Welcome to Holy Family Church

Holy Family Church is indeed a family of faith. We are united in prayer through the sacrifice of the Mass daily and the praying of the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. We are dedicated to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through evangelization, education and Christian example. We strive to be as faithful as the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph were to Jesus, and to live our faith by serving God, our fellow brothers and sisters, and our greater community. 

We invite you and your family to visit Holy Family Church this weekend, regardless of where you are in your life with our Lord. If you simply want to learn more about our parish, please browse our Web site, or reach out to us via Facebook  or follow us on Twitter. Please contact a member of the parish staff for specific help with the sacraments, returning to the Church, having a child baptized, having a priest visit an elderly parent or friend to bring them Communion... whatever your situation and need may be. Holy Family can be there for you.

 In all things, through the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. 

Anointing Service This Sunday


This Sunday, April 30, we will have a communal Anointing of the Sick prayer service at 3 pm. The prayer service will include Scripture reading, prayer and individual anointing. The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick persons, accompanied by liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of the sacrament. In the anointing, the sick person unites his or her sufferings to the passion of Christ, and seeks the grace of strength, peace and courage through the sufferings of sickness or old age. A reception will follow in Father Kerwan Hall. 

May Transcript Features Deacon Eduar

 The May issue of the Catholic Transcript features a cover story on the three young men who will be ordained to the priesthood, including Deacon Eduar. The Transcript is mailed free to every registered Catholic household in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Additional copies are available in the church on the bulletin tables. Deacon Eduar will be ordained on Saturday May 20 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford; he will offer his first Mass of Thanksgiving at Holy Family Church on Sunday May 21 at 11 am. All are invited. A reception will follow.

New Eucharistic Ministers

We thank those who have discerned a call to serve the Church and our parish as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. They will be commissioned at the 9 am Mass on Sunday, April 30, and begin serving at weekend Masses and making Sunday visits to our homebound parishioners in May. They are (standing l-r): Caroline Salazar, Pauline Griffin, Margaret Sadowsky and (seated l-r): Callista Tèpie, Michelle Biela and Suzanne Bouchard. 

New Program on Mary

Beginning May 16 (NOTE: NEW DATE) we will offer a new eight-week video discussion program called “Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You.” The program interweaves Scripture, Marian teaching and devotions, and more to explain Mary’s role in salvation history. No participant will walk away from this program without a richer love of the Blessed Mother. It is a fitting way to observe the 100th anniversary of her first appearance at Fatima (May 13).

Each hourlong session will be on Tuesdays thru June 27 at 7 pm. The cost for the program is $15, and covers the participant workbook, miscellaneous materials and more. Each week’s video will also be available for online viewing for registered participants. Please call the parish office at 860-741-2101 to register, or email Fr. Tim at tshickey@icloud.com. Registration closes May 3 so materials can be ordered in time for the start of the program on May 16.

To read more about the program, please visit here.

Guild Spring Bazaar

Holy Family's Women's Guild will hold its 3rd annual Spring Bazaar on Saturday, April 29 at Holy Family Church, 23 Simon Road. We are looking for crafters and vendors. An 8' table rents for $30. For more information/application, please call 860-741-0485. A raffle will also be held; refreshments will be available for purchase.

Fr. Rousseau Jubilee

Father Robert Rousseau, administrator of Holy Family Parish, was among the jubliarian priests acknowledged by Archbishop Leonard Blair at the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph Tuesday April 11. At this Mass, the sacred oils to be used during the year are blessed and distributed to each parish, and priests renew the promises of service they made at their ordination. The parish will host a 50th jubilee Mass and reception for Father Rousseau on May 7 at 11 am.

Easter Vigil


Our heartfelt and prayerful congratulations to the newest members of the Catholic Church and those who completed their sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, Saturday April 15. They are shown with their godparents and sponsors. To see additional pictures from the Easter Vigil, please visit our Facebook page.

Guild Learns Line Dances

Members of the Women's Guild at Holy Family Parish were taught two country line dances by Sara Schilling of EdanSe, an Enfield dance studio. She was joined by her partner Hoang Phi Nguyen. EdanSe is located at 127 Pearl Street; www.edansect.com.

Parish Calendar

Mass Times

Daily M-W, F: 8 a.m., 9 a.m.
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.

Publications


  • Sun, Apr 23rd

Online Giving

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

Parish App

Download the Holy Family Parish app here: http://myparishapp.com or type the word App to 88202 from either your  Apple or Android smartphone.

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.

Wholly Family Blog

Fig Trees and Manure

I’m sure we all remember Jesus’ parable of the barren fig tree from Luke’s ... Read More »

Responding to Our Times

Last month three books assessing the state of Christian life in the 21st century ... Read More »

Intentional Disciples, Part 2

Service in building up the Kingdom of God in our midst is an important ... Read More »

Office Hours

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F (Closed 12-1 for lunch)

Staff

Father Robert J. Rousseau  Administrator
860-741-2101 • holyfamilyfrjr@yahoo.com
Father Tim S. Hickey •  Parochial Vicar
860-741-2101 (office); 203-996-7854 (cell); tshickey@icloud.com
Deacon Vincent J. Motto
860-741-2101 (office); 860-745-1865 (cell); DeaconVince@cox.net

Linda Sacheli • Office Manager
860-741-2101 (office); holyfamilylrs@yahoo.com
Karen Zeni • Director of Religious Education
860-745-7770 (office); holyfamilydre@att.net
Jane Sutphin • Confirmation Coordinator
 860-741-3307 (office); confirmationhf@gmail.com