Parish News and Events



Blessed palms will be available for drive-by pick up for anyone who wishes them at St. Mary Magdalen Church parking lot from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 5th. As the COVID-19 is on the rise, be sure to observe all social distancing protocols in effect that day.


In this time of great need, it is all the more important that we celebrate Holy Week and Easter creatively within the strict limitations of social separation. Holy Week and Easter will be celebrated in the church of St. Mary Magdalen by Father George Mukuka, Deacon Mike Malfitano, our cantor and organist within the parameters set by the Congregation of Divine Worship in Rome regarding these celebrations without a congregation. Live Stream, and Video recordings of these celebrations will be posted on our parish website and Facebook. You will be notified of these postings by our myParish App. 

As, Live Stream and Video may be available to you another option  of watching the liturgies for Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday as they are broadcast or streamed from the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford or from Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome as a way of being united with the larger Church wrought by the pandemic as we are. Then, watch the recorded celebrations on our parish website for a more local feel. Keep in mind the different time zones for anything live from Rome. Palm Sunday and Easter are scheduled for broadcast and streaming in the Archdiocese. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigils are scheduled for streaming.

Our Live Stream link info:

Saint Mary Magdalen Church youtube channel,

The televised Mass is broadcast on WCCT-TV (WB20) and WCTX-TV (myTV9). It can also be found streaming live at Office of Radio & Television streaming page and on the Archdiocese of Hartford Facebook page.


For your assistance, Holy Week at Home: Adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday Rituals for Family Prayer is available in the publication prepared by the editorial team at Liturgical Press. The prayers in this publication are not intended to replace the liturgies of Holy Week. Rather, they are a sincere effort to cultivate some of the rituals and spirit of Holy Week in our homes when public celebration might not be possible. The aid for celebrating Holy Week at home can be found

A sensitive note on Parish Finances:

With the current suspension of all public Masses, you may be asking how to submit your weekly/monthly collection envelopes. We suggest you fill them out as you would normally and mail them into the Parish Office, (St. Mary Magdalen at 145 Buckingham Street, Oakville, CT 06779)


We recommend Signing up for On-Line Giving...

Online Giving is a safe, secure and dependable means of income for the parish.

Thank you for your continued support.

March 26, 2020

To our St Mary Magdalen Parish and School Community:

Sherrie Gemmell has informed me that she will be stepping down March 31, 2020 as Team Leader for our Religious Education program so that she can focus on her teaching responsibilities at Sacred Heart High School.  On behalf of our community I expressed my thanks to Sherrie for her service to our children and youth in our parish and wished her well in her vocation as an educator.  Please keep Sherrie and all our educators in prayer in this very challenging time.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr Anthony J. Smith


During this time of social separation, we are making every effort to communicate with as many as possible. Please spread the news. 

We will continue to do so, we will use email addresses on file, put updates up on the parish website, and use the parish app. and weekly bulletin. 

COVID-19 Updates

The Parish Office is 860-274-9273 will be checked remotely throughout the day

The Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. monitored throughout the day

Download our Parish App: or text the phone number 88202 to get updates 

Parish Website Address:

Temporary Administrator: Fr. Anthony Smith, contact number: 860-274-8836 St. John the Evangelist Church, Watertown

For all Archdiocesan communications related to the novel corona virus, see

“Stay Safe, Stay Home” Policy

Face book Private Group: Keep the Faith, Group Admin., Jacqueline Cote

We hope this helps to assure you; we are here for you, the presence of illness in any form, has always been a time to turn to our faith and seek to deepen our trust in our Lord. By the graces of God we will get through this, together, continue to Pray and Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay St. Mary Magdalen Strong!

Blessings & Peace, Roberta Hardt


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Dear Parishioniers, and Friends,

We pray that you are giving yourselves time to grieve the passing of our Pastor,  Fr. Tom Hickey. We’ve been getting some questions regarding donations in Fr. Tom name and offering condolences. We offer this to you, to help comfort your needs to express your sympathies, until we can come together once more.

Here’s how:

If you want to share your sympathies to the Hickey Family, please send all forms of correspondences in care of:

St. Mary Magdalen Parish
145 Buckingham Street
Oakville, CT 06779

OR  By email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to make a memorial contribution in Father Tom’s name, you may do so making checks payable to St. Mary Magdalen Church.

The donor’s name and gift will be acknowledged to his family and also you will receive a note from the parish office.

Thank you for your continue prayers and support during this time of sorrow.

Peace and Blessings,
Roberta Hardt
Parish Admin.

Good morning, 

Due to COVID-19 recommendations and restrictions there are no public Masses and St. Mary Magdalen Parish Office and St. John the Evangelist Parish Office  is now closed to visitors.

Fr.Anthony has plans to stream Sunday Mass at 8:30am on Facebook at

Fr. Anthony has plans to stream messages on so please tune in. 

Please continue to pray for the repose of Fr. Tom's soul, his family. The Communities of Faith who are mourning his loss.  

May Fr.Hickey be granted eternal rest. 


Roberta Hardt
Parish Administrator

Dear Families of 3rd Graders First Communion Students,

We are gearing up, preparing for your child to receive their First Communion. This note brings you some dates, friendly reminders and important information pertaining to the special day. Listed below are the requirements for dress that day, the practice and Mass schedule for the Sacrament.

First Communion Practice: (will be held at the Church)

May 6th 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.                   *Please be on time dropping off and picking up. Parents are welcome to stay.

First Communion: Saturday, May 9th 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Students need to be in the church hall for 9:30am

Children are required to be in the hall 9:30am. Please be on time and have the children report downstairs to the Church hall using the side door. Parents and other family members can go directly to the front and find your child’s banner and a pew to sit in.

Dress Code for First Communion:

BOYS: Dark slacks (navy blue or black), dark dress shoes, long sleeve white button down shirt, white tie. No jackets please! If you are in need of a white tie the parish office has them.

GIRLS: White dress, white ankle socks or white tights, white shoes.  You can wear anything you want in your hair or on your head.  Jewelry is fine.  No gloves or make-up please.

Uniquely Yours Photography By Tina is available See attached postcard or for further info contact Tina Pelletier at 203-596-7226

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact via email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or phone at 860- 274-9273

Please note that Saint Mary Magdalen is  NOT handicapped accessible, we are sorry for any inconvenience.

PARKING: (We suggest Carpooling) Please use the church lot no parking on the street, overflow may park in the Pin Shop lower lot.

(Cars that park on the Buckingham Street will be ticketed and towed)


Mrs. Sherrie Gemmell

Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses
Saturday Vigil, 4:00 PM;
Sunday, 8:30 & 10:30 AM
Daily Mass
Monday-Thursday; 8:00 AM Rectory Chapel

Sacrament of Reconciliation