Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. Monsignor Joseph DiSciacca celebrates today’s Mass (and his birthday) with Lector Grace Roldan, Cantor Julie Mountcastle, Musical Director Jim Teti and Altar Servers Lauren Roldan and Grace Kirby.

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The Divine Mercy Columbiettes are sponsoring a Food Drive to support the St. Rita Food Pantry in this time of need for so many. Donations may be brought to the parking lot entrance of St. Rita Church between 2:00PM and 6:00PM on Monday, June 1, 2020. The following is a list of items that are most needed by the pantry, but donations of other items are also appreciated:

  • Coffee/tea Small juices 
  • Chef Boyardee cans – any kind Canned fruit
  • Baked beans Cookies/crackers 
  • Pasta SugarSalad dressingCleaning supplies 
  • Monetary Contributions will also be accepted (Please make checks out to the Divine Mercy Columbiettes.)

There will be a table in the parking lot where you can place your donation, or members of the committee will be happy to take the donation from your car when you drive up and social distancing will be maintained. If you would like to donate, but are not able to bring it to the church on June 1, please call or text Carol at 203-641-2758 or email Ann at [email protected] and we will coordinate a pick up from your front porch. 

We thank you now for your generosity and please let those in need know that the Food Pantry is open every first and third Saturday of the month from 10:00AM to 11:00AM. Let’s hope for a good day, but we plan to be there rain or shine!

Join Monsignor Joseph DiSciacca as he celebrates the May 24, 2020 Mass. Recorded at St. Rita Church, our Lector was Elizabeth Rivera, our Cantor was Lisa Zolkiewicz-Ives, with Altar Server Grace Kirby and Musical Director Jim Teti.

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Join Monsignor Joe DiSciacca as he celebrates the May 17, 2020 Mass. Recorded at St. Stephen Church, our Cantor was Julie Mountcastle, our Lector was Elizabeth Rivera with Altar Server Grace Kirby.

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Just as the “Acts of the Apostles” has inspired men and women for many hundreds of years, your Acts, these “Acts of the Archdiocese,” can inspire people too. So please, share your faith and your Acts with us. Help us to show that, even in the face of the coronavirus, Catholics throughout Connecticut are still letting their faith shine through. In the midst of the great trials of this moment in human history, we’re ready and excited to have you share your stories of incredible faith and of God’s unending love.

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My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,

Come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as if you were already there

And unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you.


Author: Archdiocese of New York through USCCB

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am pleased to announce that Growing in Faith, Giving in Love will serve as the theme and inspiration for the 2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The Annual Appeal once again challenges our charity as a united family of faith, and makes it possible for us to share what we have with those in need and to sustain the life of our local church. We are all part of God’s family and we have a responsibility to care for one another, especially by providing for the spiritual, moral and material well-being of each and all.  The 2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, Growing in Faith, Giving in Love, presents us with a unique opportunity to combine all of our individual gifts in order to accomplish even more together as an archdiocese.

In urging your support for this year’s Annual Appeal, I also invite you to look for ways to strengthen your own faith and share with others the good news of the gospel.  As Jesus says: “What you have received as a gift, give as a gift.”  So don’t be afraid to think about what your Catholic faith in Jesus means to you, and then share that good news with others.  Share it with your family and friends, your neighbors and co-workers.  Be bold as the first Christians were, and invite others to join you at Mass!

As people of faith, we are called to care for one another and for those in need.  So please be generous in sharing the “time, talent, and treasure” you have received from God, and make of it a gift that can benefit the spiritual and material well-being of individuals, families, and communities throughout Hartford, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties.

Please review this brochure as it illustrates some of the ways that Growing in Faith, Giving in Love will make a difference in the lives of many.

God bless you.

The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair
Archbishop of Hartford