A Message from Archbishop Leonard Blair, Archdiocese of Hartford As we are all trying to navigate a new sense of normal during the Coronavirus pandemic we would like to THANK the more than 32,995 generous donors that have pledged over $8,485,500 to the 2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, Growing in Faith, Giving in Love. To the extent that you are not adversely affected financially by the pandemic, please respond to the 2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal as best you can. Any gift, no matter the size, is truly appreciated and can make a significant difference. This weekend is Commitment Weekend, please give [...]
The Archdiocese of Hartford announced an extension of the dispensation from the obligation for the faithful to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation due to the coronavirus pandemic. The dispensation now concludes on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, which is the eve of Ash Wednesday. Please remember that SS. Isidore and Maria Parish continues to offer in-person and online streaming options for all weekend Masses from St. Paul Church. The schedules is as follows: Saturdays: 4 p.m. Sundays: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. In-person Masses are held under stringent social distancing, masking, and cleaning protocols, and are [...]
Congratulations to SS. Isidore and Maria Parishioner Alexandra Goodin for placing first in the Archbishop's Annual Appeal Tuition Grant Essay Contest. Alexandra is a senior at East Catholic High School whose essay, The Reciprocation of Giving, is about the spirit of giving. She recently told the Catholic Transcript that her piece stemmed from her experience volunteering in Guatemala. "To me, it embodied stewardship so perfectly. Just the idea of giving a little bit to someone less fortunate than you. I thought it was going to be about giving of myself but I received so much in terms of patience [...]
October 28, 2020 As Election Day approaches, various claims are made about the religious and moral aspects of voting. It seems that every four years the same questions arise with an increasing amount of tension and discord, mirroring the growing polarization of the country at large. Let me offer, as simply as I can, some fundamental Church teaching that I hope will be of help to you as a practicing Catholic in making your political choices. I believe that the Catholic people do not expect the clergy to engage in partisan politics or tell them for whom to vote. [...]
On Saturday, May 23, 2020, the Archdiocese of Hartford made the following announcement: "The public celebration of Masses in the Archdiocese of Hartford was originally suspended for the sake of public health. Now, with the lessening of pandemic cases, plans are being made to resume public Masses on weekdays at first, then expanding to Sundays while following public health guidelines. Guidance for parishes is being finalized and will be made public next week. We wish to thank you for your patience and understanding during this process." SS. Isidore and Maria Parish will keep you posted on these plans as [...]
On the Second Sunday of Easter, we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. This feast brings with at a timely and simple message, according to thedivinemercy.org, "The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy." There are three simple steps to remembering the message of Divine Mercy: Ask [...]
JUST IN: Confessions throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford have been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. ALSO: The stream of the Easter Vigil Mass at SS. Isidore and Maria on Sat., April 11th has been cancelled. Please join us for live streams of both Palm Sunday (4/5) and Easter Sunday services (4/12), both at 11:15 AM.
March 12, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Our human vulnerability is very much in evidence today because of a serious threat to public health and well-being. The coronavirus is a cause of deep concern to us all. As a church we need to act responsibly, and the archdiocese has taken steps to comply with government directives and common sense by issuing directives to Pastors regarding things like worship and parish gatherings. As people of faith we also need to take to heart the spiritual dimension of this health crisis. For a proper orientation we can look to the [...]