• Please Pray
      We wanted the parish to know that Father Santiago's grandfather,
      Ang
      elo Santiago, passed away on April 8th, 2014 in Portugal. 
      Our thoughts and prayers are with Father Santiago and his family.

       
    • April at St. Mary's
      From Father Matera . . .
       

      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

         
      Columns
      Click here to view my weekly columns that pertain to our lives as followers of Jesus Christ.

      Homilies
      Click here to view my homilies from each week.
       
    • Holy Week & Easter 2014
      Holy Week & Easter Schedule at St. Mary’s
      April 13-20
                                                                          
      Palm Sunday
      5:00 PM Saturday, and 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM on Sunday

      Monday of Holy Week
      6:00 - 7:00 PM   Confessions
      (Reconciliation is available in every church of the Archdiocese)

      Holy Thursday
      8:00 PM   Mass of the Lord’s Supper

      Good Friday
      3:00 PM   Passion of the Lord
      7:00 PM   Stations of the Cross

      Holy Saturday
      11 AM   Blessing of Food (Parish Center)
      Click for more info on the Blessing of Food

      Easter Vigil
      8:00 PM   Holy Saturday (please note: no 5:00 PM Mass)

      Easter Sunday
      Mass schedule:  8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM


      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:


      Judy Eagen (Grades 1-6):  
      religiouseducation1-6@stmarysimsbury.org

      Jeannie Carpenter (Grades 7-10):  
      religiouseducation7-10@stmarysimsbury.org


       
    • The State of Our Parish
      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.

      E-Giving Flyer - It's As Easy as 1-2-3!
      Click HERE to see how easy it is to sign-up and start using WeShare.

      E-Giving Details & Benefits
      To view more detailed information on E-Giving, you can click HERE or visit our E-Giving webpage under RESOURCES / E-Giving. 

      In order to register for WeShare, please click on the icon below
       
      Current E-givers will receive a communication either by e-mail or USPS with instructions on how to make the change.

      All questions regarding E-Giving can be directed to Bill Heiden at EGiving@stmarysimsbury.org.
    • Belong, Believe, Become

      St. Mary's
      A Place to Belong, Believe and Become


      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

      Part One: The Resurrection of Jesus according to Mark & Matthew
      Part Two: The Resurrection of Jesus according to Luke & John
      Part Three: The Resurrection of Christ's Followers according to St. Paul
      Thursday, April 10:  Why the Resurrection of Jesus and His Followers Matters



      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:

      - Preparing for Holy Week
      - Teens, Adults and the Idea of 'Perfection'
      - Celebrating Lent with Your Children
      - Stations of the Cross
      - Spiritual Direction
      - Preparing Your Spiritual Will
      - Estate and Healthcare Planning
      - Speaking About Death and Tragedy to Your Child
      - Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

      - Understanding Grief and Loss

      Check here each week for more information and be sure to
      stay connected with us via Social Media!
    • News
    • Welcome to St. Mary's Parish
      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.

      For more information, please visit our school website:  
      www.StMarysSchoolSimsbury.org
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      • Apr 17, 2014
        8:00 PM
        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)
      • Apr 18, 2014
        3:00 PM
        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.
      • Apr 18, 2014
        7:00 PM
        Join us for Stations of the Cross in the Church.
      • Apr 19, 2014
        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.
      • Apr 19, 2014
        8:00 PM
        Join us as we conclude our celebration of the Sacred Triduum with the Great Easter Vigil. (Note: There is no morning Mass, no 5 PM Mass and no confessions on Holy Saturday)
      • Apr 20, 2014
        Join us as we celebration the Lord's Resurrection! Masses will be celebrated at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM in the church.
      • Apr 25, 2014
        3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
        For more information on our youth choir please contact Patty Lepak at lepakfamily@gmail.com
      • Apr 25, 2014
        4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
        Please donate your unwanted treasures and help us have a successful event again this year!
      • Apr 26, 2014
        9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        Please donate your unwanted treasures and help us have a successful event again this year!
      • Apr 27, 2014
        9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        Please donate your unwanted treasures and help us have a successful event again this year!
      • Apr 27, 2014
        9:30 AM
        The youth choir under the direction of Patty Lepak will sing at today's 9:30 AM Mass.
      • Apr 28, 2014
        9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
        Stop by our Granny's Attic Sale and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • Apr 29, 2014
        9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
        Stop by our Granny's Attic Sale and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • Apr 30, 2014
        9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
        Stop by our Granny's Attic Sale and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • May 1, 2014
        8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
        Stop by our Granny's Attic Sale and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • May 2, 2014
        8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
        Stop by our Granny's Attic Sale and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • May 3, 2014
        Today there will be two Confirmation Masses with our tenth graders at 11:00am and 2:00pm
      • May 3, 2014
        8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
        Today is our final day -- your last chance to come in and find a treasure! Stop by the former Wagner's showroom (across from Kane's Market) and help support our annual fundraiser!
      • May 4, 2014
        Desserts and fruit are needed to take to Mercy Shelter in Hartford. All items can be dropped off in the lower church before 3:00 PM. Thanks for all the donations!
      • May 5, 2014
        7:00 PM
        Are you interested in knitting or crocheting? We come together one Monday evening each month to make shawls. We welcome everyone from beginners to experts. Bring a friend!