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Dear Confirmation Candidates and Parents

April 21, 2020

I am Fr Anthony Smith, the pastor of St John the Evangelist Church, and I have been asked to be the temporary administrator of St Mary Magdalen Church in the wake of Fr Hickey’s passing. I am humbled to be asked to assist St Mary Magdalen in these very challenging times.  I look forward to meeting with you in the near future.

We are in the midst of very uncertain times. This uncertainty caused us to postpone our Confirmation Mass and I am sure you have been wondering when we can reschedule. Unfortunately this pandemic does not allow us to make definitive dates for previously scheduled events including our Confirmation.  I pray that we are on the back end of this crisis and we can see the end in sight soon.  I will let you know when we can expect to schedule Confirmation as soon as we get directives from the Archdiocese.

I have been in contact with Sherrie Gemmell to get a report on your status of preparation.  She assures me that most of the preparation had been completed prior to this current shutdown.  When we get a firm date and allowed to gather again we will schedule a time to meet and take care of any questions and any unfinished preparation prior to the Confirmation.

Until then please do not hesitate to contact me and our staff at this email or by calling the office (860) 274-1955.  Please be assured of my prayers as we persevere through this challenging time.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr Anthony J. Smith


Dear Parents of our First Communion Class 2020

April 21, 2020

I am Fr Anthony Smith, the pastor of St John the Evangelist Church, and I have been asked to be the temporary administrator of St Mary Magdalen Church in the wake of Fr Hickey’s passing. I am humbled to be asked to assist St Mary Magdalen in these very challenging times.  I look forward to meeting with you in the near future.

This is the time of year when flowers and shrubs are manifesting their beautiful blooms. The beauty reminds us that its First Communion time in the Church. Normally it is a time when excitement builds for our children as they prepare to receive Holy Communion for the very first time.  Unfortunately we are living in a very challenging and uncertain time. As you know, with the current shutdown of all public events, our scheduled First Holy Communion Mass has been postponed.  The uncertainty of this pandemic does not allow us to set a definitive date for this Mass at this time.  I am hoping and praying that we will soon see the end of this health crisis and begin to gather as a faith community once again.  We will need to wait for directives from the Archdiocese before any scheduling of Masses can take place.  When we get word that we can celebrate public Mass we will begin planning for our First Communion Mass.  We will keep you posted when any further information becomes available.

Until then please be assured of my prayers for you and your family as we persevere through this very challenging time.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me or our staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (860) 274-1955.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr Anthony J. Smith


Confirmation / First Holy Communion 2020

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 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


Mrs. Sherrie Gemmell Stepping Down from Position

March 26, 2020

To our St Mary Magdalen Parish and School Community:

Sherrie Gemmell has informed me that she will be stepping down March 31, 2020 as Team Leader for our Religious Education program so that she can focus on her teaching responsibilities at Sacred Heart High School.  On behalf of our community I expressed my thanks to Sherrie for her service to our children and youth in our parish and wished her well in her vocation as an educator.  Please keep Sherrie and all our educators in prayer in this very challenging time.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr Anthony J. Smith

 

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