SCHEDULING MASSES FOR 2022
The Mass Book for 2022 is ready to schedule your Masses. The Parish Office is closed to in-person visits at this time, but you may submit your requests in writing, with payment, to the Parish Office via mail or by placing it in the Sunday Collection basket noted for “Masses” on the envelope. The Masses will be entered in the order received. Please be sure to have your contact information enclosed (name and telephone number) in the event dates have already been taken. Sunday Masses are $20, weekday Masses are $15. Any questions please call the office. Thanks
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
The Prayer Shawl Group recently donated 11 bed size afghans to the Catholic War Veterans to distribute at the VA Hospital in West Haven; 31 shawls, afghans, and lap robes were given to Griffin Hospital to give to patients undergoing treatments. This is all in addition to the baby blankets/hats which are given to babies baptized at St. Michaels.
Thanks to all who have and continue to donate yarn to the group – it is so appreciated and put to good use. If anyone would like to knit or crochet a shawl or afghan at home, we can supply you with yarn. Just call the Parish Office and we will arrange a time that you can pick it up.
SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS
Please show your support for our bulletin advertisers who need our help during these difficult times. Their advertising pays for the printing of our bulletins (it’s no cost to the parish). Shopping locally is a great way to say “Thank You” to them – many who have been loyal supporters of our bulletin for many years. Thank you!
ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
For information regarding our burial and cremation plots, please call the Parish Office (you can leave a message for a call back). Your call will be returned by cemetery personnel.
Current grave prices:
Single grave $1050, double grave $2100, cremation grave $450.
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.
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.
First class for grades 1-8, Sunday, September 19th from 8:30 am to 9:45 am.
Confirmation begins Thursday, Sept. 23, 6-7 pm. (Confirmation will take place next year.)
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 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).
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.
Our parish bulletin can be found on-line at: www.saintmichaelsderby.org. If someone does not have access to the internet and is homebound, please call the parish office and a bulletin can be mailed to that person each week. Select the News link in the navigation bar at the top of this page.
Our January Calendar drawing was very successful in thanks to all of you who participated and also generously donated the gift card prizes. We would like to have another drawing daily in January 2022 and are asking once again for donations of $25 grocery gift cards, for fast food, coffee shops, Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, and local restaurants (let’s support our local business’). Cash donations also accepted and will be used to purchase gift cards. One “drawing ticket” ($10) per family will be sent out with our Christmas letter/schedule. A great opportunity to win in the 30 drawings.
Gift card/monetary donations may be made anytime until the middle of December. The proceeds will be used for the upkeep of the parish.
Grateful thanks to the following who have donated gift cards/cash for prizes: Mary Jane Drauss, Sandra Jemioto (in memory of Henry Jemioto and Frania Tracz).