ST. VINCENT DEPAUL THRIFT SHOPPE & FOOD BANK
237 Roosevelt Drive, Derby, Mon. thru Saturdays, 9:30am – 2:30pm. Thank you to all who continue to support this worthy organization through your donations of food, items for the thrift shop, monetary and gift card donations.
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS, ST. MICHAEL’S POST #1562
6:30pm, pasta dinner, salad, bread, dessert, followed by a movie. Next dinner: Tuesday, May 9, $6 per person. A raffle is also held. No reservations are required.
PORKETTA DINNER ON TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 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. Your support of our good neighbors will be greatly appreciated! NOTE: This is the last dinner until the fall.
PARISH PICNIC NEWS
The Parish Picnic is June 4. Once again we are counting on our parishioners to help defray the cost of beer and beverages for the picnic by participating in our half-keg challenge with a donation of $25. This is a great and inexpensive way to lend your support for this important parish fund-raiser. As always, donors’ names will be listed in the bulletin and displayed on the windows of the Rectory porch. The list begins: 1. Fr. Rafal, 2. Fr. Jan.
Chinese Auction prizes needed. Prizes are needed for the Chinese Auction (new items please). They may be brought to the parish office during office hours – Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30 am to 3:30 pm or Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. (Office closed Fridays). Thank you! (More picnic news to follow.)
SPECIAL PROGRAM – Daun Barrett, RN, director of Community Outreach and Parish Nursing at Griffin Hospital will present a free discussion on the three stages of Advanced Care Planning which is a process of understanding and discussing individual goals and values to determine one’s overall wishes should a time come when one cannot make one’s own medical decisions. It will be held on Sunday, April 30, 1:00 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Church Hall, 733 Oxford Rd., Oxford. To register please call Maryjane at 203-888-2382, ext. 121. This program is open to the public.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND – July 7-9 in Manchester CT. Welcome Jesus more into your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. It is a wonderful experience. Please call Paul and Kim Gilbert for information and to register – 1-860-376-0440.
VALLEY CATHOLIC SUMMER SOFTBALL LEAGUE
being coordinated by Assumption Church, Ansonia. Looking for Co-Ed Teams with a mixture of both High School students and adults. If anyone in our parish would like to form a team and compete against other Parishes in the Valley please call the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at Assumption Church – 203-735-7857, ext. 7.
DERBY PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS MANY WONDERFUL PROGRAMS!
Check at www.derbypubliclibrary.org for their monthly schedule.
WORK WANTED – PARISHIONER SEEKS WORK CLEANING, care-giving in the mornings, speaks Polish and English. Call Jadwiga 203-343-5362. She cleans our cemetery office and comes highly recommended.
ST. JOSEPH’S RESIDENCE, ENFIELD, has new openings on the independent living floors. If you are on a fixed income, you are living independently and you are at least 70 (or older) the Little Sisters of the Poor would like to talk to you to see if their Home would be the perfect place for you in retirement. Call 1-860-741-0791 and ask for the social worker to discuss this wonderful opportunity.
KASIA EATERY AND CATERING is now open in Derby at 143 Main Street. Serving Polish-American food. For information call 203-516-5295.
WARSZAWA – POLISH RESTAURANT, 350 Main St., Ansonia is now open Monday thru Sunday..
MONTHLY PRO-LIFE MASS/ROSARY ASSUMPTION CHURCH CHAPEL. Held every First Friday there will be a Mass for Life at 7 pm. Rosary recited at 6:30 pm. Please come and pray for the defenseless unborn.
BIRTHRIGHT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
This emergency pregnancy service offers free pregnancy tests, friendship counseling, and practical support. If you can help please call 1-800-550-4900 for the Birthright nearest you (Ansonia). Training is provided.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER PROGRAM
The Kennedy Center located in Trumbull has been awarded a grant from the South Central CT Agency on Aging. This program teaches individuals with developmental disabilities important life skills in order to make the individual a caregiver for their aging parent or family member. To qualify the individual must be living with an older adult over the age of 60, have intellectual or other related disabilities and be 18 years or older living in Derby, East Haven, Milford, New Haven, Orange, Seymour, Shelton or West Haven. For further information call Christina Borges, Caregiver Facilitator, at 1-800-626-6764, ext. 277. A referral form may also be obtained at the Parish Office.
LAURALTON HALL, CATHOLIC COLLEGE-PREP SCHOOL FOR GIRLS – UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES…
Discover Lauralton: Sun., April 30.
7th Grade Entrance Exam: Sat., May 6
Early Decision Deadline: Aug. 1
Early Decision Notification: Aug. 15
Open House: Sun., Oct. 1
8th Grade Entrance Exam: Sat. Oct. 14, 21
Financial Aid App. Deadline Nov. 15
Regular Admissions Decisions Mailed: Dec. 8
To reserve shadow dates (March 13 through April 28) please call the Admissions Office at 203-87-702786 ext. 144.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MUSEUM, 1 State St., New Haven, “Fleeing Famine” Exhibition on the perils Irish immigrants faced on “coffin ships” as they crossed the Atlantic. Free Admission and parking. For information call 203-865-0400 or web site kofcmuseum.org.
$25,000 TUITION RAFFLE FOR ANY SCHOOL SPONSORED: By Fairfield College Preparatory School. The prize can be used for any K-12 schools, colleges or universities or to pay back a college loan. Only 1,000 tickets will be available at $100 and the prize will be paid directly to the school of choice. 500 tickets must be sold for the raffle to proceed. If fewer are sold the raffle will be canceled and the $100 will be refunded. For information call 203-254-4237.
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 Youth Works. 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 email@example.com.
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…
broken rosaries can be sent in a padded envelope to Betty and Dick Holden until April at 7930 Estero Blvd., Apt. 502, Fort Myers Beach FL 33931. Include a note to return to sender or if it is a donation to be sent on to the missions. For information call 239-463-3993.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Our prayer shawl group has been busy creating lovely and comforting items for those receiving treatment at Griffin Hospital. Recently 20 afghans and 14 shawls were delivered to the hospital. What a beautiful ministry takes place on Tuesday mornings at the Rectory from 10 am until noon. Join them!!