St. John Bosco Parish

What's New

A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR

Dear Parishioners,

     Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed my absence from some of the Masses.   It is now time to share with you that  I have been diagnosed with abdominal cancer.  Obviously this came as a great shock to my family and me as I was feeling fine until very recently.

     This past week I was admitted to Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital for a few days for more testing as the doctors decide on a course of treatment.  They have told me already that the treatment will be intense and advised against trying to do priestly ministry and parish administration at the same time. 

     I have asked Archbishop Coyne for a medical leave of absence, which he has granted.  Although during this time I will remain Pastor of Saint John Bosco, I am confident that with Fr. Eduar Gutierrez as Temporary Administrator, Msgr. Walker, Msgr. Schmitz, Deacon Bob, the entire parish staff,  and so many faithful volunteers, the parish will keep moving forward doing what Christ asks of us.  The Archdiocese will also be of assistance if necessary. 

     I ask for your prayers as this diagnosis and treatment plan unfolds and I know that my faith will sustain me in this difficult time.

God bless, 

Fr. Keefe

 



 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE

In keeping with a directive from the Archdiocese of Hartford (available here), Fr. Keefe recently sent a letter (available here) to all registered households outlining a change to the parish schedule of Vigil Masses, effective April 6, 2024. The Pastoral Planning within the Archdiocese continues as we prepare for the long-term well-being of our parishes, priests and, most of all, parishioners.


As our world and our wallets become increasingly digital, we realize that it makes sense for many of our parishioners to offer their support to the church not through the traditional envelope or the offertory boxes during Mass, but online. Online giving is a fast and convenient way to make a special one-time gift to the parish without even having to create any kind of formal "account" or to be used more regularly to make your weekly offerings to the church without having to use an envelope every Sunday. If you'd prefer to make your weekly offering in this way, we're happy to provide you with that option.

 You can sign up for our safe and secure online giving system (or make a one-time "Quick Give" gift without signing up) by CLICKING HERE.

MASS LIVESTREAM & WORSHIP AIDS

Can't attend Mass? We have you covered!

We live-stream Mass every Sunday at 10:30AM on our

Facebook page and YouTube channel

You can also watch the replay anytime thereafter. 

CLICK HERE for our MAY 2024 WORSHIP AIDS!

Upcoming Funerals

Thomas McDermott - Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00am, St. Mary Church

James Jenkins - Friday, May 31 at 12:00pm, St. Mary Church

Patricia Jessey (Memorial Mass) - Saturday, June 1 at 10:00am, St. Mary Church

Neil Longobardi (Memorial Mass) - Monday, June 3 at 10:00am, St. Mary Church

Anne Hines - Monday, June 3 at 12:00pm, St. Mary Church

Marie Azzaro - Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00am, St. Mary Church

Evangelus

EVA.US/JOHNBOSCO

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!

FORMED

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 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 nadine528@att.net to register.

ESCA Virtual Tour

Archbishop's Annual Appeal

Bible in a Year

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

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 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.

Staff