St. Michael Parish

 

 

 

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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.

Current News

MASS SCHEDULE

 

Sunday Vigil Mass

     Saturday at 4:30 PM

 

Sunday

     8:00 AM,  10:00 AM, 11:30 AM (Polish) and 5:30 PM

 

Weekdays

     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

SUNDAY SECOND COLLECTION NOVEMBER 2, 2014 - FREE-WILL COLLECTION

 

Our Catholic Cemetery was established to carry out the sacred religious function of burial and care for the resting places of the deceased.  We are dedicated to the respectful care of the people of God who, even in death, remain part of the whole Christian Community.  We encourage prayer and devotion for our deceased brothers and sisters, especially in our parish cemetery.  Our cemetery offers burial in a place where dignity and respect and the sacredness of life are witnessed to and is the final resting place for many.  You may not have any family buried there but most likely you know of people who rest in peace in our cemetery.  We are making a supreme effort to keep our cemetery maintained and we thank the volunteers and workers who are doing a great job at this time.  Your donation will help us to keep equipment in good running order and will also contribute to the paying of the recent bill of $5800 for the new access road.  Whatever you can give will be greatly apprciated.  If you wish to receive credit for your donation, please place it in a small envelope with your name and offertory envelope number so that we can post it to your record.  Thank you.

 

 

PARISH OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

 

The boxes of Parish Envelopes will be at the back of the church for you to pick up next weekend.  If you used envelopes this year you will find your box of envelopes.  If we goofed and didn’t give you a box, please call the parish office and we will leave it for you next week.  2015 calendars, courtesy of Edward F. Adzima and Riverview Funeral Homes, may also be found at the back of the church.  We thank Mr. Edward Sheehy, Jr. and staff for their gracious donation of the calendars and also for providing the repast after the 5:30 p.m. Mass this Sunday as we remember our deceased of the past year.

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2014

 

ANNUAL CEMETERY SERVICE – Sun., Nov. 2 at the Cemetery immediately following 11:30 am Mass (approx 12:45 pm). We will honor our deceased with prayers, rosary, and procession around the Cemetery.  If it is raining the service will take place in Church following the 11:30 Mass.

 

ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS for our deceased of the past year will take place at the 5:30 pm Mass on Sun., Nov. 2nd.  Letters of invitation have been mailed to families and those who respond will receive a memorial candle to take home after Mass.  If you did not receive a letter and would like your family member, who died this past year, remembered – please call the parish office. Adzima Funeral Home graciously provides a repast of soup and sandwiches in the church hall after Mass.

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

 

*All are invited to attend the next family dinner, (pasta and roast beef), Saturday, November 8, in St. Mary’s Church Hall following 4:00 p.m. Mass.

 

*The second annual Wine Tasting will be held on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 500 Degrees Restaurant on Main St. from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  Special thanks to Ervina Seferi and Nick Ekkers, owners, for donating the Hors D’oeuvres and to Denise Bottone for providing the donated wines.  Cost is $25 per person and proceeds benefit the school.

 

*There will be a special Snowflake Raffle in Dec.

 

Each calendar costs $10.  There are 17 opportunities to win cash during the month of December.  Each Monday through Thursday, there will be a $25 drawing, each Friday at $50 drawing and on Tues. Dec. 23, the final drawing is for $250.  A total of $750 will be raffled off in all.  If your name is drawn it goes right back into the drawing.  Call the school to purchase your chance to win some holiday cash!

 

*Report Cards will be issued on November 7.

*Parent-Teacher Conferences – Wed., Nov. 12.

*Scholastic Book Fair the week of November 10.

 

*All Veterans are invited to the Veterans Day Program on Monday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 pm in the All-Purpose Room.  Refreshments will be served.

 

 

PARKING LOT PROJECT

 

To remove our unintenional speed bump in the parking lot nearest to the Rectory, the following proposal has been made.  Remove pavement from the bump to handicap parking, install processed aggregate for 6” subbase, fine grade and compact subbase, supply and install 3” of bituminous concrete in two lifts (1.5” binder course and 1/5” wear course) at approx. $12,000 contingent on the oil market price for Bituminous Concrete and no unforseen problems.  We will be grateful for any donations toward this project and have received two donations thus far: $1000 in memory of Irene Manco McAllister and $500 in memory of Frank Zuba.  Memorial donations will be listed in the bulletin per request of the donors.  There may also be some special free-will collections to help achieve our goal to cover the cost. Thank you!

 

CCD INFORMATION

 

CLASS SCHEDULE

Nov.  2....Grs. 4, 5, 6, 7

Nov.  9....Grs. 1,2,3, & Conf. 1 (Gr. 8)

Nov. 16...Grs. 4, 5, 6, & 7

 

The CCD Classes will hold a COAT DRIVE on Sat. Nov. 1,  in the church hall from 10:00 am until noon. Coats are needed for men, women, children, and babies and must be in good condition.  Your donation can keep someone warm this winter.

 

ST. MICHAEL CHURCH CHOIR

 

Rehearsals for Christmas music for the 4:30 pm Vigil Mass and the pre-Mass singing have begun but it is not to late to join the choir.  There are no try-outs but you must be available for rehearsals which are usually held on a Tuesday or a Thursday evening. Next rehearsal – Thurs. Nov. 6, 6:00 pm.

DIOCESE NEWS

FROM ARCHBISHOP BLAIR

 

We are celebrating two important feasts – All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All souls Day (Nov. 2).  These are celebrations of the ‘communion of saints’ that we mention every time we recite the Creed.  This doctrine tells us that the Church consists not only of the living who are still fighting the good fight on earth, but also those who are triumphant in heaven (All Saints) and those in Purgatory (All Souls) who still need purification in order to enter heaven.  The souls in Purgatory are the special focus of the month of November.  Purgatory means that even after a person dies (provided he/she has not died in unrepented mortal sin), the mercy of God – and the love and prayers of those on earth and in heaven – can embrace that person and help purify whatever might still need to be purified in order to see God ‘face to face’.  We simply cannot know the state of a deceased person’s soul.  Heaven is, no doubt, home to countless saints – including relatives and friends – whose names will never appear on the Church calendar.

 

I invite you to offer a special daily prayer for the faithful departed during November and to visit the graves of your loved ones, especially if it’s been a while since you last did so.  I would also encourage parents to teach their children about the ‘communion of saints’ that unites us in Christ to our deceased family members so that we pray for them and they pray for us.   (Next week more from the Archbishop on funeral practices).

 

THE ARCHBISHOPS ANNUAL APPEAL

 

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.

 

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LIFE

 

...Pope Francis says: Even the weakest and most vunerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.

 

...The Archdiocese of Hartford 40 Days for Life campaign began Wed., Sept. 24 and ends Sunday, Nov. 2.

 

 

...If you are suffering from an abortion, experience the healing love of Jesus Christ on a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat weekend Nov. 14-16.  Call Marie at 203-631-9030 for more information.  Cost is $175 and includes meals, private room, and all materials.

 

ALL SOULS NOVENA

 

To celebrate this feast, there will be a nine day Novena in which we pray for our deceased loved ones.  There is an envelope in the Offertory Box of Envelopes (Nov. 2) and there are envelopes at the side entrance.  Please print (clearly) the names of the deceased on the envelopes and place them in the collection basket or leave them at the office anytime during the month of October.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD BANK AND THRIFT STORE

 

- thanks parishioners for their donations and asks for your continued support of the thrift shop food/bank.  Donations always welcome.

 

SPECIAL
ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

 

Divine Mercy Devotion

 

The Divine Mercy Devotion will be held Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM.  All are invited to attend this beautiful devotion.  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.

ALL SOULS NOVENA

 

To celebrate this feast, there will be a nine day Novena in which we pray for our deceased loved ones.  There is an envelope in the Offertory Box of Envelopes (Nov. 2) and there are envelopes at the side entrance.  Please print (clearly) the names of the deceased on the envelopes and place them in the collection basket or leave them at the office anytime during the month of October.

PARISH OFFICE – SUMMER HOURS

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, October 13, in observance of Columbus Day.

 

Fall Office Hours are:

 

Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on

 

Fridays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

 

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

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