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Sunday of the Word of God

In an Apostolic Letter on September 30, 2019, Pope Francis instituted Sunday of the Word of God to be observed on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

He noted the following:

“May the Sunday of the Word of God help his people to grow in religious and intimate familiarity with the sacred Scriptures.”

To support the observation of Sunday of the Word of God, the United States Conference  of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)  has provided the following links to provide background and 5 video seminars on the following topics:

Who actually wrote the Bible?

What are the Synoptic Gospels?

What parts of the Bible are also read by our Jewish and Protestant friends?

How is the Catholic approach to reading the Bible different than other approaches?

How can I practice the Lectio Divina method of Scriptural meditation?

Click on the links below for access to these materials

Sunday of the Word of God USCCB page

Sunday of the Word of God seminar videos

Save the Date - February 25

2023 Parish Office Hours

Effective January 2023, our Parish Office and Parish Life Office will be located at Academy Hill in Watertown.  The Parish Office will be open on Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Phone:  860-274-8836

The Oakville Office will only be open on Mondays from 10 am to 2 pm.  Phone:  860-274-9273.  On Tuesday through Thursday no one will be there - all matters must be handled at the Holy Disciples Parish Office located at 21 Academy Hill, Watertown.

Faith Formation Offices will be located at 9 Academy Hill.  Check the Faith Formation page for hours. 

Phone:  860-274-4123 or 860-274-1955

Phone messages will be checked daily.

Our Choirs Need You!

Make a Joyful Noise!  Come Sing with our Choirs!

 Join the St. John Youth Choir!!

Come sing on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 pm and then one Sunday a month at St. John the Evangelist Church. We need singers!!

Contact Mark Ryan at [email protected] for more information.

Join the St. Mary Magdalen Adult Choir!!

St. Mary Magdalen Choir  rehearsal is from 9:40-10:30 am on Sunday mornings, followed by singing at the 10:30 am Mass.  We need singers, especially male voices!  Join us!  Questions? Contact Jacqueline Coté at [email protected] .

Holy Disciples Parish Update

As we move forward transitioning to our new parish, Holy Disciples, some things will take a longer period of time to convert than others. One such item is our Finances.

We ask that current parishioners who worship at St. John the Evangelist continue to write checks payable to St. John the Evangelist and likewsie, those who worship at St. Mary Magdalen contiunue to write checks payable to St. Mary Magdalen. You may continue to use your existing envelopes and on-line giving until further notice.

If you have any questions on this matter, please don't hesitate to contact the parish office.

Archbishop's Annual Appeal

Click on the button above if you would like to make an online donation. All funds contributed to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal are used exclusively for the purposes outlined in the Appeal literature, which can be found at No Appeal funds are ever used for legal fees or settlements.

What's Happening

Respect Life Prayer Group - January 25

The Respect Life Prayer Group will meet on Wednesday, January 25 at 7PM in ... Read More »

Life Teen Life Night - January 21

All high school aged teens are invited to a Life Night, to be held ... Read More »

Bereavement Ministry - January 16

The Holy Disciples Bereavement Ministry will hold their monthly support meeting, on Monday, January ... Read More »

Parish Life News E-Mail

Did you know that you can have a weekly summary of Parish Life activities delivered right to your e-mail inbox?  Simply click on the link below to sign up. You can also use the link to review past issues of the weekly e-mail that you may have missed!

Online Giving Option

Thank you for your continued financial support to your parish.  It is your support that helps us build a strong faith community through the programs we are able to develop and offer, our liturgies, our staff, and caring for our buildings and grounds just to name a few.

Did you ever consider the convenience of signing up for Online Giving with WeShare?  The benefits for the parish include

  • More consistent giving with recurring contributions
  • Online donation summaries for record keeping
  • Reaching a wider demographic of givers
  • Accommodates all special parish collections

WeShare also makes donating simple and easy for our parishioners, while at the same time keeping the process safe and secure.

If you would like to enroll in Online Giving, please click on the image above. If you have any questions or concerns about the program or would like help setting up your account, please call our parish office at 860-274-8836.

"Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." --Luke 6:38

Welcome to Holy Disciples Parish

Welcome to the parish! Please introduce yourself to Father Napolitano and Father Anthony Smith after Mass. We want to know and serve you.

Please register by stopping in or calling:

the St. Mary Magdalen Oakville Office Monday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

(860) 274-9273

- Or - 

the St. John the Evangelist Watertown Office Monday - Thursdy  from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

(860) 274-8836

- Or - 

click here to obtain a census form.

We encourage you to use our Offertory Envelope system or our online giving system, and to share your time, talent and treasure within our parish community.   We sincerely welcome you to join our Holy Disciples Parish Family! 

Vocations Corner

“Blessed are they who ….”  Take a look at the beatitudes.  These are the gifts of spiritual leaders.  Encourage them wherever you see them growing.  If someone you know is growing toward a vocation to priesthood or religious life, contact Father Michael Casey, Director of Vocations, 860-761-7456,  or email [email protected], or visit the web at

Saint John the Evangelist Campus of Holy Disciples Parish Online links

Follow Us on Instagram: Follow posts from St John the Evangelist Campus of Holy Disciples parish on Instagram - saintjohnwatertown
Saint John the Evangelist Campus Online: 
Office e-mail: [email protected]
School Website
Campus Facebook
Saint Mary Magdalen Campus Online:


Office Hours

Parish Office/Mailing Address
21 Academy Hill
Watertown CT 06795
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday excluding holidays
Phone (860) 274-8836

Oakville Office
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday only
Phone: 860-274-9273

Faith Formation Office:
9 Academy Hill
Watertown, CT 06795
Phone (860) 274-4123

10 AM to 3 PM
1 PM to 4:30 PM
10 AM to 3 PM

Mass Times

At St. John the Evangelist Church:
Daily Mass
M,T,Th,F 12:10 PM

Saturday Vigil
5:00 PM
7:30 AM
9:00 AM (livestreamed on Facebook)
11:00 AM

At St. Mary Magdalen Chapel:
Daily Mass
M,T,W 8:00 AM

At St. Mary Magdalen Church:
Saturday Vigil
4:00 PM
8:30 AM
10:30 AM




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Mass Times When Traveling

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