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/media/1/SKMBT_C28016061610250.pdfPASTORAL PLANNING IN ARCHDIOCESE

      A June review of sacramental, liturgical, pastoral and demographic data will provide initial restructuring proposals for parishes and schools.  Once first draft proposal are documented, pastors will sharing them with a small group of lay and religious leaders in their parish to get feedback in July and August.  The process of consultation is integral to success for the future.
      Please pray daily for the success of this archdiocesan effort.  
      In September, a further model for prishes and schools will be brought for evaluation by 17 priest deaneries. Analysis and refinement will come from the Archbishop and the Pastoral Planning Commission.  Archbishop Blair's vision for local church to be characterized by spiritual vitality, organizational efficacy, accountability and financial responsibility -all for the sake of fulfilling the Church's mission."  
     For more information visit the Archdiocesan website www.archdioceseofhartford.org. 

Archdiocesan Strategic Priorities:  2016-2018

  1. By January 01, 2017, create and implement a comprehensive restructuring plan for our parishes, schools, agencies and offices to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future characterized by spiritual vitality, organizational efficacy and accountability and social and financial responsibility;

  2. Promote and leverage our Catholic identity at the service of our mission;

  3. Evaluate and reinvigorate evangelization, catechesis and the new apologetics, with a special emphasis on family life and marriage, campus ministry and young adults, and our Catholic school faculties and students;

  4. Evaluate and reinvigorate liturgical, sacramental and devotional life, providing sound opportunities and instruction for growth in the spiritual life and a life of personal prayer;

  5. Develop and implement a plan to ensure the physical health and spiritual growth of the clergy for the sake of their ministry, and mechanisms of accountability to the archbishop, the Presbyterate and the people entrusted to their pastoral care.

 

 

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June 1, 2016
Hartford CT

ADVOCATE  CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE
 

     The Catholic Church has always been a responsibsle participant in our society and has always taken its obligation seriiously.  The church offers guidance on moral and social issues confronting society.  This mission of the Church is constatly being challenged in the public square.  These challenges come in the form of cutbacks in vital social services for the family, the needy, the poor or they come from executive/legislative actions but run contrary to Church teachings.  There is an increased governmental threat to religiious freedom in our society.  This threat is eroding long standing positions of freedom which we must counter.  
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May 23, 2016
Milford CT

MAKING YOUR FAMILY INTO A DOMESTIC CHURCH

      Pope Francis said, "I see the Church as a file dhospital after battle...Wounds need to be treated, so many wounds!  There are so many people who are wonded by material problems, by scandals, also in the Church...People wounded by the world's illusions of what happiness is all about."

      MERCY first means treating the wounds.  How is this done within the home?  Here are some suggestions that you can live with in your family to celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy:   

  • Placea glass bowl on the dinner table.  Invite family members to place their intentions in the bowl.  Then each morning family members can pick an intention as they leave the house and pray for that intention throughout the day.
  • Prepared a sacred space in the house, and this becomes the "first-aid station."  This is a safe haven where family members are free to talk and express themselves.  This space becomes safe for healing within the family.
  • When your family is having dinner, or in the car going through a drive through or at a restaurant, you might ask a question:  What was the significant moment in your day?  Did you have a struggle during the day? Or Did you overcome something today?
  • Your family might offer to volunteer to do something positive in the neighborhood, the soup kitchen or in the family itself.
  • Family members can take turns to invite a friend to a meal. 

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May 18, 2016
Hartford CT

FIVE UP FOR ORDINATION ON MAY 21

 

     Our Archdiocesan church will celebrate the ordination of five men to the priesthood.  Archbishop Leonard blair will ordain them at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford.  the candidates have completed five years of formation and studies in Theology and Philosophy.

     The new ordained will be referred to as Rev. Hector Rangel Guerrero (age 34), Rev. Matthew Gary Gworek (age 29), Rev. Patrick Michael Kane (age 30), Rev Philip O'Neill (age 25), and Rev Phlip Roy Schulze (age 61).  

     Each of the above holds different educational degrees and have served as Deacons in various parishes across the Archdiocese.

     To learn more about the new priests you can read their online interviews at the website www.archdioceseofhartford.org at Special Announcements

     Congratulations and God's blessings upon their ministries in the Archdiocese!
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May 7, 2016
Milford, CT

HOMEFRONT 2016 - SUCCESS


       As part of the 29th Annual HomeFront tradition of reaching out to needy folks to rehab their homes, St. Gabriel parish volunteers were among some 2000 volunteers in 54 cities who worked to transform the homes of some 65 struggling families.  Our asssignment was the home of Mr. Len Gordon of 50 Eastern Parkway, Milford.

     Before photo                                            The after photo                           .

Nicole Vogl  scraping and applying kilz before painting.                Sandra and  Alexandra Ghee scraping house.       

Ted Terentiuk, Michael Theodoseau. Richard Wheeling                 Volunteers getting organized into teams.
tearing down old deck to replace it.

       New porch and deck completed                                       Yard after bushes, small trees eliminated and raked.

 

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ANNULMENT - THE ABCs of ANNULMENT

 

April 1, 2016
St Paul Church, Kensington, CT

Click below to hear the Rev Juan-Diego Brunetta, OP, Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal speak on the new format for filing for an annulment plus answers to questions from the audience.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/161284469


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Click link to download a registration form.

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April 1, 2016

ST JOSEPH'S MEN'S GROUP 

       Just prior to Easter, the parish initiated a group for men, entited "St Joseph Men's Group".  Its purpose is to draw men 18 years of age and over to fellowship, to prayer via the Sunday Scriptures and liturgical prayer, and to have a place to share and to develop and grow their spirituality.  Already there are over a dozen men who attend the weekly Tuesday, 7 pm meeting in the Church Hall.  

      The men are so pleased to experience what has been lacking in the parish - a group to support among fellows who have an intense desire to develop their spirituality.  

     The group is lead by John Marmolejo.  He can be reached at 203-895-7696 for further information.

 

 

 

 

Scripture Study Veterans

    A few of the groups who began Scripture Study more than two years ago, the "veterans" are thrilled to participate because their hearts and understandings have grown so much.  When we take a summer break, they can't wait to come back to meet with those they have befriended and continue as study companions.

 

From Left Al Marcheti, Mary Marchetti, Diana Brisco   Diana Brisco, Carla McNamara and Gale Uberti.

     Opening to Personal Renewal
 

      The Lord promises this post easter season to be special if we open ourselves up to what the Spirit invites us.  So St Gabriel is giving you a resource that you can use.

www.wof@wordonfire.org

This is from Rev Robert Barron with brief daily readings."
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BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH


      Each year St Gabriel comes into contact with many people inquiring into the faith. YOU can call 203-877-6096 Extension 13 at any time to speak to Br. Larry CSC if you'd like to learn more about becoming a member of the Catholic Church if you have not been Baptized or who have not yet made their Confirmation or First Communion.  
      The process will be explained and your questions answered.

 

   

 

COME IN.  OUR DOORS ARE OPEN!


 

 

PLEASE STEP ON THROUGH.  JESUS IS THERE!

JUST TALK TO HIM.  

iF YOU'VE BEEN AWAY FROM CHURCH FOR A WHILE AND WOULD LIKE TO CHAT,

WE ARE OPEN TO THAT.

Call 203-877-6096 to speak to Fr. Declan Creighton or Br. Larry CSC.

We are available to you!

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COMMUNIQUE FROM ST. BRENDAN'S 

 
Dear friends of St Gabriel's Parish,
 
A lot of greetings!
 
I hope everyone is fine and everything is going on well with you.
 
I do appreciate a lot your willingness and efforts towards building of God's kingdom in Kitete Parish. The work for the construction of the Church is in progress and nearly to completion.
 
The church structure is completed and its roof on. The following are also done:  plastering, applying gypsum powder,  painting 50%, window glass 40%, the floor,  public address system, wiring, doors and the altar. What is done is almost 97%. As I write, we have started using the church because the school hall is small comparing to the number of Christians who attend the services. 
 
We are so grateful to all the Mission Board members and the entire community of St Gabriel Parish for your tireless efforts towards supporting us. Thank you for 'being there' for the people of Kitete. We appreciate your great love, generosity and concern towards building of the faith and the Church. It is because of such great sacrifice that we can now pray in a more conducive and prayerful place.
 
I also wanted to inform you that I have been given a new assignment as from February, 2015. It has been a blessing working with you and you have been so helpful to me and the mission in Kitete. I pray for God's blessings upon you and the work that you are doing for people of God.
   
The new administration for Kitete Parish is
 
Fr Constantine Changwe  ----- Parish Priest

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