“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hossanah in the highest!"
Blessed palms will be available in All Saints Church from 9am-3pm throughout Holy Week, beginning Palm Sunday thru Good Friday. (If there are five cars in the parking lot when you arrive for your palms, please remain in your car until someone leaves the church. Please take every precaution to maintain social distancing at all times.)
The Chrism Mass will be livestreamed from St. Patrick's Cathedral in Norwich Tuesday morning at 10:30am through the Diocesan website:
Bishop Cote will preside at the following celebrations which will likewise be
livestreamed from the Cathedral through the Diocesan website, as noted above:
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – 9:00 a.m.
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 p.m.
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion – 3:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil in the Holy Night – 8:00 p.m.
Another Holy Week begins. A Week beyond our imagining from when it first was celebrated up to the times we are experiencing today. Who could have envisioned what happened in Jerusalem so long ago, and who could have envisioned what is happening in the world today? We now share in the Lord's passion in ways we could not imagine. Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord invites us to share more deeply the sufferings of our sisters and brothers throughout the world. We are being called (or even forced) to bear the Cross of Christ in new ways, many as painful as it must have been for Christ Himself. Some realities have changed and some never will. The reality is, we are all in this together. The reality is, we are called always to move forward in faith. The reality is, many people need help to carry their cross, as did Jesus Himself. In this age of social distancing, how can each of us become Simon of Sirene for others? How can we help to ease the burden that for so many weighs too heavily upon them? As we journey more fully into this Holy Week, as we share more fully in the passion of the Lord, may we always be strengthened by the Spirit of Christ. May we journey faithfully through the darkness of these days to the glory of the resurrection. May we sustain one another in prayer and may we come to know the fullness of peace that Christ always promises.
THE CELEBRATION OF SUNDAY MASS WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED FROM ST. BERNARD CHURCH IN ROCKVILLE AT 10AM SUNDAY MORNINGS. ALSO, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE (BLESSEDSACRAMENTCT.ORG) FOR THE SCHEDULE OF WEEKDAY MASSES.
DURING THESE DIFFICULT DAYS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ENTER THE CHURCH AND PRAY SILENTLY FOE A WHILE. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM APPROACHING ANYONE ELSE WHO MAY BE VISITING FOR THE SAME REASON.
THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 9AM TO 3PM.
MAY WE REMAIN PRAYERFULLY UNITED WITH ONE ANOTHER UNTIL ONCE AGAIN WE ARE ABLE TO GATHER AS ONE TO HEAR THE GOSPEL PROCLAIMED AND CELEBRATE THE EUCHARIST TOGETHER.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, BISHOP COTE HAS ANNOUNCED THE CANCELLATION OF ALL PUBLIC MASSES THROUGHOUT THE DIOCESE OF NORWICH FOR THE INDEFINITE FUTURE.
ALSO,DUE TO CONCERNS SURROUNDING THE CORONA VIRUS, STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND ALL FAITH FORMATION ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
BISHOP COTE ALSO HAS POSTPONED THE ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL UNTIL AN UNDETERMINED FUTURE DATE.
MAY WE REMAIN UNITED IN PRAYER AT THIS TIME WITH GOD'S PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, AND MAY WE EACH DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND NOT JEOPARDIZE THOSE AROUND US.
Our parish needs your support now as much as ever. Please consider making your regular gift a monthly offering using our Online Giving program.
If you can't make it to Mass, and while Mass participation is suspended by the Diocese of Norwich and/or State of Connecticut, your online donation will ensure our mission continues.
We are very grateful for the very generous donations we have received in response to our parish appeal to replace our parish oil tanks, as required by the state of Connecticut. If you have not yet had a chance to donate to this appeal, please click on the link above (and type "oil tanks" in the comment box) or mail your check to the parish office.
Please remember that, thanks to a very generous benefactor, matching grants will be made for donations up to $350.00, with a $10,000.00 limit.
Thank you very much!
Everyone is welcome to join us at All Saints Church for the celebration of the
Welcome to All Saints in Somersville! We're glad you found us online. As we journey through these forty days of Lent, I invite you to join with us as we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, meditate on the Stations of the Cross, and when we gather to recognize our sinfulness and seek God's mercy at our Lenten Penance Service.
This holy season calls us all to a deeper spirit of prayer, to fasting in many and various ways, and to more conscious acts of charity and sharing all of the gifts we have been given with others. May we continue to hold one another in prayer during these forty days.