St. Michael Parish
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.
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 - CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
TODAY, Sunday November 23, 2014 the second collection is for the Campaign for Human Development. Funds from this collection demonstrate the charity of Christ to those in need. Elderly people will find affordable housing, small business owners will receive loans to become sustainable, and teens will gain leadership skills. Your contribution today will help to defend human dignity and take poverty off of the map. Thank you for whatever you are able to give.
PARISH OFFERTORY ENVELOPES
The boxes of Parish Envelopes are at the back of the church for you to pick up this weekend. They will remain there until mid December. If we goofed and didn’t give you a box, please call the parish office and we will leave it for you next week. 2015 calendars, courtesy of Edward F. Adzima and Riverview Funeral Homes, may also be found at the back of the church.
There is still time to purchase a calendar for the Snowflake raffle during the month of December. There are 17 opportunities to win cash. Each calendar costs $10 . Winners names will be put right back into the drawings. Calendars may be purchased at the school or at our parish office.
A THANKSGIVING PROGRAM will be presented by grades 3 and 4 on Tuesday at 11:00am in the All Purpose Room. All are invited.
THE ALUMNI DRIVE has begun. All of our graduates are asked to consider a gift to the school’s development fund. Your generosity will be appreciated.
PARKING LOT PROJECT
To remove our unintenional speed bump in the parking lot nearest to the Rectory, the following proposal has been made. Remove pavement from the bump to handicap parking, install processed aggregate for 6” subbase, fine grade and compact subbase, supply and install 3” of bituminous concrete in two lifts (1.5” binder course and 1/5” wear course) at approx. $12,000 contingent on the oil market price for Bituminous Concrete and no unforseen problems. We will be grateful for any donations toward this project and have received two donations thus far: $1000 in memory of Irene Manco McAllister and $500 in memory of Frank Zuba. Memorial donations will be listed in the bulletin per request of the donors. There may also be some special free-will collections to help achieve our goal to cover the cost. Thank you!
Nov. 23...Grs. 1, 2, 3, & Conf. 1 (Gr. 8)
Nov. 30...No class Thanksgiving Weekend
Dec. 7.....Reconciliation Confirmation 2
Dec. 7.....Grs. 4, 5, 6, 7, & Conf. 2
THE GIVING TREE
St. Michael’s Parish CCD Program grade 5 students will be sponsoring the GIVING TREE. Beginning the weekend of Sat., Nov. 22 and Sun. Nov. 23 parishioners will have an opportunity to take a tag off of the tree and donate the item listed. All gifts are donated to Birthright of the Valley. Gifts should be new and wrapped or bagged with the tag attached. All gifts should be placed under the tree by Dec. 14.
THE JESSE TREE
The 6th grade class of the CCD Program will be presenting the Jesse Tree at the 10 am Mass on Sunday, December 7. Readers will outline the symbol for each ornament placed on the tree during the Mass.
THANK YOU to all the familes, students, friends, and parishioners who helped support the coat drive. Seventy-one (71) coats were donated to the Umbrella Group (who sent a grateful thank you note for the donation). The coats are given to the needy
ST. MICHAEL CHURCH CHOIR
Rehearsals for Christmas music for the 4:30 pm Vigil Mass and the pre-Mass singing have begun but it is not to late to join the choir. There are no try-outs but you must be available for rehearsals which are usually held on a Tuesday or a Thursday evening. Choir rehearsal will take place on Tues., Nov. 25, 6:00 p.m. in the choir loft.
Oplatki are available at the Parish Office or in the Sacristy after Mass. We have ordered extra this year, but we suggest you pick yours up early as they tend to be gone long before Christmas. A donation is kindly requested.
CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES
On December 7, there will be a collection for Christmas Flowers to decorate our beautiful church. Those who use offertory envelopes will find a Christmas Flower Offering envelope in their box of envelopes. There are also envelopes near the side entrance if anyone would like to make an offering for flowers. Intentions will be listed in the bulletin unless otherwise indicated. Thank you.
SHAWL MINISTRY REQUEST
Last Christmas our shawl ministry ladies created lovely baby blankets which were donated to Birthright of the Valley, along with your gifts from the “Giving Tree”. When Birthright called a few weeks ago asking if they could count on our parish again for those gifts, it was mentioned how grateful they were to receive the baby blankets also. Our ladies are now busy knitting and crocheting those blankets again. If anyone would like to donate “baby yarn” or cash to purchase the yarn, it would be a great help to the group. Yarn may be left on the back porch of the Rectory and cash donations can be placed in an envelope noted for the shawl ministry and put into the collection basket. Thank you for your support of this wonderful ministry!
THANKSGIVING PRAYER FROM ARCHBISHOP BLAIR
O God, ever good and merciful, look graciously upon us as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Our nation has been richly blessed, and we thank You for the necessities of life that so many of us enjoy in abundance. Enkindle in us a greater charity toward our neighbor in need and help us, as a people, to build a more just and peaceful society and world. Thank you, Father, for all Your blessings, In the Name of Christ Our Lord. Amen.
THE ARCHBISHOPS ANNUAL APPEAL
gratefully accepts donations all through the year. This fund provides many programs and services throughout the Archdiocese all year round from the precious life-to-be to our senior citizens. Donations may be sent directly to the Archdiocese of Hartford, 134 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105 – Attention: Archbishop’s Appeal.
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LIFE
...If you are suffering from an abortion, experience the healing love of Jesus Christ on a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat weekend Nov. 14-16. Call Marie at 203-631-9030 for more information. Cost is $175 and includes meals, private room, and all materials.
POLISH FALCONS NEST 208
- Annual Meeting - Sunday, Dec. 7, Church Hall, 1:30 pm. All members are asked to please attend as important matters will be discussed and there will be election of officers. Please come and enjoy us for our annual pot-luck Christmas Dinner, following the meeting. For reservations call:
Terri Wadsworth at 203-926-0498.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD BANK AND THRIFT STORE
- asks for your continuted support for the upcoming holiday season. They are so grateful for all your donations of food and grocery gift cards which are distributed to the needy in our own communities.
According to personnel at the Food Bank, gift cards are like gold and they extend grateful thanks for the ones recently received.
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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, December 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM. All are invited to attend this beautiful devotion. If you have never attended because you aren't sure how to recite this devotion, there are booklets available to help you through it. All you need to bring is your Rosary Beads.
PARISH OFFICE – Fall Hours
THE PARISH OFFICE will be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week in observance of Thanksgiving.
Fall Office Hours are:
Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on
Fridays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
If these hours are not convenient, please call the office and our staff will make arrangements to accommodate you.
Saint Michael Parish • 75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut 06418
Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005