For more information about any of these news items, please contact the Rectory at or 860-529-2533.

Stained GlassThird Sunday of Lent
March 15, 2009
I, the LORD, am your God...You shall not have other gods besides me. - Exodus 20:2a, 3

Archbishop's Annual Appeal

March 15, 2009 - Today is the Archbishop's Annual Appeal kick-off weekend. We will have a DVD presentation in place of the homily to explain the works/goals of the 2009 A.A.A.

Website Launch
This Sunday, March 15, 2009 marks the official launch of our first-ever parish website. This is a very exciting time as we will now have the ability to communicate with our parishioners online. In the
coming weeks and months, our goal is to continue to improve the site with all of the latest information about our church, its ministries, etc. We welcome all feedback as we strive to make it the best website it can be. We are most grateful to Marco Pace, Jeff McBride and Paul Dube for their tireless efforts regarding the website. We are also grateful to Teri Aiudi, Filomena Marinelli, Audrey Saharek and Noranne Wamester for serving on the planning and executing team.

Easter Flowers
You may return the Easter Flowers envelopes anytime until Easter Sunday.

For the Season of Lent, The Sanctus (Holy, Holy) and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) will be sung. Hymn numbers 861/ 864 in the Missal.

Lenten Regulations
Catholics ages 14 and older are to abstain from meat on all Fridays during Lent. The rule does not apply when health or ability to work would be seriously impacted. Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, but have not yet marked their 59th are to fast on Good Friday. On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to individual needs but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.

St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center Annual Membership Drive
The Women’s Auxiliary of St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center is having their Annual Membership Drive. March 2nd through April 17th. 2009 is our 83rd Anniversary and we just made a 5,000,000.00.
plead to the hospital! Help us help St. Francis by becoming a part of our proud tradition. We always look for those who like to get involved, but membership does not always incur obligations. Look for more information at the entrances or call our community ambassador Michele Kalousdian at 563-0860 for more information.

A Family Perspective...Listen to Jesus in today's (March 15) gospel: "Stop making my Father's
house a market place." Has your home been reduced to an extension of the shopping mall? A chaotic feeding station or a Laundromat? If you are not busy and productive, do you feel you are wasting time? This week, waste time just being together.

Archbishop Mansell has encouraged parishes to cooperate in the scheduling of masses and liturgical services to help ease pressure caused by the shortage of priests. In this spirit, the parishes of Wethersfield have agreed to centralize the commemoration of the Stations of the Cross at Corpus Christi Church, on the Fridays of Lent at 7:30pm with Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

There will be a House of Bread collection next weekend, March 22. Coffee & sugar are requested. Over 300 guests are served a meal each day at this soup kitchen. Approximately 400
children are served a warm meal each day at Kid’s Café, which is also part of the House of
Bread. Thank you for your continued support of this most worthy cause.

New Day...A Journey from Grief to Healing
Monday, March 16 - New Day...A Journey from Grief to Healing continues at 1:00pm, Father Crawford Hall.

St. Patrick's Corned Beef Dinner
This Monday, March 16th at 6:30 pm in Father Crawford Hall. See you there!

Men's Association Meeting
The Men’s Association will meet this Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm in the rectory meeting room. Pizza/refreshments served.

Make-up Entrance Exam for East Catholic High School on March 18th at 8am to all eighth graders who were unable to take a previous exam. The exam will be given at the school. Call 649-5336 with any questions.

Women's Club Meeting
Women's Club General meeting this Thursday, March 19th, 7:30pm in Fr. Crawford Hall. Please join us for "A Spiritual Housekeeping" at 7:30pm. Barbara Gawle, a member of our Incarnation Parish Family, and a former member of the Felician Sisters Community of Enfield, will present this Lenten Reflection. In recognition of the churches current observance of the Jubilee Year of St. Paul, her talk will include references to St. Paul. In 1981, Barbara created the series, "Discovering Prayer," which was offered as a six-week course at Manchester Community College. That material was used to develop a textbook on prayer, published in 1984 under the title "How to Pray." All are welcome to attend.

First Communion Banner Workshop
Saturday, March 21 - There will be a First Communion Banner workshop for parents who wish to
have a time of personal instruction at 9:00am in the cafeteria of Emerson-Williams School.

Children's Liturgy of the Word
Children's Liturgy of the Word will be held next Sunday, March 22, at the 9:30am Mass.

Lenten Movie Afternoon for Grades 5 & 6
Lenten Movie Afternoon for Grades 5 & 6 will be held on Thursday, March 26th from 1:30-4pm in Fr. Crawford Hall. Admission will be a bag of rice for Kid’s Café in Hartford. Pizza & soda will be available for $1.00 per slice. Popcorn will be offered free of charge. Registration forms are at the exits. Call Filomena Marinelli at 721-0538 for more information.

3rd & 4th Grade Retreats Cancelled
The third grade and fourth grade retreats have been cancelled.

Catholic Relief Services Lenten Program
Operation Rice Bowls…They are available at the exits.

Special Spring Holiday Cleaning for Easter
If you are able to volunteer an hour or two of your time to prepare our worship space for the glory of Eastertime, call Toni Munoz at 563-9720. Dates are Saturday, March 28th and Saturday, April 4th both at 9:30am.

Basketball Awards Banquet
Our Incarnation Basketball Teams will celebrate their wonderful season at an awards banquet on Monday, March 30th at 6pm in Fr. Crawford Hall. A note to all parents: If you would like, you are invited to bring a dessert. Thank you.

Catholic High School Scholarships
The Church of the Incarnation awards two scholarships annually for parishioners entering area Catholic High Schools. Deadline to submit applications is April 1st. Call Noranne Wamester for application 529-6765.

Day of Reflection
In preparation for Easter our Small Christian Community groups invite you to join us for a Day of Reflection on Thursday, April 2nd at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington. Noranne Wamester will guide through our day. For reservations contact Gilda at 563-9848 or Betty at 563-9274.

Easter Communion Regulation
Catholics are obliged to receive Communion at least once between the 1st Sunday of Lent & Trinity Sunday.

Mercy High School, Middletown, CT
Please join us for Discover Mercy on Saturday, April 4th from 9am-12:45pm. The program is open to 6th and 7th grade girls and parents. Activities, food and fun! Call 860-346-6659.

Women's Club Communion Breakfast
The Women's Club Communion Breakfast, will be held on Sunday, April 26th immediately following the 11:00am Mass. Cost is $19.50 per person which includes a delicious breakfast buffet at the Marriott Hotel in Rocky Hill at 12:15pm. Guest speaker, Regina Cram, a writer for The Catholic Transcript, will join us to share her story, "The Journey of a Lifetime: Kicking and Screaming into the Catholic Church". Don't miss this delightful speaker who uses humor to engage her audiences as she talks about God’s hand in our spiritual journey. Reservations can be made by calling Laura Decker at 721-8284.

Are you being called to the Priesthood or Religious? If you would like more information please call Fr. Michael Dolan at the Archdiocesan Vocation Office at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield 286-
7670 or on the web:

Men’s Association New York Yankees Bus Trip Update
We have been in contact with the Yankees representatives for the past few months and have not been able to confirm a date as of yet. Please continue to check this bulletin for more information. Thank you for your patience.

Liturgy Environment
In today’s Gospel, we move closer to Easter: "the Passover of the Jews was near." Jesus becomes angry when the temple, which is to be a house of prayer, is turned into a place of business. He drives the merchants our of the Temple, then he sits down to teach them instead. The real Temple, he tells them, is His body—the Word made Flesh. The ending of the reading is very telling: Jesus "did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He Himself understood it well." Jesus knows that before long, He will be crucified by the hatred of human being; He also knows that He will be raised up again by the love of God.