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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, November 20, 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 HOURS
The Parish Office is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm. The Office will be closed on Fridays and holidays.
If these hours are not convenient, please call the office and we will try to accommodate you at another time.
SUNDAY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: Anyone wishing to have a box of Sunday envelopes for 2017 may contact the parish office.
UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS: October 2016
Sunday, October 23: World Mission Sunday, 2nd collection for the church’s missionary work.
Saturday, October 29: Coat collection church hall 10:00am to noon sponsored by CCD.
Saturday, November 5: Shred Day 9am –noon at St. Mary-St. Michael School.
Sunday, November 6: TURN CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR SATURDAY NIGHT – Masses will be according to Standard time on Sunday.
Sunday, November 6: Annual St. Michael Cemetery Service after the 11:30 am Mass (about 12:45 pm)
November 6: 5:30 PM annual Mass for deceased from our parish/St. Joseph’s.
November 6: Second collection for St. Michael Cemetery.
Tuesday, November 8: Election Day.
Tuesday, November 8: Confirmation Mass, St. Jude's, 7:00 pm.
Tuesday, November 13: Second Collection for Military Services/Chaplains program serving Catholics.
Sunday, November 20:
Divine Mercy Devotion, 3:00pm
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 & 23, 2016-
This is World Mission Sunday. Your donations will help the Church’s missionary work around the world and in our own country. The monies are put into a common fund and distributed in the Pope’s name.
OCTOBER – MONTH OF THE ROSARY
The rosary is prayed at 6:45pm every Monday before the Miraculous Medal Novena and Mass in English and also on Wednesdays in Polish at the 7:00pm Novena and Mass. October is the month of the Rosary and everyone is encouraged to please make a special effort to recite the Rosary during this month.
The ushers are asked to take up the October Count at all Masses beginning this weekend through October 30. Please record attendance and number receiving communion. The form is on the bench at the back of the church on a clipboard.
ANNUAL MASS FOR DECEASED
At the 5:30 pm Sunday Mass on Nov. 6, deceased members from our parish and St. Joseph Parish will be remembered. Letters of invitation have been sent to families who lost a loved one this past year.
If you did not receive one, please call the office.
ANNUAL CEMETERY SERVICE
On Sunday, November 6, the annual cemetery service will take place at St. Michael Cemetery immediately following 11:30 am Mass (approximately 12:45 pm). All are invited to remember and pray for their deceased. If there is inclement weather the service will take place in Church following the 11:30 am Mass.
ALL SOULS DAY ENVELOPES
All Souls Day Remembrance envelopes will be prayed for during the Novena of All Souls beginning Nov. 2. These envelopes may be placed into any collection basket at any time until October 30. Additional envelopes are at the side entrance.
ST. MICHAEL CHURCH CHOIR
What better way to praise the Lord than to lift your voice in song! And what a beautiful time to sing of God’s glory, especially during the Christmas Season. The choir will soon begin rehearsals to sing at the Christmas Eve 4:30 pm vigil Mass. Why not become a “Steward of Song” and join the choir. You can talk to our choir director, Marc Garofalo, after Sunday Mass or call the office and leave your name and phone number. All are welcome – sopranos, altos, basses.
PARISH NURSE PROGRAM
The Parish Nurse Program is being revitalized here at St. Michael’s Parish and is being coordinated by Sue Goncalves, DNP, MS, RN-BC. Sue is asking any nurses interested in helping with the program to please call her at 203-415-1061.
ALTAR SERVER MINISTRY
Fr. Jan is training new altar servers and invites boys and girls of the parish to contact him if they are interested in this parish ministry. This is a great opportunity to serve the Lord and our parish.
ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
…Family Dinner Saturday, October 22, at 5:30 pm. Menu: Pasta, Chicken, Salad, Potatoes, Bread, Soda/Wine, Coffee/Tea, and Dessert. Cost is $15 per person. Children under 12 are free. Call the school office (203-736-6456).
…Bingo Bus to Foxwoods – Oct. 22, bus leaves school at 7:30 am and returns at 6:30 pm. Cost is $30 per person. Free slots play coupon, free $10 food voucher. Bingo on Bus and 50/50 raffle.
Call Christian Meagher (203-520-1480) or Gene Tinti (203-893-9663).
…Special thanks to Miss Karolina Wojteczko, our music teacher, for accompanying our students during our recent school mass. The students did a great job singing!
…The school sponsored a “Pink Day” in October and raised $300 for the Griffin Hospital Center for Breast Wellness. What a great job!!
…The recent Walk-A-Thon raised over $3100 for our school. Thanks to all of the school families and parishioners who supported this event.
…Trunk or Treat Day will be held on Saturday, October 29, 5:30 - 7:30pm. This is a safe family friendly event for the children. Costumes are required. The students will be treated to goodies given out from “decorated cars” and dancing will be provided by DJ Marco Alvarez!
…Coming in November:
…Saturday, Nov. 5 – Shred Day. 5, 9:00am to noon. $10 per bag.
…Thursday, November 10, Veteran’s Day Program, 1:30pm. All veterans are invited and lunch will be served.
…Sunday, November 13 – Wine Tasting at 500 Degrees on Main St., 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
…Saturday, November 19 – Festival of Trees. Vendors needed: call Denise Bottone.
Class Schedule 8:30 am to 9:45 am
…Grades 1,2,3,4 & 8: Oct. 23, Nov. 6 & 20
…Grades 5, 6, 7 & 9: Oct. 30, Nov. 13
Final Confirmation preparation class, Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8:30am in the school.
*Confirmation rehearsal, Sun., Nov. 6, 6:30pm (Please not time correction)* at St. Jude's Church. Confirmation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7pm.
Rosary/Novena with CCD Classes attending – Monday, October 24, 6:45pm. Students receive community service hours for attending.
Sat. Oct. 29, coat drive – church hall, (8th and 9th graders) 10am to 12 noon. Only coats in good condition for adults, children, and babies.
FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
...Please note -The Office will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day.
*ATTENTION PARISH ENVELOPE USERS*
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF COLLECTION DATE…
On October 23 we mistakenly scheduled three collections – the regular collection, for utilities, and it is also World Mission Sunday. Therefore, the utilities collection will take place as the second collection on next Sunday, October 16. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.
...2017 Offertory Envelopes. The office will soon be preparing the boxes of 2017 offertory envelopes which will be available for pick-up at the back of the Church in November. Those who have used envelopes this year will automatically receive a box for next year. If you would like envelopes for 2017 and didn’t have them this year, please let the Parish Office know before October 24. Thank you.
...All Souls Day Remembrance envelopes can be found in your box of envelopes on October 9. The intentions will be prayed for during the Novena of All Souls beginning Nov. 2. These envelopes may be placed into any collection basket at any time until October 30. Additional envelopes are at the side entrance.
On October 23 we mistakenly scheduled three collections – the regular collection, for utilities, and it is also World Mission Sunday. Therefore, the utilities collection will take place as the second collection on October 16. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.
...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.
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.
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XXX NIEDZIELA ZWYKŁA - 23 PAŹDZIERNIK 2016
DRUGA SKŁADKA w dniu dzisiejszym jest przeznaczona na misje wspierane przez papieża Franciszka. Bardzo prosimy o ofiarność.
DZIĘKUJEMY ZA OFIARNOŚĆ W ubiegłym tygodniu zebraliśmy podczas drugiej składki, która była przeznaczona na utrzymanie naszej parafii $1,437.
RÓŻANIEC Październik jest miesiącem szczególnie poświęconym Matce Bożej i modlitwie różańcowej. Do wspólnej modlitwy różańcowej zapraszamy w poniedziałek o godz. 18:45 w języku angielskim i w środę po Mszy św. o godz. 19:00 w języku polskim. Zachęcamy do prywatnego i rodzinnego odmawiania modlitwy różańcowej.
MODLITWA ZA ZMARŁYCH Zbliża się listopad, miesiąc modlitwy za naszych drogich zmarłych. Pragnąc wyprosić dla nich łaskę życia wiecznego będziemy odprawiać przez 9 kolejnych dni (począwszy od 2 do 10 listopada) Nowennowe Msze św. za tych zmarłych, których polecimy w wypominkach. Prosimy o wypisanie imion zmarłych na kopertach z 2 listopada. Dodatkowe koperty znajdują się na ławce przy bocznym wyjściu z kościoła. Koperty z imionami zmarłych prosimy wrzucić wraz ze zbieraną kolektą lub przynieść do zakrystii lub biura parafialnego przed końcem października.
UROCZYSTOŚĆ WSZYSTKICH ŚWIĘTYCH Wtorek 1 listopada Msze św. będą odprawione o 7:00 i 17:30 po angielsku i o 19:00 po polsku.
PROCESJA NA CMENTARZU W niedzielę 6 listopada 2016 bezpośrednio po Mszy św. o godz. 11:30 (około 12:45) na naszym cmentarzu parafialnym św. Michała będziemy modlić się za zmarłych. Jeśli pogoda nie będzie sprzyjająca wówczas procesja będzie wewnątrz kościoła.
MSZA ŚWIĘTA ZA ZMARŁYCH W MINIONYM ROKU W niedzielę 6 listopada 2016 w naszym kościele podczas Mszy św. o godz. 17:30 będziemy modlić się za wszystkich zmarłych w minionym roku z parafii św. Michała oraz z parafii św. Józefa w Ansoni.
SAKRAMENT BIERZMOWANIA Prosimy o modlitwę za młodzież z naszej parafii, która 8 listopada 2016 o godz. 19:00 w kościele pw. Św. Judy Tadeusza w Derby przyjmie Sakrament Bierzmowania.
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.
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:
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.
Father Marek's Investiture - 2016 as new Provincial Click here or on the image above to see great photos by Frania Tracz
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.
ST. VINCENT DEPAUL THRIFT SHOPPE & FOOD BANK
237 Roosevelt Drive, Mondays through Saturdays, 9:30am – 2:30p. Donations of non-perishable food and household items, and clothing gratefully accepted. Proceeds from the sale of items benefits the food bank.
POLISH FALCONS NEST #208 MONTHLY MEETING,
The next meeting will take place on Fri., Nov. 4, at 6:30 pm in the Church Hall.
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS, ST. MICHAEL’S POST #1562
6:30pm, pasta dinner with salad, bread, dessert, followed by a movie. Next dinner, Tuesday, November 8 (every second Tuesday of the month). Reservations are not required. $6 per person.
PORKETTA DINNER ON TUESDAY, October 25, 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.
HOME-STYLE MACARONI AND MEATBALL DINNER TO BENEFIT BOY SCOUT TROOP #3: at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 12, St. Mary Church Hall. The menu, prepared by Marc Garofalo, members of St. Mary Church, and Troop 3 includes macaroni, meatball, sausage, sauce, bread, salad, soda, coffee and dessert. $10 for adults and $8 age 16 and under. Advance reservations required – Please call 203-929-6616.
WARSZAWA - POLISH RESTAURANT, 350 Main St., Ansonia is now open Monday thru Sunday.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 25TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER FOR THE HOLY ROSARY COUNCIL 10537 will be held on Sat., Oct. 22 at 6pm in the Holy Rosary Church Hall. Tickets are $15 per person with a menu featuring stuffed chicken, stuffed shells, green beans, salad, coffee/tea/soda & dessert. Please call John Balisciano, Jr. for tickets at 203-735-4293.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MUSEUM, 1 STATE ST., NEW HAVEN, offers a free lecture Oct. 22, 2 pm., “From the Isle of Tears to the Isle of Hope: Emigration and Exile from Ireland in the 19th Century, speaker Christine Kinealy Ph.D., director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University. More information at 203-865-0400.
MONTHLY PRO-LIFE MASS/ROSARY ASSUMPTION CHURCH CHAPEL. Held every First Friday, at 7 pm. Rosary recited at 6:30 pm. Please come and pray for the defenseless unborn.
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.
FAIRFIELD COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL IMPORTANT DATES:
Final entrance exam will be held Sat. Nov. 5. For further information visit www.fairfieldprep.org or call Gregory Marshall at 203-254-4210.
LAURALTON HALL, MILFORD, 200 HIGH STREET
will hold its final Entrance Exam on Sat. Oct. 22. Call Admissions at 203-877-2786/x144.
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL, WEST – Admissions testing, 8:00 to 11:00am, Sat., Nov. 5, and Tuesday, December 6, 203-933-1673.
MONTHLY PRO-LIFE MASS/ROSARY ASSUMPTION CHURCH CHAPEL. Held 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.
WORKERS WANTED: JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANERS
Looking for fall window cleaners. Please call Leigh Ann at 203-734-9083 for information.
BIRTHRIGHT OF THE VALLEY IS ONE OF 10 CHAPTERS IN CONNECTICUT
which offers pregnancy service as an alternative to abortion and will help any pregnant girl or woman who calls them. Volunteers are needed and opportunities include friendship counseling, clerical and clothing work. Training is provided. Call 1-800-550-4900 for information on how to volunteer.
NEW DAY BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM AT ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CHURCH, 733 Oxford Rd., Oxford. First session, Monday, Oct. 17 from 1-3pm (ten weeks). Please call Maryjane at 203-888-2382, ext. 121 to register.
BEREAVEMENT GROUPS AT GRIFFIN HOSPITAL NOW.
Two new groups are beginning – Mondays from 4:00 to 5:30pm and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm (for 12 weeks through December). Free of charge and open to anyone who has experienced a loss. Space is limited. Call the Dept. of Spiritual Care and education to register: 203-732-1132.
SHREDDING EVENT AT ST. MARY-ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL
Shred your personal documents, bank statements, etc., on Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 am until noon. $10 per bag.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOODSPEED THEATRE IN EAST HADDAM UPCOMING SHOWS: Chasing Rainbows (Sept. 16-Nov.27). Call 1-860-873-8664x316.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 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.
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.
PARISHIONER SEEKS WORK CLEANING HOUSE/OFFICE once or twice a month. Please call Jadwiga at 203-343-5362 if you have need of her services. (She cleans the Cemetery Office once a month and does a great job!).
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: email@example.com..
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. A. Rafal Kopystynski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005