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
With our celebration of the Sixth Sunday of Easter this weekend, we are moving toward the end of our fifty-day long reflection on and celebration of the Lordís Resurrection.
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Notes & News
Dominican Sisters Bake Sale April 30-May 1
The Dominican Sisters of West Hartford will be selling bread, brownies and apple & blueberry pies after all Masses on the weekend of April 30 - May 1. The proceeds from the sale will be used to buy medical supplies for their mission to support the lepers.
Vitamin Collection For Upcoming Medical Mission To St. Therese In 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.
St. Mary Guild Scholarship & Grants Applications Available
Applications for the St. Mary Guild Scholarship & Grants are available in the rectory office during regular hours. Any 8th grade girl who will be attending a Catholic high school this fall or is currently enrolled in a Catholic high school is eligible. Applicants must be an immediate member of a family registered at St. Mary Church. Completed applications must be returned to the rectory no later than 6:30PM on Thursday, May 12. Call Marie Hendrie, 301-4709 with any questions.
Come To Catholic Question and Answer Night May 25
Join the Christian Formation Committee on Wednesday, May 25th, 7:00 PM for "Catholic Answer Question & Answer Night." Come ask any question you want, any question about God or the Catholic faith that you've ever had on your mind or that's bothered you, and all in a relaxed, informal, and non-judgmental environment. Bring friends and relatives, and those who have fallen away from faith. You have questions, we have answers! Refreshments will be served.
Ladies Knight Out Planned For May 20
The Knights of Columbus are hosting the Ladies Knight Out Dinner on Friday, May. 20th. Tickets for this appreciation dinner for the women of this parish are on sale in Father Cronin Hall after each Mass on the weekends of April 23/24, April 30/May 1, May 7/8, and May 14/15.
St. Mary School 22nd Annual Golf Classic Planned For June 3
The St. Mary School 22nd Annual Golf Classic will take place Friday, June 3 at the Country Club of Woodbridge. Lunch is at 11:30AM Tee time is 12:30PM. Golfer cost of $150 includes: golf and cart; lunch & dinner; free
pair of Foot Joy golf shoes (est. cost $75) for every golfer. For more information, email
Join Us For A Day Trip To Hyde Park, NY May 14
Let's welcome spring with a day trip! On Saturday, May 14th our motor coach will depart from St. Mary School parking lot at 8:00AM for a day in the Hyde Park, NY area. We start with a tour of Vanderbilt Mansion, a leisurely lunch at Coppola Ristorante and then tour "Springwood," the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, a National Historic Site, and a tour of the FDR Museum/Library. The cost is $88 per person (non-refundable) which includes the tours, lunch and driver gratuity. For trip details and luncheon menu, please call Diane at 878¨3363. The trip must be paid in full by April 5.
Bereavement Seminar At St. Mary
The New Day Bereavement Seminar, a 10-week program sponsored by the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford, has begun at St. Mary Church and will 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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 email@example.com. 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 ďAltar Family.Ē 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.