Divine Mercy Sunday is April 28, 2019. We will be forming a committee to get ready for this feast. Watch for details in the bulletin. If you would like to be part of the committee, please call the Parish Office and leave your name. First meeting will be Saturday February 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. in St. Rita Parish Meeting Room.

Back in December the Archbishop wrote a letter to all the people living in the Archdiocese in which he promised that in “January the Archdiocese of Hartford will be publishing the names of archdiocesan clergy who have been the object of lawsuits and legal settlements, or otherwise credibly accused, and the names of religious order priests and priests from other diocese who have been credibly accused of an offense that took place in the Archdiocese.  The Archdiocese will also contract for a further independent review of all our clergy files to identify any additional names from the present going back to 1953, the year in which the Archdiocese of Hartford as such was established.  The publication of names will be updated as any new information becomes available.  Finally, the Archdiocese will be publishing the financial outlay that has been made as a result of the abuse of minors by clergy and the sources of these funds.”

The announcement this week was the fulfillment of these promises.  The Archdiocese released the names and assignments of the 35 (out of over 1,000) Hartford priests (and one transitional deacon) who have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor from 1953 to the present.  Also released were the names of another 6 priests from religious orders and 6 priests from another diocese who also were the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor from 1953 to the present.

Further, it was announced that retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge Antonio Robaina, of the firm McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, will be hired to perform an independent review of all our clergy files going back to 1953 to identify any additional names.

Finally, the financial outlay in relation to the payment of settlements of these allegations of abuse of minors by clergy was also shared with the faithful.

More detailed information can be found on the website: promise.archdioceseofhartford.org.

These days are indeed very difficult and challenging for all of us as members of the Catholic Church as the great crime and sin of sexual abuse continues to cast a very dark cloud over the Church’s leadership and its clergy.

All of us at Divine Mercy Parish will keep victims of clergy sexual abuse in our prayers. I apologize for the wrong that has been done. I will be willing to meet with any victim who needs or wants to speak with a priest.

Msgr. Joseph V. DiSciacca

Married and engaged couples are invited to join us for the 28th annual Valentine’s Mass on Saturday February 9th at 7pm at St. Rita church. The Mass entitled Mass of the Marriage Covenant: One Heart, One Soul, One Mind will be a beautiful candlelight service with music provided by the Notre Dame Boys Choir. Come join your parishioners in a celebration of the Sacrament of marriage. A reception will be held downstairs following the Mass complete with music, beverages and hors d’oeuvres. If able, please bring an appetizer to share at the reception. If you are attending and have been married 50 years or more, please call Art at (203)248-2033. In case of inclement weather call Tim at (203) 230-9379 for cancellation information

A group of men from the parish will be participating in a retreat weekend on the theme “No Ordinary Path” at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford. The weekend runs from Friday at dinner time on February 22 to Sunday morning, February 24. The retreat donation, which is a flexible amount, includes all meals and a private room. For more information, please contact Brian Stiltner by email or 203-281-9678, or Rick Wheatley.

Last weekend a few parishioners gathered to discuss the Christmas book.  Weather conditions prevented many from attending.  We look forward to the next discussion session of our book, 

The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity

Please plan to join us on February 24th to recap the first half of the book and to continue with chapters 9 through 15.  That will follow both the 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM Masses.  Let us see “How Modern Culture is Robbing Billions  of  People of Happiness,” and what we can do to cut through this confusion.

Father Joseph V. DiSciacca has served the Archdiocese of Hartford in seminary, chancery, and parochial ministries. For ten years early in his priesthood he was a faculty member at the Archdiocesan Seminary where he served as mentor and spiritual director to the minor seminarians. Following a period of parochial ministry, he was chosen to serve as Minister for Priests, a role in which he assisted his brother priests in moments of personal difficulty or crisis. He was held in high esteem by his brother priests for his dedicated fulfillment of this role. Father DiSciacca has served faithfully as Pastor of several parishes of varying size over the years. He has served as Dean and is currently Pastor of a large suburban parish.

Click here to read the full announcement from Archbishop Blair.