November 18 – November 19 – Second collection is for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development which fights poverty in the U.S. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
November 25 – November 26 – Second collection is to help defray the heating costs in the church. We appreciate your help as we are now in the winter heating season.
DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION THIS SUNDAY
The Divine Mercy Devotion will take place at 3:00 pm in the English and Polish languages. All are invited to participate in this beautiful devotion.
Oplatki (Christmas Wafers) are available in the Sacristy after Mass or at the Parish Office during office hours. A donation is kindly requested.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
We very much have a need for more Eucharistic Ministers to help serve at Mass and funerals. The Archdiocese has three training sessions coming up: August 23 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Waterbury, October 18 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Windsor Locks. All sessions are on Sundays and begin at 2:00 pm lasting between two and three hours. Please call the office at least three weeks before a session you would like to attend so we have time to send the required information to the Archdiocese. To be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion you must be 19 years of age. If married you must be in a valid marriage. A background check will also be conducted and attendance at a Safe Environment Program is required (several offered throughout the state – evenings – about 2 hours).
We are in need of more Lectors to help proclaim the Word of God. If you are interested, please contact the parish office during normal office hours. If no one is available, please leave a message and someone will get back to you immediately. Help is needed at both the Polish and English Masses. A background check will also be conducted and attendance at a Safe Environment Program is required (several offered throughout the state – evenings – about 2 hours).
If you are new to our parish community, please take a moment to stop in or call the Parish Office to fill out a registration card. Also, young adults, 21 years or older who are not in school and are working should have their own registration card. We must provide statistics to the Archdiocese every year and it is sometimes difficult to determine from the Census Cards who are “adults” and who are “children.” Also, if you are not registered, we cannot provide documentation such as a certificate for sponsoring a child for baptism or confirmation or to arrange a wedding.
If you are in this category, please call the parish office and we will be glad to mail a registration card out to you. Thank you.
ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
Please note that it is never too late to make a donation to the Annual Appeal. You can pick up a packet in the pews or at the side entrance. Donations can also be mailed directly to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Office at P.O. Box 28, Hartford, CT 06141. Please note that you belong to St. Michael Parish, Derby. Thank you to all who have responded from our parish to this very worthy cause which supports many programs for people in our communities who have extraordinary needs as well as helps with the costs of priestly formation and education.
The Appeal has surpassed its goal of $10,000,000 for the sixth year in a row. Thanks to the generous support of the donors, our Archdiocesan Family of Faith can continue to enrich, nurture, and foster the spiritual well-being of individuals, families, and communities throughout the Hartford, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties. Donations are gratefully accepted anytime throughout the year.
VISITS TO SHUT-INS
Shut-ins of the parish who are not able to get to church can receive a visit from our Priest’s (those who are on the First Friday visitation list are already included). Please call the parish office as soon as possible to request a visit.
Please note that if you have any special dates you would like to reserve for 2018 it is a good idea to try to do so soon as possible. Masses, especially weekends, are filling up quickly. Sanctuary Lamp intentions also get reserved quickly.
ALTAR SERVERS WANTED
Serving at the altar is a special honor and a great privilege in the Catholic Church. Being an altar server is a special and unique ministry by which you can help to spread the word and love of God through your actions and words. Fr. Jan is training and invites boys and girls to contact him if they are interested in this parish ministry. Altar Servers must be in third grade or above and have received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Please note that only registered parishioners may receive sponsor certificates from the parish for Baptism/Confirmation/Witness for the Sacrament of Matrimony. The certificate states that you are a member of the parish (meaning that you have a registration card on file and use offertory envelopes) and are a practicing Catholic (fulfill your obligation of attending Sunday Mass). If you do not receive the Easter and Christmas mailings 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.
ST. MARY – ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
From the Principal’s Desk…
The school had a beautiful Veterans’ Day Service. The children sang and presented the veterans in attendance with cards which were much appreciated. The children raised $202 with the red, white, and blue Change of Pace Day. Half of the proceeds will be given to the Veterans and the other half will go to the Drama Club for expenses with their spring production. Mrs. Torres
Save the dates:
…Tues., Nov. 21, Thanksgiving Program put on by Kindergarten and Grades 3 & 4. All are welcome to attend!
…Fri., Nov. 24, Derby Green Tree Lighting, 6 pm. The school will be participating.
…Sat., Dec. 2, SMSM will be hosting a CPR Class for certification from 9 am to 12 pm. Cost is $10. Call the school for information.
…Tues., Dec. 19, Nativity and Christmas Concert at 6 pm. All welcome.
Bingo, Thursday Nights, doors open 5 pm, Kitchen at 5:30pm, games start 6:45pm. Admission: package $10. All welcome!!
CCD PROGRAM – PLEASE NOTE CHANGES!
Classes: 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. All grades except 9th.
November 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17. No Classes in January.
9th Grade Students: 8:30 to 9:45 am, Nov. 19, December 3 and 17.There are no CCD classes in January.
The students in grade 6 have donated non-perishable candy and all CCD students made Christmas Cards for troops in the military. All items will be packaged and distributed through the Catholic War Veterans, Post 1562.
The Giving Tree will be in Church from Nov. 26 to Dec. 10. Since Birthright is no longer in the Valley gifts will be given to the Birmingham Group which supports domestic violence. Items needed will be on the cards on the tree.
Jesse Tree Presentation: Dec. 3. At 10:00 Mass.
DRE Margaret Mattei (203-393-1755).
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY GROUP RECENTLY DONATED
The Prayer Shawl group recently donated 14 baby blankets and 5 afghans to Griffin Hospital and 39 hats to Team. This group also makes baby blankets which are given out at the time of a baptism in our church. If anyone has an ill family member and would like a shawl or lap robe, please call the parish office and you may pick one up. Also, if anyone has yarn that they are not using, please consider donating it to the group. Thank you, too, for the recent donation of yarn received. The ladies are much appreciative!
REGARDING PARISH DUES/ROSES, ETC.
…Please do not include payments for dues, roses, etc. in with checks written for offertory as they are deposited separately. Thank you!
…Young adults age 21 and over, who are not students and are working, should fill out a census card and, use envelopes and pay parish dues. Individual dues are $15 per year.
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
2018 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES
Boxes of envelopes for next year are at the back of the Church and will remain there until December for you to pick up. They are arranged alphabetically. If you do not find your box of envelopes please call the Parish Office and we will leave a box for you next week. Also, if you have not used envelopes previously but would like a box please let the office
FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
Parish Office Hours: Monday and Tuesdays from 9:30 to 3:30 pm. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 1:30 pm. Closed Fridays and holidays.
2018 Offertory Envelopes: Boxes for 2018 will be available in the Church to be picked up in November. Those who used envelopes this year will automatically receive a box for next year. If you would like envelopes for 2018 and didn’t have them this year, please let the Parish Office know by
October 22. Using Sunday envelopes helps the parish maintain records of your Sunday stewardship and can provide you with information for your year end tax records.
Parish Registration: If you are new to our parish community, please take a moment to stop in or call the Parish Office to fill out a registration card. Also, young adults, 21 years or older who are not in school and are working should have their own registration card. We must provide statistics to the Archdiocese every year and it is sometimes difficult to determine from the Census Cards who are “adults” and who are “children.” Also, if you are not registered, we cannot provide documentation such as a certificate for sponsoring a child for baptism or confirmation or to arrange a wedding. If you are in this category, please call the parish office and we will be glad to mail a registration card out to you. Thank you.
ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
A gentle reminder that grave blankets are not permitted at the Cemetery. All other Christmas decorations may remain on the graves until the end of February when they will be removed by Cemetery Staff. (If you wish to save them please remove them before the end of February – weather permitting). Thank you.
Our bulletin is supported through the generosity of the advertisers listed on the back of it. It does not cost the parish one cent for this weekly newsletter. Some advertisers have been loyal supporters for years and are members of our local communities.
Please consider supporting them with your patronage and let the business owner know that you appreciate their support of our parish through their advertisements. We are so grateful for this wonderful gift to our parish!!
XXXIII NIEDZIELA ZWYKLA
19 listopada 2017
DZISIEJSZA DRUGA SKŁADKA jest przeznaczona na Akcje Charytatywne wspierające ubogich prowadzone w Stanach Zjednoczonych. W ubiegłym tygodniu druga składka była przeznaczona na naszą szkołę parafialną. Zebraliśmy $1,920. Dziękujemy za zrozumienie i ofiarność. W przyszłym tygodniu druga składka będzie przeznaczona na opłacenie rachunków związanych z ogrzewaniem naszych budynków parafialnych.
NABOŻEŃSTWO DO MIŁOSIERDZIA BOŻEGO dzisiaj, 19 listopada o godz. 15:00. Serdecznie zapraszamy.
PROJEKCJA FILMU „DWIE KORONY” o św. Maksymilianie Kolbe z napisami w j. angielskim w reżyserii Michała Konrada odbędzie się dzisiaj, 19 listopada o godz. 18:00 w sali gimnastycznej naszej szkoły. Cena biletu $15. Po filmie spotkanie z reżyserem. Serdecznie zapraszamy.
THANKSGIVING – DZIEŃ DZIĘKCZYNIENIA, czwartek 23 listopada. Zapraszamy na Mszę św. o godz. 9:00.
PIERWSZA NIEDZIELA ADWENTU 3 grudnia 2017.
UROCZYSTOŚĆ NIEPOKALANEGO POCZĘCIA NMP, PIĄTEK 8 GRUDNIA, Msze św., wigilijna w j. angielskim w czwartek godz. 19:00, w piątek w j. angielskim o godz. 7:00 i 17:30, a w j. polskim o godz. 19:00.
KOPERTY PARAFIALNE, które są przeznaczone na składanie ofiar są do odebrania z tyłu kościoła. Dziękujemy wszystkim którzy używają tych kopert i zachęcamy tych którzy uczęszczają do naszego kościoła do zapisania się do parafii.
OPŁATKI WIGILIJNE są do nabycia w zakrystii.
ZAPRASZAMY do odwiedzania naszej strony internetowej: www.stmichalesderby.org