Church of St. Mary
26 Dodgingtown Road
Bethel, CT 06801
Saturday, March 8: 5:30pm (Fr. Corey),
||7am, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am, 5:30pm
|Ash Wednesday (March 5)
||6:30am, 9:00am, 5:30pm
Service only (no Mass): 4:00pm & 7:00pm
|Weekdays During Lent
||6:30am, 9:00am, 5:30pm
||Tuesday 7-9pm; Saturdays 4-5pm
Sunday, March 9: 7:00am (Fr. Corey), 8:30am (Fr. Rolando), 10:00am (Fr. Hugh), 11:30am (Fr. Joseph), 5:30pm (Fr. Joseph)
GET REAL: RELIGION WITH TWO FEET ON THE GROUND -- St. Mary Parish Mission led by Father Hugh Burns, OP
Beginning the weekend of March 8/9 through Wednesday, March 12th.
“Christianity is about reality. It is where the reality of God and the reality of our lives meet. Our religion is not an escape from reality. It plunges us directly into the nitty gritty of everyday life armed with the secret to survival – the grace of a loving and merciful God. In Jesus, God became one of us- human just as we are. He tasted our joys and felt our frustrations. He endured our pain and even our death. His life and words direct us through the maze of our confusion, trials and challenges. His resurrection pours out the power we need not only to survive but to thrive and triumph. The Good News is that we can make it!”
Sunday evening, March 9, 7pm: Don’t Worry Be Happy: — Christian Joy If you call yourself a Christian and are not happy, something is wrong. Being “holy” does not mean being somber and serious. The opposite is true. Having Jesus for a friend is the secret to Christian optimism, lightheartedness and joy.
Monday 9am Mass Homily, March 10: What Are You Afraid Of? – Dealing with Life’s Fears From childhood we all know the experience of fear. Some of these fears follow us into adulthood. Sometimes we become paralyzed by irrational phobias. Jesus reminds us we are not alone.
Monday evening, March 10, 7pm: See It Big-Keep It Simple: Poor in Spirit With Peace of Mind With such an abundance of material blessings out society is shot through with deep disappointment and dissatisfaction. The gospel demands simplicity of lifestyle and promises happiness.
Tuesday 9am Mass Homily, March 11: Cool Off! – Coping With Anger Anger is a disease of the soul. Resentment can overpower us. It cripples us with bitterness, cynicism and negativity – in other words an “attitude.” Let go and live!
Tuesday evening, March 11, 7pm: Brought Near: A Sense of Belonging to the Church The Church is a family – sometimes a dysfunctional one but family nonetheless. Jesus has given us a new identity, despite our differences and failings. There are no strangers, we are children of God and brothers and sisters to each other. The Church is home – a safe place in the midst of a hostile world – or it should be!
Wednesday 9am Mass Homily, March 12: Lighten Up! – A Christian Sense of Humor Humans are the only creatures that can laugh. It is God’s gift sown deep into our nature to help us deal with life’s absurdities. We begin by laughing at ourselves.
Wednesday evening, March 12, 7pm: Blessed Among Women: Mary Tender and Tough Mary is no china doll statue, but a real woman given the most monumental task in history – to be the Mother of Jesus. the Mother of God, the Mother of our Redemption. Her example of joyful trust and endurance shows us how to hang on.
Welcome to Saint Mary Parish in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Beginning in 1882, the Catholic Church has served the needs of the people of Bethel from the Town Hall, to the Church on Greenwood Avenue, or our current Church on Dodgingtown Road. Being the only Catholic Church in the town of Bethel, our parish community reaches to the surrounding towns of Danbury, Brookfield, Newtown and Redding. St. Mary Parish Center includes a beautiful church seating 850 worshippers, a parish hall, an active and thriving school, convent and rectory.
With the dedication of our school principal Sister Anne McCarthy SSND, Sister Alberta SSND, our Director of Religious Education Mary Ferri, our Music Director Michael Ferrari, our Choir Director Elizabeth Barnes, our Plant Manager Paul Orsino, our Rectory Staff Kate Fitzgerald and Pat Jackson, our Deacon John DeRoin and our priests Father Jeff Couture and Father Joseph Gill, we serve a vibrant, dynamic, faith-filled community that brings the message of the Gospel, the guidance of the Church, the grace of the Sacraments and the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to the world around us.
Visit our website and visit us in person – you are most welcomed to our community!
Father Corey Piccinino