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!
STATEMENT ON ST. MARY CEMETERY
While we regret any difficulty or heartache that may have been caused by our recent decision to enforce regulations regarding the decoration of graves at our cemetery, we took the action in response to the increasing number and in some cases, decreasing quality of those decorations. This has become a serious burden for our small cemetery staff to maintain and it presents a possible hazard in terms of injury, even serious injury to the cemetery staff.
The regulations being enforced are essentially those that have been posted on our parish website for many years, regulations which closely mirror those in the Catholic cemeteries maintained by the Archdiocese of Hartford and many other neighboring cemeteries. Signs were posted at the cemetery late in March advising loved ones of the enforcement of the regulations beginning July 1. An additional grace period of two weeks was allowed for loved ones to remove decorations that they might want to keep. It is our hope that all will abide by the regulations so that we can maintain a beautiful, sacred space worthy of those who are interred there and insure the safety of the staff who work so hard to keep our cemetery beautiful.
STATEMENT ON FLAGS AT ST. MARY CEMETERY
Rumors are circulating especially on social media charging that the cemetery does not allow the display of flags and that flags are being disposed of improperly and disrespectfully by the cemetery. For the record, the display of American flags, and American flags only, is permitted at the grave of any veteran between Memorial Day and Independence Day, the Fourth of July. Outside of that period, flags may not be displayed. At all times, the cemetery itself flies the flag which is located near the special section dedicated to the memory of veterans.
Cemetery personnel dispose of flags that are no longer suitable for display in a proper manner, that is, by burning. Unfortunately, some visitors to the cemetery have disposed of such flags by putting them in the trash barrels. Cemetery personnel try to recover such flags for proper disposal, but that is not always possible.
From our Pastor, Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
One of the main characteristics of the Church as ordained by the Lord himself is that we are to be a missionary people.
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Notes & News
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.
Join the St. Mary Mothers Group
The Mothers Group will meet next on August 18th at the Eisenhower Park playground in Milford, weather permitting. We have a great group of moms and babies who would love to hang out with you! Please email StMaryMothersGroup@gmail.com with questions. We hope to see you soon!
Rosary Program For Boys And Girls
The Legion of Mary is sponsoring the 31st Annual Rosary Program for boys and girls entering Kindergarten through middle school beginning Thursday, July 7th to August 25th. The sessions are held every Thursday from 10:30AM until 12:30PM in Father Cronin Hall. There is NO FEE. Any questions, please call Mrs. DiNapoli, 799-8670
Confirmation Will Take Place October 15
Confirmation will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM in the Church.
Summer Blood Drive Planned for Tuesday, July 26
The St. Mary Summer Blood Drive will take place on Tuesday, July 26th 12noon -5:00PM Father Cronin Hall Call 1-800-733-2767 for appointment
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.