fr. Ivan on his 16 years of priesthood, as this week marks the anniversary of his ordination. God bless our Pastor Fr. Ivan Ramirez!
Fr. Ivan is grateful to all of St. Joseph's parishioners for the continued love and support.
Why do we recite the Rosary on the 13th of Every Month?
The Holy Rosary, also known as the Dominican Rosary refers to a form of prayer used in the Catholic Church and to the string of knots or beads (crown of roses) used to count the component prayers.
One hundred years ago, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three children -- Lucia dos Santos, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto -- on the 13th of each month from May to October in 1917. Each time she appeared to the children, she encouraged them to pray the rosary every day for peace and to offer sacrifice for those souls who have no one to pray for them.
Father Donald Calloway started "The Thirteen of the Month Club" which is named in honor of the day of the month that Mary chose for her appearances to the children of Fatima. On this day, members pray the Rosary for each other's intentions. Additionally, the Marians residing in Fatima, Portugal offer a special Mass on the 13th of each month for member's intentions. For more information on this club go to: www.fathercalloway.com.
Please join us at St. Joseph Parish to pray the Holy Rosary at 7PM on the 13th day of each month, either by the Statue of Mary or inside the church during bad weather.
St. Joseph Parish remembers our long time and beloved parishioner, Dorothy Beaucar.
Read her obituary here
Read more here
Reflection on our Response to Mass Shootings
In light of the recent shootings, we offer this reflection and resources:
I am a friend and relative to those with mental illness and family members impacted by mental illness. The recent response of some policy makers to blame gun violence on mental illness is heartbreaking, and quite frankly, misguided. This language and thinking harms our brothers and sisters who have a mental illnesses. It stigmatizes them and makes them more reluctant to identify and seek treatment.
Hate crimes should not be confused with mental illness. This only further stigmatizes those with mental illness and further perpetuates the myth that mental illness leads to violence. It is too simplistic to label the gun violence problem as mental illness. In their 2016 review, forensic psychiatrist James L Knoll IV, MD and George D. Annas, MD, MPH, of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse New York cite research that only a minority of mass shootings have been perpetrated by individuals with recognized mental disorders. In Knoll’s response to the recent crimes, he asks: Do we solve the matter by labeling it 'mental illness' and calling for greater scrutiny of 'troubled' individuals?" He continued. "I believe we solve nothing, and even risk making matters worse. This mindset makes us vulnerable to creating new, but misguided, laws. It furthers the medieval notion of equating mental illness with 'evil' or criminal behavior.
The vast majority of people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence, rather than perpetrators.
For many suffering from mental illness the stigma and shame created prevents them from engaging meaningfully in their community – including their faith community. As Catholics, we are called to reach out and embrace all of our brothers and sisters suffering from illnesses. The Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of California on Caring for those who Suffer Mental Illness reminds us that Christ calls us to attend to those who suffer from mental illness and provide hope and healing. One way to do this is through the language we use and speaking up when we hear language that is hurtful and uninformed. Another way is by prayerfully accompanying those with mental health problems. We are also called to advocate for policies which are based on proven successes and not those which further perpetuate stigma. In Connecticut we have the Catholic Campaign for Human Development funded group Keep the Promise (KTP). KTP’s mission is to involve and empower all voices in Connecticut to influence public policy with the goal of expanding opportunities for full community integration. More information on KTP can be found on their website: http://www.ctkeepthepromise.
As Catholics, we have a responsibility to work together for a more just world where life and human dignity is protected and basic responsibilities are met. That means working for a safer society. It means working to improve mental health care. Let’s do this in an informed and educated manner.
Lynn Campbell, Executive Director
Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry
Archdiocese of Hartford
Gun Violence – USCCB backgrounder, January 2016
News Release: President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice Issued a Statement After a Tragic Shooting in Dayton, Ohio
August 4, 2019
News Release: President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Domestic Justice Chairman issued a Statement Following Shooting in El Paso
August 3, 2019
Mass for Victims Against Attacks to Christians
The St. Joseph Church Adult Choir participated in the Mass for those who died in recent attacks against Christians across the world. The Mass was held on Tuesday, May 21 at St. Anthony Church in Bristol, and was celebrated by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.
Spanish Community Celebrates Mother's Day
On Saturday, May 18th, the Spanish Ministry held a Mother's Day fund-raiser event to benefit our Parish. It was a wonderful night, full of joy and celebration. Thanks to the Spanish Ministry for this initiative and to all those who gave their time, talent and resources to make of this a successful and beautiful event.
Congratulations To All Who Were Confirmed!
This past May 17th, 37 young men and women received the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation: Wisdom, Understanding, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Wonder and Awe in God’s presence. Archbishop Leonard Blair anointed the Candidates with Holy Chrism, and extended his hands over each one of them and said, "Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit."
With its powerful effects and vibrant symbols, Confirmation is considered to be one of God's great gifts to Catholics. Please keep all our candidates in your prayers.
Congratulations to all the children who received their First Communion, on Saturday, May 12, 2019!
May the light of the Lord shine bright in all your ways, and may you continue to receive Jesus with the same piety and enthusiasm as when you did on the day of your First Communion.
In Honor of Msgr. Joseph DiSciacca
St. Joseph Parishioners gathered to celebrate the ordination of Msgr. Joe with a "Pot Luck" reception on Saturday, May 4th, in the Parish Guild Hall. The reception was preceded by a Mass officiated by Msgr. Joe at St. Joseph Church, where he was pastor for over 12 years.
This past Holy Week we remembered the purpose of Jesus' coming into the world. In solemnity we experienced His Passion, and in great happiness we celebrated His Resurrection. Happy Easter to all St. Joseph Parishioners!