My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,

Come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as if you were already there

And unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you.

Amen.

Author: Archdiocese of New York through USCCB

Join Monsignor Joe DiSciacca for another helping of spiritual communion as we celebrate the March 29, 2020 Mass at Divine Mercy Parish. Recorded at St. Rita Church, today’s altar server was Grace Kirby, with musical accompaniment by Jim Teti.

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Join Msgr. Joe as he celebrates Mass and prays for every member of the parish as we deal with the impact of COVID-19 virus. Please share this with other members of the parish and your families who are seeking comfort during these uncertain times.

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To minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to offer parishioners the convenience of calling the rectory for as much business as possible.

Please call our offices at St. Rita Rectory (203-248-5513) or St. Stephen Rectory (203-288-6439) to request a date for Masses or Sacrament Certificates.

You may put Offering for Masses in a clearly marked envelope in the collection basket on the weekend of place the envelope in the basket at St. Rita Office or through the mail slot at St. Stephen Office.

All Mass cards and Certificates will be mailed to you. We will conduct as much business as possible on the phone.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

An Announcement Regarding the Celebration of Mass in the Archdiocese of Hartford

In light of what the CDC has issued on March 15th regarding the cancellation or postponement of large events and mass gatherings of more than 50 people, and given the March 16th mandate of Governor Ned Lamont requiring the closure of all restaurants, bars, gyms and movie theaters, the Archdiocese of Hartford has cancelled all weekend and weekday Masses, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the churches of the Archdiocese (the counties of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven) through April 3, 2020. Priests will celebrate a daily Mass alone with no congregation, remembering in prayer all who are affected by the pandemic. Parishes will be encouraged to make provision for their churches to be open at some time so that individuals can still come and pray. Further direction and updates from the Archdiocese will be provided in a timely manner regarding Holy Week and all celebrations beyond that date.

Additionally, in response to the March 15th mandate of Governor Lamont requiring the closure of all Connecticut schools through at least March 31st, all Archdiocesan high schools and parochial schools will also be closed through March 31st.

St. Rita School 4th Annual $10,000 Tuition Raffle

Tickets are $50 each and only 800 tickets will be sold, so buy your tickets early. Prize money can be used to pay for tuition at any accredited K-12 school, college or university, or to pay back students loans.

The winner does not have to personally use the money; they can designate any student they wish to use the money (for example a grandparent can use the money to pay a grandchild’s tuition).

The drawing will be held March 28at the Dancing Through the Decades Auction; winner need not be present to win. Tickets are available by calling the school at 203-248 -3114 or emailing Trisha Kozloski.

Proceeds from the raffle will support St. Rita School’s operating budget.

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

Divine Mercy Knights of Columbus is again sponsoring the distribution of crosses made with palm for the Easter season. These beautiful crosses – 24” high by 12” across – include a choice of colored ribbons and also feature artificial lilies, suitable to adorn your yard or respectfully placed at grave sites of beloved family members.

The price remains $12 per cross, and order forms are available at the exits of both churches beginning on the three weekends of March 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, or on the parish website. Crosses will be available for pickup on Palm Sunday weekend, April 3-5, at the times indicated on the order form.  

Click to download an order form.