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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
CHRIST INVITES ALL (BUT SOME, HE INVITES THROUGH YOU)
I would like to share something that happened to me about five years ago, when I was the Catholic chaplain at Johns Hopkins University. A student, who had absolutely zero religious upbringing during her childhood, contacted me saying she wanted to become Catholic, so I arranged to meet her and explain how this is normally done through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program. She was very eager to sign up, so I signed her up. Towards the end of our conversation, I asked her why she wanted to become Catholic. Her answer was amazing. Like many students at JHU, she was majoring in a technical field (biomedical engineering) so she had to take a few liberal arts classes. She randomly picked a class in Art History. During class one day, her (atheist) professor put up an image that, apparently, showed a priest celebrating Mass at the moment of elevating the host at the consecration, with rays of light streaming down from the heavens. She was totally confused and asked the professor what the image was, and his explanation was this: “Catholics believe that, when a priest celebrates their religious rites, God comes down from heaven to their altar.” And then she said to me: “At that moment, I burst into tears. I couldn’t explain it; I couldn’t help myself. I had never heard anything so beautiful in all my life. And I just had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to be Catholic.” I share that story to show that one never knows who God will use to bring someone to the Catholic Church. In this case, He used an atheistic professor of Art History at a decidedly anti religious (and even more antiCatholic) university. BUT… that is not how God normally acts. Usually, he chooses to extend the invitation to someone to consider becoming Catholic through someone they know: a good friend, family member, coworker or a fellow volunteer with some other organization. This coming week our parish will begin its annual RCIA program, which is a series of classes in which the basics of the Catholic faith are presented to people who are considering becoming Catholic. RCIA will meet on Thursday evenings. Those who sign up and begin attending are not making any pledge or are under any obligation to become Catholic. All someone is doing by attending RCIA is learning more about the Catholic faith, so thatdown the road they can make an informed decision about whether or not they believe Christ might be calling them to Catholicism. I would like to challenge everyone in the parish to think of ONE person they know who is not Catholic, but who you can reach out to and ask them if they would like to attend the RCIA meetings this year. It might be someone who has never expressed an interest to you about becoming Catholic; perhaps they are just a naturally curious person, or perhaps someone who fits into that “I’m spiritual but not religious” category. Please invite them. If they say “no,” at least you tried. But you just might be surprised at how many will say “yes.” After all, you might be the instrument… but it is Christ Himself who is doing the inviting.
~God Bless, Fr. John Paul
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SPIRITUAL ADOPTION AT ST. MARY 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 months 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’ SEPTEMBER PRAYER INTENTION
Pope Francis invites us to pray that "politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans."
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, email@example.com. www.rcahybrid.org.
CONVENIENT WAY TO RECEIVE OUR BULLETIN
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org & Al Kronberg: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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: 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
Ahoy! Join Frassati New Haven on Sunday, September 22 for a private dinner charter of the Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise around the picturesque Thimble Islands off the coast of Stony Creek in Branford, CT. Come for a night of fun relaxation with other young adults while taking in the beautiful sunset. This will take the place of Frassati on Tap for September. Boarding is at the Stony Creek Dock (Indian Point Rd, Branford CT 06405) at 5:15 PM. Please arrive in enough time to find street parking, which can be limited. The boat leaves at 5:30 PM sharp. Tickets are $25 per person dinner will be provided, drinks will be available for purchase on board (bring cash and an ID). Tickets are available by following this link: https:// forms.gle/ca52RZonPZeT1mS5A. Seating is limited to 38 passengers, and tickets will be FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. It can get chilly on the water, especially after sunset, so please dress accordingly. For more information about the cruise, visit http://thimbleislandcruise.com. We will be outside the entire time. If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for catechism for academic year 2019 - 2020
Classes are available for children in grades 1 through 8. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings in the basement of St. Mary's Church and will commence on September 24th. Registration forms will be available in the vestibule of St. Joseph's church and can be sent in to parish office. An online registration option is coming soon. Volunteer catechists are needed. It is very rewarding to help children in faith formation and can strengthen and grow your own faith. If you are interested in helping with the catechism program at St. Mary's parish, please contact: email@example.com
Registration for the 20192020 Confirmation Preparation Program is now open:
This program is a two year formation program. Classes will meet on Sunday evenings beginning in late September and will be held twice monthly from 6:158:00 pm in the St. Mary Church Hall on Hillhouse Ave. Class dates and details will be forthcoming. Registration is required for all students (first year 9th grade students and second year returning 10th grade students). To register, please visit the parish website or go directly to the registration page: http://www.stmarysnewhaven.org/confirmation.html Questions about the program? Contact Sharon Christie, Confirmation Catechist at
October 20, 2019: Fall Fundraiser
Our Annual Fall Fundraiser to benefit the ministries of our parish will be held at the Elm City Club Q Club. The event will consist of a Souvenir Ad Booklet, Raffle, and culminating with an afternoon for our parishioners to come together to enjoy an hour of hospitality, a delicious four course dinner and Silent Auction. Sadly, with the death of Ellen Gabrielle we lost a major part of the Silent Auction. A void difficult to fill, but necessary. If anyone is willing to assist with obtaining items for the Silent Auction, or more importantly willing to coordinate this part of our Fall Fundraiser, we encourage you to contact either our Parish Secretary or Bob Goossens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-996-9242.
Or find out more information here on the webpage: Fall Fundraiser 2019
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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
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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 email@example.com
Do you have questions about theology, Catholic practices, or Catholic traditions? If so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.