WELCOME TO the Catholic PARISH of St. Mary | new haven, ct
St. Mary's Upper Church Closed. All Masses at St. Joseph's, 129 Edwards St.
See Special Announcements for More Information.
See Special Announcements for More Information.
Note Updated Mass Location and Sunday Schedule
Mass and Confession Times
Mass Readings | Fr.'s Weekly Letter
Mass and Confession Times
Mass Readings | Fr.'s Weekly Letter
CRITICAL INFORMATION: St. Mary's Upper Church is Closed. All Masses To Be Held at St. Joseph's, 129 Edwards St, New Haven, CT. St. Mary's Lower Church Hall Still Open and Following Regular Schedule.
We have discovered that the plaster issues in St. Mary's Church are far more widespread and significant than originally thought. The upper church will be closed until further notice while necessary repairs and restoration occurs. This means that all weekday and weekend Masses will be held at St. Joseph Church (129 Edwards St.) until further notice--likely for several months at a bare minimum. In addition, the Sunday 10:00 AM Mass is being "bumped" to 10:30 AM, in order to allow time for the 9:00 AM Mass crowd to exit. So the Mass schedule for the time being (all at St. Joseph's Church) is:
MASS AND CONFESSION SCHEDULE
Regular Weekly Mass and Confession Times. *All St. Mary's Church Masses to be Held at St. Joseph's Starting 2/11/2019, Until the Plaster Issues Can Be Remedied.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
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Wednesday | St. Joseph's Church
- Every Wednesday evening from 8-9 PM at St. Joseph Church there is a Holy Hour with music and readings conducted by “Sacred Beauty,” a Catholic association based in the Diocese of Bridgeport dedicated to Eucharistic contemplation and creative artistic and spiritual renewal.
- Every Thursday afternoon we have Exposition at St. Mary Church immediately following the noon daily Mass. The Eucharist remains on the altar for silent Adoration all afternoon until Benediction at 4:30 PM.
- Every Thursday evening at St. Mary Church there is Eucharistic Adoration from 8:00-8:30 PM. There will be silent adoration at the beginning and the praying of Compline will begin at 8:15pm. Compline is the Night Prayer of the Church. It is the last time of the day that the Church gathers to pray the Psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours. Our prayer will close with Benediction at 8:30pm. Refreshments to follow in the hall.
- Note: Compline will not be held on Thursday, February 21st
Welcome Message from Our Pastor
Welcome to the Catholic Parish of St. Mary, New Haven, CT! Under the guidance of the Dominicans of the St. Joseph Province, St. Mary Parish combines the sacramental and missionary activities of St. Mary's Church (5 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, CT) and St. Joseph's Church (129 Edwards St., New Haven, CT). St. Mary's Church was one of the first churches in CT and is home to Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. St. Joseph's Church has been serving the East Rock area since 1900. We invite you to join us, contact us, or connect with us on Facebook!
As always, we encourage you to get involved in growing your faith and serving others. Also see up-coming events. ~ Fr. John Paul Walker, OP
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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ST. MARY CHURCH: WHAT WE KNOW RIGHT NOW
Last week in my bulletin letter I wrote about how St. Mary Church would be closed Monday through Friday of this week in order to allow a work crew to do a comprehensive analysis of the plaster in the church. We did this because of the incident where a large chunk of decorative plaster broke off and crashed to the ground.
Well the crew has been in the church all week, and the news is not good. There is significant cracking causing pieces to come loose in many of the decorative work (capitals, corbels, and bosses). What is equally troublesome is that the wall and ceiling plaster is so old it is at the point of total failure.
All of this leads to the conclusion that, in its current state, the upper church at St. Mary is simply an unsafe environment to celebrate Mass or hold any other activities. And thus beginning immediately all Masses, confessions, and other sacraments are being moved to St. Joseph. I should point out that the hall at St. Mary Church is fine and all of our regular activities and special events that are scheduled to be held there will continue as scheduled.
So what do we know right now? We know much of the decorative plaster is going to need to be repaired and stabilized through the use of pins, wires, or some other such means. Areas where sections broke off and fell will need to have replacement sections created from molds. We know the flat plaster of the ceiling and walls is either going to need to be entirely ripped out and redone, or else (thanks to some newer technology) completely stabilized through the use of hardened acrylic resin. We’ve had two structural engineers spend time up in the walkway area above the ceilings to look at the larger roof structure, and at this point we are confident that while there might be some minor structural engineering work to be done, there are no serious structural issues with the stability of the roof or the stability of the church as a whole.
We know repairs are going to be very, very expensive. And we know they are going to take a long time. Until I have the full analysis I won’t know for sure, but the work crews who were in the church told me that with a church the size of ours, from their experience on past jobs, we are looking at a period of several months at a bare minimum, quite possibly longer than that. Until we have the full assessment and proposal, we won’t know for sure.
SO… that is where we are. The months ahead are going to be challenging for us all. I thank you in advance for your patience and your flexibility as we navigate our new reality. I am confident that the Lord will bring us through this and our parish will emerge stronger than ever.
God bless ~ Fr. John Paul
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Chosen for life: Spiritual adoption
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SPIRITUAL ADOPTION AT ST. MARY’S PARISH!
Thank you to all of you who have already signed up for this special program! The weekend of December 8-9, 2018, the Confirmation students of the parish launched the beginning of a Spiritual Adoption at St. Mary’s. It’s not too late to join this beautiful pro-life effort. Once signed up, you will receive a special prayer card, may give a name to your “adopted baby,” and are asked to pray for nine months for that child in the womb — a baby who is unknown to you, but known to God. Every month, the Confirmation students will prepare a bulletin insert with updates on the baby’s development, as well as special prayers, pro-life success stories, and helpful facts to inspire and raise awareness about how to build the culture of life in our homes and in our community (See the Inserts here). After nine month of prayer, the program will conclude with a virtual baby shower where any baby items received will then be given to a local crisis pregnancy center. If you have any questions about the program or would like to sign up, please contact Confirmation student representative, Leah Wehner, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and monthly updates inserts will also be posted to the parish website on our Spiritual Adoption page.
PARISH LIFE: ANNOUNCEMENTS
POPE FRANCIS’ FEBRUARY PRAYER INTENTION
For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.
SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR COMPLINE
Compline will not be held on Thursday February 21st. Please refer to the schedules below the Special Announcements for additional changes.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING TRAFFIC
Please be aware that on Sunday, March 3rd there might be traffic in our area for the annual ShamRock and Roll 5K. The PLR ShamRock & Roll 5K benefits The Diaper Bank. Whitney Avenue will be closed between Trumbull Street and Highland Avenue from shortly before 9 a.m. until about 9:45 a.m.
NEW SECRETARY EMAIL ADDRESS
The email address for contacting the parish secretary has changed. Please send all correspondence to the new address: email@example.com.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR FLU SEASON FROM FR. JOHN PAUL
Earlier this week the Connecticut Department of Public Health issued a warning that the flu is now considered “widespread” in the state. In light of this, I would like to give a few reminders to everyone. If you are sick, please do not come to Mass. Yes, a priest just said that to you. If you are sick, DO NOT COME TO MASS. Not even on Sunday. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is automatically suspended for someone who is ill. In other words, if you are sick and stay home, you are not committing a sin. You are being smart and prudent. And, actually, if you are badly sick and come to Mass anyways, you could actually be committing a sin by doing so, since you are unnecessarily and recklessly jeopardizing the health of others (a sin against the virtues of prudence, justice, and charity). This is a serious matter! People are dying from the flu, right here in Connecticut. Here in our parish, we have people who are undergoing chemotherapy as well as many infants, small children, and the elderly. If you are sick, stay home until you are well. Please! Also note that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is also automatically suspended if you need to stay home to take care of a family member who is ill. And for those who maybe have a minor cold or something similar, perhaps not serious enough to keep you at home, I would request that you not shake hands with others during the sign of peace, nor shake the hand of the priest after Mass; and for those attending at St. Joseph Church, that you refrain from receiving the Blood of Christ at communion time until all of your symptoms have completely cleared. Praying that everyone has a holy and healthy next few months! ~ Fr. John Paul
11th EDITION OF NEW YORK ENCOUNTER WITH CARDINAL O’MALLEY, DAVID BROOKS, CHIARA CORBELLA’S HUSBAND, AND MANY OTHERS
The 2019 New York Encounter, themed Something to Start From will take place February 15-17 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan. The Encounter is a threeday, FREE, cultural event organized by members of Communion and Liberation, consisting of panel discussions, artistic performances and unique exhibits. This year’s Encounter will feature a presentation on Pope Francis’ vision for a new evangelization with Fr. Julián Carrón, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, Austen Ivereigh, Writer and Journalist, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston. Another highlight: The life of Servant of God, Chiara Corbella, presented by her husband Enrico. Chiara died at 28 of a rare cancer that was discovered while she was pregnant with her third child. She choose to give birth to Francesco, rejecting any treatment that could have saved her but endangered the life of her unborn son. These events and many others can be found at http://www.newyorkencounter.org. All are invited!
UPDATE ON THE ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD SYNOD 2020
The Archdiocese continues the preparation process for our Synod 2020, 'Grow as Disciples of Jesus and Go Make Disciples!', or for short 'Grow and Go!'. Last August we had a Listening Session to collect our parish input, and later four parishioners participated in a live feedback session with the Archbishop. If you would like an electronic copy of the notes from our Listening Session, please contact Eliza in the Church office. This year, delegates from each parish will participate in Synod meetings. Synod plans will be formalized by May, 2020. Please pray that the grace of the Holy Spirit guide all who participate! ~ Fr. John Paul
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION NEEDED AT YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL
The Department of Spiritual Care at Yale-New Haven Hospital (York Street Campus) is in need of additional Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to volunteer once or twice a month or more to bring Holy Communion to our fellow brothers and sisters. Holy Communion is offered everyday so Eucharistic Ministers could choose to volunteer on any day. The hours are flexible to meet your schedule. If you are interested in volunteering, and currently an Extraordinary Minster of Communion and would like more information, please contact: Fr. Bill Maguire, C.P. 203-688-7032 Fr. Geoffrey Smith 203-688-7031 Orientation and training will be provided by the Department of Volunteer Services and Spiritual Care at the hospital. Thank you for prayerfully considering this ministry.
The Thomistic Institute is now accepting applications for the Robert Luddy Scholarship for the 2019 fall semester. The Robert Luddy Scholarship will be granted to a student admitted to the two-year MA program in theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (PFIC) at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. The scholarship pays the full cost of tuition, as well as providing a living stipend and funds for books. This M.A. program provides for a profound formation in the thought of Thomas Aquinas' philosophy and theology, as well as a deep engagement with key texts in patristic and modern theology. Our past graduates from this program have excellent placement rates in doctoral programs in theology, and in positions of teaching and administration in the Catholic Church. The scholarship is available for those applying to begin studies at the PFIC/Dominican House of Studies in the fall of 2019. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send (1) a current CV, (2) a brief one-paragraph statement of the reasons for your interest in this program, and (3) a brief summary in a sentence or two of your involvement with the Thomistic Institute (e.g., events attended, leadership positions, etc.) to Katie Brizek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
$25,000 TUITION RAFFLE FOR ANY SCHOOL
Fairfield College Preparatory School is proud to again present our $25,000 Tuition Raffle. The prize can be used for ANY K-12 schools, colleges or universities or pay back of college loans. The prize is to be paid directly to any K-12 schools, colleges or universities or the financial institution that holds your school loans. Schools must be located and accredited in the U.S. Only 1,000 tickets will be available at $100 per ticket. (500 tickets must be sold for the raffle to proceed. If fewer than 500 tickets are sold, the raffle will be canceled and the ticket purchasers will receive a full refund.) Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Scholarship Fund at Fairfield Prep. The drawing will be held at the Spring Event on Saturday, May 4, 2019 promptly at 10:15 p.m. in the Student Life Center, Fairfield Prep. Winning ticket holder does not need to be present to win. For more information please contact the Development Office at (203) 254-4237 or email@example.com.
Starting Friday, March 8, 2019 Enders Island will be hosting a Stations of the Cross and Fish Fry every Friday during Lent. If you would like to participate, please register here.
1 Enders Island, PO Box 399, Mystic, CT 0659
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE ARICHDIOCESE
As many of you know, earlier this week the Archdiocese of Hartford released the names of those priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse against children. The list included 35 priests of the archdiocese, as well as 6 priests of other dioceses who were temporarily serving here, as well as six religious order priests serving in the archdiocese. None of the priests appearing on this list are currently in active ministry. Information about these priests, where they have served, and their current status, along with additional information about the steps the archdiocese is taking to address the issue of clergy abuse, the financial costs the archdiocese has incurred as a result of abuse claims, and upcoming Masses of Reparation to be celebrated by Archbishop Blair, can be found on a special website set up for this purpose, Promise.ArchdioceseofHartford.org.
FAMILY OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to the Robert & Lori Murphy Family for being selected as the Knights of Columbus’ Family of the Month. Our Knights of Columbus will be honoring a different family each month. If you wish to nominate a family, please email the Knights at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 MASS INTENTIONS
Masses for 2019 are now available for scheduling. For information about how to schedule a Mass please call at Eliza at 203-562-6193 ext. 101.
LINENS OF LOVE
In 2015, one of our very own parishioners, Mary B. Pursell, started a nonprofit organization called Linens of Love. Mary and her daughter had been volunteering at a men’s homeless shelter in New Haven and realized there were many beds without sheets, blankets, or pillows. The men also personally asked for toiletries such as toothbrushes and deodorant. The experience had a lasting impact on Mary and inspired her to do something about it. Linens of Love’s mission is to lovingly provide linens and toiletries to those in need at our community shelters and service organizations dedicated to helping the homeless, veterans, and families. In the past three years, the nonprofit has expanded to help service organizations such as Columbus House, New Reach, the VA Errera Community Center, and New Haven Family Alliance. Linens of Love also donates any linens that are a bit too worn to The Animal Haven and the CT Humane Society for our furry friends who also need a home! If you have any new or used sheets, pillows, comforters, blankets, toiletries, and towels, please consider donating to Linens of Love! Our main drop off location is at 671 State Street in New Haven (Abbate Insurance Agency). We also have two other drop off locations at Village at Mariner’s Point in East Haven (111 S Shore Drive) and Nellie Green’s Restaurant in Branford (50 Maple Street). Pick up’s can be coordinated as well by calling (203) 927-6779. For more information check out our Facebook page (Linens of Love) or our website (www.linensofloveinc.org).
THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR ADVERTISERS. CAN YOU JOIN THEM?
We are asking local business owners to please consider taking a new ad. We appreciate your help since the revenue from these ads makes this bulletin possible. If you are interested or would like more information, please call Mary directly at (860) 836-8486. We thank you in advance for your consideration and generous support of the weekly bulletin and its sponsors.
CATHOLIC IN RECOVERY
Meetings Every Week Fridays at 7:00 PM The Ruiz Center St. George Church Guilford Meetings combine the spiritual principles of 12 step recovery and the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Join us as we overlap scripture from Sunday’s mass, liturgical themes, and recovery topics with honest discussion and prayer. Confidentiality is protected. Welcoming those recovering from addiction: * Alcohol * Drugs * Overeating * Gambling * Other unhealthy attachments. Need more information? Contact Rich Ryan: Phone: 203-393-8704. Email: email@example.com.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? The Bereavement Support Group at St. John Bosco Parish is offering the “New Day” Seminar for those who have recently lost a loved one to find comfort and explore strategies in coping with grief and loss. The seminar will start on Thursday, January 10th and continue for ten consecutive Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the St. Mary Parish Center (731 Main St, Branford). There is no cost. For more information and to register, please call Joanne L. Fresco, Pastoral Associate, at 203-488-1607, ext. 19 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH CHOIR BEGINS ITS SPRING REHEARSAL
As we approach the end of winter, I would like first to appeal to those over the age of 18 to consider joining the Saint Joseph Church Adult Choir. We currently have ten members. We will rehearse every Thursday evening from 7:00pm till 9:00pm. The Adult Choir sings every week at the 9:00am mass, as well as Christmas, Holy Week, Easter and other special services where appropriate. To join the Adult Choir simply come to any rehearsal held in the Choir Loft. There are no auditions. To enter the church please use the ramp; that will be the only door open. I am also looking for talented instrumentalists. I would like very much to make them a regular part of our Sunday Liturgies. If you are interested or know someone who might be please see me after any mass, come to choir rehearsal or call me. If you have any questions please feel free to see me after Mass or call me in the evening at home at 203-640-0985. Looking forward to growing the Saint Joseph Choir. Please consider making this the year to join us. ~ Jim DeLucia, Music Director: Saint Joseph Church.
HELP NEEDED WITH HOLIDAY FOOD BASKETS
Volunteers are urgently needed to help with various food related activities throughout the year, but most immediately with meals for the upcoming holidays. Duties include food shopping, helping with storage and packaging of food, and delivery of meals. If you can help, please contact Fred Guida at email@example.com
OPPORTUNITIES FOR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Every Wednesday evening from 8-9 PM at St. Joseph Church there is a Holy Hour with music and readings conducted by “Sacred Beauty,” a Catholic association based in the Diocese of Bridgeport dedicated to Eucharistic contemplation and creative artistic and spiritual renewal. Every Thursday afternoon we have Exposition at St. Mary Church immediately following the noon daily Mass. The Eucharist remains on the altar for silent Adoration all afternoon until Benediction at 4:30 PM. Every Thursday evening at St. Mary Church there is Eucharistic Adoration from 8:00-8:30 PM. There will be silent adoration at the beginning and the praying of Compline will begin at 8:15pm. Compline is the Night Prayer of the Church. It is the last time of the day that the Church gathers to pray the Psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours. Our prayer will close with Benediction at 8:30pm. Refreshments to follow in the hall. Compline is continuing throughout the summer.
HIRE A SQUIRE
Our Squires are available on weekends for fall clean up raking leaves or other end of year cleanup projects. Cost is only $10 per Squire per hour. Please call Chris Neumann at 203-393-2924 or Frank Quadrino at 203-435-3373 to make arrangements. Hire a Squire and save your back while supporting our youth!
LEGION OF MARY
The legion of Mary is a lay apostolic group, who, under the hospice of Mary Mediatrix of all graces, serves the church and neighbor. We began meeting every Wednesday from 7-8pm in the Parish Hall of St. Mary Church on Wednesday January 9th. We come together to enlist the aid of Our Mother through the rosary, prayers and devotion to our Lady. We are a prayerful group and our weekly meeting is devoted to Our Mother.Please pray to Mary Mother of the Church to guide you in your decision to join this group, which is open to all adult Catholics. Please contact Immacula Didier at (203-508-0704) or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or questions.
CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious Education has begun for St. Mary’s Parish. If you child is not already enrolled in a program please do so immediately. Classes will be held from 6-7pm on Tuesdays in the basement of St. Joseph Church and this year there will be a class for the Kindergarten level. If you have any questions or need further information contact the parish secretary at 203-562-6193 ext. 101.
ANGELUS WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP
"BE WHO YOU WERE CREATED TO BE AND YOU WILL SET THE WORLD ON FIRE!" -Catherine of Siena Live out your calling to be a woman of God! The Angelus Women's Fellowship is seeking women of all ages and states of life to join us in our journey to become the women God made us to be. We gather weekly to pray, make rosaries for the missions, and encourage one another in the faith. NEW FOR THE FALL: Starting in September, we will meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30pm, allowing us to increase our ministry by being available to help the Siena Girls' Club with their various works of mercy. Contact JoAnn Wagner at email@example.com for more information.
PRE-ADDRESSED ENVELOPES FOR LETTERS ON CURRENT SCANDALS
Canon law says that the Catholic faithful have the right to give their input on important matters facing the Church the Church’s Pastors (ie. The Bishops). For those who feel moved to write letters expressing their thoughts on the current scandals facing the Church, there are pre-addressed envelopes in the vestibules of both of our churches. There are three different envelopes available. One is to our own Archbishop Leonard Blair, one is to Cardinal DiNardo the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and one is to the Papal Nuncio to the United States.
NEW CATHOLIC BUSINESS DIRECTORY
The new Second Edition of the Southern CT Catholic Business Directory is now here! This directory is free of charge and has been made available by the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly #2459. Pick up a copy in the back of the church or access online at www.assembly2459.org Please support local Catholic businesses!
BISHOP BARRON'S CATHOLICISM SERIES
Bishop Barron’s Catholicism series shows us the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of our Catholic Faith! https://CatholicismSeries.com.
BLESSINGS FOR NON-COMMUNICANTS
Those who are unable to receive Holy Communion but who wish to come forward during communion time to receive a blessing are reminded that only priests are capable of bestowing such blessings. Lay Eucharistic Ministers cannot bless in this fashion, so please do not approach a lay Eucharistic Minister to request a blessing. When approaching the priest, clearly cross your arms across your chest in an “X” pattern as a signal that you wish to receive a blessing instead of partaking in Communion. Similarly, Catholics who do wish to receive Communion are reminded to avoid crossing their arms across their chest, as this gesture will be interpreted by the priest as a request for a blessing instead of receiving the Eucharist.
CAN YOU HELP AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH?
We are seeking volunteers who could pick up the small hand linens used at Mass, wash/fold them, and return them the following week. Pick up and drop off can be after whatever Mass the person goes to. It is not a big volume, but it is an important task. For more information, please come to the St. Joseph sacristy after any Mass. Thank you.
FREE ROSARY REPAIR SERVICE
We have lots of parts. Send your broken rosaries in a padded envelope to: Betty and Dick Holden 7930 Estero Blvd. #502 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931. They will be repaired and returned to you within the week of receipt. Donations of old and broken rosaries are also accepted which will be repaired and sent on to the missions. Include a note indicating repair and return to me or this is a donation. For information call 239-463-3993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ST MARY PARISH PRAYER CIRCLE
If you or someone you know is in need of prayers please submit their name(s) to the following coordinators of the St. Mary prayer circle group. You may also contact them if you are interested in joining the circle or have general questions.
SHOP AT THE SHOPPE OF OUR LADY OF GRACE MONASTERY!
Our Lady of Grace Monastery hosts a community of Cloistered Dominican Nuns at 11, Race Hill Road in North Guilford, off of route 77. Please consider supporting their community, as well as other communities around the country by visiting their Gift Shoppe, open Mon-Sat 10-12 and 1-4pm. The shop features a beautiful collection of handmade items (pottery, candles, knits, soaps...) as well as monastery-made fudge and maple syrup and a vast selection of books, cards, and religious items for adults and children. If you are in need of beautiful gifts this season, it will definitely be worth your drive! Please note: CASH and CHECKS ONLY! For all questions, you may call 203.457.0599 and ask to be connected to the Gift Shoppe.
CATHOLIC BUSINESS DIRECTORY - 2nd EDITION
The Hon. W. Patrick Donlin Assembly #2459 of the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus is in the process of updating the Catholic Business Directory for their Second Edition. Catholics who provide business services (accountants, electricians, healthcare professionals, lawyers, painters, plumbers, small businesses, etc) along the shoreline from New Haven to Ma-dison will be included. If you would like to have your name & business included, please contact: Chris Neumann (E): Hello.Neumann@KOLonline.com (T) 203-393-2924. Our Assembly will then make this “Catholic Business Directory 2nd Edition” available to local parishes later this year.
You may find the 1st Edition helpful and a great way to support other Catholics in the area.*
CARITAS CHRISTI: KIDS' NIGHT OUT
Kids’ Night Out: First and third Friday of every month from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Sr. Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar, ASCJ, Director of Caritas Christi Center, provides parents/grandparents who would like to drop off their kids and enjoy an evening out! It is a safe evening for the children who will enjoy pizza, a movie, snacks, crafts and fun. Children should bring a pillow and sleeping bag and get ready for a fun night just with other kids! Cost per evening: $15 per child, $35 for families of 3 or more children. Registration and payment (either by check or online) are required for each program one week prior to the scheduled program. You can register online for programs at www.caritaschristicenter.org. The information you give us enables us to inform you if there is a schedule change. !! Please call Sr. Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar,ASCJ, Director, (203) 281-2569.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION (RCIA) FOR ADULTS
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, have been baptized Catholic and never received First Holy Communion or Confirmation or are simply interested in a review of basic catholic teachings at an adult level, you are invited to participate in classes at St. Mary’s on Wednesday evenings which began on Wednesday September 12th. These classes will be held at 7pm and are usually an hour in length. For more information please call the parish secretary, at 203-562-6193 ext. 101.
We are always looking for parishioners interested in serving as Lectors, Altar Servers, and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist at our Masses. If interested in any of these ministries, please contact the parish office.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! DINNER FOR THE HOMELESS
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve others with your fellow St Mary's-St Joseph's parishioners? We are looking for volunteers to help make and serve a monthly dinner for a homeless shelter in New Haven. St Joseph's parish has served a monthly dinner for over 20 years and now that the churches have joined, we would like to expand to two evenings a month (at least!). Please contact Molly West for more information: email@example.com OR (972) 978-6755.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Connecticut Hospice, Inc. (inpatient and homecare) is sponsoring volunteer orientation and training this fall. If you or someone you know is looking for an opportunity to serve others in your community, we would like to hear from you. Our patients and families are in need of your care and support. As a volunteer, you can fill your hours (weekdays/evenings or weekends) by assisting in a clerical capacity or offering direct patient/family contact as a friendly visitor, provide pastoral care or bereavement services, help in arts, massage therapy, pet therapy, hairdresser/ barber or provide transportation. For more information, please contact Joan Cullen at 203-315-7510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SERVE GOD’S PEOPLE
Sunrise Cafe, a program of Liberty Community Services, was founded to help those in need in New Haven. Sunrise offers a welcome, indoor space for those in need of a healthy breakfast. Guests are treated with dignity and respect. Sunrise serves over 30,000 breakfasts annually, which are prepared primarily through volunteer support. In addition to a hot meal, Sunrise offers access to additional services such as housing referrals, healthcare through Hill Health and basic needs, toiletries, clothing and footwear. Sunrise is located in the undercroft of St. Paul and St. James at 57 Olive St, corner of Chapel. There is parking in the back of the Church. Sunrise is primarily run by volunteers. We need volunteers ages 13 and up to prep and serve meals from 7:30 am until 9:30 am Monday through Friday. That's early I know, but the opportunity to serve God’s people is well worth the effort. Even if you can only commit to a few hours a week that will help. Yale University has been a force in making Sunrise happen through the commitment of student volunteers. They have begun their summer holiday so we desperately need help. If you are interested in finding out more about Sunrise please contact me by email or my mobile 203-988-7442. I know life happens so if you can't help as a volunteer please pray for all of us at Sunrise, especially the community we are privileged to serve. ~ Ellen Gabrielle
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
All are Invited: Share, Learn, Laugh. 2nd Tuesday of Every Month from 6:00-7:30pm Clelian Adult Day Center, 261 Benham Street in Hamden. This group is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and is for caregivers and family members with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias. For more information call 203-288-4151.
FRASSATI NEW HAVEN: Frassati New Haven is a young adult ministry for Catholics in their 20s and 30s, which focuses on prayer, service, fellowship after the charism of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. Visit FrassatiNewHaven.org or
Facebook to learn more! See our events calendar here.
WEEKLY: Join us Tuesday evenings at 6:45pm at St. Joseph's Church for Frassati C4C Nights, where we grow in fellowship and discipleship with one another. All are welcome to join the Sacred Beauty Holy Hour afterwards. Email Alex at email@example.com each week you plan to attend! Double-check our events calendar to view updates.
FRASSATI ON TAP
Calling all young adults! Want to enjoy a cold pint, meet fellow Catholic young adults, and listen to interesting discussions about the faith? Frassati on Tap will be held at Stony Creek Brewery in Branford on Sunday, February 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the upper event room. This month we welcome a panel of priests, including Fr. John Paul Walker, OP, Fr. Joachim Kenny, OP, and Fr. Michael Casey, to do a Q&A session entitled "Ask a Priest". Come ask your burning theological questions, weird liturgical questions, and interesting vocation questions! In addition to asking questions in person, you can anonymously submit questions before or during the event at www.slido.com and enter in the event code #C930. Food may be purchased at the food trucks located in the Brewery parking lot, or you may bring your own!
FEBRUARY 23, 2019: PARISH TRIVIA NIGHT (RSVP)
Come enjoy a night out at our annual parish trivia night! On Saturday, February 23 from 7-9pm, come to St. Mary’s Church for an evening of fun trivia, food, and the chance for your team to win the grand prize! Tickets are $5 per person, or $20 per team if you RSVP by Wednesday, February 20. Teams can be up to 8 people. This event is generously sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Questions and reservations can be sent to Evan Holguin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEBRUARY 23-24, 2019: MONTHLY FOOD COLLECTION
Our parish has a non-perishable monthly food collection which is collected in the vestibules at both St. Mary and St. Joseph Church locations. This month it will take place on Saturday February 23 & Sunday February 24 at all Masses. Even a can of tuna or jar of peanut butter makes a difference. There is also a monetary donation box for this collection located in the vestibule at St. Joseph Church.
MARCH 1-3, 2019: RACHAEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT WEEKENDS FOR HEALING AFTER ABORTION
If you are suffering from an abortion, experience the healing love of Jesus Christ on a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat weekend March 1-3 in Litchfield, CT The weekend healing process includes discussions, Living Scriptures with meditations, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Memorial Service and Mass of Entrustment. Participation is totally confidential and offers a beautiful opportunity to experience God's love, forgiveness and compassion. Both women and men have participated in past retreats and have ranged in age from teens to mid eighties. The fee for the weekend is $175.00 for meals, private room and all retreat materials. Scholarships are available for financial assistance. For more information contact Marie at 203-631-9030, email her at email@example.com, or visit our website at www.rachelsvineyard.org.
MARCH 3, 2019: IRISH DINNER AT ST. JOPSEH
Tickets for the Irish Dinner to be held Mar. 3 in the St. Joseph Church Hall 12-4pm with dinner served at 1pm will be sold starting this weekend. Donation is $20, children $3 (for pizza from Modern). Price of the ticket includes bread, salad, dinner, dessert, beer, wine, soda, tea, coffee and entertainment. If paying by check, please make out to cash. New raffle prizes gratefully accepted. Any questions please contact Ann at 203-287-9634.
MARCH 5, 2019: MARDI GRAS BUFFET DINNER; SAVE THE DATE & PLAN TO ATTEND
Our Annual Parish Buffet Dinner will be in St. Mary’s Church Hall on Tuesday, March 5, starting at 5:30 PM with fellowship and dinner. This year’s theme will again be Mardi Gras and format is potluck. If you wish to assist the committee, please contact the Parish Secretary at St. Mary’s at 203-562-6193, extension 101 or email Events.StMary.NewHaven@gmail.com
MAY 30 - JUNE 9, 2019: CRUISE WITH ARCHBISHOP DINOIA, OP
2019 Riverboat Cruise through Europe with His Excellency Archbishop DiNoia, O.P. You are invited on a riverboat cruise through Europe from May 30th June 9th, 2019! His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Augustine DiNoia of the Dominican Order is the special guest on this trip and he will celebrate daily Mass throughout the course of the journey. The itinerary actually begins in Budapest, undoubtedly one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. On May 31st the group will rendezvous at the Danubius Hotel Gellért, an exquisite four star hotel on the banks of the Danube known for its thermal baths. There they will enjoy two days before embarking on a sevenday river cruise through Europe’s most beautiful cities: Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Dürnstein, Melk, Passua and Regensburg. The final destination is Nuremburg, where a farewell dinner will be enjoyed on June 8th before returning home the next day. The trip starts at $3695.00/person and is filling up fast. If you would like the trip brochure, contact the tour director Joseph Long directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (570) 309-1346.
MAY 30 - JUNE 10, 2019: FR. MICHAEL DOLAN’S IRELAND TOUR
May 30th thru June 10th, 2019 This tour visits the following places of interest: County Clare, Aran Islands, Galway, Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Knock Shrine, Famine Museum Strokestown, Arigna Mining Experience, River Cruise in Leitrim, Ulster American Folk Park, Derry City, Carrick-A-Rede, Giants Causway, Bushmills Distillery, Titanic Museum, Monasterboice, and more.... Website: www.myirishtours.com
JULY 9-12, 2019: PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES AND FATIMA
Father Joseph Allen, O.P., Father Michael Dosch, O.P. and Father George Schommer, O.P. invite you to join them on the 65th U.S. National Rosary Pilgrimage to Lourdes, June 30 to July 9, 2019 with an optional four day extension to Lisbon and Fatima (July 9-12). This special pilgrimage is accompanied by clergy and medical staff to assist the needs of the pilgrims. For details please contact the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office by email: email@example.com or toll free at 1-877-276-7279. Deadline for reservations is March 15, 2019.
PARISH LIFE: St. Mary's ON Facebook
PARISH LIFE: NOTES FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
THANK YOU!! To the more than 38,700 generous donors have pledged over $9,900,000 to the 2018 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, Our Faith, Our Future!! As the year is coming to a close, this may be your last chance to help the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal achieve the goal of $10 Million in the 2018 tax year! This year’s Appeal goal has been a challenge -- but it is nothing compared to the challenge many suffer with each and every day of their lives. For the third year in a row -- Thanks to the generosity of the donors to this year’s Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, Our Faith, Our Future, the Vicariate Outreach Program has been able to provide over $1,000,000 in critical funding to over 200 local, community based, organizations. This funding provides support to families and individuals for life’s basic necessities: a warm meal, a bag of groceries, a place to sleep, or a place to turn for guidance and support. The Annual Appeal is one way to share our blessings and express thanks for the blessings with which God has graced us with our neighbors. All funds contributed to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal are used exclusively for the purposes outlined in the Appeal literature, which can be found at www.archdioceseofhartford.org/ appealimpact2/ . No Appeal funds are ever used for legal fees or settlements If you have not yet made a gift, please prayerfully consider, making your pledge or gift today. Every gift makes a profound difference in the lives of countless individuals and families throughout our Archdiocese, in a way that exceeds anything we could hope to achieve on our own. Please visit the Appeal website at www.archdioceseofhartford.org and follow the link Our Faith, Our Future, to learn more and make your pledge or gift today.
If you see or hear of any sort of abuse within the church, please contact the Archdiocese of Hartford immediately: http://www.archdioceseofhartford.org/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/report_abuse.pdf
PARISH LIFE: DEFENDING OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Pope Francis has said: “Religious freedom is not only that of private thought or worship. It is the liberty to live, both privately and publicly, according to the ethical principles resulting from found truth.” This is why it is important that we continue to put pressure on our elected officials to change the federal health care mandate which forces religious institutions to pay for medical procedures that violate their moral principles.
If you haven’t done so already, please voice your opposition to the federal health care mandate by calling U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell at 202-205-5445, and your elected representatives. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom. If you have called, call again, our representatives need to listen to us.
Parish Life: Other Items
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PARISH LIFE: ONLINE GIVING
St. Mary’s parish has officially launched online giving. What is online giving? Read more... or simply Give Online.
Use “Amazon Smile” so St. Mary's receives 0.5% of the total cost of everything you purchase. To participate, access Amazon through smile.amazon.com and add St. Mary's, New Haven, as your charitable organization.
PURCHASE NEW ALBUM TO SUPPORT OUR DOMINICAN VOCATIONS
The student brothers of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph have released a new album of Americana music, The Hillbilly Thomists. With folk classics such as “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” “What Wondrous Love,” and a new take on “Amazing Grace” the Hillbilly Thomists of the Dominican House of Studies go back to classic American spirituals to bring our listeners closer to the Lord. Your support of this album will aid the formation of the many Dominican student brothers in Washington, DC. Beginning December 12, CDs can be purchased for $15 through the brothers’ daily blog at http://www.dominicanajournal.org/ht/. At that website you will be able to experience their promotional video featuring “Poor Wayfaring Stranger.” Thank you for your generosity.
About St. Mary's
Dedicated as Christ Church in 1834, St. Mary’s was the first Catholic Church in New Haven, and the second in Connecticut. After the Church was completely destroyed by fire in December 1848, a new building on Church Street was dedicated under the care of Mary, and renamed St. Mary’s Church. With the rapid growth of the Catholic population, in 1851 plans for a new church were enacted. The cornerstone at the new location on Hillhouse was laid in 1870, and the church dedicated in 1874. In 1982, in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Knights of Columbus, the church went through a complete renovation, including restructuring the sanctuary, erection of the steeple, and the addition of the organ.
St. Mary's Mission Statement
We, the members of St. Mary’s Parish, with the influence and presence of the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, form a parochial community in downtown New Haven. Guided by the Dominican spirituality that is committed to proclaiming the living Word of God, we profess our faith in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Through the celebration of sacraments and liturgies, we are enriched to proclaim and witness the Good News. We embrace our mission of building the kingdom of God on earth, and respond to our divine graces, gifts and charisms by serving the spiritual, social, and material needs of people everywhere. See the Parish Handbook.
Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney
Father Michael J. McGivney was ordained on December 22, 1877, and assigned to St. Mary’s Church. It was here in 1882 he founded the Knights of Columbus with the intention that this group would strengthen the faith of the men of the parish and care for the widows of members. Today, the Knights is the largest Catholic fraternal benefit society in the World. Father McGivney spent seven years at St. Mary’s, being assigned pastor of St. Thomas in Thomaston in 1884, where he died in 1890 at the age of 38. In 1982, his remains were reentombed at St. Mary’s Church. In 1997 Archbishop Daniel Cronin opened the cause for Father McGivney, and in April 2008, Pope Benedict XVI declared him Venerable.
Find out more about Fr. Michael J. McGivney at www.fathermcgivney.org.
Find out more about Fr. Michael J. McGivney at www.fathermcgivney.org.
The Dominican Friars
St. Mary’s Church has been under the care of the Dominicans since 1886. The friars are members of the Province of St. Joseph, based in New York City. The present priory building was erected in 1907, and provides an environment for prayer, study, silence and community.
The Dominicans residing at the priory serve multiple areas, including the parish, the Shrine of the Infant of Prague, the Knights of Columbus, the chaplaincy of Our Lady of Grace Monastery of Dominican nuns in North Guilford, and the chaplaincy at Quinnipiac University.
The Dominicans residing at the priory serve multiple areas, including the parish, the Shrine of the Infant of Prague, the Knights of Columbus, the chaplaincy of Our Lady of Grace Monastery of Dominican nuns in North Guilford, and the chaplaincy at Quinnipiac University.
The parishioners of St. Mary’s Church, the Dominican Friars, and the Knights of Columbus welcome and encourage pilgrimages from the United States, Canada and beyond, that come to St. Mary’s to visit the birthplace of the Knights of Columbus, and the final resting place of the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.