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Starting Saturday, August 15th Fr. Zacharias Pushpanathan will become the Temporary Administrator of St. Mary Magdalen Parish and School and will assume all the temporal, pastoral and spiritual responsibilities. Fr. Zacharias will reside at the rectory.

I want to thank the whole staff and clergy at the parish and the staff and faculty at the school for their hard work and dedication these past few months. Thank you for helping me as temporary administrator to continue the ministry at our parish. Also I would like the thank our Parish Council. Parish Finance Committee, Trustees and School Board and School Finance Committee for their guidance.

Many thanks to Fr. George Mukuka for his commitment to celebrate Mass each weekend. Finally I would like to thank the parishioners for the continued support, presence and prayers offered during this time.

Please know you have been in my prayers. I want to congratulate Fr. Zacharias on his new position and wish him well. I will be assisting him in making a smooth transition.

May God Bless you and keep you safe in His care.
Peace and prayers
Sincerely in Christ
Fr. Anthony J. Smith

Planning on attending Mass beginning June 8th? This video provides information and illustrations that will help to make your return to Mass and adherence to our guidelines as smooth as possible. 

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May 19, 2020

On March 13, 2020, each and every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Hartford was dispensed from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair. With the cancellation of public Masses and liturgies announced on March 16 and currently in effect until further notice, this dispensation has remained in effect for all Sunday Masses since that time.

In addition, Archbishop Blair has now dispensed each and every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Hartford from the obligation to attend Mass on Thursday, May 21, 2020, for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, regularly a holy day of obligation.

The Archdiocese of Hartford is currently working to prepare a set of guidelines for the resuming of public Masses and liturgies at churches within the archdiocese. Once this work has been concluded and a completed set of guidelines has been prepared, the archbishop will announce when and how the resuming of public Masses and liturgies can take place.

A note to those who have scheduled Mass intentions during this period of restriction on public Masses:

Due to the restrictions on public Masses the Mass intentions currently scheduled for a particular Vigil or Sunday Mass will be combined into one Mass which is celebrated at 10:00a.m. and streamed online.  We will continue to combine the scheduled intentions while the restriction on public Masses is in place.  If you do not wish to combine your Mass intention at this Mass please contact our office (860-274-9273) and we will find an open date later in the year. Please note that we have weekend Mass intentions already scheduled several months in advance. 

April 15, 2020

Cancellation of Public Masses Extended

 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.

****With this said, The Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion will be scheduled at a date to be announced when our suspension has be lifted.

During this time of social separation, we are making every effort to communicate the most current updates and we will continue to do so, we will use the parish website, the parish app. and the weekly bulletin to do so.

****Please download the Parish App this is the easiest way to get the most up to date information.

 Parish Appmyparishapp.com or text the phone number 88202 to get updates

St. Mary Magdalen Parish Office Number: 860-274-9273

Parish Website Address: www.stmmagdalen-oakville.org

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For our weekly Live Stream Mass

For all Archdiocesan communications related to the novel corona virus, see https://archdioceseofhartford.org/coronavirus/.

“Stay Safe, Stay Home” Policy 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Temporary Administrator: Fr. Anthony Smith, contact number: 860-274-8836 

St. John the Evangelist Church, Watertown

We hope this helps to assure you; we are here for you, the presence of illness in any form, has always been a time to turn to our faith and seek to deepen our trust in our Lord. By the graces of God we will get through this, together, continue to Pray and Stay Home, Stay Safe,

Stay St. Mary Magdalen Strong!

Peace & Blessings,

Roberta Hardt, Parish Administrator

April 15, 2020

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.

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HOLY WEEK LITURGIES

In this time of great need, it is all the more important that we celebrate Holy Week and Easter creatively within the strict limitations of social separation. Holy Week and Easter will be celebrated in the church of St. Mary Magdalen by Father George Mukuka, Deacon Mike Malfitano, our cantor and organist within the parameters set by the Congregation of Divine Worship in Rome regarding these celebrations without a congregation. Live Stream, and Video recordings of these celebrations will be posted on our parish website and Facebook. You will be notified of these postings by our myParish App. 

As, Live Stream and Video may be available to you another option  of watching the liturgies for Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday as they are broadcast or streamed from the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford or from Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome as a way of being united with the larger Church wrought by the pandemic as we are. Then, watch the recorded celebrations on our parish website for a more local feel. Keep in mind the different time zones for anything live from Rome. Palm Sunday and Easter are scheduled for broadcast and streaming in the Archdiocese. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigils are scheduled for streaming.

Palm Sunday & Holy Week Live Stream Mass Schedule:

April 5, 2020, Palm Sunday Live Stream Mass time 10:00 a.m.

Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020 Live Stream Mass time 7:00p.m.

Good Friday, April 10, 2020 Live Stream Mass time 3:00p.m.

Easter Vigil Mass, April 11, 2020 Live Stream Mass time 8:00p.m.

Easter Sunday Mass, April 12, 2020 Live Stream Mass time 10:00a.m.

Our Live Stream link info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/521242422110900/
Saint Mary Magdalen Church youtube channel,
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLd8IoRLHwkYjn3Jv1Om4eg

The televised Mass is broadcast on WCCT-TV (WB20) and WCTX-TV (myTV9). It can also be found streaming live at Office of Radio & Television streaming page and on the Archdiocese of Hartford Facebook page.

HOLY WEEK AT HOME

For your assistance, Holy Week at Home: Adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday Rituals for Family Prayer is available in the publication prepared by the editorial team at Liturgical Press. The prayers in this publication are not intended to replace the liturgies of Holy Week. Rather, they are a sincere effort to cultivate some of the rituals and spirit of Holy Week in our homes when public celebration might not be possible. The aid for celebrating Holy Week at home can be found https://uploads.weconnect.com/mce/440f13f2ffe7800ae87431f50edb70aa51e49fde/Holy_Week_at_Home.pdf

PALMS FOR PICK UP

Blessed palms will be available for drive-by pick up for anyone who wishes them at St. Mary Magdalen Church parking lot from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 5th. As the COVID-19 is on the rise, be sure to observe all social distancing protocols in effect that day.

HOLY WEEK LITURGIES

In this time of great need, it is all the more important that we celebrate Holy Week and Easter creatively within the strict limitations of social separation. Holy Week and Easter will be celebrated in the church of St. Mary Magdalen by Father George Mukuka, Deacon Mike Malfitano, our cantor and organist within the parameters set by the Congregation of Divine Worship in Rome regarding these celebrations without a congregation. Live Stream, and Video recordings of these celebrations will be posted on our parish website and Facebook. You will be notified of these postings by our myParish App. 

As, Live Stream and Video may be available to you another option  of watching the liturgies for Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday as they are broadcast or streamed from the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford or from Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome as a way of being united with the larger Church wrought by the pandemic as we are. Then, watch the recorded celebrations on our parish website for a more local feel. Keep in mind the different time zones for anything live from Rome. Palm Sunday and Easter are scheduled for broadcast and streaming in the Archdiocese. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigils are scheduled for streaming.

Our Live Stream link info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/521242422110900/

Saint Mary Magdalen Church youtube channel,
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLd8IoRLHwkYjn3Jv1Om4eg

The televised Mass is broadcast on WCCT-TV (WB20) and WCTX-TV (myTV9). It can also be found streaming live at Office of Radio & Television streaming page and on the Archdiocese of Hartford Facebook page.

HOLY WEEK AT HOME

For your assistance, Holy Week at Home: Adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday Rituals for Family Prayer is available in the publication prepared by the editorial team at Liturgical Press. The prayers in this publication are not intended to replace the liturgies of Holy Week. Rather, they are a sincere effort to cultivate some of the rituals and spirit of Holy Week in our homes when public celebration might not be possible. The aid for celebrating Holy Week at home can be found https://uploads.weconnect.com/mce/440f13f2ffe7800ae87431f50edb70aa51e49fde/Holy_Week_at_Home.pdf

A sensitive note on Parish Finances:

With the current suspension of all public Masses, you may be asking how to submit your weekly/monthly collection envelopes. We suggest you fill them out as you would normally and mail them into the Parish Office, (St. Mary Magdalen at 145 Buckingham Street, Oakville, CT 06779)

OR

We recommend Signing up for On-Line Giving...

Online Giving is a safe, secure and dependable means of income for the parish.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses
Saturday Vigil, 4:00 PM;
Sunday, 8:30 & 10:30 AM
Daily Mass
Monday-Thursday; 8:00 AM Rectory Chapel

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Suspended