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Upcoming Cluster E-Newsletter

Posted on January 08, 2020 in: General News

Upcoming Cluster Newsletter As you may know we are planning on launching a cluster newsletter as way of building community and bridging all three parishes in our cluster. To clarify, this newsletter will be sent out via e-mail. This is a great way to stay informed and go green! The newsletter will be sent at the beginning of each month announcing events, volunteer opportunities, parish updates, fun facts, etc. You can register to receive this cluster newsletter by sending your email and request to either Maria or the parish office.

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Pastoral Council for the Cluster

Posted on January 08, 2020 in: General News

Now that the New Year, 2020 is upon us, it is time to engage in planning for the future. We have long postponed the formation of a Pastoral Council for the Parish Cluster. We hope to have a minimum of three council members from each of our three parishes. The council will meet monthly, beginning, we hope in February. If you are interested in serving on this council, please advise Fr. Washabaugh by calling or sending a message to the parish office. This will start a process of discernment that may lead to your fuller involvement in this important group.

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A great celebration took place at St. Mary’s last Sunday on the Feast of the Epiphany. Families and children from our three parishes gathered, first for a multicultural Mass – The Three Kings joined us! – and then at a great party. More than 200 children took part. We took up a collection to help poor and hungry children in La Gonave in Haiti. Thanks so much for donations amounting to $1861.80! We particularly thank the organizers and workers who made the party possible. Special thanks to the St. Mary choir and to Arcangel and Edgar Santiago who put in many long hours of planning and preparation. Thank yo...

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CCD Classes!

Posted on January 08, 2020 in: St. Peter and Paul, St. Joseph

CCD Begins This Sunday, January 12th! For any parent who cannot make it to either of these meetings due to the St. Joseph’s Feast of the Lord’s Baptism celebration, or work, please get in contact with Maria Junco at mfja35@gmail.com. Sunday, January 12th, CCD will begin! We will meet in the Sts. Peter & Paul hall and classes will begin at 9:45am. As a reminder we also have parent meetings Sunday, January 12th at 9:45 (same time as ccd) or Monday, January 13th at 6pm at SSPP hall.

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STEUBENVILLE NYC 2020- HIGH SCHOOL Join 3,000 teens from throughout the US for three days of fellowship, faith, the sacraments, and awesome music at Steubenville NYC on Friday July 24 – Sunday July 26, 2020. Begin your faith journey with a sendoff Mass with Bishop Cote, put on your new Diocese of Norwich Steubenville NYC T-Shirt, and head out on the bus for an uplifting event of a lifetime! The event is open to 8th – 12th grades and the cost is $375. If you wish to attend, please speak with your catechetical leader, youth minister or email Liza Roach at lroach@norwichdiocese.net ***If interested, please cont...

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The Cluster in the News

Posted on January 09, 2020 in: General News

The Day of New London wrote up a very nice piece on our Three Kings Celebration on the Feast of the Epiphany. The article can be viewed at: https://www.theday.com/article/20200105/NWS01/200109716

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Recall that in order to protect your privacy (HIPAA rules), it is no longer a regular practice for healthcare facilities to notify your church or priest that you are in the hospital unless directly instructed to do so by you or your family. Yet we know how important it is for you to have spiritual and sacramental support while hospitalized. Here are some things you can do: Have someone, a family member or friend, to give us call beforehand, so we know when you will be in the hospital. During the admission process, be sure to provide both your religion and the name of your church. If the hospital fails to ask this q...

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Dios Nos Invita a Servirlo en la Misa

Posted on February 01, 2019 in: St. Mary

Nuestra parroquia estas buscando a hermanos que están interesado en ayudar con ministerios en nuestra Iglesia currently. Todos los servicio que necesitamos ayuda en están puesto abajo. Por favor hermanos anotarse para que podamos ayudar con la organización y la evangelización de nuestra parroquia Cualquier ayuda que puede ofrecer se los agradecemos. Esta servicio es para Dios y Dios se los pagara. Si estas interesado por favor apuntarse o puede llamar/ mandar un correo electrónico a: Albert Colon Cell: (860)857-2175 Email: Albertcolon503@gmail.com . Ministries that are needed/ Ministerios que se necesi...

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Greeters Needed!
A fundamental ministry for communities of welcome is that of greeter. In some cases, ushers who take up the Sunday collection also function as greeters. However, ushers do not always have the particular skills that are needed to stand at, or outside, the door to greet people warmly. So, we are inviting parishioners to take up this ministry. During these summer months our minister for evangelization, Albert Colon, will be preparing greeters to take up this all-important role. Here’s how you can find out more: Let us know that you are interested in learni...

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All of us are looking to live the Catholic life as richly and joyfully as we can. There are plenty of us who need a little help, or maybe some “catchup” to come to Catholic practice or to receive the sacraments. We have a way to catch up called the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). It is flexible and easy to take. What is required is an open heart and open mind, some of your time, and good will. If you want to talk about Catholic practice and the R.C.I.A., contact us at the parish office. We can get you started.  

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Please, familiarize yourself with our Annual 2018 Raport for St. Mary parish. Clicking with the link below will redirect you to the Raport. St. Mary 2018 Annual Report

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The Annual Report - St. Joseph 2018

Posted on January 19, 2019 in: St. Joseph

Please, familiarize yourself with our Annual 2018 Raport for St. Joseph parish. Clicking with the link below will redirect you to the Raport. St. Joseph 2018 Annual Raport

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Please, familiarize yourself with our Annual 2018 Raport for Ss. Peter and Paul parish. Clicking with the link below will redirect you to the Raport. Ss. Peter and Paul 2018 Annual Raport

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Are you grieving from an Abortion? Trust in the mercy of God’s love. Consider these words from St. John Paul II to those suffering be-cause of abortion: “The church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your de-cision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Cer-tainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope….The Father of mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will com...

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Next Sunday, the Disciples of Mercy at the cluster churches of St. Joseph, St. Mary and Saints Peter and Paul will again collect non-perishable foods for the St. Peter and Paul Food Pantry. The collection will occur on the first Sun-day of each month at St. Joseph and St. Mary Churches. Parishioners at Saints Pe-ter and Paul Church can continue to bring food on any Sunday as they have in the past. Food can be left in the vestibule of the church. Suggested items are: canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, macaroni and cheese, soups, baked beans, pork and beans, tuna, spaghetti sauce, pa...

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A Critical Need! We don’t have enough volunteers to count the Sunday collections. At present, on one or more Sundays each month we have to employ valuable staff time to get our collections ready for the bank. Can you help by taking a couple of hours one Sunday a month to help get our collections to the bank? Give a call to the parish office today!

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Updates at St Joseph

Posted on May 14, 2019 in: St. Joseph

Improvements The past week or two have certainly been traumatic for everyone concerned. We plan to find a way to continue to celebrate Holy Mass at St. Joseph each Sunday morning with elements of Mass in the Polish language and all of it in the spirit of Polish Catholicism. Please be patient. Finding our way forward demands a spirit of sacrifice and cooperation on everyone’s part. Meanwhile, it is important to report on some of our building and property issues: Our Parking Lot: Many thanks to volunteers from the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen who painted fresh lines on our par...

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New Mass Schedule

Posted on May 21, 2019 in: General News

Starting Sunday, May 25, 26, our cluster parishes begin a new schedule for Sunday and weekday Masses * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 4 p.m. vigil St. Joseph Church 5:30 p.m. vigil Sts. Peter and Paul Church 8:30 a.m. Sts. Peter and Paul Church 8:30 a.m. St. Joseph Church (English/Polish) 10:30 a.m. St. Mary Church (Spanish) 12:30 p.m. St. Mary Church (Haitian Creole)

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Cenacle For Life @ St Joseph

Posted on July 05, 2019 in: General News

Come every week on Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. We will gather before the Blessed Sacrament to profess our love and devotion to Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother. As we pray together, we intercede for deeper respect for every human life, for peace in the world, for our Church, and for the needs of our families and friends. We close with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Bring your rosaries. Prayer books will be provided.

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In a few short weeks, just after Labor Day, we will welcome Ms. Maria Junco as our first Cluster Faith Formation Director. Maria, who is young, eager, and ready, brings a wealth of talents and skills to a critical task in our parishes as we strive to become a missionary Church that evangelizes the society around us as it nourishes its own members. Maria, who is of Colombian descent, is bilingual and bicultural. She has had long and intense experience with young Catholics, particularly through LifeTeen, and has engaged in social work. Maria is ideally situated to help guide our parishes in areas of critical need: nurturing ...

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An Update on our Parish Facilities: We continue to pay attention to the physical plant of St. Joseph Parish, and would like to share updates with all parishioners so that you know about changes which are coming: • The new heating system has been installed in the rectory. At a cost of $31,000, J&M Plumbing and Construction has installed three gas heaters in the rectory, allowing us to employ smaller units for different zones at various temperatures according to their use. In addition, these units are highly efficient, so we will be saving on heating costs and at the same time exercising responsible stewardship f...

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Catechists needed at St Joseph!

Posted on January 08, 2020 in: St. Joseph

Calling all Catechists As many of you know we have been working hard to launch a CCD program for our St. Joseph’s children. In order to Launch this program we need a minimum of 3 catechists. If you know someone who you believe would make a great catechist, please encourage them to reach out. If you feel like the Lord is calling you to serve in our parish community, we also encourage you to reach out. For those interested or if you have any questions please reach out to Maria Junco at mfja35@gmail.com or (860) 319-4042.

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Free Citizenship Classes

Posted on January 08, 2020 in: General News

Free Citizenship Classes January 18 until March 21 Every Saturday 10-12 at Otis Library Have you been a permanent resident for at least 5 years? Consider citizenship. Applicant must: • Read, write and understand English • Attend all 10 weeks of classes To Register: Call: 860-889-2355 ext. 110 Or by email: bgayeded@otislibrarynorwich.org

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