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
This Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
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The door of faith is always open for us, ushering us into the life of stronger communion with God and offering entry into his Church. This year, prepare for Easter by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During Lent, every Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Hartford will be open on Mondays from 6:15 to 7:15PM for Lenten Confessions. Let us pray that this Lenten initiative will rejuvenate Catholics of all ages through spiritual reflection and their desire to become one with God. Lent begins on March 5th . We will reinstate the noon Mass on Lenten weekdays – Monday through Friday at 12:05PM. The dates for the Lenten talks with Bryan Mercier that were scheduled for March 11th and 12th have been changed to March 12th and 13th.
Bereavement Group to Begin March 6
The new Bereavement Group will meet in the rectory living room on Thursday afternoons from 1:00¬3:00PM for 10 weeks beginning March 6th . (Please use the rectory side door near the statue of Mary.) Anyone coping with the loss of a loved one, recently or years ago, is welcome. Please call Margaret @ 874-2374 or Ellen @ 283-1934 to register or if you have questions.
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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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