HARTFORD, Conn. — On July 29, St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church here embarked on its fifth Annual Sunset Cruise and Evening of Reflection sponsored by the Women of Hope Ministry.
The day started out raining and poured all during the drive to Mystic, Conn. Once our group arrived at the dock, it cleared up, and the Argia, a replica of a 19th century gaff-rigged schooner, set sail for a two-hour sunset cruise down the Mystic River and into Fisher’s Island Sound.
It turned out to be a beautiful evening on the water. Our dinner was prepared by Sebastian Kolodziej, chef and manager of the House of Bread, who served as we sailed down the river.
Once in the Sound, we held our evening prayer service. Guardian and pastor Thomas Gallagher, OFM, offered a reflection. Since the day was the feast of Saint Martha, Tom reflected on Martha and Mary and their unique gifts. While concluding our prayer with instrumental music, we watched the sun set.
All 47 passengers enjoyed the sharing of prayer and a wonderful community dinner together. The photo behind the picture above shows Michael Jones, OFM, with parishioner Fran D’Amico (to his right).
— Patricia Curtis is a pastoral associate at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.