Litchfield News






Recent Sermons - Rev. Robert F. Tucker (St. Anthony's, Litchfield)
Recent Sermons - Rev. E. Bevan Stanley (St. Michael's, Litchfield)
Knights of Columbus Food Drive
St. Anthony’s Council, Litchfield
St. Anthony’s Council of the Knights of Columbus is conducting a food drive in memory of the late Dick Daupinais. Dick was a long time member of the Knights and an ardent volunteer supporter of multiple community causes. Collection boxes are available at Stop & Shop in Litchfield. The food wil be donated to local families in need and to the Community Soup Kitchen in Torrington where Dick worked as a volunteer for many years.
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
World War II United States
Navy veteran Chester Wright
Saturday, April 1 ~ 10:00 a.m.
@ Bantam Borough Hall
World War II Winsted Native to be honored April 1st in Bantam American Legion Post 44 of Bantam invites the general public to attend its monthly Veteran of the Month ceremony to honor World War II United States Navy veteran Chester Wright as the 342nd honored veteran on Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. in the Bantam Borough Hall on Route 202 in Bantam.

The ceremony will start with members of a Flag Detail retiring the honor flag United States Marine Corps Corporal Clifford Schmidt who was honored as the March Veteran of the Month. Click here for more details.

Lourdes in Litchfield
Spring Tag Sale
March 30 and 31 and  April 1 and 2
(Thursday through Sunday)
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Drop Off for Donated Items:   
March 28 and 29  from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This year the Spring Tag Sale is earlier
 than usual so please note changes.

April 2017 ~ Holy Week
Holy Week Celebrations will take place in the Grotto Chapel.
Palm Sunday Mass ~ Sunday, April 9 ~ 10:30 a.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper ~ Thursday, April 13 ~ 7:30 p.m.
Good Friday ~ Friday, April 14
Way of the Cross ~ 11:00 a.m.,  12:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion ~ 7:30 p.m.
Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection
Saturday, April 15 ~ 8:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday Mass
Sunday, April 16 ~10:30 a.m.
Lourdes in Litchfield
Montfort Missionaries 
50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield
Lourdes in Litchfield is located on Route 118
approximately a half mile to the east
of the Litchfield Green 
Ecumenical Lenten Soup Supper
Tuesday, April 4 ~ 6:00-8:00 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bantam
Free to the public and all are welcome.
 Sacred Chant Workshop for Women
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
St. Michael's, Litchfield
Dr. Marguerite Mullée will be offering a five week workshop in singing Chant on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. beginning March 21 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield.

The group will present a Good Friday Chant Meditation including the chanted Passion, motets and chants from Anglican, Roman and Orthodox traditions on April 14 at 12 Noon.
Dr. Mullée is Music Director at St. Michael’s Parish and a specialist in Chant and vocal pedagogy.

Chant is truly the music of the people and this workshop will explore the wonderful diversity of chant. Topics include vocal technique focusing on breath support and legato singing, reading Gregorian notation, different forms of psalmody, and an historic overview of Chant in the Christian Church.
The fee is $95 and includes all materials. For more information, or to register, please contact or call 860-927-5265St. Michael’s Parish is located at 25 South Street, just off the Litchfield Green. St. Michael's - BZ Page
Walk the Stations of the Cross
Fridays, March 3 - April 13 ~ 12:00 p.m.
St. Michael's, Litchfield
St. Michael’s Parish welcomes all to “Walk the Way of the Cross” during Lent. Visitors will be provided a bulletin and a guide will lead the way for St. Michael's Stations of the Cross each Friday at Noon, beginning on Friday, March 3 through April 13.
In front of each station the relative Gospel or another scripture text is read accompanied by a prayer. Visitors are invited to walk at their own leisure or remain in the church for personal reflection. St. Michael's - BZ Page
Good Friday Chant Meditation
Friday, April 14 ~ 12:00 p.m.
@ St. Michael's in Litchfield
St. Michael’s Women’s Chant Group will present a Chant Meditation including the chanted Passion, motets and chants from Anglican, Roman and Orthodox traditions. St. Michael’s is located at 25 South Street (Route 63-S) just off the Litchfield Green. For details, call 860-567-4456. St. Michael's - BZ Page
Hospice Volunteer Training Program
hosted by VNA Northwest
scheduled for one afternoon each week
May 2 - June 20, 2017
Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice care philosophy. A skilled team addresses the clinical, social, psychological and spiritual considerations of the patient and family.  

As part of that team, volunteers provide comfort and reassurance at a patient's bedside, share a laugh and a smile, run an errand for family members, or provide assistance with tasks such as paperwork, laundry or meal preparation. Volunteers can fill the gaps between visits from loved ones and professional caregivers to make sure the patient does not feel alone.

This spring, VNA Northwest will sponsor a Hospice Volunteer Training Program. Participants will learn how to provide support to terminally ill patients and their families. Featured speakers will include physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, spiritual and bereavement counselors. Click here for more details.

Veteran of the Month Ceremony
World War II United States Marine
Corporal Clifford L. Schmidt
American Legion Post 44 of Bantam honored World War II United States Marine Corporal Clifford L. Schmidt as the 341st honored veteran on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Bantam Borough Hall. Clifford was a past member of the Disabled Veterans of America and Post 27 of the American Legion of Litchfield, Connecticut, where he served as Post Chaplain. ~ BZ photos
During the summer break of 1940, while working on the family farm, it is remembered that a Navy recruiter visited the farm and, after listening to the recruiter for a while, his father stated, "Of my six boys, take this one. He wants to get an education."  
He served with Baker Battery of the 5th Artillery. They served in defense of the Midway Islands from December of 1941 to March 11, 1943.  He acted as a forward observer directing artillery fire during the June 4th and 5th, 1942, Battle of Midway.  Click here for more details.