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and TURN OFF CELL PHONES during Mass. Thank you!

Note that this page was updated on 30June2022 at 6PM.


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. Rafal


Donations to the campaign or your pledge payments may be left at the Parish Office as we have pre-paid postage envelopes to mail them to the Hartford Bishop’s Foundation who is managing the campaign. This 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.

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 Mass:
Saturday, 02July2022 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 Helen Przywara from daughter Christine & family.

In loving memory of Eugene Cybart from sister Eileen Witek.

God’s blessings for Anne Jemioto who celebrated her 98th birthday on June 29. A lovely lady much loved by Sande and family.

1. In memory of Pete Garofalo from Neil & Barbara (7/9).
2. In memory of Aunt Helen Przywara from Eileen Witek & children.
3. In memory of a great family physician Dr. Joseph Stygar-remembered by many.
4. Birthday blessings for Charlie Stochmal, an exceptional father (7/7), with love from daughter Marianne & son-in-law Mike Heffernan.

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: The Office is open to in-person visits Mondays from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, Wednesdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and on Fridays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Best to call ahead just to be sure staff is in. Messages can be left on the answering maching and your call will be returned. Masks are not required but it is preferable that you wear one when visiting the office. Thanks!

…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.

Parish Dues for the year 2022 may be put into any collection basket. Family dues are $30, individual dues $15.

Offertory envelopes for 2022 Offertory envelopes for 2022 have been taken to the parish office and can be picked up there. If you were unable to pick up your offertory envelopes for this year, we will be happy to mail them to you. Please call the Office.

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.

End-of-year offertory envelope contribution statements The end of the year contribution statements for donations made through the Sunday envelope offertory program have been mailed out. If you did not request one but need one, please call the parish office.

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 Mass Book for 2023 is available for your Mass Intentions. ($20 for Vigil and Sunday Masses, $15 for weekday Masses). If you plan to do an in-person visit, please call ahead so that only one person will be accommodated and in the office at a time.

Availability of Masses left in 2022.
There are NO Sunday or Saturday Vigil Masses left for 2022.
There are no Masses in the Polish language available at all in 2022.

Several Sunday Masses in 2023 are already reserved so if you need a specific date please call soon.

…Please write separate checks for Masses and dues as offertory donations are deposited separately. Thank you.
…Parish Registration is important. If you attend church here regularly but have never received any mailings from us, it indicates that we do not have a current registration card for you or if you have moved, we don’t have a current address. It is a simple matter to fill a registration card out. Please call and we will mail you one. If you are not registered, the parish is not obligated to provide you with sponsor certificates for baptisms or confirmations.
…May we ask a favor? Those who send the offertory envelopes by mail are asked to please send the whole front of the envelope (it is fine to do that to save postage cost). There is the possibility of losing those small pieces if you just send in the number cut off from the envelope. Thanks so much!!

…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:

Our bulletins are provided to us free of charge thanks to the advertisers listed on the back page. Please patronize them when you can and thank them for their support of our church bulletin.

Our good neighbors, The Catholic War Veterans St. Michael’s Post #1562 will hold a US Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Post Rooms, 112 Derby Avenue, Derby on Saturday, June 11th at 6:00pm. The public is invited. You may bring old flags for proper retirement.

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 and for the cash ($1308) and the gift cards ($525) in the donation box. We are a parish family of generous hearts! All this benefits Valley families.

Thank you for being mindful of where you place your summer planting of flowers – 10 inches from the monument is permitted. Also, do not put obstacles outside of that ten inch space as it can be hazardous for those maintaining the grounds. Thank you.

If you are interested in purchasing graves, please call the parish office and we will have someone contact 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).

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.

Registration is now open for Mercy’s 2022 Summer Sabbath and retreats. Call for information at 203-245-0401 between 9 am and 4:30 pm. You may check out their website for information regarding their programs.

Save the date – September 17, 2022
The Center for Catholic Education and Formation and the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford will sponsor a joint conference on Saturday, September 17 at the Omni New Haven at Yale. The theme “Dreaming Together: Forming Disciples for Faith and Justice” takes its name from “Let us Dream” by Pope Francis, who encourages us to dream of a better future. The conference will include educational and practical pieces on faith formation topics such as lifelong formation, parent involvement, social justice issues and Catholic social teaching. Attendees will gain skills in integrating social ministry into classroom, parish, and family life.

WME is sponsoring a variety of in-person and virtual marriage experiences. Couples will explore their relationship with each other, God, and the Church. Registration is limited. A $100 application fee is required. For more information or to apply please call Frank and Margie Pearson at 1-860-337-2447. Next date: June 24-26, Long Island.

New Day Bereavement Program
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
Parish Center
733 Oxford Rd., Oxford

Those who are grieving the death of a loved one can work through their grief by participating in this Bereavement Program which consists of ten two-hour weekly meetings. There are two sessions: Session A zoom starts Tuesday, July 5, 6:30-8:30pm.

Session B in-person starts Wednesday, July 6 from 1 to 3 pm. Register by calling MaryJane at 203-888-2382, ext. 104.


SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2022¬

4:30pm + Katarzyna & Ludwig Zaprzalka– grandson John & Laura Zaprzalka

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2022
8:00am + John & Helen Lazowski– daughter Irene Loman & family
10:00am +Stanley Kudej–Kudej family
11:30am +Aniela Kloc– Zofia & Ryszard Przydzial
5:30pm +Frank Dobek–wife Donna & family

MONDAY, JULY 4, 2022
7:00pm + Smierciak, Kuchinski, Mycek, Andreadis & Brockschlager families– Henry Smierciak

7:00am Rev. Edward Jaksina– Theresa McNamara

7:00pm +Rev. Roman Gorowski, CM– Ryszard & Zofia Przydzial

7:00am +Francis Panczuk–M/M Frank Juhasz

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022
7:00am +Dorothy Wardzala–Bozena Kieltyka

8:00am +Aniela & Franciszek Zygadlo– Jesionka family

4:30pm +Deceased members of the Rubel Family–Piscioneri family

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2022
8:00am +Allen Jachyra–a friend
10:00am +Regina & Antoni Okula– daughter & grandchildren
11:30am +Lukas Drodz–family
5:30pm Health & blessings for Fr. Rafal, Fr. Marek & Fr. Jan–Bernadetta

July 4th commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on the fourth of July 1776 by delegates from the 13 colonies. On the fourth, the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence. This is the day we celebrate the birth of the USA.

A Prayer for the 4th of July
On this Independence Day, we are reminded of all those who have sacrificed for our freedom, following the example of Jesus Christ. Let us not take our freedom, both physical and spiritual for granted. May we always remember that our freedom was purchased with a very high price. Our freedom cost others their very lives.

Lord, today bless those who have served and continue to give their lives for freedom. With favor and bounty meet their needs and watch over their families.

Help us to live life in a way that glorifies you, Lord. Give us the strength to be a blessing in someone else’s life today, and grant us the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing Christ.


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.


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?


A Pregnancy Care Center
137 Grandview Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06708

They have a wish list for donations of size 6 diapers, Forever Stamps, new bottles, baby lotion diaper bags, baby clothes, and more. This group teaches Parenting and Life-Skills and is staffed by volunteers and is funded through donations. Any help is appreciated.

3 LIPCA 2022

DZISIEJSZA DRUGA SKŁADKA jest przeznaczona na chłodzenie naszych budynków parafialnych.

Druga składka w ubiegłym tygodniu była przeznaczone na dzieła misyjne wspierane przez papieża Franciszka. Zebraliśmy $939.

4 LIPCA – PONIEDZIAŁEK biuro parafialne będzie zamknięte.

NIEDZIELA 17 LIPCA – Nabożeństwo do Miłosierdzia Bożego o godz. 15:00.

APEL ARCYBISKUPA $20,000 – bardzo prosimy o składanie ofiar na ten cel. Do tej pory zebraliśmy $17,005. Wszystkie ofiary składane na ten apel przeznaczone są na wsparcie wielu programów, które służą ubogim i potrzebującym w naszej parafii.

Grateful thanks to everyone who has left yarn and or completed baby blankets/hats, lap robes, or prayer shawls at the Rectory for our prayer shawl ministry. All your donations are put to good use. Baby blankets are given at Baptisms, shawls to hospitals. If you know of someone who would has need and would like one of the comforting lap robes or shawls, please call the parish office.

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.

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.

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.

To support married couples during this time of social distancing, Worldwide Marriage Encounter is sponsoring virtual marriage experiences. Some are on weekends and some on weekdays from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Couples will explore their individual personality styles, improve listening and communication skills, understand God’s plan for their marriage, and learn how to keep their relationship a priority. Registration is limited and a $100 application fee is required. For information or to apply call Frank and Margie Peterson at:

860-337-2447 or https://wwmectw.org.


The 2022 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal,

Parish Goal: $20,000

Total Paid: $17,005

Total Gifts: 117

Average Gift: $155.00

Gifts to the Appeal are allocated towards religious education programs, youth ministries, local charities, education of seminarians, retired clergy, our Catholic Schools, and many more ministries provided by the Archdiocese. Donations are still gratefully accepted and are used exclusively for the purposes intended.