St. John Bosco Parish

What's New



A New Direction
Registration Open July 25-September 2

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:
  • Families will attend Mass and Class together once a month
  • Children K-8 will learn and grow in faith alongside their parents
  • Families will learn and share practices that help faith stick
  • Materials will focus on the weekly Mass and gospel
  • A Family Mass on Sunday morning will provide a separate Children’s Homily once a month
  • Youth will be invited to participate more actively in the Mass
  • An additional Family Sunday Evening Mass will be offered once a month with music by parish teens.
Click here to visit the Faith Formation page for more information and registration. 


SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

To support this renewed celebration of the family and the Eucharist in our Faith Formation program, and in response to numerous requests from the parish at large, we are modifying the Sunday Mass schedule which will begin after Labor Day on Sunday, Sept 11th. -

  • The Saturday Vigils at 4:00 PM St. Therese & 5:15 PM St. Mary, Sunday Mass at 7:30 AM St. Mary, and Daily Mass at 7:30 AM St. Mary will all remain the same.

  • Starting after Labor Day, there will be a 9:00 AM Sunday Mass at St. Therese and a 10:30 AM Sunday Mass at St. Mary (in place of the current 9:30 & 11:30 Masses).

  • Starting in October, there will be a Family Mass on the first Sunday of the month at the 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM Masses, during which children in Grades K-4 will be invited to the church hall for a Children's Liturgy of the Word. A section of the Hall will still be available for COVID seating/live-streaming.

  • Starting in September, there will also be a new 6:30 PM Family Evening Mass one Sunday a month at St. Mary Church, following the Faith Formation schedule.


The Archdiocese of Hartford has relaxed their liturgical COVID restrictions. Masking and social distancing is now up to the discretion of the individual. Socially-distant seating during Mass in the St. Mary Hall is still available for those who choose, and live-streaming of Sunday Mass will continue.

As of Saturday, May 22, 2021, the General Dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation was lifted.


For those who still need to watch from home, live-stream Mass every Sunday at 9:30 AM on our parish Facebook page or YouTube channel or watch anytime thereafter. 

If using YouTube, be sure to chose 1080p on the settings wheel for best video quality! You can also stream to a smart TV using YouTube or Facebook Watch apps, or plugging your phone/iPad into your smart TV using a HDMI cable. 


Click here to download our Aug 2022 Worship Aid!

Click here to download our Sep 2022 Worship Aid!

The churches are open for individual prayer during the following hours: 

St. Therese
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Mon-Fri)

St. Mary
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Mon-Sat)
7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Sun)

The Parish Office is also open to in-person visitors
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Mon-Fri)



The 2023 Mass Book will open on Thurs,
August 4th! We will be scheduling Mass and Sanctuary Lamp intentions according to our new Mass schedule. The first hour from 8:30 to 9:30 AM will again be by phone only at 203-488-1607 - using a better system than last year to avoid any of the same failures. Incoming calls will be automatically be placed in a queue, and answered in the order received. In-person and Email requests will be taken beginning at 9:30 AM.
Kindly have your requests ready when scheduling. We have a limit of 3 weekend Masses per individual booking, and dates are first come, first serve.


Forward with Faith (FWF) is a fundraising campaign by the Hartford Bishops Foundation to build a vibrant community of faith in the parishes, schools, and Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Its goal is to raise long-term funds to empower our Church to stand prepared to serve future generations of Catholics. That is why this campaign is not only, or even principally, about the Archdiocese.

50% of funds collected through each local parish campaign will remain with the parish for specific projects outlined in a  case statement. Parishes that exceed their goals will receive 80% of those additional funds collected. This is an incredible opportunity for us to help our Archdiocese prepare for the future while taking care of our own parish needs. 

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in this effort.  Thank you to all who have given thus far in the leadership phase to help make our campaign a success — we  have  already  reached  57%  of  our parish goal of $1,260,000! All gifts to the Forward with Faith campaign of any size are greatly appreciated!

For more information about how we will use the funds from the Forward with Faith campaign in our parish, click here.

For more information about the overall Forward with Faith campaign, visit

Click here to download the Annual Report of the Hartford Bishops' Foundation.


Click here to see more information and links about "The Bible in a Year" Podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz! 


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 to sign-up and let us know if you prefer to receive emails or text messages from us!


The archdiocese urges that during this time parishioners who are absent from Mass make alternative provision for their weekly contributions since parishes depend on them for operation.  You can mail your offertory to the Parish Office (731 Main St.), drop off to the offertory box in the vestibule of either church during open hours, or sign up for Online Giving to make a recurring or one-time donation at 


Logo.pngOn 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.










Upcoming Funerals

Herman Sharfenberger - Fri, August 26 @ 11:00 AM at St. Therese

Please note that capacity and social-distancing guidelines have been relaxed, and masks are optional for those who have been fully vaccinated, although still strongly recommended.


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!

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


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

Archbishop's Annual Appeal

Visit 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, 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.