Christmas Giving Program
Beginning the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd, please take a gift tag from the display at church and return your unwrapped gift no later than the weekend of December 16th and 17th. Organizations supported by our giving program include By the River and Marlborough Health & Rehabilitation (support to seniors and infirmed), St. Vincent dePaul and Journey Home (support to those homeless and those transitioning to new housing) and Sacred Sweats (support to women recently released from prison).
Family Faith Formation & Youth Ministry Christmas Parties:
Family Faith Formation — on Saturday, December 2nd from 2:00 — 4:00 PM the faith formation families will gather for a fun and festive party learning about and celebrating the coming birth of Jesus.
Youth Ministry — on Saturday, December 16th all youth — grades 7-12 — are invited to a party in our church hall from 5:30 PM — 7:30PM. RSVP to Helena at 860-930
In addition to the regular Reconciliation offerings each Saturday from 3:00 - 3:30 PM, there will be two additional opportunities for Advent. Monday, December 18th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM and Tuesday, December 19th from 9:00 AM — 10:30 AM
Parish-wide Christmas Gift:
During the weekend of December 16th and 17th, the book Beautiful Eucharist will be given to parishioners as a Christmas gift. We will schedule a book discussion during January for those interested as we continue to celebrate and learn more about the Blessed Eucharist available to us at each Mass.
Please join in celebration as we support Crystal McMillan and Anthony Poulin as they continue their progression through the RCIA process.
On Sunday, December 3, 2023 at the 10:30 AM mass we will celebrate the Rite Of Acceptance with them.
A reception will be held following mass.
Come relax, have fun, and join your friends as we play games, eat pizza, decorate cookies, and watch a Christmas movie! Dress in comfy clothes and bring a comfy chair for the movie, if you'd like. RSVP to Mrs. Thomas at
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We invite you to support our 9th grade Confirmation Class, which is collecting socks, hats and gloves for the House of Bread. We will be accepting new socks for men, women and children. Our teens will be wrapping the socks, which will be delivered during Christmas week. All donations should be brought to the church by December 3rd.
On behalf of the Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, I extend my sincere gratitude to your Parishioners for the contribution of $675 to the 46th Annual HOPES (Help Our Parish Educators & Students) Collection. Sincerely,
The Reverend Michael Whyte
Untangling yarn! Jan Passacantando, Julie Groene and Eileen Gillis
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The Prayer Shawl ministry meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 1:00pm at the St. Thomas More Hall
Family Faith Formation
Saturday Dec. 2
The whole family is welcome!
(no evening session after Mass)
Celebrate the birth of Jesus with fun activities, games, and refreshments!
Please consider bringing an unwrapped gift supporting one of the SJF Giving Tree Organizations
The Knights of Columbus will be selling: Christmas Nativity Magnets for $5 each Specially designed Christmas Ornaments for $10 each.
All proceeds will be donated to the CT Special Olympics.
Both items will be available after every weekend Mass through out the Advent season, beginning on December 2 - 3.
The Knights of Columbus are excited again to announce the annual "Keep Christ in Christmas" Poster Contest. Registration forms and paper have been given out to all the Faith Formation classes ; additional information may be found online. The dead- line for entry is December 15th by NOON. There are three separate divisions: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8. Prizes are awarded for each division and winners will be entered into the state contest. For any questions, please ask a Knight or Melissa Jordan.
Please encourage any and all children in your life to express their personal faith impressions in the true theme of Christmas, the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Additional information here: https://www.kofc.org/en/what-we-do/faith-in-action-programs/family/keep-christ-in-christmas.html
Please join us for coffee and a holiday discussion of
“The Christmas Sweater”
by Glenn Beck
“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse “
by Charlie Mackesy
Wednesday, December 13, at 10 am St. Thomas More Hall
A limited number of books are reserved at the Richmond Memorial Library. For more info: contact Barbara Gaudette (
We celebrated a lovely All Souls' evening Mass ministering to those who lost loved ones in this past year. Many thanks to our youth artists, Marina McLaughlin, Stella and Elle Boutilier, and Colin and Kelly Tracey who all created beautiful heartfelt personalized cards. Cathy and Jim Castellani and Sue Hurley provided the refreshments and beverages as we spent time together following the Mass. Thanks to all for creating such a special and nurturing evening.
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