St. John Bosco Parish

What's New

 

 

LIVE-STREAM MASS

Live-stream Mass every Sunday at 10:00 AM on our parish Facebook page or YouTube channel or watch anytime thereafter. *Note: you do not need a Facebook account in order to view our page!

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. 

WORSHIP AIDS!

Click here to download and print the worship aid each week, to follow along with the hymns and readings during Mass!

OFFERTORY - ONLINE, MAIL IN, OR DROP OFF!

Per the diocese, during this time parishioners who are absent from Mass are urged to make alternate provision for their weekly contributions since parishes depend on them for operation. Mail your offertory to the Parish Office (731 Main St), drop off to the offertory box in the vestibule of each church during open hours, or sign up for Online Giving to make a recurring or one-time donation at https://www.saintjohnboscobranford.org/onlinegiving.


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-Fri)
7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Sat)
12:00 to 3:00 PM (Sun)


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 would like to be included in this program, know someone who could benefit from it, or would like to serve as a volunteer to make phone calls and/or safely help assist with basic needs, please email [email protected] or call 203-488-1607, ext. 10.



WOMEN'S GROUP SCHOLARSHIPS

The St. John Bosco Women's Group is offering two $500 scholarships to middle school graduates entering a Catholic high school in the fall, and two $500 scholarships to high school graduates entering any four-year college in the fall. Click here to download and submit the application by July 1st!


JORGE'S MUSICAL MEDITATIONS

Tune in to our Facebook page or YouTube channel every Friday at 7:00 PM to live-stream Jorge's Musical Meditations! 


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!

DO YOU KEEP RECEIVING A RECURRING TEXT MESSAGE?

It has just come to our attention that for those cell phone numbers who were imported into Evangelus, a recurring invitation message will continue to be sent every time we send out a message UNTIL YOU DO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: respond YES to sign up to receive messages from us, or respond STOP to "opt-out" and not receive any more messages.

Unfortunately this is a system feature and there is nothing we can do on our end to stop it, unless you tell us directly you need help and want to be taken off (or just respond STOP to the message directly). If you need assistance please contact the Parish Office at 203-488-1607 or [email protected]. We apologize for any frustration it has caused!


LATEST PARISH UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 (April 15)

  • The Archdiocese of Hartford has CANCELLED all weekend and weekday Masses, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the churches of the Archdiocese until further notice, given the constantly changing landscape and decisions of civil authorities. Priests will celebrate a daily Mass alone with no congregation, remembering in prayer all who are affected by the pandemic. The faithful are encouraged to watch Mass on TV or online, and say a Spiritual Act of Communion (see below). Further direction and updates from the Archdiocese  can be found at www.archdioceseofhartford.org/coronavirus

  • The Archdiocese of Hartford has suspended publicly scheduled confessions until further notice. As the Church teaches, where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness and the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (CCC 1452).

  • In light of this recent update, Fr. Keefe has EXTENDED the cancellation of all parish activities and ministries until further notice. 

  • In addition, the Parish Office is temporary CLOSED to the public, to protect both the staff and the general public. Most staff are working from home and will be checking voicemails and emails. Email [email protected] with any questions. We will update as soon as the office is re-opened. 

Let us all draw closer to the Lord in this time, and continue to pray for everyone affected by the virus. Although we may be temporarily physically isolated from one another, we are still one in the Body of Christ. Mary, health of the sick, pray for us!


STAY CONNECTED TO US!

Follow us on social media to stay connected to us despite social distancing. We will post updates, spiritual resources, etc. on the MyParish App and Facebook page regularly. *Note: you do NOT need a Facebook account in order to view the Facebook page. You can also receive direct emails and text messages through Evangelus! 

Evangelus


MyParish App


www.facebook.com/stjohnboscobranford

www.youtube.com/saintjohnboscobranford

St. John Bosco LifeTeen Instagram


HOW TO WATCH DAILY MASS FROM HOME

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.


 WELCOME TO
ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISH 

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.

 

Recent Parish Events

Parking Lot Prayer

#BoscoStrong

Upcoming Funerals

There are no funerals currently scheduled for St. John Bosco Parish.

Parish Vision Plan

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 Sue Allen at [email protected].

Find Us On Social Media!

Visit www.growandgo.com to see videos from the Synod!

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.

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