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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 17, 1891 when Bishop Lawrence S. McMahon dedicated St. Bernard Church, Enfield.
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barry thomasFather Thomas J. Barry

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, or call the parish office at (860) 677-2639.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.