COVER SHEET - St. Patricks Church

Lori M. Lechowicz
Kyocera TASKalfa 400ci KX
1 through 8
Jan 1, 2012
Please deliver to PARISH CENTER ONLY
(which is behind the church) in the OFFICE.
Do NOT deliver to the church. Thank you.
Welcome to St. Patrick Church
Saturday Vigil: 5:00p.m.
Sunday: 8:00am & 10:30am and
5:00 pm (Oct-May)
Weekdays: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 8:00 a.m.
Called together by God to experience Jesus and his word,
in the sacraments of the Church and in each other, we are committed to love God
and to embrace all God’s people as witnesses of God’s mercy.
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St. Patrick Church
47 West High St.
P.O. Box 177
East Hampton, CT 06424-0177
Office: 860-267-6644
Fax: 860-267-7807
Rectory: 860-267-6646
Email: [email protected]
Web address:
Pastoral Team
Rev. Walter M. Nagle, Pastor
Sister Dominic Joseph Valla, A.S.C. J.
Pastoral Associate
Lori M. Lechowicz, Administrative Assistant
Dani Annino, Director of Faith Formation
John P. Higgins, Director of Music & Organist
Office Hours
8:30am - 3:00pm, Monday - Thursday
8:30am - 12:00pm, Friday
Welcome to our Parish Family
Newcomers to the parish are invited to introduce
themselves to Father Nagle after Mass and to
register at the Parish Office.
Please advise the Pastor, Pastoral Associate, or Administrative
Assistant to arrange pastoral visits or Holy Communion for
those who are sick, hospitalized or homebound.
Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also arrangements can
be made by calling the Rectory.
Arrangements can be made by calling the Parish Office.
Couples must contact the Pastor at least one year in advance to
reserve a date and make arrangements.
In a large parish, keeping the information on parishioners up to
date is a difficult task. You can be of immense help in this
regard. If you move or change your telephone number, please
contact the parish office (267-6644). Not only will this help
avoid confusion, but it will also save the cost of paying
additional charges for returned mail. Thank you.
Stewardship of Treasure
December 18, 2011
Week 25 of the Fiscal Year
1,362 Registered Families
Ordinary Income:
Actual Collection:
Over or (short)
Current Week
Year to Date
$ 3,489.00
Envelopes Received: 196
December 25, 2011
Week 26 of the Fiscal Year
Bulletin Deadline
Please submit articles no later than
noon on Monday
Handicap Accessible
Actual Collection:
Over or (short)
Envelopes Received:
$ 5,475.00
Immaculate Conception: $1011.00 Envelopes Received: 66
Christmas Collection
$5,854.00 Envelopes Received: 144
Christmas Flowers
$1,526.00 Envelopes Received: 109
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The Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God
The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy
Mother of God
Saturday, December 31
5:00pm Frank Flynn req. by Kathy Minick & Carol Flynn
and Francis Puzzo req by Donna Daly
Sunday, January 1
8:00 am Robert Ruchk req. by Donna Daly
10:30am Joseph Francis McNally req. by Frank & Anne
Mikullitz and Charles E. Beyer req by Marie
Monday, January 2
8:00am Erminia Andrew & Andrew Ferrigno
Tuesday, January 3
8:00am William Aurigemma req. by Linda & Paul
Wednesday, January 4
8:00am Andree Hansen req. by Joan Fomento
Thursday, January 5
6:00am-7:00pm Eucharistic Adoration
Closing of Adoration
Friday, January 6
8:00am Francis McGloin req. by Carol & John Lambert
The Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday, January 7
5:00pm Adolph Sirois req. by the Sirois Family
and John Daly req by Donna Daly
Sunday, January 8
8:00 am Francis Puzzo req. by Michael & Joy Doran
10:30am Roger Gosselin req. by Diane Annelli and Helen
Sladyk req. by the Bridge Club
5:00pm Marie Dolan req. by Life Teen
“The meal offers a family the perfect opportunity to pull
together as one, to combine talents, to converse, and to
enjoy the fruits of a common labor. Family meals are
not just about nutrition; they are fundamental to family
life….Sitting around the table and sharing a good meal,
especially one the family has prepared together, helps
build a strong marriage and a strong family life.” Pete
Vere, Catholic Answers Magazine, http://
Happy New Year!
A very special “thanks” to all who gave
so generously of themselves in the
church decorations for Christmas and to
those who participated in the liturgical
celebrations. A special
acknowledgement is also in order for the Knights of Columbus
who lead a successful food drive for the Food Bank and those who
provided gifts for the giving tree. I also want to personally thank
those parishioners who provided personal gifts. The season of
giving is a special season and I pray that the spirit of giving
continues throughout 2012.
Because New Year’s is a time when people make resolutions, I
offer some insights from a book “Fully Human, Fully Alive” by
John Powell, SJ. The basis for the title of the book is a quote
from St. Irenaeus in the first century, “The glory of God is the
human person fully alive.” Jesus said “I came that you may have
life and have it in abundance.” What is this abundant life? John
Powell offers some great insights. He says, the five essential steps
into the fullness of life are these: (1) to accept oneself, (2) to be
oneself, (3) to forget oneself in loving, (4) to believe, and (5) to
belong. Let’s break this down. 1) To Accept Oneself. Fully alive
people accept and love themselves as they are. They do not live
for the promise of some tomorrow or the potential that may
someday by revealed in them. Fully alive people are sensitively
aware of all that is good in themselves, for the little things, like
the way they smile or walk, through the natural talents they have
been given, to the virtues they have worked to cultivate. When
these people find imperfections and limitations in themselves,
they are compassionate. 2) To be oneself. Being ourselves has
many implications. It means that we are free to have and to report
our emotions, ideas, and preferences. Authentic individuals can
think their own thoughts, make their own choices. They have risen
above the nagging need for the approval of others. 3) To forget
oneself in loving. Having learned to accept and to be themselves,
fully alive people proceed to master the art of forgetting
themselves-the art of loving. They learn to go out of themselves in
genuine caring and concern for others. Being loving is far
different from being a so called “do-gooder.” Do-gooders merely
use other people as opportunities for practicing their acts of virtue,
of which they keep careful count. People who love learn more to
turn the focus and concern of their attention and concern for
themselves out to others. They care deeply about others. The
difference between do-gooders and people who love is the
difference between a life which is an on stage performance and a
life which is an act of love. Real love cannot be successfully
imitated. 4) To Believe. Having learned to transcend purely self
directed concern, fully alive people discover “meaning” in their
lives. It is a matter of commitment to a person or a cause in which
one can believe and to which one can be dedicated. This faith
commitment shapes the lives of fully alive individuals, making all
of their efforts seem significant and worthwhile. 5) To Belong.
The fifth and final component of the full life would no doubt be a
“place called home,” a sense of community. A community is a
union of persons who “ have in common”, who share in mutuality
their most precious possessions-themselves. They know and are
open to one another. They are “for” one another.
Isn’t this a
beautiful vision for a community of faith? A place where people
grow in self acceptance and to believe in themselves. A place
where people can forget themselves in loving, and a place where
people can believe in the presence of the risen Lord, And lastly,
hopefully St. Patrick is a place where people can “belong.”
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Parish Events
St. Patrick Library is located in the workroom of
the Parish Center. All are welcome!
Sunday, January 1
Monday, January 2
Tuesday, January 3
Wednesday, January 4
7:00pm Life Teen Core Meeting/WKRM
7:00pm Choir rehearsal/Church
Thursday, January 5
7:00pm Scripture Study/Parish Hall
7:30pm Cornerstone Prayer Group/KofC (all are welcome)
Friday, January 6
Saturday, January 7
A beautiful sacrament full of blessings, romance, love,
commitment, comedy, giving, new life, joys, sorrows,
adventure, challenges, responsibilities, growth, memories
and more.
To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding
cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; when you’re right,
shut up. (Ogden Nash)
Marriage halves our griefs, doubles our joys, and
quadruples our expenses. (English Proverb)
Any married man should forget his mistakes—no use two
people remembering the same thing. (Duane Dewel)
The three stages of love and marriage:
1. You don’t know �em, but you love �em.
2. You know �em, and don’t love �em
3. You know �em and you love �em.
“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her
heart” Luke 2:19
How lightly Mary held Jesus. She did not clutch Him to
her but held Him out for the world to know. She knew that
He did not belong to her alone. From the moment of His
birth she was called upon to share Him with strangers who
flocked to see Him. In the same way, we are also called to
hold our blessings lightly, being willing to share what God
has given to us with those whom God may led to us. As
this New Year begins, let us look to Mary as a grace-filled
role model of sharing all that God might ask of us.
THERE WILL BE NO 5:00 pm MASS or Life Night on
January 1, 2012. Have a Safe & Happy New Year. See
you back on January 8th!
TEENS: View podcasts at “Sunday,
Sunday, Sunday”, Catholic Movie Reviews, THE171,
LoveLife, and TheMix!!
For more information on upcoming events or for
monetary, food or time donations, please contact Michelle
or Bill Donahue, 860-342-0435 or e-mail us at
[email protected].
Dear Parishioners,
For several years now the Board of Finance has been
looking into the possibility of e-giving. E-giving is beginning to be used for financial transactions in many sectors
of American life. In fact, a number of parishioners indicated in our Stewardship campaign this fall that they
would like to explore this option. E-giving could replace
the traditional process of writing a check and putting an
envelope in the weekly offertory. The Board of Finance
has decided to pursue e-giving and we are proud to announce that it will be available soon. The parish has retained the services of an outside vendor, Vanco, who is a
leader in the software development of e-giving. They provide a soup to nuts program that is customized to the
needs of each parish or church. For St. Patrick there will
be opportunities to give on a bi-weekly or semi-monthly
(1st & 15th) or monthly basis. All one will need to do is
visit the parish website, follow the instructions and submit your information. Vanco meets the highest industry
standards for financial security. We, on the Board of Finance are excited about this possibility. It further allows
us to make good on our promise of greater financial
transparency and to also provide other more convenient
means for people to give. Stay tuned for more information to follow in the coming weeks!
Thank you for your very generous support of our parish!
St. Gerard will be conducting their annual Bottle drive to
assist women with life-affirming decisions. Bottles and/or
envelopes will be available next weekend (Jan 7/8) and will
be collected on Jan 22/22. Please make checks payable to
St. Gerard’s Center for Life. For more information visit Thank you for your support!
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The Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God
Introduction-Liturgy of the Word:
Today, the Church rings in the New Year by celebrating
our most ancient feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
honoring her with one of her most beautiful titles, Holy
Mother of God. On this day so filled with the hope of
new beginnings and good resolutions, Mary also stands
before us as Queen of Peace, the women of
contemplative prayer who reflects in her heart on God’s
ever-renewed presence in the world. She is likewise
First among the Disciples, the women of gospel action,
who responds to God’s word with obedient faith and
selfless charity. As we begin this New ear, she points to
her Son and says to us what she told the servants at
Cana’s wedding feast, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Jan 1: Harold Riley 2000, Joseph Michalski 1997, Charles
Beyer 1979, John Heffernan 1974, Robert Kiely 1972,
Josephine Dobros 1971, Elmer Stover 1970
Monday: 1 Jn 2:22-28, Jn 1:19-28, Ps 98:3
Tuesday: 1 Jn 2:29-3:6, Jn 1:29-34, Ps 98:3
Wednesday: 1 Jn 3:7-10, Jn 1:35-42, Ps 98:3cd
Thursday: 1 Jn 3:11-21, Jn 1:43-51, Ps 100:2a
1 Jn 5:5-13, Mk 1:7-11, Ps147:12a
Saturday: 1 Jn 5:14-21, Jn 2:1-11, Ps 149:4a
Sunday: Is 60:1-6, Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6, Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11,
Apostolate of Prayer for
Our Holy Father
Rev. Robert McNulty & Rev. Tomasz Sztuber
V. Rev. John Gallagher OFM Cp & Rev. Edward
Rev. Stephen Gulino & Rev. Richard Archambault
Rev. Francis Liszewski & Rev. Brian Converse
Rev. Joseph Whittel & Rev. Gregory Galvin
Rev. Michael Giannitelli & Msgr. Thaddeus
Jan 2: Warren Anderson 2001, Louis Pineiro 2001, Mary
Cunningham 2000, Anna Anderson 1988, Loretta MacDougall
1984, Irene Miller 1974
Jan 3: Gerald Soboleski 2006, Anita Guilbeault 1989, Norman
LaPiene 1989, John Biondi 1979, Jon Hetnik 1977
Jan 4: Santa Schepis 1979, Edmay Beaulieu 1978, Magdalena
Engler 1972
Jan 5: Robert Gobar 2006, Helen Geysen 2003, Frances
Byloff 1995, Marjorie Cooke 1992, Wilfred DuPaul 1992, Fr.
John Honan 1977, Florence Krieter 1976
Jan 6: John Daly 2005, James Coughlin 2003, Joey Colaccino
1992, William Lange 1984, Kathryn Hall 1977
Jan 7: Gerald Baker Sr 2001, Roger O’Neill 1979, Anibal
Pacheco 1979, Alice Owens 1972
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord. May their
souls and the souls of all the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich, is currently
seeking a Licensed Clinician (LCSW licensure with
supervisory experience preferred) to take a leadership
position in supervising our DCF Licensed Adolescent
Substance Abuse Treatment Group (ASAT).
This position can be either part-time or full-time
depending upon the candidate’s interests or needs:
25hrs. /wk. with immediate opportunity for full time is
Experience with administration of the GAIN
assessment tool is highly desirable as is experience with
pediatric population. Training will be made available.
Opportunities for supervision in fulfillment of LADC
and/or CAC requirements will be made available on site.
Catholic Charities is a fully licensed Behavioral
Health Clinic with a competitive benefit package;
excellent reputation, and collegial atmosphere. Inquire
contact: Catholic Charities Search Committee, 331 Main
St., Norwich, CT 06360. 860-889-8346 ext. 269.
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May 7—17, 2012
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“The Courage to Hope” This is a retreat offered on
January 27-29th that is a great opportunity to be with
other women and to rediscover the presence of God in
your life. The retreat begins on Friday evening with a
buffet dinner from 6:00-8:00 and ends on Sunday around
noon. Retreat Offering: $250,
“Journey Within to the Place of Listening” Presented by
Deacon Arthur Miller, Wednesday, January 25th.
Day: 10:00—2:00 pm (includes lunch)
Evening: 6:00-9:00 pm (includes dinner)
As your world crumbles around you, the call from
Scripture is: don’t flinch in faith in God. The spiritual
calm that God commands does not come from a lack of
troubles, it derives from a steady, deep reflection on the
ways God has intervened on behalf of his people. The
evening will include dinner, presentation and liturgy.
Program Offering: $35
Register on line at or send
name, address & offering to: Holy Family Passionist
Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, W. Hartford, CT
06107. 860-521-0440
March For Life Buses
January 22, 2012 marks the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s infamous abortion-on-demand ruling. Because of that decision, millions of pre-born babies have
been denied their most basic right - their right to life. On
Monday, January 23, 2012, people from across the nation
will assemble in Washington, D.C. to visibly express their
opposition to abortion. On Sunday, January 22, 2012 at
9:00 P.M., buses will leave from the Norwich Municipal
Parking Lot (Exit 80, I-395) and travel to D.C. for the
March For Life on January 23, 2012. The first stop in
Washington will be at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Bus fare is $58 per person. If you are unable to
attend the March For Life, please consider sponsoring a
seat on the bus. For further information and/or to reserve a
seat or to sponsor a seat, please call Margaret Becotte at
for Engaged Couples
“God’s Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage” offered by the
Office of Family Life. To register for the 4 session class
please call 860-889-8346 ext.283.
Date: Saturdays, Jan. 21, 27, & Feb. 4, 11, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Location: St.Joseph Church Hall, 11 Baltic Rd. Occum
Cost: $50.00 per couple
March, 2012 classes will be held Fridays in Middletown.
Next weekend is the National Combined collection
which benefits: The Retirement Fund for Religious, The
Annual Appeal for the Holy Father, The Catholic Communications Campaign, and Catholic University of
America. You will receive a mailing about this important collection. Please read the material and if you are
so inclined, please bring your gift envelope to Mass next
weekend, January 7/8, 2012. Your support of these
needs of the Universal Church will truly make a difference. Please be as generous as your means allow.
Thank you.
St. Vincent DePaul in Middletown is asking for your
help this holiday season. The following items are
needed: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste,
tooth brushes, soap, razors and shaving cream. During
the holiday party the food bank is hoping to give each
guest a special meal, a gift card to Stop & Shop and a
box of candy as a special treat. Thank you in advance for
your generosity.
East Catholic High School will give a make-up entrance
exam on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 8:00 am to all
eighth graders who were unable to take the December
exam. The exam will be given at the school. Preregistration is recommended, but not required. A required fee of $25 covers the cost of processing the exam.
ECHS continues to accept transfer students from other
high schools. Questions? Contact the Admissions
Office at 860-649-5336 ext 238 or 456.
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Have you seen the St. Patrick Prayer Board for active
military personnel who are fighting on the front lines for
our freedom? It’s located in the vestibule of the Church, to
the left as you enter from the front steps. We post the
pictures and rank of relatives of our parish family members
and ask that you remember them in daily prayer. Since
there are many new deployments, please let us know if
there are any family members you would like posted...and
may God keep them safe.
Bereavement Support Groups
Every first and third Monday: 5:00-6:30pm, Conference
Room A or B, Middlesex Hospital, Middletown. Every
second and fourth Thursday: 6:30-8:00pm, Shoreline
Medical Center, 260 Westbrook Rd., Essex. Every second
and fourth Wednesday: 10:00-11:30am, One MacDonough
Place, Community Room. (The Hospital’s assisted living
facility on the corner of Main St. Extension and
MacDonough Place.) For more information, please call
Chaplain Dennis McCann, Middlesex Hospital
Chaplain, 860-358-6725.
St. Patrick Church Ministries
Adoption Information: Mike & Tina Mohr — 881-7080
Altar Server: Susan Lanzi—267-9984
Altar Society: Maureen Sweeney 267- 2520
ACTS Retreat/Men& Women:
Warren & Beverly Edwards—267-9926
Al & Isabel Vela—267-1508
John & Carol Lambert—267-9157
Baptism Contact:
Sister Dominic Joseph —267-6644
Baptism Class:
Mary Kaye Varni—267-9050
Catholic Scripture Study
Al Vela 267-1508 and Joan Fomento 267-8512
Child Advocate:
Coordinator of Caregiving:
Sister Dominic Joseph—267-6644
Westside Manor: Deb Desrocher—267-0705
Cobalt Lodge: Daisy Conway—267-0833
“Providing Help, Creating Hope”
Charity is at the heart of the Catholic Church. As we
prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ this Advent
Season, let us not forget what he taught us, to treat others
with care and compassion. As our nation recovers from
a recession, many in our area continue to struggle to
remain on their feet in the wake of difficult economic
Through their Emergency Food, Clothing,
Shelter, Rent and Utility Assistance programs, to name a
few, Catholic Charities has been providing help and
creating hope for over 90 years within the Diocese of
As our Diocese also faces economically challenging
times, the need for help far outweighs the financial
resources available to provide for our brothers and sisters
in Christ. Please prayerfully consider making a gift this
Advent Season to the 2011 Catholic Charities Annual
Fund. To make a gift online, visit, or
mail your gift directly to: Catholic Charities, c/o 197
Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360. Thank you.
Eucharistic Adoration: Sheila Wall—267-9486
Guild: Kim Lanou—267-9235
Knights of Columbus: John Hines—267-4270
Life Teen: Bill & Michelle Donahue—342-0435
Marriage Encounter: Dan & Pam Harazim—267-1184
Nurses’ Ministry: Maggie Coolican—267-0540
Pastoral Council Chair: Peter Bergan—267-4341
Prayer Group: George & Regina Looby—267-8203
Prayer Line: Jann Dalton — 267-5720
Pat Powers — 267-8529
Pro-Life: Theresa Hickey—267-0071
R.C.I.A.: Sister Dominic Joseph—267-6644
Vocation Contact: Don Hickey—267-0071
Wedding Coordinator: Michelle Donahue—342-0435