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Summer concert series begins on the Green
 
 
The crowd takes in Wednesday's concert by the Renegades. BZ photo
 
The Litchfield Parks and Recreation Department’s summer concert series kicked off on June 12 at 7 with a concert by the Renegades on the Litchfield Green.
 
The 7 p.m. concerts are free to the public. There are no dogs allowed at the concerts, unless they are service dogs. No alcohol is allowed on the Green and all trash must be carried out.
 
Concert schedule:
 
June 19 – The Kerry Boys
 
June 26 – Last Fair Deal
 
July 3 – Stache
 
July 10 – Ian Campbell
 
July 17 – South Road
 
July 24 – RPM
 
July 31 – The Apricot Brandy
 
Aug. 7 – The Loft
 
Aug. 14 – Potter’s Field
 
Aug. 21 – The Wool Hats
 
 
June 9 sermon of the Rev. Robert F. Tucker,
St. Louis de Montfort Parish, Litchfield
 
COME HOLY SPIRIT
 
A baby in the arms of her Dad in church seemed to have just found her voice and was testing its volume. Her embarrassed father was trying to quell her enthusiasm with a binky, a bottle, a toy but nothing would quiet her. Pushing back all attempts to be quiet, she was enjoying her new toy, the ability to make noise, draw attention and be herself and the new boundary her voice offered her. It was a WOW experience for dad and the church congregation as he tried to quell the new spirit of the baby!
 
So, for the Christian Churches, this day is the Feast of Pentecost or fifty days after Easter and Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit – it is to be our WOW experience. The Holy Spirit arrives with wind and fire, and clamors to impart power upon the apostles and Mary. We all dare to pray in the Responsorial Psalm, “Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.” We all need the hope and joy of the Spirit to confront the challenges of life.
 
Just as the young girl in our story found her new gift of her voice, so the Holy Spirit comes to energize God’s people. The Spirit comes to call us to use the gifts and fruits of the Spirit uniquely gifted on each one of us to bring about change by love and forgiveness just as the baby tested her volume and was delighted in her discovery. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are - wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. The Holy Spirit is the Advocate encouraging every disciple to discern and share their gifts without distinctions. The Holy Spirit includes all races, genders, nationalities and cultures. “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jew or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we drink of the one Spirit.’’
 
As Catholics, we dare to pray, “Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.” Along with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we pray and hope for what are called the fruits of the Spirit namely; charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity. Just hearing this list we know how badly we all need these gifts to be practiced by ourselves and others to make this a better world. Just as the baby testing her voice so may we take some time this week to test out living and acting on these fruits of the Holy Spirit to find our true home in the Lord.
 
 
 
Baroque concerts being held at St. Anthony of Padua
 
The Litchfield Music Association is presenting the New Baroque Soloists led by Douglas Myers in a series of four concerts at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Litchfield in June.
 
Concerts will be held June 13, 20 and 27 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., each with a reception afterward with the musicians.  Works by Bach, Handel, Quantz, Vivaldi, etc. will be presented. The suggested donation at the door is $20.
 
 
Writers Guild to hold annual June coffee house

Richard Benton, a writer from Milton, and the Litchfield Writers Guild he directs will host a 16th annual June coffee house on Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Litchfield Community Center.
Members of the writers’ guild will read original stories, essays and memoirs for the audience. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be available. Pianist Hank Milligan will perform before the readings. For more information, contact Benton at robenton@optonline.net.
 
 
Children’s Book Department at Church Book Store
A room devoted to children’s books is open at the Litchfield Congregational Church book store.  Children’s books are a real bargain – 50¢ for soft cover and $1 for hardcover books. Or, for $10, shoppers can fill a box with as many books as will fit and it’s OK if they stick out the top.  A special promotion is available to area teachers to help them stock their classrooms.
 
  
 
The store is open on Saturdays from 10 to 3 and on Sunday afternoons.  It is located in the basement of the church, located on the Green at 21 Torrington Road.
 
  
Litchfield Community Café
Senior Lunches ~ Monday–Friday
@ Litchfield Community Center
Over the age of 60, and live in or visiting the Litchfield area? Why not stop in and have lunch at our beautiful Litchfield Community Café located in the Litchfield Community Center? The Litchfield Community Café serves congregate lunch Mondays through Fridays! (Fridays are meatless Fridays!) For a suggested donation of only $4.00, you can enjoy a hot, delicious nutritious meal including milk, coffee or tea and dessert! Reservations required by noon the day before. For the current menu, further information, or to make a reservation, please call 860-567-5746. Hope to see you there! 
 
 
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, office@stmichaels-litchfield.org, 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 Amrican 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