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HELP FOR HAITI

Please keep Haiti and its people in your prayers after they suffered a major earthquake on Saturday, August 14, 2021. The town of Jeremie, a remote town in southwest Haiti (the Grand'Anse Department) was one of the worst-hit areas. Some people have asked how they can help or where to send money. One of our parishioners, Dr. Dan Scoppetta, a member of the Walk With Haiti Committee and a member of St. Mark's Knights of Columbus Council has a great suggestion. Dan has made many trips to that area, performing surgery... He works closely with an organization there, called GAHDA (Grand'Anse Health & Development Association), which has provided many services to the community for over 30 years. Their executive director, Bette Gebrian, PhD, RN, MPH, moved to Jeremie from Connecticut in 1987, and raised her family there. Dr. Scoppetta knows that GAHDA is ready to help when disasters strike. After Hurricane Matthew devastated most of the Grand'Anse Department in 2016, GAHDA immediately began coordinating relief efforts, including the dispersal of food, medicines, healthcare, and relief supplies. GAHDA also provided building supplies for home repair to over 3,000 people who lost their housing. For more information about who they are and what they do, visit their website www.GAHDA.org. Donations can be made there using Paypal, credit cards and debit cards. Contact Dan Scoppetta at 860-573-9287, he will explain a simple way to donate cash or by check.  Thank you – Walk With Haiti Committee

Congratulations to our St. Pio Faith Formation 1st Communion Class.

See the Sacraments (1st Communion) or Faith Formation pages for details.

NEW LITURGICAL GUIDELINES AS OF MAY 19, 2021

(Excerpt from the Connecticut Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

“In light of the positive developments, we believe the time has come to review the importance that full participation at Mass has for the spiritual life of all believers and offer a heartfelt appeal for all Catholics to return to the Sunday celebration of Mass in person…”  “With confidence in the Lord’s grace and protection, we have decided to end the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation in person in each of our respective dioceses effective Saturday, May 22, 2021, beginning with the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Pentecost.”  Below are the new guidelines.

  

SUNDAY OBLIGATION:  The general dispensation from attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will be ended as of Saturday, May 22, 2021—the Solemnity of Pentecost.  Given the reality that the pandemic has not completely subsided, some persons may be prevented from attending Mass for legitimate reasons, including:

1. those suffering from serious pre-existing conditions that may make them more susceptible to falling ill from COVID—19;

2. those who are ill and homebound;

3. A caregiver in close contact with someone who:

                  a.  Has tested positive for any contagious disease, including COVID-19;

                  b.  Is in quarantine due to exposure to any contagion or residing with someone who is in quarantine.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

4. Masks are not required in the church if you are fully vaccinated. A cloth mask covering the face and nose is still required if you are not fully vaccinated.

5. No social distancing will be required within the church.

                  a.  All pews will be available for seating.

                  b.  Pastors may consider designating a “social distance” section for those who are more vulnerable.

6. Any requirement for individuals to register in order to attend Mass is to be discontinued.

7. Church bulletins, as well as printed materials (books,  holy cards, leaflets, etc.) are permitted

8. Pastors are encouraged to continue livestreaming at least one (1) Sunday Mass – See below for our Radio Stations

 

LISTEN TO US ON THE RADIO!

You can remain in your car and tune your radio to 91.9 at St. John Church or 92.7 at St. Mark Church and participate from your car. 

 

9. Holy water fonts should be filled and restored to use.

10. Pastors are to ensure that the church, bathrooms, parish facilities, etc., are cleaned on a regular basis.
11. A sign at the entrances to the church reminding people of new mask guidelines is recommended.

12. Parish or private functions for which parish halls, etc., may be rented must follow State guidelines.

                  a.  There are no restrictions for these events in addition to the State mandates.

                  b.  The State is planning to provide additional guidelines for indoor and outdoor activities later this month.

Food Pantry Emergency Need

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 Old Saybrook
ST. JOHN CATHOLIC CHURCH

161 Main Street

Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Weekend Masses:

Saturday:  4:00 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 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 Westbrook
ST. MARK CATHOLIC CHURCH

222 McVeagh Road

Westbrook, CT 06498

Weekend Masses:

Saturday:  5:00 pm

Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 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