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
REST IN PEACE
Condolences to the families of Irene Wnek (Feb. 16), Antoni Kozlowski (Mar. 15) and Rev. Stanley Staniszewski, CM (Mar. 27).
May perpetual light shine upon them.
A beautiful tradition in our parish is the annual first Sunday in May Crowning of the Blessed Mother both inside the church and at the Grotto. The coronation is a special form of reverence to our Lady for when we honor her we are brought closer to Jesus Christ. Because of the pandemic we will honor her in a simple ceremony next Sunday with only our Priest participating. Pray to her and be sure to honor her in your hearts and in your homes.
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 Pentecost Sunday.
ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
Spring cleaning has begun at the cemetery. Palm Crosses will be removed after May 1st. Please remove them by then if you wish to keep them.
With the approach of good weather we know that flowers and proper decorations will soon adorn cemetery plots. Please do keep those flowers and decorations in a space no more than 10 inches wide in front of the plot monument. Do not plant trees or shrubs. Please be considerate regarding these rules as it is difficult and risky for cemetery personnel and volunteers to maintain our cemetery when there are obstacles in the way. Thank you!
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).
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.
FORWARD WITH FAITH CAMPAIGN
“Forward With Faith” is a landmark campaign being led by the Hartford Bishop’s Foundation. Every parish will be asked to participate to help move our Catholic Community forward to a future of vibrancy and renewed evangelization. The campaign strives to build the strong financial foundation necessary to address our future needs and strengthen our parishes, schools, faith formation programs and social service ministries. Each parish will be asked to raise money towards a goal. All money raised will be split 50/50 between the parish and the campaign. Our parish will use the funds towards modernization of parish programs and reconstruction, repairs, and maintenance on the Church tower and roof and for painting and electrical updates to the Church. We are not asking for anything from you at this time. Please watch the bulletin for updated information over the coming months.