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.




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

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

THIS SUNDAY - THE SECOND COLLECTION - November 22, 2015 will be for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) which was founded to end the cycle of poverty in the United States by funding organizations that help individuals help themselves. Your donation will defend human dignity and reach out to those living on the margins.  Thank you.




November has been a busy month for students and their commitment to community service.  A ‘Purple’ Change of Pace Day was held to benefit Project Purple, for Pancreatic Cancer Research.  $300 was raised.  Also, the Drama Club sponsored another Change of Pace Day to benefit veterans.


The Student Council sponsored a third Change of Pace Day to benefit Spooner House. Each child was asked to bring in four canned goods to help Spooner House with their holiday baskets.  (For your information – a change of pace day is when the students are given an opportunity to ‘make a donation to not have to wear their uniform on a particular day! It’s fun for the students and always helps a worthy cause.)


The School is once again holding a Snowflake Raffle during the month of December.  Snowflake Calendars are $10 each.  Each day during December (Monday through Thursday), there is a $25 drawing, each Friday a $50 drawing.  The final drawing on Dec. 23 is $250.  Only 1,000 calendars will be sold. Calendars are available at the school or by calling Mrs. Coppola at 203-735-6471.    Winning tickets are returned back for future drawings so you have several chances to win!  Your support will be greatly appreciatedlll.


Annual Christmas Concert and Living Nativity will be held on Wed., Dec. 16 at 6:00 pm in St. Mary Church.  Save the date to attend.




Schedule of Classes-November/December

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


Grades 1, 2, 3, and 8.

Nov. 22, December 13


Grades 4, 5, 6, & 7.

December 6 & 20


Grade 9.

December 6


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 GIVING TREE FOR BIRTHRIGHT will be in the Church from Nov. 29 until Dec. 20.  You will have an opportunity to take a tag off of the tree and donate the item listed to Birthright of the Valley.  Gifts should be new and wrapped or bagged with the tag attached.  Birthright is so grateful for this help each year.


GRADE 9 TEACHER STILL NEEDED: If you can volunteer one Sunday (two hours) a month to our CCD Program please call DRE Margaret Mattei at 203-530-2808.  Your help will be gratefully appreciated.




Oplatki (Christmas Wafers) are available at the Parish Office or in the Sacristy after Mass.  Please pick your up early as they tend to be gone long before Christmas.  A donation is kindly requested.




BULLETIN DEADLINES: Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday and then Christmas and New Years early deadlines, items for the bulletin (pro-life roses, etc.) should be in to the office at least three weeks prior to the Sunday you wish it to appear.  Rose requests for Christmas and New Years should, particularly, be in by the first week in December to ensure that it will be published for those weeks. Thank you!


OFFICE CLOSED: The Parish Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27.


OFFERTORY ENVELOPES for 2016 will be in the Church the weekend after Thanksgiving.    The envelopes were delivered a bit later than we expected and the boxes are now being labeled and arranged in alphabetical order.   If you did not have a box for this year but would like one for 2016, please call the parish office


GREETING CARDS: For your convenience, the Parish Office has a variety of greeting cards available in English and Polish (donation gratefully accepted) and ‘Biblical Religious Stories) DVDs ($5 each).




The next rehearsal, for St. Michael’s Church English Choir will be held on  Tuesday Nov. 24, at 6:00 pm in the Choir Loft.





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: $11,620  We are still in need of at least $2,325 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: $1975.

The total cost for the painting of all the outside church windows, trim, and the fixing of leaking gutters totaled $5270.  Thank you to all who have graciously supported the cost of this project.




A special thank you to our “in-house mason” who so generously offers his time and talent and who recently poured a new concrete base for the rectory’s air-conditioners – they are now stable.

Bog Zaplac




Bon Venture, our bulletin provider, is sponsoring a contest (design a birthday card for Jesus) for age groups from ages 3 to 17.  The contest rules with application are on the bench at the side entrance.  Last year one of our parishioners won the ages 15-17 category and received a $100 gift certificate! Please encourage your children to participate.   Entries must be mailed to Bon Venture and received by Friday, Dec. 4.




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.



2015 appeal  totaled $10,213, 976!  Number of gifts: 43,348.  The 2016 appeal is underway.  Thank you to all who participated in this year’s appeal!!




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 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 vulnerable 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




Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 2:30pm.  plans to distribute turkeys and all the trimmings to 150 families for Thanksgiving.  St. Vincent de Paul is very thankful for our continuous support.  Your generosity in leaving food in the side entrance for the food bank is greatly appreciated by the Food Bank (we always receive a letter of thanks).  Please continue your support as the winter is almost upon us and your donations help to feed the less fortunate in our Valley communities.



Italian Night Cabaret, Sat. Nov. 21, doors open at 6:00pm, showtime 7:00pm.  LaSala Banquet Hall at Sons of Italy, 73 High St., Derby. Cabaret seating at tables of eight.  Ice and water provided, no BYOB, (cash bar available) bring your own food/snacks and paper goods. Join Marc Garofalo and friends for all good things Italian.  For reservations call Lou Giordano at 203-795-5979 or Kathryn Gasparini at 203-734-6261.



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.




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:



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




-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.




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




is 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



TEAM, Inc. seeks volunteers to assist low-income families and individuals in filing their taxes. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers pre preparation of federal and state income tax returns.  No experience is necessary to volunteer. You will receive free training to become a certified tax preparer.  The program operates from Jan. to April 2016 with sites in Derby, Shelton, & Seymour.  For information or to become a VITA volunteer please call 203-736-5420 or e-mail




for girls in grades 4, 5,6,7,8 for one-on-one tutoring by Yale University students and professions on selected Saturdays at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Center at Yale University at 268 Park St., New Haven, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm beginning Oct. 10 until April 9, 2016.  Fee is $60 for the academic year.  To register please call 203-393-3396 or e-mail






WORK WANTED MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AS COMPANION/HOMEMAKER part-time, speaks Polish and English.  Please call Jadwiga 203-343-5362.



CHRISTMAS WISH LIST FOR WESLEY VILLAGE/BISHOP WICKE HEALTH CENTER SHELTON is posted in the bulletin board in the vestibule of the Church.  Donations gratefully accepted so that every one has something to open on Christmas morning.  Items may be delivered to Bishop Wicke or to the lower level of Crosby Commons at Wesley Village.  Questions may be directed to Mary Barbin at 203-944-8239.



GINGERBREAD NATIVITY MAKING – Pilgrim Hall at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, Rte. 118, on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 am to 12 noon.  Bring your little ones/older ones and partake in this enjoyable preparation for the Christmas season.  All materials are provided. The cost is $30 per Nativity.  Space is limited, so call early to reserve a table by calling 860-567-1041 or e-mail:




at Paugassett Hook and Ladder Co. Firehouse on Derby Ave.  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.




Please note:  In the September 27th  bulletin we asked that anyone who has overplanted beyond the 10 inches from the monument or has placed any kind of curbing on the grave site to please remove/clean up the plot and clean up is now beginning. (Thank you to all who have cleaned up their plots). Also, please limit your votive lights to one or two on a plot.  If you have anything that is not in compliance with the rules and you would like to save it, we suggest you remove it promptly.


Winter decorations (no grave blankets) will be removed at the end of February (weather permitting) Thank you for your cooperation with this.



HAVE YOU SUFFERED AN ABORTION? Experience God’s love and mercy and begin the journey of healing.  Please call the Sisters of Life: 1-866-575-0075 or e-mail:



MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP: sponsored by Holy Rosary Parish, Ansonia.  Monday, November 23, leaves Holy Rosary Parking Lot at 8:25 am and leaves Casino at 4 pm.  $30 per person with $30 give back.  Call Holy Rosary Office to book your seat (203-735-7874).



CATHOLIC RADIO STATION WJMJ FM near Hartford 88.9 and near New Haven 107.1 and on the Internet – Radio-thon, Thursday, Nov. 19 to Monday Nov. 23.  Your donation will keep your favorite uplifting music, inspirational messages and religious news on the air.



CATHOLIC WAR VETERAN’S ST. MICHAEL’S POST 1562 will hold its annual children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, December 13 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Post Rooms.  Post, Auxiliary and Social members in ‘good standing’ should register immediate family dependents or grandchildren by this coming Tuesday, Nov. 24 (children must be eight years old or younger).  For information call 203-734-9748 after 1:00 pm.



CASINO BUS TRIP SPONSORED BY CWV POST 1562 on Sat., Dec. 5 to Mohegan Sun.  Bus departs the Post at 8;30am.  Cost is $35 per person.  Call the post for details.




Members of our prayer shawl ministry recently attended a workshop in Hartford and donated some shawls at the gathering.  This thank you letter was just received: ‘thank you for donating the beautiful prayer shawls in order to help support the outreach ministry of Mothers United Against Violence.  Members of the Step-Up Step-Out group at Asylum Hill Congregational Church have been attending the MUAV vigils in the City of Hartford over the past two years and have given a prayer shawl to the victims families.  With twenty to thirty murders occurring in Hartford each year it is difficult for our ministry to keep up with the demand.  We are very grateful to your parish shawl ministry for helping to meet this need.’


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!



THIS SUNDAY TEAM, INC. AND WESLEY VILLAGE, 580 LONG HILL AVE., SHELTON  invite everyone to attend the 12th Annual Festival of Trees from 10am to 3pm.  There will be chances to win the trees, raffles, vendors, crafts, and a bake sale.  Parking and shuttle service available at Long Hill Elementary School, 565 Long Hill Ave.  Handicapped parking is at Wesley Village.









Dzisiejsza druga składka przeznaczona jest na pokrycie kosztów związanych z ogrzewaniem budynków parafialnych jak również zapłacenie rachunków za elektryczność.



Biuro parafialne przygotowuje koperty do składania ofiar na 2016 rok, które będą dostępne w listopadzie. Ci którzy otrzymywali koperty w 2015 roku automatycznie będą przepisani na 2016 rok. Ci którzy nie mają kopert, a chcieliby je otrzymywać, proszę o zgłoszenie się do biura parafialnego.



Dzisiaj po Mszach św. Ministranci i ich Rodzice zapraszają do dolnego kościoła na ‘ciastko i herbatę’. Zebrane w ten sposób fundusze chcą przeznaczyć na nowe komże i strój ministrancki.



Opłatkie bożonarodzeniowe są do nabycia w zakrystii i biurze parafialnym.



Informujemy, że biuro parafialne 26 i 27 listopada będzie nieczynne.






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, December 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.  203-734-0005


f these hours are not convenient, please call the office and our staff will make arrangements to accommodate you.


Sun. December 6 – Second collection is for Christmas Flowers. There is an envelope in your box of offertory envelopes on December 6 and there are also envelopes at the side entrance.  Intentions will be listed in the bulletin unless otherwise specified.  One request... please print neatly and clearly. Thank you!


Tuesday, December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Holy Day of Obligation.


Sunday, December 13 – Second collection is for Retirement Fund for Religious.


Sunday, December 20 – Divine Mercy Devotion.


Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day.



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

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

Copyright 2013-2015