Father Jeremiah Murasso, pastor of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish in East Haven, right, celebrated a televised Mass on Sept. 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church with members of his new congregation to proclaim the merger of three former church families.
The Archdiocese of Hartford's pastoral planning initiative created the new parish in June from the congregations at three East Haven churches, St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady of Pompeii and St. Clare. There are 2,800 families registered in the new parish, whose namesake is the mystic priest, “Padre Pio,” renowned for his piety, for being an extraordinary confessor and for suffering the stigmata, the wounds of Jesus.
Father Murasso asked the archdiocese's Office of Radio and Television to broadcast the Mass to help unify congregants from the three churches into one vibrant spiritual community.
Father Murasso said of the new parish, “We bring together, so beautifully, such a great wealth of talent, years of talent and volunteer service working very hard for the Church in East Haven. Now we've come together under one parish.”
Father John Gatzak, director of the Office of Radio and Television, concelebrated the Mass. He said parishes are invited to inquire about televising the celebration of the Mass from their communities.
“It’s a very special way to bring a parish together,” Father Gatzak noted, “and helps build a stronger sense of purpose and identity, especially for the recently merged parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford.”
Pastors interested in hosting a televised Mass can contact Father Gatzak at the Office of Radio and Television.
The Celebration of the Eucharist is broadcast daily at 10 a.m. on WCCT television, channel 20 in Hartford, seen on most cable stations as channel 7 or 11 and streamed online at ORTV.org. The Celebration of the Eucharist can also be heard every Sunday at noon on WJMJ, Catholic Radio in Connecticut, at 88.9 on the FM dial or online at WJMJ.org.