Discernment Opportunities for Young Women







Attention all women ages eighteen and older:

Is God calling you? If you are interested in religious life, we invite you

to visit our Congregation this spring and summer for discernment opportunities!

Choice of visiting dates:

Friday, June 8th-June 10th

Wednesday, July 25th-28th

Prayerfully discern God’s will for you through daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours prayed in community, Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and much more!  Spend time with the Sisters, and learn more about their charism and way of life.  If you are unable to come at these scheduled times, feel free to make an appointment at your convenience.  For more information, please contact Sister Jacinta at 860-822-8241.



For Greater Glory

Dear Friends,

The new movie “For Greater Glory”, which tells the story of the Mexican Cristero Rebellion (1926-1929) will be in Theaters on June 1st. To read more about it please click on the following link…  CatholicRegisterLink

Our Lady of Good Help

The Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help is located near Green Bay Wisconsin. This is the first approved Marian apparition in the United States. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2010, Bishop Ricken gave official Church approval of the apparitions of our Blessed Mother to Sister Adele Brise.


This month Sister Gabriela, while on her home visit, traveled with her family to the Shrine. Not only did she enjoy a beautiful visit but also met with a recently ordained priest Father Jewel Aytona, CPM. Father has been a close friend of the Sisters of Charity through various vocation events since 2007.


Ave Maria University Vocation Fest 2012

Mother Mary Jude and Sister Joan Clare were privileged to attend the beautiful University in Florida on Wednesday, April 18th for their annual Vocation Fest.  Father Robert Garrity, the director of campus ministry, and Donna Rittereiser put together a really exciting program to encourage vocations.  The Fest included live music by Martin Doman, testimonies by religious and a barbecue with the students.  It was a spiritually uplifting event!


The Youth Explosion will take place on Sunday, March 25th from 12:30p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Bernard School in Uncasville,CT. The theme for this year is “Living a Life of Worship.” Throughout the day teens will have the opportunity to worship God with other teens from all over the Diocese of Norwich as they gather together to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass, attend presentations by Brian Kissinger on issues affecting them as teens, have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, participate in the Eucharistic Adoration, and hear outstanding music provided by John Nivan and the LIFT Band from Boston. The cost is $25 and includes a pizza dinner. J.R. and Christa Bucklin will present this opportunity to the Confirmation Program on Sunday, March 11th. Any teens from the Parish interested in attending Youth Explosion 2012 may contact J.R. or Christa by emailing the Parish Office at stjosephwillimantic@gmail.com or for further information and registration forms, visit www.youthexplosionct.com.

Lenten Message from Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father’s 2012 Lenten Message focuses on the virtue of charity

Lenten Message of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, the title of which is taken from the Letter to the Hebrews: “Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works”.

“The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the Sacraments”.

“This year I would like to propose a few thoughts in the light of a brief biblical passage drawn from the Letter to the Hebrews: ‘Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works'”.

Read the entire message.

Christmas Visits in the Motherhouse

Our family experienced the true joy of Christmas when we visited our daughter, Sister Kateri, for three days at the Motherhouse. We shared many laughs, wonderful meals, hugs and had the opportunity to attend prayer and Mass together. With all of these moments, our joy was complete – and that is what Christmas is all about!  ~ The Ludick Family

Having my family here for Christmas was such a blessing and a beautiful gift from Jesus. Laughter echoed throughout the day and it was such a joy to see family pictures and make new memories. Seeing my father, who is a deacon, on the altar for Holy Mass and giving us Benediction was a blessing as well. The Lord gives us many gifts at Christmas; most importantly He gives Himself and I am also very grateful to Him for the gift of my family being here!  ~ Sister Kateri

For the family members who were able to come to visit Sr. Joan Clare at the Motherhouse this Christmas, it was a special treat to get away from the hustle and bustle of our own town’s frantic Christmas “holiday!”  To celebrate the birth of Christ here in Baltic, is so truly “Christ-centered” in attitude, prayer, music, decorations and hospitality! It is lovely to be with our daughter and all the other sisters that form her family now, enjoying their love for each other and the Lord. ~ The Gulden Family

God has blessed me abundantly in my vocation and among these blessings is the gift of my loving family. My family has been extremely supportive of my vocation and look forward to their visits at the Motherhouse.  The long drive from Ohio always reminds me of the importance of love and sacrifice in family life.  Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth, the Holy Family and the love that we share with our own families. It was a wonderful visit filled with love, prayer, music and laughter.  Thank you Jesus for that cherished Christmas visit! ~Sister Joan Clare

Father Dennis Dugan, S.O.L.T. (Society of Our Lady of the Trinty), his mother and father came along to visit in the Motherhouse.  Father Dugan knew Sister Gertrude well and had worked with Sister.  Father Dugan currently lives in Belize serving in the Parish of The Divine Mercy.
We were also blessed with a visit from Father Edward St-Godard from Rhode Island.  Father had a close friendship with Mother Marie Alma, our foundress.  He has remained a blessing to all of us and we always look forward to his stay in Baltic.

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Enjoy the beautiful presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe, the discoveries about the tilma of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

God of power and mercy,you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through your justice present in our hearts may your peace reign in the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


CD Release – Christmas Joy

We have made our second CD: Christmas Joy!  This ensemble features traditional Christmas carols as well as unique arrangements of The First Noel, We Three Kings, and Silent Night. It was with great prayer and effort, along with the expertise of Michael Frishman and Carol Mailhot that this CD was made. We praise God for the many gifts He has bestowed upon us and we ask Him to touch your life in a special way through this inspirational music. To order a CD contact the Motherhouse at 860-822-8241.

Silent Night Silent Night

Bell Carol of the King Bell Carol of the King

Still a Bach Lullaby Still a Bach Lullaby

IRL Regional Meeting

The Second Vatican Council stated that the Holy Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian Life” (Lumen Gentium, no. 11). As we prepare for the revised edition of the Roman Missal, due to be introduced on the first Sunday of Advent, it is good to be reminded that “an indispensable means of effectively sustaining communion with Christ is assuredly the Sacred Liturgy” (Vita Consecrata, no. 95).

In the past forty years there has been much written on the Holy Eucharist and many changes made in how the Church celebrates the Sacred Mysteries.  This year’s regional meeting will offer reflections on the vital importance of the Sacred Liturgy in the Church’s life and mission. Special emphasis will be given on how Divine Worship relates to the consecrated life in living the evangelical counsels and serving the needs of others.

Among the selected speakers will be Mother Marie Julie, SCMC.  The title of her conference is: The Sacred and Divine Liturgy: Intimate Longing for God. Everyone—clergy, religious and laity—is welcome to attend this day of spiritual renewal, reflection and affirmation of the consecrated life. The meeting will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Mission Church—Lower Parish Hall Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Boston, MA. For more information on attending this conference click here.

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