WINTER WEATHER POLICY
As a reminder, during the winter months our Daily Mass at 7:30 AM at St. Mary will not be celebrated when inclement weather forces the closing, delay, or remote learning of Branford Public Schools. We feel that this is the best way to ensure everyone’s safety by not driving or walking in hazardous conditions. Please watch news Channels 3, 4, or 8 for the following info:
Branford Schools CLOSED/DELAYED/REMOTE
*If you do not see a notification, Mass is STILL scheduled!
You can also sign up for text notifications sent directly to your phone at www.nbcconnecticut.com/weather/school-closings/, or for our parish emails/text messages through the Evengelus system at eva.us/johnbosco.
KY DISASTER RELIEF
We are praying for those in KY and across the Midwest! If you would like to make a donation to the victims of the recent severe weather, you can do so at https://www.catholiccharities.us/campaign/ccusa-disaster-relief/c353051.
You can also mail a check made out to Catholic Charities USA with a note on the memo line to:
NEW GUIDELINES MAY 19TH + DISPENSATION UPDATE
The Archdiocese of Hartford released the following information based the State's guidelines changing on May 19, 2021. Please read all of the information below carefully, and reach out to the Parish Office with any questions. You can also visit https://archdioceseofhartford.org/coronavirus where both letters dated May 10th are posted. We look forward to continuing to welcome you back to Mass!
1) As of Saturday, May 22, 2021, the General Dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will be lifted.
However, since the risk of infection, though diminished, still remains, the following individuals with valid health concerns or fears about the virus may very legitimately decide not yet to attend:
2) Live-Streaming will continue for the time being for those who still cannot attend in-person.
3) Our temporary COVID Mass schedule will continue until attendance numbers warrant the return to 6 Masses per weekend (see graphic above):
The St. Mary Hall will continue to be set up for overflow seating in some capacity, for those who choose to sit there instead of the main church.
Confessions will not resume at St. Therese until proper updates are made to the Reconciliation room
4) The following indoor guidelines will change on May 19th:
5) Ministry Meetings will follow these same new guidelines
SUNDAY JANUARY 16 2022
SUNDAY JANUARY 23 2022
SUNDAY JANUARY 30 2022
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 6 2022
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13 2022
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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 27 2022
There are no funerals currently scheduled at St. Jonn Bosco Parish.
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!
- 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.
St. John Bosco is introducing a new outreach program called BOSCOnnect, in an effort to keep "connected" to parishioners during these trying times of the pandemic - especially the isolated, the elderly, and those without families in the area.
If you or someone you know would like to be included in this program by receiving a weekly phone call and/or being assisted with basic needs, please email [email protected] or call 203-488-1607, ext. 10.
ESCA Virtual Tour
Find Us On Social Media!
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.