Last chance to bid on hand-carved Christmas Creches, plus other beautiful hand-crafted wooden items, made from wood of the parish's old Copper Beech Tree! BIDDING ENDS THIS SUNDAY, DEC. 21 @ 9 P.M.
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Christmas Auction Underway for Handcrafted Items from Parish's Historic Copper Beech Tree

Five More Christmas Creches Now Available!

At the end of summer last year, 2013, we had to say goodbye to our 150-year-old Copper Beech Tree in front of the rectory. But now we are getting part of that beautiful piece of parish history back, just in time for Christmas!

Around 50 hand-carved, wooden items – including plates, bowls, cutting boards, women’s brooches, decorative pieces, and even functional writing pens – will be available to parishioners via an Online Silent Auction. In addition, FIVE MORE OF THE VERY POPULAR CHRISTMAS CRECHES FROM LAST YEAR ARE NOW AVAILABLE AS WELL! (See photo above.) The Auction will only last until Sunday, December 21 at 9 p.m. All items will be available for pick-up at the rectory starting the following day, Monday, December 22.

Just click here to view the available wood items and to place your bid for one or more of them as part of our Christmas Auction”!

(Many thanks to parishioner Jim Ferro who again this year donated the hand-crafted Christmas Creches, and to parishioners Art and Dorothy Jordan who meticulously prepared the online blog with the photos and descriptions of each item! Thanks as well to Linda Zibbideo and the “Wood Turners of Connecticut” association who individually crafted the distinctive utensils and decorative items.)

International Food, Veteran's Day, and Young Adult Couples

The month of November brought a lot of activities to St. Joseph's Parish!

Children from St. Joseph School saluted veterans on Veterans’ Day with a special breakfast followed by a school assembly with a musical tribute.

The International Food Fest on Nov. 8th brought together eight "favorite dishes" prepared by families from the parish's diverse nationalities. And for the first time, included Lebanese and Thai cuisine. (P.S. Can you pick out two former priests of St. Joseph Church in the above photo?)

And lastly, five young couples, all in their twenties or early thirties and recently arrived in St. Joseph Parish, were invited to come to the rectory for dinner and sharing on a Friday evening; some of them are pictured here with Msgr. Chris and rectory cook Debbie Esposito (far left).

(Do you have a nice photo of some event or a candid shot taken around the parish that your fellow parishioners might enjoy? Send it via email to the parish at and put ‘Attention: Webmaster’ in the Subject box.)

First Day-Long Parish-Wide Retreat Draws 100 Participants

Close to 100 parishioners and friends spent the better part of Saturday, November 1, taking part in the first Parish-wide Retreat held in Pastore Church Hall, entitled appropriately enough (on the Feast of All Saints): "How to Get to Heaven." Based on the inspirational lives of St. Augustine of Hippo and his mother, St. Monica, the retreat was also unique in that it was presented in a bilingual format. Thanks to the organizers: Father Rolando, Deacon Brad, Angela Mantero, Rina Rosario, and Socorro Lugo. Watch for more invitations to spiritual renewal as part of our Parish Evangelization and Renewal of our Life in Christ program (P.E.A.R.L. in Christ).


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