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!
Notes & News
Special Lenten Schedule And Observances
During Lent we will celebrate a Mass at 12:05PM on Mondays through Fridays. Stations of the Cross will take place at 7:00PM on Fridays during Lent. Every Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Hartford will be open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation Mondays from 6:00 to 7:15PM.
Lenten Dietary Regulations
Catholics ages 14 years and older are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent.
Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 years of age are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
To fast is to eat one full meal and no more that 2 smaller meals to maintain strength. Eating between meals is not permitted. Liquids such as coffee, tea, juice, milk are allowed. These rules do not apply when one's health or ability to work is seriously impaired.
Vitamin Collection For Upcoming Medical Mission To St. Therese, Marbial, Haiti
For our Medical Mission to Ste. Therese this February we have a specific need for donations of children and adult vitamins that expire no earlier than September 2016. Your donations would be humbly accepted and can be deposited into marked bins in Father Cronin Hall over the next two weekends.
Twinning Committee Healing Tree
The Twinning Committee Healing Tree is in the church and all gifts will go to support the parish Twinning Committee's mission to Ste. Thérèse Parish in Marbial, Haiti. We invite all to visit and take one or more cards to equal the donation you would like to make so, as a parish, we can bring our Healing Tree to Life. Write a special intention on the card for yourself, someone else, or our friends at Ste. Thérèse as a sign of your fast from indifference and feast on love. Watch weekly as your gifts make the Healing Tree come to life by Palm Sunday (March 20).
Bereavement Seminar Begins March 31 At St. Mary
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 Church on Thursday, March 31st and continue until June 2nd. Anyone coping with the loss of a loved one, whether recent or years ago, is welcome. We meet in Father Cronin Hall from 1:00-3:00PM each Thursday. For information or to register, please call Ellen, 283-1934, Margaret, 874-2376, or Carol, 845 239-2007.
Second Lenten Passover Seder Dinner Planned March 15th
Please join us for our second Lenten Passover Seder Dinner on March 15th (snow date 3/22) in Fr. Cronin Hall at 6:00PM. Experience our Catholic faith through the Seder. Learn how the Passover bridges our faith from our Jewish ancestors. A limited number of tickets ($20) will go on sale Feb. 27-28 after all Masses.
A Taste Of Italy Night Fundraiser Planned February 20th
A Taste of Italy Night will be held on February 20th 6:00-8:30PM at St. Mary School Gym. Entertainment by Michael Rea Catering by Scott Rohrig of Lasse's, $12 pp. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Linda @ 545-1583 or Tom @ 535-5751.
Proceeds go to the John Rigely Food Pantry and to local charities.
Bring a non-perishable can to help us fill our local pantries.
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.