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Focus Shifts to Synod

Posted by Fr. Tim S. Hickey on 6/08/17

Last Sunday, on the feast of Pentecost, Hartford Archbishop Leonard P. Blair announced that the archdiocese will commence a multi-year effort called a “synod.” A synod is a series of meetings led by officially appointed representatives and delegates who strategize about a given topic. Their findings are then presented ... Read More »

'Sinners Welcome Here'

Posted by Fr. Tim S. Hickey on 5/29/17

Our neighbors to the west, in the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., have also experienced the constriction of church and parish structures through pastoral planning. In keeping with the idea that we must “right-size” the diocese in order to free it up for mission outreach and renewal through evangelization, Albany ... Read More »

What's Next?

Posted by Fr. Tim S. Hickey on 5/22/17

Now that the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan has been announced, it is a good time to remind ourselves what it is all about. What’s going to happen next? The following excerpts are from the pastoral planning web site www.stewardsfortomorrow. org.

OUR VISION We envision a local church characterized by spiritual vitality, ... Read More »

St. Jeanne Jugan Parish

Posted by Fr. Tim S. Hickey on 5/13/17

Here are excerpts from the letter sent by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair regarding the results of pastoral planning and their outcome on Holy Family Parish. This entire letter was read at all weekend Masses May 6-7.

He writes: I am writing about the results of the pastoral planning process ... Read More »

No Priests? No Eucharist.

Posted by Fr. Tim S. Hickey on 5/06/17

Noted Catholic commentator Phil Lawler wrote a very sobering assessment of the health of the Catholic Church in the U.S. Northeast in a column published on the Catholic Culture web site last week (

Lawler, a former editor of both the Boston archdiocesan newspaper and Catholic World Report magazine, ... Read More »