There WILL BE curbside distribution of palms on Sunday at 8:30am and 10:30am from the circle in front of the church (off N. Main Street).
To view a video of the blessing of the palms, please <click here>
All weekend & weekday MASSES are CANCELLED through April 30, 2020 (this includes the Holy Week and Easter liturgies).
All publicly-scheduled CONFESSIONS are SUSPENDED until further notice. Click here for an excerpt of Archbishop Blair’s April 1 letter.
For St. Timothy’s coronavirus updates, click here.
Continuing Financial Support. We are in the midst of a very difficult stretch for all, including for the Parish of St. Timothy’s, whose support and needs will continue even in the face of measures to flatten the impact of the virus. Please consider continuing financial support through our on-line giving program, particularly during these times of social distancing.
A Letter From Fr. LeBlanc:
Dear Parish Family of Saint Timothy
I just finished celebrating Mass at the Rectory for each of you as I have been doing on a daily basis since St. Patrick’s Day. As you know, at that time the Archbishop cancelled public Masses and other Church public events until April 3rd, now extended until April 30th, because of the Coronavirus pandemic across the world. Sadly that will mean that no public HolyWeek services will be conducted, including Easter which is hard to believe but necessary. I pray that each of you and your loved ones are well and remaining safe. What is happening is truly ‘surreal’, something rarely seen in human history. Most of us became aware of Coronavirus in February as an epidemic in China but it soon engulfed the world as a pandemic so quickly in recent weeks. Let us keep in our prayers all victims of this tragic pandemic and their families, praying as well for the sacrifice of doctors and nurses, other medical personnel and first responders, brave men and women on the frontlines trying to save lives and all involved on the national, state and local levels dealing with this tragic pandemic. As good neighbors and citizens, we are now called upon to do our own part, by living for a brief time in a way we have never lived before – through ‘Social Distancing’ and ‘Stay in Place’ directives. These are crucial not only for our own safety but for the safety of others by ‘staying away’ from one another so that the Coronavirus can be contained and limited in its devastation – our ‘temporary’ isolation from one another crucial for the containment and hopeful eradication of this virus in the coming months.
On the 1st Sunday of Lent at the beginning of March, many of us gathered together at Saint Timothy’s with fellow parishioners to begin our Lenten Journey with Jesus, who enters the ‘Desert’ on the 1st Sunday of Lent – the ‘Desert’, which is a barren, mostly lifeless place of dryness and aridity, where Jesus was ‘tempted by the Devil’ but put Satan in his place, reminding him that ‘The Lord your God shall you worship, and Him alone shall you serve’.
We are asked to do the same in our own lives, continually addressing those places of dryness, aridity, and lifelessness in us which has lead us at times to waywardness from God. But even there, in the ‘desert’ areas of our lives, God is seeking to quench our thirst through ‘living springs’ which Jesus desired to give to the ‘Samaritan Woman’ at the well (on the 3rd Sunday of Lent), and continually desires to give to us so that we may have life through Him.
None of us could have imagined the reality of our lives as we now know them at this point of Lent 2020 – so different than the way Lent began this year only a few weeks ago on March 1st.
I don’t know about you but I didn’t even know what ‘Social Distancing’ meant on March 1st – words which, only three weeks ago, would have been foreign to most of our ears. To be sure, even now, in our present ‘lived’ experience, Social Distancing has already confirmed something which we should already know, namely, that as ‘human beings’ we were created by God to be ‘social’ beings. That is why ‘Social Distancing’ seems to be so alien to us at this time, so un-natural, because it us unnatural, for God did not create us to be ‘solitary’ beings but ‘Social’ beings. We need one another. We are not meant to be alone in this world but to be in ‘relationship’ with one another as ‘GOD’ is in relationship –‘ONE’ in BEING – (yet a ‘Trinity’ of persons – Father, Son & Holy Spirit).
Yet while such is all true, namely that we are meant to be ‘Social’ and not ‘solitary’ beings, we are also created ‘individually’, with our gifts and intelligence to commune not only with each other, but also with God as ‘individuals’. To that end, I would like to encourage each of you to strive to see this time of ‘Social Distancing’ (not only as a ‘negative’) but as a spiritual opportunity this Lent to use as a reflective time, a time for introspection, a time to look at ourselves objectively and analyze our personal reactions to the new realities which we are living now ‘for a time’. If we reflect on our reactions, we may be surprised at how we are dealing with these new realities – either positively or negatively. Either way, they are avenues for greater self-awareness, even for self-growth. Our deeper reflections in prayer and openness can help us not only to possibly make changes with God’s grace but also help us to see what we truly value, to see what we may be’ missing’ in our relationship with God or with others, clarifying or solidifying what our true treasures are in life. Our reflections may lead us to think more deeply about life – why are we here, what are we meant to do. And as importantly, it may even lead us to reflect on our eventual mortality as part of our life journey. We should not be afraid of such. For indeed, our limited time here on earth should help us to make the most of our given time – striving to become our better selves, making our world the better for others while we are here, and living in a meaningful relationship with the Lord who wants us to have ‘greater life’ even now in this world by living for HIM and others each day.
So let us pray and reflect, learning more about ourselves during this time given to us during Lent 2020 through ‘Social Distancing’ – (a time of special grace this year), to turn to God, to reflect on those ‘desert areas’ of our lives which have grown dry and need to be renewed, to reflect on life and its meaning for us and those for whom we care, to reassess our priorities (including the precious gift of ‘time’ given to us on earth ), striving each day to become our ‘better self’ and ‘giving’ of ourselves for others and for God.
Each of you and your loved ones, (including my ‘littlest parishioners😇 to the eldest’), are in my daily prayers and Mass intentions. Let us pray for one another and for all those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic in any way throughout our world. All will be well in God’s time.
Stay safe and be assured of my prayers. God bless you all.
Father Al LeBlanc
St. Timothy Church Remains Open. St. Timothy Church will still be opened daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (except for Mondays Lenten confessions, when the Church will be open until 7:00 pm) for Individual Prayer. No group or communal prayer of any size is allowed. Please remember to keep the request of CDC, distancing yourself from one another and always washing your hands.
You are in our prayers. Fr. LeBlanc continues to celebrate daily ‘private’ Mass for Parishioners and all affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
We are a warm, vibrant, diverse Catholic community located in West Hartford, CT. Our Pastor is Rev. Alvin LeBlanc who gently and intelligently guides us on our spiritual journeys, along with Bishop Peter Rosazza, Deacon Dennis Ferguson, Deacon Eric Thermer, Pastoral Associate Sr. Ann Kane, CSJ, and the rest of our caring staff and ministry volunteers.
Current parishioner? We’re delighted that you are part of our family! We hope this website helps to enrich your faith and keep you connected to parish life. If you’ve changed addresses, welcomed a new family member, etc. please email us so we may update your records. If you’re not yet registered with the parish, please click here. To sign up to receive St. Timothy’s email updates on important parish news, please click here.
Searching for a spiritual home? No matter where you are on your faith walk, we welcome you to explore all that St. Timothy’s has to offer. Simply call the Rectory at (860) 233-5131 to arrange a meeting with Fr. Al or Sr. Ann , and/or introduce yourself to us after Mass.
WE INVITE YOU TO:
Participate in Engaging Worship (click here): Our clergy, staff, liturgy committee and music ministry continually work together to infuse our liturgies with meaning. Please see the Mass schedule on the right, and bring a friend. As a special service to the deaf community, we offer an English-vocalized, ASL-interpreted Mass every Sunday at 10:30am. To read our recent homilies, click here.
Meet our Staff (click here): Visit us at the Rectory (up the hill, south of the church) Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-2:30pm, or introduce yourself after Mass or at one of our Hospitality Sundays (click here).
Grow in Your Relationship with God/Self/Others: We offer excellent Faith Formation opportunities for all ages/stages of faith. (Click here)
Fulfill Your Spiritual/Sacramental Needs: (Please contact Sr. Ann Kane (click here) about any of the following.)
- Planning a Wedding or Baptism (click here)
- Missing a Sacrament (click here)
- Interested in becoming Catholic (click here)
- Homebound or in a care facility
- In need of Spiritual Direction
Share Your Treasure: Father Al is so very grateful for your support of the parish. If you like, you may arrange for offertory envelopes when you register, or sign up for Online Giving here.
Learn About Our Accredited School: St. Timothy Middle School welcomes students in grades 6-8. Please click here for more information: www.stmswh.org
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Wishing you God’s blessings,
Father Alvin J. LeBlanc and the Parish Family of St. Timothy