ST. VINCENT DEPAUL THRIFT SHOPPE & FOOD BANK
237 Roosevelt Drive, Derby is grateful for the donations of non-perishable foods to help replenish stock badly needed at this time of the year. As they approach the Easter Season St. Vincent’s is preparing for its large Easter Food give-out on April 17th. They need hams, Easter Baskets, store gift certificates ($25) or monetary donations to help them serve the needy and provide baskets for the children. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 2:30 pm. Right now they are helping 5 to 7 Valley families in need every day! Special collection for March is pancake mix and syrup. Volunteers are also needed to help run the thrift shop and food bank. Stop in and offer some time if you can. Thank you. 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!.
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.email@example.com.
SPECIAL SPRING CLEAN-UP
Our good neighbors, Catholic War Veterans Post 1562, will be doing their annual Spring Clean-up at the Post on March 30, 8 am to noon (inclement weather date April 6). They will also be cleaning St. Michael’s large parking lot and invite St. Michael parishioners to please come and help. Bring gloves and tools for outdoor sweeping and pick-up. All workers will be treated to lunch and beverages at the Post from noon to 1:00 pm.
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS, ST. MICHAEL’S POST #1562, 112 DERBY AVENUE, DERBY
Next dinner: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 6:30pm, pasta dinner, salad, bread, dessert, followed by a movie. $6 per person. No reservations are required.
PORKETTA DINNER –
Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm;Paugassett Hook and Ladder Co. Firehouse on Derby Avenue. Menu includes bread, pasta with meat sauce, salad, porketta, potatoes and chicken. Space is limited. Your support of our good neighbors will be appreciated.
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.
VACAtION BIBLE SCHOOL is being offered for grades K-7 on April 6, 9am-1pm in St. Jude Church Hall. Students will be grouped by age for games, crafts, songs, snacks and fun in a Catholic atmosphere. Lunch will be served. There is no fee but registration is necessary by March 24. Please call the rectory.
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP on Monday, March 18. Leaves Holy Rosary Parking Lot 8:15 am, leaves Casino at 4 pm. $30 per person with $30 give back. Call the office to book your seat – 203-735-7874.
“GOOD GRIEF” PROGRAM DEALING WITH LOSS AND GRIEVING will be presented at St. Thomas the Apostle Church Hall, 733 Oxford Rd., Oxford from 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, March 13th. Free and open to the public. Call 203-888-2382 if interested in attending.
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.
BUS TRIPS RUN BY CHRIST THE REDEEMER KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS:
Atlantic City, Cape May & Philadelphia May 7-9 $377; Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Is & New Brunswick June 26-July 4 $1099; Virginia Beach, Williamsburg & Norfolk Sept 9-13 $711; Lancaster show trip The Miracle of Christmas & Joy to the World Nov 6-8 $392. Call John Benard 203-877-2737 for fliers.
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.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER:
Allow God to strengthen, renew, rekindle and transform your marriage sacrament by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are April 26-28 in MANCHESTER, CT and July 12-14 in MANCHESTER, CT. For more information, call Pat & Mary-Jo McLaughlin at 860-315-2127 or visit them at https://wwmectw.org/.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND:
April 26-28 2019 and July 12-14 2019 in Manchester CT. For more information please call Pat & Mary Jo McLaughlin at 1-860-315-2127 or //wwmectw.org.
on Sunday, April 7 from 1:00-3:30pm for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade girls, and their parents. Visit www.lauraltonhall.org/discover to register by April 1. For further information, please call (203) 877-2786 ext. 115.
SACRED HEART ACADEMY ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER,
Sat., March 23, 6:00 pm., Anthony’s Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven featuring Anthony’s signature pasta, carving, sushi stations, open bar and more $85 per person. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
PRESENTATION OF “NOAH” AT BRASS CITY MALL THEATER, WATERBURY
by Sight & Sound Theater of Lancaster, PA, April 9 (2:30 & 6:30 pm), April 11, (6:30 pm), April 13, (12:55 pm). Tickets online at Sight & Sound Fathom Events.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Our prayer shawl ministry donated 13 shawls and 6 afghans to the Smilow Cancer Center at Griffin Hospital recently. On Dec. 18 they donated 15 bed-size afghans and 6 shawls to the Veterans Hospital in West Haven during a Christmas Bingo sponsored by St. Michael’s Post Catholic War Veterans. The veterans were surprised and happy for the donation. Thank you to all who donated yarn and or money to purchase yarn. The ladies really appreciate the help. (The prayer shawl group will not meet in the Rectory again until after Easter, but will continue making shawls and blankets at home.)
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.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.
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..