Thank you for all of your help and support during our recent events and celebrations. In celebrating the Sacraments of (First) Eucharist and Confirmation, volunteering in music and other ministries for special celebrations, cleaning sacristies in Jewett City and Voluntown, and planting flowers in all three parishes, you have helped tremendously. Without you, our parishes would not be as successful as they are!
Thanks also go to everyone who is helping with the replacement of Saint Catherine Church roof. Over the past few weeks, we have asked Saint Catherine parishioners to consider a pledge or donation to help defray the $33,000.00 roof replacement cost. As of last Saturday evening, May 18, just over $29,000.00 has been pledged or contributed so far. Thank you for your generous support and/or prayers.
Next weekend, we will be having a special time of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist) to honor the request of Pope Francis for such an observance. Adoration at Saint Catherine Church in Preston will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, and transition into Mass at 4:30 p.m. In Jewett City at Saint Mary Church, adoration will take place between the Masses on Sunday, June 2; it will begin during the end of the 8:00 a.m. Mass and transition into the 11:00 a.m. Mass. At Saints Thomas and Anne Church in Voluntown, adoration will begin during the end of the 9:00 a.m. Mass and conclude at 12 Noon.
In describing what will happen I use the word “transition” because there is no official beginning to Mass when adoration immediately precedes it or an official end to Mass when adoration immediately follows it. Rather, it is considered one liturgy or liturgical celebration.
The Sign of the Cross and greeting at the beginning and end of Mass marks the official beginning and end. When adoration precedes and/or immediately follows Mass, there is no Sign of the Cross or greeting. In this way, it flows as one continuous liturgy.
Adoration is a special time to pray before the Eucharist. Everyone is invited to come and spend some time in prayer.
This coming Monday is Memorial Day. There will be a Memorial Day Mass in Saint Thomas Cemetery on Sheldon Road in Griswold at 9:00 a.m. weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, Mass will be at Saints Thomas and Anne Church at 9:00 a.m. Mass will also be celebrated on Monday at 8:00 a.m. in the chapel at Saint Mary Parish Center in Jewett City. Parish offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.
The booklet that is being written to commemorate Saint Anne Church and its closing has encountered some delays. We had hoped to have it printed by this past Easter, but we are still in the process of writing it. Thank you being patient with us so far as we continue working on this project.
Father Ted Tumicki