The Church of the Incarnation544 Prospect Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109New Church E-MailRectory Phone(860) 529-2533Rectory Fax(860) 721-6595Religious [email protected] Website rend Nicholas P. MeloSenior Parochial VicarReverend James M. MoranReligious EducationGina BurbySharon ReynoldsPastoral AssistantMrs. Audrey Saharek(860) 529-6765Gina BurbySharon ReynoldsEmail: [email protected] ScheduleConfessions: Saturdays from 3:30 - 4:15pmin Father Crawford HallVigil Mass: Saturday at 5:00pmSunday Masses: 8:30 & 10:30 amDaily Mass: (Mon. - Fri.) 9:00 amRecitation of the Rosary for Peace:prior to 9:00 am daily MassSacrament of BaptismBy previous appointment by calling the rectory.Sundays at 12:30 pmSacristanToni MunozWeddingsDirector of MusicPlease contact a priest 6-10 months prior.CantorsNew Parishioner Religious Education Registration:Mrs. Theodora NiverVanessa Crowley .Lorissa HeathRosanne Sweeney Gowdy . .Andrew RussoHeather PicardRectory Staff AssistantMrs. Marguerite DevittRectory AssistantMarguerite HeinimannThe Church of the Incarnationwelcomes new parishioners.Forms are available at themain entrance of the church.Please mail or drop off at the rectory.You may also visit our website for printable forms at:www.thechurchoftheincarnation.comRectory Hours9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Page ThreeSaturday, February 12th5:00pm- Deceased members of the John R.Skinner FamilySunday, February 13th8:30am– Christopher Barnoski and Charlie& Millie Christadore10:30am–Jack & Irene CahillMonday, February 14th9:00am—Deceased members of theHarrington FamilyTuesday, February 15th9:00am– For all our parishionersWednesday, February 16th9:00am– Erminio & Caterina PresuttiThursday, February 17th9:00am– Carol & John Halstead, Thomas &Eleanor Reddin, Matthew Plasino & FamilyFriday, February 18th9:00am– Crescenzio, Marguerita & MariaLuigia LucciSaturday, February 19th5:00pm— Angelo Aglieco & Son AngeloAgliecoSunday, February 20th8:30am–Pasqualino D’Appollonio & Patricia“Patty” D’Appollonio10:30am– Lorraine Walmsley & RobertWalmsleyThe Sanctuary Candle will burnfrom 2/14/2022–2/20/2022 inmemory of Beth Phillips Kempf.The Blessed Virgin Mary Candle willburn from 2/14/2022—2/20/2022 in memoryof John J. Sugrue.The second collection this weekend is themonthly collection.AOH February Food Drive:Ancient Order of Hibernians Htfd. Division 2 issponsoring a Food Drive Sun., Feb., 13th 11:30am - 12:30pm in the Christ the King parking lot that’s between the church & middleschool. This drive is part of the regular CTK parish food collection. All food will be given to St.Augustine Church food pantry in Hartford. Nonperishable items requested; canned meats &soup, pinto & pink beans. cooking oil, spices &condiments. All who donate will receive a special St. Valentine’s Day treat. Thanks!There will be a Men’s Club meeting thisWednesday, February 16th at 7pm in Fr.Crawford Hall located in the back of Incarnation Church. We welcome men fr om bothIncarnation and Christ the King Parishes.Beyond Bible Study meets Wednesdays at7pm via Zoom. Contact Deacon Michael Cassella for Zoom link - [email protected] orcall (860) 965-2526.Incarnation will not begin accepting 2023Masses, Sanctuary & Blessed Virgin MaryCandles until further notice. Check bulletinafter Easter for details. Thank you for understanding. We still have some 2022 candles available. Please call Incarnation rectory to book.Pray with Us.February 8 - 15, 2022The International Day of Prayer & AwarenessAgainst Human Trafficking was observed Feb.,8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, who waskidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan & Italy. St. Bakhita is the patroness of survivors of human trafficking. The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry/Respect Life Ministryinvite you to invoke her intercession for all thoseinvolved in human trafficking & for an end tothis societal ill by participating in a novena Feb.8-15. The link to the daily prayer is posted onOCSJM’s Facebook channel, the Archdiocesanwebsite, & the Archdiocesan YouTube page.
Page FourThe Incarnation Men’s Club wants YOU!Our Annual Membership drive is underway andrenewal letters have been mailed to all currentmembers. Applications are at the entrances. Allmen are invited to join especially members ofChrist the King Parish. Dues— 10 per year. CallIncarnation for more information (860) 529-2533.Church of the Incarnation.MEN’S RETREATThe parish men’s retreat at Holy Family PassionistRetreat Center in West Hartford will be February25, 26, & 27, 2022. Join Holy Family’s retreatteam for a weekend of peace and reflection in anexploration of simplicity. In an age of stress,distraction, and technology, we’ll explore thesimple and transformative message at the heart ofJesus’ teaching. Discover how simplicity can shinea light on what is really essential and important inour lives. We’ll explore what it means to live asimple life so that we can discover true freedomand joy. Be renewed and inspired by the paradoxof simplicity and the gift of faith. For informationcall John Ewaski at 860-563-3887 or Bill Carroll at860-604-6793 or visit Holy Family’s web site at:www.holyfamilyretreat.org.Day 3 of 9 Days for Life: May all whodefend life find strength and renewal in theHoly Spirit. Today's prayer and action:www.respectlife.org/day-3RACHEL'S VINEYARD RETREATWEEKENDS FOR HEALING AFTERABORTIONIf you are suffering from an abortion, experiencethe healing love of Jesus Christ on a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat weekend March 25-27, 2022 in Farmington, CT. The weekend healing process includesdiscussions, Living Scriptures with meditations,the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Memorial Service and Mass of Entrustment. Participation is totally confidential and offers a beautiful opportunityto experience God's love, forgiveness and compassion. Both women and men have participated inpast retreats and have ranged in age from teens tomid-eighties. The fee for the weekend is 175.00for meals, private room and all retreat materials.Scholarships are available for financial assistance.For more information contact Marie at 203-6319030, email her at [email protected], orvisit our website at www.rachelsvineyard.org.Building a new Parish from Incarnation andChrist the KingQ: Where can I find updated mergerinformation?A: The Transition Team has a CommunicationCommittee. They will be sharing information viathe bulletin, the websites, Facebook,(facebook.com/ChristtheKingCT), email, and announcements at Mass. If you have questions, sendemail to [email protected] bags for the homeless:Thank you! Thank you! On J anuar y 30th inconjunction with the social action committee, thereligious education students from Christ the King& Incarnation parishes assembled 400 bags for thehomeless. These included food items, socks, hats,gloves & hand/toe warmers. What an outpouringof generosity from both parishes and the religiouseducation parents that allowed us to have what wasneeded to assemble 400 bags! We also thank allthe angels who volunteer to continually assist withthe project. We are very grateful for your incredible generosity. These bags will be distributed to 4agencies that provide services to the poor.
Page FivePRAYER CORNERFEELING BLESSEDCongratulations! Welcome tothe Kingdom! Rejoice and leap forjoy! Sounds a little like Easter, doesn’tit? Well, in a very real way, it is. ThisSunday, the scriptures remind us that we are blessedand beloved, especially when we have difficulties anddon’t feel especially blessed. Jesus reminds us thatGod blesses us in our trials, so we should trust in thesaving power of God. We are “raised from the dead,”as it were, each time we arise from our hardships. Theultimate proof of all of this is our new life in Christ,who died so that we could be free of sin, and wasraised from the dead so that we might all have newlife. Wouldn’t that be something? A new life, in whichpoverty is riches and sadness is transformed into lightness of spirit? It’s a topsy-turvy world, isn’t it? Do youfeel blessed today?TODAY’S READINGSFirst Reading — The one who trusts in the LORD islike a tree planted beside the waters (Jeremiah 17:5-8).Psalm — Blessed are they who hope in the Lord(Psalm 1).Second Reading — Christ has been raised from thedead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep(1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20).Gospel — Blessed are you who are poor, hungry,weeping. Woe to you who are rich, filled, laughing(Luke 6:17, 20-26).READINGS FOR THE WEEKMonday: Jas 1:1-11; Ps 119:67-68, 71-72, 75-76;Mk 8:11-13Tuesday: Jas 1:12-18; Ps 94:12-13a; 14-15, 18-19;Mk 8:14-21Wednesday: Jas 1:19-27; Ps 15:2-4ab, 5; Mk 8:22-26Thursday: Jas 2:1-9; Ps 34:2-7; Mk 8:27-33Friday: Jas 2:14-24, 26; Ps 112:1-6; Mk 8:34 — 9:1Saturday: Jas 3:1-10; Ps 12:2-3, 4-5, 7-8; Mk 9:2-13Sunday: 1 Sm 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; Ps 103:1-4, 8,10, 12-13; 1 Cor 15:45-49; Lk 6:27-38Sixth Sunday in Ordinary TimeFebruary 13, 2022“Blessed are you who are poor,for the kingdom of God is yours.Blessed are you who are now hungry,for you will be satisfied.” — Luke 6:20-21aSAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCESSunday: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time;World Marriage DayMonday: Ss. Cyril and Methodius; Valentine’s DayThursday: The Seven Holy Founders of the ServiteOrderSaturday: Blessed Virgin MaryPRAYER OF THE WEEKSixth Sunday in Ordinary TimeO God, who teach us that you abidein hearts that are just and true,grant that we may be so fashioned by your graceas to become a dwelling pleasing to you.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with youin the unity of the Holy Spirit,God, for ever and ever.STATIONS OF THE CROSS WITHBENEDICTION WILL BEOFFERED BYDEACON MICHAEL CASSELLAFRIDAYS DURING LENT AT 7PM(NOT GOOD FRIDAY)STATIONS WILL BE HELD AT BOTHINCARNATION & CHRIST THE KINGPARISHES ON ALTERNATING WEEKSHERE ARE THE FOLLOWING DATES& LOCATIONS:FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH.CHRIST THE KINGFRIDAY, MARCH 11TH .INCARNATIONFRIDAY, MARCH 18TH.CHRIST THE KINGFRIDAY, MARCH 25TH.INCARNATIONFRIDAY, APRIL 1ST .CHRIST THE KINGFRIDAY, APRIL 8TH .INCARNATIONSAVE THE DATE! The Fir st CT Mar ch for Life!Spread the Word!!!! Let our CT legislators and governor know there are people in our state who value allhuman life. Watch for details. Organize a bus fromyour parish.Christ the King Parish (Corpus Christi Church),Wethersfield has added a 5:15pm Mass the 1st Sundayof each month throughout the school year.A message from the Archdiocese of Hartford: Thearchdiocese is recommending the wearing of masks inchurch for everyone.
Page SixPastor’s Corner – February 13, 2022As I sit writing this column, I realize how this is ‘old news’ by the time you are readingthis. That is just the nature of deadlines for publication of the bulletin. But back onJanuary 31, we had our very first combined Liturgy Committee meeting.I must confess, I had absolutely no idea how many people would come. And so whenwe needed extra chairs around the table, I was thrilled. That was certainly a wonderfulsight, and speaks well for the willingness of both parish communities to begin collaborating, especially on such integral things as our liturgies – that which forms the veryfabric of who we are as Catholic Christians. ‘Thank you’ to all who came out thatevening and offered to help.There were over twenty of us, pretty evenly divided from each parish. And we hadquite a good discussion regarding the traditions of each parish in terms of celebratingthe holy season of Lent. This led to good back-and-forth on how to best celebratethese this year, keeping in mind the needs of our entire community. And while noteveryone’s suggestions could be enacted, the dialogue was fruitful and respectful.Change is certainly not an easy thing for any of us. No one likes to change or wouldoffer to change if we didn’t have to. And yet, change can lead to new and improvedthings for everyone. Growth cannot happen without change. And so while I hearsome grumbling about changes that have occurred or soon will occur, I am encouragedby the number of people who are willing to enter into the process, who are willing tojoin committees and work to create the best possible parish for us here in Wethersfield.We are in this together. As the Body of Christ, we can do amazing and wonderfulthings. We can become a vibrant community that attracts the people of God for generations to come. Please join me in praying Fr Richard Rohr’s Prayer For Our Communitydaily, asking the Lord to continue to bless us, to take away our natural temptation forcynicism, denial, fear and despair, and to allow our every thought, word and deed to assist in the building of His Kingdom here in our midst.BAPTISMISLA IRENA STEBBINS
Page SevenChurch of the Incarnation Faith FormationMiddle School/High School.SOUPER BOWL OF CARINGOn February 13th, over 100 million Americans will tune in to the Super BowlFootball Game. There will be parties with abundant food and yet at the sametime there will be people worrying about staying warm and having a hot meal to eat. On Super Bowl Sunday,young people all across the country, including our Religious Education Students, will demonstrate God’s love byparticipating in the Souper Bowl of Caring Project. They will fill grocery bags with food and collected sparechange to help those who don’t even have a bowl of soup to eat. We hope you will be willing to donate when yousee them at 10:30 Mass at Incarnation on Super Bowl Sunday.Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) is this Sunday, Febr uar y 13 at 10:30 am Mass. All childr en ages 4-grade6 are welcome. Younger children may be accompanied by their parents. Our presider for this week is Trisha Pesce.The Incarnation Women’s Club recently donated numerous food items toSt. Elizabeth House in Hartford. Ground beef, chicken breasts, turkeybreasts, bacon, juices & fresh fruit and vegetables were purchased anddelivered by Paula Melillo & Joyce Suffish. Usually the club’s cookingteams prepare and deliver pasta dishes, meat & vegetable casseroles, salads& desserts for the residents of St. Elizabeth House each month. However,for January and February, due to COVID protocol, cooking team memberswere unable to cook meals in Fr. Crawford Hall. So, at this time we aredonating food and good wishes to the residents.Christina Lessard from Mercy Housing and Shelter accepted our donation.CORPUS CHRISTI SCHOOL HAPPENINGSWe are delighted to share that registration is now open for the 2022 – 2023 school year. Our preschool program isextremely popular and spots are filling up fast!! Don’t be left out in the cold - schedule your personalized tour today. Ifyou, or anyone you know, are interested in learning more about our great school, please email Coleen Antico at:[email protected] for more information and to set up a tour. Come and see how much MORE we canoffer your family!! The school encompasses Pre K - 8th grade.Christ The King Holy Family Women’s Retreat March 4th-6th, 2022The holiday season is behind us and winter has come to stay for a while. So let’s fast forward to the warmth of spring for a relaxingweekend of restoration and Rebirth. The theme is: In the Spirit of Trust .To have a relationship with God, we need to be ableto trust that God will provide for us and guide us on our journey through life. That kind of trust begins in our relationships withothers. Let’s join our fellow parishioners on a weekend retreat at Holy Family. Mark your calendars now! Contact: Mary Tyler (860) 202-9400.EAST CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLOur enrollment process is in full swing. New students are still inquiring and filing applications. Entrance Exam: Saturday, February26th. Families interested in our school always have a chance to schedule a private tour. We also will have a Parent Preview Night(mini-open house) Tuesday, March 1st. Pre-registration for this event becomes available on our website in the near future.Xavier High School 25,000 School Cash Raffle is back and 5K richer. Tickets are 100 each. Only 800 will be sold and it is winner takes all.The drawing will be at 11 a.m. on April 1st at Xavier High School. You do not need to be present to win, but you must be atleast 18 years old to purchase.All tax liabilities are borne solely by the purchaser.Tickets may be purchased by mailing a check (no cash) to Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Road, Middletown CT 06457.For more information, call the advancement office at (860) 346-7735
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Feb 13, 2022 · Forms are available at the . main entrance of the church. Please mail or drop off at the rectory. You may also visit our website for printable forms at: www.thechurchoftheincarnation.com. Rectory Hours. 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Rectory Phone (860) 529-2533. Rectory Fax (860) 721-