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St. Paul Catholic Parish
A Franciscan Family of Faith

May 12, 2021
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The Ascension

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord - Thursday, May 13th

"He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father"

The Feast of the Ascension is a Holy Day of Obligation. However, since the obligation to attend Mass is suspended through Pentecost, there is no obligation to attend this year. We do hope you will join us to receive Jesus in the Eucharist or join us in Spiritual Communion by watching Mass online.

Mass Schedule
Wednesday, May 12th

Thursday, May 13th
  7:00am, 8:45am*, 12 Noon, 7:00pm

*School Mass. Visitors are welcome to sit in the New Wing.


 Click to learn more about the Ascension of the Lord:
Bishop Barron on Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters
Bishop Barron on Why the
Ascension of Jesus Matters

News from the Archdiocese


Throughout the past year there has been a general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass in person. In this recent letter dated May 10, 2021, Archbishop Blair and the other Connecticut bishops announced that the dispensation will end effective May 22, 2021.

A separate email from Fr. Joe with more details will hit your inbox soon!

The Month of Mary

May is the month of Mary.

Here are 3 SIMPLE WAYS
to honor Our Blessed Mother and to grow closer to her this month:


Thursday, May 13th is the anniversary of
the Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima.

For those who are not familiar with this event,
(and for those who are) the movie Fatima is a must watch.

*Also available online.
 Learn more at
Fatima | Official Trailer
Fatima | Official Trailer

You can start small by saying just one of the five "decades". 
It will only take a few minutes of your day. 

How to Pray the Rosary with Bishop Barron
How to Pray the Rosary with Bishop Barron

"The Rosary is a quiet contemplative prayer with enormous spiritual power. Its very repetitiveness makes it a kind of mantra designed to slow us down, calm our restless hearts and allow the mysteries of the life of Christ to appear before our mind's eye..."  -Bishop Barron


The scapular is a sign that we are under the protection of Mary and that she will intercede for us in life and at death.

"He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger and a pledge of special peace and protection." .... more

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Lent....  how'd it go?

In our Ash Wednesday (Feb. 2021) issue of The Epistle Online, we included information about what our friars, staff & teachers had planned to do or give up for Lent.  We decided to follow up to find out how things went!  

"I plan to read two good Catholic books."
And... I ended up only reading one book during the entire 40 days. However there were two parts to the book, so I think it counts!  I read 
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton. The first 100 pages were a little slow, but I kept chipping away and was very glad I stuck with it!  I learned so much, and it opened my eyes in so many ways!"

"I plan to give up Facebook"
And...  I actually stuck to it! Didn't really miss it, and now after Lent I am not on it that much.  I spend more time reading my Bible and in prayer time.

"I plan to do the Abiding Together Podcast Lent Study based on the book This Present Paradise by first-time author Claire Dwyer."
And...  The Lenten book study on the Abiding Together podcast was so applicable to my life. This Present Paradise was about Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, who I knew nothing about when I started. She was a saint ahead of her time, helping lay people find God in the everyday acts of life. Claire Dwyer, the author, adds antidotes from her own life that make the saint relatable and relevant. I highly recommend it.
I also removed the Facebook app from my phone to avoid temptation and as days went by didn't even miss it. I check it less now too!"


No matter how small or how ambitious your plans are to grow closer to Christ, to avoid sin and to be faithful to the gospel, we can all learn from the simple advice in this video from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: 

How To Just Keep Going
How To Just Keep Going

St. Joseph, pray for us!


2021: Embracing the Year of St. Joseph to Grow
2021: Embracing the Year of St. Joseph

Many Catholics are planning to Consecrate themselves to Saint Joseph during this special year that runs from Dec. 8, 2020 through Dec. 8, 2021.

What does it mean to consecrate yourself to Saint Joseph?
"Well, it basically means that you acknowledge that Saint Joseph is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him... " learn more
The book 'Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father' by Father Donald Calloway is an invitation to make the consecration.

Click here for more information about the book and its author.


Father's Day is Sunday, June 20th!

Fatherhood Thoughts: I Would Die for My Kids, Just as Jesus Died for You
Fatherhood Thoughts: I Would Die for My Kids, Just as Jesus Died for You

P.S. If you're stumped about what to get for the fathers that God has placed in your life, consider a gift related to his faith! Online Catholic stores such as The Catholic Company have items that can help him enrich his life and grow in faith...  consider patron saint medals, inspirational books, special coffee/mugs, and even apparel like this "Be Not Afraid" JPII t-shirt!
Be Not Afraid JPII T-Shirt

Religious Education

Our Religious Ed staff had a very busy spring with four Confirmation ceremonies in April and three First Communion Masses in May!

Thank you to Robin Veronesi and Christina Norton, our dedicated Religious Ed staff, for all of your hard work in these challenging times.

MANY THANKS also to our amazing Catechists and volunteers who ventured into the unknown with us this year! God Bless you all!



Love Thy Neighbor

One of the many beautiful aspects of the Catholic Church is it's universality. Masses held in Hartford and in Rome and in Catholic churches around the globe are the same as Masses held here at home. Catholics can confess to any Catholic priest. Holy hour is the same across the world.

If you find that you cannot get to Mass, or Confession, or Holy Hour at one of the times offered by our friars, why not check to see if another Catholic church in our 'neighborhood' offers a time that will work for you?

And as life begins to open up, lives get busier and people start to travel again, it is good to remember that you can use to find a Catholic Mass wherever you are!

Visit our Mass Times page to view our complete schedule
for Mass, Confession, Holy Hour and more.

And here are links to some of our neighboring Catholic churches:

(Perpetual Adoration chapel)

St. Maurice & St. Jerome Churches
(Confession: Mondays 5:00-6:30pm)

(Confession Mon-Fri after 8am Mass (8:40am), Holy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 5-6pm)

(Offers some Masses in Polish)

St. Mary and St. Ann churches
(Some Masses in Spanish and Sign Language)

(Early morning Masses ! 6:15am Sundays)

(Saturday Vigil Mass at 5pm)

*Note that the bulletins posted on these websites are often the best resource for finding Mass/Confession/Holy Hour schedules.


(Feel free to open this link in church before confession.)

3 Confession tips that will change your life
3 Confession tips that will change your life

Saint Paul School

Mrs. Fayne Molloy is retiring after having served as our principal for the past nine years. A Retirement Celebration will be held on our Parish Green on Sunday, June 6th, after the 12pm Mass. Tickets will not be required to attend. However, we do need a head count as we will be serving hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Please click here to RSVP.  More details to come!

Mrs. Jill (Behme) Conaway has been named the new principal of Saint Paul School, effective July 1, 2021. Click here to learn more about Mrs. Conaway.

THANK YOU to all of our parishioners who supported our 25th Annual Saint Paul School 'Great Gatsby' Auction! It was a great success and a beautiful night on our Parish Green. Visit our school Facebook page to see photos. 

Graduation for the Saint Paul School Class of 2021 will be held on June 3rd.

God Bless all of our graduates. We wish them all the best in high school!

Contact Admissions Director, Kelly Esposito, if you would like to learn more about our parish school and how to apply!  860-828-4343 x136

Memorial Day 2021

Monday, May 31st

Please take time on Memorial Day to pray for our country and to pray for all who have given their lives for us and for the freedoms that we enjoy today.

No one has greater love than this, than to lay down one's life for one's friends.   -John 15:13

from your provident hand we have received our right
 to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and
given us the right and the duty to worship you,
the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church in this decisive hour
in the history of our nation, so that,
with every trial withstood and every danger overcome-
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us- this great land will always be
"one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

This Country (America) Original by Joe & Sonny Wells Patriotic Song & Video
This Country (America)
Original by Joe & Sonny Wells

For Our Young Adults

Emily Wilson is a speaker, YouTuber, author, and musician who travels the world sharing her faith. She has created many inspiring videos like this one that all young women (and men) should hear:

What Can Happen If You've Ever Been Labeled the
What Can Happen If You've Ever Been Labeled the "Good Girl"


Learn more about the C4C Young Adult Conference!

Featuring Virtual Talks from inspiring Catholic speakers, opportunities for young adults to be together in-person and attend a Faith on Tap event, a special Pentecost Vigil Mass with Archbishop Blair and more! 
FREE Registration. Visit
Open to all young adults, ages 18-39, and anyone interested in learning about young adult evangelization and the abundant life Jesus offers us!

The Office

In an effort to help you put names with faces and allow everyone in our parish family to get to know each other better, we are sharing the faces of the voices you hear when you call the parish office!

Thank you to Joan and Flora, our parish secretaries, and to Nancy, Cheryl and Roz, our office volunteers, for all you do!

Joan Vancour and Flora Sittnick

Cheryl Pagano

Roz Durante
Yay! Roz is back!

Nancy Timbrell

Last Word

One of our parishioners, Ginny Mangiafico, recently suggested that we include a special recipe section in our bulletin. We loved the idea! So going forward, we will include a recipe from Ginny every couple of weeks. The recipes will correspond with the season or perhaps with an upcoming feast day or holy day. The first recipe featured is for Grilled or Roasted Asparagus! Here is the recipe.  Mangia!

Enjoy this cute video. Kids are hilarious.

Girl HIGH FIVE'S priest (when he tries to bless her) / Top Daily Viral #shorts
Girl HIGH FIVE'S priest
(when he tries to bless her)


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The Epistle Online

We hope this newsletter will be a helpful resource, providing information about our parish and sharing content on spiritual and practical matters related to our Catholic faith. The Epistle is so named as a tribute to St. Paul, our patron, whose letters to the earliest Christians still guide and inform us today.

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-Saint Francis of Assisi

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