STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Every Friday during Lent at 6:00 PM at St. Mary, beginning February 24th.
Every Monday - 8:00 AM St. Mary
1st & 3rd Saturday - 3:00 PM St. Therese
Every Friday - 8:00 AM St. Mary
KofC PACKS 40,000 MEALS!
Click here to see the news story from the Meal Packing Event held at St. Therese on February 11, hosted by the Knights of Columbus CT State Council and Cross Catholic Outreach, with adult and teen volunteers from our own parish!
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
CLICK HERE to read the full letter from Archbishop Blair, announcing the new Prayer for Priestly Vocations to be recited at the end of each weekend Mass.
FAITH FORMATION 2022-2023
A New Direction
Faith starts in the family and grows through the Mass. These two simple truths are driving our new 2022-23 Faith Formation program because our families and our faith matter, and a program that that supports these two things matters. We are streamlining our schedule and prioritizing the basics:
Click here to visit the Faith Formation page for more information and registration.
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION MASSES
Once a month, our Faith Formation & Confirmation preparation families will attend a parish Mass together as part of their class. Please welcome them and make some extra room when you see them! Sessions A & B will attend the 9:00 AM Mass at St. Therese, and Session C/Grade 9 will attend an extra 6:30PM Mass at St. Mary.
*All parishioners are welcome to attend this 6:30PM evening Mass once a month, with music led by a guitarist!
We invite all families to attend these Masses on the 1st Sunday of the Month in addition to your monthly Faith Formation Masses, where a Children's Liturgy of the Word will be offered. During the first half of Mass, children PreK-Gr4 will be invited into a section of the Hall for an engaging and age-appropriate discussion of the readings and Gospel, along with a fun craft! They will then rejoin their families in the church. COVID seating in the Hall will still be available and will not be affected.
Middle School children Gr 5-8 will be invited to our Teen Bible Chat after these Masses during Coffee and... in the Hall to discuss the Gospel and their Faith Formation weekly packets.
MAR 19 — IV SUNDAY OF LENT
Rita Castelot - Fri, March 24 @ 10:00 AM at St. Mary
Ryan Wynne - Sat, March 25 @ 10:00 AM at St. Mary
Please note that all masking and social-distancing guidelines have been relaxed, and are optional.
We have adopted a new way of communicating with you! You may receive an email or text message from the parish sent from our new system, Evangelus, run by the same company as our Parish App. This is not spam. We encourage you to open the message and follow the link to create a profile and select your preferred form of contact. Get emails or text messages directly to your phone during this time of social distancing, such as the link for live-streamed Mass each week. There will also be groups for you to join, just like on the Parish App. Visit eva.us/johnbosco to sign-up and let us know if you prefer to receive emails or text messages from us!
Our Christmas present from the parish to you this year is a FREE subscription to FORMED, a premier online platform filled with over 4,000 Catholic studies, movies, talks, e-books, and cartoons for children. You can watch online, on an app on your phone, or on a smart TV/device. Start by watching some of the Advent content this season!
- Go to https://signup.formed.org
- Enter our parish zip code of 06405
- Enter your name and email address
You can also get the free app by searching for FORMED Catholic in the app store.
How to Watch Daily Mass
The television Mass is broadcast seven days a week at 10:00 AM on WCCT-TV (WB20) and WCTX-TV (MyTV9). It can also be seen Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 AM on WCCT-TV. The Mass can also be found streaming live at these times on http://www.ortv.org/streaming/streaming.htm.
RCIA & ADULT CONFIRMATION
Do you know of anyone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, or who is baptized but would like to complete their sacrament(s) of First Communion and/or Confirmation? In September our parish will begin hosting sessions for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and Adult Confirmation. Click here to learn more about RCIA, and Contact Nadine Toren at 203-671-8002 or [email protected] to register.
ESCA Virtual Tour
Find Us On Social Media!
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ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD
Bible in a Year
Click here to see more information and links about "The Bible in a Year" Podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz!
Visit www.growandgo.com to read the Synod 2020 Concluding Report and watch videos from both the Closing Mass and the Synod Weekend itself.
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 or Fr. Glen, 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 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.
Faith Formation Office
Coordinator of Faith Formation
Rev. Daniel G. Keefe
Fr. George Vellaplackil
Rev. Msgr. David M. Walker
Deacon Robert Macaluso