St. John Bosco Parish

What's New



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.


January 23-31

We invite all parishioners to pray a Novena to St. John Bosco as we approach his Feast Day on January 31st! The novena starts on Thursday, January 23 and is prayed 9 consecutive days. Each day you will pray for a different intention, with the overall intention being for the continued unity and growth of our parish! Perhaps you will even get to know St. John Bosco better as well. We will pray the Novena prayer after every Mass throughout the 9 days. You may also pray at home, pick up a novena brochure at the exits or download one here. We will also post the daily prayers on our Parish App!

St. John Bosco, pray for us!


We are excited to present our Parish Vision Plan, which lays out goals for the next three years to help us live our mission more fully, and the milestones we've determined are necessary to meet our goals. These are priorities of where we feel we need to improve on as a parish, based on the results of our parish survey. Please take some time to read it by clicking here, and see how your family can help us achieve these goals. For more info or with any questions, please contact Sue Allen at [email protected].


Men's Cornerstone
January 31 - February 1
St. Mary Church

Applications available at the church exits, or click here to download and register online!


Women's Retreat
January 24-26
Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford

Contact Joanne Fresco for registration information at [email protected] or 203-488-1607, ext. 19


Visit to see videos from the Synod!



March 9-20, 2020
Contact the Parish Office for a brochure and registration form


Featuring the Passion Play of Oberammergau
May 11-22, 2020
Contact the Parish Office for a brochure and registration form 


Mass Times

Recent Parish Events

Upcoming Funerals

Richard Stapleton - Sat, Jan 18 @ 11:00 AM at St. Mary

How Do I Become Catholic?

The St. John Bosco RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meets 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 Nadine Toren and the RCIA Team at 203-671-8002 or [email protected].

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.

Recent Scam Emails

Across the Archdiocese, some parishes have reported email scams which appear to come from the Pastor asking for money. At quick glance the email resembles a valid email address but in fact it is not. These email phishing scams falsely identify themselves as the pastor of the parish and may even reference his actual name. Under no circumstances do parishes or pastors ask for donations in this way and reference buying gift cards, wire transfers, or Bitcoin.

Parishioners in Branford have reported getting emails and even text messages from people appearing to be Fr. Keefe, asking for donations of gift cards. THIS IS A SCAM. If you have responded to any of these messages, consider changing your email passwords to ensure your own account safety. CLICK HERE to download a document "How to Tell if an Email is a Scam" to help you understand how to determine if an email is legitimate in any situation.

Promise to Protect

Please visit, 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.