FARMINGTON – The Church of St. Patrick will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination of its pastor, Father Thomas J. Barry, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. June 3 at the Farmington Country Club.
It will feature live music, hors d'oeuvres, pasta and carving stations, dessert and coffee. Beer and wine will be included; a cash bar will be available. Tickets cost $50. Reservations are required.
A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. June 4. It will be broadcast in the hall if the church is filled to capacity. A potluck picnic will follow. Attendees will bring food items to share. Ham and turkey will be provided, as will beer, wine, soda and water. The picnic is free but free-will donations will be accepted and will be presented to Father Barry as a gift from the parish. Registration is necessary.
Father Barry was born in Hartford and attended St. Joseph Cathedral School and then St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, N.Y. He was ordained in Hartford on May 4, 1967. He received his degree in canon law from Gregorian University in Rome in 1973.
Father Barry has been a member of the presbyteral council of the Archdiocese of Hartford and also has served several times as a member, secretary and judge on the archdiocesan metropolitan tribunal of the Archdiocese of Hartford as member, secretary and judge.
Father Barry also taught a course in Roman Catholic Polity at Yale Divinity School for five years, and he is the president of the MJB Corporation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on economic development in the disadvantaged areas of the city of Hartford.
Father Barry has served as pastor of St. Dunstan in Glastonbury, St. Mary in Newington and St. John of the Cross in Middlebury until March 23, 2011, when he was appointed to St. Patrick. At St. Patrick, he has committed himself to encouraging young people to be active in the faith, according to a press release.
“So many parishes do not have active participation on the part of the young,” he said, and he has vowed to change that and bring more young people into the Church through programs. “Teenage spiritual development is crucial to the life and future of the parish,” he added
For more information or to register for either of the anniversary celebrations, visit www.stpatsfarm.org, or call the parish office at (860) 677-2639.