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
At the October meeting of the Parish Council, a mission statement for our parish was formally adopted.
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Notes & News
Peter F. Phelan, Jr. Christmas Giving Tree Program
The Peter F. Phelan, Jr. Giving Tree - Thank you to all the parishioners who took tags from the Giving Tree this weekend. We need approximately 875 gifts this year. Please make sure your gift is back by Sunday, December 13th at 5:30PM. We ask that the gift is wrapped (some gifts will be unwrapped) and the tag securely taped to the gift. Please make every effort to purchase the item noted on the tag. As in the past, if you know of a family that needs help in making this a Merry Christmas, please furnish us with the names and ages and we will do our best to get the requests on the tree. These requests must be in by November 26th.
If you have a request or any questions concerning the tree, please call Bob Lessard @874-9076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Mission With Jon Leonetti
Our heavily anticipated parish mission will happen soon! We encourage everyone of the parish to join us for a life changing experience with international Catholic speaker, author and radio host Jon Leonetti on Dec. 6-8. 7PM each night in the church. Jon will give us both practical and effective ways to live and will share stories of some of the greatest people to walk the planet––our saints! And he will challenge us in our personal holiness to better fall in love and stay in love with God. Jon has been featured on the nations top Catholic websites, blogs and radio shows and so we're excited to host him here.
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.
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.