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    • Saint Catherine of Siena Parish Mission Statement

      As the Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena we are a community of disciples of Jesus Christ.  In communion with our Archbishop and the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world, we proclaim the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.

      Through our life of worship, we acknowledge our need for the love and mercy of God and we welcome all to share in them. Through our ministries and service, we seek to form our members more deeply as disciples of Jesus and to make present, in our own times, the love and peace of the dawning Kingdom of God.

    • From Father Michael...
      • April 20, 2014 | by Father Michael
        He is Risen! We are saved! Alleluia! Alleluia!! Alleluia!!! As we enter into the Easter season we have so much for which to rejoice and to be thankful for that we might not even realize just how blessed we are. And, each year—actually each Sunday—because we celebrate this magnificent gift of salvation and eternal life over-and-over-again that we might come to consider it as though it really isn’t real. Familiarity breeds contempt, so they say. So do rituals and traditions, particularly when they are sloppily and poorly done, and without any ongoing catechesis...CLICK TO READ MORE...
      • April 13, 2014
        We are also working on some updates and refurbishment ideas to the interior of our Church, specially the sanctuary area. I have established a committee of parishioners with the expertise to help with this project and have hired an architectural firm (Amenta Emma in Hartford) who are well-versed in Catholic Church projects to come up with and oversee the project’s plans. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS...
      • April 13, 2014
        We are proceeding with our plans to expand and repair our parking facilities. I recently sent a letter to Archbishop Leonard Blair asking him for permission to go to the next phase as we look to hire a contractor (we have put the plans out to bid to four companies and will hold a contractors’ walk through on April 16) to oversee the project. You have been well informed that the Town of Simsbury has reviewed and approved all our plans as have the Army Corps of Engineers; the parish got to see the plans at our recent Time and Talent fair in late March (and smaller drawings will be up in the atrium once the contractor is selected). It is my hope that once we receive permission from the Archbishop to proceed we can actually begin Phase One in July of this year. Your prayers that all goes well (and that the price of oil for the asphalt does not shoot up!) will be greatly appreciated.
      • April 13, 2014 | by Father Michael
        In the Passion at the Liturgy of the Word (when we read the Gospel) we will hear of the cost of faith—or the cost of discipleship. We will hear of the apostle’s statements that they will stand with the Lord always—yet their actions hardly bear this out. They fall asleep, three times, in the Garden when the Lord asks them to pray with Him; they flee when Jesus is arrested; and Peter denies Him three (3) times – and with an oath and with cursing and swearing! It is easy to say “I am with you always, Lord,” but it is very difficult to live out that faith statement when there is a personal “cost” to it. Flash forward to today and not all that much has changed. CLICK TO READ MORE...
      • April 6, 2014 | by Father Michael
        On March 20th, 31 members of Mission Team 2014 headed to Boston for our sixth Mission trip wearing sweatshirts that read "Hope Builder." The week of our travels we had an unexpected change in the location of our usual home base in Charlestown to a new location in Quincy. Our first challenge as a group was to make a decision that whenever we felt inconvenienced or frustrated we could either ‘complain’ or we could see it as an invitation to feel compassion for and solidarity with the poor who often have little choice over some of their circumstances. CLICK TO READ MORE...
      • March 29, 2014 | by Father Michael
        This past weekend our Youth Ministry team took to the streets of Boston to serve God in reaching out and touching the lives of strangers, who are nonetheless brothers and sister in Christ. I spoke to Judy Pluta, who gave me a briefing on the four-day Mission Trip but also with some youth who participated and the adult chaperones. I am always amazed at how God works in and through so many folks. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS!!!!
      • March 23, 2014
        Congratulations to Gilbert and Patricia Hatch, our 2014 Archdiocesan St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation Awardees Archbishop Blair awarded parishioners from across the Archdiocese of Hartford, selected from each parish, with the Saint Joseph Medal of Appreciation Award on Sunday, March 14 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford. Mr. Gilbert and Dr. Patricia Hatch were our parish’s awardees this year in recognition of the many years of service through various ministries (currently as Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion) and through their participation in our parish. PLEASE CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS...
      • March 15, 2014 | by Father Michael
        Please prayerfully read the enclosed insert from Archbishop Blair on the issue of Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS). I know many people in Connecticut have already seemingly made up their minds on this issue. They have been lobbied by the words and misguided thoughts that the answer to this issue is all about “compassion” and “choice” and with the hope that they are making the end of life comfortable for some-one they love. I urge you to read the article at and consider the whole of the discussion and not simply get wrapped up in the emotional aspects of the debate. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS....
      • February 15, 2014 | by Father Michael
        What does it mean for Jesus to fulfill the law? Jesus sees in the law the means to the fulfillment of time (“until all things have taken place”), when the law will be replaced by righteous relationships within the kingdom of heaven. The fundamental law is gift of self to others. When self-giving is lacking in any act of keeping the law, the law in fact is not kept. We are to keep the law as the way to enter a manner of caring for and relating to others that leads to fullness of life. Our model for doing so is Jesus. PLEASE CLICK TO READ MORE...
      • January 5, 2014
        The date for Confirmation will be Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11am, here at St. Catherine of Siena Church. The new Archbishop, The Most Reverend Leonard Blair will be the celebrant. The mandatory rehearsal for all the Confirmation candidates is Thursday, May 8th from 4:15 - 6 pm in the church. PLEASE CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION...

    • Seven Last Words of Christ

      Great Easter Vigil
      Saturday April 19th at 8:00pm
      Followed by Alleuia Party in Russell Hall

      Easter Sunday
      Sunday April 20th 8:00am, 10:00am and 12:00pm

      Seven Last Words of Christ

       A one-hour service of candlelight, sacred time and peaceful music in the presence of God.



      Parishioners are invited to take a name home to pray for that First Communicant as they look forward to receiving the Blessed Sacrament of First Holy Communion on May 3rd. 

      Life Care Forum – A Health Care Information Session sponsored by the Health & Healing Ministry. No one likes to think about getting old or ill. It is something we will all have to face eventually.  Before times of stress and illness, wouldn’t it be great to know what types of care are available to fit your needs? 

      Please join us for an informational forum as representatives from local establishments will discuss what their facility has to offer.  Join us on April 23,2014 in Russell Hall at 7:00PM.   Contact Catherine Jahne at or (860)658-4765 with any questions.

      Music and Prayer for the Easter Season at the Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, on Saturday, Apr 26, at 7:30 p.m. 

      Celebrate the beauty and joy of the Easter season with a concert that features choir, chamber choir, instrumentalists, handbell choir, soloists, and children’s choir. Reception follows.$35. 

      For information call 860-760-9705;  To Register go to

      FEED THE HUNGRY—The next Youth Group visit to the shelter in Hartford will be Saturday, April 26th. You must reserve your spot as there is a limited amount of space in the serving kitchen. Please contact Lisa Sheary 860-658-2899 or to reserve a spot.

      Saint Catherine’s Spring Building Project May 3rd - We need about 20 volunteers, primarily with painting skills. Any-one interested should add his or her name to the sign up list in the atrium. For information contact Tom Lonergan at 413-9604.

      The Pantry Partners Ministry next distribution date is May 17

      Please pick up an order form in the vestibule or the atrium to place an order for yourself or someone you know. Orders are due by May10th. Donations are always welcome.

      Learn about the Catholic Mass!

      Hear about the Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, and the Liturgy of Communion and see what the Church believes is taking place in the Mass and why there are roles for each and every person attending.


      The date for Confirmation will be Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11am, here at St. Catherine of Siena Church.

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