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THANK YOU

Grateful thanks to everyone for your continued support.

Fr. Marek

LENT 2024

LENTEN REGULATIONS AND SCHEDULE

ASH WEDNESDAY (February 14) Masses with distribution of ashes at 7:00 am and 5:30pm in Engflish and at 7:00pm in Polish. Everyone 14 years of age or older is bound to abstain from eating meat. Also, abstaining from eating meat applies on 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 mean 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 apply.

 

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 prior to the Mass and Novena.

 

MASS AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS ON FRIDAYS OF LENT will take place in English 5:30pm and 7:00pm in Polish.  PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO 7:00 AM MASS ON FRIDAYS DURING LENT.

GORZKIE ZALE: will take place after the 11:30am Mass on Sundays.

IMPORTANT – USING OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

The Parish Office will soon be preparing Offertory Envelopes for 2024. Those who used envelopes this year will automatically receive a box. If you did not use envelopes this year and would like a box, please call the parish office before the end of September. If you had envelopes and did not use them this past year another box will not be given to you unless you call the parish office and request it. Contrary to what you may think, using offertory envelopes is not to “see how much you give”. It is however a means to identify you as a parishioner in good standing; important if you need a certificate to be a godparent or sponsor for Confirmation. or for any other verification.

Churches rely on offertory donations as a vehicle for funding and it has been a long-standing tradition that offers many benefits and is a clear staple in supporting finances in the parish. The information and accounting related to your giving is kept in strict confidence. Records are password protected and accessible to very few. Keeping records also provides the parish with a means to give you an end-of-the- year statement of the offertory donations for tax purposes.

Our forebearers sacrificed and worked hard to give us this wonderful parish so that today we have a place to pray, to celebrate important moments in our lives: baptisms, first communions, confirmations, weddings, and sadly funerals. It is our faith home.

…Almost everything that gets done in our parish that requires paying an “invoice” for is funded by your generosity and continued support. Without your giving (and without our wonderful volunteers) the parish would not survive financially. Heartfelt gratitude is given to every one of you for your help.

God bless – Bog zaplac!

FORWARD WITH FAITH

FORWARD WITH FAITH

Just a gentle reminder to continue to make pledge payments to this campaign. Any donations can be sent through the Parish Office. And please remember to mention that you are a member of St. Michael Parish Derby so that the parish gets credit for your gift. To date we have received grant monies based on the parish’s share of payments in the amount of $39,000. In our parish “case for support” application we were granted these funds with the intention of providing financial support to replace our church roof.

They have been placed in a restricted account. We are still waiting for approval from the Diocese to begin this project.

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.

If you have made a pledge to this program, kindly continue to make payments as you have been doing. This capital campaign was established in 2018 to help move our Catholic Community toward a future of vibrancy and renewed evangelization. Since the campaign began, more than 100 parishes, schools, and ministries have received financial support through grants and rebates.

CELEBRATION OF THE MASS – Live Stream Schedule

Welcome,

Please join us, virtually, as we Celebrate the Holy Mass:

Saturday, 25February2024 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.

CHURCH SOUND SYSTEM
From the Pastor’s Desk…
A recent $1000 donation brings total donated to $31,245.
Grateful thanks to all donors!! Thank you to the many who have helped us to defray the cost of the sound system.

SANCTUARY LAMP INTENTION
In loving memory of a wonderful friend, Frannie Tracz, on birthday in Heaven. Missed so much from Sande.

COMMUNION HOSTS INTENTION
In loving memory of Frania Tracz on Feb. 27 birthday in Heaven – always in our thoughts from Wendi and John.

SACRAMENTAL WINE INTENTION
Health and blessings for John Zaprzalka from Sande.

PRO-LIFE ROSES
1. Birthday blessings in Heaven to our cousin, Frania Tracz, from Anthony and Christine Ziomek.

2. Happy birthday in Heaven for Frania Tracz from Neil and Barbara and family.

3. In loving memory of Benjamin Madura from Caroline.

MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA
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.

PARISH OFFICE NEWS
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.

End of the year contribution statements:
…For those who use offertory envelopes, we will be sending out contribution statements by the end of January. If you received one last year you will automatically receive one for 2023. (If you called in late for it, your name might not be on the list – if you don’t receive a statement by the end of Jan., please call the office asap.) If you would like a first time statement, please call the office(203-734-0005) by mid-January. Thank you.

…Initial Offering for the church envelopes may be put into any collection basket. Your $5 donation helps to defray the cost of the box of envelopes. Thank you.

…During the winter months, the parish office may be closed im the event of inclement weather. When in doubt, please call ahead to see if the office is open.

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.

REGARDING THE 2025 MASS BOOK
It will not be available for intentions until March.

Please note the first Mass on Sunday is now at 8:30 am.

Weekend Masses are $30 and weekdays are $20 Chapel Masses here at St. Michael’s are $20 each. There are only a few 5:30pm Sunday Masses left for 2024. No other weekend Masses are available.

REGARDING THE 2024 MASS BOOK
The 2024 Mass Book is now available for your intentions. Please note the following changes:

PLEASE NOTE: Mass Intentions may now be given for Masses to be celebrated in the Chapel in the Rectory. Masses will be scheduled during the week of (Mondays through Fridays) instead of by a particular day as there are times when only one Priest is home and must celebrate Mass in the Church. Masses can be scheduled for the remaining days of this year and for next year. Please send in request at least 2 weeks in advance. Mass intentions will be published in the bulletin. The stipend will remain at $20. Checks are to be made payable to St. Michael Church for Chapel Masses. Any questions call the Office.

1) Mass time change beginning in January 2024. The time of the 8:00 AM Mass has been changed to 8:30 AM.

2) Mass Offerings for 2024 will be $20 for a weekday Mass – Mondays through Saturdays and $30 for Sunday Masses. For an in-person visit to the office do not plan on scheduling more than 3 Masses at that time to keep the visit to a minimum. If you have a number of Masses to schedule, please send in your list of intentions with requested dates and offering. Checks for Masses should be made out to St. Michael’s Mass Account for Masses scheduled in our Church and to Vincentian Fathers for any Masses scheduled for the Provincial House in Manchester ($20 per mass there). Please do not include any other payment with the check for Masses. Please note: There are no Masses available for this year. As we continue to reserve Masses for 2024, please note that if you wish to reserve a particular date for a Mass, especially weekend Masses, you should do so soon as several are already scheduled on Sundays. Thank you.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES…
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES 2024
This weekend you will find your boxes of offertory envelopes at the back of the Church. They will remain in the Church until the end of November. This year the boxes will still have the number you have previously had. However, next year the numbers will be changed as we have too many unused boxes in between numbers which forces us to order to get to the numbers that are used and is not cost effective. (They have not changed in 10 yrs).

Office hours: Mondays from 9:30am to 2:30pm, Wednesdays from 9:30 am to noon and Fridays from 11:00am to 2:30pm. Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays and during Funeral Masses. Please call ahead to be sure staff is in.

…If you are coming into the office to schedule a Mass, please plan on scheduling no more than three Masses. If you have a number of Masses to schedule, please send in or drop off your list with dates, intentions and offering. All checks should be made out to St. Michael’s Mass Account. They will be scheduled, and the list mailed back to you.

Please be considerate in the number of Masses you schedule. No more than 10 would be an appropriate number. This will help to accommodate more people who wish to schedule Masses. You can also schedule Masses to be said at the Vincentian Father’s Provincial house in Manchester ($20 offering for any Mass; make checks payable to Vincentian Fathers).

Masses being celebrated in St. Michael’s Rectory Chapel:

Tuesday, February 20: +Marie & Edward Masotta from family.

PARISH MEMBERSHIP:
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.

Our Christmas letter and schedule will be going out after Thanksgiving. If you do not receive it, it means you are not registered or have filled out a registration card or we do not have a current address and mail is returned.

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

SPONSOR CERTIFICATES
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
…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:
www.saintmichaelsderby.org

SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS
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!!

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL DONATION BOX
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.


ST. MICHAEL CEMETERY
Please note: if you wish to save your Christmas decorations, please remove them by the end of February, weather permitting.

For questions regarding grave purchases, etc.
Please contact the Parish Office (203-734-0005) for information regarding grave purchases or questions. Cemetery personnel will then contact you.

The New England Province of the Vincentian Fathers recently funded the project in the “Priests Circle” at the cemetery. Many of the foot stones were not able to be seen from lying flat in the ground for years. A foundation was put in so that the stones could be elevated and be clearly visible. It’s a nice tribute to the Priests and Brothers buried there, many who served in St. Michael’s Parish.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
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.

HOSPITAL VISITATION
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.

SPECIAL REQUEST
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.

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.

PARISH BULLETINS
if you missed any of our church bulletins, they are available on-line. Google our church, check on Facebook. https://facebook.com/stmichaelsparish

Also, with the Christmas holiday approaching and early bulletin deadlines, please send in rose requests, etc. at least two weeks in advance. Thank you.

REGARDING SPONSOR CERTIFICATES
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.

MASS INTENTIONS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2024
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2024
4:30pm +John & Dorothy Madura -Neil & Barbara Dorso

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2024
8:30am +Patrick (Murph) Jeanette -Barbara Jean Garofalo
10:00am +Bronislawa Strzclec -Tomek Kuna family
11:30am +Stefan Stykowski -Teresa & Jerzy Serafin
5:30pm +Janina Kuna -Josephine & Mark Beattie

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2024
7:00pm + Teresa Szubat -Mankus Family

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2024
7:00am +Joan Korolyshun -Korolyshun Family

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2024
7:00pm +Wladyslaw & Helena Siweic -Ryszard & Zofia Przydzial

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2024
7:00am +Janina Kuna -Malgorzata & Jan Czernisz

FIRST FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2024
5:30pm (Eng.) +Maryann Stochmal -Sandra Jemioto & family
7:00pm (Pol.) +Stanislaw Drozdz -Jusinski Family

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2024
8:00am +Janina Kuna -Miroslaw & Andrzej Mocarsay

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2024
4:30pm +Karol Jaje -Mary & Gene Turski

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2024
8:30am +Zofia & Jozef Kochanowicz -son and family
10:00am +Edward Wadas -sister and family
11:30am +Jadwiga Kaczynska -Agnieszka Kasperuk
5:30pm +Edward & Aniela Kloc -Josephine & Mark Beattie & family

SPECIAL ANOUNCEMENT REGARDING MASSES FOR 2025
A directive received from the Archdiocese this past week has stated that we are not to take Mass Intentions for next year (2025) until the end of this year. We will keep you updated if this changes. Those who have sent in intention requests for 2025 will receive their lists and payments back. Requests for Sanctuary Lamp Intentions, Wine & Hosts and Pro Life Roses will continue as usual and may be sent in for 2025. Also Chapel Mass requests for 2025 will not be accepted at this time as we do not know if we will have two Priests stationed here. Sorry for this unsettling news.

GOOD NEWS REGARDING ROOF
Archbishop Most Rev. Leonard Blair has sent a letter giving the parish permission to hold a fund-raiser to repair the Church steeple and replace the roof of St. Michael Church. In order to actually do the repair and replacement we will be conducting a capital campaign as we will not be given approval to procced with the work until we have raised sufficient funds. We have acquired bids and the next step is to raise the monies. The 50% of the Forward With Faith funds are also ear-marked for this project. We will provide you with information in the near future as to how we will proceed with this capital campaign. We know, as always, that we can count on our parish family.

LECTOR’S (READER’S) 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. 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).

You will be given every opportunity to read with a seasoned lector. Please consider offering your help. You may speak with Deacon Bob if you have any questions. Thank you.

CCD PROGRAM Gr. 1-8
…Classes will be held on: Mar. 3 & 17, Apr. 7 & 21, May 5 & 19. from 8:30-9:45am.

…CONFIRMATION CLASS, Gr. 9 meets in the Church Hall from 6:15-7:15pm on the following dates: March 7&21, April 4&18, May 2&16.

Thank you to everyone for your support of St. Vincent dePaul’s food bank through your donations of cash and gift cards.

FR. RAFAL’S ADDRESS IN ITALY
Rev. Rafal Kopystynski, CM
Via dei Capasso, 30
00164 Rome, Italy

ARE YOU A REGISTERED PARISHIONER
Surprisingly, many of the faithful who attend Mass here are not registered. It is important that we have a registration card on file so if you need a certificate to be a Godparent for baptism or a sponsor for a confirmation candidate, we can attest that you are a practicing Catholic who is registered in good standing in the Parish. If we do not have that registration card, we cannot provide that certificate for you. All information on that registration card is confidential and we do not share that info.

Registered parishioners receive our Easter and Christmas mailings and if you do not, it is an indication that you are not registered.

You can come into the office to register or call the office (203-734-0005) and we will mail you a card. Superior General of the Vincentian Fathers. See the photo in the printed bulletin!

PARISH NEWS
Mass Offerings for 2024: $20 for a weekday Mass – Mondays thru Saturdays and $30 for Sunday Masses. Checks for Masses should be made payable to St. Michael’s Mass Account. Please do not include any other payment with the checks for Masses.

PLEASE NOTE: We will no longer accept Masses to be celebrated in Manchester. Those that are scheduled will be said. Instead, Mass Intentions may now be given for Masses to be celebrated in the Chapel in the Rectory. Masses will be scheduled during the week of (Mondays through Saturdays) instead of by a particular day as there are times when only one Priest is home and must celebrate Mass in the Church. Masses can be scheduled for the remaining days of this year and for next year. Mass intentions will be published in the bulletin. The stipend will remain at $20. Checks are to be made payable to St. Michael Church for Chapel Masses. Any questions please call the Parish Office.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
The Prayer Shawl Group recently donated 40 hats, 4 hat & scarf sets, 5 lap robes, and 7 afghans to the CWV, St. Vincent DePaul, Bishop Wicke Nursing Home, and the Salvation Army for their clients and residents. Thank you to the small, dedicated group of crocheters and knitters who make this possible. Thank you to everyone who donated yarn or money to purchase yarn.

UKRAINE SOLIDARITY FUND
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

FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD

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.

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OGŁOSZENIA PARAFIALNE,
DRUGA NIEDZIELA WIELKIEGO POTSTU,
25 LUTEGO 2024

DRUGA SKŁADKA w dniu dzisiejszym przeznaczona jest na szkołę parafialną; St. Mary & St. Michael School.

REKOLEKCJE PARAFIALNE w tym roku poprowadzi O. Hipolit Brożek franciszkanin-bernardyn, egzorcysta, w dniach 3-6 marca.

PLAN REKOLEKCJI;
NIEDZIELA 3 MARCA;
11.30 Msza św. z nauką rakolekcyjną.
PONIEDZIAŁEK 4 MARCA; 9.00 i 17.30 Msza św. z nauką rekolekcyjną.
WTOREK 5 MARCA; 9.00 i 19.00 Msza św. z nauką rekolekcyjną. Spowiedź 8.30-9.00 i 18.00-19.00.
ŚRODA 6 MARCA; 9.00 i 19.00 Msza św. z nauka rekolekcyjną i zakończenie rekolekcji.
W PONIEDZIAŁKI Wielkiego Postu spowiedź święta będzie od godz. 18.00 do 18:55.

W PIĄTKI Wielkiego Postu odprawiamy nabożeństwo Drogi Krzyżowej w j. angielskim po Mszy św. o godz. 17.30 i w j. polskim po Mszy św. o godz. 19.00. W piątki W. Postu nie będzie Mszy św. porannych.

W PIĄTKI W. POSTU powstrzymujemy się od pokarmów mięsnych. Więcej informacji na ten temat możemy znależć w ogłoszeniach w j. angielskim.

W NIEDZIELE Wielkiego Postu, po Mszy świętej o godz. 11:30 odpawiamy nabożeństwo; Gorzkie Żale.

W sobotę 24 lutego można zostawić przed szkołą St. Mary-St. Michael, 14 Seymour Ave, worki z puszkami i butelkami po napojach (plastykowe i szklane). Dochód wspiera naszą szkołę.

WYMIANA DACHU KOŚCIELNEGO. Po długim oczekiwaniu otrzymaliśmy zgodę od Ks. Arcybiskupa na zbiórkę pieniędzy na wymianę dachu kościelnego. Wiecej danych zamieścimy w następnych numerach biuletynu.

MSZE ŚW. NA 2025 ROK. Zgodnie z zaleceniem Archidiecezji Hartford nie możemy jeszcze przyjmować Mszy św. na 2025 rok.

LEKTORZY, MINISTRANCI I SZAFARZE EUCHARYSTII. Jeśli ktoś pragnąłby zostać lektorem, aby czytać Słowo Boże podczas liturgii lub szafarzem Eucharystii, czy ministrantem to prosimy o kontakt z ks. Proboszczem.

ZAPISY – osoby, uczęszczające do naszego kościoła zachęcamy do zapisania się do parafii oraz do korzystania z systemu kopert na niedzielną składkę.

VOCATION REFLECTION:
FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
Perhaps you know someone who might be considering a call to consecrated life (as a Religious Sister or Brother. Sometimes it is a family member, a colleague in ministry, or a friend who asks the simple question: “Have you ever considered that you might have a vocation?” Your ‘ask’ just might be the spark that encourages someone to follow the whisperings of the Spirit. That spark may be all a person needs to take a next step on a faith journey. Fan the flame as you invite them to call the Archdiocesan Office of Religious and speak to Sister Barbara Mullen, CSJ (Delegate for Religious) at 860-242-5573, ext. 7492

We are mandated by the Diocese to inform you…
HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT OF SEXUAL ABUSE
TO THE ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD
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.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM
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.

FORWARD WITH FAITH

Just a gentle reminder to continue to make pledge payments to this campaign. Any donations can be sent through the Parish Office. And please remember to mention that you are a member of St. Michael Parish Derby so that the parish gets credit for your gift. To date we have received grant monies based on the parish’s share of payments in the amount of $39,000. In our parish “case for support” application we were granted these funds with the intention of providing financial support to replace our church roof.

They have been placed in a restricted account. We are still waiting for approval from the Diocese to begin this project.

ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL

The 2024 Appeal will kick-off February 24 & 25. This yearly Appeal helps to fund many programs and assistance to those in need in the Archdiocese. All donations are greatly appreciated. Last year our parish participation was only about 18%. This year the Archdiocese has raised our parish goal to $22,000. We are hoping that more parish families, in the name of stewardship, will contribute this year – any donation amount is welcomed as we pursue our goal.

Please be assured that funds contributed to the Appeal are used ONLY for the many individuals and local charities who look to the Church for assistance and to continue those ministries that are essential to the life of the Archdiocese. The funds are never used for anything else.