February 12, 2017
Many people don’t feel they need to go to Confession or at least don’t think they need to go to another person—a priest—to hear their confession. And this isn’t just a “modern” thing or something of our current culture. Oh to be sure, our culture has tried hard—and pretty successfully—to eliminate “guilt” from our human psyche. Guilt is consider at best as old fashioned and at worst—one of those Catholic Institutional things that hold us in our place—a sort of tether on our Free Will, if you will
October 1, 2016
A wise woman gave me this “Parents’ Prayer” the other day and I thought it might be helpful to some of our parents. I've also received calls about the "Swimmers Prayer" that I read at last weeks Mass so it's included here as well!
September 25, 2016
Last weekend my homily was inspired by our youth ministry’s current annual theme: Building Peace: what piece will you be? You saw this past weekend, and will see again this weekend, puzzle pieces floating above the sanctuary of the church. These puzzle pieces are inscribed with real life action steps comprised of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy which are ingrained in both Catholic theology and in Catholic social teaching.
August 28, 2016
The Roman Catholic Church has seven (7) Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ Himself, no council or synod nor committee of the Vatican created these Sacraments. Christ created them in Divine Wisdom because He and God the Father determined that we need them in our flawed human condition. The Sacraments provide us with God's grace so that we may journey toward salvation.
July 31, 2016
In today’s Gospel of Luke we hear the parable of the wealthy man who builds more and bigger barns to store all of his possession—produce of the earth—for himself and yet unbeknownst to him, he will have no more need of these items past that night. Today’s gospel asks us to consider what is of import to us during this life—and for the life to come. We are asked to consider just how we spending our life—what are we collecting and doing with our time on earth—for what are we preparing?
April 2, 2016
“Eye opening” “Life changing experience” “One of the most impressionable things I have ever done” “One of the best weekends of my life.” These are some of the comments that I received on the bus ride home from the Mission Trip when I asked each teen to describe this years trip in a word or a phrase. Reflecting on the trip, I thought back to some of the worksites we visited - Mederios Center, a day shelter for the homeless;
February 1, 2015
It might surprise you to know that I was asked to teach a Confirmation two class (the second year of our two-year Confirmation program this year). It meets during the religious education year on Sunday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. My class comprises 15 teenagers who will be confirmed this April by Hartford Auxiliary Bishop Christie Macaluso. CLICK TO LEARN MORE...
August 16, 2014
As we prepare for the academic year ahead with school and religious education classes just around the corner (yikes!), it is timely to have a reminder about the role of godparents and Confirmation sponsors as soon the numbers of baptisms begin to pick-up and our Confirmation program gets ready to begin. CLICK THE TITLE TO READ MORE...
May 25, 2014
As we wrap-up the "academic year" here at Saint Catherine of Siena, I want to take a few lines to express my thanks to our standing ministries (Religious Education, Youth Ministry, and Music) to personally thank all involved for making our parish so alive with faith and action. For Religious Education: I want to thank Kathi Bonner and all the catechists and aides who pass on the faith to our future Catholics with such devotion and hope. We have, without a doubt, one of the best religious education programs in the area and the testimony to that is the fact that while other programs are shrinking. Ours is growing and attracting more students CLICK TO READ MORE...
January 26, 2014
On February 1st and 2nd after every Mass, the Mission team will hold a silent auction of our services to help raise the funds for our trip. The Auction remains open until after the 8:30 Mass on Tuesday, February 4th. CLICK TO LEARN ABOUT SOME OF THE GREAT ITEMS UP FOR BID...
December 28, 2013
Read about upcoming events for both the Senior and Junior Youh Ministry by ckicking the title of this news article!
December 14, 2013
Ring for the Salvation Army—Looking for a service project to get you in the spirit of Christmas? The Salvation Army is looking for 'ringers'. Slots are available at Fitzgeralds and at Stop and Shop and the Dunkin Donuts in Simsbury Commons. If you are interested, please con- tact Darha Nigro at 860-651-9435 or email her at Darha Nigro@comcast.net PLEASE CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS ON YOUTH GROUP EVENTS...
November 16, 2013
Sunday, November 24th 6:00 pm—Youth Group meets
this evening for THANKSGIVING PIE MAKING! Saturday, November 23—Junior High Youth Ministry
goes to FEED THE HUNGRY in Hartford. PLEASE CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS!!!
June 2, 2013
On June 11th Judy Pluta, our director of Youth Ministry, is hosting an event for parents—repeat: an event for parents of teens and young adults—about the challenges our young people face in today’s world—from dealing appropriately with grief, anxiety and depression to body image and fitting in—and things in between. This is a timely discussion due to the recent tragedies in Simsbury—and with the overall stress in our world. A
licensed family therapist will be leading our discussion. We hope parents will attend this dialogue as it is important for all of us to learn and to be involved. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS...
May 5, 2013
Updates and news about Senior High Youth Ministry and Junior Hihn Youth Ministry CLICK TO READ MORE...
December 29, 2012
To Our Youth at Thursday Night’s Prayer Service My sincere thanks for your willingness to be readers and participants in the candle lighting ceremony for those innocent ones who died in the Newtown shootings. You responded to my request for help without any "badgering," you came on time, took-up your parts without practice, and carried them out with reverence and class. I greatly appreciate all that you do for our parish, and know that your "older" fellow parishioners also take notice of all that you do. You make us proud!
December 15, 2012
The teens of our parish never cease to amaze me with their active hope and energy. This fall they raised $6700 to fund the FEED THE HUNGRY program for one year. They fasted for 24 hours and slept in cardboard boxes to learn about the plight of the homeless. T-shirts were designed and tie-dyed to be worn out in the community while serving. Both Jr. and Sr. High groups spent Saturdays FEEDING THE HUNGRY IN HARTFORD ( a new group experience for the Jr. High.) 55 pies and 100 containers of applesauce were made for soup kitchen Thanksgiving meals..CLICK TO READ MORE!
November 3, 2012
Many thanks to Kathi Bonner, DRE and Judy Pluta, DYM, for their year-long planning and execution efforts for our best-ever Confirmation retreat and Youth Ministry concert held last weekend. Our guest retreat director was nationally known musician and evangelist, Jesse Manibusan Saturday’s day-long retreat was filled with projects and events designed to enliven the faith of our youth and to bring them closer as a community. Music, talk, and interaction—mixed with the Sacrament of Reconciliation-led to a wonderful event and one that elicited a number of “awesome” responses from the participants. CLICK TO READ MORE...
June 30, 2012
Many of the members of our very successful Youth Minis-try program are seniors and will be heading off to colleges, universi-ties, work and service once the summer months come to a close. And while their physical presence will be missed by our parish, their impact as thoughtful and actively involved young men and women practicing their faith will not fade with the summer temperatures. Please click the title to read more...