Father Joseph B. Whittel

August 23, 1938 - December 8, 2017


All services will be celebrated in the Church of St. Paul,

170 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, Connecticut

on the following dates and times.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Vigil for the Deceased with Reception at the Church

Father Whittel’s body will lie in state until 7:00p followed by a Parish Mass.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Funeral Mass

Forever Grateful for Your Service

Lord God, You chose our brother, Father Joseph B. Whittel, to serve Your people as a priest and to share the joys and burdens of their lives. Look with mercy on him. Give him the reward of his labors, and the fullness of life promised to those who preach Your holy Gospel. Grant that Father Whittel, who committed himself zealously to the service of Your name, may rejoice forever in the company of Your saints. We ask this through Christ our Lord.



WATERFORD - Rev. Joseph B. Whittel, 79, of Waterford and formerly of West Hartford, Pastor of St. Paul Church in Waterford, was called to eternal life with the Lord, on Friday December 8, 2017. He was born on August 23, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA. He was the son of the late Joseph and Anne (Heagney) Whittel. He was united in marriage to Eileen Kassebart on May 14, 1960 at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Queens, NY, who predeceased him on March 3, 1997. Prior to entering the priesthood, he worked for The Hartford Insurance Company, retiring after many years. Father Whittel was ordained a Deacon in 1979 in the Archdiocese of Hartford where he served at St. Peter Claver and Sacred Heart Parishes. He later studied for the priesthood at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree. Father Whittel was ordained to the priesthood September 13, 2003 by The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. He first served as Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Cathedral Parish, Norwich. He also served at: St. Mark Church in Westbrook, as Pastor of St. Mary in Jewett City and Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Quaker Hill, where his pastoral role would later expand to include St. John the Evangelist in Uncasville and Our Lady of Lakes in Oakdale. In 2012, Father Whittel was appointed Pastor of St. Paul in Waterford. In addition to his parochial assignments, Father Whittel was appointed as diocesan Vicar for Ministries in 2006. Father Whittel is survived by his four children, Pat Whittel, Joseph and his wife Kathryn Whittel, Karen and her husband Peter Lavoie, John and his wife Colleen Whittel; his eight grandchildren, Patrick, Kaelea and her husband Kevin, Margaret, Alexander, Benjamin, Austin, Liam, Eileen and a great grandson, Theodore; his brother, John and wife Julianne Whittel, and sister in-law, Mary Lou Cudahy and her husband Brian. He was also predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Whittel. Father Whittel's body will be received at St. Paul Church, 170 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, CT at 3:00pm on Wednesday, December 13. Guests will be received in the Church from 3:30 to 6:45pm, followed by a Parish Mass which will begin at 7:00pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 14 at 10:00am at St. Paul Church. A reception will be held in the church hall immediately following the Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Fr. Joseph Whittel Memorial Fund, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, 558 South Avenue, Weston, MA, 02493. Committal Services will take place on Friday at 11 am in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartfrod. The Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave. New London has been entrusted with his care.

US Bishops Call for Solidarity with Migrants on Our Lady of Guadalupe's Feast Day

Washington D.C.--(CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are encouraging Catholics to observe the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a day of solidarity with immigrants.

In the nation’s capital, a 12:10 p.m. Mass at St. Peter's Church will mark the Dec. 12 feast day. The Mass will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville of Washington, D.C.

Additionally, more than 55 events – including prayers services, Masses, and processions – will be held throughout the U.S. this month. These events, the bishops’ conference said, will honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and will “seek to honor the accomplishments, hopes, fears, and needs of all families who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life.”

“As we enter the Advent season and Christmas approaches, we are reminded of the unique role and importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a unifier and peacebuilder for communities,” said Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the migration committee at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“We honor her role as protectress of families, including those families separated and far from home,” he said in a Dec. 7 statement.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn, appeared to St. Juan Diego on the Hill of Tepeyac in Mexico City in 1531, during a time of conflict between the Spanish and the indigenous peoples.

Our Lady took the appearance of a pregnant native woman, wore clothing in the style of the indigenous community, and spoke to Juan Diego in the native language of Nahuatl.

She asked Juan Deigo to appeal to the local bishop to build a church on the site of the apparition, stating she wanted a place where she could reveal to the people the compassion of her son. Initially turned away by the bishop, Diego returned to site asking Our Lady for a sign to prove the authenticity of her message.

She instructed him to gather the Castilian roses that he found blooming on the hillside, despite the fact that it was winter, and present them to the Spanish bishop. Juan Diego filled his cloak – known as a tilma – with the flowers. When he presented them to the bishop, he found that an image of Our Lady was miraculously imprinted upon his tilma.

Today, nearly 500 years later, the bishops said, we should still remember Mary’s words to Juan Diego: “Let your face and heart not be troubled, don’t be afraid … Am I not here who am your mother?”