ST. VINCENT DEPAUL THRIFT SHOPPE & FOOD BANK
237 Roosevelt Drive, Derby gratefully accepts food donations/grocery store gift certificates. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30am to 2:30pm.
In 2019 there was an increase of 9.3% in individuals needing and qualifying for food in the Valley: 5 to 7 valley families in need every day – about 120 families a month. Their goal is to provide a wonderful Easter meal along with regular groceries to those neediest families in the Valley. They are in need of food, food store gift certificates ($25), hams, Easter baskets, and monetary donations to purchase needed items.
There is a need for volunteers, too! Once-a-week for 5 hours would be a huge help!
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!. A special thank you to everyone who supports this project. Your donations help to feed those in need and are so greatly appreciated.
ARCHDIOCESE RELEASES INFORMATION REGARDING SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS BY CLERGY.
Visit website Promise.ArchdioceseofHartford.org for information. If anyone suspects a child or vulnerable adult has been sexually abused please contact Victim Advocate for the Archdiocese, Kathleen Nowosadko, at 1-860-541-6475 or e-mail her at Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. MICHAEL’S POST #1562 CATHOLIC WAR VETS,
112 Derby Avenue, Derby. Next dinner: Pasta, salad, bread, dessert followed by a movie on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30pm. $6.00 per person
Reservations are not required. Help support our good neighbors by attending.
Tuesday, March 24, 7 pm at the firehouse on Derby Avenue. The menu includes bread, pasta with meat sauce, salad, porketta, chicken and potatoes. No reservations required.
BUS TRIPS FROM CHRIST THE REDEEMER KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS:
Branson Show Extravaganza, April 18-26, 14 meals, 7 shows and more $899.
Nashville Show Trip, Sept. 13-19, 10 meals, 2 great shows, guided tour of Nashville and more. $820.
Lancaster Show Trip, Oct. 6-8, 4 meals,
Queen Esther Show, Gettysburg, Amish Experience $375.
Call John Benard for information at 203-877-2737.
TRIP TO ITALY WITH PAPAL AUDIENCE
May 26 – 9 days. Land prices begin at $1499 double occupancy. Journey to Castel Gandolfo, Pietrelcina, San Giovanni Rotondo, Monte Sant’ Angelo, Loreto-Assisi, Cascia and back to Rome. Call Catholic Cruises and Tours Staff at 1-860-399-1785. Ask for Eileen. Space is very limited.
REGINA CAELI ACADEMY TOURING EVENT
March 30 at 9:30 am. 254 Danbury Rd, Wilton, CT. Event includes a tour and classroom observation. Refreshments served and children are welcome! Call 203-701-9154 for more information.
CAROLYN’S PLACE, INC, PREGNANCY CARE CENTER AT 137 GRANDVIEW AVE., WATERBURY
provides counseling to moms and dads so they may know all of their options when facing an unplanned pregnancy. Single moms are assisted to help provide for their new family situation. Donations are also welcome so that counseling, support, and love continue indefinitely.
HOME HEALTH AIDE/CAREGIVER
wanted to care for elderly person in Valley area. If interested please call 203-734-3315.
TEAM (30 Elizabeth St., Derby) OFFERS ENERGY ASSISTANCE.
All residents of the Valley Towns including Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton and Woodbridge who need help with heating bills can call Team at 203-736-5420 or email@example.com. There are income guidelines and various documents are needed. The 2019-2020 Energy Season begins August 1st.
PILGRIMAGES in 2020 –
Our Lady of Mount Carmel. April 21-May 3: going to Fatima/Lourdes and more – $3699 per person. Sept. 8-19: going to Passion Play in Oberammergau (performed every 10 years)/Switzerland/Austria, cost $5299 person. Both include airfare, all sightseeing, breakfast & dinner daily. Call Cathie or Michael at 1-800-773-2660.
VOLUNTEER IN THE VALLEY:
Derby Public Library – Book reshelving and help with shelf reading. Valley Regional Adult Education – help with distribution of catalog and other materials twice a year, social media help and photography assistance.
TEAM – assist with fund-raising, assist with elderly rides for medical appointments, office help, and Meals on Wheels delivery.
ADAM’S HOUSE CENTER, SHELTON
is a no-cost grief and education center for children and their families. If you know a child struggling with a death, please contact the center at 203-513-2808 or visit www.adamshousect.org to learn more.
HELP YOUR CHILD OVERCOME ANXIETY
If your child is between 6-12 years old and is experiencing anxiety, you might be eligible to participate in a clinical trial of treatment for anxiety at no cost. For information call Yale Child Study Center 203-737-4644.
CONNECTICUT HOSPICE HOMECARE DIVISION
is recruiting new volunteers. This is an opportunity to serve others in our communities. Volunteers are needed to drive patients to and from appointments, companionship etc. Call 203-315-7510 for info.
EUROPEAN BOUTIQUE, 1115 MADISON AVE., BDGT.
A children’s formal wear shop handles all religious and special occasions, specializing in Baptism and First Communion. 203-384-8631.
VALLEY PARISH NURSE PROGRAM PARTNERS WITH GRIFFIN HOSPITAL
The American Heart Association CPR Training Center continues to educate professional and lay persons alike every month and offers classes for free or low cost to non-profits and community partners averaging 250 people each month. Classes are offered at the hospital and in the community. If interested contact Cathi Kellet, CPR training center coordinator at 203-732-1337.
The Valley United Way has information on several agencies that are asking for volunteer help. This is a wonderful opportunity to assist the community if you have a few hours per week. Please contact Pat Tarasovic at 203-924-3478.
VALLEY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Call Patricia Tarasovic (203-924-9478) for info regarding:
United Way (various projects at their office), Boys and Girls Club (homework tutors at Ansonia Club House), Derby Public Library (book re-shelving, help maintain and weed their vegetable garden), Seymour/Oxford Food Bank (needs drivers to pick-up from local grocery stores), St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Shop and Food bank, (once a week to sort donations), Valley Regional Adult Ed. Program (distribution of catalog and other materials twice a year) and Team, Inc. (assist with fund-raising, assist with elderly rides for medical appointments, Meals on Wheels delivery, and admin. office help.
GROTTO GIFT SHOP AT THE LOURDES SHRINE, LITCHFIELD.
Now open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 am to 4 pm and Sunday 11:30 to 4 pm. Lenten and Easter items and a selection of First Communion and Confirmation gifts are in stock. (1-860-567-0891).
OFFICE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
has scheduled the 2019 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”.
WORK WANTED AS CAREGIVER/COMPANION, Elder Care or Housework
Work wanted by a parishioner (speaks English & Polish). Very experienced. Call Jadwiga 203-343-5362.
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.
WHEELCHAIRS FOR SALE, gently used. Call Jadwiga (Shelton parishioner) at 203-343-5362.
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.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
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 email@example.com
A follow-up in writing is required. There is a document at www.archdioceseofhartford.org on line for your documentation.
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 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.
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..