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Beatification of Father McGivney

October 31, 2020

Connecticut Information

Brother Knights,


We are blessed to be Knights of Columbus during the time that our Founder, Father Michael J. McGivney, is beatified.  The celebration of the Beatification Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT on October 31st.  Due to COVID restrictions, attendance at the Mass of Beatification will be greatly reduced.  These restrictions in no way should dampen the celebration for our Founder.


The Connecticut State Council recognizes that it will be a special privilege to pray near the tomb of Father McGivney during the Beatification Weekend.  The Dominican Fathers of Saint Mary’s Church have invited pilgrims to visit the birthplace of the Order and pray at the tomb throughout the weekend.


St. Mary’s Church will be open from Friday evening 10/30 through Sunday 11/1 for Adoration, Confession, Mass, livestream viewing of the Beatification from Hartford, multiple showings of the new K of C Documentary on Fr. McGivney, and other special events for families, young adults, priests and seminarians.   


The weekend celebration will end with an Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity in the basement of St. Mary’s where Father McGivney held the very first Exemplification.  We are asking pilgrims and Knights from all over to attend and prayerfully celebrate his Beatification with us at St. Mary’s.  The Church and Tomb will be accessible by an RSVP system throughout the weekend and there will be events taking place outdoors as well.


These events take planning and most importantly volunteers.  We are asking Knights and their families to volunteer so that we may safely welcome as many pilgrims as possible to St. Mary’s over the course of the weekend.  


Volunteers will assist with pilgrim registration; ushering inside the Church; sanitizing the pews and touch points throughout the Church during and after events; crowd control; and hospitality.  


We are asking Knights and their families to come as pilgrims and participate in the McGivney Festival and spend a few hours before or after helping us make the festival successful for everyone.


Knights, their families and friends can sign up to volunteer by clicking the following link:


All State of Connecticut COVID guidance and restrictions will be strictly adhered to.  Please see for the latest CT Travel Advisory.  


 Saint Mary’s Church McGivney Festival

5 Hillhouse Ave. New Haven, CT

 (Subject To Change)

Friday, October 30, 2020

7:00 – 9:00 pm Priests’ Prayer Vigil (Broadcast on EWTN)

9:00 – 12 am All Night Adoration & Prayer Vigil with preaching & devotions 


Saturday, October 31, 2020

12:00 - 7:30 am Adoration with preaching and devotions 

8:00 am Mass


11:00 – 1:00pm Broadcast of Beatification (audio in Church) 

1:00 pm Mass 


4:15 pm Panel Discussion – Fr. McGivney a Model for our Times – 


5:30 pm 1st Vespers of All Saints 


6:30 pm Outdoor Candlelight Procession 

7:30 pm Testimony of Schachle Family about the McGivney Miracle



9:00 – 11:30 pm Young Adult Praise and Worship Adoration & Confessions 

with Readings from Life of McGivney & invited Speakers

11:30 pm All Saints Candlelight Mass  


Sunday All Saints Day

1:00  – 7:00 am Private Prayer Time and Veneration in the Church


10:00 am Mass

12:00 pm Mass of Thanksgiving – Archbishop Lori & Archbishop Blair (EWTN)

5:00 pm Mass

6:00 pm K of C Degree Exemplification in Church


For updates check the St. Mary’s McGivney Festival Facebook Page

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