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 Summer 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


We welcome Fr. Stanley Miekina, CM, who will be substituting at St. Michael’s during Fr. Jan’s vacation in July.




...Summer hours for the school office beginning June 29 – Monday through Thursday 8:30 am until noon.


...There are openings in all grades, PreK-3 through eight grade.  Please call the office to make an appointment with Mrs. Coppola, Principal.


St. Mary-St. Michael School offers a mulit-age PreK for three and four year olds and it may be full time or part time.  Full day kindergarten is offered.  The school day is from 9am to 3:15pm.  There is also a before and after school program (7:00am to 6:00 pm during the school year.) The school offers low student/teacher ratio, safe learning environment, Catholic identity, rigorous academic program, Spanish – grades K-8, soccer, basketball, softball and volleyball, drama club, and art enrichment.



Instructed by:  Grace Torres

Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm...  drop-off begins

at 8:45 am.


Lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided.

Cost: $80 per week per child.

For ages 6-12.


Summer Programs Available –

Week of July 6-10: Let’s Get Cooking!

Week of July 20-24: We Got Talent!

Week of August 3-7: Fun and Fitness!

Call the school for more information.




Registrations for the 2015-16 CCD were due by Tuesday, June 30.  If you have not sent in your registration, please add an additional $10 to the registration fee to cover the late book order which will have to be made.  New or current families who have questions are asked to please call the parish office at 203-734-0005 and the DRE will contact you.  If your children attend ours or any other Catholic School and would like to receive the sacraments at St. Michael’s, please contact the parish office to advise us of your decision.


Volunteer teachers needed.  Anyone interested in teaching in the CCD Program – 90 minutes two Sunday mornings a month – is asked to please call the parish office.  If you have a child/children in the program their registration fee will be free in gratitude for your help.




 - NOTE office hours under July Events in the right hand column


MASSES... People reserve masses for several reasons – for the repose of the soul of someone who has died and also for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.  If you have any special dates in mind for a weekend Mass for 2016 (there are no weekend Masses available for 2015) please reserve it as soon as possible as many Sunday Masses for 2016 have already been reserved and you may be disappointed if the date you wish is not available.  Weekday Mass offering is $15 and Sunday Mass offering

is $20.


-The office will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.  The office will also be closed on all the Fridays of July and August.




PAINTING OF THE OUTSIDE WINDOWS OF THE CHURCH... Tentative plans are in place to take care of the painting of the windows in the next few weeks.


FRONT DOORS OF THE CHURCH... Our grateful thanks are extended to a wonderful painter and his employees for the great job of restoring the front doors of the Church.  They look brand new!


THANKS to the gentleman who ‘finished’ a section under the side bridge roof and evicted the birds that were nesting there! His efforts are greatly appreciated.


CHURCH HALL SPRINKLER SYSTEM...  Although the system is tested every year, there is a mandated five year obstruction investigation on the sprinkler system that was completed this past week.  This testing checks the total operation of the system.

The cost is almost $700.  This is one of the costs that you help pay for with your generosity in the ‘maintenance collections’!


FENCE ALONG THE DRIVE IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH... the City of Derby is replacing the fence at the front of the Church.  The road actually belongs to the City who is funding the cost of replacing the fence.  Because this is City property, anyone wishing to place a sign on this fence must make a request to the City of Derby for permission to do so.




In order for the Cemetery to be properly maintained, it is necessary to have rules and regulations in place regarding flowers and plantings. (Those who have Deed Books will find those rules in the back of the book.)  Please note: flowers are to be planted in a space no more than 10 inches wide in front of the plot monument, the length of which is not to exceed the monument’s base.  Fencing, stones, bricks, etc. are dangerous to  those trimming and cutting the grass.  Planting of trees and shrubs is prohibited and maintenance of existing trees and shrubs is the responsibility of the family.  Anything unsightly will be removed.  Letters will be going out soon to plot owners who have over-planted flowers, etc. on their plots to give them time to remove any items they may wish to keep.  It really is necessary to enforce these regulations as mowing and trimming become very difficult and risky when trying to maneuver in areas where plantings are overgrown or extensive.  If you receive a letter we ask you to please be understanding of the reasoning behind it.  Thanks.




Only registered parishioners may receive sponsor certificates for Baptism/Confirmation.   To verify that you are a practicing Catholic you must attend weekly Mass, use envelopes, and have a registration card on file.  If you do not receive mailings from the parish then we do not have a registration card for you and your family.  Please contact the parish office if you are unsure if you are registered or not.




Our bulletin is supported through the generosity of the advertises on our back cover – please support their business’ and let them know you appreciated their support of our parish through their advertisements.




Please, if you haven't already donated to the Archbishop's Annual Appeal plan to do so.  Donations are welcome year round but it's important to ensure 2015 is a success.


Thank you!





The Archdiocese of Hartford has a process in place if you have knowledge or suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult (an adult with an intellectural disability) has been sexually abused in any manner by personnel of the Archdiocese of Hartford.  This does include volunteers who have contract with children in the parish setting. Please report any suspicions to Sr. Dolores Lahr, CSJ, Victim assistance Coordinator by calling 1-860-541-6475 or at  You will also be asked to provide a written detail of the facts involved and you can find specifics of the written report in the Policies and Procedures of the Archdiocese of Hartford relating to allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors and vulnerale adults.  The document is available online at  There are also postings of this information on our three bulletin boards.




Saturday, July 18. Car pool will depart from the CWV Post Rooms, 112 Derby Ave., at 8:00 am.

Lunch (pay your own cost) will follow at Lenny & Joe’s in Madison.  Bring your own chair for sitting at the parade.  The revolutionary era of 1776 comes alive with music and marching!  Call the Post Rooms to let them know you will be joining the car pool – 203-734-9748 after 1:00 pm.



KIDUCATION BIN Thank you to all who leave donations in the Kiducation Bin in the large parking lot.  The Good News Fund of the Archdiocese oversees the collection from the bin, sells the clothing and shoes for third world countries and St. Michael’s receives a percentage of the sales.  Last year $875 was received and this year $409 so far.



ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SHOPPE acknowledges and  thanks St. Michael’s parishioners for the continued support of their food bank and thrift shop.  Donations of  food, clothing and household items may be left at the Shoppe Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm.  Donations of non-perishable food may be left in the container in the side entrance of the Church.



BUS TRIP TO MOHEGAN SUN to benefit Holy Rosary Church fund-raiser: Monday, July 20, leaves Holy Rosary parking lot at 8:25 am, leaves Casino at 4pm.  $30 per person with $30 giveback.  Call Holy Rosary parish office at 203-735-7874.




- will be selling raffle tickets at our parish on June 13 and 14 and asks for your support.  Their annual Summer Food Festival will take place on July 10 and 11.



‘FESTA ITALIANA’ evening of music, laughs, tears and all good things Italiano, featuring Marc Garofalo and friends is being presented by the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy, Greater New Haven Lodge #37,  at the Annex Club, 554 Woodward Ave., New Haven on Fri. July 17, $15 per person.  Bring your own hard drinks, wine, food, snacks, paper goods.  Tables of 10 available. Call Dan Masto, Jr. at 203-234-7448.




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.


The ladies of the prayer shawl ministry have been busy making baby blankets and baby hats which are given to our ‘newest parish members’ at their Baptism.  Also, several blankets and hats were given to St. Gerard’s Center for Life along with the baby bottles which parishioners so graciously filled with coins and bills.  If anyone has yarn (especailly pastel baby yarn) they do not need, our shawl ministry would be so appreciative of receiving it to continue their work.  Yarn can be left on the back porch of the rectory at any time.  Thank you.




– a workplace opportunity serves youth ages 16-21, low income and have an identified barrier.  Eligibility is determined by YouthWorks.  Recruitment/orientation meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 3 pm at the American Job Center, 33 Elizabeth St., 3rd floor in Derby and on the third Wednesday of the month at 3 pm in the American Job Center, 4 Fourth St. Ansonia.  For info call Mr. Karl Walden at 203-489-5046 or




-invites all to their Prayer Group every Monday at 7:30 pm in their Parish Center, 505 Shelton Ave. Huntington.


Songs,  short teaching, special intentions are held.




Thursday, September 24 thru Sunday, Sept. 27,  2015 in Philadelphia.  For info. call 1-484-441-3225 .



ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL ALL-SCHOOL REUNION 1901-1990, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015.  Mass at 10 a.m., St. Mary’s New Haven, 11:30 to 2:30 brunch at Anthony’s in Morris Cove.  Tickets $52.  Limited seating.  Call Teresa at 203-469-5330



POLISH FALCONS NEST #208 will be holding a tag sale at St. Michael’s in mid-August.   Start putting aside any items in good condition (please) you may wish to donate.  We will let you know when to start leaving them here.  Thank you.



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 gentley 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







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, July 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM.  All are invited to attend this beautiful devotion.  Please join the growing number of people who attend.  If you have never attended because you aren't sure how to recite this devotion, there are booklets available to help you through it.  All you need to bring is your Rosary Beads.

PARISH OFFICE – Summer Hours


The parish office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9:30 AM to  3:30 PM; Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM; and Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  The office is closed on Fridays during July and August.


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



Fridays in July and August:  Parish Office Closed. (If the parish office hours are not convenient for you, please call and we will arrange to accommodate you).


Sunday, July 5: 2nd collection for air-conditioning.


Sunday, July 19:  2nd collection for St. Mary-St. Michael School.


Sunday, July 19: Divine Mercy Devotion at 3:00 pm in the English and Polish languages.


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

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

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