Monday of Holy Week
"Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have endowed him with my spirit that he may bring true justice to the nations. He does not cry out or shout aloud, or make his voice heard in the streets. He does not break the crushed reed, nor quench the wavering flame (Is 42:1-2)."
Holy Week 2015 Schedule
Holy Thursday, April 2nd
No Morning Confessions or Mass
Liturgy of the Hours:
Mass of the Lord’s Supper:
Adoration at the Altar of Reposition:
8:00 – 11:00 PM
Spend time in Adoration
Good Friday, April 3rd
Liturgy of the Hours with Divine Mercy Chaplet: 8:00 AM
Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion and Death: 3:00 PM
Stations of the Cross: 7:00 PM (Confessions to follow)
Holy Saturday, April 4th
Liturgy of the Hours with Divine Mercy Chaplet: 8:00 AM
Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets:
Solemn Vigil of Our Lord’s Resurrection:
Easter Sunday, April 5th
Solemn Masses at 8:00 and 10:00 AM
Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12
Confessions: 1:30 PM
Divine Mercy Holy Hour: 2:00 PM
Benediction: 3:00 PM
Rev. Father Michael Phillippino
Director of Religious Education
Parish Administrative Secretary
Ms. Megan Furtado
Ms. Patty Holmes
Mr. Timothy Cavanagh
Parish Office Hours
- Monday through Friday
8AM to 3PM
- Closed weekends, holidays
& holy days
Parish Council: Meets every 3rd 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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Pastoral Sharings: "Palm Sunday"
Spiritual Renewal Center Upcoming Events: Mass of Healing April 13, 2:00 PM at the Spiritual Renewal Center, 11 Bath Street, Norwich, CT. All are invited to attend.
25th Annual White Mass for Caregivers and Health Care Workers, April 19 at 9:00 AM in the Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich. Brunch immediately to follow in the Church Hall. Requested donation or breakfast is $25. Health care workers of all faiths are invited to attend.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
Religious Education classes will be held on Monday, March 30th for grades 1-5 and 6-8. All classes will meet in the school.
Seven-Week Life in the Spirit Seminar
Is something missing in your life and you can’t seem to figure out what? St. John’s will be sponsoring a Life in the Spirit Seminar in the months of April and May. The first session will be Sunday, April 19th from 2-4 PM, and subsequent sessions will be Thursdays, April 23-May 28, 7-9 PM. Others who have attended a Seminar have experienced a closer relationship with Jesus, the Mass coming alive in a new way, prayer becoming enjoyable, and the Bible coming alive. Please sign up by calling the Parish Office at 860-347-5626.
The Inviolable Right
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person -- among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5; cf Job 10:8-12; Ps 22:10-11). “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth” (Ps. 139:15). Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.” -- Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2270-2271
~ Middletown, Connecticut ~
Pope To You
St. John Church 'Nativity
Window' Ornament click here
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gifts with images from our antique stained
Click here to visit our Holy Spirit themed
giftshop featuring gifts Celebrating the
Giotto di Bondone
Christ’s Entry into Jeruselum
Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Veneto, Italy
Preparing for the Mass March 29, 2015
The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph. The entire month of March falls during the liturgical season of Lent which is represented by the liturgical color purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart.
Palm Sunday of The Lord's Passion
Sunday Bible Reflections from Scott Hahn and the liturgy can be found here and a children's liturgy can be found here.
Palm Sunday, Year B—March 29, 2015
In our Lenten journey, have we discovered that we are studies in contrasts? Did we begin with great aspirations and are now feeling more than ever our fickleness? If so, we are truly ready for Palm Sunday.
Gospel (Read Mark 14:1-15:47)
Today, in the universal Catholic Church, we rise during Mass to hear a full reading of the Passion of Christ. What is our disposition today, having spent nearly 40 days praying, fasting, and doing acts of generosity? Most of us start Lent with some sense of seriousness about our relationship with God. We welcome a whole season in which we seek to know and love Him better. Is that happening? Are the results mixed?
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion: Don’t Keep the Secret
(This is a brief homily for after the Proclamation of the Passion. In my parish I would follow this with calling the people to join us in prayer on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Solemn Easter Vigil).
Today’s Proclamation of the Passion was from the Gospel of Mark. This is the Gospel that often presents crowds of people pressing on Jesus to be healed. Jesus heals many people in this Gospel, but he then he directs them, “Tell no one about this.” Jesus silences devils who call out from the possessed that they know who He is. Why? Why the secrecy? Why does Mark present what scripture scholars would call, the Messianic Secret? The message behind the secret is that no one can understand the healings or the Messiah until they understand the cross.