Mass in Time of Pandemic
Father Jim, Sherry Langrock, Konstantza Chernov, Nancy Cronin, and Karen Kula gathered together on an early Advent evening to celebrate this special Mass in Time of Pandemic. May it be a source of prayer and hope in the darkness of our continued coronaviral captivity.
Way of the Cross
Jesus says the condition for being his disciple is to take up your cross daily and follow him (Mk 8:34). When you do, you discover that following Jesus by the way of the cross does not lead to Calvary. Rather, the cross leads through death to the fullness of life free from guilt and shame that comes to you every day in the resurrection by the power of the Holy Spirit. This devotion, often done during the season of Lent, is a way of encouraging all of us along this way. This video has been made for those who feel uncomfortable coming to church or do not travel at night.
Brothers & Sisters:
Sunday Masses are 4 p.m. Saturday at Saint Teresa; 8 a.m. Sunday at the Church of the Nativity; 10 a.m. and 12 noon at Saint Teresa following the current guidelines for social distancing (see below). The dispensation from the Sunday obligation is granted to all Catholics of the archdiocese by Archbishop Blair through Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Registration is a necessity, so please register for a weekend Mass at the Weekend Mass Sign Up link further below.
Saint Teresa can accommodate 26 socially distanced people and the Church of the Nativity 45. Those attending are required: 1.) to wear a mask/face covering over your nose and mouth for the entire Mass, 2.) to bring your own hand sanitizer, 3.) to remain 6 feet apart from anyone who is not a member of your household, 4.) to refrain from mingling after Mass, 5.) to sign up for weekend Mass through the Sign Up Genius link below and 6.) to observe any other required precautions.
Please be advised there may not be sufficient room at any given Mass for all who wish to attend. You may not be able to sit in your accustomed pew or attend Mass at the time or place you wish.
WHO SHOULD STILL REMAIN HOME
Although each person is responsible to determine whether he or she should attend, the elderly, those with pre-existing conditions, those who are fearful or anxious, those who are taking care of a sick or homebound person, and those who cannot wear a mask for the duration of Mass should consider taking advantage of watching Mass safely at home on television or with our live streaming through our parish website.
The general health and safety of our communities and your personal safety are of the utmost importance. Although all of this is extremely frustrating, your continued understanding, cooperation, and endurance is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
OUR HOPE IS IN THE LORD!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Father of all encouragement, who encourages us in every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. For as Christ's sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow. - II Corinthians 1:3-5
Returning to Mass
With the vaccinations against COVID-19 now being distribuuted, many of us are just beginning to feel safe enough to return to Mass this spring. This video explains all the safety precautions that we have put in place in our two parish churches so that we may stay healthy and stay holy as we worship together. If you're just coming back or are planning to attend a funeral Mass, please review this brief video.
Archbishop's Annual Appeal
STAY HEALTHY. STAY HOLY. STAY CONNECTED.
During this time of social separation, we are making every effort to communicate with as many of you as possible.
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Saturday Vigil 4:00 p.m. Saint Teresa of Avila
Sunday 8:00 a.m. Church of the Nativity
10:00 a.m. Saint Teresa of Avila
12:00 p.m. Saint Teresa of Avila
Weekday Masses 8:30 a.m.
Monday & Thursday Saint Teresa of Avila
Tuesday & Friday Church of the Nativity
Church of the Nativity
48 East Street (Route 132)
Bethlehem, CT 06751
Saint Teresa of Avila Church
146 Main Street South (Route 6)
Woodbury, CT 06798
Weekday Masses are cancelled when Region 14 delays, cancels or is remote only during the winter months.
The Mass intention for any cancelled Mass will be moved to the next available Mass.
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People mandates every employee and volunteer in our parish participate in the Virtus Protecting God's Children for Adults and completes a Background Check prior to beginning their work in ministry. Every student in our Religious Education Program must attend a Child Lures Program during classes once a year.