St. John Bosco Parish

What's New

 

 WELCOME TO
ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISH

 

On June 29, 2017 the three Catholic parishes of Branford (St. Mary, St. Therese, and St. Elizabeth) were united into one parish named St. John Bosco Parish. This new, united parish will have the use of two church buildings: St. Mary Church and St. Therese Church. While St. Elizabeth Church will no longer have any regularly scheduled Masses, the parish family of St. Elizabeth will be a vital part of the new parish of St. John Bosco. We look forward to all the opportunities this merger will provide as our churches join together to form a more vibrant and prayerful Catholic community here in Branford.

 We are excited to welcome the patronage and guidance of St. John Bosco into the Branford Catholic community. If you would like to know more about our new name and the patron saint of our new, united parish, CLICK HERE to find information about his life and service in the Church.

 


IMPORTANT DECREE ABOUT ST. ELIZABETH

On January 7, 2019, the Archbishop signed a decree relegating St. Elizabeth Church to profane but not sordid use beginning on January 28, 2019, and that it is no longer a sacred place for divine worship. Please click here to download the bulletin insert with a summary of the decree, and click here to download the decree in its entirety. It is also available at www.stewardsfortomorrow.org and www.catholictranscript.org

Canonical resource may be made within the peremptory time limit of ten days from the legitimate notification of the decree (January 12/13) and in accordance with canon law.


 2019 MEN'S CORNERSTONE

February 1-2, 2019
St. Mary Hall

Click here to download the brochure and registration form for the 2019 Men's Cornerstone! Cornerstone is for all men of our parish - come step away from the hustle of your daily life to relax, pause, and reflect! You won't regret it.


2019 WOMEN'S RETREAT

 January 25-27, 2019
Holy Family Retreat Center

God has called all of us to live lives of holiness. "No Ordinary Path" will explore ways that we can be attentive, intentional, and cooperative with God's grace in serving the world. Together we will take a journey, with the hope of discovering that who we are and what we do matters. We'll reflect on how living an ordinary life of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace.

Once again last year our parish was recognized by Holy Family as the largest group of women in attendance, and for the largest number of new women retreatants! For registration and carpool information, contact Joanne L. Fresco, Pastoral Associate, at 203-488-1607, ext. 19 or jfresco@stmarybranford.org, or Ellie Quagliaroli at 203-208-1394.


UPCOMING PILGRIMAGES

IRELAND WITH FR. KEEFE & FR. GLEN
CANCELLED
Visit
http://myirishtours.com/Ireland_2019.html for an alternate option

SPLENDORS OF EASTERN EUROPE WITH MSGR. WALKER
Featuring the Passion Play of Oberammergau
May 11-22, 2020
Contact the St. Therese Office for a brochure and registration form


 

IMPORTANT LETTER FROM ESCA

Please click here to download an important letter from East Shoreline Catholic Academy, in regards to the "OLM Prep" School in Madison, which was inserted into bulletins the weekend of Nov 24/25.


 MASS TIME CHANGE STARTING SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 

 

 

Recent Parish Events

  • Sanctuary at St. Therese
  • Sanctuary at St. Mary
  • Children's Pageant at the 4:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass at St. Therese
  • Children's Pageant at the 4:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass at St. Therese
  • Children's Pageant at the 4:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass at St. Therese
  • 10:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass at St. Mary
  • 10:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass at St. Mary
  • Children's Pageant at the 4:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass at St. Therese
  • Children's Pageant at the 4:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass at St. Therese
  • Children's Pageant at the 4:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass at St. Therese
  • Sanctuary at St. Mary
  • 10:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass at St. Mary
  • 10:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass at St. Mary
  • The Social Action Youth Group made Christmas cookie and care package ...
  • The Social Action Youth Group made Christmas cookie and care package ...
  • The Social Action Youth Group made Christmas cookie and care package ...
  • The Social Action Youth Group made Christmas cookie and care package ...
  • The Social Action Youth Group made Christmas cookie and care package ...
  • The Social Action Youth Group made Christmas cookie and care package ...
  • The Social Action Youth Group made Christmas cookie and care package ...
  • The Social Action Youth Group made Christmas cookie and care package ...

Upcoming Funerals

There are no funerals currently scheduled at St. John Bosco Parish.

How Do I Become Catholic?

The St. John Bosco RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin meeting on September 16th, they meet on Sunday mornings after the 10:00 AM Mass (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM) in the St. Mary Parish Conference Room. For more information, contact the RCIA Team through the St. Mary Office at 203-488-1607, ext. 20.

Visits to the Sick & Homebound

At Saint John Bosco Parish, we realize that you or your loved ones might be ill or otherwise unable to attend Mass for short or extended periods of time, and when that's the case, we want offer all the support we can. Through our different ministry groups, we are happy to come pay a visit to homes, local nursing facilities, or hospitals for those who can't get out and to bring Holy Communion to those who would like to receive it.

If you or your loved ones are in need of this ministry, please call Joanne Fresco in the St. Mary Office at 203-488-1607. If she's not available, please leave a message on Extension 19 that includes your name and number and the name, address, and phone number of the person you'd like visited.

Promise to Protect

Please visit https://promise.archdioceseofhartford.org/, the Archdiocese of Hartford's website dedicated solely to responding to the sexual abuse crisis within the Church. Read the Archbishop's statements, watch video messages, find resources for the Office of Safe Environment and Victim Assistance and Reporting, and download prayers.

Farewell to Sr. Carolyn