May 24, 2020

Dear Friends, 

This year, I believe all of us are missing meaningful events in our lives. Memorial Day is a day for parades, picnics, and the kick-off for the summer. We are staying in place and slowly we might venture out. 

I remind you that on this weekend we always bless those who have served by keeping our country free! I hope that you will join us in prayer and remember those who gave their lives for us, and all those living and deceased who have served! I will remember them all in my Mass on Monday!

Each parish in the Diocese has been asked to create a plan for the re-opening of the parish church for public Mass. I share with you the initial proposed plan so that you will understand that there are many changes that must be put into action. I ask that you read the Plan more than once and to pray about the plan. I am sure there will be many questions and suggestions. Click on the following link to read thePlan. Parish Plan to Reopen for Public Mass.

I am sorry to say I cannot give you a definite date for when we will be starting, but I believe that I have given you an overview of the plan that is in process. Please note that changes are beyond our control. I hope that if you have questions you will call or email me. Attached is a photo of the church for those who might not be able to get to the church during the hours it is open. 

 

Thank you. 

God Bless! 

Msgr. Ryan 

 

May 17, 2020

Dear Friends, 

I believe that you will be hearing in the media, that church will be given direction to begin a process of restoring public Mass. It will be with great joy to have people praying with me, and “Breaking Bread”. Like so many parts of our society this process will be slow and painstaking. I need your patience and your understanding. As I have listened to the video conferences regarding the re-opening of our church, I remind you that our first concern is to keep parishioner safe and healthy! 

There are guidelines being developed by the State and the Diocese, we will need to create our own parish plan. We will need to adapt to changes created by the response to the pandemic. (wearing a face mask, keeping distance of six feet, planning when you will attend the Mass, and seeing these next steps as weeks of process) 

We will continue to broadcast the weekend liturgy and there will be a continued dispensation from your Sunday Mass obligation as we go through the process of reopening our church! 

I ask for your prayers for me and the parish staff as we adjust to our new ministries. I will begin sharing with you the plans as they are completed.

Weekly Donations – I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have been continuing to send their weekly donations to the parish! Your support of the parish is very important currently. Please continue dropping off your donation in the Drop Box by the garage, in church, mailing them in or online.

Msgr. Ryan 

May 11, 2020

Dear Friends, 

On May 11th, Bishop Caggiano announced that the outdoor public celebration of Mass will begin on May 21, the Ascension of our Lord. You can read his announcement here 

The second Sunday of May holds a very special time for all of us. It is a day when all of us take time to honor our special women, that is our mother! Mothers are the ones that are the teachers when we learn our first ways! They are the caregivers when we have our first accident! They are the cheerleader that makes everything go well and they are the ones who show us the way to Jesus! 

Please take time this Mother’s Day to remember that special woman in your life whether she is living or deceased take time and put a smile on your face that always says thank you! 

On behalf of the parish staff and myself, I would like to ask God’s blessings upon all the mothers of our parish and to ask God to hold them gently in his hands especially during this difficult time!

Weekly Donations – I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have been continuing to send their weekly donations to the parish! Your support of the parish is very important currently. As we look at the figures for the past month, we realize that we are behind about 50% in our Sunday offertory and the loss of our parish fundraising through our parish bingo. We thank you for your continued support!

God Bless! 

Monsignor Ryan 

May 3, 2020

Dear Friends, 

I am sure that you have seen by now, Bishop Caggiano’s announcement that we will continue to have a suspension of public Mass until May 20th. Hopefully, the Bishop will give us more information regarding future directions as to when we might reopen our church after May 20th. 

Mother’s Day is next Sunday May 10th, we will have our mass on the website and the blessing for mothers will be given during the Liturgy. We will also present a special prayer for our Mothers (Grandmother, Godmother and Special Mothers) so that you might share and pray with our families on Mother’s Day. We will have a remembrance prayer during the Prayer of the Faithful for all mothers who are deceased and enjoy the Eternal Life. 

Nurse Appreciation Day is Wednesday May 6th! Because the role that the nurse is playing in the medical care system. I believe all of us need to take time to show our appreciation for the nurses of our community. On Wednesday morning May 6th, I will remember the nurses of our parish in a special way at Mass. I ask all parishioners to join me in a of prayer that day! I pray, May God hold you with his gentle hands and give you his strength! 

This past weekend I recorded for the first time my “Pastor’s Corner”, which will be a new video series on our parish website. The “Pastor’s Corner” will be recorded once a week! It is a five to seven-minute video speaking to you on topics that you might find relevant at this time. It might be the sharing of a scripture passage, it might be a prayer, it might be a question that has been raised, or a question with a needed answer. I look forward to future thoughts that will be exchanged!

Food Share – I am sure that you have seen on TV the many stories about the effect of unemployment within our state of Connecticut. One of my worries is that there may be some of our families who are in need of assistance at this time. If you are one of our families that may need food, I ask you to contact one of our staff members so that we might be able to respond in Christian charity! Please call (203) 377-0928. 

Weekly Donations – I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have been continuing to send their weekly donations to the parish! Your support of the parish is very important currently. As we look at the figures for the past month, we realize that we are behind about 50% in our Sunday offertory and the loss of our parish fundraising through our parish bingo. We thank you for your continued support! 

God Bless!

Monsignor Ryan

April 26, 2020

Dear Friends, 

Time seems to be moving so quickly even though we are remaining in place and distanced in our own homes. I wonder in the months to come when we look back if we will truly understand all that is happening. There has been sadness especially with the loss of life. There has been a new normal put into place right before our eyes. It might be said even a time of depression has set in. Thank God that we have the gift of faith that gives us strength in the light that shines through the darkness that being Jesus Christ. 

I thank you for the many kind notes and phone calls and waves as I walk around the parish grounds! I believe that this is just the beginning of a new way of life for us in our “Little Church”. As I look ahead and ask the question how will we operate the parish in social distancing? This will be the challenging question for the weeks to come. I ask you to be ready to help me with this question so that we can continue to build our “Little Church” Community 

Let me share with you some good news! I had a conference call with the parish leaders last week and several ideas were spoken about and I am watching them come to life. Matthew Roumeles, our parish music director, has begun a post on our website with sacred music and spiritual music for your listening. I thank Matt for the gifts that he shares with us in his parish ministry. I thank Sue Zello who is our Webmaster, her ability to communicate so well with many of you through the information that is being shared and especially the weekend mass on the website. I also thank her for putting up the new Facebook page for the parish and we are only beginning to see what we can do! 

I was asked by the parish leaders if I would be willing to do a Pastor’s Corner on the website for you during these next days. The pastor’s corner would be a short teaching or maybe words of encouragement or maybe a short homily. I worked on the plan during this past week and hopefully you will enjoy it. It can be found on the Pastor’s Corner page of this website and also on our Facebook page. Look for it soon on our YouTube page.

Another area of the parish that is being served during this time of the coronavirus is our outreach to the families of our parish with children. Denise Bartleson has been doing a weekly email of teachings for our families whether they be our younger children or our children in the primary grades or our middle school students. I thank her for her sharing of her ability to make the message of our faith available to our families at this time. There will be in the coming weeks a number of new initiatives that we will be sharing with you. May is the month of the Blessed Mother and we hope as a parish to undertake a prayer project for each of our households. Please watch the bulletin for further information.

I also would like to thank The Knights of Columbus who have taken the lead in bringing activity back into our parish. The Knights hosted their first on-line meeting. I thank Terry Morgan for his leadership and his sharing with us both the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet! The Knights are also revived our parish food drive which will be very helpful to our neighbors in the community. 

My dear friends thank you for all that you are doing currently! Thank you for your prayers and your faithfulness, I will keep you in my prayers please keep me in yours. 

Sincerely, 

Msgr. Ryan