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Suspension of Masses
The Temporary Suspension of the Public Celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Norwich
NORWICH – Beginning effective immediately, Bishop Michael R. Cote has mandated that all public celebrations of Mass be temporarily suspended in all churches of the Diocese of Norwich (the Connecticut counties of Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham and Fishers Island, New York), and continuing until further notice.
This decision was made in light of the recommendations of healthcare professionals and Governor Ned Lamont’s executive order requiring the closure of all restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters and the prohibition of civic, social, and recreational gatherings of 50 or more people, including religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings of such size.
Priests will continue to celebrate a daily Mass with no congregation, remembering in prayer all who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Also, pastors are encouraged to make provision for their churches to be open during the day so individuals can still come and pray and make an Act of Spiritual Communion with the Lord.
Further information regarding other sacramental and liturgical celebrations, Holy Week and Easter, and all celebrations beyond that date will be forthcoming. People can visit NorwichDiocese.org for updates as they become available.
Reminder for the weekend
A Reminder heading into the Weekend:
To all our parishioners from St. Patrick and St. Bridget. We hope you have stayed well through this first week. As we head into the fifth Sunday of Lent, just a reminder that as Church, we are still under “suspension of public attendance at Holy Mass” throughout our diocese. Again this means that for the time being there is no obligation/commitment to attend Mass. In place our Bishop has asked that everyone make an act of Spiritual Communion for Sunday. Read the Sunday readings on line, offer a prayer of Spiritual Communion, speak from you heart to God regarding your desire to be with Him both through the Eucharist and your personal prayer life.
Though we cannot hold Stations of the Cross publicly, we have booklets available in both churches for you to be able to come during the day on Friday to make the stations personally. Please remember that we are asked to keep our numbers in Church at no more than 10 people at a time. If you arrive and find a need to wait, please wait in your car until someone leaves the church so you may go in. Please, we ask that so all who would like to make a visit do so with an awareness that you not hold up others from being able to visit.
Confessions this Friday night at both parishes begins at 6:30pm until 7:30pm or until all are heard. Saturday at both parishes we will again be available from 3pm - 4:30pm and on Sunday from 3pm - 4pm.
Called together by God to experience Jesus and His word, in the sacraments of the Church and in each other, we are committed to love God and to embrace all God's people as witnesses of God's mercy.
To the parishioners of the St. John Paul II Community;
While we are spending extra time at home these days, please remember your church buildings are open every day. Jesus waits for you as we wait to be allowed back to Holy Mass and the gift of the Eucharist. The Church is praying around the world for all of us. We also should not let these Lenten days go by without using our time well. Prayer is essential to the well being of our souls. While in a time of making daily Spiritual Communions, please work at deepening your Lenten experience. Use the internet well for your spiritual needs. Look up the daily Mass readings and use them as time for reflection at home or at church. Look up a story of a different Saint or two each week and learn something about their faith and reasons for being Disciples of Christ. Come walk the Stations of the Cross at church for your own intentions. This is a wonderful time for each one of us to use the time we’ve unexpectedly been given to deepen our Lenten experience and spiritually offer our daily sacrifices for those directly dealing with or suffering with Covid – 19. Are we expressing our gratitude for being healthy through this pandemic? Thank God for your blessings and bring to him your greatest concerns, struggles and frustrations. He is here for you! Are you going to Him? You remain in my prayers.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Greg, Pastor
Executive Order Update
- Update from Governor Lamont on Friday evening March 20, 2020 concerning health & well fare of Connecticut citizens and their participation in assisting to defeat the spread of Covid – 19 here in our home state.
“Effective on March 23, 2020 at 8:00pm and through April 22, 2020 unless earlier modified, extended, or terminated by me, all businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall employ, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ. Non-essential businesses or not-for-profit entities shall reduce their in-person workforces at any workplace locations by 100% not later than March 23, 2020 at 8:00pm.”
- Therefore; during this time I have made a few changes to better allow both Fr. Frank, Sr. Dominic, Deacon Dan, myself and our staffs to be present to our parishioners at St. Bridget and St. Patrick parishes at what has become a very difficult time for many. Our desire as parish staffs is to try our best to assist serving God’s family at both locations even with restrictions that have been placed on our communities presently and for the foreseeable future. This will include likely changes even to the celebrations of Holy Week, the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s Passion and Death and the beginning of the Easter Season.
- First, the continued outreach to our elderly parishioners. Due to Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7A, restricting access to nursing homes and similar facilities to protect people who are most vulnerable to Covid 19. I have agreed with the Sacred Heart Community to allow Sr. Dominic to remain with them full time until we are clear of these state restrictions. I have asked Fr. Frank and Deacon Dan to continue reaching out to the homebound by phone at this time a minimum of twice a week.
- The presence of the Priests to both parishes and celebrations of liturgical matters: I have asked Fr. Frank as of March 22, 2020 to move to St. Patrick Rectory for the duration of this latest executive order. This allows between the two priests, that we will be present to both parishes with the least amount of moving around, we will continue offering Holy Mass daily and on weekends privately. Every intention that had been arranged prior to March 23, 2020 will be honored and if a Mass does not have a particular intention Bishop Cote has directed us to offer those Masses for the people of God’s intentions from each parish. We will keep the Church building open during the day approximately from 8am – dusk each day and throughout the weekends. It will be closed briefly only while a private Mass is being offered or when a funeral Mass is being offered. All funeral Masses going forward for the time being will be restricted to family only and therefore be private and not open to the public.
- Confessions: Confessions times on Friday evenings (6:30pm – 7:30pm at both parishes) for the rest of the Lenten season. Saturday confessions at both parishes will be from 3pm – 4:30pm and Sunday from 3pm – 4pm or until all are heard. We have left booklets out at both parishes for those who desire to pray the Stations of the Cross on any particular day of the week or weekend. If there are more than ten people in the church when you arrive for a visit, please wait in your car until someone leaves. I ask that everyone be mindful of not spending extended time in either church so others may also have an opportunity. (1 Hour with our Lord is suggested)
- Contacting the Parishes: Starting today March 23, 2020 the parish offices are closed except when the secretaries need to be in for the purpose of paying bills/cutting checks to be signed and mailed out. The PHONES will be mainly answer by the priests, Fr. Greg at St. Bridget and Fr. Frank at St. Patrick. If for any reason you have an emergency and cannot reach the priest staying at either location please call the other priest. You may use either the Church phone number which if forwarded should ring right to the priest’s cell phone.
- BUILDINGS NOT CONNECTED TO THE CHURCH, ARE NOT TO BE USED AT THIS TIME FOR PERSONAL USE AND OR GATHERINGS FROM OUTSIDE GROUPS FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE AT EITHER PARISH.
- As we receive updates from Bishop Cote’s office we will post them as appropriate on the website for St. Patrick Parish and on both Facebook pages of each parish. This is particularly important regarding Holy Week, The Holy Triduum, Easter Vigil and the beginning of the Easter Season.
Saturday Vigil: 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am and 10:30am
Weekdays: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs: 8:00am
St. Bridget Church:
Saturday Vigil: 5:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am & 9:00am
8:00 - 12:00 noon on Friday (Closed During July & August)
MTHLY HOLY HOUR
This Months Holy Hour for Vocations scheduled at St. Joseph Church, Chester has been CANCELLED
Holy Day Of Obligation
ASH WEDNESDAY - February 26, 2020
St. Patrick will have an 8:00am and 7:00pm Mass and Ashes
St. Bridget will have a 7:30am and 7:00pm Mass and Ashes
- Rev. Gregory P. Galvin, Pastor
- Rev. Frank Gilbert, Parochial Vicar
- Deacon Dan D'Amelio, Permanent Deacon
- Sister Dominic Joseph Valla, Pastoral Associate
- Mrs. Dani Annino, Director of Religious Education
- Mrs. Lori Lechowicz, Administrative Assistant
- John P. Higgins, Director of Music and Organist
- Mr. Dion Roccapriore, Sexton