Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time
Traditionally today is the feast of St. Catherine Laboure. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her, a member of the Daughters of Charity, three times in 1830 and commissioned her to have made the Miraculous Medal and to spread a devotion to it. St. Catherine Laboure was canonized in 1947. It is also the feast of St. James of the Marches who grew up in the turbulence of early 15th Century Europe. Wars were being waged across Western Europe, and the Papal seat of authority was divided between Italy and France.
Jubilee of Mercy Begins December 8th - Click Here or See Link Below
"Merciful Like The Father"
Rev. Father Michael Phillippino
Director of Religious Education
Parish Administrative Secretary
Ms. Megan Furtado
Ms. Patty Holmes
Mr. Timothy Cavanagh
To Be Announced
Parish Office Hours
- Monday through Friday
8AM to 3PM
- Closed weekends, holidays
& holy days
Parish Council: Meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the Rectory; all parishioners are welcome to attend.
"The Mother Church of the Norwich Diocese"
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00 PM
Sunday Mass: 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
Weekday Masses: 8:00 AM Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat
No 8AM Mass on Wed
Eucharistic Adoration begins in the chapel at 9AM after morning Mass on the 1st Friday of each month and ends at 6PM, in observance of the 6:30 Stations of the Cross, with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a Benediction.
Monday Night: Miraculous Medal Novena in the Chapel
Thursday Night: 7PM Prayer Group in the Chapel
First Fridays: 8AM Mass and Devotions to the Sacred Heart
First Saturdays: 8AM Mass and Holy Rosary
Confession: Heard Saturdays, 3:00-3:30PM
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SCHOOL NEWS:St. John Paul II students donated a HUGE amount of nonperishables to the St. John Church Thanksgiving Food Drive, enough to help feed 42 families.
Welcome to St. John Church
Our Newly Baptized!
Rosina Grace Taliercio
Daughter of Joseph and Jennifer Taliercio of Haddam, CT
Baptized November 15, 2015
Blake Sophie Milardo
Daughter of Tim and Jodi Milardo of East Hampton, CT
Baptized November 15, 2015
Graham Kelly Graca
Son of Brian and Karen Graca of Cromwell, CT
Baptized November 21, 2015
Norwich Diocesan Convocation
This week, Fr. Mike and other priests from the Diocese of Norwich will be in Newport, Rhode Island, for the Annual Norwich Diocesan Convocation. Due to Father’s absence, there will be NO 8:00 AM Mass Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Thursday, Dec. 3. Mass will resume on Friday, Dec. 4. Please pray for our priests, as they are praying for you.
Holy Year of Mercy: On Sunday, December 13th, Bishop Cote will open the Holy Year of Mercy at the Cathedral of St. Patrick at 10:30 AM with a special celebration of the Eucharist. During this celebration, representatives from every parish of the Diocese will be commissioned as Disciples of Mercy. We will also have the traditional ritual of opening the Holy Door of Mercy. All parishioners are invited to participate. Following the Mass, a reception will be held in the Cathedral auditorium.
Bishop Michael Cote has designated St. John Church as a place of pilgrimage for the Diocese of Norwich during the Holy Year of Mercy. Therefore, on December 13th, we will formally open the Holy Door of Mercy at St. John’s at the 10:00 AM Mass that Sunday. All parishioners are encouraged to attend this very special Mass that weekend as Father Michael blesses the Holy Door for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy. We hope to see you all there!
Diocesan Fuel Fund Collection: The Diocese of Norwich will hold the annual Fuel Fund at the second collection the weekend of December 12-13, to aid those who lack funds to pay for fuel. Please help us to help those who are without heat and light during these cold winter months. May the Lord bless and reward all whose generosity will assist the needy.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Diocese of Norwich: Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Norwich on Saturday, December 12, 2015. The evening will begin with the Rosary at 6:30 PM, followed by the Mass, celebrated by Bishop Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich. Following the liturgical celebration, join in a fiesta of delightful music, delicious food and warm fellowship in honor of Our Lady. A free will offering is requested. For more information, please contact the Office for Hispanic Ministry, 860-456-3349, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Giving Tree and Food Drive: Our 2015 Giving Tree goes up this weekend, the First Sunday of Advent. On it are gift tags for the needy of our parish and town. If you take a tag, please return the WRAPPED present to the tree with tag attached by Sunday, December 20th, so we may distribute the gifts in time for Christmas. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
We have begun collecting nonperishables for our Christmas baskets. Nonperishables may be left at the entryway of the Church this weekend and every weekend until December 19-20. May God bless you.
Poinsettia Sale: December 5-6: The St. John Church Fundraising/Social Committee will be having our annual Poinsettia Sale after all Masses the weekend of December 5-6. Poinsettias will sell at 6 in. for $8 and 10 in. for $20. Car magnets will also be on sale for $5.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
Religious Education classes will be held on Monday, November 30th for grades 1-8. Class will be held on Monday, December 7 for grades 1-9.
Confirmation Students: your letter to Father Mike is due at the Monday, December 7th class.
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St. John Church 'Nativity
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Preparing for the Mass November 29, 2015
The month of November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory, whose feast is celebrated on November 2. With the exception of the last Sunday, November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time and is represented by the liturgical color green. The last Sunday, which marks the beginning of the Advent season, the liturgical color changes to purple, representing a time of penance.
The First Sunday of Advent
Sunday Bible Reflections from Scott Hahn and the liturgy can be found here and a children's liturgy can be found here.
First Sunday of Advent: Waiting
This year Advent begins with two very positive readings, followed by a stern warning. The first reading is from the prophet Jeremiah. “The days are coming when the promise will be fulfilled,” Jeremiah wrote to people who were decimated by their enemies. The Babylonians had captured many of them and sent them in chains to Babylon. The Hebrews knew that they had sinned against God. The exile was a result of their sins. But had God totally deserted them? “No,” Jeremiah said. By their own choice they were no longer in a righteous relationship with God. But God had not given up on them. The time was coming when Jerusalem and Judah would be safe from all terrors. A righteous shoot of David would lead them. And Jerusalem would be a place of justice, a place of union with God.
First Sunday of Advent
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Luke places Jesus’ discourse about the destruction of the temple and his coming at the end of the world immediately before the narrative of his death and resurrection. In the present passage Jesus uses cosmicsymbolic images of the prophetic tradition to indicate the final divine action in history at the end of the world. Before the Son of Man comes in a cloud with power and glory, there will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars. The coming of the Son of Man in power and glory means that the final redemption is at hand. Jesus then issues a warning lest our hearts become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness or from anxieties of daily life. If we are not vigilant, the final day will catch us by surprise like a trap. Jesus tells us to pray for the strength to escape the ever-imminent tribulation so that we may stand erect with raised heads at his coming.