PLAINVILLE – The Christian season of Lent begins next week, with Ash Wednesday. For adherents, this marks a time of self-reflection, repentance and charitable giving.
For Plainville’s Bahá’ís faith community, its season of giving came about late late year.
On Nov. 27, 2021 Bahá’ís around the world marked the 100th anniversary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the eldest son of Bahá’u’lláh, the religion's founder.
Before Bahá’u’lláh died in 1892, he designated ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to become the interpreter of his teachings and leader of the faith, which centers on the oneness of humanity.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá "is considered an example of how we should be in the world; showing kindness and using our lives to be of service to others,” said Allissa Robinson, secretary of the spiritual assembly of the Bahá’ís of Plainville.
Bahá’ís have been active in Plainville since 1979. The small faith community – which numbers about 10 – honored ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's legacy by performing acts of service and kindness throughout the month of December.
The Bahá’ís encouraged all Plainville residents to join in the effort, resulting in many good deeds being done locally.
Plainville Funeral Home teamed with Axel’s Angels to collect gift cards for families spending the holidays at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. This was done in memory of Axel Jace Ouellette, a Plainville boy who died in 2019.
Funeral home owner Andrea Wasley helped Axel's family plan his memorial. “I have remained in contact with his family and will continue to support their efforts as they keep his memory alive,” Wasley said.
Other good deeds done in December included Girl Scout Troop 66043 making more than 100 cards for nursing home patients, and food pantry shelves being restocked.
Also, a holiday party was pulled together for members of PARC, a service for individuals with developmental disabilities.
“Our facility was set up beautifully, and our members enjoyed a traditional holiday feast ... in addition to festive cupcakes,” said Erica Donovan, executive director of PARC.
And thanks to a donation from the Plainville Knights of Columbus, PARC members received small gifts at the gathering.
“Our visitors with development disabilities were so grateful to be able to celebrate together,” said Donovan.
The PARC spread joy to others, as well.
Charles Kraut, a former Plainville resident, was a clock-maker, and many of his creations were donated to PARC, where they were colorfully painted.
When Kraut died in December, PARC saw to it that the timepieces would be displayed at his funeral, allowing his loved ones to enjoy his work.
Clearly, the Bahá’ís of Plainville accomplished their goal in December.
“We did it somewhat spontaneously this year,” Allissa Robinson said. “We hope to do a bit more next time that we do this.”