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and TURN OFF CELL PHONES during Mass. Thank you!

Note that this page was updated on 17March2023 at 1PM.


Thank you for your continued support in our weekly collections; including our utilities collections – heating – and air conditioning.

Everything affects our energy costs – the temperature, usage, fluctuating rates, and even weather conditions. Whatever you give is very helpful in meeting these expenses and we are indeed fortunate to have such caring parishioners and friends. God Bless.

Fr. Marek


January 2023


We are asking our Eucharistic Ministers to please offer your services in this Ministry once again.

The Virtus Training Session is on-line and easy to access. Once you have watched the presentation you will receive a statement stating so and this can be given to the office. A background check form can also be obtained through the office. The background check is for criminal activity only.

Eventually there will be a re-training session prior to the (re)commissioning which will be done by our Priest here in the Church. If you have any questions, please do call Deacon Bob Carter at 203-308-0311. You can text this cell phone number also.

Thank you to the Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers who have responded. We are grateful for your help.


Po dłuższej przerwie spowodowanej pandemią na nowo rusza przy parafii Św. Michała program formacji szafarzy nadzwyczajnych Eucharystii. Konieczne jest spełnienie wymagań ustalonych przez Archidiecezję Hartford, jednakże proces ten został uproszczony i odbywa się online.Wszyscy kandydaci muszą mieć ukończone 19 lat i przejść pomyślnie:

Background check, Szkolenie VIRTUS (online),
Krótki instruktaż dotyczący obowiązków szafarzy, który zostanie przeprowadzony w kościele.

Wszystkich zainteresowanych prosimy o kontakt z biurem parafialnym pod numerem (203)734-0005. Szafarze będą służyć podczas wszystkich mszy, ale grafik będzie uwzględniał potrzeby indywidualne.

Please note: there will be a training session prior to the (re)commissioning and it will be done in our own church.

Lenten Regulations and Schedule

.…Everyone 14 years of age or older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

…Everyone 18 or older and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals sufficient to maintain strength may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on those two days. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

Confessions in addition to the regular schedule of confession times, will also be heard every Monday evening from 6:00 to 6:45 pm prior to the Mass and Novena.

Mass and Stations of the Cross on Friday of Lent take place at 5:30 pm in English and 7:00 pm in Polish. PLEASE NOTE: There is no 7 am Mass on Fridays during Lent.

Gorzkie Zale will take place after the 11:30 am Mass on Sundays.

Holy Week Schedule


At St. Michael Church…
Monday, April 3, 6:00 to 7:00 PM

At St. Joseph Church, Ansonia…
Tuesday, April 4, 6:00 to 7:00PM

At St. Michael Church…
Wed., April 5, 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Regular schedule of Masses.

Mass at 7:00 PM in English and Polish
Adoration until 10:00 PM

3:00 PM – Good Friday Liturgy -English
7:00 PM – Good Friday Liturgy -Polish
8:15 PM – Lamentations

9:00 AM – 12 noon – Blessing of food, Church Hall.
7:00 PM – Holy Saturday Liturgy and Mass – English

6:00 AM – Resurrection Mass – Polish
8:00 AM – Mass – English
10:00 AM – Mass – English
11:30 AM – Mass – Polish



WIELKI PONIEDZIAŁEK, 3 kwietnia 2023, od godz. 18:00 do 19:00

WIELKI WTOREK, 4 kwietnia 2023, rano od godz. 6:30 do godz. 7:00

SPOWIEDŹ W PARAFII ŚW. JÓZEFA W ANSONII, od godz. 18:00 do godz. 19:00

WIELKA SRODA, 5 kwietnia 2023, od godz. 18:00 do godz. 19:00


WIELKI CZWARTEK, 6 kwietnia 2023

Godz. 19:00 Msza św. Wieczerzy Pańskiej w języku angielskim i polskim. Adoracja do godz. 22:30

WIELKI PIĄTEK, 7 kwietnia 2023
Godz. 15:00 Liturgia Męki Pańskiej w j. angielskim
Godz. 19:00 Liturgia Męki Pańskiej w j. polskim
Godz. 20:15 Gorzkie Żale (trzecia część) i Nowenna do Miłosierdzia Bożego

WIELKA SOBOTA, 8 kwietnia 2023
Od godz. 9:00 do godz. 12:00, święcenie pokarmów i możliwość adoracji przy Bożym Grobie w kościele.
Godz. 19:00 Wigilia Paschalna w j. angielskim

WIELKANOC, 9 kwietnia 2023
Godz. 6:00 Msza św. rezurekcyjna w języku polskim
Godz. 8:00 Msza św. w języku angielskim
Godz. 10:00 Msza św. w języku angielskim
Godz. 11:30 Msza św. w języku polskim i Koronka do Miłosierdzia Bożego

Nie będzie Mszy św. o godz. 17:30



Just a gentle reminder to please continue to make pledge payments to this campaign which places great emphasis on securing the resources to ensure that our parishes in the Archdiocese will be prepared to nurture the next generation of Catholics. Donations may still be made at any time through the parish office as we have postage free envelopes to mail them to the Archdiocese (pledge payments can also be mailed through the parish office). Please be sure to mention you are a member of St. Michael Parish, Derby as 50% of donations collected at the Parish level will be returned to our parish to address our own local needs.

1. $5 per week = $260 per year x 5 years for a total donation of $1,300. 300 donors x $1300 = $390,000 would be raised.

2. $4 per week = $208 per year x 5 years for a total donation of $1040. 300 donors x $1040 = $312,000 would be raised.

3. $3 per week = $156 per year x 5 years for a total donation of $780. 300 donors x $780 = $234,000 would be raised.

Half of all donations will come back to the parish. 80% of any amount over goal will be returned to our parish. To date the amount collected is $185,378. Grateful thanks to all who have donated/pledged.

The Program continues and you are thanked for your support as we strive to reach our goal of $270,000. An updated donation figure will be forthcoming. You may donate by mailing to Forward With Faith, P.O. Box 420, Hartford, CT 06141-0420. Be sure to mention St. Michael Church Derby so our parish gets the credit for the donation.

Thank you to all who are supporting this important campaign. It is not too late to make a donation to help us reach our goal of $270,000.

CELEBRATION OF THE MASS – Live Stream Schedule


Please join us, virtually, as we Celebrate the Holy Mass:
Saturday, 18March2023 at 4:30PM – Live Streamed

Note that all Live Streamed Masses are available afterwards so you can view them at your convenience)

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.

In loving memory of John Edward Flood on 60th anniversary in Heaven (3/20/63) from daughter Sandra & family.

In memory of deceased parishioners.

In memory of deceased parishioners.

1. Happy 29th Birthday (3/19) to Allyson Satkowski Baur from husband Avind, Mom, Dad, brother Andrew, Auntie Ellen, Uncle Fonsie, cousin Anna, & Gramma.

2. In loving memory of Kim Sigliinger on 61st birthday (3/19) from family.

3. In loving memory of Henry Magda on birthday (3/24) from wife & family.

4. In memory of Aunt, Sister Philomena, from Eileen Witek, grand nieces & nephew.

5. In memory of my brother John Cybart, Jr. from Eileen Witek.

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.

Office Hours: Mondays 9:30am to 2:30pm. Wednesdays: 9:30 am to noon. Fridays: 11:00am to 2:00pm. Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Inclement weather closes the office.

Phone messages may be left at any time.

Items for the upcoming bulletins should be sent to the Parish Office at least two weeks ahead of the Sunday you wish the item to be in the bulletin. This is necessary due to earlier deadlines and the possibility of inclement weather. Thank you.

…Phone messages may be left on the answering machine – and calls will be returned as soon as possible.

…Update of telephone numbers. Occasionally the office needs to contact a parishioner for various reasons and many times now the phone number we have on file is no longer in service. We will never share your number with anyone, but we would appreciate being updated.

The Annual Easter Flowers Collection will
take place on April 2. When listing your intentions please print neatly and carefully as they will be printed in the bulletin in honor of or in rememberance of friends and loved ones.

Parish Dues for the year 2023 may be put into any collection basket. Family dues are $30, individual dues $15.

Donation statements: The end-of-the-year contribution statements made through your offertory envelopes will be mailed out by the end of the month. Please keep in mind that any other donations made to the parish are not included in this statement. If you received a statement last year, we will automatically send you one (if you called in after the end of January your name may not be on the list).

2023 Sunday Masses: There are no open Sunday Masses for intentions. All Sunday Masses are booked.

Please note: The office does not have the Mass Book for 2024 and there is the possibility of new regulations from the Diocese regarding the scheduling of Masses in advance. Please do not send in any Mass requests at the time. When we have the correct information regarding scheduling, we will let you know when we will be accepting Mass Intentions for 2024. Thank you.

Another option for Mass intentions 2023
There are no weekend or Polish Masses left for 2023. If you are interested this is another way to schedule Masses which includes weekdays and Sundays. The beautiful altar you see in the above picture is in the Vincentian Provincial House in Manchester. The Priests residing there have a Mass every day, including Sundays, at 7:00 am. Those Masses are available for your intentions. The stipend for the Mass is $20. We have a Mass Book to schedule those Masses. You can mail in your requests and payment or call the office. Any Masses scheduled will be listed in the bulletin each week. This is a great opportunity to have a Mass scheduled on a date that has meaning for you.

Masses being celebrated in Manchester
Sun., March 19: +Christopher Kuna from Topczewski family.

Mon., March 20: +Edward Flood (60th anniv.) from daughter Sandra & family.

Sat., March 25: +Marie Masotta from family

If you wish to be considered a parishioner of St. Michael’s, you must have a registration card on file. If you do not receive the Christmas and Easter mailings from the parish then there is no registration card on file. Please note that we cannot issue a sponsor certificate for Baptism or Confirmation if you are not registered. Please call the office and a form can be mailed to you. Parish membership dues are $15 per year for an individual and $30 per year for a family.

Parish Registration is important – REGISTERING IN THE PARISH
A gentle reminder: If you do not receive the Easter and Christmas mailings then it means you are not registered in the parish (there is no registration card on file which generates the mailing list). If you are registered it means you are eligible to obtain sponsor certificates to be a godparent or sponsor for Confirmation. Without being registered, we cannot verify your membership in the parish and issue you the proper sponsor certificate. We often get requests from people who say they are members, but in reality, we have no record of their membership. You are not considered a member just because your grandparents went to school here or belonged here. Please call for a form.

Payment by check: Just a reminder: when you make a payment for Masses, please make the check out only for the Mass(es) because these checks are deposited to a Mass Account. Payment for anything else should be in a separate check.

Bulletin notices, pro-life rose requests, etc. can be emailed to stmichaelsderby@sbcglobal.net, mailed in, placed in any collection basket or dropped off in the basket of the front door of the rectory. Because our parish bulletin is once again being published by our bulletin company, all notices, requests should be into the office two weeks before the Sunday you wish them to appear in the bulletin. Thank you.

…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 receives many requests for sponsor certificates for Baptism (Godparents) and Confirmation (sponsors). This paper 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 Sunday Mass, pay parish dues annually, contribute to the support of our Church and have a registration card on file. Children not pursuing additional education who are twenty-one years old and gainfully employed should be registered individually and not on their parent’s registration card. If you do not receive mailings from our parish then we do not have a registration card on file. If you are unsure if you are registered or not, please contact the Parish Office (203-734-0005).

If any shut-ins would like a bulletin mailed to them each week, please call the office and we will add your name to the list. Bulletins may be found on-line at:

Please show your support for our bulletin advertisers whenever you can. Their advertising pays for the printing of our bulletins (no cost to the parish) and using their services is a great way to say thank you especially during the pandemic. We are so grateful for their support!!

Grateful thanks to all who have contributed food for the needy which is distributed from St. Vincent’s Food Bank. We are a parish family of generous hearts! All this benefits Valley families.

For questions regarding grave purchases, etc. Please call the Parish Office and leave a message and your call will be returned by Cemetery personnel.

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.

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).

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. Click quick select and choose the date you wish to see.

The parish often receives requests for a signed statement with the parish seal to verify that a certain individual is a member of the parish and a practicing Catholic eligible to serve as a godparent or Confirmation sponsor. What is sometimes evident about the person requesting this verification is that he/she is not registered in the parish, has not paid parish dues, does not use parish envelopes (has no record of attending Mass), or is not known to the Priest or the parish staff. This makes it very difficult to provide this certificate for something that may not be true.

If you want to be considered a parishioner in our parish and would like validation of this from the parish office, you need to please do the following:

*Register as a parishioner by filling out a registration card and pay the annual dues…

$15 for an individual; $30 for a family.

*Fulfill your obligation to participate at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and use your envelopes that allow us to track your attendance (this is not to see how much you give (which is kept confidential) but to see that you attend Mass.

*If you are an adult child of parents in the parish, register yourself here if you consider yourself a parishioner.

*If you move to a new location or change your phone number, please notify the office so that we can update our records.

The purpose of the Certificate of Eligibility is to show that we value the example and commitment of godparents and sponsors, and it is hypocritical to stand up for someone when you either do not believe or practice what you profess. The certificate assures the parish seeking it that the person providing it is serious about his/her Catholic Faith.

World Wide Marriage Encounter sponsors a variety of in-person and virtual marriage experiences, some on weekends and some on weekdays. Couples explore their relationship with each other, God, and the Church. Registration is limited: there is a $100 application fee. For more information or to apply call or email Frank and Margie Peterson; wwmectw.org or 1-860-337-2447. Next dates: March 10-12 in Upton, MA, and June 23-25 in Huntington, NY.


SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2023

4:30pm +John Glynn (anniv. 3/15) -John and Laura Zaprzalka

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2023
8:00am +Zofia & Jozef Borowski -son & family
10:00am +Zygmunt Wadas -daughter Sophie Piekielniak & family
11:30am +Jan Kiwak -wife Julia, children, and great grandchildren
5:30pm +Kim A. Siglinger on birthday -mother Carol Siglinger

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023
7:00pm +Angela Grabowski -Zenobia Czajkowski

7:00pm at St. Joseph Church, Ansonia

7:00am +Stanislaw Drozdz -Third Grade Polish School

7:00pm Parishioners

7:00am +Deceased of Smierciak, Kuchinski, Andreadis, Brockschlager, Mycek & Evaristo Rodriguez families -Henry Smierciak

FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2023
5:30pm (Eng.) +Beloved son Stephen Hlywa -Mom & Dad
7:00pm (Pol.) +Fr Stanley Staniszewski, CM -Ryszard & Zofia Przydzial

8:00am Special Intention -Joe Kenny

4:30pm +George H. Ritz, Jr., George J. Kelly, Jr., Leocadia A. Zomzinsky, Chester J. Zomzinsky, Baby Girl Zomzinsky, Margaret A. Pisano, Dorothy Esposito -Kelly family

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023
8:00am +Irene Wasikowski 1st anniv. (3/15) -St. Michael Church Choir & Director
10:00am Living and deceased of Catholic War Veterans Post #1562
11:30am +Edward & Aniela Kloc -Josephine Beattie & family
5:30pm +Stella Balusek -daughter

St. Joseph’s Church Ansonia
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023 – 7:00 PM
Everyone is invited to join our sister parish parishioners and participate in this one-day English retreat which will be conducted by Father Mitch Wanat, CM.

MARCH FOR LIFE, Hartford, March 22
Anyone interested in attending, there is a bus from St. Joseph’s Parking lot in Shelton leaving at 10am. Registration forms at the side entrance, cost $30 per person. Call Linda Kosko at 203-913-4661 to register.

Free kits are in the front entrance of the Rectory. Drive up, open front door and take what you need. The expiration date has been extended to the end of April.

A proposal was presented by Pascom Sound Co. and has been accepted to upgrade our present sound system. There will be two phases and the first one will begin in two/three months once the parts have all been received. (Unfortunately it does take that long as supply chains are still delayed because of the pandemic.) This phase will include the new speakers. The second phase will take place at the first of the year provided those parts are received by then (they will take longer to obtain). This is a costly venture but several people have informed us that they can not hear what is being spoken. The present system is years old and little has been done to enhance it. The time has come. The total cost for the two phases is approsimately $40,000. A big cost, but will provide the Church with a sound reinforcement system upgrade and will allow for advanced system performance.

Rev. Rafal Kopystynski, CM
Via dei Capasso, 30
00164 Rome, Italy

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


UKRAINE SOLIDARITY FUND…Your gift today will provide temporary shelter, food, medical supplies, clothing, etc. and these items will all be immediately distributed and 100% of your gift will help displaced people. Your gift of any amount will help our brothers and sisters of Ukraine. Checks should be made out to “Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.” and mailed to P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06410-1966. Please write on the memo line Ukraine Solidarity Fund. Together we can bring Christ’s healing love to a wounded world.


Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference
(The public policy office of the
Catholic Bishops of Connecticut)
The upcoming election on November 8 will decide many issues of importance to Catholics and all people of faith. Take the time to learn the issues, find out where the candidates stand on the issues, reflect on what the Church teaches on the issues, and then be sure to vote. Visit the website at thinkprayvote.org to learn about the Catholic perspective on the issue and the call to practice “Faithful Citizenship”.


To continue to keep our church as sanitized as possible our Mass Greeters spray the pews after every Mass. Greeters are needed for the 4:30 pm and 10:00 am Mass so there can be a rotating schedule (according to your availability). To volunteer please call Wendi Kowarik at 203-215-1380 or leave your name and phone number with the parish office. Thank you so much to the present crew of volunteer greeters. They can use an occasional break as they have given so much time already. Can you help?


Grades 1-8, 2023 Classes 8:30-9:45am,
March 19, April 2 and 16, and May 7 and 21.
First Confession May 5 and First Holy Communion will be on May 6.

Confirmation for grade 9: Church Hall 6-7pm.
April 6 and 20, and May 4 and 18.
The reception of Confirmation will take place at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford on Sunday, March 26.

In the event of inclement weather, please refer to the following TV stations regarding cancellations. NBC CT – channel 4,
WTNH News 8, WFSB – channel 3.

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).


Rekolekcje Wielkopostne w j. angielskim odbędą się 20 marca o godz. 19:00 w Ansonii.

Nabożeństwo do Miłosierdzia Bożego dzisiaj o godz. 15.00.

Sakrament Bierzmowania, młodzież z naszej parafii, przyjmie 26 marca o godz. 14:00 w katedrze w Hartford. Prosimy o modlitwę w ich intencji.

Droga Krzyżowa w każdy piątek Wielkiego Postu w j. polskim po Mszy św. o godz. 19:00, a w j. angielskim po Mszy św. o godz. 17:30.

Gorzkie Żale w każdą niedzielę Wielkiego Postu po Mszy św. o godz. 11:30.

Sakrament Pokuty w każdy poniedziałek Wielkiego Postu od 18:00 do 18:45 oraz w czasie podanym w biuletynie parafialnym.

The 2023 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. W tym roku nasza parafia ma zebrać $20,000. Dzięki Waszej ofiarności każdego roku wspieramy dzieła prowadzone w naszej Archidiecezji i osiągamy wyznaczony nam cel. Dziękujemy za zrozumienie i ofiarność.

Wielkopostną Ofiarę dla Ubogich można składać przez cały okres Wielkiego Postu w naszym kościele do specjalnie przygotowanej skarbony. Niech to będzie nasz wielkopostny dar dla ubogich.

Nagłośnienie. Na prośbę parafian o poprawienie słyszalności z tyłu kościoła, firma Pascom Sound dokonała pomiarów i przedstawiała 2 propozycje nowoczesnego systemu. Trzeba nadmienić, że obecny system był założony 30 lat temu. Po analizie zdecydowaliśmy się na założenie nowego nagłośnienia, które będzie robione w 2 etepach. Należy przy tym zaznaczyć, że na częci trzeba czekać od 2 do nawet 9 miesięcy. Całkowity koszt wymiany nagłośnienia to $40,000.

Intencje Mszalne. W zwiazku z tym, że w naszej parafii Msze św. są zamówione na niemal cały 2023 rok, stąd też dajemy możliwość zamawiania intencji Mszalnych w Domu Prowincjalnym Księży Misjonarzy w Manchester. W tej sprawie proszę kontaktować się z biurem parafialnym lub ks. Proboszczem. Intencje są podawane w biuletynie parafialnym.

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.

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.

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.

We are mandated by the Diocese to inform you…
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 at 1-860-541-6475 or 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 available online at www.archdioceseofhartford.org. The Archdiocese of Hartford will report any and all incidents to the proper authorities.

Mandated reporters in the State of CT 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. Your right to do so is supported.

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

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

Incidents involving sexual abuse of vulnerable adults aged 60 and over should be reported to the Department of Social Services for the Elderly at 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.

How to report an incident of sexual abuse to the Archdiocese
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 D. Nowosadko at 1-800-541-6475 (she is the Victim Assistance Coordinator). The Diocese will report any and all incidents to the proper civil authorities. You will also be asked to follow-up in writing with a detailed description of the facts involved. When that report is received an investigation will be undertaken by or on behalf of the Archdiocese.

Regarding our Church roof. Over the years the church roof has leaked in various places – it is after all an old roof! This has caused damage to the ceiling inside the church, as you no doubt have noticed, despite every effort to deal with these leaks. Each time a leak appeared a company was called to try to determine where the water was coming in and apply a repair. Sometimes it worked for the time-being and other times not quite so well. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the rain is coming in. Thankfully, your donations to our “maintenance fund” has paid for this periodic fixing of parts of the roof. The one real solution is a “new roof”. For quite some time now, various roofing companies have been asked to check our roof and come up with a proposal to replace it. It goes without saying that this will be a costly venture but a very necessary one. There is much to be considered and thoughtfully worked out. We will keep you updated as this plan progresses.

BY Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

“I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts its leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in its hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree”.

It is with heartfelt regret that one of the pine trees by the Rectory had to be cut down but unfortunately it has caused a problem for many years to the flat roof of the Rectory above the office. There was a constant need to remove pine needles from the drainage system on the roof, rain proof it and yet at times that did not solve the problem of water leaking into the office and damaging ceiling tiles and the wall. Reluctantly the best solution was to remove the tree. Noticeably, afterwards, it was observed that mildew/mold was on the side of the Rectory and chapel where the tree was and will have to be removed by power washing. The Chapel also suffered damage this year from rain leaking in.

Thanks to Zenon Lakomy and crew for taking down the tree at a very nominal cost and to several of our parishioners who volunteered their time to clean up the debris. A job very well done.


The Annual Archbishops Appeal has begun.

Our Parish goal is $20,000. We have been able to meet our goal in the past thanks to your generosity. We ask, once again, to be as generous as your means permit to help fund the charitable works of our Archdiocese. All funds contributed as used exclusively for programs and assistance in the Diocese. No Appeal funds are ever used for legal fees or settlements. Donations to the Appeal can be made through this link also:


Donations can be sent directly to the Appeal Office at 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Please be sure to mention that you are a member of St. Michael’s Derby. You may also make a donation on-line at the Archdiocese website.