Litchfield News




Wreaths Across America
Saturday, December 16 ~ 12:00 pm
All Wars Memorial, Bantam
Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed at the All Wars Memorial on Route 202 in Bantam, CT to: REMEMBER all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served; HONOR their sacrifices; and TEACH our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed at the All Wars Memorial during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously all across the Country.

The Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor and conduct the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, December 16th, starting at 12 Noon. Color Guard members of the Sons of the American Revolution will perform a musket salute.
The All Wars Memorial is in the front of Bantam Cemetery which is located on Rte. 202 in the Bantam section of Litchfield, next to Our Lady of Grace Church (715 Bantam Road / Rte. 202).
Celebration and Reception Honoring
Sister Rosemarie Greco, DW
Sunday, December 17 ~ 2:00-5:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center announces a celebration of gratitude for 27 years of service to Wisdom House and the Litchfield Community for retiring Executive Director, Rosemarie Greco, DW, on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 2-5 pm.   There will be a short program from 3:00-3:30 pm.  

Sister Greco, a native of Brooklyn, NY,  entered the novitiate of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield in 1963.  She holds an MA degree in Theology from Manhattan College, NY and completed Doctoral Studies in Theology at the Pontifical University Marianum, and the Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, Ohio. She studied Liturgical Music composition at Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana.  In the mid-1960s, she began composing music for the Catholic liturgy which was later published and recorded by the Daughters of Wisdom.
Prior to serving at Wisdom House, she was Diocesan Director of Religious Education in Pueblo, Colorado, lecturer in church history, Katigondo National Seminary and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and Catechist Trainer in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY. Sister Greco’s homily commentaries and scripture reflections have been published by the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, Quest (Archdiocese of Hartford)and other pastoral ministry publications and aired on WJMJ 88.9 FM. She was the Wisdom Correspondent  for Hartford's Conference of Churches' program, "Rich Answers" on WRCH 100.5 FM.
Sister Greco was a member of the Daughters of Wisdom Board of Directors, the National Advisory Committee for Adult Education and the National Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education.
Since beginning her ministry in Litchfield, she has held membership and board positions with the Community Council of Northwest Connecticut and the Litchfield County Women’s Network. She joined the Litchfield Area Business Association, and the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut. She also has served on the Town of Litchfield’s Plan of Conservation & Development, its Ethics Committee, and Commission for the Aging. Since 1994, she has been a volunteer interfaith chaplain at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Torrington.
Sister Greco held the position of Executive Director at Wisdom House from 1990-2017. Wisdom House was the first retreat house inConnecticut to have an outdoor labyrinth and a  permanent art gallery (Marie Louise Trichet Gallery).  She initiated the installation of solar panels at Wisdom House, contemporary chapel art windows, and renovation of the historic Spruce Brook Barn. In 1999, she introduced the annual Wisdom Award celebration honoring the lives and service of area volunteers.
During her tenure she has been responsible for making the center an inclusive interfaith and intercultural retreat center for organizations seeking  accommodations and meeting space.  She spearheaded the evolution of the center as a locus for creative programs in the arts, interfaith understanding, education in contemporary issues, and labyrinth experiences.  Sister Greco also initiated guidelines for environmental sustainability which affected many facets of the retreat center’s operations and mission.

The public is invited to attend.
Please RSVP by December 10
by calling (860) 567-3163
Wisdom House is located at:
229 East Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT

Veteran of the Month Ceremony
Bantam American Legion Post #44
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Bantam Borough Hall
~ photo by Eileen Schmidt
Korean War Era Veteran, U. S. Army Corporal Loren Moore
On Saturday, December 2nd, American Legion Post 44 of Bantam honored United States Army Corporal Loren Walter Moore formerly of New Milford, Connecticut. 

Corporal Moore served in Hawaii and Alaska with Battery A of the 450th AA Battalion. He was the 351st veteran to be honored and this was the 338th ceremony to salute a Veteran of the Month. Click here for more details.

St. Louis de Montfort Parish
St. Anthony in Litchfield
Christmas Eve ~ 4:00 pm & 10:00 pm
Christmas Day ~ 8:00 am & 10:45 am
St. Thomas in Goshen
Christmas Eve ~ 4:00 pm
Christmas Day ~ 9:15 am
Our Lady of Grace in Bantam
Christmas Eve ~ 4:00 pm
Christmas Day ~ 9:00 am
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s 
needs your donations
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s is a success: since starting this spring, an increasing number of our neighbors come to the Community House the third Saturday of each month. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we distribute much-needed canned and packaged food, fresh bread, eggs and vegetables, and frozen meals. In October our neighbors took away over 1200 lbs. of food.
The good news is that the racks are empty. The bad news is that the racks are empty. People needed all the food we had. The Food Pantry is appealing to you to help fill the shelves each month.  The Pantry needs your support to supply our community’s needs.  
The pantry needs: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oats, rice, tuna, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, lentils, beans, granola bars, powered drink mix, pasta, juice, condiments, frozen vegetables, chicken, hamburger patties, coffee and tea, dish and clothes detergent, toilet paper and paper towels
We invite you to help provide our neighbors with the food they need. You can donate food, you can donate cash, and you can donate time.  You can help with purchasing, collecting and delivering food, stocking the shelves, or assisting on the third Saturday of each month.  The church is always open, and you can drop off donations any time in the north pews.
You can contact St. Michael’s at 860-567-9465,, and mail checks made out to  St. Michael’s, with “Food Pantry” on the memo line, to PO Box 248, Litchfield, CT  06759. St. Michael's - BZ page

The Veterans of American Legion Post 44
are collecting information on women veterans.
The veterans of American Legion Post 44 in Bantam are collecting names stories and photographs of women who have, or are serving, in the military. This information will be added to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Women’s Memorial is dedicated to all military women — past, present and future. If you would like to add yourself or a veteran from your family (deceased or living) please see Master Sergeant Linda Searles at the Saturday, December 2nd Veteran of the Month ceremony in the Bantam Borough Hall. The ceremony to honor a veteran starts at 10 am, social and light refreshments will follow. She can also email you the form. Contact Linda at lindaarmyveteran@gmail.
Warren Food Bank
Open 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warren Community Center
Warren residents should contact Leah Pullaro
860-868-7881 ext. 114. for more information.

For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113