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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, October 16, 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 HOURS
The Parish Office is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm. The Office will be closed on Fridays and holidays.
If these hours are not convenient, please call the office and we will try to accommodate you at another time.
SUNDAY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: Anyone wishing to have a box of Sunday envelopes for 2017 may contact the parish office.
UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS: AUGUST 2016
Sept. 18: Presentation of John Paul II Relic
Sept. 18: Farewell reception for Fr. Marek
Sept. 18: Divine Mercy Devotion – 3:00 pm
Sept. 25: Solemn Closing 40 Hours – 5:30pm
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
I wish to extend grateful thanks to those who contributed food and organized the farewell reception for me last Sunday. It was a wonderful event. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend – for your kind words, gifts, and well wishes. And special thanks to all of St. Michael’s parishioners for welcoming me into your parish family three years ago. I can truthfully say I have greatly enjoyed serving here and meeting and working with so many of you. I will remember the many kindnesses I have received and will pray for the parish to remain as vibrant as it is (in thanks to your dedication to it). May God bless each and every one of you.
Sincerely in Christ, Fr. Marek
FORTY HOURS EUCHARISTIC DEVOTION P R O G R A MWednesday – September 21, 20167:00 p.m. Mass in Polish with homilyFriday – September 23, 20167:00 a.m. Mass in Polish7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Adoration6:00 p.m. Mass in English & Sacrament of the Sick (anointing)Saturday - September 24, 20168:00 a.m. Mass in English8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. AdorationSunday - September 25, 201612:30 p.m. Adoration5:30 p.m. MASS AND SOLEMN CLOSING OF EUCHARISTIC DEVOTION WITH LITANY, PROCESSION, AND BENEDICTION. CZTERDZIESTO GODZINNE NABOŻEŃSTWO EUCHARYSTYCZNEP R O G R A MŚroda, 21 wrzesień 201619:00 Msza św. z kazaniem - po polskuPiątek, 23 wrzesień 20167:00 Msza św. po polsku7:30 – 17:30 Adoracja Najświętszego Sakramentu18:00 Msza św. po angielsku i udzielenie Sakramentu ChorychSobota, 24 wrzesień 20168:00 Msza św. po angielsku8:30 – 15:00 Adoracja Najświętszego SakramentuNiedziela, 25 wrzesień 201612:30 – 17:00 Adoracja Najświętszego Sakramentu17:30 MSZA ŚW. I ZAKOŃCZENIE NABOŻEŃSTWA
SACRAMENT OF THE SICK (Healing Mass)
In conjunction with Forty Hours, there will be a Mass on Friday, Sept. 23 at 6:00 pm with anointing of the sick and the infirm. Parishioners and friends are encouraged to bring family members who need assistance to attend. The side entrance is wheelchair accessible.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 & 24, 2016 - the second collection is for HOPES which supports elementary schools in the Archdiocese. Our parish school retains 25% of the collection.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 & 2, 2016 - the second collection is for the Vincentian Father's Mission work. They need our financial support and our prayers.
The following gentlemen worked on the back porch of the Rectory – voluntarily giving countless hours of time. We are indebted to them for saving the parish the cost of labor (which would have been considerable). Wladyslaw Zygadlo, Stanislaw Jaworski, Darek Jaworski, Zbigniew Jesionka, Andrzej Bednarczyk, Andrzej Furtak, Krzysztof Bien, and Marek Murzinski. Bog Zaplac!
ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
…Grateful thanks to the Keller and Maleri families for the Memorial Donations made to the school in memory of Rose Brancucio Keller (St. Mary Class of 1934) and Nancy White Maleri (St. Mary Class of 1967). We pray for our benefactors each day.
…October brings many important events:
October 4 – Catholic Educators Curriculum Conference – No School.
October 7 – First Friday Mass, 9:30am.
October 10 – Columbus Day – No School.
October 12 – Walk-a-Thon at Ryan Field, 9:30 to 10:30am.
…Sat., October 22 – Home School Assoc. - a Bingo Bus to Foxwoods will leave the school at 7:30am and returns at 6:30pm. $30 per person. FREE $15 slots play coupon, and $10 food coupon. Bingo on the bus and 50/50 Raffle. Contact Christian Meagher (203-520-1480) or Gene Tinti (203-893-9663).
…Sat., Oct.22 – Family Dinner St. Mary’s Church Hall.
Class Schedule 8:30 am to 9:45 am
...Grades 1,2, 3, 4, & 8: Sept. 18, Oct. 2 & 23
...Grades 5, 6, 7, & 9: Sept. 11 & 25, Oct. 16 & 30
The final Confirmation preparation class will take place, Sun., Oct. 30 at 8:30 a m in the school.
Confirmation rehearsal will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 pm at St. Jude's Church, 71 Pleasant View Rd., Derby
September 25 is the Solemn Closing of the 40 Hours Eucharistic Devotion at the 5:30 pm Mass.
Students and parents are encouraged to attend Mass (it is a Sunday Mass) and the Closing Devotion.
The Confirmation Mass this year will take place on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm at St. Jude Church, Derby. Children from St. Joseph’s Church (Ansonia), St. Jude’s Church and St. Michael’s Church will be confirmed by Archbishop Daniel Cronin.
ROSARY/NOVENA WITH CCD CLASSES ATTENDING – Mondays, October 3, and October 24, 6:45pm. Students receive community service hours for attending.
SAT. OCT. 29, COAT DRIVE – CHURCH HALL, (8th and 9th graders) 10am to 12 noon.
FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
...Please note that there are no weekend Masses available for this year. All have been reserved.
Weekend Masses for 2017 are also filling up.
If you have a special date for 2017 it is suggested you reserve it now.
...Sponsor Certificates. Important!! If you are not a registered parishioner in good standing in the parish, we cannot provide you with a sponsor certificate for Baptism or Confirmation. Being baptized and receiving the sacraments here do not make you a registered parishioner. Neither does the fact that your grandparents belonged to the parish or attended school here! To be a parishioner in good standing you must attend mass, use parish envelopes, and pay parish dues. Also, young adults who are no longer attending school and are working should register individually and meet the same requirements. We get many calls from people who have been asked to serve as sponsors but we do not have a record of their membership in the parish. Please register if you have not done so.
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.
PROJECTS IN THE WORKS
...Painting of outside doors...Several outside doors have been recently painted: the Sacristy, Church side entrance, Church Hall, and Rectory. Also several window sills in the Church Hall were rotted and had to be replaced and painted. A good quality oil based paint was used which should give better protection from the elements. The cost of the painting was $2,225. Several weeks ago the windows in the Rectory basement were replaced and made more secure. These are the types of projects that are made possible through your donations in the collections that we have for General Maintenance (next one September 18). So we thank you and ask for your continued generous support in those maintenance collections as there is always something to be done.
ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
For information regarding our Cemetery, please contact Manager/Caretaker, Joseph Iacuone, Jr. at 203-996-6417 or 203-735-5382.
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XXVI NIEDZIELA ZWYKŁA
Zakończenie tegoż nabożeństwa odbędzie się dzisiaj na Mszy św.o godz. 17.30.
Dzisiejsza druga składka przeznaczona jest na wsparcie podstawowych szkół katolickich.
Z całego serca pragnę podziękować wszystkim osobom, którzy bezinteresownie wykonali przebudowę wejścia na plebanię. Dziękuję panom: Władysławowi Zygadło, Stanisławowi Jaworskiemu, Darkowi Jaworskiemu, Zbigniewowi Jesionce, Andrzejowi Bednarczykowi, Andrzejowi Furtak, Krzysztofowi Bień oraz Markowi Murzińskiemu.
Także moje szczególne podziękowanie kieruję do państwa Marka i Eli Gołębiowskich, którzy ofiarowali relikwiarium na relikwie św. Jana Pawła II. Dziekuję wszyskim, którzy złożyli ofiary na sprowadzenie relikwi Świętego.
PODZIĘKOWANIE – POŻEGNANIE
Drodzy Parafianie. Muszę wyznać, że posługiwanie Wam było dla mnie wyzwaniem ale i przyjemnością. W pierwszej kolejności pragnę podziękować Bogu, że postawił Was na mojej drodze. Dziękuję Wam za waszą życzliwość, oddanie i ofiarność.
Dziękuję ks. Janowi, który był dla mnie wsparciem i na którego zawsze mogłem liczyć. Dziękuję wszystkim Wolontariuszom; w biurze, naszym sekretarkom i tym którzy liczą pieniądze. Dziękuję tym osobom, którzy w każdą środę po Mszy św. sprzątają kościół. Szczególne podziękowanie kieruję do tych, którzy bezinteresownie wykonują różne prace w kościele, na plebanii, w szkole, na cmentarzu czy też w obejściach parafialnych. Muszę zaznaczyć, że o cogolwiek poprosiłem zawsze znajdowało pozytywny oddźwięk. Nigdy nie usłyszałem od Was słowa, NIE, nie pomogę. Dziękuję Polskiej Szkole Sobotniej, która z troskliwością dba o dziedzictwo narodowe i wpaja te wartości najmłodszym.
St. Michael Parish
ARCHBISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL 2016
The Appeal surpassed the challenge goal of $10,000,000 for the 5th year in a row. There were 2227 new donors this year pledging more than $216,000. There were 3,961 donors to the 2016 Appeal who did not participate in 2015, pledging more than $587,000. 11,236 donors did increase their gift this year. 215 Priests pledged $226,737 to the Appeal. Plans are now underway for the 2017 Appeal. The Archbishop graciously thanks all who participated for their commitment to God’s Mercy at Work. Gifts to the Appeal can be made at any time of the year and should be sent to the Archdiocese of Hartford, Appeal Office, at 134 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105. Please be sure to mention that you are a parishioner here.
THE POPE’S EFFORTS TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Pope Francis held a summit of judges and prosecutors from around the world at the Vatican on June 3 to draw attention to the problem of human trafficking and rally resources to fight it. The Pope is asking for us to pray for riddance of this crime against humanity. St. Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of law enforcement. Catholics also have at their disposal the immense power of the holy mass and the rosary. We should also understand that human trafficking is coming closer and closer to us and our loved ones. It is pervasive in the United States, claiming victims of all social status in rural as well as urban areas. Prayer and awareness are critical. Please report to law enforcement anything you see that seems strange. The suffering of the victims is immense and their life expectancy is short. ‘St. Michael the Archangel, patron of law enforcement, please send out your angels to rescue trafficked people.’
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
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.
HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT OF SEXUAL ABUSE TO THE DIOCESE
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 contact with children in the parish setting. Please contact the Archdiocese of Hartford by calling 1-860-541-6491 and speaking with Victim Assistance Coordinator. Kathleen D. Nowosadko at (email@example.com.) You will 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, on their website, relating to allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors and vulnerable adults. The Archdiocese will report any and all incidents to the proper civil authorities.
VIRTUS – PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN
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 SKathleen D. Nowosadko at (firstname.lastname@example.org.) , at 860-541-6491.
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
LOCAL CATHOLIC MEDIA
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 2015 - 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:
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:
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.
May Crowning of Mary 2016 at St. Michael's Church. Click here or on the image above to see great photos by Margaret Mattei.
ST. VINCENT DEPAUL THRIFT SHOPPE & FOOD BANK
237 Roosevelt Drive, Mondays through Saturdays, 9:30am – 2:30p. Donations of non-perishable food and household items, and clothing gratefully accepted. Proceeds from the sale of items benefits the food bank.
DERBY FARMER'S MARKET
The City of Derby is hosting the first season of the Brand New Farmer's Market on the Derby Green. It will be open every Sunday through October 16, 2016 from 10:00am until 2:00pm, featuring fresh, local produce, honey, food (breads/pies) and more. Let's help support our local farmers by purchasing their fresh summer produce!
POLISH FALCONS NEST #208 MONTHLY MEETING,
Friday, October 7, 6:30 pm. Members are encouraged to attend.
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS, ST. MICHAEL’S POST #1562
6:30pm, pasta dinner with salad, bread, dessert, followed by a movie. Next dinner, Tuesday, October 11 (every second Tuesday of the month). Reservations are not required. $6 per person.
PORKETTA DINNER ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 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.
WARSZAWA - POLISH RESTAURANT, 350 Main St., Ansonia is now open Monday thru Sunday.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 25TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER FOR THE HOLY ROSARY COUNCIL 10537 will be held on Sat., Oct. 22 at 6pm in the Holy Rosary Church Hall. Tickets are $15 per person with a menu featuring stuffed chicken, stuffed shells, green beans, salad, coffee/tea/soda & dessert. Please call John Balisciano, Jr. for tickets at 203-735-4293.
MONTHLY PRO-LIFE MASS/ROSARY ASSUMPTION CHURCH CHAPEL. Held every First Friday, at 7 pm. Rosary recited at 6:30 pm. Please come and pray for the defenseless unborn.
ROSARY RALLY - OCTOBER 2, 2:00 TO 3:30 PM,
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 W. Main St., Waterbury. Procession, rosary, talk and Benediction. For information please call Lorraine Greski at 203-736-9606.
ST. JOHN PAUL II DAY IN WASHINGTON DC will take place on Saturday, October 15. The month of October is also Polish Heritage Month. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis encourages us to continue in the long standing tradition of making pilgrimages. Also, this year is the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland, which became a milestone in the political, cultural, and social life of the Polish nation.
DIVORCED, SEPARATED, WIDOWED MEN AND WOMEN
are encouraged to attend a ‘Beginning Experience Weekend’ for those who wish to resolve the pain and grief of losing the marriage relationship. The weekend will be held Friday, Sept. 30-Sunday, October 2 at the Archdiocesan Conference Center at St. Thomas Seminary Bloomfield. Cost is $235 per person which includes the program/materials, all meals on Saturday and Sunday, two night’s stay and follow-up event. Call Victoria at 1-860-993-7866 email@example.com to register.
PROGRAM FOR THE SEPARATED AND DIVORCED. The program consists of one meeting per week for ten weeks from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. First session will be on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 733 Oxford Rd., Oxford in the Parish Center Lower Level. Registration is necessary to ensure that materials are available for all attendees. Cost is $10 for books and supplies. Please call Maryjane at 203-888-2382, ext. 121 or e-mail
VENDORS NEEDED – Wesley Village, Shelton for their Festival of Trees: Nov. 19 and 20th. For Vendor information please contact the Office of Mission Development at Wesley Village at 203-925-4952 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAIRFIELD COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL IMPORTANT DATES:
Open House: Sun., Oct. 2, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
1st Entrance Exam, Sat. Oct. 15, 8:30am.
2nd Entrance Exam, Sat., Nov. 5, 8:30am.
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP, MONDAY, OCT. 17 from Holy Rosary Parking Log, 8:25 am, leaves casino at 4 pm. $30 per person with $30 give back. Call Holy Rosary Office at 203-735-7874.
ST. ANTHONY'S BOOK & GIFT SHOP AT 142 MAIN ST. DERBY is closed. It will be moving to 461 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT on the corner of Route 34 and Orange Center Rd. (the former Old Enchanted Gardens Building) and will reopen in the near future. During the transition you may order from their website www.stanthonygift.com.
MONTHLY PRO-LIFE MASS/ROSARY ASSUMPTION CHURCH CHAPEL. Held every First Friday there will be a Mass for Life at 7 pm. Rosary recited at 6:30 pm. Please come and pray for the defenseless unborn.
SACRED HEART ACADEMY, 265 Benham St., Hamden Open House, Sunday, Oct. 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Entrance Exam, Sat., November 5 from 8:00 am until noon. For information call
LAURALTON HALL, MILFORD, 200 HIGH STREET
will hold an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Entrance Exam, Sat., Oct. 15 or Sat., Oct. 22 at 8:00 am. Register at www.lauraltonhall.org.
8th grade girls may spend a day as a shadow student from Oct. 5 through Dec. 9. For information please call Admissions Office at 203877-2786 ext. 144
WORKERS WANTED: JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANERS
Looking for fall window cleaners. Please call Leigh Ann at 203-734-9083 for information.
BIRTHRIGHT OF THE VALLEY IS ONE OF 10 CHAPTERS IN CONNECTICUT
which offers pregnancy service as an alternative to abortion and will help any pregnant girl or woman who calls them. Volunteers are needed and opportunities include friendship counseling, clerical and clothing work. Training is provided. Call 1-800-550-4900 for information on how to volunteer.
ANNUAL ROSARY PILGRIMAGE WITH THE DOMINICAN NUNS ON SUNDAY, OCT. 2 AT 3:00PM at the Monastery of Our Lady of Grace, 11 Race Hill Rd., North Guilford.
BEREAVEMENT GROUPS AT GRIFFIN HOSPITAL NOW.
Two new groups are beginning – Mondays from 4:00 to 5:30pm and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm (for 12 weeks through December). Free of charge and open to anyone who has experienced a loss. Space is limited. Call the Dept. of Spiritual Care and education to register: 203-732-1132.
SHREDDING EVENT AT ST. MARY-ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL
Shred your personal documents, bank statements, etc., on Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 am until noon. $10 per bag.
CWV Post #1562, 112 Derby Ave., Derby,family outing, Sat., Sept. 24, 11 am to 5 pm. Food, kid's games, music. Members $20, member guest $25, Member household $40. Price increase $5 after Sept. 17. For info call 203-734-9748 after 1 pm.
7 DAY PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA PORTUGAL –
price of $1599 is all inclusive and includes: airfare, 4 star hotel, 2 meals per day, tour guide and deluxe bus and more. Tours (Nov. 14-20) will depart from Newark, NJ, New York JFK, and Boston, Mass.
Brochures and reservation forms are available at the Catholic Tour by calling 1-877-627-4268 toll free or e-mail email@example.com.
GOODSPEED THEATRE IN EAST HADDAM UPCOMING SHOWS: Chasing Rainbows (Sept. 16-Nov.27). Call 1-860-873-8664x316.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER PROGRAM
The Kennedy Center located in Trumbull has been awarded a grant from the South Central CT Agency on Aging. This program teaches individuals with developmental disabilities important life skills in order to make the individual a caregiver for their aging parent or family member. To qualify the individual must be living with an older adult over the age of 60, have intellectual or other related disabilities and be 18 years or older living in Derby, East Haven, Milford, New Haven, Orange, Seymour, Shelton or West Haven. For further information call Christina Borges, Caregiver Facilitator, at 1-800-626-6764, ext. 277. A referral form may also be obtained at the Parish Office.
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.
THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR RELIGIOUS ASSISTANCE TO POLAND AND POLONIA
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 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.
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.
FREE ROSARY REPAIR SERVICE...
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: Woman (speaks English and Polish) seeks work as caregiver, companion, housekeeping, etc. Monday through Friday mornings in the Valley. Please call Jadwiga of Shelton at 203-343-5362. Also her nephew is a handyman and seeks work. Call her for information.
LIVE-IN CARE GIVER NEEDED FOR ELDERLY WOMAN
(early dementia) in Stratford. Call Margaret at 203-393-7155 for information. Leave message and the call will be returned.
SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD AN ABORTION:
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Our prayer shawl ministry provides the parish with baby blankets and hats which are given to children at the time of baptism. Prayer Shawls and blankets are also donated to hospitals in the area. If anyone wishes to join the group, they meet on Tuesday mornings at the Rectory from 10 am until noon. The ladies provide much of the yarn they use but are also very grateful for donations of any new or left over yarn you may no longer need. Donations may be left in the enclosed 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