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, May 15, 2016 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.

PARISH OFFICE – Winter Hours


Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and on Fridays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.  Please note that during these winter months the office may be closed in bad weather.


f these hours are not convenient, please call the office and our staff will make arrangements to accommodate you.


SUNDAY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: Anyone wishing to have a box of Sunday envelopes for 2016 may contact the parish office.

Thank you.



April 30:  Dominican Sister’s Pies/Breads Sale


May 1: Return baby bottles


May 1:  Annual Crowning after 11:30am Mass


May 5: Ascension Thursday, Holy Day


May 8: CCD 1st Holy Communion 10am Mass


May 8: 11:30 AM Mass will be held at Noon


May 8: Mother's Day


May 15: Sat. Polish School 1st Holy Communion  11:30am Mass


May 29: Corpus Christi


June 5: Parish Picnic, Warsaw Park


June 19: Father's Day





Fr. Joseph Szpilski, CM, a former Vicar at St. Michael’s Parish, will be celebrating his 60th Anniversary of Ordination at St. Michael Church on Sunday, May 1, at the 11:30 am Mass.  Following Mass and the annual Crowning of Mary ceremony, there will be a reception in the Church Hall for Father Joe.  Please attend and extend your congratulatory good wishes to him.



The second collection today is for St. Mary-St.Michael School. Your donations help to support our parish school and the wonderful Catholic education it provides to the students!




The annual crowning of the statue of the Blessed Mother will take place this Sunday immediately following the 11:30 am Mass.  All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend the 11:30am Mass and participate in the procession to the Grotto for this beautiful tribute to Mary.  This years crowner is Natalia Wyszkowski.  The crown bearer is Veronica Borowski and the court attendees are Sylvia Lemanski, Victoria Baliga, and Vanessa Adamski.  In the event of inclement weather the crowning will take place inside the Church.




Please pray for Mary (Mae) Laton Lesko (April 21) and Helen Zaprzalka Wlodek (April 22) buried from our Church. May they both rest in peace.




...THE GREAT GIVE THIS WEEK!  St. Mary – St. Michael School will be participating in the ‘Great Give’ on May 3-4 for the first time and we need your support.  It is a 36 hour online giving event starting at 8:00am on May 3rd through May 4.  Every gift will be increased with matching dollars provided by generous community sponsors.  Donations to the school may be made by logging on to www.thegreatergive.org  to help support our school.


...A Mother’s Day Plant Sale will be held at the School on Thursday and Friday (May 4,5 and after all Masses on Saturday and SundayMay 7,8 at St. Mary’s Church.


...Congratulations to the members of our Drama Club for their production of ‘A Night of Mysterious One-Act Plays’.  Thank you to the volunteer directors, Stacey Ference and Autumn Caraglio,along with staff member Mrs. DeCrisanti for their many volunteer hours putting this production together.


...A special thanks is extended to the late Vivien Dempsey, whom many of you remember as a school nurse in Derby, for her bequest to our school.  We are grateful to Mrs.  Dempsey and all of our benfactors and pray for them daily.


...Our School will be participating in a One School, One Read beginning on May 2.  The title of the book we will be reading is, IN MEMORY OF GORFMAN T. FROG.  Each child will have a copy of this book to read during May.  We are grateful to a grant from the KBE Building Corporation enabling us to purchase copies of the book for each student.  Mrs. Pat Cayer is coordinating the program and Christian Meagher wrote the grant for the books.


...St. Mary-St. Michael School is sponsoring a Foxwoods Casino Bingo Bus on Saturday, June 18.  Pick-up is at 7:00am at the School with return to the school at 6:00pm.  Cost is $30 per person.  Free $15 slot play, free $10 food coupon for every person.  Plus door prizes, raffles and bingo on the bus!  Contact Christian Meagher to reserve your seat: christianmeagher@yahoo.com.


...Special date: May 14 – Shred Day 9am to noon. $10 per bag and FLEA MARKET 9am to 1pm. $25 table rental to sell your treasures! Contact Carla Lombaro, beadog15@yahoo.com.  Also there will be an ART SHOW in the all –purpose room from 10am to 1pm.

Come and see the students’ artistic talents!




Schedule of Classes- March/April 2016


Class times: 8:30 to 9:45 am


Grades 1, 2, 3, and 8.

May 1


Note from Margaret Mattei, DRE

...Annual Crowning of Mary, Sun., May 1 after the 11:30 am Mass.


...First Confession, Grade 3, Sat., May 7, 9:00am


...First Holy Communion, Sunday,  May 8 (Mother’s Day) at the 10 am Mass.


TEACHERS/AIDES ARE NEEDED FOR NEXT CCD YEAR. If you can volunteer to instruct our students in the Religious Education Program (twice a month), please call Margaret Mattei at 203-530-2808.  It is a rewarding experience to work with the children. (If you have children in the program their registration fee will be waived if you volunteer to teach).




A big one!!!  Before we placed the order for the boxes of offertory envelopes for this year – the company sent the parish a 2016 list of dates for verification (second collections are included based on dates closest to the previous year).  In checking the list we failed to note that on three Sundays (March 20, October 23, and November 20) there were three collections scheduled for those Sundays and the dates were never corrected.  There was never any intention to have three collections on one weekend.  Therefore, if you use offertory envelopes please note that for Palm Sunday weekend, March 19/20 there will be two collections – the first (regular) collection and the second for Easter Flowers.  The collection for ‘heating’ will be taken up on March 12/13.  A suggestion: take the second collection envelope for heating and cross off the 20th and write 13th on it as a reminder. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we will be sure to be aware of this the next time we order envelopes.




Half-Keg Challenge...A donation of $25 helps to defray the cost of beer and beverages for the picnic.


Chinese Auction... Prizes are needed and may be brought to the parish office during office hours.  Please be sure to put your name on your donation so that we may acknowledge it!


Picnic Sponsorship...If you would like to advertise your business, have a sign honoring someone or in memory of someone, it will be displayed at the picnic.  You may place the contribution and information you want printed on the sign in the collection basket noted: Picnic sponsor.  Donations are $200, $150, and $100.


SUPPLIES NEEDED: (leave on back porch of rectory).  Aluminum foil, paper towels, apple sauce, tomato sauce, tomato soup, sauerkraut, all-purpose white flour, 2 litre bottles of soda (coke, diet coke, orange, sprite,) coffee, tea. Please be sure that expiration dates are not past. (Do not need paper plates, cups, or napkins – we have plenty).




Thank you to the parish families who have made a gift or pledge commitment to the 2016 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.  If you have not made a gift, please prayerfully consider supporting the many good works of the Archdiocese.  Every gift will be gratefully received and sincerely appreciated.




...For information on purchasing graves at the Cemetery please contact Denny McNamara, Manager at 203-414-1030.


...Also please be reminded,  as we approach spring and the planting season, that any flowers, decorations, etc. must be only placed in a 10 inch space from the monument and that any curbing, fencing, wood chips, bricks, rocks, etc. are prohibited on the grave site as it presents a danger to workers when mowing and trimming.




Our bulletin is supported through the generosity of the advertises on our back cover – please support their business’ and let them know you appreciated their support of our parish through their advertisements.







Koronacja Matki Bożej odbędzie się dzisiaj1 maja bezpośrednio po Mszy św. o godz. 11.30.




Ks. Józef Szpilski CM długoletni duszpasterz naszej parafii w dniu dzisiejszym 1 maja o godz. 11:30 odprawi Mszę św. dziękczynną za 60 lat kapłaństwa. Po Mszy św. zapraszamy na skromny poczęstunek.




W czwartek 5 maja będziemy obchodzic Uroczystość Wniebowstąpienia Pańskiego.  Jest to święto obowiązkowe i proszę zapoznać się z programem Mszy św.




W najbliższy piątek 6 maja obchodzimy pierwszy piątek miesiąca. Okazja do spowiedzi sw. i adoracja Najswietszego Sakramentu od godziny 18:00. Serdecznie zapraszamy!




Dodatkowe koperty na Dzień Matki znajdują się z tyłu kościoła. Wszystkie Msze św. 8 maja będą odprawiane za matki za które prosiliśmy w modlitwie wypisując ich imona na kartkach lub kopertach. Koperty z imionami proszę dostarczyć do 6 maja.




Msza św. dla dzieci przystepujących do Pierwszej Komunii św. w języku angielskim odbędzie się                     w niedzielę 8 maja o godz. 10.00, natomiast dzieci przygotowujące się w języku polskim do Pierwszej Komunii św. przystąpią w niedzielę 15 maja o godz. 11.30.




W związku z tym, że Pierwsza Komunia św w języku angielskim będzie w niedzielę o godz. 10:00 dlatego w tym dniu jednorazowo zmieniamy godz. Mszy św. z 11:30 na 12:00. Zmiana podyktowana jest tym, żeby nie blokować miejsca na parkinku i dać więcej czasu dla rodzin dzieci pierwszokomunijnych.




Nabożeństwa Majowe będziemy odprawiać w środy po Mszy św. o godz. 19.00. W każdą niedzielę maja odmówimy wspólnie Litanie do Matki Bożej po Mszy św. o godz. 11.30




Piknik parafialny odbędzie sie 5 czerwca w Warsaw Park. Chętnych, którzy chcieliby pomóc w jego organizacji proszę o kontakt z biurem parafialnym.


St. Michael Parish

Current News



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



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.


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.


Parish Family Picnic - Click here or on the image above to see great photos taken by Father Jan and others at the Picnic..

Happy Birthday Jesus 2015 - 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.



Read Pope Francis' latest Encyclical Letter:
Laudato Si'
On Care of Our Common Home

We are only tenants on this planet, and here for a very brief time.  It is OUR responsibility to leave the planet in as good shape as it was when we came into the world OR better.


This Encyclical Letter can be found in bookstores or online.  For anyone with a computer or smart device, you may access the letter by clicking on the following link:
Laudato Si'


Easter 2016 at St. Michael's Church.  Blessing of the Easter Baskets and more! Click here or on the image above to see great photos by Father Jan.



$4,000,000 has been raised in three weeks – an all time record!  If you haven’t already, please consider supporting this important initiative.  Every gift is appreciated and together we can and do make a profound difference in the lives of many individuals and familes in a way that exceeds anything we could hope to achieve on our own.  If you did not receive the 2016 Appeal mailing, please feel free to pick up one of the extra pledge cards and envelopes located on the bench at the side entrance.




On April 11, 2015, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis proclaimed that the Church would celebrate an extraordinary Jubilee – The Jubilee Year of Mercy – which began on December 8 and will conclude on November 20, 2016.  The Jubilee was begun when Pope Francis opened the Holy Door for the year at St. Peter’s Basilica – a beautiful door covered in 16 bronze panels, each illustrating a scriptural theme related to forgiveness.  The Roman Catholic Church has commemorated Jubilees every 25 or 50 years since the 13th century.  The last Jubilee Year occurred in the year 2000 and the last Extraordinary Jubilee occurred in 1983.  The theme of the Jubilee is Mercy.  Pope Francis invites each and every one of us to ‘constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy.’ He invites every member of the Church, young and old, to join in this spiritual journey into the heart of mercy.


The Archdiocese of Hartford inaugurated the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Dec. 13 with the opening of the Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.


The ceremonial rite for opening the Holy Doors (others will be opened in sacred sites as well) along with the ritual act of walking through the doors serves as an outward sign of faith in God’s desire to be close to each of us.




The Archdiocese of Hartford is seeking committed, energetic, visionary principal candidates interested in leading Catholic elementary education into the future.  A minimum of the following qualifications are needed: Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church; Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited college/university; five years successful teaching or administrative experience.  Interested candidates should contact Mrs. Maria Maynard via Diane Newell at diane.newell@aohct.org, or at 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002, (860-242-5573). Available openings will be listed at http://catholicschoolssct.org.




The Archdiocese of Hartford has a process in place if you have knowledge or suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult (an adult with an intellectual disability) has been sexually abused in any manner by personnel of the Archdiocese of Hartford.  This does include volunteers who have contract with children in the parish setting. Please report any suspicions to Sr. Dolores Lahr, CSJ, Victim assistance Coordinator by calling 1-860-541-6475 or at sr.lahr@aohct.org.  You will also be asked to provide a written detail of the facts involved and you can find specifics of the written report in the Policies and Procedures of the Archdiocese of Hartford relating to allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors and vulnerable adults.  The document is available online at www.archdioceseofhartford.org.  There are also postings of this information on our three bulletin boards.




The Archdiocese of Hartford and St. Michael Parish are committed to ensuring the safety of all children and vulnerable adults.  All priests, staff members, CCD and Polish Saturday School teachers and other volunteers who have any contact whatsoever with children and other vulnerable adults in the parish are required to be trained through Virtus (the Safe Environment Program) to recognize any signs of abuse.  If you suspect an incident of abuse please contact Sr. Dolories Lahr, CSJ, at 860-541-6475 or sr.lahr@aohct.org.




237 Roosevelt Dr., Derby, thanks parishioners for the continued donations of non-perishable food items,  monetary and gift cards. Our support does make a difference in people’s lives!



PORKETTA DINNER ON TUESDAY, MAY 24, 7:00 PM AT PAUGASSETT HOOK AND LADDER CO. FIREHOUSE on Derby Avenue.  Menu includes bread, pasta with meat sauce, salad, porketta, potatoes, and chicken. There is also a raffle.  Cost is $15 per person.  Space is limited – first come, first serve.  Porketta dinners are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month.



UN FESTIVAL ITALIANO – ITALIAN NIGHT CABERT, an Evening of music, laughs, tears and all things Italiano at Center State Theater, 54 Grove St., Shelton on Friday, May 13 at 8:00pm , Sat., May 14 at 8:00pm, Sun., May 15 at 2pm.  $15 per person, cabaret table seating.  BYOB and BYOF.  Call

203-225-6079 for reservations.



Enders Island, Mystic CT May Day of Recollection Wed., May 11, 10:00am.  For info call 1-860-536-0565 or write to Enders Island, P.O. Box 399, Mystic CT 06355.



TUTORS NEEDED FOR THE LITERACY VOLUNTEERS VALLEY PROGRAM. Free tutoring is offered to adult learners in need of improving basic reading skills or for English as a second language.  Tutors are asked for a commitment of 2 hours per week and will receive initial training, ongoing support and quarterly workshops.  To register please contact Kathi Hunt at 203-924-6651 ext. 102 or e-mail her at kathihunt@lavgnh.org.  An application can also be filled out online at www.lvagnh.org. Training for tutors will take place in April.




pasta dinner and movie night at 6:30pm, second Tuesday of each month. (112 Derby Ave.)  Next dinner: May 10.  Cost $6 per person, no reservations required.  A raffle is also held.




The 7th grade entrance exam will take place on Sat., May 7, 8 pm. Pre-register at www.lauraltonhall.org. or call the office at 203-877-2786 ext. 144


The benefit to taking the exam in 7th grade is that a student can also take the 8th grade exam in Oct. and the highest score will be taken for scholarship consideration.  Scholarships from $2,500 to $6,000 are offered annually based on performance of the exam.



ALPHA ACHIEVEMENT SUMMER PROGRAM 2016 FOR GIRLS is registering children in Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8.

Instruction takes place from Monday,June 27 until Friday, July 1 from 9am until noon at St.Thomas Moore Catholic Hall in the Yale Campus, 268 Park St. New Haven.  The goals of the program are to help students develop good character and leadership qualities, improve their reading, writing, math, and critical thinking skills and prepare them for junior and high school work.  The summer fee is $50,  Please call 203-393-3396 or write an e-mail to dohofilena@aol.com.



FOR DIVORCED, WIDOWED, OR SEPARATED – there is a special heartache in finding oneself alone again.

Divorced, separated and widowed men and women of all ages are encouraged to attend a Beginning Experience weekend designed for those who wish to resolve this pain and grief of losing the marriage relationship and create a more peace-filled future.  The weekend begins Friday evening, May 13 nd continues through Sunday afternoon, May 15.  The weekend fee is $235 per person and includes the program and materials, all meals on Saturday and Sunday and two nights’ stay.  For info and an application please call 1-860-993-7866 or 1-845-373-8202.



GOODSPEED THEATRE IN EAST HADDAM UPCOMING SHOWS: ‘Anything Goes’ (April 8-June 16), ‘Bye Bye Birdie (June 24-Sept. 4) and Chasing Rainbows (Sept. 16-Nov.27).  Call 1-860-873-8664x316.




CHINESE AUCTION...Prizes will be needed and we will be accepting them at the Parish Office after Easter (beginning April 5).  At the end of winter there will be sales and a good time to find prizes!  Please be sure to put your name on your donation so that we may acknowledge it.



VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT BY SEASONS HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE. Caring and compassionate individuals willing to give of their time to help patients and families dealing with terminal illness are needed.  Spiritual care is one of the core values and principles in the Seasons Hospice Circle of Care.  As a Spiritual Care Volunteer you will be asked to provide companionship and active listening that may include special readings, prayer, meditation, and poetry.  If you are interested in learning more please contact Karen Hale at 203-490-1155 or khale@seasons.org.



FAIRFIELD COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL TUITION $25,000 RAFFLE is being held again this year.  The prize can be used for any K-12 schools, colleges or universities or to pay back college loans. The prize will be paid directly to the school or college of choice.  Schools must be located and accredited in the U.S.  Only 1,000 tickets will be available at $100. (500 tickets must be sold for the raffle to proceed).  Drawing will be held on May 7.  Call the Development Office at 203-254-4237 for information.



BIRTHRIGHT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: Would you like to help pregnant women in their search for the alternative to abortion?  Call the Ansonia office and come in to learn about volunteer opportunities and training.  Volunteers offer encouragement and practical support to pregnant women in crisis.



PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND, 5 different departure dates from JFK airport: Nov. 16, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, 2017, Feb. 6, and March 6.  All land and air inclusive costs: $2299.  Information, brochures and reservation forms available at Catholic Tours at 1-877-627-4288 toll free.




Since 1943 the Catholic League has been helping the Church in Poland  It gives scholarships to Polish Priests and Polish-American Students, funds missionary work of Polish Religious throughout the world and donates aid to parishes and Catholic institutions in Poland.  If you would like to make a donation to the Catholic League, there are envelopes on the bench at the side entrance.  Donations should  be mailed directly to the Catholic League – the address is on the back of the envelope. For more information please visit:  www.catholicleaguepolonia.org.



ANSONIA SENIOR CENTER is open to all Valley Seniors 55 years of age and older. $5 yearly membership.  Call the Center at 203-736-5933 for information.




– 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 kwalden@workplace.org.




-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.



MY SISTER’S PLACE, CENTER FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES sponsors the Donation Center of My Sister’s Place downtown on Main St. in Ansonia which is a non-profit thrift store located at 380 Main St., Ansonia.  Proceeds from the store’s sales directly support BHcare’s the Umbrella which serves women and children battling against domestic violence.  Your donations of gently used and/or new clothing, furniture and other household items are greatly appreciated.  Goods donated through the program are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.




You can send your broken rosaries in a padded envelope to: Betty and Dick Holden (November through April), 7930 Estero Blvd., #502, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 or 7 Crane Place, Simsbury, CT 06070 (May to Oct.)


They will be repaired (they have lots of parts) and returned to you within the week of receipt.  Donations of old and broken rosaries are also accepted which will be repaired and sent on to the missions.  Place a note with the mailing stating if you want them repaired and returned to you or if they are a donation for the missions.  For more information you may call CT 1-860-658-6330 or e-mail HoldenBnD@comcast.net.






WORK WANTED MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AS COMPANION/HOMEMAKER part-time, speaks Polish and English.  Please call Jadwiga 203-343-5362.




Experience God’s love and mercy and begin the journey of healing.  Please call the Sisters of Life at 1-866-575-0075 or e-mail: hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org..



ADAM’S HOUSE – Grief Education Center located at 241 Coram Ave., Shelton (across from Shelton City Hall).  This charming Victorian Home has been newly renovated to offer a warm, comforting setting for families, volunteers and staff.  There will be specialized grief education programs planned for parents, children, and teens. For information call 203-513-2808.




On April 4 St. Michael’s Prayer Shawl Ministry brought 17 baby blankets, 14 newborn hats, 39 lap robes and afghans and 8 shawls to Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Smilow Cancer Center. (Thank you to John and Pat Walania for delivering them!) Please keep the Prayer Shawl group in mind while doing your spring cleaning.  If you have any yarn that you will not be using (even partial skeins) please consider donating it to the group.  Donations can be left on the back porch of the Rectory


Pastor’s note:  Every week on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon I see this gathering of dedicated ladies working diligently to make prayer shawls, lap blankets, and baby blankets (which we give out to families at our baptisms here).  They must be commended for their dedication to this ministry.  They purchase the yarn they use but are so grateful for yarn that is donated.  If you would like to join them, please call the parish office for information.  God bless them!


Saint Michael Parish •  75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut  06418

Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005

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