Optional Memorial of St. Denis, bishop and martyr and companions, martyrs; St. John Leonardi, priest; Bl. John Henry Newman (Eng/Wales)
St. John Leonardi (1543-1609), a zealous Italian apostle, founded the congregation of the Mother of God, whose priest-members traveled throughout Tuscany urging the people to a stronger interest in their religion. Fr. John Leonardi longed to convert pagans, but his spiritual director, St. Philip Neri, told him to remain in Italy. So instead he founded a seminary in Rome to train young men for the priesthood from all the mission lands.
St. Denis, a third-century apostle of Gaul, and now one of the "Fourteen Holy Helpers" became first bishop of Paris. He suffered martyrdom there, together with his priest Rusticus and his deacon Eleutherius.
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
~ Air Conditioned and Handicapped Accessible~
Pastoral Sharings: "Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time"
St. John Paul II Regional School
Pre-K through Grade 8
860-347-2978 or 860-347-1195
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Welcome to St. John Church Our Newly Baptized!
James Anthony Prince
Child of Joseph and Melissa Prince
of Portland, CT
Baptized September 13, 2015
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
October 3: 2nd grade meeting at 9 AM in the Chapel (Mandatory
students and parents)
October 5: Classes for grades 1-5, 6-8 (no 2nd grade class)
October 10: Confirmation and Parents’ Retreat Day, 9:30-3:30 at
the Parish Center (MANDATORY)
October 12: No Classes (Columbus Day)
October 19: Classes for grades 1-5, 6-8, 9th grade Confirmation
October 26: Classes for grades 1-5, 6-8
Children’s Liturgy: October 4, 11, 18, 26 at 10:00 AM Mass
Any child above the age of 7 who has not been baptized should go into the RCIC. Please contact Sister Ann Mack at 860-344-8569.
RCIA/RCIC 2015-2016: We are currently accepting applications for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). RCIC is intended for children not baptized as infants who have attained the use of reason and are of catechetical age, and for children who were baptized as infants but were not catechized and are too old for the 2nd grade class. The R.C.I.C. classes take place on Monday during regular CCD evening classes. RCIA is a process through which non-baptized persons can enter the Catholic faith, and is also open to those baptized in another denomination. To register or for more information, please call 860-347-5626.
Holy Apostles College and Seminary
Save the Date:
Saturday November 7th:
Parish Retreat at Holy Apostles
Theme: “The Mercy of God”
More information to follow
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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
Christ and the Rich Young Ruler
Oil on canvas
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Preparing for the Mass October 11, 2015
The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15. September falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green.
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Bible Reflections from Scott Hahn and the liturgy can be found here and a children's liturgy can be found here.
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: What Do We Need?
How sad! The man had the wonders of the Lord right there in front of him. He could have become one of the Lord's closest disciples. Jesus heard him say that he had kept the commandments. Jesus knew that he was a good man. He loved him. But he also knew that something was holding the man back. His possessions were the reason for his life. All his life he had worked hard to have a lot, or, perhaps, he had been born into a wealthy family and had been falsely taught that the family’s wealth would guarantee his happiness. The man thought that he was on the top of society. Then he received a shock. True greatness was being offered to him. Was he willing to change the focus of his life? Was he willing to step away from his material possessions? Evidently not. He left the Lord saddened.
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 10: 17–30
In today’s gospel passage, the rich young man who approaches Jesus asks the universally felt human question about the possibility of reaching a life beyond death. In other words, why do we humans have such a strong yearning for life and are nonetheless created mortal? This young man is obviously very confident and he uses ingratiating language as he addresses Jesus. When Jesus replies that only God is good, he is simply stating a truism of the Jewish tradition.
Jesus then reminds this young man of the traditional teaching in the Ten Commandments about the kind of moral behavior that promises eternal life. The young man replies in effect: “Been there, done that!” Jesus in turn seems to be captivated by his self-confidence and tells him that there is indeed more to be done if he really is serious about eternal life.
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time,
Year B—October 11, 2015
Today, a man runs to Jesus and seeks an answer to life’s deepest question. Yet this did not end well. Why?
Gospel (Read Mk 10:17-30)
St. Mark describes for us an unforgettable exchange Jesus had with a man who earnestly seeks Him out. The man “ran” up to Him and “knelt down before Him.” When we hear the man’s question (“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”), we have to be impressed with his honest seriousness. This man has a burning desire for spiritual truth, and he expects Jesus to reveal it.