LENT BEGINS THIS WEDNESDAY!
Ash Wednesday Mass and distribution of Ashes*
8AM – St. Adalbert Church
7PM – St. Patrick Church
*Covid-19 guidelines will be in place for the distribution of ashes. Thank you.
Stations of the Cross – Fridays in Lent
7PM – St. Adalbert Church—(begins Friday, February 19)
(Stations of the Cross will also be available on the St. Raymond of
Peñefort YouTube site if you are unable to attend in person.)
LENTEN GUIDELINES 2021 – FAST AND ABSTINENCE
Ash Wednesday (February 17) and Good Friday (April 2) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
For members of the Roman Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Roman Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection. (USCCB, 2018)
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.
ZOOM THROUGH LENT
This Lent we are going to try something new. Since we haven’t been able to get together for a long time – and don’t know when we will be able to gather in person again – we will have a virtual discussion group that would meet through Zoom either Sunday or Tuesday. Using the Sunday readings, and a brief meditation we will discuss where we feel God’s invitation to grow this Lent. It’s a chance to support each other on our Lenten journey and reconnect as a faith community after so long apart. No masks required! But you do need to email me at [email protected] to get the zoom access link. For more information email me at the address above or call Carolyn Dague at 860-741-0572.
“SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGE” AT ST. RAYMOND OF PEÑEFORT PARISH
(ST. ADALBERT CHURCH)
Lent is here! Catholics observe Lent in a variety of ways. St. Raymond of Peñefort Parish is offering a “spiritual pilgrimage” during this penitential season so we may center our priorities around Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us:
Beginning this Friday, February 19 and every Friday in Lent, walk in the footsteps of Jesus at the Stations of the Cross beginning at 7pm, St. Adalbert Church, followed by Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
(Stations of the Cross will also be available on the St. Raymond of Peñefort YouTube site
if you are unable to attend in person.)
Watch Recorded Masses
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.
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/.
Mobile FoodShare Truck
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. No questions asked. Just bring your bags. Also, please be sure to adhere to the social distance requirements and wear a mask.
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.
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
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 - 9:00 AM at St. Patrick
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM