Dear Divine Mercy Parishioners,

Blessings to all as we begin to re-open the church for Sunday Mass.

Though we have celebrated Mass at a distance over the past few months, we are now planning for public weekend Masses beginning on Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th. Mass times will be Saturday 4:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Please join us if you feel comfortable in coming.
Be assured that the church has been professionally cleaned and sanitized. We ask everyone to wear face masks except young children. There are hand sanitizers available. We encourage you to bring your own also. The church will be cleaned after every Mass. All Masses will be at St. Rita Church.
Since we are only permitted to have 100 people at each Mass, we will ask you to use this Sign-Up Genius form to register.

As we re-open for the weekends, there are some things you need to know. We will use the front entrance on Whitney Avenue and the side parking lot door near the elevator. We will not be using the Russell Street door. We have set up a temporary Reconciliation Room for confessions near that entrance. Greeters will be at the entrances assisting you. We ask that you follow the arrows and sit in designated pews.

We will not be passing baskets for Sunday collections. There will be collection boxes stationed at the entrances of the church. Envelopes and donations can be put there. We will empty boxes after each Mass.

Communion will be distributed from the center aisle, in the front near the sanctuary and at the break. Please sanitize your hands, come forward with your mask on, receive Communion in your hand, step to the side, lower your mask and place the host in your mouth, then proceed back to your pew. If you will be receiving Communion on your tongue, we ask that you wait until the end of the line.

We will need help in sanitizing the church after each Mass. If you can help, please call the office and leave us your name.

While some may not be comfortable in returning to church just yet, know that the Sunday Mass obligation has been lifted until September 6th.

There are many things for us to get used to. Trusting in the Lord Jesus, using common sense and the help of one another, we will be able to meet these challenges.

I am eager to welcome you back to church when you feel comfortable in coming. Jesus, I trust in you.

Sincerely,
Msgr. Joseph V. DiSciacca

Celebrate the June 28, 2020 Mass at St. Rita Church with Monsignor Joe DiSciacca. Today’s Lectors were Robert and Laura Zambrano, and our Cantor was Julie Mountcastle.

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Join Monsignor Joe DiSciacca for the June 21, 2020 Mass, which includes a special blessing for fathers as we celebrate Father’s Day. Today’s Lector was Carol Aloi. Our Cantor was Lisa Zolkiewicz-Ives, with musical accompaniment by Jim Teti. Our Altar Server was Grace Kirby.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am pleased to announce that Growing in Faith, Giving in Love will serve as the theme and inspiration for the 2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The Annual Appeal once again challenges our charity as a united family of faith, and makes it possible for us to share what we have with those in need and to sustain the life of our local church. We are all part of God’s family and we have a responsibility to care for one another, especially by providing for the spiritual, moral and material well-being of each and all.  The 2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, Growing in Faith, Giving in Love, presents us with a unique opportunity to combine all of our individual gifts in order to accomplish even more together as an archdiocese.

In urging your support for this year’s Annual Appeal, I also invite you to look for ways to strengthen your own faith and share with others the good news of the gospel.  As Jesus says: “What you have received as a gift, give as a gift.”  So don’t be afraid to think about what your Catholic faith in Jesus means to you, and then share that good news with others.  Share it with your family and friends, your neighbors and co-workers.  Be bold as the first Christians were, and invite others to join you at Mass!

As people of faith, we are called to care for one another and for those in need.  So please be generous in sharing the “time, talent, and treasure” you have received from God, and make of it a gift that can benefit the spiritual and material well-being of individuals, families, and communities throughout Hartford, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties.

Please review this brochure as it illustrates some of the ways that Growing in Faith, Giving in Love will make a difference in the lives of many.

God bless you.

The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair
Archbishop of Hartford