CHURCH NAME: St. Francis Xavier
BULLETIN # 911014
BULLETIN FOR WEEK OF: March 23, 2014
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Contact Doreen Gray at 1-860-354-2202; [email protected]
St. Francis Xavier
Parish Monthly Theme:
March 23, 2014
Third Sunday of Lent
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Mon. - Thurs. (Closed on Friday)
Rev. Lawrence P. Parent, OFM
[email protected]
Deacon Roland Miller
[email protected]
Doreen Gray, Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
Jocelyne Verrastro
St. Francis Cemetery/Finance Office
[email protected]
Walter Anderson, Plant Manager
Mary Vannucci,
Coordinator Gr. K - 5
[email protected]
Sue Pullen, Coordinator Gr. 6 - 12
Edge (Gr. 6 - 8), LifeTeen (Gr. 9-12)
& Confirmation
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.
Saturdays 12:00 noon or by appointment
Call Parish Office - 860-354-2202.
[email protected]
Chris Grenier, Administrative
Assistant to Faith Formation
[email protected]
Marge Cooper, Director
Mailing Address & Office Location
1 Elm Street
New Milford, CT 06776
Fax # - 860-355-9485
Contact the priest 1 year in advance.
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.
We are glad you are here.
If you would like to join the parish, please call the parish office.
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March 23, 2014
The Sanctuary Lamp for the week
burns in memory of
Daniel Christopher Shugrue
Requested by The Shugrue Family
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
5:00 P.M. +Iris Rodriguez
Req. by Paul, Rita, Michael & Nicholas
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
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]
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:
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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.
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
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.
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
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.)
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.
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March 23, 2014
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
------------------------------------------------------------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
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
**Sun., April 6th gr. 6; 7 & 8 EDGE 2:45 – 4:15 pm
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
emergency information, health information, pick up
information, etc.
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!!
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.
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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
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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
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
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
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.