St. Michael Parish
Parish Family Picnic - Click here or on the image above to see great photos taken by Father Jan and others at the Picnic..
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
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:
The Cost of Discipleship
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Where are we in the development of our own faith? Do we believe in cheap grace or costly grace?
Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor and theologian, was an excellent example of sacrificial faith. To quote Bonhoeffer, "Through fellowship and communion with the incarnate Lord we recover our true humanity, and at the same time we are delivered from that individualism which is the consequence of sin, and retrieve our solidarity with the whole human race."
Excellent insight in how we can grow closer to Christ.
This book 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.
Stay Tuned! Several new books are coming soon for your Fall Reading pleasure!
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
SECOND COLLECTION - SUNDAY, 4 OCT - VINCENTIAN FATHERS
The second collection next weekend will be the annual collection for the Vincentian Fathers (the Order our Priests belong to) to help support their missionary work throughout the world. They need not only our financial support but our prayers as well. Please be as generous as you can to help the Vincentian Fathers carry out their services to the underprivileged and needy. Thank you.
Please take note that there are no Masses/Novenas in St. Michael Church Monday through Friday, Oct. 5 through Oct. 10 as our Priests will be on retreat. Please pray the Novena at home.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
I would like to express since thanks to all who helped in any way with the celebration of our Forty Hour Eucharistic Devotion, including; Eucharistic Ministers, Lector, members of Paugassett Hook and Ladder Co, the men and women who cooked and served appetizers and the dinner, our sacristan who prepared the Altar linens, the parish ladies who provided delicious home-baked goods and Europal for the generous food donation . For the first time we celebrated the Closing of Forty Hours as part of our 5:30 pm Sunday Mass. It was very heartening to see such a full church which included our CCD and Polish School children with their families and to note how everyone, with the organist and choir, participated in the singing. The visiting Priests commented that it was beautiful and uplifting. Bog Zaplac!
ALL SOULS NOVENA
To celebrate the Feast of All Souls, there will be the usual nine day Novena in remembrance of our deceased. There is an envelope in the Offertory Box of Envelopes (October 11) and also envelopes at the side entrance to the Church for your intentions. Please write the names of the deceased to be prayed for during the Novena and place your envelope in any collection basket during October. Envelopes will be placed on the altar during the Novena which begins Monday, November 2 at the 7:00 pm Mass and concludes on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the 7:00 am Mass.
ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
-Thanks to the many parishioners who support our Labels for Education campaign. We received $1334 during the last school year from the many labels collected at the school and churches. Thanks also to Joyce Sands for handling the Coke Rewards for us. We received a check for $199 for all of the caps and rectangle rewards from the 12 packs of Coke products.
Monday, Oct. 5 - Catholic Educators
Valley Goes Pink Day – Wednesday, Oct. 8
to benefit the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital.
Friday, Oct.9 - Pizza Sale to benefit sports program
Monday, Oct. 12 - Columbus Day, no school
Wednesday, Oct. 14, Walk-A-Thon, Ryan Field
9:30 to 10:30. All invited to join in.
Sat., Oct. 24, Family Dinner – St. Mary Church Hall (pasta, salad, rosemary chicken, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, soda, and cake).
Sat., Oct. 24, Trunk or Treat, School Parking Lot.
Saturday, Nov. 14, Shred Day.
Saturday, Nov. 21, Christmas Festival of Trees, vendors needed, contact Carla Lombardo at
Schedule of Classes-October/November
Classes meet from 8:30am to 9:45am
Grades 1, 2, 3, and 8.
October 11 and 25, Nov. 8 & 22
Grades 4, 5, 6, & 7.
October 4 and 18, Nov. 1 & 15
October 4, November 1
Confirmation. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered in our parish on Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm by Bishop Rosazza.
Important change for this CCD year...
The reception of First Holy Communion will take place on May 8 this year, a Sunday, at the 10:00 am Mass.
NOVEMBER COAT DRIVE...
The CCD Program will sponsor a coat drive on Saturday, November 7, in the Church Hall from 10:00 am until noon. This is a great opportunity to donate coats (in good condition, please). Babies, children's and adult coats gratefully accepted.
PARISH OFFICE – HOURS
Fall Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Fridays, 12:30 to 2:30 pm. If you need to come to the office and these hours aren’t convenient, please call and we will arrange to accommodate you. Thank you.
PARISH OFFICE NEWS
Offertory Envelopes: The Office will soon be preparing the boxes of 2016 offertory envelopes which will be available at the back of the church in mid-November. Those who have used envelopes in 2015 will automatically receive a box for 2016. If you would like envelopes for next year and didn’t have them for this year, please let the Parish Office know before October 25. Thank you.
Office Closed: The Office will be closed Monday, October 12 in observance of Columbus Day
St. Michael’s Church English Choir will begin rehearsals for the Christmas Season on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 pm in the Choir Loft. Anyone who enjoys singing is cordially invited to join the choir. There are no try-outs but you must be available for rehearsals which are usually held on Tuesday evenings. If you have any questions, please see Choir Director, Marc Garofalo, anytime after Mass or call the parish office.
SPEED BUMP/PARKING LOT PAVING
The lining of the parking lot done by Arrow Line Painting at a cost of $125 brings the total cost of repaving the parking lot to $13,425. Donations total to date: $11,100 We are still in need of at least $2,325 just for the parking lot. There will also be additional cost for the concrete sidewalk around the sides of the Rectory. Any future donations will be gratefully accepted. Thank you.
PAINTING OF THE OUTSIDE WINDOWS OF THE CHURCH... Total donations to date: $1550.
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.
ARCHBISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL
Please, if you haven't already donated to the Archbishop's Annual Appeal plan to do so. Donations are welcome year round but it's important to ensure 2015 is a success.
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 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 email@example.com. 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.
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 Sr. Dolories Lahr, CSJ, at 860-541-6475 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Archdiocese of Hartford requires that all members of the parish who interact with children in the parish setting must attend a special program which shows ways to recognize the warning signs of abuse and the appropriate way to respond to suspicious behavior. A trained facilitator leads these sessions. On October 7 a training session will be held at the Assumption Church in Ansonia. If you teach religious classes in our parish or are a lector or Eucharistic Minister and have not attended Virtus Training this is an excellent opportunity to attend the session in a nearby location. You must register by going on-line to www.virtus.org. A background criminal check form must also be submitted to the Archdiocese and can be obtained at the Parish Office. Please call Sande at the Parish Office (Monday or Tuesday) if you have questions about this training program.
ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY, ST. JOSEPH’S CATHEDRAL, HARTFORD
A special Mass will take place on Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 pm. All couples celebrating their 25th, 50th, 60th, and any other special wedding anniversaries this year are invited. Archbishop Blair will be the main celebrant and Mass will included the renewal of marriage vows, followed by a simple reception and an opportunity for a photo with the Archbishop. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend. Please call our parish office (203-734-0005) to respond to this invitation before Sept. 8 Questions regarding the Mass can be directed to Clarigsa Echandy at 860-242-5573.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
The Archdiocese of Hartford is about to embark on its eighth Forty Days for Life campaign starting Wednesday, Sept. 23 and ending Sunday, Nov. 1. On these special days, please remember to pray for the helpless unborn. You can pray and fast, say the rosary for an end to abortion, make a holy hour, or do your own private intentions. For joining in vigils to an abortion clinic or taking part in Eucharistic Adoration at various Valley Catholic Churches. Friday, Oct. 2 – parishes in the Deanery will go to pray the rosary outside of the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Hartford. On Thursday, Oct. 15 Assumption Parish, Ansonia will hold praying and adoration from 8:30 am to 7 pm. At 7 pm the rosary will be recited. For information regarding any of the above call Lorraine Greski at 203-736-9606
ST. VINCENT DEPAUL THRIFT SHOPPE & FOOD BANK
Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Donations of food, clothing, household items are always welcome.
In our church, there is a statue of St. Vincent dePaul and by the statue is a ’poor box’ (which is locked) for monetary or gift card donations for St. Vincent dePaul’s food bank.
Every week one of our parishioners takes the donated funds to the St. Vincent’s food bank. With winter coming, these donations are especially needed to supplement the food that is donated. Whatever you can give – even your loose change – would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you!
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.
POLISH GENEALOGY CONFERENCE to learn the strategies for tracing Polish-American and Eastern European roots. Friday, Oct. 2 and Sat., Oct. 3 at Central CT State University Student Center, 1615 Stanley St., New Britain, CT. Materials will be available for consultation. Check the website for registration form and info: www.pgsctne.org.
– 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.
ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL ALL-SCHOOL REUNION 1901-1990, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. Mass at 10 a.m., St. Mary’s New Haven, 11:30 to 2:30 brunch at Anthony’s in Morris Cove. Tickets $52. Limited seating. Call Teresa at 203-469-5330
Gourmet Pizza Night at St. Mary’s Church, Derby with Chef John. Menu: antipasto, bread, variety of homemade gourmet pizzas, dessert, beer, wine, soda, coffee, tea. Sat., October 17, 5:30 pm. Adults $15, children $7. For reservations call Kathy 203-732-2220 or Debbie 203-732-8285
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.
TOUR TO THE HOLY LAND
Fr. Stephen Krugel of Holy Rosary, Ansonia, will be leading a tour to the Holy Land, departing April 13, 2016.
This 9 day tour includes transportation to and from NYC, airfare, 15 meals, hotel accommodations and Mass celebrated daily. Cost is $3,999. Single rates are also available. Sign up by October 13 to hold your space. Please contact Rose Marie at 203-446-9150 for a detailed itinerary.
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
THE CONNECTICUT HOSPICE, INC.
is sponsoring Volunteer orientation and training this fall. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve others in your community, please consider volunteering. As a volunteer you can fill yours hours (weekdays, evenings, or weekends) by assisting in a clerical capacity or offering direct care as a friendly visitor, provide pastoral care or bereavement services, help in the arts or meet transportation needs. For more information please contact Joan Cullen at 203-315-7510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEAM, Inc. seeks volunteers to assist low-income families and individuals in filing their taxes. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers pre preparation of federal and state income tax returns. No experience is necessary to volunteer. You will receive free training to become a certified tax preparer. The program operates from Jan. to April 2016 with sites in Derby, Shelton, & Seymour. For information or to become a VITA volunteer please call 203-736-5420 or e-mail email@example.com.
ALPHA TUTORING AND MENTORING SERVICE PROJECT
for girls in grades 4, 5,6,7,8 for one-on-one tutoring by Yale University students and professions on selected Saturdays at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Center at Yale University at 268 Park St., New Haven, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm beginning Oct. 10 until April 9, 2016. Fee is $60 for the academic year. To register please call 203-393-3396 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Another letter was just received from the Volunteer Program Coordinator of Yale-New Haven Hospital (Sheryl Sobolewski) regarding the recent donation of items brought there: ‘We would like to thank the knitters/crocheters at St. Michael’s Parish for sharing their creative talents with us. The handcrafted baby hats and blankets and shawls are not only appreciated by our patients and their families but by the staff that sees the healing benefit that comes from sharing these gifts. Each time we receive a handcrafted donation we are able to admire it and stand in awe of the team’s talents. These treasures not only bring warmth to our patients, they also bring smiles and comfort and aid us in our mission to provide an exceptional patient experience. Again, thank you.’
We, too, wish to thank the ladies who donate their time (and fund their own projects) each week for their creative gifts and also to those who have donated yarn to them. May God bless them as they continue this wonderful ministry. They meet on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to noon in the Rectory. All are welcome to join them.
THE ST. JOSEPH/ST. LAWRENCE PRO-LIFE MINISTRY will sponsor an ‘All Life Matters’ table at Shelton Day on Sun., Oct. 4 from 11am to 5pm. All are welcome to visit.
BUS TRIP, DEC. 15-17 SPONSORED BY ASSUMPTION CHURCH, ANSONIA. Hershey Park’s Christmas Candylane & Chocolate World, Amish Country, Gettysburg, Basilica of St. Elizabeth, Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes, cost $444 per person. Contact Fr. Jeff at 203-73-7857. Space limited – final payment due Oct. 20.
LAURALTON HALL OPEN HOUSE from 1:00 to 3:00pm., Sunday, Oct. 4. Entrance Exam: Sat., Oct.24, 8:00am. Pre-register www.lauraltonhall.org. or call 203-877-2786, ext. 144.
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL, OPEN HOUSE 1:00 to 3:00 pm., Sunday, Oct. 18. Admission Tests Sat., Oct. 24 and Sat., Nov. 7 from 8:00 to 11:00am. Pre-register at www.notredamehs.com .
FAIRFIELD PREP SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE for 7th and 8th Grade boys, Sun., Oct. 4, 2-4 pm. Exam dates Sat., Oct. 17 and Sat, Nov. 1. Call 203-254-4210.
Sacred Heart Academy Open House on Sunday October 18, 1 to 3 pm, for girls in grades 9-12. Entrance exam Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 am to noon.
For info call 203-288-2309, ext. 307
Church of Good Shepherd, Seymour, 135 Mountain Rd., Parish Mission, Oct. 19-21, 7:00pm. For info call 203-888-2496.
SOCCER CLINICS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, 4-16 years old, year round, Ansonia and Bridgeport locations.
Call 203-520-3027 or 203-980-513. Cost $75.
WOMAN IS AVAILABLE FOR PART-TIME COMPANION AND HOUSEKEEPING. Call Mary at 203-735-4993.
HOLY ROSARY LADIES GUILD, ANSONIA wine & beer tasting fundraiser. Sat., Oct. 17, 6:30-8:30pm. Call Chris 203-734-8747 or Joan 203-734-7652. Advanced tickets $20 or $25 at the door.
XXVII NIEDZIELA ZWYKŁA
Bardzo serdecznie pragnę podziękować tym wszystkim, którzy pomogli w przygotowaniu Czterdziesto Godzinnego Nabożeństwa.. Dziękuję ks. Janowi, ministrantom, lektorom, szafarzom Eucharystii, kolektorom, organiście i chórowi, strażakom, dzieciom uczęszczającym na CCD jak i tym, którzy uczęszczją na religie w j. polskim. Dziekuję za piękne udekorowanie kościoła. Dziękuję także osobom sprzątającym kościół i tym którzy przygotowali poczęstunek dla gości. Dziękuję Europalowi za donację. Szczególne podziękowanie kieruje do tych, którzy trwali przy Chrystusie Eucharystycznym. Bóg was zapłać.
W dniu dzisiejszym druga składka będzie przeznaczona na misje prowadzone przez Księży Misjonarzy św. Wincentego a Paulo pracującym na całym świecie. Oprócz daru finansowego prosimy o modlitwę za misje i misjonarzy.
W dniach od 5 do 9 października nasi księża udają się na coroczne rekolekcje kapłańskie. Dlatego też w tych dniach nie będzie Mszy św. w naszym kościele. Prosimy o modlitwę za kapłanów.
Październik jest miesiącem szczególnie poświęcony Matce Bożej i modlitwie różańcowej. Do wspólnej modlitwy różańcowej zapraszamy w poniedziałek o godz. 6:45pm w języku angielskim i w środę po Mszy św.o godz. 19:00 w jezyku polskim. Nadto zachęcamy do prywatnego i rodzinnego odmawiania różańca.
MODLITWA ZA ZMARŁYCH
Powoli zbliża się listopad, miesiąc szczególnej modlitwy za naszych drogich zmarłych. Pragnąc wyprosić dla nich łaskę życia wiecznego będziemy odprawiać przez 9 kolejnych dni (począwszy od 2 do 10 listopada), Nowennową Mszę Św. za tych zmarłych których polecimy w wypominkach. Prosimy o wypisanie imion zmarłych na kapertach z 2 listopada. Dodatkowe koperty znajdują się przy bocznym wejściu ołtarza. Koperty z imionami zmarłych proszę wrzucić wraz ze zbieraną kolektą lub przynieść do biura parafialnego przed końcem października.
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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 18, 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.
PARISH OFFICE – Summer Hours
The parish office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM; Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM; and Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 203-734-0005
f these hours are not convenient, please call the office and our staff will make arrangements to accommodate you.
Monday, October 12: Columbus Day Observance
Sunday, October 18: Divine Mercy Devotion.
Deadline for bulletin announcements, pro-life rose requests, etc: The parish bulletin is usually transmitted on Monday for the following Sunday. If at all possible, we ask that you please have any announcements or requests for roses, etc. into the parish office at least ten days before the Sunday it is to appear. Sometimes it is difficult to fit an item into the bulletin when the bulletin is already formatted – that is making the items fit onto the page without running over into the next page. We appreciate your help with this. Thanks!
Saint Michael Parish • 75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut 06418
Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005