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.


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 our Coordinator of Mission Advancement, Alyssa Mae Ambulo, at [email protected] or 203-488-1607 ext. 20.


We are selling commemorative bricks at BOTH St. Mary and St. Therese! Bricks at St. Mary will be added to the existing pathway, and bricks at St. Therese will be placed in a location to be determined. Orders will be taken after Masses on Oct 19/20 and 26/27, with brochures available, or are available now online at NEW this year are two different sizes. Some suggestions for personalization are to honor living or deceased family members, milestones such as anniversaries, births of children or grandchildren, etc. For more info, contact Joan Pirtel at [email protected] or 203-488-7602 or Nora Cash at [email protected] or 203-481-8896. DEADLINE TO ORDER IS OCTOBER 27.


Registration for the 2019-2020 Faith Formation year is PAST DUE! Click here to see schedules and download the Registration form, or fill out the online form! With questions, please contact the Faith Formation office at 203-488-2998 or [email protected].




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

Mary Cassell - Tues, Oct 22 @ 10:00 AM at St. Mary

Claudette Grabowski - Sat, Nov 2 @ 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.