Lent has been an intense period of preparation at St. Mary's for the coming feast of Easter. We will soon be celebrating Holy Week, and then Easter.
Our observance of Lent has been preparing us for the central mystery of our faith—the saving death and the life-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now that Lent is drawing to a close we are looking forward to the beautiful celebrations of Holy Week in which we will participate in the mysteries that we will celebrate. We will not merely remember the past; we will actively participate in the Lord’s saving death and life-giving resurrection.
Join us at St. Mary’s for Holy Week and Easter. Make use of these final days of Lent so that you can participate fully in the mystery of Holy Week and the joy of Easter.
Father Frank Matera
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Would you like more information about Holy Week?
Do your children have questions about Holy Week?
Father Matera provides a great primer in this video presentation:
Religious Education - Registration OPEN
Registration Education Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is now OPEN. To register, click on the link below.
Have you ever thought about becoming a Catechist? Would you like to share your faith with children or teens in our program and grow in your own faith right along with them? It is a truly rewarding Ministry. Ask any of our current Catechists about their experiences! If you are interested please contact one of our Religious Education coordinators:
On the weekend of February 8-9, Father Matera spoke at all of the Masses about “The State of Our Parish.” He talked about where we are, where we have been, and where we can go.
Click HERE to read Father Matera's State of Our Parish Homily.
On the weekend of February 22-23, the members of our Finance Committee presented this year’s Annual Financial Report, including information on where we have been, where we are and where we can go.
Online Giving - NEW VENDOR!
We are pleased to inform you that St. Mary’s has changed our online giving vendor to make donating even easier, while at the same time keeping the process safe and secure. Our new vendor is We Share, a division of Liturgical Publications (LPi). LPi demonstrates the highest security standards, and we are excited to partner with them.
VIDEO ARCHIVES Our parish hosts many presentations during the year and many of these are available for you to view here on our website.
Follow the above link to our 'Video Archives' and locate the program that you wish to view ... then click on it!
LENT 2014 Father Matera is hosting a Thursday evening series of talks entitled,
“The Resurrection of Jesus and of His Followers.”
Join us in the Lower Church at 7:30 pm
SUNDAY MORNING ENRICHMENT Our 2013-14 Religious Education year also included a series of Adult Enrichment sessions for parishioners If you were unable to attend a session or want to see it again, simply click on a link to watch via our video archive.
Among the recent topics:
While the four Gospels focus on what the Resurrection means for Jesus, the apostle Paul generally writes about what the Resurrection means for US -- the followers of Christ. Click to watch the video of this presentation from Father Matera.
The religious leaders (in the time of Jesus) did not realize the depth of their blindness. The reality is that they suffered from blindness far more serious than the physical loss of sight. Click to read more.
Have you ever noticed how restless we are? We seek peace in all kinds of things, but we are never satisfied. There is only One who can satisfy the deepest longing of our heart. We cannot, and we will not be satisfied until we rest in God. Click to read more.
What is unique about the sacrament of matrimony? It is, after all, a 'calling' in its own right. What does it mean in our day-to-day lives? Fay and Rick Lenz host this presentation on Marriage and Family. Click for more!
We are located in Simsbury, CT. We are a parish community of 2,200 households and over 200 students at St. Mary’s school. St. Mary’s has a strong commitment to education. We operate the only Catholic elementary school in the Farmington Valley and, at the same time, we are proud of the Religious Education program we operate for our young people in the public school system. There are nearly endless volunteer opportunities in both programs.
We welcome all families and parishioners to join us in the supremely important journey that we call life in Christ. We pray that we might always be worthy of the trust you have placed in us.
St. Mary's School - Growing Children in Faith and Wisdom
St. Mary’s School is the Farmington Valley's only Catholic school for grades K-8. The ability of St. Mary's School to address the whole child sets this learning community apart from others. In a safe, nurturing environment that features a consistent moral compass, students are free to excel academically and grow into the people God intends them to be.
Offering a unique blending of traditional academics and 21st century technology, Saint Mary's challenges today's students to actively master subject matter. Encouraged to lead and taught to serve, students graduate from St. Mary's with confidence, well prepared for secondary education and to assume the rights and responsibilities of Christian young adults.
We begin our commemoration of the Sacred Triduum with the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 8 pm. This celebration will include washing of the feet and procession with The Blessed Sacrament. (Note: There is no 8 am Mass on Holy Thursday)
The Paschal Triduum continues where we left off on Holy Thursday. While there is no Mass on Good Friday, we commemorate the Lord's Passion and death through the Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.
Have you ever put a chocolate rabbit or decorated egg in an Easter basket? Of course you have. And it means you have participated in a very old Catholic custom which originated in Eastern Europe. Click for the story.