SECOND COLLECTION – July 29-30
is a collection for the Mission Appeal for the Diocese of Pakistan. Every year the Archdiocese of Hartford assigns a Missionary who will make an appeal in our parish. On the weekend of July 29-30, Rev. Patrick Anthony will conduct a mission appeal for the Faisalabad Diocese of Pakistan. As always your support is greatly appreciated.
SECOND COLLECTION – August 5-6
is to help defray hte cost of utilities. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
uWe very much have a need for more Eucharistic Ministers to help serve at Mass and funerals. The Archdiocese has three training sessions coming up: July 12 at St. George Parish, Guilford, 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).
Please know that we are so appreciative of those parishioners who mail or deliver their weekly envelopes to the parish office when they are on vacation or after they return. We all know that parish expenses continue all summer long and your continued support is such a great help even when you cannot personally attend Mass here. God bless you for caring.
Your registration and support of the parish is important, especially when you request sponsor papers for baptism, marriage, or any other type of pastoral letter. Any documentation issued by the Parish Office has to be based on available parish records. Therefore, if you find yourself in need of services, being registered is the only way we can verify that you are a parishioner.
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.
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 SERVER MINISTRY
It is a privilege to be an Altar Server! Boys and girls are welcome to volunteer, with permission of their parents. Fr. Jan will provide training. Please contact him if you are interested. “Jesus himself said that he had come to serve and through the altar server ministry, young people may do the same.”
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
…It is not too late to register your child for the 2017-18 school year. There are still openings in all grades. To be eligible for Kindergarten, children must be 5 years old by December 31, 2017.Come in for a tour of our school.
…BINGO is held every Thursday in the schools air-conditioned All Purpose Room. Doors open at 5:00 pm, kitchen opens at 5:30 pm. Games begin at 6:45 pm.
…Summer Camps – Our summer camps are coming to a close this week. The children have enjoyed exploring their artistic side, learning how to make different recipes, and this week they will be doing different science experiments. They certainly had lots of fun this summer!
…The Back-to-School Meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 21. We ask that all parents join us for a Mass that will begin at 5:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church. There will be a pasta dinner for school families right after Mass downstairs in the Church Hall.
…Summer Camps – Still time to register: Call 203-735-6471 for information and to register your child.
Inventors Camp – July 31-August 4.
Children do not have to be students at the school to attend.
Summer office hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9am – 12 noon
Our CCD classes will not resume until the fall. Parents of children returning to the program will receive a mailing regarding re-registration. If a child is being registered for the first time, you may contact the parish office to receive a registration form.
The CCD Program has a great need of adult volunteers to teach/help in the program. If you are interested in helping, please call the parish office and leave your name. You will be contacted by our Director of Religious Education, Margaret Mattei.
Classes are held for 90 minutes on Sundays, twice a month.
If your child/children attend ours or any other Catholic School and would like to receive the sacraments at St. Michael’s, please contact the parish office to advise us of your decision. Thank you.
**Teachers and aides are still needed for the 2017-18 CCD Program. This is an opportunity to give of your time and talent to help educate our children in the Catholic Faith. If you can help, please contact Margaret Mattei, DRE, at 203-393-1755.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Our prayer shawl ministry group uses a great deal of yarn – which they generally supply themselves.
They are always grateful for any donations of yarn which you may not have use for – even partial skeins are great. Donations of yarn may be left in the enclosed back porch of the Rectory. The ladies create shawls, prayer blankets, and baby blankets and hats (which are given out to the babies baptized in our Church). Shawls and prayer blankets are donated to local hospitals. If you have a family member who is a shut-in and you would like them to have a prayer shawl/blanket, please call the Parish Office to obtain one.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
…Your registration in the parish is important, especially when you request baptism, marriage, or any pastoral letter, signature, or referrals. Any documentations issued by the Pastor/Parish Office has to be based on available parish records. Therefore, being registered is very convenient when you find yourself in need of services.
In order to show your financial support and receive an end-of-the-year income-tax receipt for your contributions, it is also necessary to use offertory envelopes. Boxes of envelopes can be picked up at the Parish Office.
Adults, twenty-one and older who are gainfully employed and even though still living at home should have his/her own registration card and use offertory envelopes. When someone marries, they become another family unit and should register and inform the church of their address, etc.
Also, if you have moved or changed telephone numbers, please notify the parish office so we can update your information.
Thank you for helping us to keep our records in proper order
…Sponsor Certificates. Important!! If you are not a registered parishioner in good standing in the parish, we cannot provide you with a sponsor certificate for Baptism or Confirmation. Being baptized and receiving the sacraments here do not make you a registered parishioner. Neither does the fact that your grandparents belonged to the parish or attended school here! To be a parishioner in good standing you must attend mass, use parish envelopes, and pay parish dues. Also, young adults who are no longer attending school and are working should register individually and meet the same requirements. We get many calls from people who have been asked to serve as sponsors but we do not have a record of their membership in the parish. Please register if you have not done so.
…BOXES OF 2017 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES. Anyone still wishing to have a box of envelopes for next year should stop in or call the parish office.
…For your information: The following dates are the only ones available for 2017 Sunday Masses. October 8 at 5:30 pm, and November 26 and December 17 at 5:30 pm. The 2018 Mass book will be available sometime in February. An announcement will be in the bulletin to let you know when you can reserve Masses for 2018.
…PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The office is closed on Fridays and holidays. Also, during the winter months the Parish Office may be closed during inclement weather. In questionable weather please call ahead to see if it is open.
…CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR PHONE NO. If you have moved in the past few months, please inform the Parish Office of your new address and phone number if it has changed. A few letters from our Christmas mailing were returned with forwarding addresses. We appreciate your help in keeping our parish records current. Thank you.
…IF YOU DO NOT USE OFFERTORY ENVELOPES you can find, on the bench at the side entrance, extra envelopes for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Catholic Communications (collection in May), welcome envelopes for new parishioners or for those who are not registered in the parish, the Catholic Transcript Magazine if you do not receive it in the mail, cemetery information, and prayer cards. Feel free to take what you need.
ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
Anyone wishing information regarding purchasing graves at St. Michael Cemetery should contact Manager Joseph Iacuone at 203-996-6417. For other inquiries, please call the Parish Office.
Summer planting – please be respectful of the rules and regulations for planting/placing summer flowers and decorations and keep them in the ten inch space in front of the monument. 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!!
17 NIEDZIELA ZWYKŁA
30 lipca 2017
WITAMY W NASZEJ PARAFII ks. Patrick Anthony, misjonarza z Pakistanu, który wygłosi dzisiaj kazanie. DZISIEJSZA DRUGA SKŁADKA jest przeznaczona na misje w Pakistanie.
UROCZYSTOŚĆ WNIEBOWZIĘCIA NAJŚWIĘTSZEJ MARYI PANNY, 15 SIERPNIA – WTOREK, Msze święte będą odprawione o godz. 7:00 i 17:30 w j. angielskim, o godz. 19:00 w j. polskim.
WSZYSTKIM PRZEBYWAJĄCYM NA WAKACJACH życzymy odpoczynku i opieki Bożej.
ZAPRASZAMY do odwiedzania naszej strony internetowej: www.stmichalesderby.org