Welcome to Saint Mary Church
Saint Mary Parish is the oldest parish in Milford, the mother parish of a number of parishes stretching from West Haven to Stratford, and currently one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Established in 1874, we look back over one hundred and forty years with gratitude to God and to all those who have gone before us in faith. As we look to the future, we do so with great hope and confidence. We are a Roman Catholic community of faith numbering 12,000 members in all. We are proud of the vitality of the life of our parish. We have a strong and vibrant liturgical and devotional life. We offer an excellent school and religious education program for the formation of our younger members. We sponsor a wide variety of ministries that reach out to those in need, both within the boundaries of our parish and beyond. We warmly invite you to visit with us and to get to know us. Know that you are always welcome!
From our Pastor, Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
With the celebration of Pentecost now behind us, the Easter Season has ended and we resume observance of Ordinary Time, the longest season in the Church year.
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Notes & News
St. Mary Guild Annual Installation Dinner June 10
The St. Mary Ladies Guild Annual Dinner and Installation will be held on Friday, June 10th, at 6:30 at The Plate on New Haven Ave. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling Ellen at 874¬5279 or Janet at 878¬0046.
Volunteers Needed To Care For St. Mary Garden
Over recent years we have received many compliments about our parish garden -beautiful flowers as well as a variety of succulent vegetables which are donated to local food pantries. Unfortunately it will be impossible to continue the garden unless we receive some hands-on support from at least 15 parishioners. The work in the garden is peaceful and serene, completely enjoyable, and so satisfying to see your efforts rewarded by knowing that you are helping others. If you can spare one hour every two weeks we will be able to continue the garden with no problem. Please contact Al Tonry at 783-9805 or Altonry@optonline.net.
Vitamin Collection For Upcoming Medical Mission To St. Therese In Haiti
For our Medical Mission to Ste. Therese this February we have a specific need for donations of children and adult vitamins that expire no earlier than September 2016. Your donations would be humbly accepted and can be deposited into marked bins in Father Cronin Hall.
Come To Catholic Question and Answer Night May 25
Join the Christian Formation Committee on Wednesday, May 25th, 7:00 PM for "Catholic Answer Question & Answer Night." Come ask any question you want, any question about God or the Catholic faith that you've ever had on your mind or that's bothered you, and all in a relaxed, informal, and non-judgmental environment. Bring friends and relatives, and those who have fallen away from faith. You have questions, we have answers! Refreshments will be served.
St. Mary School 22nd Annual Golf Classic Planned For June 3
The St. Mary School 22nd Annual Golf Classic will take place Friday, June 3 at the Country Club of Woodbridge. Lunch is at 11:30AM Tee time is 12:30PM. Golfer cost of $150 includes: golf and cart; lunch & dinner; free
pair of Foot Joy golf shoes (est. cost $75) for every golfer. For more information, email
Bereavement Seminar At St. Mary
The New Day Bereavement Seminar, a 10-week program sponsored by the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford, has begun at St. Mary Church and will continue until June 2nd. Anyone coping with the loss of a loved one, whether recent or years ago, is welcome. We meet in Father Cronin Hall from 1:00-3:00PM each Thursday. For information or to register, please call Ellen, 283-1934, Margaret, 874-2376, or Carol, 845 239-2007.
Baptism is the first step toward lifelong membership in the Church. The St. Mary Parish Family welcomes the newest baptized members into our community and congratulates their parents and godparents on this wonderful event: Read more.
Free Rosary Repair Service
Do you have broken Rosary Beads? We have been informed of a FREE rosary repair service: Betty and Dick Holden, 7930 Estero Blvd, Apt 502, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (Nov.-April) or (May-Oct) 7 Crane Place, Simsbury, CT 06070. Send your broken beads in a padded envelope and they will be repaired and returned to you within a week. You may also donate beads and they will be sent to the missions. Please indicate repair/return or send to missions. Email address is HoldenBnd@comcast.net, phone is 239-463-3993 (Florida) or 860-658-6330 (Connecticut).
Get Involved in Children's Mass on First Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
St. Mary Parish is continuing the Children's Mass on the first Sunday of every month during the school year at the 8:30 Mass on November 1st. We are looking for volunteers to be readers, singers and greeters. We have designated those students in Grade 5 for the Mass on November 1st. If you wish to volunteer for this privilege, send an email as soon as possible to email@example.com.Assignments will be made on a first come-first serve basis. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Pendleton at 874¬8752 or via the above email address.
Share your news with the Stella Maris Parish Newsletter
Do you have news about the good work of the St. Mary Parish? The volunteer staff of the Stella Maris, the St. Mary Church parish newsletter, has a new email address parishioners can use to share their news and inquiries. It's firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reach out to the Stella Maris staff whenever you hear of news or events happening within our parish.
"Altar Family" opportunites
For a greater participation as a family, we invite and encourage as many parents or adults to join the children to form a new “Altar Family.” For more information, contact email@example.com
Catholics Come Home Website
Are you Catholic but not sure why? Do you struggle to understand your faith? Are you a "passive" Catholic, or do not attend Mass regularly? Here is a user-friendly source of information and inspiration: Catholics Come Home.org. The St. Mary community hopes that you will return to your faith, understand your religion and be an active Catholic. If you would like more assistance in understanding your role in the church, please do not hesitate to contact our priests or deacons.
Religious Education Staffing And Information
If you are interested in teaching or learning more about participating in this program, please contact the Director, Sue Marra 203-877-5874. For up-to-date class information, see Religious Education.