Trumbull- The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) announces the addition of a beautiful new stained-glass window in the church. The window, dedicated and blessed on March 19, also the Solemnity of St. Joseph, depicts five women and five men who have lived in more recent times, and have lived lives of heroic, exemplary faithfulness to God.
“Intentionally located just beside the baptismal font, the window serves to highlight the important truth that through the Sacrament of Baptism comes the vocation to holiness in all the various states of life in the Church: marriage, single life, priesthood, and consecrated life,” says Joseph A. Marcello, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena.
Reflecting on the fact that St. Catherine’s Church includes many images of Bishops from the early Church and the founders of Religious orders, Father Marcello continues: “Seeing only images of people who lived so long ago and in states of life far removed from our own might give us the mistaken impression that becoming a saint – actually becoming a saint! – is not really meant for you or me. In this window, we see people who look a little more like us.”
The 10 Saints and Blesseds featured in the window are:
Saints Louis (1823-1894) and Zélie (1831-1877) Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, are depicted in the center of the window. They are the first married couple in history to be canonized together. Their liturgical feast day is July 12, their wedding anniversary.
Also depicted is Blessed Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus and a Connecticut diocesan priest, whose two younger brothers were also priests, and pastors of the territory that contained what is now St. Catherine of Siena Parish.
Another is Mother – now Saint – Teresa of Calcutta. People of every faith, and of none, instinctively recognized her thoroughgoing authenticity: hers was an intentional, lifelong response of heroic generosity to Jesus’ words: “Whatever you did to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.” Mother Teresa, who saw the worst of human suffering and who experienced extended periods of interior darkness herself, never tired of saying, with a big smile: “Never let anything so fill you with sorrow that you forget the joy of Christ risen.”
- Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: wife, mother, doctor
- Saint André Bessette: Religious Brother
- Blessed Chiara Luce Badano: young lay woman
- Saint John Henry Newman: priest and theologian
- Saint Josephine Bakhita: Religious Sister
- Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: young lay man
The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena warmly welcomes anyone who is new to our area, anyone who is searching for the truth, or anyone who is looking for a spiritual home. We are joyfully and faithfully Roman Catholic in belief and practice – a community of faith, worship, service, and formation – and with open hearts we invite all our brothers and sisters into a living and saving friendship with the Lord Jesus Christ, in the communion of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We are conveniently located at 220 Shelton Road in the Nichols area of Trumbull. Information at www.StCathTrumbull.com.