Messages From Fr. Anthony Smith


Dear parishioners

Yesterday a letter was sent to all parishes with the directive that confessions have been suspended until further notice due to the growing severity of the pandemic. Archbishop Blair included in his letter the teaching of the Catholic Church (from the Catechism of the Catholic Church) in regards to emergency situations when a penitent is unable to attend the sacrament of confession. Below is the announcement of the suspension and the reference to the Catechism explaining the ability to receive absolution outside of the normal practice of the sacrament in cases of emergencies.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, confessions have continued to be heard in the Archdiocese, and anyone who felt secure in approaching the sacrament has been able to do so. However, the time has now come to suspend publicly scheduled confessions until further notice in light of the growing spread of the virus in Connecticut, which is anticipated to peak in the coming weeks. This is necessary for the protection of both penitents and priests. I repeat once again what is clearly the teaching of the Church as set forth recently by the Apostolic Penitentiary in Rome, as follows:”

“Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452)

Fr Anthony Smith


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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

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