CHRIST THE KING
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Click here for Rosary, Adoration, and Novena times.
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
BUILDING CHURCHES AND BUILDING OUR CHURCH
There are things that, as a seminarian or even a young priest, you hear “older” priests—especially those who have been pastors—talk about a lot. One theme that comes up quite often from such old pastors is the idea that they spend far more time than they would like “fixing roofs” and other such things. When I was younger, I never really appreciated how serious they were when they said that. But in my 4+ years now at our parish, I have come to realize the truth behind that statement. I am reflecting upon this partially, of course, because one of the two churches of our parish is currently the largest construction zone I have ever personally experienced. And like many (most? all?) construction projects, ours is running significantly behind schedule. Anyone who has seen photos of St. Mary’s as it currently looks can immediately see that the church will not be done in time for Christmas, which was the original goal. After the latest update, it is clear that things are many months behind schedule. At this point, the latest I have been told is that we should be able to use the church for Easter… but even then, at least part of it is likely still to be under scaffolding. So the process is just very slow. But we are getting there, and more importantly, once it is done the church is going to look spectacular. The liturgical arts company executing the decorative side of the project has been uncovering more and more evidence of the colors, designs, and ornamentation that once decorated the church, and these elements will be the basis of the new design. That “design” phase is about to really take off over the next few weeks. While I am hesitant to promise any concrete date at this time, I can say that I am hopeful that relatively early in 2020 I will be able to share with the parish the full artistic mock-up of the new design of the church. But in the meantime, the focus of the work is still on the repair and stabilization of the plaster. Fixing buildings. Building buildings. It can be frustrating when building projects go more slowly than we hope. Sometimes adding to that frustration is the reality of knowing there is nothing at the moment we can do to accelerate the process. When it comes to fixing plaster at the church on Hillhouse Avenue, that is absolutely true. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a building project, even more important, that we can participate in already. “… you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4) As important as our two church buildings are to our parish, they are not the central reality of our parish. No, our parish, like our universal Catholic Church, is the people of God. The deepest identity of our parish is the living church, built up of living stones (each one of us!), who gather together as one family to offer spiritual sacrifices to God—most of all that most perfect of all sacrifices, the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross that is made present to us every time we celebrate the Mass. Just as it takes many stones put together to build a church building, so too it takes many stones (each wonderfully, uniquely different) put together to form a parish. All of us form one family, itself a “family of families” all drawn together by the love of Christ poured out into our hearts. So even if most of us will never physically participate in building the restored St. Mary’s, or rebuilding the falling-apart stained glass windows at St. Joseph, or in any of the other obvious physical needs at our two parish churches… all of us can be working right now to build the bonds of unity, love, and service to one another within our parish. By investing in each other, in serving each other, in walking the journey of faith with each other, we will truly be building our church. We will truly be building our family of faith.
~God Bless, Fr. John Paul O.P.
Read previous letters from the Pastor
PARISH LIFE: ANNOUNCEMENTS
POPE FRANCIS’ NOVEMBER PRAYER INTENTION
That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.
REGINA CAELI ACADEMY
Regina Caeli Academy, a homeschool resource center, seeks part-time tutors for the 2019-2020 academic year. Located in Wilton, RCA offers tutoring in a Socratic classroom setting on Mondays and Thursdays. The positions are paid hourly, and child care is provided! Requirements include a love of classical learning and an Oath of Fidelity to the Catholic Church. We seek tutors in diverse fields, including high school Mathematics, Latin, Theology and Language Arts. Send your resume and a cover letter to Lisa Frawley, firstname.lastname@example.org. www.rcahybrid.org.
CONVENIENT WAY TO RECEIVE OUR BULLETIN
If you wish to receive our bulletin automatically to your email inbox each week please visit our seek and find page to sign up for this free & convenient service. http://seekandfind.com/directory/st.marychurch_1691.html
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. Nina Sanseverino: email@example.com & Al Kronberg: firstname.lastname@example.org
9AM COFFEE HOUR
The Coffee hour held after the 9am Mass on the fourth Sunday of each month will not take place in July and August.
Tuesday afternoon bible study will meet every Tuesday at 1pm in the St. Joseph Hall through August 6th.
FULL TIME POSITION AVAILABLE
Carolyn’s Place, a Catholic Pregnancy Care Center in Waterbury, CT, has a full time Office position which entails: event planning, fundraising, banking, newsletter writing, donor and Volunteer correspondence, minimal filing, and other office responsibilities. Must have computer skills. Please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com or call 203-597-9080.
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, May 2nd and continue for ten consecutive Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 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
EXTRA PARKING FOR WEEKEND MASSES
If you are coming for a weekend Mass (Saturday or Sunday) and our own church parking lot is full, we have permission to use the parking lot of the Clifford Beers clinic, the reddish color building on the far side of the church parking lot.
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 email@example.com.
FAMILY OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to the Todd Ahern 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for further information or questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.
OUR LADY OF GRACE MONASTERY GIFT AND BOOK SHOPPE
Celebrate First Communion with Gifts of Faith including Bibles, crucifixes, jewelry, rosary beads, cards, Saint Medals… 11 Race Hill Rd, North Guilford, 203-457-0599. Open Mon-Sat: 10 am - noon, 1 pm - 4 pm. Closed Sundays, legal holidays and Holy Days. Visit our website at www.dominicannuns.org * Credit cards not accepted.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org each week you plan to attend! Double-check our events calendar to view updates.
FRASSATI NIGHT + SERVICE EVENT
Join us on Saturday, November 9 for a night of prayer at St. Joseph Church in New Haven (129 Edwards St)! The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. for worship in Adoration, a short reflection, and the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. After our time of worship, all are invited to a social in the church basement. This month, as a service project at the social we are asking everyone to bring a donation for the St. Gianna Pregnancy Center as we approach the holidays. You may bring baby items such as diapers, clothes, teethers, swaddles, stuffed animals, etc. or a toy for siblings. Wrapping paper will be provided for anyone who wants to wrap their gift! We hope you can join us!
Hosted by Frassati New Haven, a young adult ministry for Catholics in their 20's and 30's which focuses on prayer, service, and fellowship after the charism of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. Please visit us at www.FrassatiNewHaven.org to learn more including hikes, service projects, and “Frassati on Tap” at Stony Creek Brewery! Please note: there is no Frassati on Tap in November & December, we will resume in January!
Visit www.facebook.com/frassatinewhaven or www.frassatinewhaven.org for more information.
Wednesday, November 27: CLOTHING DRIVE
The Fr. Michael J. McGivney council of the Knights of Columbus will be holding a Clothing Drive through Sunday, November 24. Donations of clean, gently used clothes may be left in St. Joseph’s Church vestibule. Please provide your donations in bags with handles: this makes transporting them much easier. Your donations will be brought to Christopher Martin’s Restaurant on State Street in New Haven on Wednesday, November 27 to be distributed free of charge to the area’s needy during their annual free Thanksgiving Day Dinner. We thank you in advance for your generosity!
Saturday, December 7: PRIEST TALENT SHOW & FUNDRAISING GALA
You're Invited to Regina Caeli Academy's 6th annual Priest Talent Show & Fundraising Gala on December 7th, featuring Cy Kellett (the host of Catholic Answer's Live)! Join us for an evening of dinner, auctions, and surprise performances from talented local priests! The event will be held at Amarante's Sea Cliff in New Haven (62 Cove St. New Haven, CT 06512) from 6:30-10:30 pm.
Purchase your tickets at www.rcahybrid.org or email email@example.com
PARISH LIFE: St. Mary's ON Facebook
PARISH LIFE: NOTES FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
THANK YOU!! As of June 5th, more than 30,000 generous donors have pledged over $8,000,000 to the 2019 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, Sharing the Joy of the Gospel for Generations!! Gifts to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal are allocated towards religious education programs, youth ministries, local charities, the education of our seminarians, our retired clergy, our Catholic schools, and the many ministries provided by the Archdiocese.
If you have not yet made a gift, please prayerfully consider, making your donation 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 Sharing the Joy of the Gospel for Generations, to learn more and make your gift today.
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:https://archdioceseofhartford.org/aaa2019lastyearsappeal impact/
No Appeal funds are ever used for legal fees or settlements.
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
RECEIVE THE BULLETIN VIA EMAIL
If you would like to receive the bulletin by email, subscribe online at parishesonline.com. Or View previous bulletins and other information.
REGISTER AS A MEMBER
To register as a parishioner with St. Mary Parish, please complete the St. Mary's Registration form. Then deliver it to the parish staff by mail or in person.
ST. JOSEPH EMAIL UPDATES
Receive our St. Joseph parish updates & weather schedule changes via email. Please contact the St. Joseph's parish office, or email Marianne Esposito at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have questions about theology, Catholic practices, or Catholic traditions? If so, send an email to email@example.com with "Question for Question Box" in the subject line. Or use the Question Box in the vestibule.
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.