ENFIELD – “Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future” is the theme of Holy Family Parish’s 50th anniversary celebration, taking place Sept. 5 and 13.
It will begin with a family picnic from 6-10 p.m. Saturday on the parish grounds. It will include a barbecue, dancing to music pro-vided by a DJ and bounce houses. The picnic is open to the public.
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate a Mass in observance of the anniversary at 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at Holy Family Church.
A formal dinner will follow at the Nutmeg Restaurant, 297 So. Main St., East Windsor.
A proclamation has been prepared in observance of the parish's jubilee. The proclamation notes the following highlights:
• Holy Family Parish is located at 23 Simon Rd., Enfield and was founded on Sept.16, 1965, by Reverend Francis T. Kerwan.
• Holy Family has served the people of the Enfield community for 50 years.
• Father Kerwan faithfully served the families of Holy Family as pastor for 48 years and was known as a true father to his congregation.
• Holy Family celebrated its first Mass at Enfield High School on Sept. 19, 1965, and continued to celebrate in this location until its church was built.
• Upon purchasing Holy Family’s first rectory at 44 Simon Rd., in the Southwood Acres neighborhood of Enfield, families came together to spruce up the rectory and build a chapel in the garage, where daily Mass was celebrated until the church was completed.
• On July 9, 1967, Father Kerwan, together with the trustees of the church by his side, broke ground for Holy Family’s new sanctuary.
• On Nov. 9, 1968, Holy Family celebrated the formal dedication of its new place of worship with the Hartford Auxiliary Bishop John F. Hackett presiding.
• Throughout the past 50 years, Holy Family has dedicated itself to giving witness to and celebrating the presence of the risen Christ.
• Throughout the past 50 years Holy Family and its parishioners have reached out to the young and the old, the poor, the weak and the troubled, serving one another’s needs through love, concern and charity.
• Holy Family continues to grow in faith, love and charity under the prayerful leadership of Father Robert J. Rousseau, its pastor.
• Holy Family, on this 50th anniversary, celebrates the past and embraces the future.