PLEASE BE COURTEOUS
and TURN OFF CELL PHONES during Mass. Thank you!
LENTEN REGULATIONS AND SCHEDULE
Fasting and abstinence for those whose health permits…
All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Persons, fourteen years of age and older, are bound to abstain from eating meat on all Fridays and Good Friday. Furthermore, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their 59th birthday are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light. Liquids are permitted between meals.
Confessions: In addition to the regular schedule of confession times, confessions will also be heard every Monday evening from 6:00 to 6:45 pm during Lent.
Mass and Stations of the Cross: On the Fridays of Lent there will be a Mass in English at 5:30 pm followed by Stations of the Cross and a Mass in Polish at 7:00 pm followed by Stations of the Cross.
Gorzkie Zale: will take place after the 11:30 am Mass on the Sundays of Lent.
In our church we will have an hour of Eucharistic Adoration every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA/MASS
The rosary is prayed at 6:45 pm every Monday before the Miraculous Medal Novena and Mass and also on Wednesdays in Polish at the 7:00 pm Novena and Mass.
Please note: if you have any special dates you would like to reserve for 2019, it is a good idea to try to do so as soon as possible. Masses, especially weekends, are filling up quickly. Sanctuary Lamp intentions also get reserved quickly. Donations for communion hosts and sacramental wine are also available but can be reserved only “in memory of”.
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.
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.
Lectors are needed for our Masses. It is a commitment but the schedule is made up to accommodate you as much as possible and you can provide the dates you are available. Please consider offering your time to help in this capacity. 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).
ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
The 2019 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is now underway in our parish. Your support of this year’s Appeal ensures that essential charitable, educational, and pastoral ministries of the Archdiocese of Hartford are carried forward. Please help us meet our goal of $20,000 this year. If you did not receive an Appeal mailing, there are large white envelopes at the side entrance with all the information and a pledge card. Please check the website: www.archdioceseofhartford.org.
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.
The Parish Office receives many requests for sponsor certificates for Baptism and Confirmation. 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 weekly Mass, pay parish due annually, contribute to the support of the church and have a registration card on file for you and your family. 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 the parish then we do not have a registration card for you. Please contact the Parish Office if you are unsure if you are registered or not. Boxes of envelopes for 2018 are available.
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.
ALTAR SERVER MINISTRY
Fr. Jan is training new altar servers and invites boys and girls of the parish to contact him if they are interested in this parish ministry. This is a great opportunity to serve the Lord and our parish. This is also open to adults who would like to be adult altar servers.
ST. MARY-ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL
ANNUAL RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Saturday, March 23 – Great River Golf Club,
130 Coram Lane, Milford, 6 PM.
$45 per person. $400 per table of 10.
This year’s recipents: Guardian Angel Award: Arlene Jachyra (our parishioner), Carla Lombardo. Christian Compassion Award: Carol Bacchiocchi, Donna Doherty. Spirit of St.Mary-St. Michael School Award: Eugene Skowronski (our parishioner), Mother Clare Millea.
Please contact the school for reservations or to place an ad in the Program Book. (Full page $120, Half page $70, Quarter page $40, Individuals $20, Memoriams $20. (203-735-6471).
ST. MARY – ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS…
Registrations for the 2019-20 school year are now being taken. Contact the school for information.
Internet Safety requires extra diligence at this time. Social media has been targeting children with a dangerous challenge. Please talk to your children about the dangers of the internet and ensure that parental controls are in place. This website can be a great resource for you:
BINGO every Thursday evening at St. Jude Church Hall, 71 Pleasant View Rd., Derby. Doors open at 5:30 pm, games begin at 6:45 pm. Admission packet $10 (20 games). Not handicap accessible (there are a few stairs).
Class Schedule 8:30-9:45am
Grades 1-8: March 17
Grade 9: March 17
For questions/information regarding the CCD Program, please contact Margaret Mattei at 203-530-2808.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will be asked to follow up with a detailed description of the facts involved. The Archdiocese will report any and all incidents to the proper authorities.
PARISH OFFICE NEWS
Any boxes of offertory envelopes are now in the Parish Office. Anyone wishing a box of 2019 Offertory Envelopes may pick them up at the Parish Office.
…Young adults age 21 and over, who are not students and are working, should fill out a census card and, use envelopes and pay parish dues. Individual dues are $15 per year.
…The Mass book for 2020 is available for your requested mass intentions, pro-life roses, and memorial intentions for the hosts and wine. If you have a special date you wish to reserve, please do so as soon as possible as weekend masses, in particular, get reserved quickly.
…Parish Dues: Please make out a separate check for parish dues (do not include with offertory contribution). Dues envelopes may be placed into any collection basket. Family dues are $30 per year and individual dues are $15. Anyone over 21 years of age should register on their own and pay parish dues. The office often receives requests for sponsor papers and if you are not registered we have no way to verify that you are a parishioner.
…Change of Address: It’s stressful to move your residency – there is a lot to do and think about. However, we ask please, if you do move, to please call the Parish Office and give us your new address. The only way we often find out that you’ve moved is when the Post Office returns mail we have sent you. Thank you!
…Registering in the parish: If you do not receive the Easter and Christmas schedule mailings then it means you are not registered in the Parish. Call the office and we will be happy to send you a registration card and put you on our parish list. Registration means you are eligible to obtain sponsor certificates to be a godparent or sponsor for Confirmation. Without registration, we cannot verify your membership in the parish and issue you that sponsor certificate.
…Regarding notices, rose requests, etc. for the Bulletin, please note that because of deadlines and keeping a proper page format, that all notices, requests should be received at the parish office at least ten days prior to the Sunday you wish it to appear. Thank you.
…Please note: In the event of inclement weather, the Parish office may be closed. Office hours are Mondays and Tuesdays – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays – 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Closed on Fridays and Holidays.
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.)
ST. MICHAEL’S CEMETERY
For information regarding the Cemetery please call the Parish Office and you will be put in touch with Cemetery personnel.
For information regarding plot purchases, etc. please call the parish office. Cemetery Manager: Joe Iacuone Jr. 203-996-6417.
Our bulletin is supported through the generosity of the advertisers listed on the back of it. It does not cost the parish one cent for this weekly newsletter. Some advertisers have been loyal supporters for years and are members of our local communities.
Please consider supporting them with your patronage and let the business owner know that you appreciate their support of our parish through their advertisements. We are so grateful for this wonderful gift to our parish!!
2 NIEDZIELA WIELKIEGO POSTU
17 MARCA 2019
DRUGA SKŁADKA jest przeznaczona na pokrycie kosztów związanych z ogrzewaniem naszych budynków parafialnych. Bardzo prosimy o zrozumienie i ofiarność.
NABOŻEŃSTWO DO MIŁOSIERDZIA BOŻEGO dzisiaj 17 marca o godz. 15:00. Serdecznie zapraszamy.
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.
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.
Spotkania Grupy AA w języku polskim odbywają się w każdy poniedziałek od 19:30 do 20:30 w Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main St., Trumbull CT 06611. Po więcej informacji proszę skontaktować się z Dorotą (203) 763-9548. „Dla chrześcijanina sytuacja nigdy nie jest beznadziejna” Św. Jan Paweł II
Jest już otwarta książka z intencjami mszalnymi na rok 2020. Prosimy o kontakt z kancelarią parafialną.
REKOLEKCJE WIELKOPOSTNE w j. polskim rozpoczniemy 7 kwietnia w piątą niedzielę Wielkiego Postu.
Bulletins online/Facebook… If you miss any of our bulletins, you can find them online at Facebook or at www.stmichaelsderby.org. Biuletyn parafialny dostepny jest na jaszej stronie internetowej.