Masks are no longer required, for those fully vaccinated, while attending Mass and other functions 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First, as of Saturday, May 22, 2021, the General Dispensation from obligation to attend Mass on Sundays / Holy Days has been revoked.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  as well as our Parish website  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.

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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People should feel free in good conscience to receive any of the vaccines currently available (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) for the sake of their own health and common good, which requires the prompt vaccination of as many people as possible.

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February 5, 2021

On February 4, Governor Lamont issued a new Executive Order which includes a provision for the “Relaxation of Limits on Religious Gatherings”. It provides that “religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings, if held indoors, are limited to no more than 50 percent of the venue’s capacity, and such services, if held outdoors, are limited to the number of people that can be accommodated safely by the venue or location, provided that all persons present at any such indoor or outdoor gathering wear masks, unless speaking from designated safe locations, and that a distance of 6 feet is maintained between all persons or groups not from the same household.”

The Connecticut Catholic Conference welcomed this easing of attendance for restrictions at houses of worship as “an important step toward welcoming back more of our Faithful to Mass and the sacraments.” It noted that freedom of religion is among the most sacred of our God given and Constitutional rights. Our Church will always work to protect and vindicate this right. At the same time we remain firmly committed to ensuring that all steps are taken to promote public health and safety.

There are two things to be noted: We are now free to open our churches up to 50% capacity, and the precautionary measures for Mass in the Archdiocese (distancing, masking, sanitizing, no handouts, no congregational singing, etc.) remain in force. Pastors still have to exercise discretion as to what their churches can safely accommodate with regard to the number of people to be admitted.


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.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Watertown/Oakville we will be suspending all in-person Faith Formation/ Religious Education classes through December.

We will continue to monitor the home program.  


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

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


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. 

- A parish YouTube channel has been created. We will be uploading videos to this location.
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- 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:



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-Wednesday; 8:00 AM Chapel

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