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, June 19, 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.

Thank you.



May Devotions every Wed. at the 7:00 PM Mass - Polish


May 29: Corpus Christi


May 30: Memorial Day - Office Closed


June 4: Ordination of Robert Carter as Deacon, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hartford


June 5: Parish Picnic, Warsaw Park


June 12: Firemen Sunday - Paugassetts


June 19: Father's Day





Father’s Day Envelopes can be found in your box of Offertory Envelopes for May 29 and may be placed  into any Sunday Collection basket through June 12 in order to be placed on the altar for Father’s Day – June 19.  Extra envelopes can be found on the bench at the side entrance.



Rest In Peace

‘Please pray for the repose of the soul of Marlene Sudvoy Bruzas who was buried from our Church on May 19.  May she rest in peace.




Our parishioner, Robert Carter, will be ordained a Deacon on Sat., June 4 in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford. There will be a 29 passenger bus leaving from St. Michael Church parking lot at 9:00am and returning at approximately 2:00pm.  Anyone interested in attending this special event should call the rectory at 203-734-0005 by this Monday, May 23,  to reserve a seat on the bus.  There is no charge to take the bus and no tickets are required to attend as the event is open to the public.




...Thanks to all parishioners who supported our Shred Day last Saturday. $882 was raised for the school.  There will be another shred day in November.

...The school continues to host Open House each Tuesday morning  from 9:30 to 11:30 am.  All prospective parents are invited to visit our school to see our students in action.  Registration is open in all grades PreK through 8. There is a before and after school program for all grades.  The school opens at 7 am and closes at 6 pm.

...Jersey Mike’s Subs on Pershing Drive is offering the school a Tuesday Special every Tuesday during May and June.  For every sub purchased with a coupon, Jersey Mike’s will donate $2 to our school.  Coupons are available in the school office and side entrance of Church  and must be presented at the time of purchase.

...On Friday, May 27, we will have our annual Memorial Day Program in front of the school around the flagpole at 9:30am.  All veterans and parishioners are invited to attend.

...The 8th Annual Housy Duck Race will take place on Sat., June 25.  Duck tickets are $5 each – 65 prizes.  Tickets are available at the School and Rectory.  First prize is $1,000.

Come and see the ducks as they are tossed into the water from the Derby-Shelton Bridge.

Upcoming Events:  Wed., June 1 – Field Day, Friday, June 3 – Class Night, Mon., June 6 - 8th Grade Graduation at 7 PM St. Mary’s Church, Tues. June 7 - Kindergarten Graduation at 11 AM, Wed., June 8 –

Pre-K Graduation at 10 AM.




Congratulations to the children in the First Communion Class who will receive Jesus for the first time this Sunday at the 10 o’clock Mass:  Mackenzie Kacprzyski, Oscar Kania, Dariusz Kaszuba, Sebastian Kraszewski, Julian Lojko, Vanessa Nguyen, Phillipe Plante, Maya Przybylko, Ariana Rivera, Michael Slack. Grateful thanks to Margaret Mattei, teacher and Kathryn DiBona, Aide, for preparing the children to receive this sacrament.


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).




Sincere thanks to everyone who leaves donations of clothing in the 'Kiducation Bin' in our parking lot.  A check for the December/January donations was just received from Fr. Nadolny's Good News Funds in the amount of $175 for our parish.




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.




Half-Keg Challenge...A donation of $25 helps to defray the cost of beer and beverages for the picnic.


Chinese Auction... (NEW ITEMS ONLY PLEASE) Prizes are needed and may be brought to the parish office during office hours.  Please be sure to put your name on your donation so that we may acknowledge it!


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: Picnic sponsor.  Donations are $200, $150, and $100.


SUPPLIES NEEDED: (leave on back porch of rectory).  Aluminum foil, paper towels, apple sauce, tomato sauce, tomato soup, sauerkraut, all-purpose white flour, 2 litre bottles of soda (coke, diet coke, orange, sprite,) coffee, tea. Please be sure that expiration dates are not past. (Do not need paper plates, cups, or napkins – we have plenty).


Baked Goods Needed...We are depending on our parish bakers to donate those delicious items 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.


Important note to workers in food tent: It is mandatory that you wear a hat (hairnet or baseball cap o.k.) per the Valley Health Department.  Please comply as the Health Dept. will be checking to see that all is in order.  Thanks!




There are large white envelopes on the bench at the side entrance and if you have not already made a gift or pledge to the Appeal, please take an envelope and prayerfully consider participating in this year’s Appeal.  Thank you to the parish families who have made a gift or pledge to the 2016 Appeal.  It has surpassed the goal of $8,500,000 with a participation rate of only 19% across the Archdiocese.




...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.






Nabożeństwa Majowe będziemy odprawiać w środy po Mszy św. o godz. 19.00. W każdą niedzielę maja odmówimy wspólnie Litanie do Matki Bożej po Mszy św. o godz. 11.30




Piknik parafialny odbędzie sie 5 czerwca w Warsaw Park. Chętnych, którzy chcieliby pomóc w jego organizacji proszę o kontakt z biurem parafialnym.




4 czerwca nasz parafianin, Robert Carter, otrzyma święcenia diakonatu w katedrze w Hartford. Zainteresowanych tą uroczystością proszę o kontakt z biurem parafialnym. W tym celu zarezerwowany został autobus na 29 miejsc. Transport jest bezpłatny.




W tym roku Dzień Ojca będziemy obchodzić 19 czerwca. Koperty z imionami ojców za których chcemy się modlić można złożyć na składkę do 12 czerwca. Dodatkowe koperty na Dzień Ojca znajdują się przy wyjściu z kościoła.




19 czerwca Polish Falcon Nest 36 bedzie sprzedawać pyzy z mięsem na wynos po Mszach św. o godz. 8:00; 10:00 i 11:30. Celem sprzedaży jest zbiórka funduszy na wyjazd dzieci do Buffalo.



St. Michael Parish

Current News



$4,000,000 has been raised in three weeks – an all time record!  If you haven’t already, please consider supporting this important initiative.  Every gift is appreciated and together we can and do make a profound difference in the lives of many individuals and familes in a way that exceeds anything we could hope to achieve on our own.  If you did not receive the 2016 Appeal mailing, please feel free to pick up one of the extra pledge cards and envelopes located on the bench at the side entrance.


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 rchdioceseofhartford.org.




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.




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 sr.lahr@aohct.org.  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 www.archdioceseofhartford.org.  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 sr.lahr@aohct.org.




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



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:
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'


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.



237 Roosevelt Dr., Derby.  They are grateful for the recent donations delivered to them! Donations of non-perishable food items,  monetary and gift cards are always welcome. Items for the Thrift Shop may be dropped off at Roosevelt Drive.



PORKETTA DINNER ON TUESDAY, MAY 24, 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.




with Marc Garofalo and Sarah Widomski, a seven piece Italian Band, and Angelo Sapia and his mandolin, 6:00 - 10:00 PM.  Price $15.00 per person BYOB and snacks.  For tickets call Louise at 203-734-7318.




The Ansonia Polish Falcons Nest #36 will be selling potato dumplings (pyzy) with meat after the 8:00, 10:00, and 11:30 am Masses on Sunday, June 19.  They will be grateful for your support.




Today Catholic War Veterans from all over the state will be attending the 10 am at St. Michael’s. Following Mass the CWV Auxiliary will present ‘Recognition Certificates’ to four CCD 8th grade students who volunteered with the CWV at the Vet’s Hospital.  Congratulations to Veronica Borowski, Klaudia Karwowski, Sylvia Lemanski, and Natalia Wyszkowski honored for their efforts.



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 kathihunt@lavgnh.org.  An application can also be filled out online at www.lvagnh.org. Training for tutors will take place in April.




pasta dinner and movie night at 6:30pm, second Tuesday of each month. (112 Derby Ave.)  Next dinner: June 14.  Cost $6 per person, no reservations required.  A raffle is also held.



ALPHA ACHIEVEMENT SUMMER PROGRAM 2016 FOR GIRLS is registering children in Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8.

Instruction takes place from Monday,June 27 until Friday, July 1 from 9am until noon at St.Thomas Moore Catholic Hall in the Yale Campus, 268 Park St. New Haven.  The goals of the program are to help students develop good character and leadership qualities, improve their reading, writing, math, and critical thinking skills and prepare them for junior and high school work.  The summer fee is $50,  Please call 203-393-3396 or write an e-mail to dohofilena@aol.com.



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: ‘Anything Goes’ (April 8-June 16), ‘Bye Bye Birdie (June 24-Sept. 4) and Chasing Rainbows (Sept. 16-Nov.27).  Call 1-860-873-8664x316.




CHINESE AUCTION...(NEW PRIZES ONLY PLEASE) Prizes will be needed and we will be accepting them at the Parish Office after Easter (beginning April 5).  At the end of winter there will be sales and a good time to find prizes!  Please be sure to put your name on your donation so that we may acknowledge it.



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 (susanlpatten@comcast.net), Jerry Coolidge 203-735-1068, Joe Jeanette Jr. 203-906-7846, Markanthony Izzo 203-231-3576 (markanthony_izzo@yahoo.com.



2016 BACCALAUREATE MASS FOR CATHOLIC HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS graduating eighth or twelfth grades will be held Mon., June 6 at 7pm at the Cathedral of St. Joseph Hartford. If you have a graduate who would like to participate please contact CatholicHomeschoolersCT@gmail.com by May 20th.



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 khale@seasons.org.



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.



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.




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 kwalden@workplace.org.




-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 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.







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: hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org..



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.




On April 4 St. Michael’s Prayer Shawl Ministry brought 17 baby blankets, 14 newborn hats, 39 lap robes and afghans and 8 shawls to Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Smilow Cancer Center. (Thank you to John and Pat Walania for delivering them!) Please keep the Prayer Shawl group in mind while doing your spring cleaning.  If you have any yarn that you will not be using (even partial skeins) please consider donating it to the group.  Donations can be left on the 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. Marek Sadowski, CM, Pastor • 203-734-0005

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