Easter Baskets for South Park Inn
Tom Giordano & his wife delivering baskets to South Park Inn
The members of the Social Justice Committee donated items for Easter baskets for children at South Park Inn. Due to current social distancing, they were unable to all get together to assemble the baskets, but got the job done nonetheless. We hope that these baskets bring joy to some children during their isolation!
Young Family Playgroup Clothes Swap.
The Young Family Playgroup hosted a “clothing swap” February 16th playgroup.
Feb 1-Feb 2
Souper Bowl Sunday Soup Collection.
The Social Justice Ministry thanks each and every one of you for your donations of soup and stews for local food pantries and shelters! We collected hundreds cans of soup/stews – A TREMENDOUS WIN for EVERYONE! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! THANK YOU FROM THE FOOD PANTRIES AND SHELTERS THAT RECEIVED THIS FOOD! MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
Jan 31-Feb 2
2020 Men’s Retreat.
Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
We spend our time and energy on the necessities of everyday life, which hold so many things that are beyond our control. But what is it that we are longing for in the deepest way? What is our passion in life? This year at Holy Family, our men explored that deep longing planted in our hearts by God – a longing for peace, for wholeness, and for relationships that give us joy and lift us up.
If you weren’t with us this year, make sure you are with us next (Feb 5-7, 2021). For more info and to register: holyfamilyretreat.org/themed-retreats
Parish Contact: Paul Travers (860)372-7532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 19, 2020
Young Family Play Group.
Our young families came together for toys 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.
January 11, 2020
St. Timothy’s Cocktail Party. Wampanoag Country Club
Parishioners gathered at Wampanoag Country Club after the 4pm Mass for casual conversation and cocktails. A great time was had by all.
January 11-12, 2020
Social Justice Ministry January Shelter Drive for Sheets.
The Social Justice Ministry would like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your generous donations of TWIN SIZE sheets for the shelters in the Hartford area. A total of 102 sheets, 51 blankets, and 42 other misc. linens were collected and more than $1,032.00 in donations were received. As always, we are EXTREMELY grateful for your support. We have helped to provide a basic need to some of our most vulnerable neighbors. Thank you again for sharing and for caring.
January 12, 2020
Special Baptism Celebration Mass.
On the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 12, a special blessing was conferred at the 10:30 am Mass on the babies that were baptized in our church this year.
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.
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.
Young Family Play Group.
Toys 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.
THANK YOU from MATH!
Dr. 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.
(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.
From Broadway to the Met: Concert to Benefit MATH.
A 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 Social Justice Ministry Drive: Winter Wear for Kids.
The 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
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: www.maltahouseofcare.org.
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
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.
Some of the St. Tim’s family gathered for refreshments and a few minutes spent catching up …..
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.
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!
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.
Some of the St. Tim’s family gathered for refreshments and a few minutes spent catching up …..
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.
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”.
5th Grade Family Mass. March 9, 2019.
Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast. March 3, 2019.
Breakfast was delicious and a tasty success.
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.