St. Michael Parish
Oplatek, 2014 - for St. Michael's Altar Servers, siblings and parents. Click here or on the image above to see great photos taken by Father Jan.
Moses - for St. Michael's and St. Joseph's Altar Servers, friends and chaperons. Click here or on the image above to see great photos of their outing.
Summer Fun for St. Michael's and St. Joseph's Altar Servers, friends and chaperons. Click here or on the image above to see great photos of their outing.
LOCAL CATHOLIC MEDIA
Seasonal - Lent
We are almost through Lent but, how is it going? Do you find you need inspiration?
The following books are excellent for meditation and reflection and can be used year after year.
All books can be found through your favorite bookstore or online through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. In addition for those with a Nook or Kindle, you may find them available or your devices. All are reasonably priced with electronic copies under $10 and paperback copies under $20.
If you have books you would like to recommend, please contact the webmaster or Father Marek.
Lent with Pope Benedict XVI: Meditations for Every Day by Benedict XVI and Jeanne Kun
Lent with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections and Prayers by Francis
Lenten Reflections From a Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn
Seasonal but good any time of the year!
What Jesus Saw from the Cross by A.G. Sertillanges
Sunday Vigil Mass
Saturday at 4:30 PM
8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM (Polish) and 5:30 PM
Monday: Novena with Mass at 7:00 PM
Tuesday: Morning Mass at 7:00 AM in English
Wednesday: Novena with Mass at 7:00 PM in Polish
Thursday: Morning Mass at 7:00 AM in English
Friday: Morning Mass at 7:00 AM in English
Saturday: Morning Mass at 8:00 AM in English
First Friday: 7:00 AM Mass in English followed by
the Litany to Sacred Heart of Jesus; 7:00 PM Mass in Polish
LENTEN RETREAT - MARCH 22-25
Thank you to Fr. Paul Wierzbicki, CM for conducting our annual Lenten Retreat this past week. His presence was greatly appreciated. May God Bless you as you get ready to return to China to continue your Missionary Work. Please come back and visit us anytime.
Congratulations to Brian and Patricia Tarini who both received the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation from his Excellency, Archbishop Leonard Blair, in a Medal of Appreciation Ceremony last Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford. Brian is a parish trustee, a member of the Parish Council, serves on the St. Michael Cemetery Committee and is very active in all parish activities with his wife Patricia (picnic, dinners, grounds upkeep, church and holiday outdoor decorating, etc.) Patricia is also a member of St. Mary-St. Michael’s School Board. May God bless you both and we thank you for the many years of dedicated service to St. Michael Parish.
LENTEN FASTING REGULATION
Catholics age 18-59 are to fast on Good Friday: Abstain from eating meat - one full meal and two smaller meals with no snacking between meals.
ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
The 5th Annual Recognition Event will take place at Villa Bianca on Saturday, March 28, at 6:00 pm. The honorees are: St. Mary-St. Michael Spirit Awards: John Anglace and Jeff Heitman; Guardian Angel Awards: Pat Knott and Helen Ploski; Christian Compassion Award: Christopher and Donna Carloni. Please contact the school office to make reservations, place an ‘ad’ in our program book or donate a raffle prize.
Registration continues for all grades 2015-16 school year. Please call the office to make an appointment with Mrs.Coppola, Principal.
The second and fifth grade students will be presenting The Living Stations on Tuesday, March 31 at 1:30 p.m. in St. Mary Church. All are invited to this ‘moving’ presentation.
Thanks to all of our parishioners who supported the pasta dinner to support the school on Feb. 28. Due to the many generous donations received, $1330 was raised for the school. Thank you all sincerely for your donations and presence at the dinner.
...Shred Day, Sat., April 25, 9:00 am to noon in front of the school.
...A Flea Market will take place on Sat., May 16 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the schoolyard behind the school. (Raindate – Sun., May 17). To rent a space ($25) and bring your items to sell, call Carla Lombardo for information 203-231-4648 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
CCD Registration for 2015-16 CCD school year has begun. Families who are current parishioners or are new to our parish and have children entering 1st grade – Confirmation II (9th grade) may register their child(ren) by calling the Parish Office at 203-734-0005 and leaving a message for DRE Nancy Beaudoin who will send the forms and information needed for registration. You may also pick up a registration form at the parish office.
If your child(ren) attend St. Mary-St. Michael School or any other area Catholic School and are in 2nd grade and you would like to have your child make his/her First Communion here at St. Michael Church or are in 8th grade and would like to have your child receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Michael Church, please leave a message for Nancy Beaudoin by calling the parish office.
We thank Robert and Susan Carter for donating the cost of this year’s Easter Paschal Candle. We appreciate their generosity.
The Paschal Candle represents Christ the Light of the World. (Christ is the symbol of light (life) dispelling darkness (death). The pure beeswax, of which the candle is made, represents the sinless Christ who was formed in the womb of His mother. The wick signifies His humanity; the flame His Divine Nature, both soul and body. Five grains of incense inserted into the candle in the form of a cross recall the aromatic spices with which His Sacred Body was prepared for the tomb and of the five wounds in His hands, feet, and side. During the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday a new fire, symbolizing our eternal life in Christ, will be kindled which then lights the Paschal Candle. The candle is blessed by the Priest who will then inscribe in it a cross (the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet – Alpha and Omega, ‘the beginning and the end’). Our Priest then carries the candle into the darkened church. The Easter candle is lit each day during Mass throughout the Paschal Season until Ascension Thursday.
-Office Closed Good Friday through Easter Monday. It will reopen on Tuesday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m.
-Offertory Envelopes for 2015 are still available at the Office.
-Parish Dues envelopes may be placed in any collection basket or paid at the Parish Office.
Dues: $30 per family, $15 for an individual.
-2016 Mass Book is available for your intentions. If you have any special dates that you would like to reserve, please do so as soon as possible as weekend Masses are beginning to fill up. Sunday Masses are $20 and weekdays are $15.
REST IN PEACE
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Frank Stochmal (funeral March 24) and Steven Hlywa (funeral March 26). May they rest in peace.EST IN PEACE
ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
Anyone wishing information regarding purchasing graves at the cemetery should contact, manager, Denny McNamara at (203-414-0130). Burials have been postponed due to the frost levels and the Christmas decorations should be removed as soon as weather permits. Thank you.
ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC - SUNDAY, JUNE 7
Chinese Auction prizes are now being accepted at the Parish Office during office hours (or may be left on the back porch of the rectory noted for the picnic). Please be sure to put your name on your donation so that we may acknowledge it!
Our bulletin sponsors enable us to receive our weekly Church bulletins free of charge. Let’s thank these sponsors by patronizing their businesses’. Many of these advertisers have been our sponsors for years. Let them know that you have seen their advertisement on the back of our bulletin and appreciate their sponsorship.
THE ARCHBISHOPS ANNUAL APPEAL
The 2015 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is now underway in our Parish. Your support of this year’s Appeal ensures that essential charitable, educational, and pastoral ministries of the Archdiocese of Hartford are carried forward. Please consider mailing your gift and pledge card that you receive. For additional information you may contact the parish office, visit the Diocese website at archdioceseofhartford.org or call the Appeal Office at (800) 781-2550. Keep in mind that an early pledge will allow for a monthly payment plan.
...gratefully accepts donations all through the year. This fund provides many programs and services throughout the Archdiocese all year round from the precious life-to-be to our senior citizens. Donations may be sent directly to the Archdiocese of Hartford, 134 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105 – Attention: Archbishop’s Appeal.
ADULT CONFIRMATION PREPARATION PROGRAM
The Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education provides classes for adults who have been baptized and received First Communion and are over the age of 18, but who wish to be confirmed. There are three locations this spring where classes will be held. Our Lady of Loreto, 12 Ardsley Rd., Waterbury (Mondays March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 13 from 7 to 9pm); St. Mark the Evangelist, 467 So. Quaker Lane, West Hartford, (Tuesdays March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 & 14 from 7 to 9 pm); and St. Joan of Arc, 450 W. Todd St., Hamden (Thursdays March 12, 19, 26, April 9, 16, & 23 from 7 to 9pm).
Registration forms are available at the parish office or at: http://www.orehartford.org. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Tues. Apr 28 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford at 7pm.
MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOPS OF CONNECTICUT
A proposal which would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide in Connecticut was sponsored by an organization called Compassion and Choices during the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. Both times this measure died in the Public Health Committee and so never came up to a vote. However, there is every reason to believe that this legislative proposal will be sponsored again in 2015. As a church community we need to be vigilant, pro-active and knowledgeable regarding Physician Assisted Suicide and to join forces with other groups to defeat it. We are obligated to do so because we believe that Physician Assisted Suicide is based on false arguments; it is unnecessary; and it is destructive of human life and dignity. It can only lead to our diminishment as human beings and to a bad outcome for society. The Catholic Church is well positioned to marshal opposition to this legislative proposal thanks to our network of parishes, schools, health care institutions and charitable organizations. Therefore, we will be grateful for your attention to this matter and to your active cooperation in bearing witness to the Gospel of Life in the face of threats to human life and dignity.’
ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD CATHOLIC BIBLICAL SCHOOL
Four year program through the Office of Religious Education and Evangelization is accredited by the State of Connecticut. Courses meet mid-September through mid-May with seasonal breaks. Archdiocesan certificates are awarded after two and four years. Locations available throughout the Archdiocese. Call 860-242-5573.
SEVENTH ANNUAL BLUE MASS, SUNDAY, MAY 3
at 11:00am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, pays tribute to active and retired police, fire, EMS and Department of Corrections personnel. All faiths welcome. More information at www.archdiocese of Hartford.org.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD BANK AND THRIFT STORE
...Last call for Easter donations which may be dropped at 237 Roosevelt Drive, Derby from 9:30 to 2:30 pm. Needed: food, food certificates (like gold at St. Vincent’s), monetary donations (these help all year long), Easter Baskets with just candy, and spiral hams. You can make a difference in someone’s life with an act of kindness!
POLISH FALCONS NEST #208, MONTHLY MEETING FOR
April has been changed (from April 10) to Friday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Church Hall. Members are encourage to attend the meeting.
– a workplace opportunity serves youth ages 16-21, low income and have an identified barrier. Eligibility is determined by YouthWorks. Recruitment/orientation meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 3 pm at the American Job Center, 33 Elizabeth St., 3rd floor in Derby and on the third Wednesday of the month at 3 pm in the American Job Center, 4 Fourth St. Ansonia. For info call Mr. Karl Walden at 203-489-5046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. LAWRENCE CHURCH HUNTINGTON
-invites all to their Prayer Group every Monday at 7:30 pm in their Parish Center, 505 Shelton Ave. Huntington.
Songs, short teaching, special intentions are held.
LAURALTON HALL WILL HOST "DISCOVER LAURALTON" ON
-Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 3 pm for girls in grades 5, 6, & 7. Register at www.lauraltonhall.org by Friday, April 10. For more info – 203-878-3333.
SACRED HEART ACADEMY
-presents ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ – A live and Silent Auction on Sat. evening March 28 – doors open at 5 pm. Experience the tastes of Tuscany with hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinning, and Italian desserts. Tickets are $70 per person. For reservations call 203-287-8181.
FAIRFIELD COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
- presents its $25,000 Tuition Raffle which can be used for any K-12 schools, colleges or universities in the US or pay back of college loans. Only 1000 tickets will be sold at $100 per ticket. Drawing at the Spring Event on Sat. May 2. Winner does not need to be present to win. Call 203-254-4237 for info.
THE POLISH EXTRAVAGANZA
WITH CHRISTIAN TRACZ
- with Christian Tracz on Sunday mornings from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. features decades of polka music and interviews. The show can be streamed at curry.edu/wminlive.
PILGRIMAGE AND PAPAL EXPERIENCE:
Thursday, September 24 thru Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in Philadelphia. For info. call 1-484-441-3225 .
St. Joseph Church, Ansonia, on Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 pm.
CAREGIVER SEEKS WORK:
Jadwiga Powe (Shelton) seeks work as companion/caregiver Mondays thru Fridays. Call her at 203-343-5362.
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
-prepared by parishioners and St. Faustina’s Choir of St. Michael’s Church in Bridgeport will be held on April 1 (Holy Wednesday) at 7:30 pm. All are invited to attend.
SUMMER PROGRAM FOR YOUTH STRIVES TO IMPROVE
Reading, writing, math, communication, and critical thinking skills to prepare students for junior high and high school work. Summer session June 25,26, 29, 30, July 1,2,3 from 9:00am until noon. Summer fee is $50. Call 203-393-3396 or 203-507-7812.
Takes place at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Hall at Yale University, 268 Park St. New Haven.
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MONDAYS – MASS AND NOVENA
Mass and Miraculous Medal Novena is celebrated at 7:00 p.m. every Monday evening in English and Wednesday in Polish. Recitation of the Rosary begins at 6:45 p.m. All are invited to this beautiful devotion to the Blessed Mother. (This week, March 23, please pray the Novena privately - due to the Lenten Retreat.)
Divine Mercy Devotion
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY - APRIL 12, 2015
The Divine Mercy Devotion will be held Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM. All are invited to attend this beautiful devotion. Please join the growing number of people who attend. If you have never attended because you aren't sure how to recite this devotion, there are booklets available to help you through it. All you need to bring is your Rosary Beads.
HOLY WEEK 2015
Monday March 30 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Tuesday March 31 before & after
7:00 AM Mass
Wednesday April 1 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Thursday April 2 7:00 – 8:00 AM
Friday April 3 7:00 – 8:00 AM
and after 7.00 PM Liturgy
HOLY THURSDAY – April 2
Mass 7:00 PM – in English & Polish
Adoration until 10:00 PM
GOOD FRIDAY – April 3
3:00 PM - Good Friday Liturgy - English
7:00 PM - Good Friday Liturgy - Polish
8:00 PM - Lamentations
HOLY SATURDAY – April 4
9:00 AM - 12.00 NOON – Blessing of the food - Church Hall; every 30 minutes
7:00 PM – Holy Saturday Liturgy & Mass - English
EASTER SUNDAY – April 5
6:00 AM - Resurrection Mass & procession - Polish
8:00 AM - Mass - English
10:00 AM - Mass - English
11:30 AM - Mass - Polish
NO MASS AT 5.30PM
HAPPY EASTER - WESOŁEGO ALLELUJA !
LENTEN REGULATIONS AND SCHEDULE
FAST: Catholics age 18-59 are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday: one full meal and two smaller meals with no snacking between meals.
ABSTINENCE: Catholics age 14 and older must abstain from meat on all the Fridays of Lent and on Good Friday. Those whose health may be impacted by these regulations are not obligated to adhere to them.
CONFESSIONS: In addition to our regular schedule of confession times, confessions will also be heard every Monday evening from 6:00 to 6:45 pm during Lent.
MASS AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
On the Fridays of Lent there will be a Mass in English at 5:30 pm followed by Stations of the Cross and a Mass in Polish at 7:00 pm followed by Stations of the Cross.
GORZKIE ZALE: will take place after the 11:30 a.m. Mass on the Sundays of Lent.
PARISH OFFICE – Winter Hours
During the winter months the Parish Office may be closed during inclement weather. Before you come to the office , please call ahead in questionable weather to see if it is open. Thank you.
If these hours are not convenient, please call the office and our staff will make arrangements to accommodate you.
Saint Michael Parish • 75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut 06418
Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005