• 2014 ARCHBISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL

      2014 ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
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    • MISSION STATEMENT

      Holy Spirit Parish is a Roman Catholic faith community, which seeks to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ by prayer, service, and mutual support.  We understand our responsibility to form our lives according to the teaching and with the help of our Lord Jesus, to celebrate His presence in our liturgy, to live it out in service to our parish and community, and to pass it on to our children faithfully and joyfully.

    • 2014 HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
      2014 HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
       
      MONDAY, APRIL 14
      Parish Mass at 9:00 am
      Confessions 6:00-7:00 pm
       
      TUESDAY, APRIL 15
      Parish Mass at 9:00 am
       
      WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
      Parish Mass at 9:00 am
       
      HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 17
      Parish Mass at 9:00 am
      Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm
       
      GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 18
      No Daily Mass at 9:00 am
      Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion and Death at 3:00 pm
      The Seven Last Words of Christ at 7:00 pm
      (A service of Prayer and Music) (No Stations of the Cross)

       
      HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 19
      No Daily 9:00 am Mass
      Confessions from 10:00-11:00 am
      Blessing of Easter Foods at 12:00 Noon at the Church
      Easter Vigil (First Mass of Easter) at 7:30 pm

       
      EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 30
      Masses at 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 am and 12:00 Noon
       
       
    • MISSION OF PRO-LIFE MINISTRY IN ARCHDIOCESE
                   “We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God, that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence”. U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, November 2001.
                   Following the guidelines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death by:
      · Education.  Raising consciousness of the sacredness of human life and the societal and personal effects of pro-life values.
      · Pastoral concerns.  Meeting the pastoral needs related to human life issues in the 216 parishes of the Archdiocese through a network of persons.
      · Advocacy.  Promoting laws that protect life.
      · Prayer.  Placing all pro-life concerns in relationship with God from Whom the gift of life comes.
      PRO-LIFE REPRESENTATIVES
      Pro-Life Representatives work in conjunction with Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford in education and advocating Catholic family values.  The pro-life representative is responsible for communicating to his/her pastor and the congregation, pertinent information regarding news affecting the values that form the core of our Catholic beliefs.  Staff of the Pro-Life Ministry are available to meet with individuals or groups to educate on this mission.

      EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE PRO-LIFE MINISTRY THAT OCCUR EACH YEAR INCLUDE:
       
      January  - March for Life, Washington, DC
      April—Mass of Remembrance for Children who have died
      Sept.-Nov.—40 Days of Life Campaign in Hartford
      October—Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass
      3 Retreats—Weekend Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats
                   In October each year, Respect Life Month, the Pro-Life Ministry sponsors a Respect Life Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford.  Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, presents each new pro-life representative with a commissioning certificate which affirms the representative’s commitment to Catholic family and life values.  He also recognizes individually, each pro-life representative in attendance and gives him/her a blessed candle.
      Archbishop Mansell also recognizes at this Mass, individuals who have been particularly outstanding in their pro-life efforts and bestows on them the Saint Fianna Bretta Molla Award which is a citation and a bronze medal signifying their commitment.

       
    • Weekly Gospel Message
      EASTER SUNDAY
                   Easter is the celebration of rebirth, of a promise fulfilled; the glorious music of Easter fairly bursts forth, filling us with joy.
                   In today's Gospel reading from John, we note the description of the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb. What is the significance of this? It should be clear that it was not moved to allow Jesus to arise; instead, it was moved to prove that he had. And so it is with us; in order for us to share in the glory of the resurrection, we must remove the hardness - the stones - from our hearts.
      Today, we become sisters and brothers, related to one another through the gift of Christ’s new, risen life. Through Christ's death, we were given liberation from sin; through the Resurrection, we have been given a new way of life (CCC 654). In a secular world that has increasingly devalued life itself, we celebrate our new lives. As you leave Mass today, let the music of this celebration play on in your hearts as you give thanks. He is risen!
    • Coffee & Donuts

      Coffee and donuts will be served in FOC after the 7:30, 9:00
      and 10:30 am Masses

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    • Calendar
      • May 9-10, 2014
        Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm in Father O’Connor Center, sponsored by the Holy Spirit Ladies Guild. There will be a generous selection of geraniums, herbs, and hanging baskets. Vegetables and Annuals will also be available Pre-order of geraniums at $3.75 each is requested (for color availability). Call Jan Hebert, 860-561-4785 before Wednesday, April 30 to order.
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