St. Michael Parish
Oplatek, 2014 - for St. Michael's Altar Servers, siblings and parents. Click here or on the image above to see great photos taken by Father Jan.
Moses - for St. Michael's and St. Joseph's Altar Servers, friends and chaperons. Click here or on the image above to see great photos of their outing.
Summer Fun for St. Michael's and St. Joseph's Altar Servers, friends and chaperons. Click here or on the image above to see great photos of their outing.
LOCAL CATHOLIC MEDIA
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If you have books you would like to recommend, please contact the webmaster or Father Marek.
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
YOUR VOICE COUNTS!!
Please take the opportunity to add your input in the survey being conducted by the Diocesan Office of Pastoral Planning. The information you provide will be used to help guide future planning efforts throughout the Archdiocese, including those for our parish. Paper surveys in the English and Polish languages can be found at the side entrance to the Church. You may also complete the survey on-line at www.research.net/s/pastoral planning. The survey is completely anonymous – you do not have to sign your name to it, but you must be 18 years or older to participate. All paper surveys must be returned to the Church/Parish Office by May 25. We have been provided with special envelopes to mail the surveys in bulk. Thank you for your help in this initiative.
REST IN PEACE
Please remember in your prayers Evelyn Supp, buried from our Church on May 18. May she rest in peace.
ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
End of the year activities...
Tuesday, May 26 – Virtus Training: 6-9 pm at the school.
Wednesday, May 27 – Spring Concert at 6:00 pm.
Friday, May 29 – Class Night at Vazzy’s, 6:00 pm.
Friday, June 5 – 8th Grade Graduation, 7pm, in
St. Mary’s Church.
Wednesday, June 10 – Field Day at Coon Hollow Picnic Grove.
Friday, June 12 – Kindergarten Graduation at
11:00 am, St. Mary’s Church
Monday, June 15 – PreK Graduation, 10am at the school.
Tuesday, June 16 – Last day of school.
Registration: For the 2015-16 CCD school year continues. Families who are parishioners and are not currently registered in the program or are new to the parish and have children entering first grade through Confirmation II (9th grade) may register their child(ren) by calling the Parish Office at 203-734-0005 and leaving a message for Nancy Beaudoin (DRE). All registration forms must be into the parish office by Tuesday, June 30 so that books can be ordered. If your child(ren) attend St. Mary-St. Michael School or any other Catholic school and are in 2nd grade and would like to make First Communion at St. Michael’s or are in 8th grade and would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Michael’s Church please contact the Parish Office and advise us of your decision. Thank you.
ATTENTION: TEACHER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Due to the departure of several CCD teachers there is a serious need of volunteers to take their place. It is rewarding to volunteer 90 minutes two days a month. (If you have children in the program their registration fee will be waived). If you are interested in joining the staff or have any questions, please contact the parish office and leave Nancy Beaudoin your name and phone number and she will contact you.
-2016 Mass Book is available for your intentions. If you have any special dates that you would like to reserve, please do so as soon as possible as weekend Masses are beginning to fill up. Sunday Masses are $20 and weekdays are $15.
ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC - SUNDAY, JUNE 7 - WARSAW PARK, NOON - 8:00PM
CHINESE AUCTION prizes are now being accepted at the Parish Office during office hours (or may be left on the back porch of the rectory noted for the picnic). Please be sure to put your name on your donation so that we may acknowledge it!
HALF-KEG CHALLENGE...A donation of $25 helps to defray the cost of beer and beverages for the picnic. This is a great and inexpensive way to lend your support to our annual picnic! As always, donors names will be listed in the bulletin and displayed on the windows of the Rectory porch.
PICNIC SPONSORSHIP...If you would like to advertise your business, have a sign honoring someone or in memory of someone, it will be displayed at the picnic. You may place the contribution and information you want printed on the sign in the collection basket noted: ‘Church Picnic Sponsorship’. Donations: $200, $150, $100.
SUPPLIES NEEDED...paper plates, paper towels,
napkins, and aluminum foil, (please no open packages). Donations of 2 litre bottles of soda (coke, diet coke, sprite, orange), coffee and tea bags, flour, sauerkraut, applesauce, tomato soup, and tomato sauce. All donations may be left on the back porch of the Rectory. Thank you so much!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED...many, many helping hands are needed to set up and clean up and there never seems to be enough help. Please!!! If you can volunteer a couple of hours in this capacity – call the parish office and leave your name and phone number.
It’s a great way to offer stewardship to the parish.
BAKED GOODS NEEDED DAY OF PICNIC
We are depending on our parish bakers (guys and gals!) to donate those delicious goodies which are sold at the picnic. Please wrap or bag items individually – cupcakes, brownies, cookies, cake slices (no whole cakes please or anything that can spoil/melt in the heat). Items should be brought to the booth the day of the picnic.
Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 p.m. in the Rectory. Everyone is welcome!!
FATHER’S DAY MASS INTENTIONS
Father’s Day Envelopes can be found in your box of Offertory Envelopes for May 31 and may be placed into any Sunday Collection basket through June 14. All envelopes must be into the Parish Office by June 17 in order to be placed on the altar for Father’s Day, June 21. Extra envelopes can be found on the bench at the side entrance. This is a great way to honor or remember deceased Dads.
SPEED BUMP/PARKING LOT PAVING...
Last October we explained how the ‘bump’ in the parking lot was caused when an electric line was run across the parking lot for outlets for our Fun-Fest. Over time water caused the area to heave producing a raised area which is a danger to anyone walking over it. This summer we will be fixing this area at an approximate cost of $12,000. We presently have donations of $6,435 toward this project. We’re hoping to bump this amount up to help cover most of the cost of the resurfacing. Any donations will be gratefully accepted!
PAINTING OF THE OUTSIDE WINDOWS OF THE CHURCH... You can see how the window frames are peeling – more info to follow.
ST. MARY-ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL ANNUAL DUCK RACE
will take place on Saturday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. this year.
There are many, many prizes and your support helps our parish school. Tickets ($5.00) are available at the Parish Office and will also be sold at the Parish Picnic on June 7.
Our bulletin sponsors enable us to receive our weekly Church bulletins free of charge. Let’s thank these sponsors by patronizing their businesses’. Many of these advertisers have been our sponsors for years. Let them know that you have seen their advertisement on the back of our bulletin and appreciate their sponsorship.
THE ARCHBISHOPS ANNUAL APPEAL
This weekend is Commitment Weekend across the Archdiocese for the 2015 Appeal. If you have not yet made a gift or pledge, please pray about your decision and make a pledge or one-time gift. Thank you in advance for your support of this fund which helps so many.
MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOPS OF CONNECTICUT
A proposal which would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide in Connecticut was sponsored by an organization called Compassion and Choices during the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. Both times this measure died in the Public Health Committee and so never came up to a vote. However, there is every reason to believe that this legislative proposal will be sponsored again in 2015. As a church community we need to be vigilant, pro-active and knowledgeable regarding Physician Assisted Suicide and to join forces with other groups to defeat it. We are obligated to do so because we believe that Physician Assisted Suicide is based on false arguments; it is unnecessary; and it is destructive of human life and dignity. It can only lead to our diminishment as human beings and to a bad outcome for society. The Catholic Church is well positioned to marshal opposition to this legislative proposal thanks to our network of parishes, schools, health care institutions and charitable organizations. Therefore, we will be grateful for your attention to this matter and to your active cooperation in bearing witness to the Gospel of Life in the face of threats to human life and dignity.’
FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD
OFFICE OF PASTORAL PLANNING
Dear St. Michael’s Parishioners,
Several weeks ago you were given a copy of a letter from Archbishop Blair that introduced the subject of pastoral planning. This is an update on this very important initiative.
Our Holy Father Pope Francis states: ‘I dream of a missionary option, that is a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, languages and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.’ In an effort to discern the will of God for the Archdiocese of Hartford, an on-line pastoral planning survey, as well as a paper version for those who need it, is being made available to every person 18 years of age and older in our Diocese. Archbishop Blair has insisted that the process of pastoral planning be both consultative and collaborative, therefore, your feedback is extremely important. Please add your voice to this process by completing the survey as soon as possible. The information you provide will be used to help guide future planning efforts throughout the Archdiocese, including those for our parish.
Included in this week’s bulletin is an insert titled: Your Voice Counts. It contains information and a link, that is a web address, to the on-line survey, which you can access from your compuer, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. A copy can also be found on our website.
The on-line survey is available now and will remain open until May 25, 2015. It is available in English, Polish, and Spanish. You are encouraged to access the on-line survey, if you are able, as soon as possible. It will take twenty minutes or less to complete. If you need a paper copy you may obtain one from the bench at the side entrance. Paper surveys must be returned to the parish office by May 25 so they can be mailed to the Archdiocese.
There are many challenges facing the Church today, so on behalf of Archbishop Blair, we thank you for helping to reposition our Archdiocese for a spiritually rich and vibrant future.
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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, May 17, 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 – Spring 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.
Mon., May 25: Memorial Day – Parade begins in Shelton. THERE IS NO MASS THAT DAY. Pray the Novena privately.
May Devotions on Wednesdays during May at the 7:00 pm Mass.
The Parish Office is closed on Memorial Day.
May Devotions will conclude this Wed., 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 7: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) – Procession after 11:30 am Mass.
Sunday, June 7: PARISH PICNIC noon to 8 pm at Warsaw Park, Pulaski Highway, Ansonia.
Sunday, June 14: Firemen Sunday – 8:00 am Mass for deceased/living members of Pauggies.
Sunday, June 21: FATHER’S DAY
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD BANK AND THRIFT STORE
- gratefully acknowledges all donations of food, gift cards, and monetary gifts. Your help means so much!!
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.
– 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 .
SUMMER PROGRAM FOR YOUTH STRIVES TO IMPROVE
Reading, writing, math, communication, and critical thinking skills to prepare students for junior high and high school work. Summer session June 25,26, 29, 30, July 1,2,3 from 9:00am until noon. Summer fee is $50. Call 203-393-3396 or 203-507-7812.
Takes place at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Hall at Yale University, 268 Park St. New Haven.
LOURDES IN LITCHFIELD PILGRIMAGE SEASON (MAY)
May 24 (Annual May Crowning) of the Blessed Mother’s statue in the Grotto at the conclusion of the 11:30 am Mass.
May 31(Prayer of Sacrament of the Sick) at the conclusion of the 11:30 am Mass.
Mohegan Bus Trip to Mohegan Sun on Mon.
May 11, leaves Holy Rosary 8:25am and leaves Casino at 4:00pm. Call Holy Rosary to reserve seat: 203-735-7874.
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
HELP WANTED – two days a week helping elderly lady make lunch (noon to 2 pm). She speaks English and German. Call Chris 203-253-5428
MASTER’S TABLE COMMUNITY MEALS, INC.
- is a not-for-profit based out of Ansonia that offers food, hope, and assistance in our community. They serve the homeless, near homeless, Vets, seniors, and low to moderate income families by providing food and fellowship to those in need. Once a month volunteers serve a meal at Assumption Church in Ansonia (the last Sunday of the month). Next serving is Sunday, May 31, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public (donations are always welcome). Visit their website for information... www.masterstablemeals.org.
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL OF WEST HAVEN
- is now accepting Transfer Applications for grades 10 and 11 for the 2015-16 academic year. For information contact Mr. Pasquale Izzo, Director of Admissions at 203-937-3230.
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
Saint Michael Parish • 75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut 06418
Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005