The Church of St. Timothy

Gathering in Faith, Giving Thanks, Serving the Least among Us

Recent Events

Christmas Eve Choir Concert
Tuesday, Dec 24. 

Rochelle Bard and our incredible choir presented a beautiful 30-minute concert on Christmas Eve, just ahead of the 9pm Mass.


December 14-15
Social Justice Ministry December Boot Drive.  

The Social Justice Ministry has so far collected $2,348 and NEW and “LIKE-NEW” boots for the homeless and needy in the Greater Hartford Area. Proceeds and boots will be given to Footwear with Care, a nonprofit organization that provides decent footwear, socks, and medical foot exams to our homeless neighbors in Hartford. Every dollar donated goes a long way. Footwear with Care obtains substantial discounts on new boots directly from manufacturer through its partner, Fleet Feet in West Hartford. Please consider donating through the end of December through St Timothy’s online donation capabilities.

December 15
Young Family Play Group.  

2019-10-07 13_49_22 Family Play GroupToys and crafts, prayer and conversation, and coffee and donuts. The playgroup is geared toward children Kindergarten-aged and younger, but older siblings are always welcome! Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Questions? Contact Kathryne Marinchak.


December 9 and 16.
Advent Sessions.  “The Coming of God”.    

Advent starts our time of waiting in Joyful Hope for the God who always comes. This loving God comes to us in a special way through the first two chapters of Matthew’s Gospel and the first two chapters of Luke’s Gospel and formed the basis for our Advent Sessions.

The sessions discerned similarities and differences in each of the stories and most importantly focused on the message that comes through to us and that will inspire us through the prayerful season of Advent.

These sessions were offered by Sister Maryann Cantlon, CSJ who has a degree in theological studies with a concentration in Sacred Scripture from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. She has recently returned from California where she was the director of Restorative Justice for the Diocese of San Jose.


MATH_Thank_YouDr. Wilkens commented that he renews his appreciation and thanks to the parish of The Church of St. Timothy who helped to fund the purchase of the surgical headlamp that are so useful in providing care to the patients of CMCQ / HBLM.


2019 Women’s Conference. 
November 9
(10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Northwest Catholic High School)

With a theme of “Set the World Ablaze”,  Sarah Hart, one of the leading figures in contemporary Roman Catholic music, was the Keynote speaker discussing “How to Be Women on Fire! (Without Burning Out)”.

Wed. November 6-7.
Mary Magdalene: Insights from Ancient Magdala.
A presentation from the cultural perspective

In an event collaboratively sponsored by the West Hartford Parishes (St. Tim’s, St. Giana, St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Peter Claver), Jennifer Ristine, a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi, offered insights into Mary Magdalene through the lens of archaeology, culture & geography, sacred scripture, historical texts, and spiritual theology.  Attendees were challenged to use gospel imagination to enter into Mary’s life-transforming encounter with Jesus and relate it to their own ongoing conversation and deepening discipleship.


November 3.
From Broadway to the Met: Concert to Benefit MATH. 

2019-09-24 17_52_27-MATH _ Medical Aid To HaitiA concert to benefit MATH (Medical Aid to Haiti). Our own internationally acclaimed soprano Rochelle Bard and her musical guests presented a concert that included songs from all-time favorite Broadway and Classical music, such as Les Misérables, La Bohème, Rent, The Sound of Music, Tosca, Sister Act, and Wicked! A concert full of choruses, duets, trios and solos was performed by choirs from St. Timothy’s and beyond, Rochelle’s sister Nicole Bard Lian and tenor Daniel Juarez.

Oct 6 – Nov 6.  Under One Roof.
(Mandell JCC Chase Family Gallery)

St. Timothy’s participated in Under One Roof, a collaborative community art experience, featuring works of art created by agencies and organizations in greater Hartford, each exploring the theme of “Welcoming the Stranger“. The project brought together, under one roof, diverse people from our community, along with their ideas, thoughts, hopes, and dreams. The theme resonated because it had universal relevance, importance and provide opportunities for groups to express their perspectives and interpretations of the meaning of the “Welcoming the Stranger” theme. St. Timothy’s was represented by our artistic parishioners Ellen Fox, Barbara Carpenter, Barbara Schwartz, Mary Smullen and Nancy Burns.  Their “canvas showed that, through the eyes of God, we are one family, and therefore not strangers. Because we are brothers and sisters made in the image and likeness of God, we are connected to one another through our faith in God and our faith in humanity.”

October 26-27.
October Social Justice Ministry Drive: Winter Wear for Kids. 

coats-for-kidsThe Social Justice Ministry collected donations to help provide, through the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” program, warm winter coats to needy children in our area. $2,191 was collected to buy coats. In addition, 2 snow pants, 21 coats, 13 mittens, 139 scarves, and 225 hats were also collected.
Thanks to all!



Blessing of the Animals.  October 13

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Social Justice Ministry Malta House of Care Collection.  September 14-15
On September 14th and 15th, the Social Justice Ministry collected money for this Medical Mission of Mercy that serves the Greater Hartford Area.  The Malta House of Care mobile medical clinic provides high-quality, free primary health care to uninsured adults in Greater Hartford, always with compassion and respect.  With help from 50+ medical volunteers and a small paid staff, Malta provides free primary care to thousands of uninsured adults at three sites in Hartford and one in East Hartford every week.  As part of this drive, the Malta House of Care Mobile Medical Clinic held an “open house”, welcoming visitors onto the big, white van before and after all Masses. The Social Justice Ministry will continue to collect online donations and/or checks for contributions to help provide desperately needed care to our neighbors in need.  For more info:

High School Mission Trip July 21-26.
Some of our high school students completed a mission trip to the Adirondack Mountains in New York State.

Chili Dinner for South Park Inn.  June 16 
St. Timothy’s Parish provided a chili dinner to the residents at Hartford’s South Park Inn.



Camp Ahimsa Collection.  June 1-2

The Camp Ahimsa collection was a tremendous success. The Outreach Committee collected over $2,100 for the Camp!  The collection will help offset the expenses of the Catholic Worker House running Camp Ahimsa.  Camp Ahimsa is for Children from the North End of Hartford between 6 and 16 who know little but their immediate neighborhood. Each week for five weeks, a group of children are taken to the Camp on a lake in Voluntown, CT and provided with special love, attention, instruction in life skills and, for them, unbelievable experiences.  The Catholic Worker House is extremely grateful for your generosity!

60th Anniversary Celebration.  May 31 


A wonderful time was had by all.  To view an album of the festivities, click here! If you have any additional photos, please email Amy Volski to have them added to the album!



Outreach Committee MATH Drive.  May 11-12 

THANK YOU! The Outreach Committee held a very successful fund drive to benefit Medical Aid to Haiti (MATH). MATH is a West Hartford-based charity with the mission of helping Haitians heal Haitians. Donations provide medical care and medication for over 15,000 people in Haiti each year through both a fixed clinic and mobile clinics in and around Port-au-Prince, and key specialties and surgeries to 1,500 people in the remote village of Dame-Marie. Their requirements of supporting Haitian counterparts to staff the medical clinics and surgical teams, in fulfillment of their mission, is expanding and your help is needed to ensure sustainable and uninterrupted patient care. Our parish has a wonderful record of helping those in other countries who are less fortunate than us to help the poorest of the poor in Haiti. More than $3,217 was collected. Dr. Michael Borque and the entire MATH Team are very grateful to all of you.

Hospitality Sunday. May 5, 2019.
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Pat Piano Farewell Reception. April 28, 2019. 

We held a reception for our beloved Pastoral Associate, Pat Piano, who retired at the end of April to spend more time with her husband, Dan, and the rest of their family. We can’t thanks Pat enough for everything she has done for our parish, and wish her and Dan well in this next phase of their lives together.



Good Friday Blood Drive. April 19, 2019.

blood+driveThe Knights of Columbus held their Annual Blood Drive on Good Friday, April 19th, in O’Connell Hall.  Thank you to all who donated.  It was a labor of love!




Easter Egg Hunt. April 14, 2019.

An Egg-celent Time was had by All!  On Palm Sunday, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass, St. Tim’s held its annual Easter Egg Hunt. With nice weather at hand, there was a great turnout and everyone left happy!




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Spring Senior Luncheon. April 9, 2019.

The St. Timothy’s Ladies Guild hosted the Spring Senior Luncheon. Those in attendance enjoyed a delicious lunch and good company.





Hospitality Sunday. April 7, 2019.
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Sandwich Sunday. March 24, 2019.

The Outreach Committee brought together the St. Timothy’s family to “Feed the Hungry” in a successful Sandwich Sunday! The Outreach Committee delivered over 600 sandwiches, 100 each to McKinney, Plimpton House, House of Bread, South Park Inn, Immacare, and Open Hearth. Thank you for making this possible. See faith in action:


Confirmation Class Donations to Catholic Worker House. March 23, 2019.

The Confirmation Class donated fresh fruit, after school snacks, and toiletries to the Hartford Catholic Worker House. Reggie and Christine Binalla and their two sons, Dustin, Confirmation student, and Ashton, helped deliver the items (Dwight from HCW also pictured here).



Combined Rite of Election and Call to Conversion. March 10, 2019.
The Call to Continuing Conversion marks the final period of preparation for our catechumen Yvonne Uherek (and all those) preparing to be received into full communion or for those Catholics completing their initiation through Confirmation and First Eucharist. Following the testimony of her sponsor and on behalf of all of her catechists and Yvonne’s affirmation of her intention to join the Catholic Church at the 8:30 Mass, Yvonne was “elected” to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. In the presence of Archbishop Blair, Yvonne inscribed her name in the Book of the Elect at St. Joseph’s Cathedral as a pledge of fidelity. Yvonne is now an “elect” or “illuminandus” (“one who will be enlightened”). She has begun the Period of Purification and Enlightenment — the final, intense preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass. We look forward to that day. Congratulations, Yvonne.

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Lenten Reflection.  March 10, 2019.
Bill Heiden, Retreat Team Member at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, presented a reflection entitled “Can We be Holy? Understanding our Lenten Path”.
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5th Grade Family Mass.  March 9, 2019.

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast.  March 3, 2019.
Print Breakfast was delicious and a tasty success.


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Women’s Guild Capes for a Cause.  March 5, 2019.
The Women’s Guild helped create Super Hero capes for the children at the South Park Inn. Why capes? Becuase every child deserves to feel like a super hero. Take a look at the ladies in action.
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Souper Bowl Weekend.  February 23-24, 2019.

The Souper Bowl was Super!! Everyone WON!!! Our Hearts were filled with love, Food Pantries were filled with Cans of Soup, and People will be filled with Hearty Soups and Stews! The Outreach Committee collected over 486 CANS of Soups and Stews which were contributed to the South Park Inn, Plimpton House & McKinney shelters! Your generosity is SUPER!! THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH for being SUPER YOU! -St. Timothy’s Outreach Committee


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Share the Sweetness Bake Sale.  February 9-10, 2019.

Sponsored by the Confirmation program.  The Bake Sale benefited Kids in Need. Thanks for sharing the sweetness and supporting Kids in Need.

2019 Men’s Retreat.  Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center.
February 1-3, 2019.


St. Timothy’s Men at the 2019 Retreat. Be part of the group next year


The Men’s Retreat explored God’s call to each of us to lives of holiness and the ways that we can be attentive, intentional, and cooperative with God’s grace in serving the world.  We discussed how the ways in which we express this particular call is unique and specific to each one of us.  As Pope Francis said, “each person, in his or her own way, is called to holiness.  We should not grow discouraged before examples of holiness that appear unattainable.  The important thing is that each person find his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts.”  Holiness is a lifetime process of becoming the best version of yourself.  Loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves is the goal of our lives and the measure of our holiness.  “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another …” (Colossians 3:12)  Living an ordinary life of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace.  Visit the Men’s Retreat page.