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Saint John Roman Catholic Church Celebrating 175 Years!!!!

19 St. John Sq., Middletown, Connecticut, (860) 347-5626 .................... Rev. James Thaikoottathil, J.C.D.

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Rev. James Thaikoottathil, J.C.D.             


Director of Religious Education

Mrs. Connie Russo McCorriston


Parish Administrative Secretary

Mrs. Diana Blair

Parish Bookeeper
Ms. Mary Ann Majors

Parish Sexton
Mr. Bob Maxa

Parish Organist
Mrs. Joanne Swift

Parish Committee Heads

Parish Council: Debra Liistro     


Building & Grounds: Richard      Bergan       (203-537-1435)

Fundraising Chair: Simonne       Mularski     (860-301-0825)

Finance Chair: Kimberley

Parks         (860-267-0847)  

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"

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00 PM   
                                5:30 (St. Sebastian)

Sunday Mass:            9:00 AM  

                                11:00 AM and 5:00 PM (St. Sebastian)

Weekday Masses:      7:30 AM  in the Chapel Tues & Thurs

                                 7:30 AM  Mon. Wed. &Fri. (St. Sebastian)

Eucharistic Adoration begins in the chapel after the 7:00 AM Mass on the 1st Thursday and ends at 9:00 AM with Benediction.


Confessions:  Heard Saturdays, 3:15-3:45PM 

                     Heard Sundays, 8:15-8:45AM

Holy Days of Obligation:  Vigil 7:00PM & 8:00 AM

                                           12:10 PM & 7:00 PM (St. Sebastian)

If you attend Mass at St. Sebastian all St. John envelopes will be collected and sent to St. John rectory for counting.

           ~ Air Conditioned and Handicapped Accessible~





 St. John Paul II Regional School

860-347-2978 or 860-347-1195

Visit our website at

St. John Paul II School grades Preschool to 8th. 


We invite you to come tour the school and meet current students and families to see all the exciting things St. John Paul II has to offer.


For more information or to apply, visit, call 860-347-2978 or send an email to

175th Anniversary

In the year 2018 St. John Parish will be celebrating its 175th Anniversary.  It will be a year of special events.   SAVE THE DATE!   St. John 175th Anniversary Parish Dinner Saturday, April 28, 2018

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
- “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Listen with your spouse for God’s message of love by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Feb 2-4, 2018 in Manchester, CT and July 6-8, 2018 in Manchester, CT. For more information, call Dennis & Jane Lamondy at 860-481-3720 or visit them at

Save the Date...2018 Women’s Conference: Called to Joy! *Welcome women of all ages* Saturday, April 14, 2018 St. Bernard High School, Uncasville, CT 8:30-3:30 pm Faith,fun and more! Keynote Speaker ValLimar Jansen Workshops on parenting, prayer, music, service, scripture, marriage, caregiving *Reconciliation& Adoration offered * Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Cote

Worldwide Marriage Encounter “He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp." As Jesus cured the leper, let the love of God heal and strengthen our marital bonds so we can live within our camp with joy by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Jul 6-8, 2018 in MANCHESTER, CT and Nov 2-4, 2018 in MANCHESTER, CT. For more information, call Pat & Mary-Jo McLaughlin at 860-3152127 or visit them at


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gifts with images from our antique stained

glass windows




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                                    Bishop Barron on "Downsizing"


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Holy Family
Stained Glass Window
St. John Church, Middletown, Connecticut

Preparing for the Mass

The month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family. This year the first thirteen days of February fall during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time which is represented by the liturgical color green. Green, the symbol of hope, is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. The remaining days of February are the beginning of Lent. The liturgical color changes to purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart. 

Sunday Bible Reflections from Scott Hahn and the liturgy readings can be found here and a children's liturgy can be found here.

An Arousal Gap, as Seen in a Humorous Sketch

The video below is a comedic depiction of our tendency to ignore things that we think don’t matter to us. If we aren’t careful we can live a self-centered life in which the sufferings of others are too remote; if it doesn’t affect us directly we are content to ignore it. Some have called this an “arousal gap.”


Did the Virgin Mary Die?

I spent the last half of January in the Holy Land on a pilgrimage with my new employer, Holy Family School of Faith. (For those not in the know, I discerned out of seminary last year, and began working in January for School of Faith, which provides Catholic catechesis and mentoring). One of the spots at which we prayed was the Tomb of Mary, depicted above.


After her death, the Apostles brought Mary’s body here, and it is from here that she was assumed into Heaven, leaving behind an empty tomb, courtesy of her Resurrected and Ascended Son. St. John Damascene, in the 7th century, said of this place that her empty tomb is a resting place for us:


Thoughts on Lent

Lent begins early this year and falls on that lover’s holiday, February 14th. This is an unfortunate day for those hopeless romantics that expect an indulgent dinner with their significant other. But I guess that is the reason for Fat Tuesday. However, it is good that it comes early because it gives us an opportunity to better reflect on the reason that we are Christians, the death, and resurrection of our Lord. This early Lent season also allows us to purge our bodies and minds of the overindulgence of the Christmas and New Year holidays. It allows us to begin anew, refresh, practice self-examination and proclaim our faith publicly.


Here’s What You May Not Know About Christ’s Passion

The Bible contains four accounts of the passion of Christ. Each of them tell the story from a different perspective – but each of them also leave out background stories and facts that are crucial to understanding the gravity of Christ’s trial, torture, and death on the cross.


It’s not that the Gospel writers intentionally left out important details. Instead, they wrote primarily to people who had been alive when Christ died. They had grown up in the same streets that Christ had walked, knew the people mentioned in the stories by name, and were familiar with the politics of the day. But for us modern readers diving into the story of the passion twenty centuries later, those details are essential to having a complete appreciation of the passion of Christ.


The Power of Belonging

Dr. Brene Brown, a social scientist from the University of Houston, wondered if there was a “core need” that was shared by every human person.  After 6 years of study, she arrived at an answer.  She concluded that “we are neuro-biologically wired for connection.”  She went on to say, “We are created to belong, and our greatest fear is that we will not belong.”


This research, on its surface, simply validates what the Church teaches and what most Christians know intuitively.  Active, authentic Christianity is about connection and belonging.  Christianity’s fundamental proposition is about belonging, belonging to Christ, and belonging to others in His body.


Lent and God’s Answer to Suffering

Why does God allow suffering?

I wish I had a satisfying answer to that. I can give you my best theological explanation, but it won’t satisfy what that question is really seeking. (The theological answer: God doesn’t create suffering, but he allows it. Through our free will, we have chosen evil and suffering has entered the world. But, of course, there is the follow-up question…why does he allow it?) I could also tell you that the answer is, ultimately, a mystery, but that isn’t very satisfying either.

However, I can give you the only answer I’ve found any satisfaction is, an answer that is worthy of reflection as we enter this Lenten season.

Winter Olympic Gold Medalist Speaks of Catholic Identity in Fast-Paced World

It is common for bobsledders to reach speeds of 80 to 90 miles per hour in international races. While this may make for thrilling competition, Olympic gold medalist Curt Tomasevicz — no stranger to flying on ice — has a deep appreciation for slowing down.


The Shelby, Nebraska, native recently helped to organize a retreat at a Benedictine monastery. This was a reminder for him of what is most important in life. Despite a decorated career that includes not only an Olympic gold and bronze medal, but also three gold, two silver and five bronze medals at the World Championships — he knows that he cannot take them with him when he departs from this life.


Prepare for a Prayerful Lent

During Lent the Church calls on us in a special way to prepare our hearts and to purify our souls so that we can be ready to commemorate the most important events in all of human history: the Passion, death, and Resurrec­tion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our eternal des­tiny — whether we spend eternity with God or without Him, in happiness or in misery, in Heaven or in Hell — de­pends on how we respond to those events!


Let us use this season of Lent to get closer to God, maybe closer than ever before, so that you can be what God created you to be: living signs, living witnesses, living instruments of His infinite love to the world.


Amazing Coincidence or Proof? All Major Relics of Christ Have the Same Blood Type

As Catholics, we believe in the Real Presence, whereby Jesus Christ is made literally present in a consecrated Host through transubstantiation.


“Jesus said to them, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.'” – John 6:53-54

Since its earliest inception, many have been intensely skeptical of the Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence. However, over the centuries there have been many reports and accounts of the Host miraculously turning into physical flesh and blood. When studies were performed on these miraculous Hosts, along with relics of Christ, an astonishing discovery was made – the same blood type was found every time – type AB.


The Path of Perfection – Purgatory

“All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.” Catechism of the Catholic Church 1030


I had a discussion online the other day with a Protestant Minister.  She identified herself as a Priest, and she was admonishing my friend for praying for his deceased mother (on the Anniversary of his mother’s death, I might add).  She said his mother was dead and prayers won’t help her.  My heart sank as I know the biggest mercy God allowed for us was Purgatory, and the biggest heartache is all those in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them.


She prodded me to tell her where in the bible was the verse on Purgatory.   Since I know the Protestants have removed the deuterocanonical books of the Bible, and she wouldn’t have 2 Maccabees 12:46 in her bible, which says, “Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be absolved from their sin,”  I decided to quote from Matthew for her instead.


5 of the Earliest Non-Biblical References to Jesus

The majority of the eyewitness accounts we have of Jesus come from the Gospel. However, there are also many secular and non-Christian writings from extra-biblcal sources from just shortly after His Ascension all the way to the fifth century that describes the Earthly Life of Jesus.


What do these writings have to offer to us? Here are five of the earliest non-Biblical references to Jesus Christ.


Thallus in 52 A.D.

Thallus was an early historian who wrote in Koine Greek. He is perhaps the earliest secular writer to mention Jesus; in fact, he is so ancient his complete volume of works does not even exist anymore. However, Julius Africanus writing around 221 A.D. quotes Thallus who provides an explanation for the darkness that occurred at the Crucifixion.