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 Thursday, November 27, is Thanksgiving Day, and it is hard to believe that it is already here, with Christmas soon to follow.
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Peter F. Phelan, Jr. Christmas Giving Tree Program
The PETER F. PHELAN, JR. CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE PROGRAM has begun for the season. Thank you in advance to all who took tags from the Giving Tree this weekend. We need approx. 875 gifts this year. Be sure your gift is back by Sunday, Dec. 7th at 5:30PM. We ask that the gift is wrapped (some will be unwrapped) and the tag securely taped to the gift. Please make every effort to purchase the item noted on the tag and, more importantly, return the gift by Dec. 7th. As in the past, if you know a family that needs help in making this a Merry Christmas, please 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 Nov. 20th. Please call Bob Lessard (874-9076) if you have questions or requests, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Tree Sale at Saint Mary School
Freshly-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and cemetery pieces are now on sale, Monday¬Friday from 5:30-9:00PM and Saturday & Sunday, 9:00AM-9:00PM. Get discounts at local Milford restaurants with your purchase!. All proceeds benefit the school. Over the years this fundraiser has grown into a critical event not only to help defray school costs, but also as a means of giving back to those less fortunate during the holidays. In coordination with the Milford Dept. of Human Services, St. Mary School donates Christmas trees every year to many Milford families that cannot afford one. In recent years there has been an increased need, due to the economic recession and two devastating hurricanes.
Children's Christmas Eve Liturgy
Please note unlike past years, this event will only occur at the 6:00PM Christmas Eve Mass. Sign-up information has been sent home through the school and Religious Education Program. The sign-up form may be downloaded and printed by visiting the St. Mary School website at www.saintmaryschoolmilford.org/. Hard copies may also be obtained in the basket outside the rectory office. The deadline for signing up is Monday, December 15th. Dress rehearsal is Friday, December 19th at 4:30PM in the church. If interested, please return the form ASAP to St. Mary School or reply via email to email@example.com.
Longtime John Ridgely Food Pantry Volunteers Stepping Down
Joan and Joe Wolf have decided to step down. It will be tough to find a replacement that matches the dedication that these two wonderful people have showed over the years, but we must try. The Food Pantry has gone through many changes over the years - from serving 28 families to 120 families, to including a shelter component, which has been a lifesaver to many people. There are 5 major collection weekends annually, with a distribution of approximately 45 families each. The pantry is open 2 days a week to accommodate at least 20 families a week. We are looking to split the Ministry into segments to make it easier to manage. The primary functions are Food Collection, organizing the shelves and keeping them stocked, making appointments, and managing the Shelter component of this fine ministry. There are a number of volunteers who help during the large collections and some who give out the groceries on Sunday and Wednesday on a weekly basis. We need leaders for all categories. If anyone is interested in becoming a leader in any of the Food Pantry Committee aspects, please call Andy Ancel, 876-0764 or Bob Lessard, 874-9076.
First Saturday Program for Children
On Saturday, December 6th, the Angels of Mary will meet in Room 6 of St. Mary School from 10:30AM to 12:15PM. In celebration of St. Nicholas' feast day, a film on "Good Old Nick" will be shown depicting the origin and evolution of Santa Claus throughout the years. Boys girls from grade 1 and up will enjoy this program portraying the good and kind St.Nicholas as the bishop from the 4th century morphing into the good and kind Santa of today. During this Advent program the focus will be on the holiness of the season and the spirit of giving. If you have questions regarding the Angels of Mary, please contact Mrs. DiNapoli at 799-8670.
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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