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
We have all been following with a marked reaction of horror what has been unfolding in Iraq.
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Collection Sept. 6-7 for John Rigely Food Pantry
The next John Rigely Food Pantry collection will be on the weekend of September 6-7. Food has been vanishing from our shelves all summer and we are dangerously low. We need just about everything – especially canned vegetables. A list of our other needs is posted in the church vestibules. If you can’t shop, a cash donation will allow us to buy the food we need. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Car Raffle and Annual St. Mary Carnival Sept. 19-21
Did you see the beautiful new car on the front lawn? It’s time for the annual school car raffle and the annual Saint Mary Church Carnival, Friday, September 19th from 6-11PM; Saturday, September 20th from 1-11; Sunday, September 21st from 1-5. Enjoy delicious food, baked goods, 50/50 raffles, exciting rides, and the car raffle ($5 tickets). Volunteers and sponsors are always needed. For additional information contact Al Acevedo, 444-4225. For sponsorship information contact Laura Dzialo, 877-2886.
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Bereavement Group to Begin September 25th
The New Day Bereavement Seminar, a 10¬week program sponsored by the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford, will begin at St. Mary on Thursday, September 25th. Anyone coping with the loss of a loved one, whether recent or years ago, is welcome. We will meet in the rectory living room from 1:00 to 3:00PM. For information or to register, please call Ellen at 283¬1934, Margaret at 203-874-2376 or Carol at 845-239-2007.
Save the Date: Saint Mary Church Picnic October 5th
Our annual Saint Mary Church picnic this year will be Sunday, October 5th. Watch the bulletin and this website for further details.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com, or visit the school website at http://saintmaryschoolmilford.org/ for more information and applications for September.
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