• An Easter Message
      From
      Father Matera . . .
       

      Easter is a day where we celebrate the central mystery of our faith -- the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

      This day stands at the heart of our faith for several reasons:  if God did not raise Jesus from the dead, our faith is in vain. If God did not raise Jesus from the dead, Jesus’ proclamation about the kingdom of God was false. If God did not raise Jesus from the dead, death has conquered Jesus and we have no hope of eternal life.  If God did not raise Jesus from the dead, there is no reason for the church; there is no reason for the sacraments; there is no reason to celebrate this Easter Day.
       
      But God did raise Jesus from the dead and in doing so God vindicated Jesus’ message that the kingdom of God has made its appearance in his ministry. By raising Jesus from the dead, God has conquered the power of death and forgiven our sins. By raising Jesus from the dead, God has given us the sure hope that those who believe in Christ will be raised from the dead as was Christ.

      This Easter Day is a glorious day for all of us of because it provides us with so much hope: hope that God’s love is more powerful than death; hope that we shall share in Christ’s resurrection.

      Enjoy this day with your families and friends. Celebrate this day with your loved ones. But most of all find new faith and hope in this day: faith in Christ and hope for eternal life.
       
      Father Frank Matera

        
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    • Religious Education - Registration OPEN
      Registration Education Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is now OPEN.  To register, click on the link below.
       

      Have you ever thought about becoming a Catechist?  Would you like to share your faith with children or teens in our program and grow in your own faith right along with them? It is a truly rewarding Ministry.  Ask any of our current Catechists about their experiences!  If you are interested please contact one of our Religious Education coordinators:


      Judy Eagen (Grades 1-6):  
      religiouseducation1-6@stmarysimsbury.org

      Jeannie Carpenter (Grades 7-10):  
      religiouseducation7-10@stmarysimsbury.org


       
    • The State of Our Parish
      On the weekend of February 8-9, Father Matera spoke at all of the Masses about “The State of Our Parish.”  He talked about where we are, where we have been, and where we can go.
       
      Click HERE to read Father Matera's State of Our Parish Homily.

      On the weekend of February 22-23, the members of our Finance Committee presented this year’s Annual Financial Report, including information on where we have been, where we are and where we can go.
       
    • Online Giving - NEW VENDOR!
      We are pleased to inform you that St. Mary’s has changed our online giving vendor to make donating even easier, while at the same time keeping the process safe and secure. Our new vendor is We Share, a division of Liturgical Publications (LPi).  LPi demonstrates the highest security standards, and we are excited to partner with them.

      E-Giving Flyer - It's As Easy as 1-2-3!
      Click HERE to see how easy it is to sign-up and start using WeShare.

      E-Giving Details & Benefits
      To view more detailed information on E-Giving, you can click HERE or visit our E-Giving webpage under RESOURCES / E-Giving. 

      In order to register for WeShare, please click on the icon below
       
      Current E-givers will receive a communication either by e-mail or USPS with instructions on how to make the change.

      All questions regarding E-Giving can be directed to Bill Heiden at EGiving@stmarysimsbury.org.
    • Belong, Believe, Become

      St. Mary's
      A Place to Belong, Believe and Become


      VIDEO ARCHIVES
      Our parish hosts many presentations during the year and many of these are available for you to view here on our website.
      Follow the above link to our 'Video Archives' and locate the program that you wish to view ... then click on it!


      LENT 2014
      Father Matera is hosting a Thursday evening series of talks entitled,
      The Resurrection of Jesus and of His Followers.”
      Join us in the Lower Church at 7:30 pm

      Part One: The Resurrection of Jesus according to Mark & Matthew
      Part Two: The Resurrection of Jesus according to Luke & John
      Part Three: The Resurrection of Christ's Followers according to St. Paul
      Part Four:  Why the Resurrection of Jesus and His Followers Matters



      SUNDAY MORNING ENRICHMENT
      Our 2013-14 Religious Education year also included a series of Adult Enrichment sessions for parishioners  If you were unable to attend a session or want to see it again, simply click on a link to watch via our video archive. 
      Among the recent topics:

      - Preparing for Holy Week
      - Teens, Adults and the Idea of 'Perfection'
      - Celebrating Lent with Your Children
      - Stations of the Cross
      - Spiritual Direction
      - Preparing Your Spiritual Will
      - Estate and Healthcare Planning
      - Speaking About Death and Tragedy to Your Child
      - Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

      - Understanding Grief and Loss

      Check here each week for more information and be sure to
      stay connected with us via Social Media!
    • News
      • April 19, 2014 | by Father Matera
        What does it mean to say that God raised Jesus from the dead? It does not mean that Jesus simply returned to his former way of life. If that is the meaning of the resurrection, Jesus would have to die again, and death would be victorious over him. The Resurrection was His entrance into an entirely new life that we will not understand until we experience our own resurrection at the resurrection of the dead. Click to read more.
      • April 14, 2014 | by Father Matera
        Most of us think of these days as three separate feasts, each independent of the other. But nothing could be further from the truth. Click on the title to read more.
      • April 10, 2014
        The Resurrection is an an act of God. Jesus WAS RAISED from the dead -- Jesus did not raise himself. Resurrection as an act of God’s unmerited grace. Click the title to view this presentation from Father Matera.
      • April 6, 2014 | by Father Matera
        This year’s Lenten readings have taught us many lessons that can be summarized in this way: Jesus Christ is the pattern of our lives, what has happened to him will happen to us if we are faithful to him. Click to read more.
      • April 6, 2014
        In this presentation, Father Matera walks us through the most beautiful week of the church year. Click to watch the video.
      • April 3, 2014
        While the four Gospels focus on what the Resurrection means for Jesus, the apostle Paul generally writes about what the Resurrection means for US -- the followers of Christ. Click to watch the video of this presentation from Father Matera.
      • March 31, 2014 | by Father Matera
        The religious leaders (in the time of Jesus) did not realize the depth of their blindness. The reality is that they suffered from blindness far more serious than the physical loss of sight. Click to read more.
      • March 30, 2014
        What could Billy Bob Thornton's character in the movie "Friday Night Lights" possibly have in common with the desire that our own kids have to be 'perfect'? Click to watch this presentation.
    • Welcome to St. Mary's Parish
      We are located in Simsbury, CT. We are a parish community of 2,200 households and over 200 students at St. Mary’s school.  St. Mary’s has a strong commitment to education. We operate the only Catholic elementary school in the Farmington Valley and, at the same time, we are proud of the Religious Education program we operate for our young people in the public school system. There are nearly endless volunteer opportunities in both programs. 

      We welcome all families and parishioners to join us in the supremely important journey that we call life in Christ. We pray that we might always be worthy of the trust you have placed in us.

       
       

            

    • St. Mary's School - Growing Children in Faith and Wisdom
      St. Mary’s School is the Farmington Valley's only Catholic school for grades K-8.  The ability of St. Mary's School to address the whole child sets this learning community apart from others. In a safe, nurturing environment that features a consistent moral compass, students are free to excel academically and grow into the people God intends them to be.

      Offering a unique blending of traditional academics and 21st century technology, Saint Mary's challenges today's students to actively master subject matter.  Encouraged to lead and taught to serve, students graduate from St. Mary's with confidence, well prepared for secondary education and to assume the rights and responsibilities of Christian young adults.

      For more information, please visit our school website:  
      www.StMarysSchoolSimsbury.org
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    • Calendar
      • Apr 25, 2014
        3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
        For more information on our youth choir please contact Patty Lepak at lepakfamily@gmail.com
      • Apr 25, 2014
        4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
        Please donate your unwanted treasures and help us have a successful event again this year!
      • Apr 26, 2014
        9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        Please donate your unwanted treasures and help us have a successful event again this year!
      • Apr 27, 2014
        9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        Please donate your unwanted treasures and help us have a successful event again this year!
      • Apr 27, 2014
        9:30 AM
        The youth choir under the direction of Patty Lepak will sing at today's 9:30 AM Mass.
      • Apr 28, 2014
        9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
        Stop by our Granny's Attic Sale and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • Apr 29, 2014
        9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
        Stop by our Granny's Attic Sale and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • Apr 30, 2014
        9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
        Stop by our Granny's Attic Sale and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • May 1, 2014
        8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
        Stop by our Granny's Attic Sale and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • May 2, 2014
        8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
        Stop by our Granny's Attic Sale and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • May 3, 2014
        Today there will be two Confirmation Masses with our tenth graders at 11:00am and 2:00pm
      • May 3, 2014
        8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        Today is our final day -- your last chance to come in and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • May 4, 2014
        Desserts and fruit are needed to take to Mercy Shelter in Hartford. All items can be dropped off in the lower church before 3:00 PM. Thanks for all the donations!
      • May 5, 2014
        7:00 PM
        Are you interested in knitting or crocheting? We come together one Monday evening each month to make shawls. We welcome everyone from beginners to experts. Bring a friend!
      • May 14, 2014
        7:00 PM
        Our Parish Council meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month. All parishioners are welcome to attend.
      • May 17, 2014
        Today our second graders will celebrate their First Communion at 10 AM and 1 PM.
      • May 29, 2014
        Masses are at 8:00 AM, 12:15 PM and 6:00 PM.
      • Jun 2, 2014
        7:00 PM
        Are you interested in knitting or crocheting? We come together one Monday evening each month to make shawls. We welcome everyone from beginners to experts. Bring a friend!
      • Jun 8, 2014
        Join us for Pentecost Sunday. Wearing something red is a simple way to mark the day and joins us together as a parish family.
      • Jun 8, 2014
        Desserts and fruit are needed to take to Mercy Shelter in Hartford. All items can be dropped off in the lower church before 3:00 PM. Thanks for all the donations!