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
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
The Parish will hold a Lenten Retreat, in English and Polish, beginning Sunday, March 22nd. A complete schedule will be in next week’s bulletin.
Lent is a time for us to step back from our busy lives and reflect upon our relationship with God and to help us live with faithfulness in our everyday lives. Please plan to attend our retreat.
PARISH OFFERTORY ENVELOPES
Those who used offertory envelopes this past year will be sent a donation statement of their offertory donations for tax purposes by the end of January. Please keep in mind that these statements only reflect donations made through the envelope system. If you did not receive a box of offertory envelopes for 2015 and would like a box, please call the parish office.
ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
-Induction of students into the Junior National Honor Society will be held during First Friday Mass on Friday, March 6 at 9:30 am.
-Mark your calendars for our annual fundraiser at Smoke and Bones on RT. 34 in Derby on Wed. March 11. Just be sure to mention our school when you are there and the school will receive a percentage of sales for the entire day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
-The 5th Annual Recognition Event will take place at Villa Bianca on Sat., March 28 at 6:00 pm. The honorees for this year are: St. Mary-St. Michael Spirit Awards –John Anglace, Helen Ploski, Jeff Heitman; Guardian Angel Award – Pat Knott; Christian Compassion Award – Christopher and Donna Carloni. Please contact the school office for tickets or to place an ‘ad’ in the program book or to donate a raffle prize.
-Registration continues for the 2015-16 school year. Children who turn 5 years of age by Jan. 2017 are eligible for the full day kindergarten program. The school offers a multi-age preK program for three and four year old children. Please call the school to make an appointment with Mrs. Coppola, Principal, for more information.
Mar. 01..Gr. 4, 5, 6, 7, and Conf. 2
Mar. 08..Gr. 1, 2, 3, and Conf. 1 (Grade 8)
CCD Registration for 2015-16 CCD school year has begun. Students already enrolled in the program have received their registration forms beginning the week Feb. 1. 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.
Please note that during these winter months, the office may close early or will be closed for the day in the event of inclement weather. Best to call ahead if you plan to stop at the office in wintry weather.
Marc Garofalo and the ‘Kitchen Krew” will hold a ziti and meatball dinner in the Church Hall (includes salad, bread, dessert, soda, coffee, tea, etc.) on Saturday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. to benefit St. Mary-St. Michael School. (The dinner was rescheduled due to the snow storm on Jan. 24) The cost is $10 per person. Reservations are still being accepted and may be made through the Parish Office or by placing payment, names, and telephone no. (important) in an envelope in the collection basket noted for the Pasta Dinner. We will be grateful to any ladies of the parish who would like to donate desserts for the dinner. Raffle prizes are also needed and may be left at the Parish Office or brought to the dinner. Thank you.
ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
For information or to purchase a plot at St. Michael’s Cemetery, please contact Denny McNamara, Manager, 1-203-414-1030.
Please note: if you wish to keep any Christmas decorations you placed at the Cemetery, they should be removed by the end of February.
FROM ARCHBISHIP LEONARD BLAIR
Regarding Funeral Practices
Today there are spiritual and cultural changes at work, pulling us away from Catholic doctrine and piety concerning the deceased. We are also witnessing a shift in funeral practices. Traditionally, Catholic funeral rites have consisted of three distinct moments. First there are calling hours, a wake at which people gather socially to visit and to reminisce and yes – to even joke and laugh about the past. And second there is the funeral Mass with its prayers and rites focused on the mysteries of faith in the light of eternity. Finally there is the committal at the cemetery.
The wake includes prayer and the funeral Mass has to have a warm and personal touch with an appropriate reference to the deceased person’s life. The wake is the primary place for remembering and celebrating the person’s life in this world. At the funeral Mass itself, the liturgy allows some brief words by a family member but not long eulogies that are more appropriate for a wake.
A funeral Mass is offered for the purpose of commending the deceased to the loving mercy of God. We thank God for the life of the deceased and we affirm the bond between the living and dead in the communion of saints. The dead are done a great disservice, when funeral liturgies are interpreted as only memorial services.
Another concern is that sometimes cremation leads to the exclusion of the body of the deceased from the funeral Mass. In keeping with the dignity of the body of the deceased it should be present at the funeral Mass, with cremation afterward, if desired. If this is not possible then, at least, the cremated remains should be present for the funeral Mass.
Reverence for the body also calls for burial in consecrated ground. Cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.
God Bless you.
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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.
Divine Mercy Devotion
The Divine Mercy Devotion will be held Sunday, March 15, 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.
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.
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.
FROM THE ARCHBISHOP
Of great concern is the probable renewal attempt to introduce assisted suicide legislation in Connecticut. Please stand up and resist the efforts to pass this legislation. What we need to do is kill the pain, not the patient. It is often been said that the Roman Catholic Church is the last great moral institution in the Western world to resist these forces in a principled, coherent and forceful manner. Let us work and pray that with God’s help our efforts will succeed.
A SPECIAL PRESENTATION
-by the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry and the Office of the Diaconate of the Archdiocese will sponsor a presentation on Human Trafficking: Stolen Lives: A Gospel Response to Human Trafficking on Sat., March 7 at St. James Church in Rocky Hill from 9 am to 12 noon. The workshop is appropriate for adults, especially parents, those involved in outreach ministries, and those working with youth. Advanced registration is requested by calling
203-777-7279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
DIACONATE INQUIRY SESSIONS
Diaconate Inquiry Sessions – The Diocesan Office of Diaconate Formation is now preparing to admit a new class of candidates for the Diaconate in the fall of 2015. Any Catholic man between the ages of 35 and 60 who may be interested in the Diaconate is encouraged to speak to the pastor. Two inquiry sessions will be held at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield on Sun., March 8 and Sun., March 22 from 2 to 4 pm. Both sessions must be attended and spouses must also attend. To pre-register call 1-860-242-5573 by March 2. The Parish Office has printed ‘admission requirements’ available. If you would like a copy of this paperwork, please call the Parish Office and it will be mailed to you.
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.’
POLISH FALCONS NEST 208
-will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, March 13 at 6:30 pm in the Church Hall. The Falcon’s Communion Supper will take place on Palm Sunday, March 28 after the 4:30 pm Mass. Please call Terri Wadsworth to make your reservation – 203-926-0498
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS, ST. MICHAEL'S POST
- will attend the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sun., March 15, followed by breakfast and awards in the Post Hall.
Save the date, Polish Dinner, Sat. April 25, 6 pm, at the CWV Post Hall, 112 Derby Ave., Derby.
DOMINICAN SISTERS BAKE SALE
-will take place at St. Michael’s on Saturday/Sunday, March 7 & 8. The Sisters will be selling pies, breads, and brownies and appreciate our support.
RETREAT – 3 DAYS
-CREDO sponsored, Mercy Center, Madison, CT. March 13-15, limited rooms available. For information call 203-269-6123.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND – Feb. 27-Mar. 1.
To register: immediately call 860-376-0440 for a weekend away to renew your marriage. It’s a great way to make your marriage more special!
– 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 email@example.com.
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.
-invites all interested to attend Take-A-Look-Tuesday on March 3 at 8:00 am. There will be coffee and a tour of Lauralton Hall. RSVP to 203-878-3333. If you don’t know until the last minute – just drop in at 200 High St., Milford.
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.
KOLBE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
- Entrance and scholarship exams for eighth graders will be given at the school on Sat., March 14 at 8:00 am. Call 203-335-2554 to register for the test or at www.kolbecaths.org. Financial aid apps available.
ASSUMPTIONS CHURCH, ANSONIA
- will hold a Catholic Movie Night on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 pm in the Church Hall. It’s an all ages event and is free. There will be popcorn, prayer, and discussion.
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. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD BANK AND THRIFT STORE
...is asking for food, monetary donations, food certificates, spiral hams, and Easter Baskets for the kids. Donations may be dropped off at 237 Roosevelt Drive, Derby from 9:30 to 2:30 pm.
They also need women to volunteer one day a week or one Saturday a month in the Thrift Shop. Call 203-734-7577 to join their ‘happy family’ of volunteers!
Saint Michael Parish • 75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut 06418
Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005