Important Parish Reopening Information

Weekend Masses Resume the Weekend of July 4th and 5th
Daily Masses Resume Monday, June 15

Please Read: Weekend Mass to Resume on July 4th & 5th

The Temporary Suspension of the Public Celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Norwich

Update - Thurs, Mar 19, 2020

All public Masses have been cancelled; however, the churches will be open each day so that parishioners can make a visit.  The hours are as follows:  St. Agnes Church will be open each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  St. Matthias will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m to 11 a.m.  Following the directives of federal authorities, you must maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from those around you..

All activities have been cancelled including Eucharistic Adoration.

Live Streaming, Television, and Radio

There is a television Mass broadcast each day by the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Radio & Television. Please check local listings for times and stations. The Mass from ORTV can also be found streaming live at 10:00 a.m. 7 days a week on ortv.org/streaming/streaming.htm. Links to additional streamed Masses can be found on the Diocesan website norwichdiocese.org/coronavirus. This website will continue to be updated.

In addition, Mass can be heard from the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. on radio station WICH AM 1310.

Financial Support

Though parishioners are unable to attend Mass during this period, your financial support of the parish remains crucial for ongoing operation and obligations.

One simple and very effective way of facilitating contributions in these weeks is through online giving, which makes it possible to contribute to the parish from anywhere at any time.

The Annual Catholic Appeal has been postponed until later this year.

 

Tues, Mar 17, 2020

NORWICH – Beginning effective immediately, Bishop Michael R. Cote has mandated that all public celebrations of Mass be temporarily suspended in all churches of the Diocese of Norwich (the Connecticut counties of Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham and Fishers Island, New York), and continuing until further notice.

 This decision was made in light of the recommendations of healthcare professionals and Governor Ned Lamont’s executive order requiring the closure of all restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters and the prohibition of civic, social, and recreational gatherings of 50 or more people, including religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings of such size.

Priests will continue to celebrate a daily Mass with no congregation, remembering in prayer all who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Also, pastors are encouraged to make provision for their churches to be open during the day so individuals can still come and pray and make an Act of Spiritual Communion with the Lord.

Further information regarding other sacramental and liturgical celebrations, Holy Week and Easter, and all celebrations beyond that date will be forthcoming. People can visit NorwichDiocese.org for updates as they become available.

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