Welcome to St. Mary's Parish, located in New Haven, CT. Under the guidance of the Dominican Order of Preachers (St. Joseph Province), St. Mary's Parish combines the sacramental and missionary activites of St. Mary's Church (5 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, CT) and St. Joseph's Church (129 Edwards Ave., 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 come join us! ~ Fr. John Paul Walker, OP [ Contact Us ]
ST. MARY'S CHURCH, 5 HILLHOUSE AVE.
Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00pm
Sunday Masses: 8:00am, 10:00am, 12 noon, 5:00pm
Daily Mass (Mon.-Sat.): 7:30am, 12 noon
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Mon.-Sat.): 11:15am - 12 noon
Sacrament of Reconcilation (Sat.): 4:15pm - 4:45pm
St. Mary's Website
ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH, 129 EDWARDS AVE.
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30pm
Sunday Masses: 8:30am,10:30am
Daily Mass (Mon., Tue., Fri., Sat.): 9:00am
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Sat.): 4pm and by appointment
Eucharistic Adoration (Tue.): 8:00-9:00pm
St. Joseph's Website
SEEKING THE LOST, WELCOMING THE STRANGER, AND BUILDING TRUE COMMUNITY
I am sure that many of you are well aware by now that the pastoral planning process for the archdiocese has been in full swing for quite a while now. Many are also likely aware that one of the net results of this process by the time it concludes will be that a good number of parishes in the archdiocese are going to be closed and many others will be merged.
I won’t go into an extended explanation of why these somewhat dramatic steps are necessary; suffice it to say that the shift in the Catholic landscape in the archdiocese over the last 50 years has been dramatic and devastating. The Catholic population has dropped by 27%, Sunday Mass attendance by 70% (!!!), the number of active priests in the archdiocese is down 65%, the number of seminarians down almost 90%, the number of baptisms down 74%...it paints a pretty bleak picture.
These numbers, while staggering, sadly reflect the state of the Church in this country as a whole. A recent major survey of Catholics nation-wide revealed only 30% of Catholics raised in the faith as children are still regularly “practicing” the faith (which, by this survey’s definition, meant attending Sunday Mass at least once a month). Only half of that 30% are in the pews on any given Sunday. As for the other 70% who were raised Catholic? About half of them still consider themselves Catholic, but attend Mass rarely or never. The other half no longer identifies themselves as Catholic in any way. Fully 10% of the American population are “ex-Catholics.” The exodus from the Catholic Church among the young is particularly staggering. Consider these numbers regarding Sunday Mass attendance among various age groups: for those over 65, it is 45%. Among Baby Boomers, that number drops to 20%. For Gen X (my generation; those roughly age 30-50), it is 13%. And among (adult) Millennials (age 18-30), the number is 10%. Think about that a moment: when considering the two youngest generations (the “future of the Church”), Mass attendance is sitting somewhere between 10-13%. If we think we have problems now with having too many parishes and too few people in them, what is going to happen another generation or two down the road?
We need to face the reality that what has worked in the past is not working any longer. The era of trusting that the “Sunday obligation” was enough to bring people to church is over. The time of presuming that all of our Catholic young people will of course want to be married in the church and that Catholic couples will of course want to have their babies baptized is long gone.
People - all people - need to experience Jesus in a powerful way in our churches. They need to be drawn into a community that loves each other authentically and supports one another in our search for an authentic relationship with God and each other. We need to be such a community. We are being called to be a family that welcomes the strangers who show up on any given random Sunday, a group of apostles whose hearts burn to go out and seek the lost…whether those “lost” are disillusioned Catholics who had a bad experience of “church” years ago or millennial Catholics who weren’t really raised in the faith and know very little about this thing called the Church. All of them are our brothers and sisters. Our lives and our parish will be richer if they become a part of our family. Let’s do all we can to figure out how to bring them home. ~ God Bless, Fr. John Paul | Back to Top
STATEMENT REGARDING THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair affirms the January 27 statement made in Washington, D.C., by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that the Bishops “believe in assisting all those who are vulnerable and fleeing persecution, regardless of their religion… welcoming newcomers and refugees is an act of love and hope.” 6 The social teaching of the Catholic Church has long given consideration to the issue of immigration based on fundamental moral principles that flow from both faith and reason. “What are some of those principles?” Archbishop Blair asked in an article published in 2014, “For one,” he wrote, “people have a right to a decent life in their own homeland so that they don’t have to leave; but if that fails, people also have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families, just as so many of our ancestors did. Another principle is the rule of law and the right that sovereign nations like the United States have to control their own borders, but this does not abolish the duty every country has not only to grant asylum to the persecuted and to war refugees, but also to respect the basic human dignity and human rights of every immigrant… As good Catholics and good citizens, let us make a positive, informed and morally principled contribution to the national debate.”
WINTER WEATHER & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Winter weather is finally here and, inevitably, there will be a snow or ice storm on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday when religious education classes are scheduled. Typically, if the New Haven Public schools are closed, religious education classes will be cancelled, but classes may meet if the storm system clears before the end of the day. Classes also may be cancelled in the event of lateday developing storms. If your children are registered in the Atrium or CCD programs, you will receive an email from the religious education coordinator. Closings will be posted by midafternoon on WTNH Channel 8 and wtnh.com - look for "St. Mary's ChurchNew Haven, No Rel. Education.” | Back to Top
DEFENDING OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The Catholic Church invests in the common good. It runs and operates schools, hospitals, universities, charities and social services. Our government and society have long relied on them for help and taken advantage of the vast network that churches and religious institutions provide to aid people in need and to help form good citizens. But, when we are told we’ve got to stop being who we are, to put aside our beliefs, or plainly go against our conscience in order to be allowed to contribute to the common good, we must speak out.
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. | Back to Top
St. Mary’s parish has officially launched online giving. What is online giving? I encourage you to read more... or simply Give Online. ~ God bless, Fr. John Paul | Back to Top
Upcoming & On-Going Events
FEBRUARY 11, 2017, LECTURE ABOUT THE 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 19th-century 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.
FEBRUARY 11, 2017, 7PM: FRASSATI NIGHT FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Come join us on Saturday, February 11th for a night of prayer at St. Mary Church in New Haven! (5 Hillhouse Ave) The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. for worship in Adoration, a short reflection, and the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. This month, we welcome Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ, Vocations Director for the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to give a reflection entitled “Love Manifested by Deeds More Than Words.” After our time of worship, all are invited to a social in the parish hall where there will be the opportunity to make valentines for veterans and retired and/or cloistered religious sisters. 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 or www.facebook.com/FrassatiNewHaven to learn more, give an online donation, and stay connected for other events including hikes, service projects, weekly fellowship meetings, and Frassati on Tap at Stony Creek Brewery! Limited free street parking on Hillhouse Ave in front of St. Mary Church and additional free parking available in Yale Lot 30 at the corner of Hillhouse and Trumbull.
FEBRUARY 20th, 2017, 7PM: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEN’S NIGHT
The Knights of Columbus invites all men to attend our monthly Men's Night on Monday, February 20, beginning at 7:00 PM in the Church. The monthly Men's Night program begins with adoration and prayer in the Church followed by a short reflection before heading to the Church Hall for announcements and a social with food and refreshments. This month we welcome Fr. Tim Hickey, who will offer a reflection on Integrity and St. Thomas More. All men of the parish, including non-Knights, are invited and encouraged to attend our monthly Men's Nights, held on the third Monday of each month.
FEBRUARY 28, 2017, 6PM: MARDI GRAS POTLUCK DINNER
Our Mari Gras Potluck Dinner will be in the Church Hall on Tuesday, February 28, starting at 6:00 PM with fellowship and dinner. Please mark your calendars and plan to bring your favorite dish to this dinner! Members of the committee will be on hand for signup after all Masses the weekend of February 1112. If you wish to assist the committee, please contact the Parish Secretary at 203-562-6193, ext 101.
MARCH 4, 2017, 12-4PM: IRISH DINNER AT ST. JOSEPH’S
All are invited to a attend an Irish Dinner at St. Joseph’s in the Church Hall on Sunday March 5th from 124pm. Dinner will be prepared by Christopher Martin’s Restaurant and served at 1pm. Pizza will be provided by Modern Apizza. Adults tickets are $20, Children under 12 (pizza) are $3. Tickets will be sold after all weekend Masses at St. Joseph’s from now until the event. You can also call Ann at 203-287-9634 for tickets and for more information. Please buy tickets early - no tickets will be sold at the door.
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 2033156634 for more information.
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ON-GOING: INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY
Our Associate Pastor, Fr. Elias Henritzy, will present on a topic related to Introductory Catholic Spirituality from 4-4:30pm on the first Sunday of each month 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. | Back to Top
ON-GOING: THOMISTIC STUDY GROUP STARTING AT ST. MARY'S
A new Thomistic study group is starting in December 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. | Back to Top
ON-GOING: BIBLE STUDY STARTING 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!) | Back to Top
ON-GOING: 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. | Back to Top
ON-GOING: 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. | Back to Top
ON-GOING: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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. | Back to Top
ON-GOING: 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. | Back to Top
ON-GOING: 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. | Back to Top
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 15870 TRIPS
Savannah, Jekyll & St. Simon's Islands, tour Beaufort, SC, and visit Parris Island. April 30 - May 6, 625.00.
Boston June 10-12 Tour Boston, Lexington and Concord. Visit JFK library, Faneull Hall & Quincy Market. 299.00
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.
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.
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!
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. Back to Top
Opportunities to Get Involved at St. Mary's
LITURGICAL MINISTRIES | 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 secretary.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION | The traditional CCD program at St. Mary's offers instruction for children from Grade 1 through Confirmation in Grade 10. Our curriculum draws upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible as well as supplemental materials. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 from September to May. For information contact the Parish secretary.
CATHECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD | This highly acclaimed approach to the religious formation of children is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. The Atrium at St. Mary's meets for two hours on Monday or Wednesday afternoons or Saturday mornings, October through May, and serves children in two mixed-age groups, ages 3 to 6, and 6 to 9. For more information, please contact the Parish secretary.
BIBLE STUDY | All are welcome to join us to draw closer to Christ through the Saint Mary's Bible Study. Our format is modeled on lectio divina emphasizing prayer, meditation, and application. For questions/to be added to the email list firstname.lastname@example.org. The Group meets at the Priory on Wednesdays at8pm, currently studying Romans.
LAY FRATERNITY OF ST. DOMINIC | Open to men and women, single or married, who desire to manifest God’s love in the world today. Dominican Laity are members of “chapters” which meet once a month for prayer and study of events and issues regarding the Church today. The Chapter meets on the second Sunday of each month at Noon in the Parish Hall. For information contact the Parish secretary.
ST. MARY’S MOM’S GROUP | Find support and fellowship among other moms in the parish! Weekly play-dates on Thursday mornings from 10-noon. In the winter months we meet in the church basement (accessed by the elevator) and once it gets warmer we tend to meet at different parks around town. Contact the Parish Secretary.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COLUMBIAN SQUIRES | Columbian Squires are the youth organization of the Knights of Columbus for Catholic young men ages 10-18. They are part of a larger organization of more than 20,000 young men worldwide who have fun and share their Catholic faith, help people in need, and enjoy the company of friends in social, family, athletic, cultural, civic and spiritual activities. For information, contact Chris Neumann at (203) 393-2924.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL | The Father Michael McGivney Council #10705 is a group of men who through acts of faith, charity, and fraternity strive to become better men, husbands, and fathers and to support the parish of St. Mary’s. All Catholic men age 18 or older, married or single, are encouraged to join the McGivney Council. Contact Bobby Rauch, email@example.com or (573)694-1183.
FRASSATI NEW HAVEN | Frassati New Haven is a gathering of Catholic young adults in their 20’s and 30’s, married or single, students or working, who desire to grow in holiness together through prayer, service to those in need, and social opportunities together. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Fr. John Paul.
ANGELUS WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP | Angelus is open to women of all ages and stages in life seeking to grow closer to Christ as a community. Meetings are the first and third Thursday evenings of the month from 7:30p - 9:00p in the priory parlor. Join us for book discussions, Scripture reflections, prayer and fellowship with other women of the parish. Contact the Parish Secretary for information.
ST. MARY’S PARISH CHOIR | The Parish Choir provides music for the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass and regularly rehearses at 9am on Sunday. Membership is open to all who enjoy singing, no prior experience or audition required. The choir is seeking additional singers in all vocal ranges. Contact: Nicholas Renouf, Director of Music, email@example.com, (203) 453-5411 or (203) 432-0825.
THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR OF ST. MARY’S | The children’s choir is open to all the children of the parish and welcomes new members. Currently there are about 20 singers ranging from age 311. Through the practice of music they are given the opportunity to grow in faith, artistry and fellowship. Rehearsals are Sundays, 1:30-2:15pm in the Parish Hall. Contact Muriel Maharidge if you are interested in registering your child(ren): firstname.lastname@example.org
HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS | This group is committed to maintaining a loving and prayerful presence outside of the abortion businesses . Vigils are held on the second Saturday of each month, starting with Mass, followed by Eucharistic Adoration, then a procession to one of two abortion clinics in town, while reciting the Rosary. Contact Mike and Kerry Guidone at email@example.com or (203) 248-8184.
COMMUNION AND LIBERATION | An ecclesial movement in the Catholic Church whose purpose is to educate the faithful to be mature Christians. Weekly meetings are held in the Priory on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome! For information contact Cristina at (203) 245-7307, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://us.clonline.org
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Wait, I can support St. Mary’s by… shopping at Amazon?!?
YES! About a year ago, 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). The first time to access Amazon in this way, it will ask you to sign in to your Amazon account and then select your charity. They will have a few “suggested” charities at the top of the page; ignore those and instead in the charity search box below type “St. Mary’s Church New Haven” and you should see us come up. Hit “select” and from now on, every time you buy any Amazon items by using the smile.amazon.com URL you will be helping to support our parish! Note that smile.amazon.com is not a separate website, it is simply a way of accessing the full Amazon website and designating us as your charity of choice. Also, the prices are exactly the same Amazon does not bump up prices by 0.5% to make up for the fact that much is being given to charity. So if you are someone who shops on Amazon already, please consider using Amazon Smile and listing us as your charity of choice. And feel free to spread word to your family and friends. Thank you!
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Do you have questions about theology, Catholic practices, or Catholic traditions? If so, send an email and add "Question for Question Box" in the subject line. Or use the Question Box in the vestibule. ~ Fr. JP
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.
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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::
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.