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from the Saint Michael’s Parish.

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ST. VINCENT DEPAUL THRIFT SHOP AND FOOD BANK – NOW OPEN
237 Roosevelt Drive, Derby
203-734-7577

Open: Monday-Saturday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Thank you to everyone for the donations of food and funds which continue to help needy families in the Valley. Donations of non-perishable foods, monetary gifts, food gift cards, and gently used items for the Thrift Shop are so appreciated. Easter is at the end of March this year and St. Vincent’s will soon be preparing for its large Easter Food give-out and appreciate all donations that make it possible.

All new fall clothing and shoes, accessories, decor, collectibles, furniture. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm. Food and thrift shop donations are always welcome. If you would like to volunteer at the shop, please stop in and offer your services. This food bank serves many needy families in the Valley and your donations help.

St. Vincent’s is greatly in need of volunteers to work in the store. Whatever time you can give – two or three hours a week or more would really be helpful. For information, please call 203-734-7577.

The CCD program at Christmas collected $559 in gift cards and cash for the Food Bank thanks to your generous hearts! It was recently brought to SVDP.

Very truly yours, with great thanks,
Remy Kocurek, Executive Director.


UKRAINE SOLIDARITY FUND

The Knights of Columbus Charities is still accepting donations for the Fund which will help to provide shelter, food, medical supplies, clothing, communication, and religious supplies to these displaced people. 100% of your donation will go directly to to the Ukrainian people. Please note on your donation that it is for the Ukraine Fund. Donations should be mailed to:


Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.
P.O. Box 1966
New Haven, CT 06510


CENTER STAGE THEATER

54 Grove St., Shelton CT
(former Lafayette School)

Presenting: OKLAHOMA! Featuring (our own) Marc J. Garofalo as Ali Hakim – The Peddler.
For information call 203-225-6079 or choose your own reserved seating at www.centerstageshelton.org. Tickets: Adults $36, Students $18.

Remaining Performances: Fri., Feb. 23 (7:30pm), Sat., Feb. 24 (2pm & 7:30pm), Sun., Feb. 25, 2pm.


MARCH FOR LIFE, Wed., March 20

Bus trip from St. Joseph’s Shelton. Pick up a flyer at side entrance if interested in participating.


FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE IN CONJUNCTION WTH CT STATE POLICE
CT depends on its citizens to ensure the safety and security of the communities we live in. Download the app CT SAFE to report suspicious activity. Visit the website: www.portal.ct.gov/TIP. Call in to 1-866-HLS-TIPS. Local police departments can be reached by calling 911.

…OUR NEIGHBOR, THE CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS POST #1562 is still serving Take-Out-Only Pasta Dinners once a month. Call the CWV for information after 1pm (203-734-9748).

HELP WANTED:
CITY OF DERBY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY…
Check on-line for any available job openings at…
www.derbyct.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.

CAROLYN’S PLACE
A Pregnancy Care Center
137 Grandview Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06708

Thirty years ago, a small but passionate group of individuals gathered and after much research, discussion and prayer established “Carolyn’s Place” which has had a profound impact on thousands of young women, men, babies and the unborn since 1992. Due to the pandemic, Carolyn’s Place was unable to hold their usual fund-raisers and has felt a loss of nearly one-third of its annual operating budget – more than $100,000. They are asking you to prayerfully consider a donation to help offset the income loss of the past two years to ensure that Carolyn’s Place continues to move forward as an advocate for life. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted and can be sent to:

Carolyn’s Place, 137 Grandview Avenue, Waterbury, CT 06708. (Fr. Robert Rousseau, founder; John L. Lynch, Executive Director, and Diana O’Rourke, Esq., Chair Board of Directors).

St. Anthony’s Book and Gift Shop, 461 Derby Ave., Orange, CT. 203-888-3390
If you are looking for Catholic books, sacramental gifts, First Communion/Confirmation items and more please stop in and visit or call 203-888-3390 or go to the web-site: www.stanthonygift.com.Shop hours are: Wed., Thurs., Friday noon to 6pm and on Saturdays 11am to 4 pm.

LOURDES IN LITCHFIELD – GROTTO GIFT SHOP
The Grotto Gift Shop at the Shrine in Lourdes,
50 Montfort Rd., Rte 118, is now open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am to 4:00pm, and Sunday, 11:30am to 4:00pm. New spring items are in stock and there is a large selection of outdoor statuary as well as Baptismal, First Holy Communion, Confirmation gifts plus medals, rosaries, and gifts for all occasions. For further information please call 1-860-567-0891 during regular business hours. You may also e-mail: lourdesshrinect@gmail.com.

HOSPICE, BRANFORD IS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS.
Patients and families are in need of your care and support. If you have an interest in volunteering in Reception or Patient Companionship, please call Joan Cullen, Director of Volunteers, 203-315-7510.

OLD GREETING CARDS CAN BE REPURPOSED
You can send your old greeting cards to children in need at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children which is a center for abused, abandoned, and neglected children. They collect the covers of old greeting cards and the children cut out the pictures and paste them into new cards which are then sold and helps them to raise funds for the center.

They can be mailed to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, 100 St. Jude’s Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. For more information about the organization, you may correspond to them at P.O. Box 985.

VALLEY LITERACY PROGRAM
For information about classes or to volunteer for the program please call Corinne Fucci at 203-551-9831 or e-mail corinnefucci@lvagnhy.org. There are classes held throughout the Valley.

Phone 203-551-9831.

JOB OPPORTUNITY LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR
ENFIELD, CT 860-265-1844
Certified nursing assistant – night shift, full time; nurse’s aide – evening shift, part-time; dietary dining room aide – weekend, some holidays, part time; dishwasher – evening and morning, weekend, some holidays, part-time; activity aide/life.

HELP WANTED
One of our Saint Michael’s parishioners is looking for help with his landscaping business. No experience needed (great summer job for a college student). If interested, please call Dan at 203-751-0301.

…Caregiver needed – overnight preferable but can use someone for some hours daytime for 82 year old lady. Please call Jackie at 203-231-1644.

Need companion/elder care help in your family? Please call Jadwiga at 203-343-5362. She speaks both English and Polish; is a member of the parish and has much experience with elder care.

VIRTUAL/ IN-PERSON BIBLE SCHOOL
St. Thomas Seminary
NEW ENGLAND BIBLE SCHOOL
The New England Bible School invites you to come to visit a virtual class to see how studying all 73 Books of the Bible can change your life. Visit
www.New England Catholic Biblical School.com or call 1-860242-5573 for more information.

SAVE THE DATES

CATHOLIC CRUISES AND TOURS
1-860-399-1785
Fatima, Lourdes, & Shrines of Spain,
February 4 through February 15, 2024
Land starting at $2299 double occupancy.

Catholic Cruises Sponsored Trip
“The Camino, A Walking Journey for the Soul”. The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back to the 9th century when the tomb of the evangelical apostle, St. James, was discovered. Since then, pilgrims from all over the world have walked St. James’ Way. Land costs start at $2964 based on double occupancy. An $850 deposit per person is required to hold your place. Please call Catholic Cruises and Tours for more info: 1-860-399-1785.

ST. MARY – ST, MICHAEL SCHOOL
(203) 735-6471)
Principal: Mrs. Grace Torres

If you are interested in registering your child in our parish school, please check out the website at stmarystmichael.org.

Pre-K (3-4 year olds), Full-day kindergarten, small class size, technology-centered classrooms, Spanish K-8, extended day program (7:00am to 6:00pm), full accreditation. Call 203-735-6471.

…For information regarding registration for the 2023-24 school year please call the school office at: 203-735-6471. Enrollment for Grades Pre-K and 8 are now being accepted.

NEEDS…adult size masks, Clorox wipes, and liquid hand-sanitizer. Please call the school as to when you may deliver any of these items you may wish to donate.

…For information regarding registration for the 2023-24 school year please call the school office at:203-735-6471.

St. Mary-St. Michael School

There is a bottle and can drive fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9am-noon. You can drop off your deposit cans, glass & plastic bottles in front of the school.

School Annual Recognition Night
Still time to participate!

We need your participation to make this a successful event. There is a keepsake program booklet where congratulatory, memorial messages etc. can be included. Ad prices are: full page $100, half page $60, quarter page $30 and Individual/Memoriums $25. Messages of support/high resolution photos can be emailed to: alumni@stmarystmichael.org by March 1. Payment can be mailed to: The SMSM Recognition Awards Committee, 14 Seymour Ave., Derby, CT 06418.

St. Mary-St. Michael School Fundraiser

The school will be raffling off a 2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid EX (does not need to be recharged) on Friday, May 3, 2024. With seating for up to 5 passengers and high fuel economy, this midsize crossover SUV is the perfect car! Tickets are $100 (limited number) and are available at the Rectory, the school, and you can enter on-line. The car is valued at over $33,000.

SACRED HEART ACADEMY, HAMDEN
Please contact Sacred Heart Academy for more information. Visit www.SacredHeartHamden.org.

HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL, Waterbury…
For more information call: (203-757-9248)

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL, West Haven –
Call for registration information 203-937-3251.

ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL

The 2024 Appeal will kick-off on February 24 & 25. This yearly Appeal helps to fund many programs and assistance to those in need in the Archdiocese. All donations are greatly appreciated. Last year our parish participation was only about 18%. This year the Archdiocese has raised our parish goal to $22,000. We are hoping that more parish families, in the name of stewardship, will contribute this year – any donation amount is welcomed as we pursue our goal.

Please be assured that funds contributed to the Appeal are used ONLY for the many individuals and local charities who look to the Church for assistance and to continue those ministries that are essential to the life of the Archdiocese. The funds are never used for anything else.