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PLEASE BE COURTEOUS
and TURN OFF CELL PHONES during Mass.  Thank you!

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Note that this page was updated on 21January2021 at 6:45pm

NOTE FROM THE PASTOR:

What amazing parishioners and friends of the parish we have! Despite these past several months of the pandemic, you have continued to support this parish. We are so grateful. Fr. Rafal

CELEBRATION OF THE MASS – Live Stream Schedule

Good Afternoon,
Please join us, virtually, as we Celebrate Mass at:
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 4:30PM – Live Streamed
Note that all Live Streamed Masses are available afterwards so you can view them at your convenience)

Also, we are recording the Mass in tandem with the Live Stream so that if anything goes wrong with the Live Stream we can switch out the Live Stream version with the recorded version.  That will be done as soon as humanly possible.

The Masses will be live streamed on Facebook.  Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates.

God bless you all! We continue to pray for all of you.
Deacon Bob

St. Michael’s Church Facebook Page

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming Live Stream events on Facebook.

Go to the Facebook page now using the link above and “Like” the page to receive notices of these events.

MASS INTENTIONS

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021
THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
SATURDAY VIGIL, JANUARY 23, 2021
4:30pm +Bessie Schoppee -Deacon Bob and Susan Carter
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021
8:00am +Anna Ziomek – Annette & Arthur Hlywa & family
10:00am +Jan Kiwak – wife, children, and grandchildren
11:30am +Stefan Strzelec – wife Bronislawa
5:30pm +Olga & Stanley Zaprzalka – John and Laura Zaprzalka
MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2021
7:00 pm +Helen and Stanley Wlodek – John and Laura Zaprzalka
TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2021
7:00am +Christine Harvey – cousin Helen
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2021
7:00pm +Tadeusz and Stanislaw Kieltyka – Czezlaw & Elzbieta
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021
7:00am +Eugeniusz Kaczowka (7th anniv.) – Brat Wladyslaw z zona Vera & family
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021
7:00am Health and blessings for Arthur – Mom and Dad
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2021
8:00am +Henry Czajkowski – Peter Danielczuk
SATURDAY VIGIL, JANUARY 30, 2021
4:30pm +Albert Satkowski, Jr. – brother Paul, Sandie, Allyson, and Andrew
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2021
8:00am +Marie & Adam Wagnblas (anniv) -sister and brother-in-law John & Lucille Orloski
10:00am +George Kelly (birthday Jan. 26) – wife Marion & son Michael
11:30am +Dr. Dominik Wiktor – Polish Friends from Kerite
5:30pm Health and blessings for children & grandchildren -Teresa Koziol

SANCTUARY LAMP INTENTION
The living flame of the Sanctuary Lamp, signifying the Eucharistic presence of our Lord Jesus Christ is offered for God’s blessings for Mary Ann McDonnel on Jan. 27 birthday from Charlie and Maryann Stochmal.

COMMUNION HOSTS INTENTION
Communion Hosts are offered for God’s blessings for health for Lorraine Greski on Jan. 27 birthday from Charlie and Maryann Stochmal.

SACRAMENTAL WINE INTENTION
The Sacramental Wine is offered this week in loving memory of Uncle Albert Satkowski, Jr. on Jan. 26 birthday from Allyson and Andrew.

PRO-LIFE ROSES
1. In loving memory of Stanislaw Switala on anniversary of death (January 25) from John and Monica Rak and family.
2. In memory of Marion Gorzelany with condolences to daughter, Sandra Stochmal, from Sandra Jemioto.

MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA
The Rosary is prayed at 6:45 pm every Monday before the Miraculous Medal Novena and Mass and also on Wednesday in Polish at the 7:00 pm Novena and Mass.

RULES FOR ATTENDING MASS IN CHURCH REMAIN THE SAME

Please note: (complying with Covid-19 restrictions),  attendees at Mass cannot stand at the back of the Church. Kindly find a seat and sit down.  We thank you for cooperating with the procedures in our Church. Always wear your mask during the Mass.  In the event we are officially checked during our Masses, we want to be sure that we are doing everything correct.  If you are uncertain about something, please ask the Greeter at the entrance.

…6 feet social distancing in church; use hand-sanitizer as you enter the church.
…You must wear a MASK and it MUST cover your mouth and nose unless you have a medical issue that causes breathing issues. Documentation required from your doctor.
…Sit in designated pews only.
…For the reception of Holy Communion proceed down side aisle and take communion in the hand. IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE, PLEASE BE AT THE END OF THE LINE AND ONLY GO TO THE PRIEST.  Go to middle aisle remove mask and consume the host. Replace mask and proceed to your seat down the middle aisle.
…Leave your mask on until you have completely exited the church and maintain social distancing as you do.
…dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is hereby extended for all the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Hartford through Tuesday, February 16, 2021, which is the eve of Ash Wednesday.
…If you are uncertain about something, please ask the Greeter at the entrance.

PARISH OFFICE NEWS

…Parish Offertory Envelopes, not picked up, are in the Parish Office and we will be contacting parishioners to make arrangements to get the boxes of envelopes to them

…The Parish Office will be closed for in-person visits through January. Staff will be in the office on Monday and Wednesday mornings (weather permitting) to take phone calls. Messages may be also left on the answering machine. All requests will be handled remotely for safety sake and messages left on the answering machine will be returned. Regarding Masses for 2021: Many Sunday and Holy Day Masses have already been reserved for this year. If you have any special date you wish to reserve – it’s best to call now.

…During these winter months please call the Rectory during office hours to be sure the office is staffed. In inclement weather it may be closed. Thank you!

END-OF-YEAR CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS
If you requested an end-of-year statement last year you will automatically receive one for 2020. If you did not receive one last year and you would like one, please call the parish office. For those who called in late last year, your name may not be on the list and you will have to make another request this year. Please note that the statement only reflects donations made through your offertory donations (weekly parish envelopes). Please refer to your cancelled checks for any other donations.

MASS GREETERS NEEDED

Additional volunteers are needed to be at the church door to check that anyone entering the church wears a mask and uses hand sanitizer and then to sanitize (spray) the pews when Mass is over. You can sign up for whichever Mass you attend. Our present volunteers have been wonderful but we would like to have more so we could have a rotating schedule so everyone can have a break. To volunteer please call Wendi Kowarik at 203-215-1380 or leave your name and phone number on the Office answering machine. Thank you.

REST IN PEACE
– Condolences to Sandra Bush on death of husband Mark Bush.
– Condolences to the family of Marion Gorzelany buried from St. Michael Church on January 26th.
May they both rest in peace.

CALENDAR DRAWING
Many thanks to donors of gift cards/cash for cards. Your generosity has made this fund-raiser a success!! The following drawings were held this past week: Winners: Tues., Jan. 12 – Mitch Chaber #0107 (25 Target, 25 Stop & Shop); Wed. Jan. 13 – Bob Carter #0102 (25 Home Depot, $25 Big Y); Thurs. Jan. 14 – Don Kennedy (the printer who graciously prints the tickets at no cost to us: #0774 (25 Target, 25 Shop Rite); Fri. Jan. 15 – Robert Sinkovich #0449 (25 Big Y, 25 Heavenly Donuts); Sat. Jan. 16 – Robert Gagnon #0070 (25 Panera, 25 Shop Rite); Sun. Jan. 17 – Anna Adamska #0515 (50 CVS, 50 Shop Rite).
More drawings to come – concluding at the end of January.


FROM THE ARCHBISHOP
Most Rev. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has announced that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is hereby extended for all the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Hartford through Tuesday, February 16, 2021, which is the eve of Ash Wednesday.

ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
Please note: Christmas decorations are permitted at the Cemetery and you are asked to please remove them by the end of February (weather permitting). Christmas decorations for the cemetery will be available soon at the Parish Garage while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the Cemetery.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE CONCERNING SCHEDULING MASSES FOR 2021
The Mass Book for 2021 is ready to schedule Masses at the office. Mass offering is: Sunday Masses $20, weekday Masses $15. If you have any special dates for masses in 2021, please schedule them early – especially Sunday masses.

WHAT IS CATHEDRATICUM
Cathedraticum is a specified sum of money paid annually to the Archdiocese. It is based on a percentage (11%) of our offertory collections. This money helps to support the running of the Archdiocese and is an obligation of all parishes within the Archdiocese. It is comparable to “income tax” and the figures will now be published in the bulletin so that you will know exactly how much of our weekly collection stays in the parish.

CHURCH ROOF
The Church Roof has been leaking and deteriorating for quite some time. There is damage visible in the Church proper and in the Choir Loft. Several small repairs have been made over the years but problems still exist. To totally replace the roof would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and a project of that magnitude is just not possible at this time. However, “New England Masonry” of Naugatuck (experts in repairing/replacing slate roofs) is going to do a bit of serious preventative maintenance. The cost will be somewhere in the vicinity of $10,000. It is hoped that this work will fix some of the leaky areas and prevent more damage to the interior of the Church.

VOCATION REFLECTION: Are you being called to a vocation? Contact Fr. Michael Casey, Director of Vocations, Archdiocesan Pastoral Center at 1-860-761-7456, visit the web at www.hartfordpriest.com or send an e-mail to vocations@aohct.org.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
A change has been made regarding intentions for the Communion Hosts and the Sacramental Wine. You may now give for birthdays, anniversaries, and the like. (Previously, intentions were only accepted in memory of the deceased.) The offering for the week remains at $15. If you have any questions regarding this change, please call the parish office.

HOSPITAL VISITATION
If you have a family member who is in the hospital and he/she would like or needs a visit from our Priest, a family member must call the Parish Office. Years ago personnel from the hospital would call the Rectory with the information of a hospital stay by one of our parishioners. Now this information is protected by HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). This ensures the privacy of patients by ensuring certain types of information are safeguarded and not disclosed to unauthorized individuals.

SPECIAL REQUEST
We kindly ask that you please not throw cigarette butts in our parking lots. We are constantly picking them and would appreciate it if you would use your car ashtrays for them. Thank you for your cooperation.

LECTORS
Lectors are needed for the Sunday morning and evening Masses. This is a wonderful way to serve and help out the parish. The schedule is made according to your convenience. Please call the parish office to volunteer. Call the Parish Office to volunteer.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).

SPONSOR CERTIFICATES IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The Parish Office receives many requests for sponsor certificates for Baptism and Confirmation. The paper that is given states that you are a parishioner of St. Michael’s in good standing and a practicing Catholic. To verify that you qualify to be a sponsor you must attend weekly Mass, have a registration card on file, pay yearly parish dues, and contribute to the support of the church. Children not pursuing additional education who are twenty-one years old and gainfully employed should be registered individually and not listed on their parent’s registration card.

Please contact the parish office if you are unsure if you are registered or not. Also, by using envelopes you can receive an end-of-year donation statement for tax purposes.

VISITS TO SHUT-INS
Shut-ins of the parish who are not able to get to Church can receive a visit from our Priest. 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.

PARISH REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT OF PARISH DUES
provides us with the information that you are a member of the parish. This is important if you need a sponsor certificate to be a godparent for baptism or for a sponsor for Confirmation. We frequently get requests for sponsor papers but we have no registration card on file or record of use of offertory envelopes and no payment of dues. Those things indicate that you are a member of the parish in good standing. Attendance at Mass is also a requirement that you are a practicing Catholic. Parents should keep this in mind when choosing godparents or sponsors for Confirmation.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
If you have knowledge or suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult (an adult with an 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 D. Nowosadko Victim Assistance Coordinator 860-541-6475 kathleen.nowosadko@aohct.org

In addition, you will be asked to follow up in writing with a detailed description of the facts involved in the incident. Specifics of this written report can be found in the Policies and Procedures of the Archdiocese of Hartford Relating to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Involving Minors and Vulnerable Adults. This document is also available online at www.archdioceseofhartford.org. The Archdiocese of Hartford will report any and all incidents to the proper civil authorities.

Mandated reporters in the State of Connecticut are required by law to report any incident of sexual abuse involving a minor or vulnerable adult. We encourage any Non-Mandated persons to report such incidents to the proper authorities as well. We support your right to do so.

Incidents involving sexual abuse of minors (persons under the age of 18) should be reported to: State Department of Children and Families Care-line 1-800-842-2288

Incidents involving sexual abuse of vulnerable adults aged 18 – 59 should be reported to the: Connecticut Department of Developmental Services – AID Division for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities 1-844-878-8923

Incidents involving sexual abuse of vulnerable adults aged 60 and over should be reported to: Department of Social Services for the Elderly 1-888-385-4225

Once a written report of an incident of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult has been received, an investigation will be undertaken by, or on behalf of, the Archdiocese of Hartford.

COMMUNITY NEWS

LAURALTON HALL (for girls): take a virtual tour and to apply for 2021-2022 school year.


…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).

Notre Dame High School and Sacred Heart Academy
“Two Distinct Schools – One Common Mission”
Visits to the School are being offered virtually or in person. Check on-line at NDSHA.com for information.

ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
Due to Covid-19, the Appeal has provided more financial support to local charities than ever. Thank you to the more than 32,400 generous donors, $8,250,000 has been pledged, but as a result of the pandemic the need this year is greater than in the past. If you have not yet made a gift, please prayerfully consider making a donation. Every gift makes a profound difference in the lives of countless individuals and families throughout our Archdiocese. All funds are used exclusively for the purposes outlined in the Appeal literature which can be found at the website: archdioceseofhartford.org/appeal.

There is still time to give. Your donations have helped the Archdiocese to provide much needed financial support to many community-based organizations. Checks should be made payable to Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, P.O. Box 28, Hartford CT 06141. Please note that you are a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Derby so that the parish will get credit for your donation. Thank you.

Donations can be sent to the Appeal Office at
P.O. Box 28, Hartford, CT 06141-0028. Please be sure to mention that you are a member of St. Michael Parish, Derby.

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