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!
High School Youth Group Kickoff September 13
Our High School youth group is starting Sept. 13th from 7-8:15PM in the rectory basement. The theme of this first meeting is "God, are you really out there?" There will be pizza and games - all high school teens are welcome. Come alone or bring friends. DONATIONS needed for new Youth Group facility: board games, video games, DVD player, flat-screen TV - anything you think would be helpful to make the area fun and welcoming. Contact Bryan, 952-9394, CatholicBryan@yahoo.com.
Annual St. Mary Carnival Takes Place Sept. 25-27
Hours for the Annual St. Mary Carnival will be Friday, Sept. 25 from 6-11PM; Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1-11PM, and Sunday, Sept. 27 from 1-5PM. Enjoy delicious food, baked goods, 50/50 raffles, exciting rides ¬and the car raffle. Wristbands will be available at the Carnival opening and throughout the weekend for $25. Special Carnival Attractions: fireworks starting at 10:00PM Saturday night; live band Friday and Saturday; and our annual car raffle drawing Sunday at 4:30PM. Carnival sponsorships are available; contact Laura Dzialo at 877-2886. For additional Carnival information please contact Al Acevedo @ 444-4225.
Action Alert: Voice Your Opposition to Health Care Reform Law
Under the new health care reform law, the federal government demands that almost all health plans fully cover female sterilization and drugs and devices that prevent pregnancy, including those that can cause an early abortion. Why should religious institutions be forced to pay for procedures that go against their moral principles? If you haven't done so already, please voice your opposition to the mandate by calling the White House at 202-456-1111 or U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell at 202-205-5445. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom.
Get Involved in Children's Mass on First Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
St. Mary Parish has begun hosting a Children's Mass on the first Sunday of every month during the school year at the 8:30 Mass. Our plan is to have students of both the school and Religious Education Program, from a different grade level each month, serve as greeters, readers and singers for that day. 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 served basis.
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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