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May 19, 2020

On March 13, 2020, each and every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Hartford was dispensed from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair. With the cancellation of public Masses and liturgies announced on March 16 and currently in effect until further notice, this dispensation has remained in effect for all Sunday Masses since that time.

In addition, Archbishop Blair has now dispensed each and every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Hartford from the obligation to attend Mass on Thursday, May 21, 2020, for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, regularly a holy day of obligation.

The Archdiocese of Hartford is currently working to prepare a set of guidelines for the resuming of public Masses and liturgies at churches within the archdiocese. Once this work has been concluded and a completed set of guidelines has been prepared, the archbishop will announce when and how the resuming of public Masses and liturgies can take place.

A note to those who have scheduled Mass intentions during this period of restriction on public Masses:

Due to the restrictions on public Masses the Mass intentions currently scheduled for a particular Vigil or Sunday Mass will be combined into one Mass which is celebrated at 10:00a.m. and streamed online.  We will continue to combine the scheduled intentions while the restriction on public Masses is in place.  If you do not wish to combine your Mass intention at this Mass please contact our office (860-274-9273) and we will find an open date later in the year. Please note that we have weekend Mass intentions already scheduled several months in advance. 

April 15, 2020

In light of the continued assessment of the spread of the coronavirus within Connecticut and Governor Lamont’s Executive Order of April 10th mandating the cancellation of school classes and the extension of closures of non-essential businesses through May 20, 2020, the Archdiocese has deemed it necessary to update the cancellation of public Masses and liturgies that had previously been extended through April 30, 2020. Given the constantly changing landscape, and the decisions of civil authorities in this regard, the cancellation of public Masses and liturgies in the Archdiocese of Hartford (the counties of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven) will remain in effect until further notice.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/stjohnwatertown

Fr. Anthony has plans to stream messages on facebook.com/stjohnwatertown 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. 

Blessings,

Roberta Hardt
Parish Administrator

 

To St Mary Magdalen Parish and School Community;

It is with a heavy heart to inform you that the Archdiocese of Hartford has notified me the mandate canceling all public Masses has been extended to April 30, 2020.  This mandate extends to all Holy Week and Easter Masses as well.  We will do our best to share the liturgy with you by streaming our Sunday Masses and the liturgies during Holy Week. 

Further information will be sent to you in the coming days regarding other previously scheduled events at our parish and the changes that will need to be made. 

I will continue to celebrate Mass daily and offer up your prayers and intentions during Mass.  I am also available by phone (860) 274-9273 or (860) 274-8836.  Attached is the announcement from the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Together in prayer and faith we will persevere through this time of great challenge.  The day we gather together again in celebration of the Eucharist will be a day of great joy! Until then know you are in my prayers.

Fr Anthony J. Smith

Extension of Closures and Cancellations in the Archdiocese of Hartford

To the community of St Mary Magdalen Parish:

I am Fr. Anthony J. Smith, Pastor of St John the Evangelist Church. First let me express my sincere condolences for the unexpected passing of your pastor Fr Hickey. This past weekend we prayed for Fr Hickey and you, the parishioners, at St John the Evangelist Church. 

Archbishop Blair has asked that I assume the responsibility of temporary administrator of St Mary Magdalen.  This will give me the ability to assure that the financial and administrative activity at St Mary Magdalen continue without interruption.  I am also responsible for the pastoral needs of the parishioners and will do my best to assure the sacraments continue to be available.

We find ourselves in unprecedented times with advent of COVID-19. As a result all the churches in the Archdiocese have canceled all masses, both weekday and weekend Masses, until April 4, 2020.  We will keep St John Church open for individual prayer from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. We invite you to come during those hours for prayer during this challenging time.  We will keep you posted with any directives that come from the archdiocese regarding the pandemic.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming weeks as we mourn the loss of Fr Hickey and endure the challenge of the pandemic in which we find ourselves.  Please know I will do my best to be available for you and to serve the community of St Mary Magdalen.

Sincerely in Christ

Rev. Anthony J. Smith

 

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, like most organizations, continues to operate under the confides of social distancing. Here is what you should know and expect during this period from your parish:

- No public Masses will be celebrated through April 3rd. Fr. Anthony will offer private Masses Daily. 

- You can live stream Sunday’s Mass, 8:30am, on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/stjohnwatertown 

- A parish YouTube channel has been created. We will be uploading videos to this location.
Please subscribe. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOwotgEALae9vUkFziiPMXg

- The parish office is operating; however, we are not permitting walk-ins. Please call at 274.9273.

- All meetings, scouts, Lenten Observances are not taking place until further notice.

 - Saint John the Evangelist Church in Watertown is open daily for individual prayer.  2pm-5pm. Please keep your distance.

- There will be no Stations of the Cross

- Fr. Anthony our Temporary Administrator will respond to emergencies as needed. Please call 860-274-8836.

- Please consider making your weekly offertory donation, online,here: https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/407

 

 

Dear Parishioners & Community Members,

Father Anthony Smith has asked you send the following announcement from the Archdiocese of Hartford, regarding the celebration of weekday and weekend Masses.

An Announcement Regarding the Celebration of Mass in the Archdiocese of Hartford

In light of what the CDC has issued on March 15th regarding the cancellation or postponement of large events and mass gatherings of more than 50 people, and given the March 16th mandate of Governor Ned Lamont requiring the closure of all restaurants, bars, gyms and movie theaters, the Archdiocese of Hartford has cancelled all weekend and weekday Masses, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the churches of the Archdiocese (the counties of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven) through April 3, 2020. Priests will celebrate a daily Mass alone with no congregation, remembering in prayer all who are affected by the pandemic. Parishes will be encouraged to make provision for their churches to be open at some time so that individuals can still come and pray. Further direction and updates from the Archdiocese will be provided in a timely manner regarding Holy Week and all celebrations beyond that date.

Additionally, in response to the March 15th mandate of Governor Lamont requiring the closure of all Connecticut schools through at least March 31st, all Archdiocesan high schools and parochial schools will also be closed through March 31st.

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
Suspended