PLEASE BE COURTEOUS
and TURN OFF CELL PHONES during Mass. Thank you!
SECOND COLLECTION – 08December2019
is to honor the Immaculate Conception.
ALTAR SERVERS AND ROSARY SOCIETY
Will attend the Divine Mercy Devotion on Gaudete (Joyful)Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 pm and then gather in the Church Hall following the devotion for “Wigilia” and refreshments.|
A special thank you to the E.F. Adzima and Riverview Funeral Homes for the donation of the lovely religious 2020 Calendars. They have been providing calendars to our parishioners for many years and we are very appreciative of their generosity.
WEDNESDAYS DURING ADVENT
Children are invited to attend the 7:00 PM Mass during Advent for the “candle program”.
GIFT CARD GIVING TREE
The CCD Program will be sponsoring a gift card giving tree again this year. Gift cards to Big Y, Stop and Shop, Shoprite, Walmart and Target are requested and given to the local Catholic Charities for distribution to needy families. Please place them in the box at the base of the Christmas Tree no later than Dec. 15. Thank you for your support.
EARLY BULLETIN DEADLINE
Boxes for 2020 envelopes are in the Church. They are arranged alphabetically. If you do not find your box, please contact the parish office and a box will be left for you the following week.
OPLATKI (CHRISTMAS WAFERS)
Will be available in the Sacristy after Mass or at the Parish Office beginning November 3. A donation is kindly requested.
2019 ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
As the close of the 2019 Appeal is approaching, please know that the Archdiocese is still welcoming donations. You can make a donation through the #Giving Tuesday Site – December3. Go to the main #Giving Tuesday Site and locate the Appeal. Choose that site and you will be linked to the Appeal donation page. Please know that every donation helps those who are challenged each and everyday of their lives. You can make a difference.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will not be meeting again until the spring. However, donations of yarn are always gratefully accepted and may be left on the back porch of the Rectory. Donations of completed items that are being done at home may also be left at the Rectory anytime. Thank you to all who support this ministry. Over the course of the years, many blankets, shawls, winter hats, and baby blankets have been made and donated and are always gratefully received by the recipients.
RECITATION OF THE ROSARY
Every First Saturday evening of the Month, the Rosary will be recited in Church at 7:00 pm in Polish. Next date is December 7. Everyone is invited to participate. The Rosary is recited every Saturday morning after the 8 am Mass in English.
WHAT IS CATHEDRATICUM
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.
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.
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.
ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Appeal this year in the name of St. Michael Parish. We are still aiming to reach our goal of $20,000. If you have not yet made a gift, please prayerfully consider doing so. Thank you.
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).
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.
ALTAR SERVER MINISTRY
Boys and girls of the parish are invited to become Altar Servers. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve the parish. Parents should contact Fr. Jan if their child would like to serve.
Adult Altar Servers: Any adult who would be willing to serve at funerals should contact the parish office. You do not have to be a Eucharistic Minister (we do have one who serves at our funerals and an altar server would complete the team.) Thank you.
Lectors needed: 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.
ST. MARY – ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL NEWS…
Registrations for the 2019-20 school year are now being taken. Contact the school for information.
Students School begins at 8:45 am.
Students can be dropped off at 8:15 am.
Festival of trees – Sat. Nov. 23.
Thanksgiving Recess: Early dismissal Wed., 11/27 at 1 pm., Thursday and Friday, 11/28, 11/29 No School.
BINGO every Thursday evening at St. Jude Church Hall, 71 Pleasant View Rd., Derby. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Admission packet $10 (20 games). Not handicap accessible (there are a few stairs).
CCD Classes begin at 8:30AM
GRADE 1-8: December 8, 15
GRADE 9: December 15
December 22 – Students participate in Mass at 10AM
For information regarding our CCD Program, please contact Margaret Mattei, DRE, at 203-393-1755.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
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 860-541-6475 firstname.lastname@example.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 also available online at www.archdioceseofhartford.org. The Archdiocese of Hartford will report any and all incidents to the proper civil authorities.
Mandated reporters in the State of Connecticut 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. We support your right to do so.
Incidents involving sexual abuse of minors (persons under the age of 18) should be reported to: State Department of Children and Families Care-line 1-800-842-2288
Incidents involving sexual abuse of vulnerable adults aged 18 – 59 should be reported to the: Connecticut Department of Developmental Services – AID Division for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities 1-844-878-8923
Incidents involving sexual abuse of vulnerable adults aged 60 and over should be reported to: Department of Social Services for the Elderly 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.
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 (there is no registration card on file which generates our parish 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 a sponsor certificate.
We often get requests from people who say they are members, but in reality, we have no record of their membership. To be considered a parishioner in good standing, you need to be registered and should use offertory envelopes.
PARISH OFFICE NEWS
Any boxes of offertory envelopes are now in the back of the Church for 2020. Anyone wishing a box of 2020 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 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 you have moved and we don’t have a current address. It is a simple matter to fill a card out. You may stop in at the Parish Office or call and we will send you one if that is more convenient. If you are not registered the parish is not obligated to provide you with sponsor certificates for baptisms or confirmations.
…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.
…Weekend Masses for next year (2020) are quickly filling up. If you have any special dates to request please contact the parish office as soon as possible.
,,,Items for the upcoming bulletins – roses, etc.should be received in the parish office at least two weeks in advance at this time of the year due to early bulletin deadlines and weather conditions.
…Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:30 am until 3:30 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm; the office is closed on Fridays. Due to weather conditions the office may be closed if there is inclement weather. Please call ahead when in doubt.
ST. MICHAEL’S CEMETERY
-For information, plot purchases, etc. regarding our cemetery, please call the Parish Office and the Office will have your call returned by cemetery personnel.
Please note: Christmas decorations are permitted at the Cemetery with the exception of grave blankets. Also please observe the “10-inch” rule for placement of your decorations. Thank you.
Christmas decorations for the Cemetery can be purchased at the Cemetery or after Mass at the Parish Garage until supplies last. Proceeds benefit the cemetery.
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!!
DRUGA NIEDZIELA ADWENTU
UROCZYSTOŚĆ NIEPOKALANEGO POCZĘCIA NMP
8 GRUDZIEŃ 2019
DZISIEJSZA DRUGA SKŁADKA jest z uroczystości Niepokalanego Poczęcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny. W przyszłym tygodniu druga składka będzie przeznaczona na Fundusz Emerytalny dla Zgromadzeń i Zakonów.
OKRES ADWENTU ma podwójny charakter. Jest okresem przygotowania do uroczystości Narodzenia Pańskiego, przez którą wspominamy pierwsze przyjście Syna Bożego do ludzi. Również jest okresem, w którym przez wspomnienie pierwszego przyjścia Chrystusa kieruje nasze dusze ku oczekiwaniu Jego powtórnego przyjścia na końcu czasów. Z obu tych względów Adwent jest okresem pobożnego i radosnego oczekiwania.
RORATY w każdą środę adwentu o godz. 19:00. Serdecznie zapraszamy.
TRZECIA NIEDZIELA ADWENTU 15 grudnia, Nabożeństwo do Miłosierdzia Bożego o godz. 15:00. Bezpośrednio po Nabożeństwie spotkanie opłatkowe dla ministrantów oraz róż różańcowych.
ADORACJA NAJŚWIĘTSZEGO SAKRAMENTU w naszym kościele w każdy poniedziałek i środę od godz. 18:00 do 19:00.
WYSTAWA „BOŻE NARODZENIE W EUROPIE” jest otwarta w muzeum Knights of Columbus w New Haven. Zachęcamy do zwiedzenia tej wystawy. Więcej informacji: www.kofcmuseum.org
OPŁATKI I KARTKI ŚWIĄTECZNE są do nabycia w zakrystii.
ZAPRASZAMY do odwiedzania naszej strony internetowej: www.stmichalesderby.org
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