Ash Wednesday | February 10, 2016
Masses: 7:30 AM, 12 Noon, 5 PM and 7 PM
Ashes will be imposed immediately following the homily.
Ashes will be imposed immediately following the homily.
Mardi Gras Celebration - Tue, Feb 9th
On Tuesday, February 9th (next Tuesday) at 6:00 PM, St. Mary's Parish Parishioners' will hold a Buffet Dinner to celebrate Mardi Gras in the parish hall.
Please bring a dish one one of the following categories:
You can sign up after any Sunday mass, by emailing Events.StMary.NewHaven@gmail.com (with number attending and items bringing), or by contacting the Parish Secretary.
Of Parish Potlucks And Mardi Gras
This coming Tuesday evening our parish will be having a parish Mardi Gras potluck supper together. The custom of doing something at St. Mary’s for Mardi Gras has phased in and out over recent years, and when it has happened, it has taken on a variety of forms. For this year, we decided to combine our celebration of Mardi Gras with the timehonored tradition of a good, old fashioned potluck supper.
Why is a Catholic parish celebrating Mardi Gras? Isn’t that some raunchy night of drinking and debauchery that happens each year in New Orleans?
Certainly the manner in which Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans in recent decades is both infamous and, well…not exactly within our Catholic understanding of moral behavior. But the celebration of Mardi Gras happens in many countries, especially the traditionally Catholic countries of Western Europe and in much of South America. In most of these countries, Mardi Gras (literally “Fat Tuesday,” i.e. the day before Ash Wednesday and thus the fasting of Lent begins) is simply the final day of what has been several weeks of celebration of Carnival, a time of rejoicing and festivity that begins on the feast of the Epiphany in early January and runs until Fat Tuesday.
Why a parish potluck?
In whatever form the celebration of Carnival and Mardi Gras takes in various countries, there is always an emphasis on food. Since Lent is a season of fasting and abstinence, and since many Catholics choose to “give up” one or more food items they particularly enjoy as a form of special Lenten penance, the weeks (and especially the final day) before Ash Wednesday are naturally a time to enjoy such foods before the time of fasting begins. In the context of our parish, what better way to have a “celebration of the goodness of food” than through a potluck? Our parishioners have origins in many different parts of the country and, indeed, many other countries of the world. A potluck is a wonderful way for people to share a little bit about themselves with their fellow parishioners through the food they make.
What if I’m not a good cook / Don’t like cooking / Don’t have access to a kitchen?
It doesn’t matter! Come anyways. Bring something. Anything. Heck, stop off at a KFC and bring in some fried chicken. Stop at a bakery and buy a package of nice dinner rolls. I wouldn’t want anyone to not come just because they are selfconscious about their cooking. If you can’t or don’t want to cook, stop off at the store and buy something to bring. Just come!
What if I don’t know anyone in the parish? Am I going to be stuck sitting at a table all by myself, feeling awkward and out of place?
No! One of the purposes of a parish event like this is to help people get to meet and know each other. Along those lines, I would encourage everyone in the parish to take advantage of the potluck to get to know some new people. Don’t just sit with your friends that you see all the time. Branch out. Sit at a table with someone you don’t know. Introduce yourself. Hear their story of being at St. Mary’s (however long or short they have been), and share your story. The more we all get to know each other, the stronger our parish will become.
I hope to see everyone on Tuesday evening! God bless, Fr. John Paul
Fasting and Abstinence
Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.
FASTING is to be observed by all, 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
ABSTINENCE is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted (CCL, Nos. 12511252).
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.
Rediscover Jesus for the Best Lent Ever
Are you searching for a deeper sense of purpose? A clearer understanding of God’s plan for your life? What matters most and what matters least? Then it’s time to rediscover Jesus. St. Mary's parishioners all have a means to do this: At Christmas, the Women's Angelus distributed gifts of Matthew Kelly's new book Rediscover Jesus. This book is the foundation of Dynamic Catholic’s free Best Lent Ever® email program, which will take you on a 40-day spiritual journey to encounter Jesus—and yourself—in a deeply personal way, and begin (or nourish) a habit of daily prayer. To learn more, visit DynamicCatholic.com/BestLentEver
Plenary Indulgence for the Dominican Jubilee
As many of you have already heard, 2016 is a very special year for the Order of Preachers, as it marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order by St. Dominic. In light of this special anniversary, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence to any of the faithful who mark the Jubilee by means of prayer and pilgrimage to churches and places of worship of the Dominican Order. St. Mary’s, as a church under the pastoral care of the Dominican friars, qualifies as such a place of pilgrimage.
In order to receive the plenary indulgence, following the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayers for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff), one must, in the church in question, spend some time in meditation before the Blessed Sacrament and conclude the period of meditation with the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the Dominican Jubilee prayer, and the invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Most Holy Rosary. (Please note it is not required to pray an entire rosary; to invoke her is sufficient, e.g. “Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.”) I am exploring options right now in getting some prayer cards printed up with the Jubilee prayer; for now, you can find the text below.
I am also currently working to bring in several guest speakers over the course of this jubilee year to give talks and presentations on various aspects of our Dominican history and spirituality. I just received a verbal commitment from one speaker (who is an absolutely fantastic, nationallyknown speaker) and I am working hard pursuing several others. I hope to have specifics to announce in the very near future.
St. Dominic…pray for us! God bless, Fr. John Paul
PRAYER FOR THE JUBILEE OF THE ORDER OF PREACHERS
God, Father of mercy,
who called your servant Dominic de Guzman
to set out in faith
as an itinerant pilgrim and a preacher of grace,
as we prepare to celebrate the Jubilee of the Order
we ask you to pour again into us the Spirit of the Risen Christ,
that we might faithfully and joyfully proclaim
the Gospel of peace,
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Fr. John Paul Gives Tour of Sacristy to Atrium Students
The leaders of Atrium, one of the parish's religious education programs, coordinated with Fr. JP to have the children tour the sacristy. You can see the child-like joy of all involved below -- kids and Fr.!
Photos of the Annual Pro-Life Mass with Archbishop Blair
On January 17th, St. Mary's parish and the Knights of Columbus hosted the annual Pro-Life Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Blair. See photos below.
Parish Library - Resurrection?
If you are interested helping out with resurrecting the parish library, email (email@example.com) or call (203-872-4700). Hopefully sometime soon we will all see the resurrection of the St. Mary’s parish library! God bless, Fr. John Paul
The Holy Year of Mercy Book Study
Eight Tuesday mornings or evenings
Jan. 26 - March 15, 9:30 - 11:30 am or 7:00 - 9:00 pm
God’s boundless mercy has become the recurring theme of Pope Francis’ preaching and teaching. This faith sharing guide provides an opportunity to participate in the holy year in a meaningful way. Each of the eight sessions features a Gospel passage followed by a homily on that passage by Pope Francis. Questions for reflection and discussion focus on both the Scripture text and the homily. The donation for this program is $45 which includes the book. You can pick up your book any time after January 20. To register please call 203-281-2569, the program will take place at the Caritas Christi Center in Hamden. www.caritaschristicenter.org
Marriage Enrichment Presentation at the Caritas Christi Center
Sometimes we take better care of our car than our marital relationship. As married parents we can get immersed in hectic tasks of raising children and let our own marital love become sidelined, preventing our relationship from deepening. Learn to slow down and focus on our original promise of sacramental love. The open-ended pledge of “to have and to hold” throughout our shared lifetime requires action. Join other couples for an evening that promises to be supportive, insightful and fun. Come to one or all presentations: Thursday February 25 and Thursday March 31. The donation is $20 per couple. Call 203-281-2569 for more information or to make reservations.
Fr. Elias Presents on Catholic Spirituality
Beginning in December our Associate Pastor, Fr. Elias Henritzy, will present on a topic related to Introductory Catholic Spirituality from 4-4:30pm. This will take place on the first Sunday of each month in the Parish Hall and would be a good place to begin for those interested in spiritual direction or in teaching their children the faith at home.
St. Mary's Bible Study
We meet now at 7:30pm, Wednesday nights, at the priory (5 Hillhouse Avenue). If you would like to join but cannot make this time, please email Chris Mooney, christopher.mooney [at] yale [dot] edu.
Welcome to the church of St. Mary's in New Haven, CT -- home of Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, and overseen by the Dominicans of the province of St. Joseph. There's a lot going on at St. Mary's. We hope you'll join us! ~ Fr. John Paul Walker, OP | Contact Us
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The 800th Jubilee for the Order of Preachers
From November 7, 2015 – January 21, 2017, the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph, with the Order of Preachers worldwide, will celebrate the 800th anniversary (or “Jubilee”) of the approbation of the Dominican Order by Pope Honorius III in 1216. Please see the following website for information and events, and please join us in this wonderful celebration:: http://jubilee.opeast.org/.
Media to Watch
The Pope's Twitter Feed
USCCB: US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Word on Fire with Bishop Barron
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.
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.
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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.