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 - AUGUST 9, 2015
The second collection will be for our air-conditioning fund to help defray the cost of keeping our church cool and comfortable during these summer months. Thank you for your support of this summer expense!!
ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
...Summer hours for the school office – Monday through Thursday - 8:30 am until noon.
...Registrations are being accepted for K-8. The Pre-K class is full but names are being accepted on a waiting list. Please call the school or e-mail Mrs. Coppola to make an appointment... email@example.com.
...A Welcome Ice Cream Social for all new families entering the school will be held on Wed., August 12 at 6:00 pm.
...Back to School Night for all parents will take place on Wed., August 19, at 6:30 pm.
...The first day of school is Wed., August 26.
SUMMER CAMP AT ST. MARY-ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL:
Instructed by: Grace Torres
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm... drop-off begins
at 8:45 am.
Lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided.
Cost: $80 per week per child.
For ages 6-12.
Summer Programs Available –
Week of August 3-7: Fun and Fitness!
Call the school for more information.
Registration 2015-16 year: New or current families who have questions regarding registration are asked to please call the parish office at 203-734-0005 and the DRE (Margaret Mattei) will contact you. If you have not registered your children yet please call the parish office.
Volunteer teachers needed. If you enjoy working with children and have a volunteer’s spirit, we invite you to volunteer to teach in the CCD Program – 90 minutes two Sunday mornings a month. Please call the parish office and the DRE will be happy to call you back. You will be taking on an important and rewarding task! If you have a child/children in the program their registration fee will be free in gratitude for your help. Requirements by the Diocese are a background check (only looking for criminal arrests) and attendance at one two-hour session of the Safe Environment Program – training for those working with children to be alert to recognize signs of abuse.
Confirmation. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered in our parish on Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm by Bishop Rosazza.
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: $8,550. 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... The project has been started but because of an unexpected family emergency of one of the painters, it may be delayed for a bit.
REST IN PEACE
Please remember in your prayers Alexander Trabka (July 28) and Bernice Lesniak (July 30) buried from our Church.
Summer Giving: Please know that we are very appreciative of those parishioners who mail in, deliver, or place their envelopes in the basket after they have returned from vacation. Our parish expenses and obligations do not take a vacation and your continued support is such a great help even when you cannot attend Mass personally here. God bless you for your consideration of the parish!
Summer Apparel: Summer brings heat and humidity but we are fortunate to have an air-conditioned church. Just a gentle reminder: please dress appropriately when you attend Mass. Over the years the dress code for attending church has become considerably relaxed compared to how it used to be. Times have changed but that does not mean anything goes. Casual is fine as long as it is appropriate and shows reverence and respect. ‘Modesty in dress reveals a modesty and godliness of the heart, attitudes that should be the desire of all men and women who live to please and honor God.’
FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
Although it may seem early to be thinking about offertory envelopes for 2016, believe it or not, the boxes have already been ordered. If you did not use envelopes last year and wish to have a box for 2016, please contact the Parish Office so we can add your name to the list. The boxes of envelopes will be distributed at the beginning of November.
In order to be considered a parishioner in good standing in the parish, you must be registered by filling out a registration (census) card. This will place you on the parish list. Attendance at Mass and the use of parish offertory envelopes also affirm your membership in the parish. So often requests are received at the office for sponsorship papers for witnesses at baptisms and wedding and if we do not have the proper documentation proving you are a member of the parish, we cannot issue such papers.
If you receive our Easter and Christmas mailings that is an indication that you are registered in the parish. If you do not receive those mailings then we have no registration card for you
Only registered parishioners may receive sponsor certificates for Baptism/Confirmation. To verify that you are a practicing Catholic you must attend weekly Mass, use envelopes, and have a registration card on file. If you do not receive mailings from the parish then we do not have a registration card for you and your family. Please contact the parish office if you are unsure if you are registered or not.
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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.
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING SESSION sponsored by the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese on Saturday, August 22, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at St. Joseph Church, 149 Goodwin St., Bristol,CT. It is free but registration is required and may be made by calling the Family Life Office at 860-242-5573 extension 2683 or e-mail martha.pezo-marin@ aohce.org.
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 intellectural 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 vulnerale 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 email@example.com.
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 anniversaires this year are invited. Archbishop Blair will be the main celebrant and Mass will inclued 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.
Every spring and fall the Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education provides classes for adults who have been baptized and have received First Communion but who have not been confirmed. These classes run for six weeks and will be held in three locations: St. Mark the Evangelist, West Hartford; St. Bridget, Cheshire; and St. Peter School, Torrington from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Confirmation Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, October 26 at 7:00 pm at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, baptized Roman Catholic, and have received First Communion. Registration must be made at least one week before class (first classes start Sept. 14-15.) The registration fee is $30 and must accompany the registration form with a check made out to OREE and sent to Office of Religious Ed., Attn: Jill Costa, 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Registration forms are available at our Parish Office.
ST. VINCENT DEPAUL FOOD BANK gratefully accepts donations for their food bank and thrift shop. The store will be closed from August 1 through Labor Day. There is a locked donation box by the Statue of St. Vincent dePaul at the front of the church for your monetary/gift cards’,and loose change donations. Every bit counts and the donations are picked up each week and taken to the food bank.
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.
'ROCK THE VALLEY'
Nolan Field, Ansonia, Saturday, August 22 – an evening of music, art, and family fun. A fireworks display will follow.
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.
KOLBE CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL, 33 CALHOUN PLACE
Bridgeport is still accepting students to the incoming Freshman class. They are also accepting qualified transfer students going into the tenth or eleventh grades. Please call the main office at
203-335-2254 between the hours of 8:30am-2:30pm. If you are seeking financial aid please call the school as soon as possible so that you do not miss out on any aid that is still available.
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.
ATTENTION CRAFT VENDORS. St. Jude Church, Derby will hold its annual Labor Day Festival on Monday, Sept. 7 from 11 am to 4pm and is seeking vendors to participate. Vendor space is $45 – bring your own table and tent. Anyone interested should call St. Jude’s Rectory at 203-735-8725 or e-mail
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Our Prayer Shawl Ministry has begun meeting again every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Rectory. Bring your knitting and crocheting and join the group as they make prayer blankets and shawls. The group is also making baby prayer blankets to be given to babies in the parish at the time of baptism. If you are unable to join the group but would still like to donate blankets or shawls, they would be appreciated and can be dropped off at the parish office. Donations of yarn are also gratefully accepted and can be left at the parish office.
Thank you to the ladies of our prayer shawl ministry. They have created beautiful baby blankets which are given to families when they baptize their babies at St. Michaels, as well as prayer shawls and blankets which are given to hospitals in the area. If anyone has yarn they have no use for, please donate it to the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Donations may be left in the enclosed back porch of the Rectory. The ladies meet on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon and anyone wishing to join them would be most welcomed.
MASTER’S TABLE COMMUNITY MEALS
presents dinner and a movie. Sunday, August 23, at Assumption Church, 61 N. Cliff St., Ansonia (handicap accessible). Dinner 4 to 5:30 pm. Movie starts at 4:30pm. Admission free but donations gratefully accepted. For information call 203-732-7792. Master’s Table thanks the July donors:
Fritz Snack Bar of Oxford, Duchess of Ansonia, Eddie’s Bake Shop of Ansonia, Seymour Stop and Shop and monthly sponsors: Assumption Church, Living Springs Christian Fellowship of Seymour, and Signs Unlimited of Derby.
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
PILGRIMAGE AND PAPAL EXPERIENCE:
Thursday, September 24 thru Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in Philadelphia. For info. call 1-484-441-3225 .
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
POLISH FALCONS NEST #208 will be holding a tag sale at St. Michael’s in mid-August. Start putting aside any items in good condition (please) you may wish to donate. We will let you know when to start leaving them here. Thank you.
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.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven has a part-time position open for a Program Manager in the Valley approximately two days a week 15 to 20 hours. This position requires excellent organization, management, speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills. Candidates must be knowledgeable about the Valley community and be able to work independently. Candidates must be able to work confidently with data and be able to use Word and Excel as well as social media (Facebook, etc.) Email resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Also needed are volunteer tutors to help adults increase their English speaking and reading skills. Next tutor training starts on September 20. Please contact www.lvagnh.org or call 203-924-6651 ext. 102 if you would like to volunteer.
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
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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, August 16, 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. The office is closed on Fridays during July and August.
f these hours are not convenient, please call the office and our staff will make arrangements to accommodate you.
JULY / AUGUST EVENTS
Fridays in July and August: Parish Office Closed. (If the parish office hours are not convenient for you, please call and we will arrange to accommodate you).
August 15 – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – not a Holyday of Obligation this year as it falls on a Saturday.
August 16 - Divine Mercy Devotion: 3:00 p.m
Saint Michael Parish • 75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut 06418
Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005