Letter from the Roman Catholic Bishops of Connecticut to the Faithful

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

We have lived through an extraordinary year filled with personal challenges, fears, and sufferings caused by the pandemic. At the same time, we have been encouraged by the heroism of health care workers and first responders, the creativity of our pastors, and the kindness of neighbors and friends who by their love and service peeled back the darkness which at times threatened to overwhelm us.

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Important Changes to Mass Protocols at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish

The Archdiocese of Hartford has made two important changes to the present pandemic related protocols. First, as of Saturday, May 22, 2021, the General Dispensation from obligation to attend Mass on Sundays / Holy Days has been revoked. Secondly, as of May 19, 2021, procedures for public worship have changed. This email contains information on both changes, including documents with additional explanation.

Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days becomes effective on the weekend of May 22nd 2021 with the following exceptions:

- Individuals with medical conditions that make them susceptible to COVID-19
- Those ill, homebound, or are care givers of one who is
- Those tested positive for COVID-19
- Those in quarantine, or in close contact to someone in quarantine
- Those showing symptoms of COVID-19

The letter from the Connecticut Catholic Conference discussing the importance of the Sunday Mass Obligation can be found on the Archdiocese Website https://archdioceseofhartford.org/  as well as our Parish website www.stmmagdalen-oakville.org  and the Parish Facebook page. Copies are also available at the church entrances and Parish Office.

Changes effective immediately:
- Pew seating is changed to every other pew

Changes effective May 22nd
- Seating becomes self-serve; please be mindful to leave some space between households
- All entrances will be unlocked at weekend Masses
- The congregation is invited to sing hymns, responses, and the Mass setting
- Offertory collection will be taken during Mass by the ushers
- Communion procedure remains the same
- Masks continue to be required

Missals will be available at the entrances of the church, as we ask that you please take one for your household and bring it to and from when attending weekly Mass.

Dispensation Extended through May 23 (Pentecost)

With the continuation of limitations on Mass attendance and our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our parishioners, Archbishop Blair has now extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation for all the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Hartford through Sunday, May 23, 2021, which is Pentecost Sunday.

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Mass Schedule

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday, 3:00-3:30 PM

Parish Livestream

Our Parish Facebook page “Keep the Faith” will live stream Mass
from our church at 10:30 am on Sunday

Parish Livestream