EASTER THANK YOU
Thank you once again to everyone who helped in any way with our Holy Week Services. Thank you for your donations for flowers and decorations which added to the beauty of our liturgies. Your generosity in all the collections expresses your commitment to our parish and we are grateful for your help. (The presence of the Easter Bunny was a joy for the children. So glad he stopped here!!)
God Bless you for caring,
Fr. Rafal and Fr. Jan
The second collection will be for general maintenance for our Church.
REST IN PEACE
Condolences to the family of Jean Cook who was buried from our Church on April 17. May perpetual light shine upon her.
ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
The 2017 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, Moved by Mercy, supports seminary education for our future Priests, assistance to families in need throughout the Archdiocese, and makes possible treatment services to address the current drug epidemic. If you did not receive the Appeal mailing, there are Annual Appeal envelopes at the side entrance of the church with complete information. Help our parish achieve our assigned goal of $20,000.
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.
2018 MASS INTENTIONS
The 2018 Mass Book is now available for your intentions. Masses: weekdays $15, Sundays $20. Please contact the Parish Office to reserve your date(s). If you have any special dates to request for Masses, we suggest you come into the office soon to do so, especially for Sunday Masses.
PARISH NURSE PROGRAM OFFERS BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING.
Don’t miss this opportunity!!
Get your BP reading and learn why it is important to know your blood pressure. Have access to an RN who will help you track your blood pressure over time. Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke.
Screenings will take place on the 4th Saturday of the month after the 4:30 pm Mass in the Church Hall beginning on March 25, April 22, and May 27th. Re-evaluations will take place after a few months.
AN INVITATION TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
A special invitation is extended to all the volunteers in the parish who help in any way, including: Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Collectors, Church cleaners, Directors and members of our choirs, CCD Directors and instructors, Polish School, Picnic workers, Collection Counters, Office Staff, Sacristan, Prayer Shawl Members, those who serve on committees (Trustees, Finance Council, Cemetery, Parish Council), and snow removal crew to gather in the Church Hall on Sunday, April 30, at 1:00 pm, for a dinner of recognition and thanks for your help. In order to prepare this meal, we need to know if you are planning to attend. Please call the parish office (203-734-0005) by Thursday, April 27 to make your reservation.
ALTAR SERVER MINISTRY
Fr. Jan is training new altar servers and invites boys and girls of the parish to contact him if they are interested in this parish ministry. This is a great opportunity to serve the Lord and our parish.
ST. MARY – ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS
…Save the dates:
Shred Day – Sat., June 3, 9 am/noon, $10 bag.
Bingo Bus – Saturday, June 17. Details coming.
…This school year’s final dinner will be held on Saturday, April 29 in St. Mary Church Hall. The menu is pasta, salad, porchetta, potatoes, dessert, coffee, tea, soda, wine. Please call the school to make reservations or contact Carla Lombardo at 203-231-4648.
…Registration is ongoing for the 2017-18 school year. To be eligible for Kindergarten, students must be 5 years old by Dec. 31, 2017. OPEN HOUSE is held every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 am and on Thursdays at 6:00 pm. Please consider a Catholic education for your children in a safe, spiritual and academically challenging environment. Please call the school to make an appointment.
SPECIAL EVENT FOR OUR SCHOOL
One more week to go before the 36-hour online giving event. St. Mary-St. Michael School will once again participate in the GREAT GIVE which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2 starting at 8 am and concluding on Wednesday, May 3 at 8 pm. Last year $10,000 was raised for our parish school and the goal this year is $15,000. Please help us win extra funds through new donors and other incentives throughout this event! Just go to the greatergive.org website and click on St. Mary – St. Michael School! Thank you!
Class Schedule 8:30 am to 9:45 am
…Grades 1,2,3,4 & 8: April 23, May 7
…Grades 5, 6, 7 & 9: April 23 & 30
The reception of First Holy Communion will take place on Sunday, May 14th at the 10:00 o’clock Mass.
**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.
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.)
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.
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!!
FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
…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
For information regarding our Cemetery, please contact Manager/Caretaker, Joseph Iacuone, Jr. at 203-996-6417 or 203-735-5382.
Chapel Project. You may have noticed work being done on the other stone building across from the Cemetery Office. This building is being converted into a Chapel which will be used for funerals in inclement weather. Your donations to the annual Cemetery Fund Collection have helped to make these renovations possible.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
The Prayer Shawl Ministry recently donated 16 bed size afghans to the Vets Hospital in West Haven on Tuesday, December 20. The patients were very appreciative when they received the blankets.
“Our parish extends grateful thanks to the ladies who make these lovely items and donate them in the name of the parish”! (God Bless you all!)
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.
NIEDZIELA BOŻEGO MIŁOSIERDZIA
23 KWIECIEŃ 2017
DZISIEJSZA DRUGA SKŁADKA jest przeznaczona na płacenie bieżących rachunków parafialnych. Bardzo prosimy o zrozumienie i ofiarność.
DZISIAJ W NIEDZIELĘ MIŁOSIERDZO BOŻEGO 23 kwietnia bezpośrednio po Mszy św. o godz. 11:30 będzie wystawienie Najświętszego Sakramentu i możliwość prywatnej adoracji. Serdecznie zapraszamy na Nabożeństwo do Miłosierdzia Bożego o godz. 15:00.
W NIEDZIELĘ 30 KWIETNIA, o godz. 13:00 zapraszamy wszystkich woluntariuszy z naszej parafii na obiad, na którym pragniemy wyrazić wdzięczność za Waszą troskę o parafię. Więcej informacji jest w biuletynie.
DRUGA SKŁADKA W WIELKANOC była naszym świątecznym darem dla parafii. Zebraliśmy $10,756. Bardzo dziękujemy za ofiarność.
2017 ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL Koperty do których można składać ofiary na apel naszego arcybiskupa znajdują się przy wyjściu z kościoła. Wszystkie ofiary składane na ten apel przeznaczone są na wsparcie wielu programów, które służą ubogim i potrzebującym, które prowadzi nasza archidiecezja. W ubiegłym roku dzięki ofiarności naszych parafian zebraliśmy na ten cel $ 21,300. Bardzo prosimy o zrozumienie i ofiarność.