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
The 41st annual St. Mary School Basketball Tournament ran from February 26 to March 15. This year’s tournament was a great success.
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Good Friday Stations for Children
A special Good Friday program will be held on April 3rd at St. Mary Church from 9:30 to 11:00AM. The Stations of the Cross will be conducted in small groups appropriate to the grade level of the children. The program is open to all from K and up. Parents are also encouraged to attend. Please use the main entrance of the church (Gulf Street). Let you child walk the way of the cross as Jesus did on the first Good Friday. Any questions, phone Sharon DiNapoli @799-8670.
Please Help Us Defeat Physician-Assisted Suicide In Connecticut
Physician-Assisted Suicide To be Considered by the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee
As you probably already know, the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly will soon be considering legislation to legalize physician-assisted suicide in our state. It is urgent that you let the committee members know you are opposed to this proposed legislation. Parishioners of St. Mary Church have the chance to influence the outcome of this decision by signing this petition urging the committee to reject proposed legislation. If you have not signed our petition, please do so now by clicking on the link below. The passage of physician-assisted suicide would make for a horrendous public policy and would create a terrible healthcare precedent in Connecticut. Click here to SIGN THE PETITION. Read more on this issue by visiting www.DontJump.org or www.ctcatholic.org/assisted-suicide.
Lenten Season Schedule and Observances
Confessions will be heard every Monday during Lent from 6:00 to 7:15 PM. We will celebrate Mass on Lenten weekdays – Monday through Friday at 12:05PM, as well as Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:30 PM. LENTEN DIETARY REGULATIONS: Catholics ages 14 years and older are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during lent. Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. To fast is to eat one full meal and no more than 2 smaller meals to maintain strength. Eating between meals is not permitted. Liquids (coffee, tea, juice, milk) are allowed. These rules do not apply when one's health or ability to work is seriously impaired.
A Psychiatrist's Letter to Young People About '50 Shades of Grey'
We urge you to read this article from the Catholic Education Resource Center about the current movie that devalues human sexuality -- A Psychiatrist's Letter to Young People About 50 Shades of Grey
A Psychiatrist's Letter to Young People About 50 Shades of Grey
Get Involved in Children's Mass on First Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
St. Mary Parish has begun hosting a Children's Mass on the first Sunday of every month during the school year at the 8:30 Mass. Our plan is to have students of both the school and Religious Education Program, from a different grade level each month, serve as greeters, readers and singers for that day. 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 served basis.
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.
New Online Giving Section!
Our website has a new Online Giving page that enables you to make one-time contributions via credit card. This feature will be especially useful to you should you want to make a gift to the Haitian ministry, to the school, or even make your offertory contribution should you be away for a given weekend. It will save you the time and trouble of writing out a check… [ more ]
"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.
Our parish is fortunate to have an excellent school, educating more than 300 students in our preschool, kindergarten and grades 1-8. Parents of current and prospective students are always welcome to tour the school and see for yourself how blending academics and faith prepares our children for high school and beyond; contact the school at 203-878-6539 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the school website at http://saintmaryschoolmilford.org/ for more information and applications for September.
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