COVID-19 Update

MESSAGE FROM FR. COLLINS (JUNE 28Th, 2020)

Dear Friends in Christ, 

For many of us, the last three months have particularly been daunting given the difficulties of dealing with impacts of Covid-19 pandemic and the recent exacerbated social unrest around the country. At this time, the risk to feel overwhelmed, and consequently disconnect from engagement with others remain high. Our current situation demands that we be courageous in allowing Christ’s light and our faith in him to inform our decisions and actions. So, may our focus remain on God whom the immortal words of the Psalmist in this weekend’s Responsorial Psalm exalted as the “shield” and “splendor of strength” for his people (Psalm 89:17-18).

By now, many of you must have known that on Friday June 19th, 2020, Archbishop Leonard Blair announced that beginning the weekend of July 4/5 the churches in the Archdiocese of Hartford can reopen for weekend masses on limited capacity while following the published safety guidelines. In view of the current announcement, St. Patrick’s church will reopen for weekend masses for the public to physically attend in the church beginning with Saturday 5:00 pm evening mass on July 4th. Please see the updated information in this weekend’s bulletin that contains the “Basic Information Everyone Needs to Know About Reopening St. Patrick’s Church for Public Worship”. The document is also posted on the parish website and Facebook.

Please pay particular attention to the following updated information:

  • Weekend masses times of Saturdays 5:00 pm, and Sundays 8:00 am & 10:00 am will remain unchanged
  • Only 10:00 am Sunday mass will be streamed online on parish Facebook page till further notice
  • No Saturday 4:00pm confessions till further notice. Confessions will continue to be held on Mondays 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Everyone will be expected to comply with the safety notice posted around the church
  • Only the main central entrance doors of the church will be used for entry and exit during masses and liturgical events
  • To ensure that the 6-feet social distancing requirement is maintained during masses and liturgical events in the church, specified number of tickets for individuals, couples, and families will be distributed at the central entrance on first come, first serve basis until the number of people that the church and hall can accommodate are reached
  • Only the cantors in the choir loft will be allowed to sing during masses
  • All worship aids and hymn books have been removed from the pews
  • The whole church will continue to be sanitized after every use.
  • The pews in the church are properly marked indicating where individuals, couples, and families who live in the same household are allowed to sit
  • Arrow signs are used to mark directions of movement in the church, and everyone is required to follow the direction of the arrows when moving around the church
  • Standing stations during Holy Communion are clearly marked, and only three people at a time will be allowed to line up
  • We continue to strongly encourage everyone to receive Holy Communion in the hand. If you must receive Holy Communion in the tongue (which we continue to strongly discourage), you must wait after the dismissal of mass. For the safety of everyone, Holy Communion will not be given in the tongue during regular Holy Communion distribution.

As usual, please continue to watch out for updates, and announcements in the parish bulletin, website, and Facebook. In the spirit of Christian charity, let us all continue to keep safe and look out for one another.

 God’s peace and blessings to you all.

In Christ,
Fr. Collins I. Anaeche


MESSAGE FROM FR. COLLINS (MAY 29th, 2020)

Dear Friends in Christ,

This weekend of May 31st, we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost which commemorates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Disciples in the Upper Room. The gift of the Holy Spirit continues to rejuvenate and transform the life of the Church in her mission of proclaiming the truth of God’s kingdom. Given the challenges of the moment caused by Covid-19 pandemic, we need the rejuvenation of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the church more than ever. In celebrating the Feast of Pentecost this weekend, we ask the Holy Spirit to empower us anew with his life, so that with him as our hope, we can together meet the challenges of the moment.

By now, many of you must have known that on Wednesday May 27th, the Archdiocese of Hartford published the guidelines for “Opening of Churches for Public Worship.…” within its jurisdiction. In keeping with the Archdiocesan guidelines, we have put together a document that contains the “Basic Information Everyone Needs to Know About Reopening St. Patrick’s Church for Public Worship”. The document is printed in this weekend’s bulletin and posted on the parish website and Facebook. Here is the Facebook page link to the document:

https://www.facebook.com/StPats4c/photos/a.1425368564156268/3700546733305095/?type=3&theater

Below also is the link for the complete texts of the Archdiocese of Harford guidelines for opening of churches for public worship.    

https://archdioceseofhartford.org/guidelines-for-opening-churches-for-public-worship-in-the-archdiocese-of-hartford/

We are doing everything that we can to ensure a safe and smooth transition into the new phase of gradual opening of St. Patrick’s church for public events. At the moment, we ask that everyone should pay special attention to the following:

  • All masses and liturgical events at St. Patrick’s church including Sunday 10.am and weekday 11.am masses on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will continue to be live streamed on the parish Facebook page till further notice
  • Beginning Monday June 8th, only weekday masses will be open to the public to physically attend in the church
  • A date for opening weekend masses for the public to attend physically in the church, will be communicated in due time.
  • Everyone will be expected to comply with the safety notice posted around the church
  • Only the main central entrance doors of the church will be used for entry and exit during masses and liturgical events
  • To ensure that the 6-feet social distancing requirement is maintained during masses and liturgical events in the church, specified number of tickets for individuals, couples, and families will be distributed on first come, first serve basis until the number of people that the church and hall can accommodate are reached
  • Only the cantors in the choir loft will be allowed to sing during masses
  • All worship aids and hymn books will be removed from the pews
  • The whole church will be sanitized after every use.
  • The pews in the church will be properly marked indicating where individuals, couples, and families who live in the same household are allowed to sit.
  • Arrow signs will be used to mark directions of movement in the church, and everyone is required to follow the direction of the arrows when moving around the church.
  • Standing stations during Holy Communion will be clearly marked, and only three people at a time will be allowed to line up
  • We strongly encourage everyone to receive Holy Communion in the hand. If you must receive Holy Communion in the tongue (which we strongly discourage), you must wait after the dismissal of mass. For the safety of everyone, Holy Communion will not be given in the tongue during regular Holy Communion distribution.

In this time, Christian charity requires all of us to attend to both our individual health and safety, as well as those of others. As we navigate through this difficult time, let us all be particularly mindful of the needs of the most vulnerable and at-risk members of our families and community. In the spirit of our shared responsibility to ensure the safety of all, we expect everyone to cooperate with the guidelines and directives. By God’s grace and with our collective efforts, we will overcome the challenges of Covid-19. So, let us continue to keep strong and move forward in faith.

Please continue to watch out for updates and announcements on our parish website and Facebook pages. Also remember that the parish staff members are available to answer your questions and attend to your needs. They will continue to work from their homes most of the time during the normal business hours Mondays through Thursdays 10.am to 4pm. As we said before, please feel free to send them emails or call them using the parish phone line (860-693-8727). They can respond to emails and voice messages from their homes. Also, since the parish rectory office will continue to remain closed for face-to-face meetings, the staff members are available for Zoom meetings (when necessary). As usual, the church will continue to be open for private prayers and devotions Mondays through Thursdays 10.am to 4pm. As we said before, please use the Tabernacle side door and stay within the Tabernacle section. Use the sign placed at the door entrance inside the church to indicate where you stayed to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting of the used spots.

I will continue to hold all of you in my prayers.

In Christ,

Fr. Collins I. Anaeche

 


 

MESSAGE FROM FR. COLLINS (May 11, 2020)

Dear Friends in Christ,

My hope is that all of you are continuing to hold on. I understand that the pressures of the moment might be pressing hard on us and possibly causing us to begin to lose the grip that allows us to keep pushing forward. All of you are heroes in your own rights making extraordinary sacrifices to protect yourselves and keep our community safe. In this tumultuous time of dealing with covid-19 and its impacts, many of you have found creative ways to reach out to others in need. In the words of St. Paul in his Letter to the Galatians 6:9, I urge all of us “…not to grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.

I want to seize this opportunity to express my appreciation to all our teachers in the Faith Formation program who have continued to connect and assist our students and their families in the faith formation. As we announced previously, within one month of reopening the parish for public events, we will celebrate First Reconciliation and Communion for our children in the class of 2020. Arrangements will also be made to schedule Confirmation in due time for the confirmation candidates. I continue to remain profoundly grateful to all of you for your continued cooperation and support. Many of you have continued to send to the church your offerings and donations through online giving platform, Bank BillPay system and regular mailing of checks. If you have missed the opportunity within the period and your financial means allows you to make contributions, it is not yet too late. As a church family of faith, St. Patrick’s depends on the generous support and contributions of all of us to fulfill her mission and financial responsibilities.

As the trend is now moving towards preparations and expanding opening of more businesses and services in our community, the Archdiocese of Hartford is in the process of preparing guidelines for parishes and institutions within its area. Thus, a letter by Archbishop Leonard Blair to the priests of the Archdiocese of Hartford dated May 8, 2020, reads in part:

“…In Connecticut, the governor has allowed for the participation of as many as 50 people at religious services, provided of course that all precautionary health measures are taken. Nonetheless I and the other bishops of our State decided individually that with very few exceptions no public worship be offered, even with only 50 persons, in interest of public health and safety.”

Continuing in the letter, Archbishop Blair says:

“Now that a plan has been proposed for the first stage of re-opening in Connecticut, we can anticipate the resumption of at least some measure of public worship and the administration of the sacraments. May 20 is the next target date in Connecticut for the possible announcement of changes from the governor, but it remains to be seen what those might be. By that date I believe that we can begin to resume some public worship for at least the 50 participants that are currently permitted, and then expand that number as the civil requirements change. Perhaps we will begin with weekday Masses, but that remains to be determined.”

He equally underscores that:

 “Resuming public celebrations of the liturgy while observing all the necessary health precautions presents a daunting challenge. Any number of practical, medical and liturgical questions arise….I believe we need to proceed in a way that is practical yet medically sound, that demands responsibility on the part of a pastor but does not overwhelm him with a burden that falls to him alone.

In conclusion Archbishop Blair says in the letter,

“Finally, it is my intention to maintain the dispensation from the Sunday obligation for everyone once we resume public worship. I would not want someone genuinely fearful for his or her health, especially the elderly, to be troubled in conscience about their Sunday Mass attendance. And needless to say, our average age as clergy is such that very many of us need to be especially careful about our exposure to the virus. The availability of the sacraments for the faithful will not be served by illness or even death among us.”

Once we get clarity and practical guidelines from the Archdiocese of Hartford on how to proceed to the stages of preparations and opening up of the church for public events, we will let you know.  Please remain tuned to our parish website and Facebook pages for continuing updates and announcements. In the meantime, we will continue to live stream online through the parish Facebook platform our daily masses Mondays through Wednesdays at 11.am, and weekend masses on Sundays at 10.am. Also, the parish staff members will continue to work from their homes most of the time during the normal business hours Mondays through Thursdays 10.am to 4pm. As we said before, please feel free to send them emails or call them using the parish phone line (860-693-8727). The church will continue to be open for private prayers and devotions Mondays through Thursdays 10.am to 4pm. As usual, please use the Tabernacle side door and stay within the Tabernacle section. Use the sign placed at the door entrance inside the church to indicate where you stayed to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting of the used spots.

Be assured that you and your family are always remembered in my prayers and masses.

In Christ,

Fr. Collins I. Anaeche


MESSAGE FROM FR. COLLINS (April 17, 2020)

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am continuing to hope and pray that all of you are well and keeping safe. As we enter the fifth week of being in locked down mode in our homes, it is understandable that for many of us their stress management coping mechanisms might be waning down. Many of us might be having difficulties managing to keep their spirits up. Those of us with children might be stretched thin keeping up with their needs, those of their children and everyone in the family. Those in healthcare jobs and other essential workers in different industries, who are the heroes of the moment, might be distressed seeing demands on them increase substantially in the recent weeks. We want you all to know that our continued prayers and support are with you. Again, no matter how dark the ‘night’ seems to be now, the day with its bright shining rising sun will surely come. With God’s help and our collaborative efforts, the spread of the current Covid-19 pandemic will be contained and stopped. Let us all continue to do the best we can individually and collectively to ensure the wellbeing and safety of everyone in our families and community. Therefore, let us never give in to the temptation of hopelessness and despair.

I wish I can tell you that everything with the current Covid-19 pandemic is over, and that we can now return to our normal way of life especially here at St. Patrick’s Parish. Unfortunately, the current conditions and guidelines from public health officials and other authorities suggest that it would be premature for us to return to our normal way of life by April 30th as originally anticipated. As such, on Wednesday April 15, the Office of the Archbishop Blair released a statement extending the cancellations and closures deadline within the Archdiocese beyond April 30th to further notice: Below is the complete statement from the Office of Archbishop Blair:   

“In light of the continued assessment of the spread of the coronavirus within Connecticut and Governor Lamont’s Executive Order of April 10th mandating the cancellation of school classes and the extension of closures of non-essential businesses through May 20, 2020, the Archdiocese has deemed it necessary to update the cancellation of public Masses and liturgies that had previously been extended through April 30, 2020. Given the constantly changing landscape, and the decisions of civil authorities in this regard, the cancellation of public Masses and liturgies in the Archdiocese of Hartford (the counties of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven) will remain in effect until further notice. Priests are to continue celebrating a daily Mass alone with no congregation, remembering in prayer all who are affected by the pandemic, and pastors are encouraged to continue making provision for their churches to be open at some time so that individuals can still come and pray. On April 1, 2020, Archbishop Blair directed that all publicly scheduled confessions be suspended until further notice. This mandate remains in effect until further notice. People who wish to receive the sacrament and cannot should take comfort from what the Church teaches about these situations, as follows: “Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).” With Divine Mercy Sunday taking place on Sunday, April 19th, concerns have been expressed about the loss of the special graces of that day since this year it is not possible to go to Confession or receive Holy Communion. The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy has provided a response which can be found on their website: www.thedivinemercy.org/articles/what-dodivine-mercy-sunday. The response offered by the National Shrine can be summarized as follows:

  • Even though churches are closed, and you cannot go to Confession and receive Holy Communion, you can receive these special graces this Sunday, April 19, Divine Mercy Sunday.
  • To do so, the faithful should do three things:
  1. Make an Act of Contrition.
  • This should be made with the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental Confession as soon as possible.
  1. Make a Spiritual Communion
  • One example:
  • “My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You were already there, I embrace You and unite myself to You; permit not that I should ever be separated from You. Amen.”
  • This should be made with the intent to return to the sacrament of Holy Communion as soon as possible.
  1. Say a prayer similar to the following:
  • “Lord Jesus Christ, You promised St. Faustina that the soul that has been to Confession [I’m unable, but I made an Act of Contrition] and the soul that receives Holy Communion [I’m unable, but I made a Spiritual Communion] will receive the complete forgiveness of all sins and punishment. Please, Lord Jesus Christ, give me this grace.”

In view of the above directives, we will continue to Live Stream Online through the Parish Facebook platform our daily masses Mondays through Wednesdays at 11.am, and weekend masses on Sundays at 10.am till further notice. St. Patrick’s parish staff members will continue to work from their homes most of the time during the normal business hours Mondays through Thursdays 10.am to 4pm. Feel free to send them emails or call them using the parish phone line (860-693-8727). They can check and respond to emails as well as voice messages from home. Once they receive your messages, they will respond to your needs or requests as soon as possible. The church will continue to be open for private prayers and devotions Mondays through Thursdays 10.am to 4pm. As we said before, please use the Tabernacle side door and stay within the Tabernacle section. Also, please use the sign placed at the door entrance inside the church to indicate where you stayed to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting of the used spots.

As always, we will continue to give you updates and make changes as conditions necessitate. Again, I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

In Christ,

Fr. Collins I. Anaeche


MESSAGE FROM FR. COLLINS (April 13, 2020)

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we continue to celebrate the joy of Christ’s resurrection during this Easter season, I pray for God’s blessings of peace and joy in your lives and families. May we never allow covid-19 and its impacts to make us lose sight of the priceless treasure that we have in the Risen Christ. As I reflected on during homily at Easter Sunday mass, our current condition necessitates the urgent need for us, as Christ’s disciples, to proclaim and live his message of life and hope. Therefore, we all have the mandate to proclaim with renewed faith that Jesus is truly alive, and since Christ lives, we too can live because of him. And since the tomb of death cannot hold Christ bound, no ‘tomb’ can hold us back if we remain connected with him and stand strong together in faith both as individuals and as a church family.

Again, I thank you all for your understanding, support, and cooperation. I am thrilled to know that many of you have been joining us in the live stream of masses and liturgies on the Facebook platform. It is also delighting to learn that some of you who for different reasons, missed joining events during live streaming, equally joined later by watching the replay on the parish Facebook or through the link on the parish website. Your online comments and kind thoughts affirm that despite the social distancing requirements, we are truly connected in spirit and prayer as a parish family of St. Patrick’s. Let us continue to maintain the connection and let us always remember the most vulnerable among us. As I noted before, let us all make it a point especially during this period, to ensure that we reach out personally to community members, families, neighbors, and friends who may need our support. Simple phone calls, texts, or emails can make a huge positive difference in someone’s day.

and all of you who are committed to St. Patrick’s parish. I remain deeply grateful and appreciative of you all.  Let me also seize this opportunity to thank everyone who assisted in any way to make our Lenten and Holy Week celebrations prayerful and meaningful. Despite the changes warranted by the coronavirus pandemic, many of you adapted and found ways to accomplish your tasks. We thank members of liturgy and worship committee, those who decorated the church, our music director Chris Casey, all the cantors, our staff members, Sherry Pessino who organized the parish youth in putting together a prayerful Pictured Living Stations of the Cross, David and Lori Humbarger for assisting in the live streaming of events, our Deacon Kenneth Bangs,

As we continue to do whatever we can to mitigate the financial impacts of covid-19 on the parish budget, we continue to ask that, you please keep sending your contributions and offerings to the extent your means allows. As we noted earlier, this is a good time to start using Online Giving system, if you are not currently using it. The Online Giving system link can be found on our parish website homepage. You can also use your personal bank’s online Bill Pay service by including St. Patrick’s Church as one of the institutions that you send money, or you can mail in your checks through regular mail. I am very thankful to all of you who are already continuing to send in your contributions and offerings. May God richly reward your generosity.

. We will continue to update you and adjust, if things change. In line with the schedule that we shared with you earlier, we will continue to live stream masses on Facebook platform. Here is the remainder of the schedule:thMany of you might be wondering whether there are new updates regarding closures and cancellations of events and activities. As of the writing of this message, I have not received any new updates and directives from the Office of the Archbishop Blair. Currently, we are still working with the previously communicated timeline of April 30

·        Monday, April 13th & Tuesday April 14th – No masses (Church closed)

·        Wednesday, April 15th, April 22nd and April 29th – Mass at 11am

·        Sundays, April 19th, and April 26th – Mass at 10.am

·        Mondays, April 20th and 27th – Mass at 11.am

·        Tuesdays, April 21st and April 28th – Mass at 11.am

I am looking forward to worshipping together soon with all of you in the same space. In the meantime, may you all continue to be well and keep safe.

Be assured that my prayers are with you.

In Christ,

Fr. Collins I. Anaeche


MESSAGE FROM FR. COLLINS (March 25, 2020)

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am hoping and praying that you all are continuing to keep safe and be well. Unfortunately, the spread of coronavirus continues to increase which has prompted the Archdiocese of Hartford to extend the closures and cancellations of public masses and liturgies in parishes to April 30th, 2020. The statement from the office of Archbishop Leonard Blair reads in part:

“In light of continued uncertainty regarding the extent and duration of the coronavirus in the state of Connecticut and throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, the cancellation of public Masses and liturgies in the churches of the Archdiocese (the counties of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven) that was originally mandated through April 3, 2020, will now extend through April 30, 2020. This includes the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter. Parishes will be advised in the coming days regarding what spiritual opportunities can be offered to their people during this most holy season of the liturgical year. Priests will continue to celebrate a daily Mass alone with no congregation, remembering in prayer all who are affected by the pandemic, and parishes should continue to make provision for their churches to be open at some time so that individuals can still come and pray…..Please know that any and all decisions made by the Archdiocese regarding closures and cancellations are based on the current understanding of the severity of the situation surrounding the pandemic at any given point and may be altered (modified, extended, or revoked) when deemed necessary.”

Given this unfortunate reality, we will have Holy Week and Easter celebrations virtually through Facebook Live Streaming platform. The Church will continue to be open Monday through Thursday 10am to 4pm for private prayers and devotions. As announced before, please use the Tabernacle side door on the side of the rectory. Also, please use the sign sheet provided to indicate where your stayed during your prayer time for proper cleaning. Below are the schedules for masses and liturgies at St. Patrick’s church beginning Palm Sunday April 5th, through Thursday April 30th:

  • Palm Sunday, April 5th – Mass at 10.am
  • Monday, April 6th – Mass at 11.am
  • Tuesday, April 7th – No Mass
  • Wednesday, April 8th – Mass at 11.am
  • Holy Thursday, April 9th – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm
  • Good Friday, April 10th – Service at 3pm
  • Good Friday, April 10 – Stations of the Cross at 7pm
  • Holy Saturday, April 11th – Vigil Mass at 8pm
  • Easter Sunday, April 12th – Mass at 10.am
  • Monday, April 13th & Tuesday April 14th – No masses (Church closed)
  • Wednesday, April 15th, April 22nd and April 29th – Mass at 11am
  • Sundays, April 19th, and April 26th – Mass at 10.am
  • Mondays, April 20th and 27th – Mass at 11.am
  • Tuesdays, April 21st and April 28th – Mass at 11.am

Again, I invite you to please join us in prayers and worship on the Facebook during the above listed times. You can find the link on our parish website: https://www.sp4c.org/ or you can join us directly on the parish Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/StPats4c. As I stated before, we will continue to give you updates, and adjust as conditions change. Let us continue to look out for each other as we go through this challenging time together. Let us all make it a point to do something that will bring joy and smiles on the face of someone else especially within this time. Let us all commit to bringing Christ’s light and peace to others in this stressful period. Giving up is not an option but keeping the faith and hope alive is the way to go.

gain, we all feel the impacts of the coronavirus in different aspects of our lives including in our finances. Many have seen their hours at work slashed, while others have even lost their jobs. St. Patrick’s Church is not exempted from the financial impacts of coronavirus since we depend on the generosity and support of our parishioners. To the extent that your means allows, please continue to send in your contributions. If you are not currently using the Online Giving system, this is a good time to start using it. The Online Giving system link can be found on our parish website homepage. You can also use your personal bank’s online BillPay service by including St. Patrick’s Church as one of the institutions that you send money, or you can mail in your checks through regular mail. I am deeply grateful to those who are already continuing to send in their offerings. And I thank all of you too for your continued support in different ways.

Be assured of my continued prayers. And may God richly bless you and keep you safe.

In Christ,

Father Collins


MESSAGE FROM FR. COLLINS (March 21, 2020)

Dear Friends in Christ,

Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic has forced us into uncharted territories that most of us were unprepared for as individuals, families and as a church community. As such, the difficulties of navigating through this challenging time have changed our lives and usual routines in ways that most of us did not anticipate. Though we feel the discomfort and pains that dealing with the impacts of the disease have caused, we cannot be broken in the spirit. Let us continue to keep strong and be united in spirit and prayers. With the grace of God and together in faith, we will overcome. The Psalm for this weekend from Psalm 23 especially the 4th verse echoes the response of faith that we all are called to embrace particularly at this challenging time. There the Psalmist proclaimed, “Even though I walk in the dark valley, I fear no evil; for you (God) are at my side with your rod and staff that give me courage”. Again, while continuing to remain attentive to the health and safety guidelines of medical professionals, let us not allow Covid-19 epidemic to derail us from our journey of faith with the Lord. To provide us with additional means of remaining united in spirit and worshipping together, we will be using Facebook to live stream masses, Holy Hours, and Stations of the Cross from St. Patrick’s church beginning tomorrow, Sunday March 22nd through Friday April 3rd, as listed below:

  • Sundays, March 22nd and 29th               – Mass at 10.am
  • Mondays, March 23rd and 30th                 – Mass at 11.am
  • Tuesdays, March 24th and 31st                 – Mass at 11.am
  • Wednesdays, March 25th and April 1st   – Mass at 11.am
  • Wednesdays, March 25th and April 1st   – Holy Hour and Eucharistic
                                                                       Adoration with Chaplet of Divine
                                                                       Mercy at 7.pm
  • Friday, March 27, and April 3rd             – Stations of the Cross at 7.00pm

Please join us in prayer and worship on the Facebook during the above listed times. You can find the link on our parish website: https://www.sp4c.org/ or you can join us directly on the parish Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/StPats4c . As I indicated in my earlier message, we will continue to give you updates, and make necessary changes as events warrant. At this uncertain time, the risk and temptation to disconnect ourselves from others is high. Let us resist the temptation and mitigate the risk of self-disconnection and isolation by remaining connected in heart and worship with each other, and more importantly with God.

I will continue to support each of you in prayers.

God’s peace and blessings to you all.

In Christ,

Father Collins,


MESSAGE FROM FR. COLLINS (march 17, 2020)

Dear Friends in Christ,

In the recent days, the Coronavirus pandemic has altered the way of life for many, caused all kinds of health concerns, not to mention its economic impacts for individuals and families. Although rarely talked about in the social discourse, the spiritual, psychological, emotional, and relational impacts of the spread of the virus cannot be underestimated. Many are living in fear and panic wondering what their lives and those of their loved ones will become as the crisis caused by the disease continues to unfold. As I reflected on during homily this past weekend, in addition to paying attention to the professional advice and following the guidelines of medical experts and disease control specialists, it is extremely important that as people of faith, we look upon God who is the source of our hope and strength. So, in this difficult time of uncertainty, may we find spiritual renewal and clarity of vision through our relationship with the Lord.

Within the last twenty-four hours, the Office of the Archbishop Leonard Blair released a statement which reads in parts:

“In light of what the CDC has issued on March 15th regarding the cancellation or postponement of large events and mass gatherings of more than 50 people, and given the March 16th mandate of Governor Ned Lamont requiring the closure of all restaurants, bars, gyms and movie theaters, the Archdiocese of Hartford has cancelled all weekend and weekday Masses, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the churches of the Archdiocese (the counties of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven) through April 3, 2020. Priests will celebrate a daily Mass alone with no congregation, remembering in prayer all who are affected by the pandemic. Parishes will be encouraged to make provision for their churches to be open at some time so that individuals can still come and pray. Further direction and updates from the Archdiocese will be provided in a timely manner regarding Holy Week and all celebrations beyond that date.”

Given the above directives, our St. Patrick’s Parish will be operating in a limited capacity. Please take notes of the following changes that will take effect immediately at our parish until April 3, 2020 unless otherwise communicated.

  • The parish office will remain open from 10.am to 4.00pm Monday through Thursday. However, we will only have one Administrative staff member available during the period to answer phone calls and attend to other parish office needs.
  • The side door of the church leading into the Tabernacle section will be open Monday through Thursday 10.am to 4.00 pm for individual prayers before the Eucharistic Jesus, while the other sections of the church will be closed off throughout the period
  • The used Tabernacle area will be cleaned with disinfectant every hour during the time.
  • The Monday Sacrament of Confessions will still be held on Mondays of March 23, and March 30 from 6.00 to 7.00pm   
  • In addition to praying for God’s help as we deal with the pandemic, I will also be offering special prayers and private masses for all our parishioners

Additionally, the following scheduled events and activities at St. Patrick’s church are cancelled:

  • Public weekday masses of Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays of March 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25, 30, 31, and April 1
  • Public weekend masses of Saturdays/Sundays March 21/22, and March 28/29,
  • Lenten Talk series sessions with Fr. Tom Hoar, SSE for Wednesdays of March 18 and 25, as well as the Holy Hour with Vespers for Wednesday of April 1.
  • Friday Stations of the cross for Fridays March 20, 27, and April 3
  • Saturday March 21, St. Patrick Day Dinner celebration

Besides the personal impacts, disruptions in the parish activities, and schedules, the trends now suggest that the pandemic potentially can have negative effects on the parish finance if not mitigated. Therefore, we ask that you please consider using online contribution system or send in through regular mails your offerings and donations in support of your St. Patrick’s parish family.  If you have questions, or need clarifications relating to the life at St. Patrick’s, please feel free to call the parish office during the listed business hours. Also, please regularly check the parish website and Facebook page for updates. We will continue to monitor the situation to adjust and make changes when necessary.  Let us all continue to keep safe and be well as we pray for God’s help in this challenging time.

God’s peace and blessings to you all.

In Christ,

Father Collins


 

 

 
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