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.


Current News



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


Fr. Jan invites boys and girls of the parish to contact him if they are interested in being an altar server.  This is a wonderful opportunity to serve the parish by serving at Mass.



We gratefully thank one of our parishioners – the gentleman who has donated hours and hours of his labor to install the new sidewalk around the Rectory and the new fencing near the side entrance.  A wonderful job – Bog Zaplac!!




...School has started and everyone is settling into a routine once again after 10 weeks of summer fun.


...The PreK Class is full, however, there is still room in grades Kindergarten through Grade 8.  If

anyone is interested in coming to the school, please contact Mrs. Coppola to make an appointment.


Special dates...

...Wed., Sept. 2 – Meet the Teacher Night, 6 p.m.

   Home School Assoc. Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

...Fri., Sept. 4 – First Friday Mass, 9:30  a.m.

...Fri., Sept. 11 – Grandparents Luncheon – all grandparents are invited to have lunch with their
   grandchildren at the school.

   11:30 a.m. – 12 PreK and Kindergarten

   12:00 noon – 12:30 Grades 1 through 3

   12:30 – 1:00 p.m.  Grades  through 8


Sunday, Sept. 13, Back to School Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral at 2:00 p.m.




Grade 9 volunteer teacher needed for 90 minutes once a month (8:15 to 9:45am). If you can offer your service for this position, please call the parish office and Margaret Mattei, DRE, will contact you. Teaching materials and support will be given to you.  Isn’t there someone in our parish willing to work with our Confirmation Class for an hour and fifteen minutes once a month to prepare them for this sacrament?  Be assured, it is a rewarding position!


Confirmation.  The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered in our parish on Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm by Bishop Rosazza.


Schedule of Classes-September/October

Classes meet from 8:30am to 9:45am

Grades 1, 2, 3, and 8.

September 13 and 27, October 11 and 25.

Grades 4, 5, 6, & 7.

September 20, October 4 and 18.

Grade 9.

September 20 and October 4.

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.





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: $9,800.  We are still in need of at least $4,725 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: $800.




Recently the Prayer Shawl Ministry delivered 16 baby blankets, 29 afghans/lap robes, and 40 shawls to Yale-New Haven Hospital.  These will be distributed to various departments in the hospital and Smilow Cancer Center.  If anyone has any yarn they aren’t using please consider donation to the ministry.  Yarn may be left on the rear porch of the rectory and monetary donations are always welcome to purchase yarn.  Donations may be placed in the weekend collection marked for ‘Prayer Shawls”. The group meets on Tuesday morning from 10 am to noon.   New members are most welcome – use back entrance to the Rectory.


The following letter was received from Yale-New Haven Hospital addressed to the group:

Dear friends, I want to thank you so much for the wonderful support your group is providing.  The shawls, blankets, and baby blankets and hats are just beautiful.  Wishing you all blessings with our gratitude for your kindness.  Our patients are so appreciative and love their gifts!  Fondly, Maria Batick (5.1 cicusp).




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.




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.





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, September 20, 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.



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).


Wednesday, August 26:  First day of school for our parish school – St. Mary/St. Michael. (full day)

Monday, September 7: Labor Day – no Masses in our church that day.

Sunday, September 27: 5:30 p.m. Mass including Closing of Forty Hours Service.


Sunday, September 20 - Divine Mercy Devotion: 3:00 p.m.


Sunday, September 27: There will be a 5:30 p.m. Mass which will include the Closing of Forty Hours Service  - singing of the Litany, Procession, and Benediction and will be attended by guest Priests.


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!





Read Pope Francis' latest Encyclical Letter:
Laudato Si'
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:
Laudato Si'



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


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.


Thank you!



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@




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  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  There are also postings of this information on our three bulletin boards.




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



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.



Adult Confirmations

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.




7 to 9 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii, 355 Foxon Rd., East Haven with speaker Bro. Lussier, CSC.  Questions and answers will follow and the event is open to all.  A donation is requested to help defray the cost of printed materials.  No registration is required.  For info call 203-937-7040.  The talk will be followed by a writing workshop on six (6) successive Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii. (Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22).  Attending the program on September 9 is a requirement to participate in the follow up workshops.



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.





Sunday, September 13, Warsaw Park, Ansonia, 11:30 to 8:00 pm.  American and Polish Foods, games, music, raffles, fun!  Mass in English and Polish at 11:30 am.  Blessing of Firefighters, Police Officers and Equipment at 12:30 pm.  D.J. Peter Danielczuk will provide music from 1:00 to 3:00pm and the Eddie Forman Orchestra will play from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  Admission is free.

Tickets will be available for the cash raffle.   No BYOB or BYOF.  For more information call Helen at 203-734-0095.



Church grounds, Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 11am to 5pm.  It will be held rain or shine! American and Polish food, desserts, ice cream, beer/wine, and more.  Children’s entertainment, vendors, a TAG SALE in the church basement opens at 8:00am, music by the Flashback.  Bring your own chairs, plenty of parking.  For information call 203-735-8725.




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:




...on Saturday, September 12, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Falcon Hall on Central St., Ansonia.  Price per person is $10, children 12 and under $5.  For reservations call Fran Tracz at 203-734-4158.  Tickets will also be available at the door.



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:



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




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.




at ‘My Father’s House Retreat Center’ 39 North Moodus Rd.,

P. O. Box 22, Moodus CT 06469, on Sat., September 12, from 9:00am to 4:15pm.  Registration at 8:30 am.  For reservations call Dottie at 860-873-1906 or Mary Alice at 860-873-1906.  Offering $35 – student’s half price.




– 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




-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.




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




Friday, September 4, 6:30 p.m., Church Hall



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.



WISDOM HOUSE RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTER, LITCHFIELD CT.  Guided Labyrinth Walk, Tuesday, September 15. Walk includes introduction, video, reflection time and refreshments.  Donation $5.


Self-Care Saturday, September 19, 9:30am to 2:30pm. Experience laughter yoga, walking meditation and restorative yoga. Fee $45 (includes lunch).  For information on these programs call 1-860-567-3163 or visit




Sponsored by Holy Rosary Church. $30 per person with $30 give back.  Call Holy Rosary for reservations at 203-735-7874.



GERMAN-AMERICAN DAY DINNER DANCE. Aqua Turf Club– 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville, CT., Sat., Oct. 3, 6:00 pm to midnight.  Doors open at 6:00pm, hors d’oeuvres served.  Dinner served 7:15 pm.  Music by The Rich Bobinski Orchestra & Reinhold Wiedemann, world-renowned Zither Player.  Adults $75, children 12 and under $35.  Semi-formal.  Reservations call Ellie Verner at 203-272-4418.




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.




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




s 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






W tym tygodniu przypada I piatek miesiaca. Okazja do spowiedzi sw. i wspolna adoracja Najswietszego Sakramentu od godz. 18:00. Zgloszenia chorych, ktorych odwiedzimy w tym dniu, przyjmujemy w zakrystii i w kancelarii parafialnej.



Parafia sw. Jozefa w Ansonii bardzo serdecznie zaprasza 13 wrzesnia na Piknik Parafialny do Parku Warszawa. Rozpoczecie o godz. 11:30 Msza sw. a zakonczenie o 8:00 wieczorem. Dobra zabawa, loteria, pyszne jedzenie i wiele atrakcji!




W lipcu i w sierpniu w piątki biuro parafialne jest nieczynne.




im. bl. ks. J. Popieluszki w Derby, CT oglasza zapisy na nowy rok szkolny 2015/2016.  Przyjmujemy dzieci od 4 roku zycia.  Oferujemy nauke j. polskiego, historii, geografii Polski oraz przekazujemy polskie tradycje i obyczaje.  Dla chetnych dzieci prowadzona jest lekcja religii  w jezyku polskim przed zajeciami szkolnymi. Dodatkowe informacje na stronie: oraz Facebook szkoly.  Zapisy przyjmuje dyr. szkoly Wioletta Jusinska tel. (203) 675-2092 (od 6.08.2015 do 20.08.2015 droga e-mailowa: Rozpoczecie roku szkolnego: 12.09.2015 r. godz. 9.00.




Saint Michael Parish •  75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut  06418

Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005

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