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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, September 18, 2016 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
Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and on Fridays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Please note that during these winter months the office may be closed in bad weather.
f these hours are not convenient, please call the office and our staff will make arrangements to accommodate you.
SUNDAY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: Anyone wishing to have a box of Sunday envelopes for 2016 may contact the parish office.
UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS: AUGUST 2016
Aug. 27-28: CCD Registration in the Church Hall
Friday's in July and August: Parish Office Closed
Sept. 5: Labor Day – No Masses or Novena
Sept. 5: Office Closed
Sept. 18: Presentation of John Paul II Relic
Sept. 18: Farewell reception for Fr. Marek
Sept. 18: Divine Mercy Devotion – 3:00 pm
Sept. 25: Solemn Closing 40 Hours – 5:30pm
SECOND COLLECTION - SEPTEMBER 3 & 4
...the second collection will be for St. Mary-St. Michael School. Your support of our parish school is very important to the survival of our school and greatly appreciated.
ST. JOHN PAUL II RELIC
Relic of St. John Paul II... At all September 18 Masses, in honor of our Polish heritage, there will be a ceremonial introduction and presentation of the Relic of St. John Paul II. During the 11:30 am Mass there will be a procession and placement of the Relic in the Reliquary. Our parish will be greatly honored by the presence of this Saint’s Relic in our Church.
ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
...The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 29.
It is a full day of school. Please note that the students will be brought to First Friday Mass every month beginning Friday, Sept. 2 at 9:30 am.
-Back to school pancake breakfast, Saturday, September 3 from 9 to 11 am. $5 per family.
-School Board Meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 6, 7:00 pm.
-Meet the Teacher Night - Wed., Sept. 7, 7:00 pm.
-Grandparent's Luncheon, Friday, Sept. 9. All students invite their grandparents to have lunch with them at the school.
-First Family Dinner of the school year, Sat., Sept, 17, Porchetta Dinner, St. Mary Church Hall.
...Vendors are needed for the annual Festival of Trees scheduled for November 19. If interested please contact Denise Bottone at 203-231-3810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
...Thank you to everyone for their continued support of all of the school's fundraising efforts. Last year over $900 was earned from Box Tops! Please continue to save your box tops for the school (found on cereal boxes, baking goods, zip loc bags, etc.) There is a container in the vestibule where they may be placed. In addition the school collects Coke Rewards labels which can be found in the 12 can sleeves of soda.
CCD PROGRAM - SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER
REGISTRATION for the 2016-2017 religious education program will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28 in the Church Hall. Saturday: 9:00 am until noon. Sunday: after 10:00 am Mass until 1:00 pm. Questions? Please call Margaret Mattei, DRE, at 203-393-1755.
...The final Confirmation preparation class will take place, Sun., Oct. 30 at 8:30 a m in the school.
...Confirmation rehearsal will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 pm at St. Jude's Church, 71 Pleasant View Rd., Derby
..Confirmation will take place on Tuesday, November 8, at 7 pm, St. Jude Church.
The Confirmation Mass this year will take place on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm at St. Jude Church, Derby. Children from St. Joseph’s Church (Ansonia), St. Jude’s Church and St. Michael’s Church will be confirmed by Archbishop Daniel Cronin.
FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
...Please note that there are no weekend Masses available for this year. All have been reserved.
Weekend Masses for 2017 are also filling up.
If you have a special date for 2017 it is suggested you reserve it now.
...Summer giving: know that we are very appreciative of those who mail in, deliver, or place their envelopes in the basket after they have returned from vacation. Your continued support is such a great help even when you cannot attend Mass personally here. God Bless you and thank you.
...Sponsor Certificates. Important!! If you are not a registered parishioner in good standing in the parish, we cannot provide you with a sponsor certificate for Baptism or Confirmation. Being baptized and receiving the sacraments here do not make you a registered parishioner. Neither does the fact that your grandparents belonged to the parish or attended school here! To be a parishioner in good standing you must attend mass, use parish envelopes, and pay parish dues. Also, young adults who are no longer attending school and are working should register individually and meet the same requirements. We get many calls from people who have been asked to serve as sponsors but we do not have a record of their membership in the parish. Please register if you have not done so.
...During the month of August the Parish Office is closed on Fridays. Office hours are: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.
A big one!!! Before we placed the order for the boxes of offertory envelopes for this year – the company sent the parish a 2016 list of dates for verification (second collections are included based on dates closest to the previous year). In checking the list we failed to note that on three Sundays (March 20, October 23, and November 20) there were three collections scheduled for those Sundays and the dates were never corrected. There was never any intention to have three collections on one weekend. Therefore, if you use offertory envelopes please note that for Palm Sunday weekend, March 19/20 there will be two collections – the first (regular) collection and the second for Easter Flowers. The collection for ‘heating’ will be taken up on March 12/13. A suggestion: take the second collection envelope for heating and cross off the 20th and write 13th on it as a reminder. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we will be sure to be aware of this the next time we order envelopes.
PROJECTS IN THE WORKS
...Painting of outside doors...Several outside doors have been recently painted: the Sacristy, Church side entrance, Church Hall, and Rectory. Also several window sills in the Church Hall were rotted and had to be replaced and painted. A good quality oil based paint was used which should give better protection from the elements. The cost of the painting was $2,225. Several weeks ago the windows in the Rectory basement were replaced and made more secure. These are the types of projects that are made possible through your donations in the collections that we have for General Maintenance (next one September 18). So we thank you and ask for your continued generous support in those maintenance collections as there is always something to be done.
ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
For information regarding our Cemetery, please contact Manager/Caretaker, Joseph Iacuone, Jr. at 203-996-6417 or 203-735-5382.
Please note that it is important that the following rules and regulations regarding flowers and plantings be adhered to. It is very difficult and risky for those who do the grounds maintenance at the cemetery to weed-whack and trim when plantings and items exceed the allowed area. We want the cemetery to look neat, clean, and uniform. Thank you for your cooperation.
1. The only place flowers are to be planted is in a ten-inch wide area in front of the plot
monument, and all plantings, decorations, etc. should not exceed the monument's base. No fences, or area markers allowed (no stone borders and the like).
2. No flowers of any kind are allowed on or near flush markers.
3. Winter pillows and artificial flowers are allowed only after the growing season ends, and they must be removed by Palm Sunday.
Grave blankets are not allowed.
4. Planting of trees and shrubs is prohibited.
5. Maintenance of existing trees and shrubs is the responsibility of the family. Any shrubs deemed overgrown or unsightly will be removed by the cemetery if the situation is not corrected by the family.
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XXII NIEDZIELA ZWYKLA
W tym tygodniu przypada pierwszy piatek miesiaca. Adoracja Najswietszego Sakramentu i okazja do spowiedzi od godz. 18:00. Zapraszamy.
Informujemy, ze uroczyste wprowadzenie relikwii sw. Jana Pawla II do naszego kosciola odbedzie sie 18 wrzesnia podczas Mszy swietej o godz. 11:30. Postarajmy sie wszyscy uczestniczyc w tak waznym wydarzeniu.
Polska Szkola Sobotnia im. bl. ks. Jerzego Popieluszki w Derby, CT serdecznie zaprasza dzieci i mlodziez na lekcje jezyka polskiego, historii i geografii Polski. W naszej szkole prowadzimy nauke religii w jezyku polskim. Przyjmyjemy dzieci od 4 roku zycia. Oferujemy nauke w klasach: przedszkolnej, zerowej, kl 1-8 i licealnych. Dzien otwarty z mozliwoscia obejrzenia klas i spotkan z nauczycielami 9 wrzesnia 2016 r. w godz. 6:00-8:00. W tym dniu nalezy zlozyc formularz zgloszeniowy. Zapisy przyjmuje dyr. szkoly Wioletta Jusinska (203) 675-2092 email@example.com i v-ce dyr. Alina Zawojski (203) 278-3512 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trwaja prace zwiazane z przebudowa wejscia na plebanie. Dziekujemy za ofiary skladane na ten cel.
Informujemy, że biuro parafialne w piątki, w sierpniu będzie nieczynne.
St. Michael Parish
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
LOCAL CATHOLIC MEDIA
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.
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.
Parish Family Picnic 2015 - Click here or on the image above to see great photos taken by Father Jan and others at the Picnic..
Happy Birthday Jesus 2015 - 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.
Easter 2016 at St. Michael's Church. Blessing of the Easter Baskets and more! Click here or on the image above to see great photos by Father Jan.
May Crowning of Mary 2016 at St. Michael's Church. Click here or on the image above to see great photos by Margaret Mattei.
ARCHBISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL 2016
The Appeal surpassed the challenge goal of $10,000,000 for the 5th year in a row. There were 2227 new donors this year pledging more than $216,000. There were 3,961 donors to the 2016 Appeal who did not participate in 2015, pledging more than $587,000. 11,236 donors did increase their gift this year. 215 Priests pledged $226,737 to the Appeal. Plans are now underway for the 2017 Appeal. The Archbishop graciously thanks all who participated for their commitment to God’s Mercy at Work. Gifts to the Appeal can be made at any time of the year and should be sent to the Archdiocese of Hartford, Appeal Office, at 134 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105. Please be sure to mention that you are a parishioner here.
THE POPE’S EFFORTS TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Pope Francis held a summit of judges and prosecutors from around the world at the Vatican on June 3 to draw attention to the problem of human trafficking and rally resources to fight it. The Pope is asking for us to pray for riddance of this crime against humanity. St. Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of law enforcement. Catholics also have at their disposal the immense power of the holy mass and the rosary. We should also understand that human trafficking is coming closer and closer to us and our loved ones. It is pervasive in the United States, claiming victims of all social status in rural as well as urban areas. Prayer and awareness are critical. Please report to law enforcement anything you see that seems strange. The suffering of the victims is immense and their life expectancy is short. ‘St. Michael the Archangel, patron of law enforcement, please send out your angels to rescue trafficked people.’
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
On April 11, 2015, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis proclaimed that the Church would celebrate an extraordinary Jubilee – The Jubilee Year of Mercy – which began on December 8 and will conclude on November 20, 2016. The Jubilee was begun when Pope Francis opened the Holy Door for the year at St. Peter’s Basilica – a beautiful door covered in 16 bronze panels, each illustrating a scriptural theme related to forgiveness. The Roman Catholic Church has commemorated Jubilees every 25 or 50 years since the 13th century. The last Jubilee Year occurred in the year 2000 and the last Extraordinary Jubilee occurred in 1983. The theme of the Jubilee is Mercy. Pope Francis invites each and every one of us to ‘constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy.’ He invites every member of the Church, young and old, to join in this spiritual journey into the heart of mercy.
The Archdiocese of Hartford inaugurated the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Dec. 13 with the opening of the Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
The ceremonial rite for opening the Holy Doors (others will be opened in sacred sites as well) along with the ritual act of walking through the doors serves as an outward sign of faith in God’s desire to be close to each of us.
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 contact with children in the parish setting. Please contact the Archdiocese of Hartford by calling 1-860-541-6491 and speaking with Victim Assistance Coordinator. Kathleen D. Nowosadko at (email@example.com.) You will 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, on their website, relating to allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors and vulnerable adults. The Archdiocese will report any and all incidents to the proper civil authorities.
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 SKathleen D. Nowosadko at (firstname.lastname@example.org.) , at 860-541-6491.
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:
ST. VINCENT DEPAUL THRIFT SHOPPE & FOOD BANK
237 Roosevelt Dr., Mondays through Saturdays, 9:30am-2:30pm.
DERBY FARMER'S MARKET
The City of Derby is hosting the first season of the Brand New Farmer's Market on the Derby Green. It will be open every Sunday through October 16, 2016 from 10:00am until 2:00pm, featuring fresh, local produce, honey, food (breads/pies) and more. Let's help support our local farmers by purchasing their fresh summer produce!
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS, ST. MICHAEL’S POST #1562
6:30 pm, pasta dinner with salad and bread, followed by a movie., second Tuesday of each month. (112 Derby Ave.) Next dinner: September 13. Cost $6 per person. Reservations not required. Come and enjoy a great meal and a movie!!
POLISH FALCONS NEST #208
Monthly meeting, September 2, 2016 - 6:30PM Church Hall.
PORKETTA DINNER ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 7:00 PM AT PAUGASSETT HOOK AND LADDER CO. FIREHOUSE on Derby Avenue. Menu includes bread, pasta with meat sauce, salad, porketta, potatoes, and chicken. There is also a raffle. Cost is $15 per person. Space is limited – first come, first serve. Porketta dinners are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
CT HOSPICE, INC. SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS FALL.
If you would like to serve others in our communities, please consider volunteering for Hospice. As a volunteer you can fill your hours (weekdays/evenings or weekends) by assisting in a clerical capacity or offering direct patient/family contact, help in the arts, pet therapy, massage therapy, hairdresser/barber or provide transportation. Call 203-315-7510.
ST. JUDE CHURCH, DERBY 8TH ANNUAL FAMILY LABOR DAY FESTIVAL
on Church grounds, Monday, Sept. 5, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, rain or shine.
Polish food, sausage/peppers, hamburgers, Derby Dogs, steak and cheese, fried dough, drinks and more. There will also be children’s entertainment, craft vendors, a tag sale, and music by Flashbacks. Bring your own chairs/blankets. For more info please call 203-735-8725.
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP, MONDAY, SEPT. 12, from Holy Rosary Church Parking Lot, 8:25 am (leaves Casino at 4:00 pm). $30 per person with $30 give back for dining etc. Call Holy Rosary office to reserve your seat; 203-735-7874.
LIVE IN CARE-GIVER NEEDED IN SEYMOUR FOR ELDERLY GENTLEMAN. Position includes room board and pay. Please call Sharon at 203-814-3686.
ST. MARY'S HIGH SCHOOL, NEW HAVEN, BARBECUE, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm on the deck at Amarante's. Limited tickets, classic American picnic menu, cash bar, no formal program. Tickets $40 per person. Call 203-469-5330.
NATIONAL DAY OF POLONIA IN DOYLESTOWN, PENN.
The celebration will take place on Sun., Aug. 28 with a Mass at 12:30 pm. This pilgrimage is made in conjunction with the Solemnity of our Lady of Czestochowa and people come from many different states.
ST. JOHN PAUL II DAY IN WASHINGTON DC will take place on Saturday, October 15. The month of October is also Polish Heritage Month. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis encourages us to continue in the long standing tradition of making pilgrimages. Also, this year is the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland, which became a milestone in the political, cultural, and social life of the Polish nation.
ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CHURCH, OXFORD, a special prayer service will be held on Saturday, August 27, at 9:00 am for the fallen away who have left the church. All are welcome to attend.
DIVORCED, SEPARATED, WIDOWED MEN AND WOMEN
are encouraged to attend a ‘Beginning Experience Weekend’ for those who wish to resolve the pain and grief of losing the marriage relationship. The weekend will be held Friday, Sept. 30-Sunday, October 2 at the Archdiocesan Conference Center at St. Thomas Seminary Bloomfield. Cost is $235 per person which includes the program/materials, all meals on Saturday and Sunday, two night’s stay and follow-up event. Call Victoria at 1-860-993-7866
VENDORS NEEDED – Wesley Village, Shelton for their Festival of Trees: Nov. 19 and 20th. For Vendor information please contact the Office of Mission Development at Wesley Village at 203-925-4952 or email@example.com.
PILGRIMAGE AT ST. THOMAS SEMINARY, BLOOMFIELD.
On Saturday, September 10, the Order of Malta will hold its third annual ‘Lourdes in a Day Pilgrimage’.
This is held to allow those unable to make the trip to Lourdes, France to experience the joy, grace and healing promised by our Lady of Lourdes. It begins at 9:30 am, concludes at 4:30 pm. Mass at 10 am, lunch at noon, workshops for the sick and their caregivers. There is no cost. Please register with Mark Sullivan at 1-860-523-1405 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Aug. 15.
FAIRFIELD COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL IMPORTANT DATES:
Open House: Sun., Oct. 2, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
1st Entrance Exam, Sat. Oct. 15, 8:30am.
2nd Entrance Exam, Sat., Nov. 5, 8:30am.
THE ABC'S OF ANNULMENT. Rev. Gene Gianelli, pastor of Church of the Assumption, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge will host this program on Thursday, September 15, from 7 to 9 pm. The main speaker will be Rev. Brunetta, OP, Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Hartford who will review the changes in the annulment process initiated by Pope Francis and the Archdiocese. The Annulment Workshop Team will assist participants in writing their annulment application in follow up sessions on Thursday, September 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 from 7-9 pm at Church of the Assumption. The event is open to all.
A donation is requested to defray the cost of printed materials. No registration is required. For information call 203-937-7040.
ST. ANTHONY'S BOOK & GIFT SHOP AT 142 MAIN ST. DERBY is closed. It will be moving to 461 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT on the corner of Route 34 and Orange Center Rd. (the former Old Enchanted Gardens Building) and will reopen in the near future. During the transition you may order from their website www.stanthonygift.com.
ALUMNI AND CLASSMATES OF ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL, NEW HAVEN are invited to celebrate the school's opening in 1956. There will be a Mass at 11:30 am at St. Brendan at 11:30 am with a luncheon to follow at 12:30 pm at Cascades in Hamden. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased by mailing your request to St. Aedan-St. Brendan School, 351 McKinley Ave., New Haven 06516. Include full name at graduation, the year, email and address so tickets can be mailed back to you. Questions call Karen at 203-709-1873 or Anne at 203-281-6761.
MONTHLY PRO-LIFE MASS/ROSARY ASSUMPTION CHURCH CHAPEL. Beginning Friday, Sept. 2, and every First Friday there will be a Mass for Life at 7 pm. Rosary recited at 6:30 pm. Please come and pray for the defenseless unborn.
THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK WILL BE ADMINISTERED AT ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CHURCH, 733 Oxford Rd., Oxford by Fr. Dominic Valla, Pastor, on Wed., September 14 at the 12:10 pm Mass.
7 DAY PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA PORTUGAL –
price of $1599 is all inclusive and includes: airfare, 4 star hotel, 2 meals per day, tour guide and deluxe bus and more. Tours (Nov. 14-20) will depart from Newark, NJ, New York JFK, and Boston, Mass.
Brochures and reservation forms are available at the Catholic Tour by calling 1-877-627-4268 toll free or e-mail email@example.com.
GOODSPEED THEATRE IN EAST HADDAM UPCOMING SHOWS: ‘Bye Bye Birdie (June 24-Sept. 4) and Chasing Rainbows (Sept. 16-Nov.27). Call 1-860-873-8664x316.
DERBY CLASS OF 1976 40TH CLASS REUNION, SAT., SEPTEMBER 3: (The same night as the Derby All-Class Reunion). Even if you think you can’t make it, please contact one of the following with your address phone and email so records can be updated. Also visit Derby (CT) High School Class of 1976 on Facebook. Contact: Sue (Witek) Patten 860-316-5918 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jerry Coolidge 203-735-1068, Joe Jeanette Jr. 203-906-7846, Markanthony Izzo 203-231-3576 (email@example.com.
VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT BY SEASONS HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE. Caring and compassionate individuals willing to give of their time to help patients and families dealing with terminal illness are needed. Spiritual care is one of the core values and principles in the Seasons Hospice Circle of Care. As a Spiritual Care Volunteer you will be asked to provide companionship and active listening that may include special readings, prayer, meditation, and poetry. If you are interested in learning more please contact Karen Hale at 203-490-1155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER PROGRAM
The Kennedy Center located in Trumbull has been awarded a grant from the South Central CT Agency on Aging. This program teaches individuals with developmental disabilities important life skills in order to make the individual a caregiver for their aging parent or family member. To qualify the individual must be living with an older adult over the age of 60, have intellectual or other related disabilities and be 18 years or older living in Derby, East Haven, Milford, New Haven, Orange, Seymour, Shelton or West Haven. For further information call Christina Borges, Caregiver Facilitator, at 1-800-626-6764, ext. 277. A referral form may also be obtained at the Parish Office
BIRTHRIGHT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: Would you like to help pregnant women in their search for the alternative to abortion? Call the Ansonia office and come in to learn about volunteer opportunities and training. Volunteers offer encouragement and practical support to pregnant women in crisis. Birthright has served CT since 1972 and has ten locations. If you can volunteer a few hours, please call 1-800-550-4900 for the Birthright nearest us (Ansonia). Training is provided.
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND, 5 different departure dates from JFK airport: Nov. 16, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, 2017, Feb. 6, and March 6. All land and air inclusive costs: $2299. Information, brochures and reservation forms available at Catholic Tours at 1-877-627-4288 toll free.
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.
– 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.
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.
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 e-mail HoldenBnD@comcast.net.
WORK WANTED: Woman (speaks English and Polish) seeks work as caregiver, companion, housekeeping, etc. Monday through Friday mornings in the Valley. Please call Jadwiga of Shelton at 203-343-5362. Also her nephew is a handyman and seeks work. Call her for information.
LIVE-IN CARE GIVER NEEDED FOR ELDERLY WOMAN
(early dementia) in Stratford. Call Margaret at 203-393-7155 for information. Leave message and the call will be returned.
SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD AN ABORTION:
Experience God’s love and mercy and begin the journey of healing. Please call the Sisters of Life at 1-866-575-0075 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org..
ADAM’S HOUSE – Grief Education Center located at 241 Coram Ave., Shelton (across from Shelton City Hall). This charming Victorian Home has been newly renovated to offer a warm, comforting setting for families, volunteers and staff. There will be specialized grief education programs planned for parents, children, and teens. For information call 203-513-2808.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Our prayer shawl ministry provides the parish with baby blankets and hats which are given to children at the time of baptism. Prayer Shawls and blankets are also donated to hospitals in the area. If anyone wishes to join the group, they meet on Tuesday mornings at the Rectory from 10 am until noon. The ladies provide much of the yarn they use but are also very grateful for donations of any new or left over yarn you may no longer need. Donations may be left in the enclosed back porch of the Rectory.
Pastor’s note: Every week on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon I see this gathering of dedicated ladies working diligently to make prayer shawls, lap blankets, and baby blankets (which we give out to families at our baptisms here). They must be commended for their dedication to this ministry. They purchase the yarn they use but are so grateful for yarn that is donated. If you would like to join them, please call the parish office for information. God bless them!
Saint Michael Parish • 75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut 06418
Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005