The Solemnity we celebrate this Sunday centers on the gift of the Body and Blood of the Lord, which we partake in at Holy Mass
This mystery is at the heart of our Eucharistic theology. In the elements of bread and wine, Jesus’ Body and Blood are truly present.
When we share in the Body and Blood of Christ, Jesus himself comes to dwell within us. This communion with the Lord makes us one body, brings us eternal life, and sends us forth to be Christ’s Body in the world.
This week we return to Ordinary Time. This Sunday and next Sunday, however, are special days that call our attention to the central mysteries of our faith. This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed himself to us in the Trinity, one God in three Persons.
The very nature of the Church is to be gathered as a community in the Eucharist. It was so good to see so many of you this past weekend at all the Masses. I’m glad you joined us. Please ask the Holy Spirit to continue to bless us as we come out of the Pandemic.
The Solemnity of Pentecost, brings the season of Easter, which we have been celebrating for the past 50 days, to an end. At Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and signifies the foundation of the Church. This Sunday at the 11am Mass three of our adult parishioners will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation. We congratulate them and pray their hearts be open to the work of the Spirit.
Governor Lamont has announced that vaccinated residents of Connecticut are no longer required to wear masks indoors after May 19th, 2021.
For those who are fully vaccinated, they are no longer required to wear a mask to attend Mass or any other liturgical or social function held on parish property.
In an abundance of safety, we encouraged those who are fully vaccinated that are free and welcome to continue to wear masks if they choose to do so.
All those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks when attending Mass or ani other liturgical or social function held on parish property. While there is no way for us to enforce this requirement, this obligation, borne from our commitment to protect human life, transcends the mandate of the state. It flows from our very belief in the Lord of life, who commands us to protect, defend and respect all human life, from natural conception to natural death.
The obligation to come to Mass rises and finds its fulfillment in love,” said bishop Caggiano who made a fervent and heartfelt appeal “to everyone to come home, to join the sisters and brothers who are already worshiping in person, to come home and to come to Christ and to allow him to feed you his body, blood, soul and divinity.”
Now that pandemic restrictions are being lifted throughout the state of Connecticut, and given that many of our parishioners have been vaccinated, the safety guidelines for celebrating Mass are changing starting on May 19th. Please visit our website and read the full updated Mass protocols. Parishioners will still be required to wear a mask for the duration of Mass. Welcome Home!
Also The Connecticut Catholic Conference released a letter stating the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is being reinstated effective Saturday, May 22nd : “In light of these reflections and with confidence in the Lord’s grace and protection, we have decided to end the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation in person in each of our respective dioceses effective Saturday, May 22, 2021, beginning with the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Pentecost.” To read the full letter, please check our website
As we gather to celebrate the Eucharist this weekend we hear the message of Jesus, “This I command you: Love one another”.
We offer our prayers in thanksgiving to our Blessed Mother, for our own mothers who gave us the gift of life and love, and for the gift of the Eucharist which sustains us to eternal life.
On Mother’s Day we can’t help but smile as we think of moms, stepmoms, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, godmothers, and all who share motherly love. It might also bring a tear or two as we recall the memories of dear mothers who are no longer with us, or those we have not seen in many months or even years. Wherever we are this Mother’s Day, we can be comforted and uplifted by the thought of the one beautiful Mother, standing by the Cross of her Son, accepting her role as mother of us all. How can we best honor our moms? By listening to the words of our heavenly Mother, who tells us, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)
May, is a month dedicated in a special way to the Mother of Our Lord, and the Mother of us all, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Our First Communion children will join in procession to crown the Blessed Virgin Mary statue during the 9:00am Mass. Please join us at the Mass of your choice this weekend as we bless and celebrate all mothers.
The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the love of a mother. – St. Thérèse of Lisieux