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FR. JOACHIM WELCOME MASS: SUNDAY JUNE 25TH
Next Sunday, June 25, Fr. Joachim Kenney, O.P., newly assigned to St. Mary’s, will celebrate the 10:00 AM Mass. Following the Mass there will be a reception in the St. Mary Church hall to welcome our new priest. We will also have a kneeler set up where Fr. Joachim will be bestowing his first priestly blessings, which have a special indulgence attached to them. It is an honor and a joy for us as a parish to receive a newly ordained priest for his first priestly assignment. Please join me in giving a warm welcome to our new priest!
PICTURES FROM CORPUS CHRISTI
Check out the photo slideshow below. More pictures coming soon!
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! ~ Fr. John Paul Walker, OP
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LETTERS FROM THE PASTOR:
REFLECTIONS ON CORPUS CHRISTI (June 24-25, 2017)
As I sit down to write this reflection, thinking back upon every aspect of our parish Corpus Christi celebration, my heart is full to overflowing with gratitude and joy. Gratitude first and foremost to God, the Giver of every good and beautiful gift. Gratitude to Our Lord Jesus, who not only suffered, died, and rose for our sake, but loved us so much that He left us the beautiful gift of His Body and Blood, to be our strength as we walk through this journey of life on the way to our final, heavenly homeland.
And, of course, gratitude for how we came together as a parish to walk a shorter -- but incredibly grace-filled -- walk through the streets of New Haven! Those who were able to participate in that walk were able to see for themselves the impact. People walking down the sidewalks, stopping in their tracks as we approached. Families sitting in those outdoor cafés, children clearly looking up at their parents asking, “What’s going on?” I remember very distinctly watching as one car approached us in the opposite lane. As they got close, I could see it was a young family -- parents looked to be in their late 20’s, with two small children in the back seat. The dad, who was driving, was literally agape… his jaw dropped and his eyes were wide as he took in the sight, while the little ones in back were stretching and straining trying to see as much as they could through the window. One parishioner shared with me how at one point a car was stopped alongside the procession and, as they rolled down their windows, the occupants began singing the hymn along with everyone in the procession!
Of course, the procession itself was not the only highlight. The beautiful music, both for the Mass and the Benediction, lifted our hearts and spirits -- and what a joy it was to see our combined choirs coming together to lead the rest of us in singing our prayers to the Lord! And of course the beautiful piece sung by the children’s choir to kick off our time of Eucharistic Adoration. And when we packed St. Joseph Church singing those final hymns at Benediction… wow. With the acoustics of that space, it almost felt like the walls were shaking!
And then after it all, to see everyone sitting outside enjoying the food and company, was the final great grace of the day. Whether catching up with old friends or meeting new folks (now all “fellow parishioners”), or simply kicking back and watching the children run through the field playing with Frisbees, or shaking the parachute, or (in the case of a few of the smaller ones) using the croquet mallets as pretend lawnmowers (haha), what a celebration of the goodness of life, of family, of parish… and really, ultimately, the goodness of God, which brings us right back to where we started this letter.
Finally, I would be remiss to not thank the Corpus Christi planning committee. An event of this magnitude, with all of the logistics involved, should rightfully take six months to organize. Our dedicated team of parishioners pulled off the entire thing in…yikes… a little under four weeks (!!!). I can’t say enough about how much effort this small(ish) but highly dedicated group of people put forth. In addition, there was a flurry of work that all had to happen within the last 24 hours or so, and besides the planning team, others stepped forward to lend much-needed help during that critical window. On behalf of the whole parish, many thanks to all of you…may your reward be great in heaven! God bless ~ Fr. John Paul
ANSWERING SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MERGER (June 16-17, 2017)
As many of you are aware by now, we are fully in the process of merging our two churches into the new St. Mary Parish. With the official merger date (June 29) quickly approaching, there seems to be uncertainty about what that exactly means. So to clarify, that is the date on which, in the eyes of the Archdiocese of Hartford (and, thus, the entire Catholic Church) our two churches, which each will retain their old church name, will officially become one new, united ecclesiastical entity known as “St. Mary Parish.”
Now, on a practical level, will things be radically different on June 29 as compared to June 28?
Not at all! The actual process of merging two parishes is a lengthy one, and the changes that need to take place will happen gradually over a period of several months. We will be sure to keep everyone notified via the bulletin of these changes as they are unfolding.
With the rest of this letter, I wish to address some of the more common questions I have been asked in recent weeks.
If I have envelopes for St. Mary’s and I attend Mass at St. Joseph’s (or vice-versa), can I put those envelopes in the collection basket?
Yes, you can put envelopes from either church in the collection no matter which Mass you attend. Eventually new envelopes will be issued to everybody, but that will not happen for several months at least and perhaps not until 2018.
Will the St. Joseph Church office be closing as of June 29?
No. Eventually the office at St. Joseph will close, and all of the parish office business for our new parish will happen exclusively out of St. Mary’s on Hillhouse Ave. But the exact timetable for when that will happen has not yet been decided. Until it happens, the office at St. Joseph will be open for business as usual.
Whenever the St. Joseph Church office does close, what will happen to all of the baptism and other sacramental records for St. Joseph parishioners?
All of the St. Joseph sacramental records will be kept in the church office at St. Mary’s. Anyone who has received sacraments at St. Joseph Church in the past will be able to obtain copies of those records from the St. Mary Church office. No sacramental records from St. Joseph Church will ever be destroyed or stored somewhere inaccessible to parish staff.
Will I have to re-register to become a registered parishioner of the “new” parish?
Yes and no. We will do our best to merge the list of registered parishioners of both churches into one database. That being said, much of our registration information (at both churches) is woefully out-of-date, so in the next few months I plan to have a re-registration drive to get updated information from every single household in the parish. More info on that coming soon!
I hope this helps to answer at least some of your questions. As more questions come in, expect additional “Q&A” letters like this one in the future! God bless ~ Fr. John Paul
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.
PART-TIME TUTORS: RCA IS HIRING
Regina Caeli Academy - 6th Grade Tutor, Preschool Tutor (2's/3's)
Regina Caeli Academy, a resource center for homeschoolers, is currently seeking a 6th grade tutor for the 2017-2018 academic year. Regina Caeli is a private, independent tutoring center operating in the Catholic tradition. Familiarity with classical education a plus! Childcare provided for students under 3. We offer preschool through 12th-grade classes that meet in Wilton, CT, on Mondays and Thursdays, 9am - 3pm. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Mrs. Erika Ahern at email@example.com.
WANTED: OFFICE MANAGER FOR DAUGHTERS OF ISABELLA
The Daughters of Isabella is an organization for Catholic women. Its members are in service to their faith, church, communities and one another, both in the US and Canada.
If interested please contact International Vice Regent, Susanne Suchy at (734) 285-8266 for additional information.
CATHOLIC COMMUNITY HOUSE FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Are you interested in renting a room in a 6 bedroom / 4 bathroom house with other single Catholic adults? The newly renovated house is located 0.5miles from St. Mary's Church, a 10 minute walk. It will be available starting the end of June. For more information, contact Katie Chan 9175382899 / firstname.lastname@example.org | George Xu 9176830069 / 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
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
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's, please complete the St. Mary's Registration form. Then deliver it to the Parish Secretary by mail or in person.
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: NOTES FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD TO SEND DELEGATES TO HISTORIC STATE CONVOCATION
Your Prayers are Needed Guided by the missionary vision of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Guadium or Joy of the Gospel, the Archdiocese of Hartford is sending delegates to participate in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders. The purpose of the national meeting is to discuss the issues facing Catholics in the 21st Century, and to ultimately equip delegates with tools and resources they can use to evangelize in their respective dioceses. The convocation will take place in Orlando, FL from July 1-4. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, who as the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis played an important role in planning the historic gathering, will lead a delegation of 25 people from throughout the Archdiocese. “My hope is that these delegates will bring back to the Archdiocese innovative and creative ideas to share with parishioners. For a parish to grow and thrive, the challenge is for every parishioner to realize that being Catholic also means being evangelical, a missionary, and a witness for the faith. This is what Pope Francis is asking of all of us,” says Archbishop Blair. The Archbishop asks everyone to pray for the success of the convocation and for the Archdiocesan delegation who will be participating. For more information about the Convocation of Catholic Leaders visit: usccb.org.
ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
This month, after years of study, 2 men are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood. During their years of preparation for this vocation, they were supported by family and friends and by everyone who made a gift to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. When you make a gift to the Appeal, you help meet the cost of priestly formation and education. Please support our seminarians by making a gift to the Appeal today.
Sample Gift Plan:
Total Pledge | 5 Monthly Payments | Weekly Sacrifice | Cost Comparison
$1,000 | $200 | $6.67 | Cost of a deli sandwich
$500 | $100 | $3.34 | Cost of a coffee and muffin
$250 | $50 | $1.67 | Cost of a cup of tea
$100 | $20 | $0.67 | Cost of a bag of chips
ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD CAREER OPPORTUNITY
The Archdiocese of Hartford is seeking qualified and committed candidates for positions as teachers and administrators in our Catholic schools. The ministry of Catholic education is personally and professionally rewarding. Those who are trained in the field of education and would like to explore career possibilities are encouraged to do so by applying for a Catholic school position through the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC). You are invited to apply or contact the OEEC at firstname.lastname@example.org and click on Career Opportunities.
PARISH LIFE: DEFENDING OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
According to Pope Francis, “Religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.” Let us pray that when the health care mandate is revised that it will safeguard our religious freedom.
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: ONLINE GIVING
St. Mary’s parish has officially launched online giving. What is online giving? Read more... or simply Give Online.
Amazon instituted a program of charitable giving called “Amazon Smile” which allows people who shop at Amazon to designate one charity of their choice to receive 0.5% of the total cost of everything purchased. We recently were able to get our parish listed as one of the charities that is an option on Amazon Smile. To participate (and I hope everyone does!), access Amazon by using the URL smile.amazon.com (rather than the usual www.amazon.com).
PARISH LIFE: St. Mary's ON Facebook
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.
JULY 25TH, 2017: Save the date (Sunday July 25, 5-9pm) and come join us for a Frassati BBQ on the beautiful property of Mount Sacred Heart in Hamden! Help us kick off the summer with great food, lawn games, and a small bonfire where we will roast s'mores and join together in praise and worship. Check back soon for a link to RSVP and sign up to bring a side dish, dessert, or beverage. This will take the place of Frassati on Tap at the Brewery in June, but it will resume in July and August! Mount Sacred Heart is located at 295 Benham St, Hamden, CT 06514.
JUNE 24th & 25th (8AM-7PM), 2017: CT IRISH FESTIVAL, FEIS and AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Two exciting days of family fun are planned for the Irish Festival on Saturday, June 24th (noon to 11pm) and Sunday, June 25th (8am to 7pm) at the North Haven Fairgrounds, Exit 12, I 91. The events include Irish Musical Entertainment, Irish Dancing Exhibits, and the Feis with over 800 competitors. There will also be Bagpipe Bands, Irish Sporting Games, Ethnic Food, Irish Shopping Village, and Cultural Tent. Artists appearing are Nick Fradiani on 6/24 at 8:30pm, The Maguires, Dan Ringrose, Barleyjuice, and many other outstanding artists. Admission is $15 with children and parking is free. For more information contact Patrick Hosey 2032481538 or visit www.ctirishfestival.com
JUNE 24, 2017, 7:30PM: PARISH TRIVIA NIGHT
Our Knights of Columbus council is sponsoring a Parish Trivia Night on Saturday, June 24 in the St. Mary's Church Hall. Sign in will begin at 7:30 PM with questions to begin at 8:00 PM. The event should conclude between 9:30 PM and 10:00 PM. Entry is $5 per person at the door or you may preregister a team (up to 8 people) by June 10 for the discounted rate of $20 for the team. Some snacks and refreshments will be provided, however, attendees can bring their own too. To preregister a team or for any questions, please email Robert Rauch at firstname.lastname@example.org
JULY 16, 2017, 1:30PM: LAY FRATERNITY OF ST. DOMINIC INQUIRY MEETING
Are you interested in learning more about the Lay Dominican vocation? Are you being called to a deeper journey with Jesus through prayer, study, community, and service? Please join us for our inquiry meeting on Sunday July 16, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, 5 Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven at 1:30pm in the priory (next to the Church), or call Joan Cuomo at 2032150438 or Patricia Balzer at 8604905915.
OCTOBER 7-15, 2017: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 15870 TRIP
Memphis Oct 7-15. Graceland, Sun Studio, Beale Street, tour Memphis & the Rock & Soul Museum. 4 consecutive nights at a Tunica area Casino. 743.00. Call John Benard 203-877-2737.
OCTOBER 21, 2017, 12-4PM: ST. MARY'S HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1967 50th REUNION
The Class of 1967 50th Reunion for St. Mary's High School will be held 10/21/17, at Water's Edge, in Westbrook, from 12 4pm. Please contact Jean Fischer, at email@example.com, or 203-315-6634 for more information.
NEW KofC EXHIBIT MARKS 100th ANNIVERSARY OF WWI
Marking the 100th anniversary of the United States’ participation in the war, the K of C Museum’s exhibition, World War I: Beyond the Front Lines runs for the duration of America’s time in the conflict (April 6, 2017 - December 30, 2018). The show provides a historical retrospective of the war and includes interactives, visuals and artifacts from the Knights of Columbus Museum collection and its Supreme Council Archives as well as many borrowed items from private lenders and organizations. A series of WWI-related lectures and presentations will be offered throughout the duration of the exhibition. The Knights of Columbus Museum, located at 1 State Street in New Haven, is open from 10am to 5pm daily with free admission and parking. More information: 203-865-0400 or kofcmuseum.org
DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
All parishioners are invited to join in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet every Thursday at 4:45pm at St. Mary's church. ** NB: THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET WILL NOT BE PRAYED THIS THURSDAY JUNE 8th. IT WILL RESUME THE FOLLOWING WEEK.
ANGELUS WOMEN’S GROUP
We meet the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30pm in the Priory.
GROWING DEEPER IN PRAYER
Our Associate Pastor, Fr. Elias Henritzy, will present on the topic of Challenges in Forming a Catholic Conscience from 4-4:30pm on the first Sunday of this month (Sunday June 4th) in the Parish Hall. This would be a good place to begin for those interested in spiritual direction or in teaching their children the faith at home.
THOMISTIC STUDY GROUP AT ST. MARY'S
A new Thomistic study group has started here at St. Mary’s. The group will study the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas and will meet at 7pm on the first and third Saturdays of each month in Parish Hall. Open to all and led by our Associate Pastor Fr. Elias Henritzy, OP who holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome as well as a Masters degree in philosophy. No previous knowledge necessary, if you have any questions please contact the parish secretary.
BIBLE STUDY AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH
A Bible Study group meets at St. Mary's Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave. in New Haven on Wednesday nights at 8pm in the Priory. ** NB: The St. Mary's bible study group is on summer hiatus until Wednesday, August 30th, 2017**
BIBLE STUDY AT ST. JOSEPH’S
A Bible Study group is starting at St. Joseph’s Church, 129 Edwards Street in New Haven. It will meet Tuesdays at 1pm in the Church basement and will be led by Fr. Elias. All are welcome. BYOB (Bring your own Bible!).
RCIA, RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
If you are interested in becoming Catholic or if you have been baptized Catholic and never received First Holy Communion or Confirmation, you are invited to participate in classes at St. Mary’s on Wednesday evenings. These classes will be held at 7pm in the Parish Library, are usually an hour in length, and will begin on Wednesday September 14th. For more information please call Eliza, the parish secretary, at 203-562-6193 ext. 101. Feel free to attend or call beforehand if you can’t make it.
LEARN TO READ MUSIC BY SIGHT
Starting in February, a new session of the sight-singing class will be offered. It is led by parishioner Muriel Maharidge, who holds a doctorate in music. The class is currently scheduled on Mondays from 6:40 to 7:30pm, meets in the parish library, and is open to all parishioners. The suggested registration fee is $65 for a whole 12-week course. For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office.
In the Spirit of Fr. McGivney, Knights of Columbus Council 10705 is looking for volunteers from the parish who would be interested in serving as mentors to men and women who have been convicted of nonviolent federal criminal offenses and who are in the process of transitioning back to full participation in the civic life of their communities. If you are interested, please call John at (203) 752-4315.
HOLY HOUR AT ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH
Every Tuesday evening from 8-9 PM there will be a Holy Hour at St. Joseph’s Church (129 Edwards St., New Haven). This period of Eucharistic Adoration will be celebrated in cooperation with "Sacred Beauty," a Catholic association based in the Diocese of Bridgeport dedicated to Eucharistic contemplation and creative artistic and spiritual renewal. All are welcome.
KofC MUSEUM FLEEING FAMINE EXHIBIT
The Knights of Columbus Museum, at 1 State Street in New Haven, continues its “Fleeing Famine” exhibition on the perils Irish immigrants faced on “coffin ships” as they crossed the Atlantic Ocean to North America during the 19thcentury potato blight. A public lecture will be presented on the topic Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. Free admission & parking. More information: 203-865-0400 or kofcmuseum.org.
ALPHA ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM
The ALPHA Achievement Program is registering girls in Grades 4,5,6,7,8 for the ONE-ON-ONE Academic Tutoring and Mentoring Service Project that will be given by Yale University students and professionals on selected Saturdays at St. Thomas More Catholic Center at Yale University, 268 Park St. in New Haven, CT, from 1:30P.M. until 3:00 P.M. starting October 15, 2016 until April 8, 2017. ALPHA is a supplementary educational program which promotes academic excellence and character development among Connecticut youth. To register, please call 203-393-3396 or email: email@example.com to register. Thank you very much!
HARTFORD ARCHDIOCESE PASTORAL PLANNING INITIATIVE
If you would like to learn more about the Pastoral Planning initiative that is currently underway in the Archdiocese of Hartford please visit the following website: www.stewardsfortomorrow.org Prayer cards are now available at the entrances to the Church, please take one and pray for the future of the parishes in our Archdiocese.
ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT PROGRAM
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.
FR. AL CAPRIO, OP
Those who have been at St. Mary’s a while likely remember Fr. Al Caprio, OP, who grew up in this parish, attended St. Mary’s High School, and served here at St. Mary’s for many years as a priest. Due to declining health, Fr. Caprio is now residing in a nursing home. He enjoys receiving cards and letters, and I am sure he would be overjoyed to receive a note from any parishioners here who know him. His new address is: Carroll Manor, room 221, 1150 Varnum St. NE, Washington DC 20017.