Sunday, December 17, 2017

All Are Welcome!

The Church of the Holy Family
St. Columba Catholic Church

Mass Schedule

Masses at Holy Family

Saturday Afternoon at 5:00
Sunday Morning at 9:30

Masses at St. Columba

Sunday Morning at 8:00
Sunday Morning at 11:00

Weekdays
At Holy Family, Hebron
Tues. & Thurs. 7:00pm
At St. Columba's, Columbia
Wed. & Fri. 9:00am

Reconciliation
Saturday at Holy Family
4:00 - 4:30pm or by appt.

Did you know that Church of the Holy Family sets aside 10% of the yearly offering from our parishioners to prayerfully grant to nonprofit organizations both in our local community and our sister parish in Haiti.

This act of charity is defined as Tithing, “Generous giving that is an acknowledgment everything we have is a gift from God, and is to be used in His service”.

Church of the Holy Family provides yearly grant funding to support the purchase of food items for St Vincent DePaul in Norwich Soup Kitchen to serve on average 300 meals per day. Our Social Outreach Ministry develops long term relationships with our grant site directors and volunteer staff which enable us to gain better understanding of related initiatives we can offer and opportunities to fill unmet needs.

When our young Church of the Holy Family Parishioners, AJ, and Evan Novotny brought an idea to our CRE director to start up the Sandwich Kids Ministry we connected their desire to help with the need of St Vincent DePaul for Sunday sandwiches. We are proud of their commitment to this cause and their understanding of how at a young age they can make a significant contribution to help meet the needs of the less fortunate in our community.

To date the Sandwich Kids have prepared and delivered over 1300 Sandwiches made by families of our parish.

The Sandwich (tween) Kids meet once monthly. See more details in the bulletin for the next meeting in the hall kitchen, set for Jan 22nd after the Sunday Mass and remember all donations of sandwich fixings are greatly appreciated to provide assistance to fill the need.

childhood hunger

Did you know that Church of the Holy Family sets aside 10% of the yearly offering from our parishioners to prayerfully grant to nonprofit organizations both in our local community and our sister parish in Haiti.

This act of charity is defined as Tithing, “Generous giving that is an acknowledgment everything we have is a gift from God, and is to be used in His service”.

Hebron Interfaith Human Services runs a school age children’s weekend food backpack program to combat food insecurity for kids identified as at risk.  The program is modeled similarly to a widely adopted “End 68 Hours of Hunger” initiative.  This is an effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning.

Through our Grant Program, from your Tithing Funds, Church of the Holy family contributes a substantial portion of the money needed to provide between 25–40 packs each week for almost 30 weekends and over school vacation breaks.  HIHS strives to fill them with nutritional shelf stable food items that offer high protein and substantive content ready to eat or simple for children to prepare themselves. The program is well coordinated by a husband and wife team who are parishioners of Holy Family. Their unending dedication to handling the logistics of retrieving empties at our local schools, filling at the HIHS site and delivering back for Friday makes the program a success.  Donations of boxes of instant hot oatmeal, peanut butter or plastic jelly jars, fruit cups, and packaged snacks are always appreciated. These can be left in the HIHS marked section in our Narthex donation wood box. 

I'm sure you are all aware of Hurricane Matthew hitting Haiti.  I wanted 
to tell you what we did in preparation, and what we will do in 
follow-up.

We prepared the two locations (mission house, and offices/clinic) as 
well as we could.

The offices were closed for Monday and Tuesday and may be for Wednesday.

I have been in touch with Joel, our operations director, and Fr Frank.  
So far everything is ok

Joel will contact me when the hurricane is through.  Most of our 
employees live in Cayes, which is in a harder hit area.  As of10:30
this morning, they and their families were fine.

Fr Frank will contact all the twins in Haiti when the hurricane is 
through, and let the US twin know the situation.  Obviously with the 
rain and the position of many of the twins, flooding and mud slides are 
a significant risk.

We will be posting information on the website, so you can check there as 
well.  www.outreachtohaiti.org.

Coincidentally, I am currently on a 337 mile bike ride to raise funds to 
rebuild our clinic and mission house.  The clinic is the most vulnerable 
of the Outreach facilities, as it is the plywood and tin roof structure 
that was put in place after the earthquake.  The need for a rapid 
conclusion to the capital campaign may escalate.

Please continue your prayers for all those in Haiti.  We will be in 
touch with more information.

Regards,

Dan

On behalf of the Social Outreach Grant Committee, Parish Council, and the Finance Committee, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the generosity of the parish, to continue to make our Grant Program an amazing success. As you know Church of the Holy Family sets aside 10% of the yearly offering from our parishioners to grant to nonprofit organizations both in our local community and our sister parish in Haiti.

 

Each week as you prayerfully consider your tithing “Generous giving that is an acknowledgment everything we have is a gift from God, and is to be used in His service” be assured your offerings are carefully distributed to help those less fortunate in our community.

 

Your support of these organizations is essential for helping with funding for clients’ critical unmet needs and provides life changing results.  While Government sees social services help as benefits in “one-size fits all” and turn people away when their circumstances don’t fit into their predetermined criteria, Faith Based Nonprofits see people as God sees them - people needing individual care, guidance, and support - no matter what the reason or situations that brought them to their needs. 

 

This past Saturday the Grant Committee gathered with this year’s recipients at our church for a luncheon to distribute the checks. The yearly gathering allows us a further opportunity to understand the diverse needs and accomplishments of the charities our church supports.  We are humbled and always leave with a deep gratitude for the amazing dedication each recipient has for the clients they serve and lift up. 

 

Throughout the year we have and will continue to highlight more about each of the Grant recipients in the bulletin, under Testaments of our Tithing, informing our parish as to how the funds are used, and ways they could volunteer or become more involved in helping on an individual level.  If you have any questions or would like more information please speak to any member of our social outreach committee or join us at any of the 4th Thursday evening meetings.

 

Testaments of our Tithing

 

On behalf of the Social Outreach Grant Committee, Parish Council, and the Finance Committee, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the generosity of the parish, to continue to make our Grant Program an amazing success. As you know Church of the Holy Family sets aside 10% of the yearly offering from our parishioners to grant to nonprofit organizations both in our local community and our sister parish in Haiti.

 

Each week as you prayerfully consider your tithing “Generous giving that is an acknowledgment everything we have is a gift from God, and is to be used in His service” be assured your offerings are carefully distributed to help those less fortunate in our community.

 

Your support of these organizations is essential for helping with funding for clients’ critical unmet needs and provides life changing results.  While Government sees social services help as benefits in “one-size fits all” and turn people away when their circumstances don’t fit into their predetermined criteria, Faith Based Nonprofits see people as God sees them - people needing individual care, guidance, and support - no matter what the reason or situations that brought them to their needs. 

 

This past Saturday the Grant Committee gathered with this year’s recipients at our church for a luncheon to distribute the checks. The yearly gathering allows us a further opportunity to understand the diverse needs and accomplishments of the charities our church supports.  We are humbled and always leave with a deep gratitude for the amazing dedication each recipient has for the clients they serve and lift up. 

 

Throughout the year we have and will continue to highlight more about each of the Grant recipients in the bulletin, under Testaments of our Tithing, informing our parish as to how the funds are used, and ways they could volunteer or become more involved in helping on an individual level.  If you have any questions or would like more information please speak to any member of our social outreach committee or join us at any of the 4th Thursday evening meetings.

 

Over the years our community has helped raise money for various reasons to help those in Haiti. With all of our generous volunteers and donations, Haiti is becoming more of a livable environment. Within the past 6 years a few of the advances that have been made were a new roof on a medical clinic, solar panel, and school supplies for grades K-6.

Our new goal this year is to raise money to fund teachers for grades 7-9. 

What is a better way to raise money, than with wine, food, an art show, auctions, music and of course being in great company?!                                                                                 

On October 15th 2016 at 6:30-9:30pm you could be a part of this great cause! Join us at the Church of the Holy Family at 185 Church Street, Hebron. Tickets are on sale now and will not be available at the door, you do not want to miss out on an enjoyable night for a great cause for only $25 per ticket or $180 for a group of eight. (This event is only for adults 21 years and older.)

Every child deserves a chance for a better education!
For more information or ticket orders please contact:

Chelsey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mary Ellen Gonci 860-228-3388 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sponsor Recruitment Letter

On Saturday October 15th, 2016 a wine tasting event will be held to benefit the people of Fonds Baptiste, Haiti. This event is organized by the Haiti ministry committee of the Church of the Holy Family in Hebron, CT. In previous years we were able to raise funds to help repair buildings in Haiti that were damaged from Hurricane Sandy. This year our objective is to raise funds to help pay for educational expenses for 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.  Most of the children are unable to further their education after the 6th grade. We believe education is the key for successful change!

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and our parishioners in Hebron have adopted the people of Fonds Baptiste as our sister parish. In the spring of 2014, five individuals from The Church of the Holy Family went to Haiti to assist and assess what was most needed. Your support as an event sponsor would be greatly appreciated. (Donation of item towards a silent auction, food item or other, will allow us to send funds generated through ticket sales directly to the identified projects.) Your support will be acknowledged in the evening program and in the event publicity information provided to more than 750 families who are involved with the Church of the Holy Family and St. Columba parishes. We are 501(c) 3 organization and your donation is tax deductible.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of our request and we hope to hear from you soon!

Chelsey Collins
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Haiti committee chair person

Father Brian Romanowski is a native of the Diocese of Norwich. He was born in Norwich, Connecticut, on December 6, 1976, and was a parishioner of Saint Mary Parish in Greenville. Fr. Romanowski graduated from Saint Joseph School in Norwich in 1990, and from Saint Bernard High School in Uncasville in 1994. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut in 1998 and his Masters of Divinity and Bachelors in Sacred Theology from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003. Fr. Romanowski was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Michael R. Cote at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich on May 31, 2003.

He served as parochial vicar at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme during the summer of 2003 and at Saint John the Evangelist Church in Uncasville from October 2003 to September 2006. Fr. Romanowski served as administrator and later as pastor of Saint Patrick Church in Mystic from September 2006 to January 2011. He also served as the chaplain at Saint Bernard School in Uncasville from 2004 to 2011. Fr. Romanowski attended the Catholic University of America from 2011 to 2014 and received a licentiate degree in Canon Law. He also served as the temporary administrator of St. Mary Church in Clinton in 2012 and Sacred Heart Church in Norwichtown in 2015. Currently, Father Romanowski is a judge on the Diocesan Tribunal and bishop’s delegate for the Office of Safe Environments.

Church of the Holy Family
185 Church Street Amston, CT 06231
(860) 228-0096

Saint Columba Catholic Church 
328 Route 66, Columbia, CT 06237
(860) 228-3727

Christmas Mass Schedule
Christmas Mass Schedule
 
Sunday December 24, 2017
 
Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
 
8:00 AM - St. Columba (Columbia) 
9:30 AM - Church of the Holy Family (Hebron) 
11:00 AM - NO Mass December 24th
 
Christmas Eve
 
4:00 PM - Church of the Holy Family (Hebron)
4:00 PM - Church of the Holy Family (Hall) (Hebron)
4:00 PM - St. Columba (Columbia)
 
6:00 PM - Church of the Holy Family (Hebron)
 
Monday December 25, 2017
Christmas Day
 
8:30 AM - St. Columba (Columbia) 
10:00 AM - Church of the Holy Family (Hebron)