Confirmation for St. Mary’s has been scheduled for May 15th, at 2:00 PM at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hartford. Our second year students should complete the confirmation application, saint, and sponsor forms found on the website. Please contact Steve DiMotta with any questions.
Thank you for your continuous support during these challenging and difficult times. Without your generous support of St. Mary’s, we would not be able to carry out our many ministries. Through E-giving and envelope usage, our parish continues to meet the many needs that face our parish. For those who are with us at home, thank you for staying connected each week. For the parishioners who attend daily and weekly mass, we are blessed to have you in person. We pray God continues to bless the people of St. Mary’s.
We will be kicking off a 7-week book club on February 1st; Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ's Passion through the Eyes of Women by Kelly M. Walquist. We will offer Tuesdays at 7:00 pm via Zoom and Wednesdays at 8:45 am in person. Please email us if you're interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend, our second reading features St. Paul’s poetic rendition of how the Holy Spirit gifts the Church with a diversity of talents, unique to each individual but given for the benefit of the whole community. This list of gifts leads up to St. Paul’s famous passage about love which is often chosen as one of the readings at weddings: “Love is patient, love is kind,…” (1 Cor. 13). Click the title to read more.
It's was our privilege to start the new year by hosting one of our Archdiocesan seminarians, Mr. Martin Chouinard, over his winter break. Although his time with us was quite brief, we thank you so much for sharing time with us and, more importantly, for answering the call of the Lord. We promise you our continued prayers and support as you continue your discernment and studies, and look forward to that day God-willing you will be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Hartford. We also pledge our prayers for all who may be discerning a vocation to service in the Church and for an increase in vocations to priesthood, religious life, diaconate, marriage, and lay ministry in the Church.
This weekend (Jan 9), the Church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord. In our Christian tradition, Jesus’ baptism marks the beginning of his public ministry and is one of three “epiphanies” of Jesus. And we can relate it to our own baptism. Click for the full message.
In the event that schools are closed due to inclement weather, there will be NO 8:00 AM Mass and our office will be closed. Sunday Mass will continue as scheduled but please use your best judgement when venturing out.
As we begin this New Year, I wish to thank you all for so generously caring for so many people in need during both the Thanksgiving and Christmas Season. Your generosity with food, gifts and monetary donations helped to make a real difference in the lives of so many right here in Simsbury and in the surrounding region. Christmas is a time when we celebrate the coming of Jesus, the Light of the World. You have brought His light to brighten the lives of the homeless, jobless and hungry in our community. Thank you for your amazing generosity! Click the title to read more.
Merry Christmas everyone! Christmas certainly is a beautiful time to be together with family and friends, for the exchange of gifts and “decking the halls” with festive decorations. Christmas music fills the air in stores and offices, along the sidewalks of outdoor “malls” and across the airwaves. Click the title to read more.
On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, our attention turns now to preparing for the celebration of the birth of our Lord. During the early part of Advent we focused on the Second Coming of Christ in his glory. Now in these final days of Advent we remember the account of how Jesus came into the world. The scene in this week’s Gospel follows upon Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel, who announces to her the astounding news that she will become the mother of the Son of God. Click the title to read more.
This weekend we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent, known as “Gaudete Sunday”, from the Latin word for “Rejoice!” St. Paul in today’s second reading tells us, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice! Indeed the Lord is near.” (Phil. 4:4-5). John the Baptist reminds us in today’s gospel that the Lord is coming, the one “mightier than I” who will baptize “with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:16). This theme of rejoicing is picked up again in our first reading from the Prophet Zephaniah: “Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel!” (Zeph. 3:14). We light the rose colored candle of our Advent wreath as a sign of our joy. Click the title to read more.
We are in need of new servers to join this wonderful ministry at St. Mary's. All youth in 4th Grade or above are welcome to participate in our annual training program, which will be a three-session class (please plan to attend all three sessions) on Jan 2, 9 and 16 from noon-1 pm. We invite you to join us at the 11 am Mass, with training classes taking place following Mass. Please register (click this link) or via email: ServerLeader@StMarySimsbury.org
The Second Sunday of Advent always focuses our attention on John the Baptist. Who is this figure, and why is he important? John is the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary’s “relative” or “cousin.” The story of John’s miraculous conception and birth is told in the opening pages of Luke’s Gospel (1:5-27). Zechariah and Elizabeth are childless, until one day, when Zechariah is ministering at the altar of incense in the Temple, he has a vision of the angel Gabriel, announcing that he and Elizabeth will finally have a son, who is to be named John. Click the title to read more.
Most people at this time of year are counting down to Christmas – the number of shopping days that remain. In the Church this time of year we are just starting up – beginning a new liturgical year of grace with the arrival of Advent. It is so easy for us to get wrapped up in the frenetic pace of Christmas preparations, sending Christmas cards, decorating hearth and home, gift shopping, Christmas parties and planning holiday menus. As necessary and worthwhile as all these things are, the Church invites us to take some time to step back and contemplate the meaning of the coming of our Savior into the world, so we may more fully appreciate and celebrate his coming on Christmas. Carving out some quiet space to reflect more deeply upon this mystery we call the “Incarnation” – God taking on human flesh in the person of Jesus – is so critical during the hustle and bustle of December. I would encourage us all to be sure we save a little space this Advent season for more focused prayer and reflection in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s coming. Click the title to read more.
While Thanksgiving is really a secular holiday, for us as people of faith it can be the occasion to be mindful of all that God has blessed us with, and to take time in prayer and worship where possible to thank Jesus. The Thanksgiving Day Mass readings include the Gospel account of the ten lepers who were cured by Jesus, and that only one – a Samaritan – returns to thank Jesus. The Gospel story tells us that when he realized that he was healed, he returned glorifying God. There are so many blessings that we receive from the Lord each day. So often, myself included, we may not even realize they have occurred, like the other nine lepers who never return to thank Jesus. We may also take those blessings for granted. Sometimes we may even feel entitled to those blessings, thinking, “I deserve this! I worked hard for this!” Click the title to read more.
As we approach the end of another Church Year, the readings at Mass have us focus on the “end times.” This weekend both the Prophet Daniel and the Gospel reading from Mark seem a bit frightening, speaking of a time to come “unsurpassed in distress,” and of days of tribulation when “the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky.” What are we to make of these passages, especially in the light of all the tribulation seeming to affect our nation and world: with recent mass shootings and war, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis and the like? Are the end times near? Click the title to read more.
When Jesus praises the widow in this weekend’s gospel for giving more than all the others to the temple treasury, we might wonder how is it that her meager copper coins worth only a few cents is more generous than the larger sums given by other temple worshipers? Jesus points out a very important understanding: it’s not so much the amount contributed that counts, but the spirit in which the gift is given that determines its true value before God. Jesus explains, while others gave from their surplus, she gave from her poverty “all she had, her whole livelihood.” In a spirit of radical trust the widow gives her last two coins, confident that God will provide for her needs. Similarly, the widow of Zarephath (today’s first reading) trusts that by first preparing a meal for Elijah the prophet from her last bit of flour and oil, all that she and her son had to live on, she would be provided for as Elijah has promised. In fact that is exactly what happens: her jug of oil does not run dry; her jar of flour is bottomless. Click the title to read more.
At St. Mary’s we remember in prayer those who are ill in various ways. We have our Parish Prayer Line, the members of which continuously pray for those who have requested prayer. We also have our Prayer Shawl Ministry, whose participants pray for those who will receive the shawls they knit or crochet as they are making them. We remember the sick too in the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass and in the Parish Bulletin. Click the title to read more about how we remember the sick.
November 1st in our Church Calendar honors All Saints and is one of our Holy Days of Obligation. Throughout the year, the Church celebrates the memorials of canonized saints who have particular feast days on the Church’s liturgical calendar. All Saints Day commemorates the “great multitude, which no one could count” (cf. Rev. 7:9), those holy men and women from every age who are with God in heaven, including those canonized saints of the Church who do not have a particular liturgical feast day. This vast throng of unnamed saints could also include our deceased parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, spouses, children and friends – people we actually knew in this life who lived holy lives. Because we cannot know for certain all those who have attained sainthood, we set aside this day each year to honor all those saints known only to God. Click the title to read more.