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March 25th, 2016

Easter Religious Services

by Christopher O'Brien
Souce: Sharefaith Clipart

Souce: Sharefaith Clipart

Several local churches will be holding services from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday this week:


Catholic Community

Holy Thursday – 7:00 pm  – St. Maria Goretti Church

Good Friday – 3:00 pm  – St. Maria Goretti Church

Holy Saturday – 8:00 pm – St. Maria Goretti Church

Easter Sunday – 9:30 pm – St. Pius X Church



Easter Sunrise – 7:00 am Mill Plain Union Church, Southmayd Rd. Waterbury

Easter Worship –   9:00 and 11:00 am Wolcott Congregational Church


Non Denominational

Christ Church,

10:00 am – 16 Town Line Rd.

Wolcott Community Bible Church – 5 Charles St.

9:30 – Prayer Service

11:00 – Worship

October 4th, 2015

Guide to Wolcott Churches

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott has several faith communities and opportunities for worship. Residents are invited to attend services in town and become active in their faith communities. The town has a history of communal service to all residents through eccumenical services that are held on the Green from time to time. For instance, at 1 pm this Sunday, October 4th there will be a Blessing of the Animals. (Must be vaccinated and on leashes!).


Here are links to each of Wolcott’s Church community websites:

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church     website  bulletin

St. Pius X Catholic Church   website  bulletin

Wolcott Congregational Church   website

All Saints Episcopal Church   website  monthly newsletter

Christ Church    website

Wolcott Community Bible Church   website


October 4th, 2015

Catholic Services Move, Families Counted

by Christopher O'Brien

The Catholic mass schedule between St. Pius and St. Maria Goretti Churches will be adjusted during the autumn months.

The Saturday 4:00 pm Vigil Mass will be at St. Maria Goretti Church during October, November, and December. The parish councils of both parishes agreed to this quarterly rotation last year when Fr. Kevin Donovan was assigned to minister to both of Wolcott’s Catholic churches. The Saturday mass will return again to St. Pius in January.

Sunday’s 8:30 service at St. Pius X and the 10:30 am service at St. Maria Goretti do not rotate and remain the same.

The weekday 8:00 am mass will remain at St. Pius X. It is more cost efficient to keep that mass there during the cooler months. The lower end of town also receives less snow.

Census Returns
A census of both parishes

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December 21st, 2013

Holy Land Cross Installed Above City

by Christopher O'Brien

A crane operated by Industrial Riggers hoists the cross onto rocky Pine Hill Friday afternoon. View from East Mountain. | Photo: Leslie Wolfgang


By Chris O’Brien | The Wolcott Whisper

WATERBURY  –  Steelworkers and welders worked past sunset to ready the unveiling of a 16 ton Christmas gift to the Brass City Friday evening. The landmark Holy Land cross will be formally lit on Sunday evening at 6 pm, although thousands of area residents got a sneak preview as builders briefly tested the LED lights on the cross.

Welders from Pisani Steel work weld a supporting frame onto the cross late Friday

Welders from Pisani Steel work weld a supporting frame onto the cross late Friday

The cross – 16 tons with 5,000 LED’s and made entirely through donated time and money – was welded together on Thursday and hoisted onto an 8 foot thick cement base Friday afternoon. Pisani Steel of Naugatuck donated the steel and welding for the project, estimated at $300,000. This is the fourth cross to stand at the site originally built by John Greco, an attorney who’s dream was to transform Pine Hill into a diorama of the real Bethlehem and Jerusalem to embody the life of Jesus Christ from 2,000 years ago. Hundreds of buildings dotted the hill, made largely from donated and recycled steel and cardboard. Chicken wire, used heaters, cement and former appliances from friends contributed to other areas of the site. Statues from a Worlds Fair, as well as one blessed by the Pope were installed at the site. Despite the humble beginnings and dream of one man, HolyLand became a popular attraction for over 40,000 pilgrims every year. A devout Catholic, Greco enlisted his family in building the religious attraction as an act of devotion. A sign placed on the site read:

“A group of dedicated men present a pictorial story of the life of Christ from the cradle to the Cross—it is our prayerful wish that the project will provide a pleasant way to increase your knowledge of God’s Own Book and bring you closer to Him.”

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December 17th, 2013

Cross Lighting in HolyLand Sunday

by Christopher O'Brien

HolylandCrossThe day has fianlly arrived.

Waterbury’s landmark beacon of hope to thousands in the region will finally be installed this week and its new LED lights will be turned on Sunday evening. Everyone is welcome to attend a dedication mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on South Main Street on Sunday, December 22nd at 4:30 pm. Following the mass, crowds will gather behind the church on South Elm Street at 6:00 pm for the lighting. Afterwards, the public is invited for food and refreshiments at the Maloney Magnet School which is also on South Elm Street.

The organization restoring the Holy Land site is also selling ornaments online and at retail locations around the area.

Online orders for the pewter and  brass ornaments can be placed here.

Vendors selling the ornaments can be found here.