COVER SHEET CHURCH NAME: St. Francis Xavier BULLETIN # 911014 BULLETIN FOR WEEK OF: March 23, 2014 NUMBER OF PAGES TRANSMITTED: 6 SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Contact Doreen Gray at 1-860-354-2202; [email protected] St. Francis Xavier Parish 26 CHESTNUT LAND ROAD NEW MILFORD, CT 06776 Parish Monthly Theme: COMMUNITY March 23, 2014 Third Sunday of Lent 860-354-2202 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. Mon. - Thurs. (Closed on Friday) PASTORAL TEAM Rev. Lawrence P. Parent, OFM Pastor [email protected] Deacon Roland Miller [email protected] SUPPORT STAFF Doreen Gray, Administrative Assistant [email protected] 860-354-2202 Jocelyne Verrastro St. Francis Cemetery/Finance Office [email protected] 860-350-6753 Walter Anderson, Plant Manager 860-355-0822 FAITH FORMATION 860-354-5372 Mary Vannucci, Coordinator Gr. K - 5 [email protected] Sue Pullen, Coordinator Gr. 6 - 12 Edge (Gr. 6 - 8), LifeTeen (Gr. 9-12) & Confirmation MASS SCHEDULE Saturday Vigil at 5:00 p.m. Sunday at 7:30 , 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. (Life Teen) Wednesday, Friday at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 7:30 a.m. SACRAMENTS CONFESSIONS Saturdays 12:00 noon or by appointment BAPTISMS Call Parish Office - 860-354-2202. [email protected] Chris Grenier, Administrative Assistant to Faith Formation [email protected] HOLY INFANT NURSERY SCHOOL Marge Cooper, Director 860-354-7284 Mailing Address & Office Location 1 Elm Street New Milford, CT 06776 Fax # - 860-355-9485 MARRIAGES Contact the priest 1 year in advance. MINISTRY TO THE SICK The parish clergy and Ministers of Holy Communion visit New Milford Hospital, Candlewood Valley Health & Rehab, Village Crest Center for Health & Rehab and some homebound regularly. For other specific visits, please contact the Parish Office. WELCOME We are glad you are here. If you would like to join the parish, please call the parish office. Page Two March 23, 2014 The Sanctuary Lamp for the week burns in memory of Daniel Christopher Shugrue Requested by The Shugrue Family SATURDAY VIGIL - March 22 5:00 P.M. +Nelson Gaudenzi Req. by His Wife and Family Third Sunday of Lent SUNDAY - March 23 7:30 A.M. For The People of St. Francis Xavier & The Immaculate Conception Province 10:00 A.M. +Jack McPartland Req. by His Family 5:00 P.M. +Michael Maguire Req. by The Reynolds Family MONDAY - No Daily Mass - March 24 TUESDAY - March 25 - The Annunciation of the Lord 7:30 A.M. +George Miller Req. by Jeanne Rezek WEDNESDAY - March 26 6:30 P.M. For Josephine DeCosa Happy Birthday THURSDAY - March 27 7:30 A.M. +Nancy & John Valedes Req. by Tom Valedes FRIDAY - March 28 6:30 P.M. +Mae Trapanese (47th Anniversary) Req. by Linda & Bill Kamp SATURDAY - March 29 7:30 A.M. +Jean Malone Req. by The Shugrue Family VIGIL 5:00 P.M. +Iris Rodriguez Req. by Paul, Rita, Michael & Nicholas Fitch Fourth Sunday of Lent SUNDAY - March 30 7:30 A.M. +Deceased members of the Vill Family Req. by Melinda Fall & Justin Brelling 10:00 A.M. +Deceased members of the Jennings & Finn Families Req. by The Maguire Family 5:00 P.M. For The People of St. Francis Xavier & The Immaculate Conception Province The Altar Bread & Wine being offered on March 22 are for: Marie Farrell Requested by The Farrell Family THANK YOU!!! St. Francis Xavier Social Committee would like to thank all those who attended the Annual Parish Dinner Dance. It was tremendous success with all attending having a great time. In addition the event raised $1,750 for St. Francis! A special thank you to all those who donated items for the silent auction: The SFX Women's Guild, Deacon Roland and Maire Miller, David and Christine Zona, The Beardsley Zoo, Janet Taub of Planet Photo, Erwin Parent, John and Irene Guilherme of Bridgeport Live Poultry, En-Vogue Hair Salon, Duane and Sally Adams, Brickhouse Pizza, Superior Cleaners, Tivoli Restaurant, Holiday Restaurant, SFX Greeter Ministry, Phys-ED, Merryall Center for the Arts, Bill Fore of New Preston County Wine and Spirits, Anthony's Lake Club, and multiple individual anonymous donors. Thank you also to Higher and Higher and The Perna Family (Anthony's Lake Club) for a fabulous night. Friday, April 11 after Stations of the Cross Our first Fish Fry/Bake If you would like to help with this event, or own a large fryer, please contact Vivian Percoco by email at [email protected] BEGINNING EXPERIENCE OF CONNECTICUT is offering a healing weekend from Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27 at Lourdes in Litchfield. This is open to men and women of all ages who have suffered the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation. It is a time to heal and a time to begin anew. Reservations are required. For further info please call Ray at (860) 741-3050 or Marie at (203) 879-3407 or visit the website: www.beginningexperience.org/connecticut. Page Three March 23, 2014 Spiritual Soup for the Soul Our Lady of the Lakes Women’s Guild is pleased to bring back Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti from Wisdom House. During her last visit she presented a program on spiritual topics. This year she returns to offer a Presentation on LENT. All are welcome to attend this free program and luncheon. Where: Our Lady of the Lakes Church, New Milford When: March 26, 2014 Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon (Program) Soup lunch to follow. St. Francis Xavier Lent Schedule: Stations of the Cross - Fridays - 7:00 p.m. Confessions - Every Saturday at 12 noon -Every Monday at 6:00 p.m. ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES Confirmation classes for baptized Roman Catholic who have made their First Communion and are over the age of 18 will be held in three locations this Spring: GUEST SPEAKER - Next Weekend Fr. Matthew Considine, Provincial of the Montfort Fathers in the United States will be preaching at the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses next weekend, March 29 & 30. We welcome him and look forward to his Lenten message. Our Lady of Loreto, Waterbury Mondays: Mar. 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5; 7:15 -9 pm Contact Mary Marsan: 860-242-5573, ext. 2678 HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE: St. Mark the Evangelist, West Hartford Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6; 7:00 - 9:00 pm Contact Mary Marsan: 860-242-5573, ext. 2678 St. Joan of Arc, Hamden Thursdays, Mar. 27, Apr. 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8; 7 - 9 pm Contact Donna Yatcko: 203-272-6504 Registration forms are available in the office. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on May 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. The ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL provides help to those in need. This year’s Appeal goal is a challenge, but it is nothing compared to the challenges many suffer each and every day of their lives. Please consider supporting this important effort. Every gift makes a difference. If you did not receive the 2014 Appeal mailing, please pick up one of the extra cards and envelopes located in the rear of the Church. Thank you for your continued generosity and support. OFFERTORY - March 16 5 ½ % CATHEDRATICUM 5 ½ % CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ST. FRANCIS’ SHARE Martha & Mary Community Care = $6,581.00 = $362.00 = $362.00 = $5,857.00 = $3,209.00 Monday, April 14 Confessions 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Holy Thursday, April 17 9:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer 7:00 p.m. Liturgy of Our Lord’s Supper Good Friday, April 18 9:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer 12 noon - Faith Walk on the Green 3:00 p.m. - Liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion 7:00 p.m. - Stations of the Cross Holy Saturday, April 19 9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 8:00 p.m. - Vigil Mass Easter Sunday, April 20 Masses 7:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. (There is NO 5:00 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday.) CONFRATERNITY MEETING... The next Confraternity of the Rosary meeting is Monday, April 7 at noon in the Church Hall. Our guest speaker is Charlene Wicks of the Western CT Area Agency on Aging, Inc. to make us aware of devices that are available to seniors to help with every day living. CAN TABS (Soda, etc.) We are still collecting can tabs with the proceeds benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please leave them in a ziplock bag in the Church Hall. Many thanks to those who continue to save the can tabs for us. Page Four March 23, 2014 LIFE TEEN MASS 5:00 p.m. Every Sunday Year 2 Confirmation Students Your required retreat “Walk to Emmaus” is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6. This overnight retreat will be held at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield CT. Parent letters were mailed out a few weeks ago. If you did not receive the letter with details, please call the office. (Your permission forms were due in the office by March 16.) ------------------------------------------------------------SERVICE PROJECT INFORMATION: March 28 - Stations of the Cross with Soup and Bread Supper (after the 6:30 pm Mass). Special Guest Speaker: Thomas Awiapo from Catholic Relief Services will also share his story of HOPE. Donations toward the CRS Operation Rice Bowl will be accepted. Questions? Call Sue Pullen 860-3545372. Please note: This can also be your service project for Grades 6 - 10; we need some readers, servers for soup, and donations of meatless soup, rolls, bread and butter. Please contact Sue if you can [email protected] Saturday, April 19th and Sunday, April 20th Easter Bread Sale – We will need help to wrap the bread on Saturday in the morning and help selling after ALL the Masses. Please contact Sue if you can help. rd Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 am &/or 1:00 pm OR Saturday, May 10th at 10:00 am we need help at the First Holy Communion ceremonies with the receptions and baking cookies too! Please call Chris if you can help at 860-354-5372. Saturday, May 17th – St. Francis Cemetery Clean up from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. You will need to bring rakes and gloves. We will provide food and drink. Please let Sue know if you will be helping. Reminder: Steubenville Dates July 18-20 FAITH FORMATION 860-354-5372 Classes THIS week: Sun., Mar. 23 Gr. 1 - 5 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Sun., Mar. 23 Gr. 6 &EDGE (Gr 7&8) 2:45 - 4:15pm Mon., Mar. 24 Gr. 6 & EDGE (Gr 7&8) 6:30 - 8 pm Tues., Mar. 25 *JPS Gr. 1 - 3 1:15-2:45 pm *Early dismissal, busing as usual Tues., Mar. 25 Gr. 6 & EDGE (Gr 7&8) 6:30 - 8 pm Wed., Mar. 26 *JPS Gr. 1 - 3 1:15-2:45 pm *Early dismissal Thurs., Mar. 27 SN 5 Gr. 5 3:30 - 5:00 pm Classes NEXT week: Tues., April 1st NES grades 1 – 3 3:30 – 5 pm Wed., April 2nd NES grades 1 – 3 3:30 – 5 pm Thurs., April 3rd SN4 grade 4 3:30 – 5 pm **Sun., April 6th gr. 1 – 5 11:30 am – 1 pm **LAST CLASS **Sun., April 6th gr. 6; 7 & 8 EDGE 2:45 – 4:15 pm **LAST CLASS REGISTRATION: for 2014-2015 will take place on Tuesday, May 6th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Church Hall. We will soon be mailing out registration packets. When you come to register we ask you to make sure we have your most up to date EMAIL addresses, CELL PHONE NUMBERS, emergency information, health information, pick up information, etc. ATTENTION FIRST COMMUNION PARENTS: Saturday, April 5th 5:00 pm or Sunday, April 6th 7:30 or 10:00 am or 5:00 pm REMINDER please attend one of these Masses with your child. Each child will be given a cross to be worn at their First Eucharist that will be made by a family in our parish. DONATIONS: We are in DIRE need of SNACKS pretzels, fish crackers and cheese its for use in ALL our Faith Formation classes (grades 1 – 10). Please leave SNACKS in the Church Hall marked “Faith Formation” or drop them off at the office. We also need apple juice. Thank you for your continued support of our program!! CONFIRMATION DATE: Saturday, May 31 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell presiding The 10:00 a.m. Mass is for Year 2 students attending Wednesday evening classes. The 1:00 p.m. Mass is for Year 2 students attending Sunday morning and afternoon classes. Page Five March 23, 2014 Defending Our Religious Liberty Organizations such as church-sponsored universities, hospitals and social services, are facing a fine of $100 per day ($36,500 per year) per employee if they provide health coverage that does not include contraceptives, including abortion-causing drugs, and sterilization. Exorbitant fines like these will surely force a lot of organizations that serve tens of thousands of people to close. If you haven’t done so already, please voice your opposition to the mandate by calling President Obama at the White House at 202-456-1111 or Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius at 202-205-5445. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom. Sponsored by our Knights of Columbus Every Monday night VFW Hall (Avery Road, New Milford) Doors open at 5:45 p.m. BINGO begins at 6:30 p.m. You Can Change the Life of a Teen… Dear Parishioners: The Steubenville East Retreat is an amazing opportunity for a teen to grow in faith and encounter God in a large community of teens celebrating their Catholic Faith. There are professional speakers and several opportunities to receive God’s love in the Sacraments and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Please pray about financially supporting our group that is traveling to Rhode Island to attend this Retreat in July. We are sending approximately 35 teens this year and we are looking for support to offset the cost of the bus and retreat. The total cost for one teen is $300 this year. God Bless you for all the many ways you have supported our endeavors already. We have several fund raising activities planned in the coming months, but we’ll need additional funds to meet our goal. A donation in any amount to the Steubenville Retreat Fund is greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to St. Francis and write “Steubenville” on the memo line. You can put your donations in the collection basket or mail them to the Parish Office, 1 Elm Street, New Milford, CT 06776. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! HOLY INFANT NURSERY SCHOOL Registration and Open House for Holy Infant Nursery School for the 2014 - 2015 school year was held last week. There are still a few openings left in the 3 year old and 4 year old programs. Please call for more information or to register 860-354-7284. A New Ministry Forming… A new outreach ministry is forming at St. Francis Xavier Parish. This will involve knitting/crocheting scarves and caps for chemo/dialysis patients at local hospitals. If interested please call Patty Snodgrass at 860-355-4578. Eucharistic Minister Training The 2014 training sessions for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are in the process of being scheduled. A session has been scheduled for Sunday, March 30th at Sacred Heart in Bloomfield. Another session has been scheduled for Sunday, June 8th at St. Augustine in North Branford. There will be two additional sessions for which the dates and places have not yet been finalized. These sessions will be in the Waterbury and Litchfield area. Eligibility Requirements for E.M.’s: To serve as an extraordinary minster of Holy Communion, persons must: -be practicing Catholics, distinguished in their Christian life, faith and morals -be at least 19 years old -have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist -demonstrate a deep reverence for and devotion to the Eucharist -be an active registered member of the parish -If married, the marriage must be a valid Catholic marriage If you are interested in serving as an E.M. at St. Francis, please call the office to register for a training session. ITEMS FOR THE MISSIONS: If you have any of the following items: rosaries, prayer cards, medals, small religious books, Bibles, etc, to send to the missions, please contact Judy at 860-354-7254.
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