The name Holy Cross Community was inspired by Rev. James Fitton, the intrepid missionary priest who served our Catholic ancestors for more than 50 years. Assigned to Hartford, Connecticut, in 1850, Father Fitton made frequent visits to Catholics throughout Eastern Connecticut to say Mass and administer sacraments—including our own community. He eventually founded a school that would be transformed into the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, thus inspiring the name of our faith community.
St. Michael the Archangel Church is a member of the Holy Cross Community, which consists of the Catholic churches of Stonington and North Stonington. Along with St. Michael, other parishes in this community are St. Mary Church in Stonington Borough, St. Patrick Church in Mystic, and St. Thomas More in North Stonington. The Holy Cross Community has been working together to discern how we can best support each other’s parishes, build community with each other, and best use our pastoral resources.
A pastoral planning committee was formed to reach these goals. Some of the activities that the committee has undertaken include:
- A shared bulletin for increased communication
- Lenten calendars for shared devotional opportunities
- Increased communication throughout the parishes on the community’s parochial school, St. Michael School
- A master calendar for all four parishes and the community school for scheduling
- The formation of a shared purchases committee to limit costs of common purchases among the parishes and the community school
- An annual community picnic for increased fellowship
The committee continues to meet to discuss new ideas and activities to support each other. If you have any questions on the pastoral planning process of the Holy Cross Community, please contact:
Sue Bove, St. Mary Church
Mark LaFleur, St. Patrick Church
Sandy Whewell, St. Michael Church
Ken Richards, St. Thomas More Church