Announcements

During the Summer months, Adoration will not be held on Tuesday mornings.

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Beginning the weekend of June 19th, all Masses will be held in the parish hall.

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Who is St. Brendan the Navigator and Why He is an appropriate Patron for The St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Community

St. Brendan was born circa 484-486 in Tralee, now in County Kerry Ireland and died in 578 in Annaghdown, County Galway.  He is one of the early Irish monastic saints and is considered one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.  His Feast Day is May 16 and is celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and Orthodox Christians.

St. Brendan was a traveler, and his first voyage was to the Hebrides, Western Scotland, and possibly to Whales and Brittany.  He founded numerous monasteries on his voyages as he spread the Gospel across the coasts of Europe.  According to Wikipedia his most celebrated foundation was Clonfert Cathedral in 563 where he was Prior and Head Master.  On his death he was interred in Clonfert.

St. Brendan is the main protagonist in “The Voyage of Saint Brendan” written in the twelfth century but based on an 8th Century manuscript that described a journey across the Atlantic by St. Brendan and a number of monks searching for the “Promised Land of the Saints”.  Most scholars consider the account of the voyage as simply a “religious allegory” but there are some who believe that the tale is based on an actual voyage “albeit with some Irish embellishment.”

The text describes “crystal pillars” that could be icebergs, the Faroe Islands are home to large sheep and squawking birds, and foul-smelling fireballs could correlate to the smell spewed by Iceland’s volcanoes.  In any case, the voyage was allegedly made in a typical Irish currach, a round bottom boat shaped like a canoe with square sails and leather skins stitched together over a wooden frame.  In 1978, a Tim Severin built a currach and traveled from Ireland to North America.  His voyage is documented in the film “The Brendan Voyage of 1978.”

Other than this voyage, there is no real documented evidence that St. Brendan reached the shores of North America 400 plus years before the Vikings, but folks are still looking just in case there is some carved stone or hut that could be dated to such a voyage.

St. Brendan is the patron saint of sailors and travelers.   He is celebrated by a Stain Glass Window in the Chapel at the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Based on the above short biography summarizing articles from Wikipedia, Britannica.com, and history.com it is clear why he is an appropriate patron for parishes in New London and Waterford that have a strong history with the Atlantic Ocean and sailors.

Prayer of St. Brendan the Navigator

“Help me to journey beyond the familiar

and into the unknown.

Give me the faith to leave old ways

and break fresh ground with You.

 

Christ of the mysteries, I trust You

to be stronger than each storm within me.

I will trust in the darkness and know

that my times, even now, are in Your hand.

Tune my spirit to the music of heaven,

and somehow, make my obedience count for You.”

AMEN.

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Liturgical Guidelines effective Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The general dispensation from attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will end as of Sunday, May 23, 2021, the Solemnity of Pentecost.

There may be some persons who have legitimate reasons for not attending.  These include those with pre-existing conditions that make them more susceptible to COVID-19, the ill and homebound, a caregiver who is in close contact with someone who has tested positive for any contagious disease (including COVID-19) or is in quarantine due to exposure to any contagion or residing with anyone who is in quarantine.

Masks are required in Church for those not fully vaccinated, but no social distancing will be required.

All pews are available for open seating.

Holy Water fonts are filled and available for use.

Congregation singing, with masks, is allowed.

Anyone in the procession or recessional must wear a mask.

Altar servers are not to hold the book for the celebrant.

NO extra-ordinary ministers of the Eucharist are permitted.  Only the priest or deacon may distribute Holy Communion.

The Communion lines in the center aisle will resume, with no social distancing.

Only the Host will be distributed and not the cup.  Communicants may receive in the hand or on the tongue.

No social distancing will be required in the Communion line.

Collection baskets with handles will be used.

Everyone in the Sanctuary must wear a mask unless fully vaccinated, except the celebrant.

Lectors may remove masks to speak.

The exchange of the sign of peace remains suspended.

Liturgical processions are permitted, provided the participants wear masks.

Music Books and Missalettes will be available once again.

Reconciliation:  Masks for priest and penitent are required.

Weddings and Funerals:   All of the above applies, except that, the bride and groom are not required to wear masks.

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Please note!

Our Mass times have changed effective immediately, our new Mass times are as follows:
Tuesday: 8:00am
Wednesday: 8:00am
Saturday: 4:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am
Please read this letter from Fr. Mark O’Donnell that was recently mailed out to all parishioners in our cluster.
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For the safety of our parishioners and Faith Formation students, please follow all signs in the parking lot of the church. Upon entering the church parking lot, the road is one way. Should you go to the left in front of the church, there is no right turn at the stop sign. That direction is strictly for taking a left at the stop sign to exit the church parking lot. Please advise, for your safety, there is no parking in the front of the Church. This space needs to be kept clear during Mass for emergency vehicles only. The safety and security of parish has always been a high priority. Please contact the office with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Please click on the below link for the new Mass schedule that will take effect starting May 1, 2019.

Mass Changes Letter