ST. VINCENT DEPAUL THRIFT SHOPPE & FOOD BANK
237 Roosevelt Drive, Derby. St. Vincent’s Food Bank is very grateful of our continued support here at St. Michael’s. Donations may be left in the side entrance of the church. Monetary/gift cards needed. Special request: Please carefully check the expiration dates on food you donate as sometimes there is food with expired dates and the food bank has to throw it out. Thanks!.
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS, ST. MICHAEL’S POST #1562
Next dinner: 6:30pm, pasta dinner, salad, bread, dessert, followed by a movie. Next dinner: Tuesday, February 13,2018, $6 per person. No reservations are required.
PORCHETTA DINNER AT PAUGASSETT HOOK AND LADDER CO. #4 FIREHOUSE ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 23.
Menu includes bread, pasta with meat sauce, salad, porketta, potatoes, and chicken. There is also a raffle. Cost $15 per person. Space is limited. First come – first served.
THE ABC’s OF ANNULMENT PROGRAM –
Jan. 18, 25, February 1 from 7-9 pm, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 116 Grove St. Torrington. Members of the Annulment Team will review the changes in the annulment process initiated by Pope Francis as well as those made in the Archdiocese of Hartford. They will help participants in writing their application in the follow-up workshop on Thurs., Jan. 18 & 25. No registration required. Info call 475-221-8464.
FREE COMMUNITY DINNER – SAT., JANUARY 28,
3:30 to 5:00 pm. Assumption Church, 61 N. Cliff St., Ansonia. If inclement weather please call
203-732-7792 for updates.
BHcare’s THE UMBRELLA FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE,
30th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit the group, Saturday, March 10, Bowlero, 1717 Boston Post Rd., Milford.
Register on-line at www.BHcare.org.
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)…
Free tax help to moderate income people (annual household income of $54,000 and below). Make an appointment after January 15 by contacting 211 or at https://uwc.211ct.org/taxhelp.
WORLD-WIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
invites those who are facing changes to attend a marriage encounter weekend. The next weekends scheduled in Connecticut are February 2-4 and July 6-8. For more information call Dennis and Jane Lamondy at 860-481-3720.
OFFICE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
has scheduled the 2018 Engaged Couples Conferences. The on-line registration forms can be found at HartfordMarriage.org or at Archdiocese of Hartford.org and going to the Office of Family Life which can be found on the menu tab under “Ministries”.
OUR PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
recently donated 12 afghans, 6 shawls, and 215 hats to the Catholic War Vets. They were distributed at the West Haven Vets Hospital on Dec. 19 at the holiday supper and bingo and were very much appreciated.
SAVE YOUR HEIRLOOMS:
Bibles and precious books repaired. Contact WWW.BOOKMAN – JIM.BIZ or call 920-265-5966.
HELP WANTED: CONN. COMPANION AND HOME CARE
is seeking workers from the Polish Community to care for Seniors. If interested please call Sam at
MELODIEERS OF DERBY invite men and women to join the group! They sing at 2:00 pm on Thursdays (Sept. – Dec. and March – Sept.) at various nursing homes in the Valley. Call Ed Gawitt for information (203-888-5316).
WORK WANTED – Polish Woman (speaks English) looking to care for elderly/ill person. Very experienced. Call Janina, 203-735-7330.
BIRMINGHAM HEALTH CARE
(BH care) seeks donations for which helps them provide effective treatment necessary for their clients to live, work, learn, and fully participate in our communities and live happy, healthy lives. The program provides hope and help for thousands of children and families struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. Anyone wishing to made a donation may send it to: BHcare Foundation, Inc., 127 Washington Ave., Third Floor West, North Haven, CT 06473.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
If you have knowledge or suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult (an adult with intellectual disability) has been sexually abused, in any manner, by personnel of the Archdiocese of Hartford, you are urged to report this information to: Kathleen Nowosadko, Victim Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocese, at 860-541-6475 or Kathleen.email@example.com. In addition you will be asked to follow up in writing with a detailed description of the facts involved in the incident. This document is also available online at www.archdioceseofhartford.org.
The Archdiocese of Hartford will report any and all incidents to the proper authorities.
You may also report abuse incidents yourself:
Regarding persons under age 18 – State Dept. of Children and Families 1-800-842-2288.
Regarding vulnerable adults age 18-59 –
Division of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with
Regarding vulnerable adults aged 60 and over – Dept. of Social Services for the Elderly 1-800-385-4225.
Once a written report has been received, an investigation will be undertaken by, or on behalf of the Archdiocese
HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT OF SEXUAL ABUSE TO THE DIOCESE
If you suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult has been sexually abused in any manner by personnel of the Archdiocese of Hartford, please contact the Archdiocese at 1-860-541-6491 and speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator Kathleen Nowosadko – email firstname.lastname@example.org
A follow-up in writing is required. There is a document at www.archdioceseofhartford.org on line for your documentation.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: CRECHE’S OF THE WORLD.
once again displaying artistic representations of the birth of Jesus at the center of its Christmas exhibition until February 19. They are located at 1 State St. and is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm with free parking and admission. Call 203-865-0400 for information.
NATIONAL MIGRATION WEEK – JANUARY 7-14, 2018.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign is working on behalf of the Bishops, including our own Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, to promote humane migration policies towards refugees and immigrants that reflect our Catholic values. To add your voice to this urgent issue, send an electronic message to your lawmakers (see: Justiceforimmigrants.org).
DERBY PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS MANY WONDERFUL PROGRAMS!
Check at www.derbypubliclibrary.org for their monthly schedule.
WORK WANTED – PARISHIONER SEEKS WORK CLEANING, elder care/housekeeping, mornings in the Valley/Woodbridge area. Is experienced and speaks English and Polish. Call Jadwiga for information 203-343-5362. Her nephew also seeks work as handyman or “cook”. (The office can vouch for them.)
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.
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.
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.
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 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…
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: 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.