Our Lady of Hope News

UPDATE on live-streaming

Sunday Masses are still live streamed.  The 9:30am Mass on Sundays will be live-streamed.  


All Souls' Day

Tuesday, November 2 is All Souls’ Day.  Father Michael will celebrate an additional Mass at 11:00am in the chapel at Village Cemetery in New Hartford. Please see Father Michael’s announcement for further information. 

There are All Souls’ envelopes at the back of the churches, where you may write the names of your loved ones, which will be placed on the altars during the month of November.  The Books of Remembrance will also be displayed during the month at the front of the Churches. 


Mass of Remembrance

On Sunday, November 7, our annual Mass of Remembrance will take place at 9:30am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and at 11:30am at Immaculate Conception Church.

At both of these Masses, there will be a special remembrance for all those who have died since October 2020  – parishioners and loved ones of parishioners.  A list of their names will be placed on the altar and their names also will be read aloud in memoriam during the prayers of the faithful, at the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses.

All who attend one of these Masses are invited to bring a small photo or memento of your loved one to place on the table in front of the altar.   Please remember to take your photo/memento home with you after Mass.

Please join us in memory of all those loved ones called home to God during the past year. 


Our Lady of Hope Hospitality-It's back!

Coffee hour will begin Sunday, October 3 after the 9:30 am Mass at IHOM. Please come and join us for fellowship and some great desserts. If anyone is interested in baking for the coffee hour or for special events, please call Marilyn Roy - 860.806.2901.  Thanks.


Social Concerns Ministry Outreach

This year the Social Concerns Ministry will be donating turkeys to needy families for Thanksgiving. These families are from several different agencies in Torrington and Harwinton: Fish, Friendly Hands, Catholic Charities, the Bronc Callahan Fund and families that our ministry deals with directly. Donations can be made the weekends of November 6 and 7; and November 13 and 14. The collections will be in front of the IHOM church before mass.  Parishioners can give turkeys to volunteers before entering Church. Fixings for the dinners: boxed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, canned fruit, cranberry sauce, apple juice, cake mixes and frosting, pie mixes and filling can be placed in the red wagon. Donations for non-perishable items will also be collected at ICC in the Bell Tower, there will also be a cooler for turkeys.  On behalf of the Social Concerns Ministry, we want to thank you for your generosity the entire year. You have helped make our donations successful to Two Hearts, the Junior Dress for Success, Fish, Friendly Hands, the Bronc Callahan Fund, Catholic Charities, the Harwinton Food Pantry, and our own families. If any parishioner himself or knows of a family that needs food assistance, please contact the parish office. 


Social Justice Speaker Series—SAVE THE DATE!

The first in a series of presentations on social justice issues in our community will take place on Monday, November 8th at 6:30 PM at the Social Center at Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Julie Scharnberg, Vice President of Community Engagement for the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, will speak about “Food Insecurity in the Northwest Corner” and what the Foundation does to support the hungry in our midst. 

This presentation is designed to promote and support the Thanksgiving Food Drive being conducted by our own Social Concerns Committee.  Admission is free—but bring a canned good as your “ticket”.  See list of suggested foods needed in the Committee’s announcement in this bulletin.


Blood Drive at Immaculate Heart of Mary

Join Our Lady of Hope and help save lives at a community blood drive at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Social Center.   — Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. The blood drive will take place on Thursday, November 11th  from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

The need for blood is constant, but only 3 percent of the U.S. population donates. By rolling up a sleeve, donors can play a critical role in the treatment of accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass®online health history questionnaire found at RedCrossBlood.org/rapidpassis encouraged to help speed up the donation process. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 



That Man is You! Honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers.

September 15, 2021



6:00 am @ IHOM Social Center

Join us for breakfast, video review and group discussion.  Please call John L. @ 203.623.3474 with any questions


Women of Faith and Hope  --  (a.k.a. WBS)

Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Jesus is our savior, our redeemer, our Lord, and our God. Our belief in Jesus is what makes us who we are as Catholics, as Christians, but do we really know him as we should? Is Jesus a part of your life, or is he at the center of your life as he should be? I invite you to make him the center of your life by joining us for Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life, a 10-week video study program that explores the entirety of Jesus’ life and what he means for us as Catholics today. Our Lady of Hope Parish will begin the Jesus study on September 23rd at 7pm in the Social Center, Harwinton. Participants will meet every week to view an engaging video presentation by Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and Edward Sri, followed by a lively group discussion and fellowship. For more information to obtain a study guide contact Melissa by 9/9 at 860-459-6679 or Missykh2@gmail.com. I hope you can join us! Woman of all ages are invited. Study guides take up to 2 weeks to arrive.




2021 Archbishop's Annual Appeal

Reaching Out, Healing Together

The 2021 Archbishop's Annual Appeal is integral to the mission and services of the Archdiocese of Hartford. As in the past, this year's efforts will create new opportunities and expand existing services for those living and working within the Northern, Western, and Southern Vicariates.  Additionally, the Appeal ensures the funding necessary so that our vital ministries, seminarians, retired clergy, catholic schools and agencies continue to thrive serving thousands throughout the Archdiocese.  

Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St. Joseph”

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from December 8, 2020, to December 8, 2021.  "We need only ask Saint Joseph for the grace of graces: our conversion. Let us now make our prayer to him:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen."

Given in Rome, at Saint John Lateran, on 8 December, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the year 2020, the eighth of my Pontificate.



The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This faith formation program is available to non-Catholic adults and young adults past the age of reasoning who wish to become members of the Catholic Church, and to Catholic adults and young adults past the age of reasoning who have not yet received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation.  Classes meet on a weekly basis, and can be begun at any time.  Contact Father Michael (860-379-5215) if you are interested. Young adults under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

Online Giving Message

We are proud to announce that Our Lady of Hope is keeping up with technology, and now has the ability for online giving.  Contributions can be made to the parish online safety via an encrypted website.  Online giving makes it easy when you are unable to attend Mass.  It's real simple to do.  Here are two simple ways:

     1.  Sign up here at the website.  Click on the "online giving" button that is found on the home page.  For the first time user, just click on "create new account".  This is a one-time account set-up.  This allows you to make donations to the church with options as a one-time gift or recurring.

     2.  The second way for accessing online giving is from your phones. Simply download the app for free from Apple or Google stores.  The name of the app is "Online Giving by Our Sunday Visitor".  From there it's the same login process as the website.





Upcoming Events

Please see Event Calendar for further details









Online Giving

Online Giving

Secure and Convenient Donate now!