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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, July 17, 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: MAY/JUNE 2016
July 4: Monday - Holiday, No Mass or Novena - Parish Office Closed.
July 11-12: Monday/Tuesday: Office Closed for Parish Audit by Archdiocese (every three years). Staff busy with auditors.
July 17: Divine Mercy Devotion-3PM
August 6-7: Augustinian Friars Mission Appeal
Friday's in July and August: Parish Office Closed
ST. VINCENT DEPAUL THRIFT SHOPPE & FOOD BANK
237 Roosevelt Dr., Derby. Donations of non-perishable food items, monetary and gift cards are always welcome. Summer Hours: June, Mon. thru Sat., 9:30am-2:30pm. July, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9:30am-2:30pm, August-Closed. Reopening August 22, Mon.-Sat. 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!
PORKETTA DINNER ON TUESDAY, JULY 26, 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.
VOCATION DISCERNMENT NIGHTS FOR MEN (16-35 YEARS OLD). (Mon., July 11, St. Mary Church, Newington, CT 6-8pm and Mon. Aug. 8, St. Dominic Church Southington 6-8pm). This will be an informational gathering with practical suggestions for ‘discerning’ the call that God has in store for you. Pizza will be served. To reserve your spot, please call 1-860-761-7457.
SPEND AN EVENING WITH THE LAY CARMELITES
– on Thursday, July 14, 6:30 pm, St. Lawrence Church Huntington. Procession, Mass, and the opportunity to be vested with the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Reception to follow.
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR FOR SALE
One of our parishioners has a "Jazzi" electric wheelchair for sale. Anyone interested may call Jadwiga at 203-343-5362.
TUTORS NEEDED FOR THE LITERACY VOLUNTEERS VALLEY PROGRAM. Free tutoring is offered to adult learners in need of improving basic reading skills or for English as a second language. Tutors are asked for a commitment of 2 hours per week and will receive initial training, ongoing support and quarterly workshops. To register please contact Kathi Hunt at 203-924-6651 ext. 102 or e-mail her at email@example.com. An application can also be filled out online at www.lvagnh.org. Training for tutors will take place in April.
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS, ST. MICHAEL’S POST #1562
pasta dinner and movie night at 6:30pm, second Tuesday of each month. (112 Derby Ave.) Next dinner: July 11. Cost $6 per person, no reservations required. A raffle is also held.
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL: NEW ADDRESS AS OF 7/1.
One Notre Dame Way, West Haven, CT 06516
(Notre Dame has not moved. The City of West Haven has designated the road in front of the school as a private road.)
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.
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.
FOR DIVORCED, WIDOWED, OR SEPARATED – there is a special heartache in finding oneself alone again.
Divorced, separated and widowed men and women of all ages are encouraged to attend a Beginning Experience weekend designed for those who wish to resolve this pain and grief of losing the marriage relationship and create a more peace-filled future. The weekend begins Friday evening, May 13 nd continues through Sunday afternoon, May 15. The weekend fee is $235 per person and includes the program and materials, all meals on Saturday and Sunday and two nights’ stay. For info and an application please call 1-860-993-7866 or 1-845-373-8202.
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 (email@example.com), Jerry Coolidge 203-735-1068, Joe Jeanette Jr. 203-906-7846, Markanthony Izzo 203-231-3576 (firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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.
WORK WANTED: elder care, housekeeping, 2 hours per day, Monday through Friday in the Valley. Speaks both English and Polish. Call Jadwiga at 203-343-5362. Also her nephew is a handyman and seeks work. Call her for information.
HELP WANTED: Holy Rosary Church, Ansonia is seeking to fill a part-time position of Plant Manager/Maintenance Worker. Persons interested in this 28 hour per week job should call Holy Rosary at 203-735-7874.
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.
WOMAN IS AVAILABLE FOR PART-TIME COMPANION AND HOUSEKEEPING. Call Mary at 203-735-4993.
CUSTODIAN WANTED FOR ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL
Twenty (20) hours per week - $10 per hour. During the school year, hours are noon to 4PM. Summer hours will be in the morning. Anyone interested should call the school at 203-735-6471.
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!
SECOND COLLECTION - JULY 2-3, 2016
The second collection today is to help defray the cost of air-conditioning the church. Thank you for your generosity.
ST. MARY - ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
...The school office is closed during the month of July. There are openings in all grades for 2016-17. School hours are 9:00am to 3:15 pm. A before and after school program is available – school opens at 7 am and closes at 6pm.
...Please consider a Catholic education for your child/children. The school offers – multi-age pre school for 3 and 4 year olds (flexible scheduling), full day kindergarten, rigorous academic program centered on Catholic Social teachings, monthly service projects, Spanish (PreK thru gr. 8), Music, Art, P.E. and technology. Family oriented environment, soccer, basketball, volleyball, art enrichment, band, Chess Club, Drama Club.
…Still openings in the following Summer Camps
Art Camp – Around the World – July 10-14, 9 am until noon. Let’s Get Cooking – July 18-21, 9am until noon. Around the World – July 25-28 am until noon. Inventor’s Week – Aug. 1-4, 9 am to noon.
Please contact the school office at 203-735-6471.
CCD PROGRAM - SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER
Please note: 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.
Students new to the program may call the Parish Office for information and a registration form.
TEACHERS/AIDES ARE NEEDED FOR NEXT CCD YEAR. If you can volunteer to instruct our students in the Religious Education Program (twice a month), please call Margaret Mattei at 203-530-2808. It is a rewarding experience to work with the children. (If you have children in the program their registration fee will be waived if you volunteer to teach).
ABOUT THE PARISH BULLETIN
The Parish Bulletin is transmitted via internet on Mondays or Tuesdays but is usually completed and set by Monday morning. We do our best to keep each page complete – that is, not break up the text of a particular item so that it goes from one page to another, particulary with the first page. This is the reason that we ask please that Pro-Life Rose Intentions be submitted at least ten days in advance of the Sunday you wish them to appear. When intentions are received on the Monday prior to the next Sunday, it often makes it very difficult to ‘fit them in’ when that page has already been completed. Every time an additional line is added it moves the text down a line and changes the entire page. It is understandable that it is easy to miss this deadline – but then you must understand, too, that rose intentions may not appear in the Sunday bulletin that you requested. Also, if we can manage to ‘squeeze it in’ we may have to edit the wording.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
FROM THE PARISH OFFICE - OOPS!
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
Relic of St. John Paul II... The process has begun to obtain a relic of St. John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla – Papal Inauguration, October 22, 1978) for our parish. This may take some time to obtain but we wish to be prepared to receive the relic by purchasing a reliquary (a repository which contains a holy relic) to hold it. We will have to make a donation for the relic as well. If anyone would like to contribute toward this worthy project, donations will be gratefully accepted at the parish office, by mail, or you may place a donation in the collection basket noted for St. John Paul II relic.
Portable Sound System... We have need to use a portable sound system several times throughout the year – May Crowning, Corpus Christi Procession, Cemetery Service and events in the Church Hall. We have been fortunate to be able to borrow one each time through the courtesy of Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home. It is time, however, to purchase one for the parish to own. The cost of a system with speakers is approximately $1,000. Once again we hope to rely on the generosity of our parishioners to help us fund this sound system. Donations will be appreciated and can be sent to or made at the Parish Office or placed in the collection basket noted for sound system.
...Donors names for both projects will be printed in the bulletin unless requested to be anonymous. As always your support is a huge help to the parish.
ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
...For information on purchasing graves at the Cemetery please contact Denny McNamara, Manager at 203-414-1030.
...Also please be reminded, as we approach spring and the planting season, that any flowers, decorations, etc. must be only placed in a 10 inch space from the monument and that any curbing, fencing, wood chips, bricks, rocks, etc. are prohibited on the grave site as it presents a danger to workers when mowing and trimming.
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.
XIV NIEDZIELA ZWYKŁA
Dzisiejsza druga składka przeznaczona jest na pokrycie kosztów związanych z chłodzeniem budynków parafialnych.
Przypominamy, że 4 lipca biuro parafialne będzie nieczynne. Również w tym dniu nie będzie Mszy św. wieczornej.
RELIKWIE JANA PAWŁA II
Rozpoczeliśmy intensywne starania o sprowadzenie do naszego kościoła, relikwii św. Jana Pawła II. Zapewne jego wstawiennictwo jest nam bliskie i w dalszym ciągu bedziemy wypraszać o potrzebne nam łaski za wstawiennictwem Świętego. Jeśli ktoś ma wolę by złożyć na ten cel ofiarę to proszę o kontakt z biurem parafialnym lub kapłanem.
Niniejszym informujemy, iż biuro parafialne w lipcu i sierpniu bedzie nieczynne.
St. Michael Parish
ARCHBISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL 2016
The overall Appeal collection was $9,785,572 with 40,270 donors. The ten parishes in the Ansonia-Derby Deanery contributed as follows: amount and number of donors: Assumption Church $52,669 (232), Holy Rosary Church $29,710 (197), St. Joseph Church $10,814 (64), St. Michael Church Beacon Falls $32,436 (211), St. Jude Church $15,040 (72), St. Mary Church $25,822 (146), St. Michael Church Derby $20,515 (140), St. Thomas The Apostle Church $58,163 (259), Good Shepherd Church $48,078 (203), St. Augustine Church $20,419 (124). Thank you to all who donated in the name of our parish.
It is important that when you give to any charitable organization, you are confident that the funds are used wisely. Be assured that your gift to the Appeal only supports the ministries and programs of the program. For info check the Appeal website at archdioceseofhartford.org.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org.) You will be asked to provide a written detail of the facts involved and you can find specifices 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 Sr. Dolories Lahr, CSJ, at 860-541-6475 or email@example.com.
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.
Saint Michael Parish • 75 Derby Avenue • Derby, Connecticut 06418
Rev. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005