• Saint Catherine of Siena Parish Mission Statement

      As the Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena we are a community of disciples of Jesus Christ.  In communion with our Archbishop and the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world, we proclaim the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.

      Through our life of worship, we acknowledge our need for the love and mercy of God and we welcome all to share in them. Through our ministries and service, we seek to form our members more deeply as disciples of Jesus and to make present, in our own times, the love and peace of the dawning Kingdom of God.

    • From Father Michael...
      • April 13, 2014
        We are also working on some updates and refurbishment ideas to the interior of our Church, specially the sanctuary area. I have established a committee of parishioners with the expertise to help with this project and have hired an architectural firm (Amenta Emma in Hartford) who are well-versed in Catholic Church projects to come up with and oversee the project’s plans. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS...
      • April 13, 2014
        We are proceeding with our plans to expand and repair our parking facilities. I recently sent a letter to Archbishop Leonard Blair asking him for permission to go to the next phase as we look to hire a contractor (we have put the plans out to bid to four companies and will hold a contractors’ walk through on April 16) to oversee the project. You have been well informed that the Town of Simsbury has reviewed and approved all our plans as have the Army Corps of Engineers; the parish got to see the plans at our recent Time and Talent fair in late March (and smaller drawings will be up in the atrium once the contractor is selected). It is my hope that once we receive permission from the Archbishop to proceed we can actually begin Phase One in July of this year. Your prayers that all goes well (and that the price of oil for the asphalt does not shoot up!) will be greatly appreciated.
      • April 13, 2014 | by Father Michael
        In the Passion at the Liturgy of the Word (when we read the Gospel) we will hear of the cost of faith—or the cost of discipleship. We will hear of the apostle’s statements that they will stand with the Lord always—yet their actions hardly bear this out. They fall asleep, three times, in the Garden when the Lord asks them to pray with Him; they flee when Jesus is arrested; and Peter denies Him three (3) times – and with an oath and with cursing and swearing! It is easy to say “I am with you always, Lord,” but it is very difficult to live out that faith statement when there is a personal “cost” to it. Flash forward to today and not all that much has changed. CLICK TO READ MORE...
      • April 6, 2014 | by Father Michael
        On March 20th, 31 members of Mission Team 2014 headed to Boston for our sixth Mission trip wearing sweatshirts that read "Hope Builder." The week of our travels we had an unexpected change in the location of our usual home base in Charlestown to a new location in Quincy. Our first challenge as a group was to make a decision that whenever we felt inconvenienced or frustrated we could either ‘complain’ or we could see it as an invitation to feel compassion for and solidarity with the poor who often have little choice over some of their circumstances. CLICK TO READ MORE...
      • March 29, 2014 | by Father Michael
        This past weekend our Youth Ministry team took to the streets of Boston to serve God in reaching out and touching the lives of strangers, who are nonetheless brothers and sister in Christ. I spoke to Judy Pluta, who gave me a briefing on the four-day Mission Trip but also with some youth who participated and the adult chaperones. I am always amazed at how God works in and through so many folks. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS!!!!
      • March 23, 2014
        Congratulations to Gilbert and Patricia Hatch, our 2014 Archdiocesan St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation Awardees Archbishop Blair awarded parishioners from across the Archdiocese of Hartford, selected from each parish, with the Saint Joseph Medal of Appreciation Award on Sunday, March 14 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford. Mr. Gilbert and Dr. Patricia Hatch were our parish’s awardees this year in recognition of the many years of service through various ministries (currently as Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion) and through their participation in our parish. PLEASE CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS...
      • March 22, 2014 | by Father Michael
        As pastor I have a number of opportunities to meet town officials, business leaders and folks from all walks of life. Two of the most common comments that are made about Saint Catherine of Siena are: your parish is so welcoming at the Masses and you folks are doing so much in the community to help others. It is always a proud moment for me. In fact, this week at Margaret Libera’s funeral Mass Father Bock (well-known and well-respected from his tenure at St. Mary and St. Ann in Avon) came to con-celebrate the Mass. While we were in the sacristy he made a comment about all the wonderful things that are going on here at Saint Catherine. I told him in reply, this is the easiest place to be a pastor—these people make me look good! Anything else I might have said to take the credit would have been a lie. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION...
      • March 15, 2014
        "Children Making Change" teaches our children that they can make a difference in the lives of the needy. Each grade, K-10, will use lessons from the Gospel in an age-appropriate way, to help the children understand that no child nor deed is too small to help another. Each week the children can contribute change from allowance, milk money, couch change, etc. to their classroom "bank". All the proceeds go to "Covenant to Care" which specifically helps children in need of necessities. This program is part of the parish -wide Lenten Mercy Project. "Children Making Change" campaign continues! We are called to be "Good Samaritans!" !
      • March 15, 2014
        For the Season of Lent all Catholic parishes will be open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) EVERY MONDAY from 6-7 PM. This is an opportunity of ease—so that on your way home from work or school or while out running errands every church will be available to help Catholics return to the sacramental practice of experiencing God’s loving mercy and forgiveness. No matter how long it’s been since your last Confession…weeks, years, decades… this is an opportunity to experience Christ in the Sacrament through the priestly ministry of His Church! CLICK FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...
      • March 15, 2014
        Wednesday nights a dedicated group of our parishioners stand ready to welcome back and reintroduce Catholics to the practice of the their faith. Those who have stepped away from the Church—or feel that the Church has left them—are welcomed back in a non-confrontational and easy going way to learn about their faith and how they might be able to reconnect with God’s mercy and compassion. Many folks disagree with the Church on various issues—that does not make you a “bad” Catholic. However, often times these “disagreements” are based on misinformation, myths or the unfortunate experience with an uncooperative priest, a disinterested Church employee or an uncaring member…CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION...