A Message from Fr. John Golas, Pastor of St. Jeanne Jugan Parish
With the merger of Holy Family and St. Bernard churches into St. Jeanne Jugan Parish, I have heard some concerns and questions about the changes being made.
• For the time being, no changes are being planned for the weekend or daily Mass schedule.
• With regard to our religious education programs, no changes are being planned. They will continue to function as they have.
I will need time to meet staff, to learn more about groups and activities, and in general understand how each parish currently functions.
Every pastor has been given a “Stewards for Tomorrow” handbook outlining policies and procedures to help with this time of transition. The recommendations include a merger transition team, an executive committee and subcommittees to consider all aspects of parish life. As you can infer, this will take time. In the meantime, the churches will continue to operate as they have until a new way is formulated.
Your communication is essential in this process. Whatever decisions in the future that need to be made will be discussed, reviewed, and communicated between the two parishes now comprising St. Jeanne Jugan Parish. This merger holds great promise for a more vibrant and engaged parish. Thanks for your prayers for our staff and parish.
Th: 9 a.m.
Sat: 8:30 a.m.
Sundays: Vigil: 5 p.m. 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m.
Sacrament of Confession (Reconciliation): Saturdays 4-5 p.m. and by appointment.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a parishioner here at Holy Family Church. Please complete the registration form and submit in one of the following ways:
- Print, complete and bring into the parish office located at 23 Simon Road, Enfield, CT 06082
- Print, complete and mail to the parish office at the above address
- Print, complete, scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download the Holy Family Parish registration form.
Holy Family Parish offers you a convenient option of contributing your weekly offertory through the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Program administered by Our Sunday Visitor. This service is free and you may cancel it at anytime. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at 860-741-2101 or click here to get started. https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/1676
Daily Mass Readings
Access the daily Mass readings here. This link will send you to the web site of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops where you will find a "Daily Readings" Calendar. The daily Mass readings can also be accessed via the parish app.
Pastoral Plan for Holy Family
This announcement regarding the future of Holy Family Parish was made at all the Masses May 6-7. It was in a letter from Archbishop Leonard P. Blair. Significant excerpts follow:
“After a lengthy and prayerful period of consultation and research involving both clergy and lay leadership, a determination has been made that as of this June 29, Holy Family Parish in Enfield and St. Bernard Parish in Enfield will merge. Each church building will retain the name with which it was dedicated, but together these two parish communities will form a new parish to be called St. Jeanne Jugan Parish. The canonical document of these changes is posted at the church entrances for all to see. (Editor’s Note: It is also on our parish Facebook page.) The archdiocese will be providing personnel and guidance to make ther merger successful.
“Pastoral planning also involves the overall placement of clergy in the most effective way possible. As a result, effective June 29, I have appointed Father John S. Golas to be the pastor of St. Jeanne Jugan Parish."
Learn About St. Jeanne Jugan
Thanks to the Little Sisters of the Poor who dropped off a variety of booklets, prayer cards and information about their foundress and the new patron of the combined parish of Holy Family-St. Bernard's. The free literature is in the vestibule on the table, along with holy medals. Take home something when you're at Mass this weekend.
Archbishop Announces Synod
In a letter sent to every parish this Pentecost, Hartford Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has announced that an archdiocesan synod will commence. This three-year project will include parish representatives meeting to discuss the critical needs of the archdiocese and help strategize for the future growth of the Church. You can read the Archbishop's letter in the June 3-4 bulletin (downloadable from this web site), and on our Facebook page.
Download the Holy Family Parish app here: http://myparishapp.com or type the word App to 88202 from either your Apple or Android smartphone.