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
SECOND COLLECTION: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JANUARY 31 - February 1, 2015
The second collection on January 31 and February 1, 2015 is for heating for our parish facilities. We try to be very conservative with our ‘heat’ to keep costs down. However, even when our buildings are not occupied, the temperature must be kept in a range so that pipes will not freeze and burst – which would in the long run incur costly repairs. We know you understand as you maintain your own home heating this winter.
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.
CHRISTMAS ELVES NEEDED
Our Christmas Elves are asked to report to the Church on Tuesday, February 3, at 5:00 p.m. to dismantle and put away the Christmas decorations. Everyone is welcome – the more hands the merrier and the faster the job will go. Join us!!!
ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
St. Mary-St. Michael School Assoc. has had a very successful year of fundraising for the school. As a sign of appreciation to all parents, there will be a free pasta supper and Danny Magic Show on Wed., Feb. 4 at 6:00 pm in the school. All school families are invited.
The Open House scheduled for Jan. 28 has been rescheduled to Wed., February 4 from 10:00 am to noon and 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Feb. 1... Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and Conf. 2
Feb. 8... Grades 1, 2, 3, and Conf. 1 (Gr.8)
THE 2016 MASS BOOK
Mass requests for 2016 may now be made . If you are unable to stop at the office you may place your requests, in writing, in the basket or mail them to the office. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone no. and payment (Sunday Masses $20, weekdays $15). Requests for dates will be honored as they are received. Office Hours: Mon. & Tues. 9:30 am to 4 pm, Wed. & Thurs. 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
and on Fridays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. In inclement weather the office will be closed. Please call ahead if you are not sure if the office is open.
REST IN PEACE
Please remember in your prayes, Aleksander Iljin buried from our Church on January 24. May he rest in peace.
Help us to stay in contact with you. Please let the parish office know if any of your contact information has changed; such as address or phone number. If you do not receive our Christmas and Easter Schedule mailings, it is because we do not have a current Census Card on file. You can fill out a card by contacting the office – we will mail it to you with a return address envelope. Thank you.
Parish Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 1:30 pm, and on Fridays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. If these hours are not convenient, call the office and we will accommodate you at another time if at all possible. Please note that during the winter months the office may close early or be closed for the day in bad 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.
COMING UP IN FEBRUARY
On Sunday, February 1 candles will be blessed in observance of Candlemas Day (Feb. 2) which the faithful may take and use in their homes. Boxes containing two blessed candles will be available by the altar. Each box costs $2.85 so it would be appreciated it you would leave about a $3 donation for each box that you take to help cover the cost. Thank you.
Candlemas day was the day of the year (long ago) when all the candles that were used in the church during the coming year were brought into the Church and a blessing was said over them – ‘The Mass of the Candles’. Candles were important in those days because there were no electric lights. People also believed that a blessed candle gave protection against illness and famine. For Christians they were, and still are, a reminder of something more important – Jesus is the light of the world – our guiding light and that is why candles are lit during services to remind us of this.
Also on Sunday, February 1, throats will be blessed after Masses in observance of the Feast of St. Blaise (Feb. 3).
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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, February 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.
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 Archbishop extends his thanks to all who supported the 2014 Appeal - $10,318,450 was donated by 45,745 donors. 128 parishes exceeded their goal, 19,366 donors (42%) increased their gifts, 2,654 were new donors, 23% of all parishioners participated in the Appeal. The 2015 Appeal is getting underway and parishioners will soon receive letters once again asking for support of this program which helps so many.
...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.
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.’
– 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.
MASS FOR LIFE
In observance of our opposition to the Roe vs. Wade Act legalizing abortion in our country, the Church of the Assumption is having a Mass for Life in the Assumption Chapel, 61 North Cliff St., Ansonia, at 7:45 pm on Thursday, Jan. 29. At 7:00 pm there will be a Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Fr. Jeff Gubbotti will be the celebrant. All are invited to attend and pray for life.
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
...thanks parishioners for their support and generosity of food, gift cards, and cash. Food donations may be left in the box in the vestibule. Clothing, household items, etc. should be brought directly to the Thirft Shop on Roosevelt Drive, Derby.
BUS TRIP TO MOHEGAN
...sponsored by Holy Rosary Church (organ fundraiser) on Monday, February 9. Bus leaves Holy Rosary parking lot at 8:25 a.m., leaves Casino at 4 p.m. $30 per person, $30 in givebacks Call 203-735-7874.
WISDOM HOUSE RETREAT CENTER IN LITCHFIELD - WINTER QUIET DAYS
–Feb. 12-16, meals included, Fee $125 per day, spend quiet days for prayer, reflection, and renewal. Call 860-567-3163 or visit website: www.wisdomhouse.org. for information.
Saint Michael Parish • 75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut 06418
Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005