Litchfield News






(St. Louis de Montfort Parish, Litchfield)
Sundaes on Fridays
Friday, August 18 ~ 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Warren Congregational Church
Parish Hall
Make your own Sundae or Root Beer Float. Play games, Sit around a Camp Fire, Visit with old friends and make new ones. There will be outdoor games if the weather permits or indoor games in game of inclement weather. Invite your family and friends. "What a great opportunity for adults and children of Warren to meet and have a great evening."
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113
A Summer Evening at Montfort House
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Lourdes in Litchfield
50 Montfort Rd. Rte. 118, Litchfield
Join us for a fundraising event on the terraces of Montfort House, with cocktails and fine hors d’oeuvres from local produce and the company of good friends. $50 per person. Reservations and payment by Saturday, August 12. Contact: Lori Buchas at 860 485-0279 or

Jen Chapin Trio Benefit Concert
to end hunger
Saturday, August 26 ~7:00 p.m.
St. Michael's Parish
25 South St, Litchfield
Jen Chapin, singer, songwriter, and activist, will bring her trio, with Stephan Crump on acoustic bass and Jamie Fox on electric guitar, to Litchfield to perform a concert to benefit WhyHunger and several local organizations that are providing food to those in need. She continues the work of her late father, Harry Chapin, who founded WhyHunger in 1975 to end hunger and bring justice to all.

The benefit concert will take place at St. Michael's Parish,
25 South St, Litchfield, on Saturday, August 26 at 7 p.m.  

Admission is $20. Additional donations are welcome.  
All the proceeds of the concert will be shared by
WhyHunger, The Goshen Green Garden, Food Rescue
US NWCT, and the Food Pantry at St Michael's.  
A reception following the concert will offer more information
 about these groups and how to support their work.

WhyHunger champions innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty.  The Goshen Green Garden grows and donates fresh food from its garden.  Volunteers from Food Rescue US NWCT pick up food that would otherwise be wasted, and deliver it to local food pantries and soup kitchens.  The Food Pantry at St Michael's opens its doors on the third Saturday of the month to provide non-perishable food, frozen meals and fresh baked goods, eggs and vegetables to all in need.  Click here for more details.
Monthly Family Breakfast
Sunday, August 27 ~ 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
5 Old Middle St., Goshen
$7.00 per Adult / $3.00 per child under 12
Phone: 860-491-2793
Office Hours: Tues. - Thurs. 10am-12pm

CPL Gerald Jason Roberts honored as 
August 2017 Veteran of the Month 
A Torrington native who was killed in combat during the Vietnam War was honored as veteran of the month by American Legion Post 44 of Bantam on Saturday.
Gerald Roberts Jr., who served in the Army, was recognized by Post 44 in a ceremony at Bantam Borough Hall. A flag presented to Roberts’ five siblings will fly over the All Wars Memorial in Bantam in his honor until Sept. 2.
Receiving the flag were his sisters, Joyce (Roberts) Fenn, Mary Roberts and Linda Sterling, and brothers Edward and Jack, all of Torrington. Roberts is also survived by his parents, Gerald and Nancy Roberts.
The ceremony concluded with Roberts’ siblings receiving on his behalf the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal. The medal was presented by Harry Conklin of Suffern, N.Y., who served with Roberts and was with him when he was killed on the battlefield on Aug. 31, 1967.
Conklin and Roberts met in Vietnam in the spring of 1967 while serving with the Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Division.
Conklin was discharged from service in 1968 and made no attempt to contact Roberts’ family. In 2004, he received an email from Roberts’ niece, Gerri Roberts, who was attempting to gather information about her uncle’s service in Vietnam.
Six years later, Conklin traveled to Torrington to visit the Roberts family.
Roberts was born June, 23, 1946, attended the Migeon Avenue School, and graduated from Torrington High School in 1966. After graduation, he went to work at Allied Grocers. 
Roberts enlisted in the Army on Nov. 29, 1966. Following basic training, Roberts was sent to Vietnam in May of 1967 and was assigned to 1st Air Cavalry Division.
Roberts earned a Purple Heart when he received leg shrapnel wounds in June of 1967. After hospitalization, he returned to his unit.
The news of Roberts’ death resulted in shock and grief in Torrington, which had already lost four men in the war. The Gold Star Mothers the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Italian American War Veterans and the public rallied in support of the Roberts family.
Roberts posthumously received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star, The Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal.  His name appears on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., and his remains are interned at the New Saint Francis Cemetery in Torrington.

Food Pantry Open
@ St. Michael’s in Litchfield
St. Michael’s Parish is currently collecting donations from its own members as well as those in the greater Litchfield community in order to stock a food pantry.
Rev. Deacon Amy Reichman
The pantry will be open the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and welcomes all who are affected by food insecurity issues. No registration is required. Once the scope of need is assessed, the pantry times could be expanded.  

To begin, nonperishables are being collected, but St. Michael’s plans to eventually accept fresh food items as well. Nonperishable items can be left in the Community House on the wire shelving in the foyer.

Volunteers from the greater Litchfield community are invited to help with stocking the pantry and in distributing food on Saturdays from 10 am-1 pm on May 20; and June 17. 
ContactRev. Deacon Amy Reichman
or call the Parish Office at 860-567-9465
weekdays from 10a.m-2pm