ST. PIO PARISH MASS/CONFESSION SCHEDULE

Masses and confessions at both St. John and St. Mark Churches have resumed their normal weekday and weekend schedules. (see tab above for Mass Schedule)
 
However, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until further notice. We encourage parishioners who are able to attend Weekday Mass to continue to do so in lieu of attending on Sundays in order to allow those who cannot attend during the week, the opportunity to attend on the weekend.
 
If the Mass you choose to attend has reached capacity (100) or you would feel safer not being in the crowd...

LISTEN TO US ON THE RADIO

You can remain in your car and tune your radio to 87.9 at St. John Church or 89.3 at St. Mark Church and participate from your car. At the end of Mass, you may come into the church by the front door and receive Holy Communion. Blessings on your day! 

 

GUIDELINES FOR THE RESTORATION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP

1. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass will remain dispensed for all the faithful in the Diocese of Norwich until further notice. Since Sunday is still the Lord’s Day, the faithful are encouraged to do one of the following if not attending Mass:

a. Read and reflect on the Sunday scriptures;

b. Pray the rosary reflecting on the Glorious Mysteries;

c. Watch the Sunday Mass on TV, or via the internet.

 

2. Since “social distancing” will remain in place for the foreseeable future, seating must provide for 6 feet of free distance, in all directions, between individuals and/or households. Faithful need to be aware that seating will be limited due to social distancing rules. Since seating is limited, the faithful should be clearly reminded beforehand that they may not be able to attend the Mass they wish if the church reaches capacity.

 

3. Those who are considered “high risk” due to age or underlying health condition, are encouraged to stay home. 

 

4. We remind all the faithful of the responsibilities before you enter the building.

a. Wash Hands Frequently. If hand washing is not possible, hand sanitizer should be used.

b. Don’t touch your face. 

c. Maintain Social Distancing.

d. Wear a Mask. According to state mandate, face mask that cover both nose and mouth are required of all attending public worship. The use of a face mask is not required by any person who by using it, will act contrary to his or her health or safety due to a medical condition. Children under the age of 5 are not required to wear a mask.

e. Stay home. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or not feeling well.

 

5. With the restoration of public worship and the reception of Holy Communion we remind the faithful about the proper disposition necessary for the reception of Holy Communion. 

a. Our attendance is first and foremost for the worship of Almighty God.  The faithful are not required to receive Holy Communion every time they attend Mass.  

b. All who present themselves for Holy Communion should be properly prepared to receive.

c. This preparation involves a careful examination of conscience and should regularly involve the Sacrament of Penance

6. Those not receiving Holy Communion should be encouraged to make an Act of Spiritual Communion.

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion  

St. Alphonsus Liguori

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You

sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. 

Never permit me to be separated from You. 

Amen.

 

7. We need to make it clear to the faithful that there is no completely sterile way to distribute and receive Holy Communion. 

Here are some AT HOME MASS options:

norwichdiocese.org/masses—for Sunday Mass and additional local churches live-streaming Masses.

live.holyfamilyretreat.org

ewtn.com for the daily Mass schedule. 

ortv.org—TV Mass—Hartford Archdiocese—10am

catholictv.org—Live Mass from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame's campus in South Bend, Indiana.  10:00 AM every Sunday.  9:30 AM Mon.—Fri.

saintpatrickscathedral.org—Live Mass from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.  10:15 AM every Sunday

Helpful Diocesan Resources in Preparing to Return to Church

On Wednesday, May 27th, Bishop Cote released the Parish Reopening Guidelines to the Pastors of the Diocese

While the Pastors and staff are making preparations, it is just as important that we prepare ourselves and our families for returning to Mass. The initial resumption of public worship will be Weekday ONLY Masses beginning on Monday, June 8th, provided that the parish can meet the guidelines. 

 

Here are two guides for parishioners that should answer many of your questions. 

Supermarket Gift Cards -- Still Available, Concierge Style!

 

We are continuing to sell gift cards for Stop and Shop, ShopRite, and Big Y, just as we always do after Mass at St. Mark Church. You get the face value and Walk with Haiti gets a percentage donated by the store. You can order by phone or email and we’ll deliver the card(s) to you. 

 

These cards are also a great way to support the Food Pantry at St. Mark. Call Rich or Rachel at 860-767-1503 or email: rachelhiggins88@gmail.com. Or mail your check to the parish office MARKED “GIFT CARDS FOR FOOD PANTRY” and we’ll get your gift cards to the food pantry.

Food Pantry Emergency Need

Due to St. Mark being closed due to the COVID-19 virus, those faithful parishioners who donate food to the Food Pantry have been unable to drop off their donations.  The number of families needing food continues to grow and. the need is great.  Therefore, the Food Pantry will have a barrel outside of the door at the Church Hall where you can drive up and drop off food daily between 7 am – 6 pm. The need is great for the following items: Tuna Fish, Canned Corn, Soups, Cereal, Rice and Pasta. Please keep in mind “safe distancing.”  Thank you for your generous donations!

Message From Father Greg:
Welcome to St. John in Old Saybrook and St. Mark in Westbrook! Welcome is so often said routinely, but we truly do want all visitors and new parishioners to feel comfortable and wanted in our parish. We want your voice and your heart to share with us when we praise God and thank God for the blessings we have received. We encourage you to take your place in our community and contribute your skills and your enthusiasm as we grow together in the love of God and one another.

 

Welcome to St. John & St. Mark Churches:
We extend a warm welcome to all and invite you to attend our churches. You will find our parish communities a place where your life of faith will be nourished. We invite you to come share your special gifts within the communities of St. John and St. Mark. Your prayers, your presence, and your talents are most welcome.

May God Bless all of us.

ST. JOHN CATHOLIC CHURCH

161 Main Street

Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Weekend Masses:

Saturday:  4:00 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:15 am & 11:00 am

Daily Masses:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:15 am

*If St. John School is delayed or canceled because of weather, the only Mass that day will be AT ST. MARK at 9 am

Confessions:

Saturday from 3:00-3:30 pm and by appointment

ST. MARK CATHOLIC CHURCH

222 McVeagh Road

Westbrook, CT 06498

Weekend Masses:

Saturday:  5:00 pm

Sunday: 7:45 am, 10:15 am & 7:00 pm

Daily Masses:

Tuesday & Friday at 7:15 am

*If St. John School is delayed or canceled because of weather, the only Mass that day will be AT ST. MARK at 9 am

Confessions:

Saturday from 4:00-4:30 pm and by appointment

ST. JOHN PARISH

161 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Tel: (860) 388-3787

ST. MARK PARISH

222 McVeagh Road, Westbrook, CT 06498

Tel: (860) 399-9207

Parishes of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich, CT 

 

Serving the Communities of Greater Old Saybrook, Westbrook, and

Our Sister Parish, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Port Au Prince, Haiti

 

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