COVER SHEET - St. Patricks Church

Lori M. Lechowicz
Kyocera TASKalfa 400ci KX
1 through 8
Dec 2, 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
Weekdays: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 8:00 a.m.
Holy Day Masses: 8:00 a.m., 7:00 p.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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December 2, 2012
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:
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.
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 - 12:00 noon - Friday
Bulletin Deadline
Please submit articles no later than
noon on Monday
For those who have chosen to cancel their envelope
order since the “On-line Giving” program has begun, the
following are the extra collections for the upcoming
Dec. 8, 2012 —Immaculate Conception
Jan 1, 2013—Solemnity of Mary
Jan 6, 2013—Spiritual Programs
Feb 3, 2013—Spiritual Programs
Feb 13, 2013—Ash Wednesday
Handicap Accessible
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
November 18 & 25, 2012
Week 21 and 22 of the Fiscal Year
Ordinary Income:
Budgeted Goal:
Actual Collections:
On-Line Giving
Nov. 18
$ 131.00
Nov. 25
$ 64.55
Spiritual Programs:
$ 35.00
“But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and
raise you heads because your redemption is at
hand.” (Luke 21:28)
Images of the final judgment can be scary, especially if we
have not been faithful to God’s commands throughout our
lives. However, if we have been good stewards, we have left
nothing to chance. We have carefully planned our giving and
followed Our Lord’s example of service and sacrifice. Thus,
no matter the day or the hour we will be ready to stand erect
and raise our heads to meet God face to face.
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1st Sunday of Advent
1st Sunday of Advent
Saturday, Dec 1
5:00pm John Wall req. by his wife & family and
Patsy Muli req. by Donna Daly and family
Sunday, Dec 2
8:00 am John & Jane Vechinsky req. by John & Nancy
Marye R. Ruimerman (Rau) req. by William &
Margaret Blodgett and Thomas Hurlbert req. by
Warren & Beverly Edwards
Monday, Dec 3
No Mass today
Tuesday, Dec 4
No Mass today
Wednesday, Dec 5
No Mass today
Thursday, Dec 6
Friday, Dec 7
Immediately following morning Mass
Eucharistic Adoration
8:00am Special Intention Manny & Fatima Madalena
The Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
Saturday, Dec 8
9:00am Francis Remillard req. by Norma Kelly
John Daly & Jerome T. Daly req. by Donna Daly
Sunday, Dec 9
8:00 am Harry Dean req. by Diane Annelli
Bette Treat req. by the Hughes Family and
Patricia Ann Higgins req. by John & Jane Robida
A Warm Welcome
St. Patrick Church would like to extend a warm welcome
to our newest Parish members:
Daughter of Robert & Carey Fraulino
Son of Frank & Tabitha
We begin a liturgical New Year this
weekend with the celebration of
Advent. One of the great blessings you
and I have is that we are part of a
liturgical church. We celebrate Octaves
of Feasts. For instance, Christmas and Easter are celebrated
for a full eight days! Every day is Christmas or Easter. This
year I have decided to celebrate the eighth anniversary of
my 40th birthday for a full eight days. Sunday is the Octave
Put on your glasses. Encourage yourself. King David
did. He had just suffered a major setback. It was one of the
most difficult times of his life. His city had been destroyed.
His family had been kidnapped. And now his own men had
turned against him. The situation looked impossible. He
could have easily just given up and faded off into the
sunset, defeated and depressed. But the scripture says,
“David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” Why do
we need to encourage ourselves? The very people on whom
we rely the most may not be there when we need them.
Elizabeth Brown shares the following story in her book
Living Successfully with Screwed-up People: “At a soccer
game I stood next to young man who asked me a question
that disturbs many of us: Why do I have the most difficult
relationship problems with the people I love? David did not
know I was writing a book on relationships or that I address
the question he asked in seminars across the country. He
just needed an ear, and I was standing next to him, watching
fifteen year olds play ball, when his query popped out. I
asked him what he thought the answer is. �I don’t know,’ he
said. �It just seems the very people we care most about are
the ones that give us the most grief.’ He was right: Friends
and family can be pains-in the heart. Too often close
relationships are better at causing demolition than building.
Perhaps that is why suicides increase tenfold during the
holidays. Having traveled over the hills and through the
valleys to grandmother’s house, many of us leave
wondering why we went to such efforts to be put through
the wringer by someone in our own family. Times together,
which should refresh, energize, and heal old wounds, often
exacerbate the pain and cause new lesions. The sad truth is
that families fight, husbands and wives attack, neighbors
feud, friends and coworkers criticize, and children rebel.”
The young man at the soccer game was experiencing an
undeniable crisis as his expectations butted heads with
reality. The one who should care hurt; the ones who had no
obligation to care, affirmed. What was wrong? You may be
in the same situation. Strangers aren’t your problem. The
person who is driving you nuts is someone you love or
someone whose encouragement and appreciation you need.
You are shattered by close friends, family, or people you
work with every day. This is how I answered David: “I
know you are confused and discouraged, but you are at the
most exciting point of understanding relationships! Put on
your glasses! You need improved vision to discover the
freedom and joy you only imagined were possible within
your difficult relationships.”
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December 2, 2012
Parish Events
St. Patrick Library is located in the workroom of
the Parish Center. All are welcome!
Sunday, Dec 2
11:30am RCIA/WKRM
2:00pm Pre-Jordan/WKRM
Monday, Dec 3
7:30pm Knights Officer Meeting/KofC Hall
Tuesday, Dec 4
6:00pm Living Nativity/Parish Center
Wednesday, Dec 5
7:00pm Choir Rehearsal/Church
Thursday, Dec 6
7:00pm Catholic Scripture Study/Parish Center
7:30pm Cornerstone Prayer Group/KofC All are welcome
Friday, Dec 7
Saturday, Dec 8
The Living Nativity
The first meeting for the cast and crew of
the Living Nativity will take place on
December 4th at 6:30pm in the Parish
Center. All children and adults interested in participating
should attend this meeting. If you have any questions,
please call the Faith Formation Office at 860-267-6644.
Confession Schedule for Advent
Father Nagle will be available for confession at St. Patrick
Church on Dec. 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 3:00-5:00pm.
Father Galvin will be available for confession at St. Bridget
Church in Moodus on Dec 2nd 7-8:00pm, Dec 7th 6:30-7:15pm
and 9:30-until all are heard, Dec 8th 7-7:30am and 4-4:40pm,
Dec 9th, 10th, 12th and 14th 7-8:00pm, Dec 15th 3:30-4:40pm,
Dec 16th, 18th, and 21st 7-8:00pm, Dec 22nd 3-4:40pm and 78:00pm and your final opportunity before Christmas: Dec 23rd
Don’t forget to have your Blood Pressure checked NEXT
WEEKEND. The Parish Nurses will be available to take your
blood pressure after Saturday’s 5:00 Vigil and Sunday’s 10:30
This year St. Patrick Church is providing
three ways in which you can help the
community during the holiday season.
Beginning November 20th and concluding
December 10th the “Giving Tree” to benefit children through the East Hampton Food
Bank, will be located foyer of the church.
Please remove a tag from the tree, make
your purchase, attach the tag to the item
and place it under the tree. Please do NOT
wrap the gift. It is very important that the
tag be returned with the gift, so that the
appropriate child will receive your gift.
Thank you for your generosity and continued support of this program. If you have
questions, call Dani in the Faith Formation
Office at 860-267-6644.
Please sign up to sponsor a child for the
East Hampton Volunteer Food Bank’s
“Project Christmas.” A list is posted in
the front foyer of the church. Please write
your name and phone number next to the
item(s) you wish to purchase. Please do
NOT wrap presents (but they may be
placed in a Christmas Bag.) Be sure the
child’s number is clearly marked on the
item and return it by December 9th. Any
questions please call Jane Leary at 860267-8340.
The Middletown District Council of
Catholic Women (MDCCW) is sponsoring
a “Toy Drive” which will be donated to the
CT Children's Medical Center. A donation
box is located in the foyer of the church
with a list of requested items (please feel
free to take a list with you). Do NOT wrap
the gifts. The Drop off date is DECEMBER 9th.
Question to Ponder:
What anxiety or fear do I need to set aside, or help
someone else set aside, in order to embrace Jesus’ call
to greet with joy the redemption he brings?
May God Bless you for your generosity.
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1st Sunday of Advent
Introduction-Liturgy of the Word:
Today we begin a new season, a new year in the calendar
of the Church. Advent, the season of waiting, of joyful
expectation, is upon us. As we gather here, let us set
aside the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and use this
time to take stock. What are you seeking? What is it that
you are waiting for? Our loving God has an answer. Let
us pray together to find out what it is.
Monday: Is 2:1-5, Mt 8:5-11, Ps 122
Tuesday: Is 11:1-10, Lk 10:21-24, Ps 72:7
Is 25:6-10a, Mt 15:29-37, Ps 23:6
Thursday: Is 26:1-6, Mt 7:21, 24-27, Ps 118:26
Friday: Is 29:17-24, Mt 9:27-31, Ps 27:1a
Saturday: Gn 3:9-15, 20, Eph 1:3-6, 11-12, Lk 1:26-38,
Ps 35:4
Sunday: Bar 5:1-9, Phil 1:4-6, 8-11, Lk 3:1-6, Ps 98:1-4
Dec 2: Carolyn Valenchis 1987, Sr. Rose Nolan 1972
Dec 3: Josef Sienkiewicz 1986, Anita Albright 1979, Helen
McGuire 1979
Dec 4: Helen Gorczyca 1999, Thomas Stabinski 1999, Gerard
Monroe 1996, John Zaniewski 1987, Walter Murray 1983,
Erwin Daniels 1982, Anna Miller 1978, Leo Ouellette 1978,
Elizabeth Staeth 1974
Dec 5: Edward Forand 2006, Agnes Rogers 1998, Gail Treiber
1982, Pete Laskarin 1972
Apostolate of Prayer for
Heavenly Father, may the Immaculate Virgin prepare our
priests for the radiant feast of Christmas so that the Divine
Emmanuel might find in each of their hearts a little cradle
scented by the purity of His all beautiful and loving Mother.
12/2: All Bishops
Dec 6: Frank B. Lawson 2011, John Wall 1993, Gale Cioe
1991, Robert Andrews 1987, Rose Biondi 1981, Lillian
Fitzpatrick 1979, Roseana Soucy 1970
12/3: Rev. Thomas Lavin & Rev. Martin Jones
Dec 7: Jerome T. Daly 2009, Peter Connerton, Sr. 2008,
Loretta White 1998, James McCarthy 1997, Georgianna
Lessard 1972, Maria Zanlungo 1971, Amos Dufresne 1970
12/5: Rev. George Richards, Jr. & msgr. Kevin Randall
Dec 8: Frank Edwards 1991, Brittany Weir 1991, Margaret
Galumboski 1989, Mary Kasyan 1989, Raymond Choiniere Sr.
1981, Bessie Barnes 1978, Ambrose Lessard 1976, Florence
Brady 1973
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.
This holiday season, we thank
everyone who has supported St.
Patrick this past year with their time,
talent and financial contributions and
look forward to support from all of
our members in the year ahead. If
you need a convenient way to make
regular offerings or if you plan to
make an additional gift before the
end of the year, we encourage you to
check out our electronic giving
options. As the pace of life speeds
up, especially around the holidays,
you may find electronic giving a
most welcome way to make
Visit or contact the
church office for more information.
12/4: Rev. Michael Gill & Rev. Patrick McCorry
12/6: Rev. Nicholas Mbogo & Rev. John Gwudz
12/7: Rev. Roland Cloutier
12/8: Our Holy Father
A beautiful sacrament
full of blessings, romance, love,
commitment, comedy, giving, new life, joys, sorrows, adventure, challenges, responsibilities, growth, memories
and more.
I was talking to a friend who said she wants her children
to be able to look back and say, “I want a great marriage
like my Mom and Dad had.” That struck me. I think we
have a good marriage but do we put each other down
sometimes? Yup. Do I snap at him for silly reasons?
Yup. Do we seem happy to our kids? Not sure. I hope so.
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Poisonous Holiday Plants For Pets:
Bright ornamental plants are a great way to dress up the house
during the holidays. Pet owners should be aware, however,
that many of these common plants are poisonous to pets. Toxicity ranges from mild to severe, and the amount of plant consumed determines how sick a pet may become. In general,
gastrointestinal upset is the most common finding, but if
enough plant material is ingested, seizures, coma or death is
Poinsettia Plant Many people associate the Poinsettia plant
with extreme toxicity, but this is not entirely true. The sap of
Poinsettias is considered to be mildly toxic/irritating, and will
probably cause nausea or vomiting, but not death.
Mistletoe and Holly are considered to be moderately to severely toxic, and you should call your veterinarian or poison
control center immediately for specific advice if ingested.
Lilies, Daffodils & Amaryllis plant bulb kits as well as, Narcissus and other plants in the daffodil family, are popular gift
items at this time of year. Pet owners should be aware that
these plants are very toxic for cats, and sometimes with severe
symptoms of gastrointestinal signs, cardiac arrhythmias, kidney failure, convulsions and death. Daffodils are toxic to both
dogs and cats, especially the bulbs.
Christmas Trees are considered to be mildly toxic. The fir
tree oils can be irritating to the mouth and stomach, causing
excessive drooling or vomiting. The tree needles are not easily
digested either; possibly causing GI irritation, vomiting, gastrointestinal obstruction or puncture. As noted earlier, the
amount of trouble depends on how much is consumed. Many
times, pets don't consume mass quantities of tree material.
Jesus was sent by God the Father to save us above al from
the evil deeply rooted in man and in history: the evil of
separation from God, the prideful presumption of being
self-sufficient, of trying to compete with God and to take
his place, to decide what is good and evil, to be the master
of life and death (cf. Gen 3:1-7). This is the great evil, the
great sin, from which we human beings cannot save ourselves unless we rely on God’s help, unless we cry out to
him: “Veni ad salvandum nos! - Come to save us!”
- Pope Benedict XVI, Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message,
On Sunday, December 3rd and December 9th, the St.
Patrick CYO Basketball program will be selling poinsettia
plants in support of their 2012-13 season. Anyone interested in
purchasing plants for the holiday season can either preorder
their plants for pickup on Dec. 9th between the hours of 8:15am
&12:00pm. or they can be purchased after each Mass.
Prices are: $12 for 6.5" plant, $16 for 8" plant, and $20 for
centerpiece. The choice of colors are red, white or pink.
(Centerpieces are all red) Those of you who have purchased in
the past know how hearty and vibrant our plants are!
If you are interested in preordering, please call Darlene at
860-267-7594 no later than December 1st.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Individuals who have pre-ordered plants
through a team player will be contacted by that team player to
arrange for the delivery of your plants. Thanks to all for your
The majority in our country is now pro-life as a result
of many prayers and the growing realization of the damage abortion is doing. Still, 1.2 million U.S. abortions
occur yearly.
SOME CLAIM: Abortions will always be performed. Better
for it to be legal and safe.
RESPONSE: Murder, suicide, infanticide, rape and robbery
will always be performed. Should we legalize those acts too?
Women still die from “safe” legal abortions. There is a significant incidence of infertility as well as other physical and psychological side effects of abortion.
Knowledge of one’s religious belief is a very important and
effective motivating factor to oppose abortion. Luke 23:34—
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what
they are doing.”
Need Help? St. Agnes Family Center emphasizes a respect for life, recognizing the unique dignity of each individual. 104 Mayflower St., W. Hartford, CT 06110 (1860-521-7516, Email: [email protected])
Religious freedom has never
been red or blue, left or right,
Catholic or non-Catholic. It is -and -- has always been American.
We need to keep it that way.
If you haven’t expressed your
opposition to the federal healthcare
mandate, please contact the White
House at:
contact or call: 202-456-1111 or
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1st Sunday of Advent
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.
Dumb Ox Ministries will present a one-night Advent Mission at
the Cathedral of St. Patrick on Saturday, December 8 from 7:009:00 pm. Open to all ages this mission will have a special message for young people. It will feature a live concert by Catholic
artists Sarah Kroger and Greg Boudreaux, with speaking by
Dom Quaglia. Through music, speaking and reflection, participants will be invited to enter more deeply into the Season of
Advent in preparing a place for Jesus to be incarnate in their
owns lives. For more information call Jill Patten at 860-4603947 and to learn more about the presenters, visit!
Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords: under the direction of Gina
Fredericks will celebrate the joys of this most festive season with its
23rd holiday concert on Sunday, December 2nd at 2:00pm at Portland
high Schools.
For information call: 860-347-2787 or visit
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Hispanic People of the
Diocese invite you to join them in their celebration on Wednesday,
Dec. 12th at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Following the
Mass there will be a fiesta of delightful music, delicious food & warm
fellowship. A good will offering will be asked to cover the cost of the
buffet. For more info call: 860-456-3349.
St. Anne Shrine, MA, Bus Trip: Join Fr. Ralph DiOrio’s Healing
Services on December 11th and Dec 18th. For more information call
203-407-1448 or visit
Walking the Path of Faith: Advent Retreat for men & women,
Dec 14-16. call 860-423-8484 or visit for
more information.
St. Patrick Church Ministries
Adoption Information: Mike & Tina Mohr — 881-7080
Altar Servers: Susan Lanzi—267-9984
Altar Society: Maureen Sweeney 267-
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
Kathy Anderson 365-5003
Child Advocate:
Peggy Puzzo 267-9932
Cobalt Lodge:
Daisy Conway—267-0833
Coordinator of Caregiving:
Sister Dominic Joseph—267-6644
Eucharistic Adoration: Sheila Wall—267-9486
Guild: Kim Lanou—267-9235
Knights of Columbus: Keith Lanou 860-680-4988
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: Rev. Walter Nagle 267-6644
R.C.I.A.: Sister Dominic Joseph—267-6644
Vocation Contact: Rev. Walter Nagle 267-6644
Wedding Coordinator: Michelle Donahue—342-0435
Westside Manor: Deb Desrocher—267-0705