Extension of Dispensation from Sunday Mass Obligation
On March 13, 2020, each and every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Hartford was dispensed from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair due to the potential danger of the coronavirus pandemic. This dispensation was most recently extended on May 27, 2020, with the release of the document Opening Churches for Public Worship in the Archdiocese of Hartford, which stated, “As for Sunday Mass, the dispensation from the Sunday obligation previously granted to all Catholics of the archdiocese by the Archbishop has now been extended through Sunday, September 6, 2020.”
In light of continued uncertainty regarding the extent and duration of the coronavirus in the state of Connecticut and throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, Archbishop Blair has now extended this dispensation from the Sunday obligation through Saturday, November 28, 2020, which is the last day of the current liturgical year.
The Archdiocese of Hartford continues to monitor the severity of the situation surrounding the pandemic and will provide updates regarding decisions reached for the archdiocese as they are made.
Dignity of Life Seminar
The parish of St. Raymond of Penafort Parish along with The Catholic Cemetery Association will be hosting a presentation focused on educating our Parish families about the challenges facing practically every family: Maintaining the dignity of life during end-of-life discussions. The Catholic Cemeteries Association will conduct the Seminar with the assistance of an Elder Care Attorney, and Funeral Director. They will answer questions on how to manage these elements of the golden years. All are welcome to attend. The seminar should take about an hour and 30 minutes with Q & A. Due to CDC guidelines packaged snacks and bottled water will be available. Please register. Masks must be worn indoors. Please be sure to bring one with you.
These sessions will be offered at St. Patrick Church at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020. To register: Please pick-up a registration flyer at the parish office or call 860-745-2411 with your information or visit the Catholic Cemeteries website at www.ccacem.org to register.
GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING WEEKDAY/WEEKEND MASS
Monday-Tuesday at St. Patrick – 8am
Wednesday-Thursday at St. Adalbert – 8am
Saturday Vigil at St. Patrick – 4pm
Sunday at St. Adalbert – 8am and 9:30am
Sunday at St. Patrick – 11am
If you are sick or feeling ill or you are high risk, please stay home.
Face masks must be worn for your protection as well as for others.
Upon entering church, please sanitize your hands – this is especially important.
Follow social distancing, i.e. at least 6 feet away from each other. Pews are now blocked off for easy social distancing. (Churches are sanitized between Masses.)
Very limited music with only organist and cantor, no congregational singing and no worship aids will be allowed, etc.
Distribution of Holy Communion will also follow social distancing and sanitizing guidelines. Protocols have been set in place for both churches for the celebration of weekday Mass. These same protocols are to be followed for Sunday Mass as well.
Offertory envelope(s) will be collected in a separate receptacle upon entering/exiting church. The parish thanks you for your continued support. You may still continue to drop them thru the mail slot at the rectory or mail them directly to the parish office.
Bulletins are available at each church. You may also find them online at our website: www.straymondenfield.org
While Sunday Masses have resumed, the dispensation from the Sunday obligation previously granted to all Catholics of the Archdiocese by the Archbishop will continue through Sunday, September 6, 2020. The elderly, the sick, and those who care for anyone who is vulnerable remain encouraged not to attend at this time. Mass will be available via ORTV on WTXX-Channel 20 or Channel 11 on most cable systems for those who cannot attend in person.
Continue to pray for those affected by the coronavirus, and those who care for them, for our community and the world!
Additional information regarding protocol and the opening of churches for public Mass may be found on the Archdiocesan website: https://archdioceseofhartford.org/coronavirus/
Stay well, stay safe! Thank you.
Food Shelf and A & P Store Donations
Until further notice, please do not leave any donations for the Food Shelf or A&P Store at the church. We do not have the staff/volunteers to manage any donations at this time. Please bring your food donations directly to the Enfield Food Shelf, 95 Alden Avenue and keep any donations you may have for the A&P Store until it resumes operation. We will inform you via the website and bulletin when we are again able to accept donations. Thank you.
Watch Recorded Masses
Checks written to the church should be made out to St. Raymond of Penafort Parish. The bank is no longer accepting any checks written under the names of St. Adalbert Church or St. Patrick Church. Thank you for your cooperation!!
Mobile FoodShare Truck
UPDATE ON THE FOODSHARE
The FoodShare MobileTruck will no longer be distributing food from St. Patrick’s parking lot.
The Truck will now be at the Enfield Food Shelf, 96 Alden Ave., from 11:30 AM—12:30 AM on the following dates: September 18, October 2, 16, & 30, November 13 and December 11th. No questions asked. Just bring your bags. Also, please be sure to adhere to the social distance requirements and wear a mask.
Catholic Church Annulment
Many Catholics have asked the following questions about the Church’s position on divorce, annulments, and marriage:
- “Can a divorced person receive Holy Communion?”
- “Can a divorced person marry in the Catholic Church?”
- “Why might a non-Catholic consider or need an annulment?”
- “Does a divorced person need an annulment when the marriage was performed only by a Justice of the Peace?”
Often these questions and others have been met with misleading, misguided, and sometimes wrong responses. Perhaps you, a family member, or a friend needs sound, clear information.
If so, please contact the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Hartford at 860-541-6491 or email at [email protected] You can also visit our website at https://archdioceseofhartford.org/metropolitan-marriage-tribunal/.
Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center
Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center
We are all responding to the global pandemic and adjusting to the “new normal" and its challenges. The Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center is determined to open our doors as an essential service and a resource for our homeless here in Enfield in the coming winter. Unfortunately, the pandemic is seriously hampering our annual fundraising events, and our costs of operation have increased substantially. We are reaching out to our Enfield churches for your continued financial support and continued prayers. If you are able to make a contribution in any amount, we would be grateful. If you’d like more information or want to find ways to help us, please go to www.enfieldsafeharbor.org or contact Rosalind Swift at [email protected]. Thank you for your continued support and may God bless and keep you and your parish.
Saturday Vigil 4:00 PM at St. Patrick
Sunday 8:00 AM at St. Adalbert
Sunday 9:30 AM at St. Adalbert
Sunday 11:00 AM at St. Patrick
Monday - 8:00 AM at St. Patrick
Tuesday - 8:00 AM at St. Patrick
Wednesday - 8:00 AM at St. Adalbert
Thursday - 8:00 AM at St. Adalbert
No Friday or Saturday Mass
Spanish Mass (St. Patrick)
Monday 6:00 PM
Saturday 3:00-3:45 PM at St. Patrick
Baptisms and Marriages
Please call the rectory at 860-745-2411 to arrange
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament ~ Every Tuesday 8:30 - 9:30 AM at St. Patrick
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saint of the Day
10/10/20 1:00 am
Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time October 10, 2020 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Luke 11:27-28 This short reading is more about our relationship with God’s word than about our natural family. The woman in the crowd calls out that Jesus’ mother must be very proud having a Son like him. Jesus […]
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