The ministry will meet first Sunday of the month, after the 8:30 AM (Polish) mass. Come join us. It's easy to pray and the rewards are countless!
"The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, wheter temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families...that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."
Sister Lucia dos Santos, Fatima Miracle
FAITH FORMATION (Youth):
If you are new to the area and would like to register your child/children for Religious Education Classes, please contact the Director of Religious Education at the Church office or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents are the first and foremost catechists of their children. They catechize informally, but powerfully by example and instruction...Parents nurture faith in their children by showing them the richness and beauty of lived faith." (U.S. National Catechetical Directory, Sharing the Light of Faith)
Cancellation of Faith Formation classes due to the Weather: Please watch WFSB channel 3 or go to http://www.wfsb.com/category/211195/school-closings and WTNH channel 8 or go to http://www.wtnh.com/weather/storm-closings. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE RECTORY FOR THIS INFORMATION. Also, if there is no public school, or if school is dismissed early, all religious education classes for that day are cancelled.
BECOMING A CATHOLIC- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
-Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church?
-Are you unbaptized but recognize a need for spirituality in your life?
-Are you baptized Catholic or baptized into another religion but have never received any formal religious education?
-Are you married to a Catholic and attend Mass but just don't know what the next step is to become one of the Catholic faithful?
-Are you yearning for something more in your life? Maybe you have been looking for a spiritual homecoming in your life and have never found it.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process by which a person becomes a full member of the Roman Catholic Church. It is a process of prayer, discussion, study and celebration. Any person, who is not baptized, baptized from other denominations, or baptized Catholics who have not received First Communion or Reconciliation are invited to attend. For more information, please contact the Church office.
This program is for adults (over 18 years of age), who were baptized Catholic, received First Eucharist, and were catechized in the faith yet never received the sacrament of Confirmation for whatever reason. We offer a number of formation sessions which begin after Easter and then celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at the end of the Easter Season. The canidate must be practicing their fath to be eligible for this program. Please contact the Church office for more information.
Marriage preparation must begin six months prior to the wedding. To schedule a wedding, please contact the parish office. Once you have retained a date for your wedding, please contact the Director of Faith Formation to arrange for pre-cana classes.
Saint Mary Parish is always seeking to include more parishioners (both young and older) as ministers to assist at parish liturgies-both weekends and weekdays. This is an excellent way to serve the parish and enhance the quality of the parish liturgies.
There are a number of liturgical ministry opportunities: Alter Servers, Lectors, Cantors, Instrumentalists, Choir Members, Ushers, Greeters, Eucharistic Ministers, and Funeral Ministers. Training and on going formation opportunities will be provided. The following is a brief description of hte liturgical ministries at Saint Mary Parish:
Altar Servers assist the priest and Ministers of the Eucharist at Mass. Sometimes called "acolytes," they insure the smooth movement of the ritual elements of the celebration. We welcome parishioners who have received First Eucharist to consider this ministry. Training and peer mentoring is provided. Contact the Church office to speak with a parish staff member.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly during the Liturgy of the Word. Along with the Liturgy of the Eucharist this is one of the two hinges of the celebration of the Eucharist. Those who serve on weekends are scheduled according to their availability; those who serve on weekdays sign up as they are available. Both are essential to a vibrant parish community. Training and ongoing formation will be provided. Contact the Church office.
Ushers and Greeters welcome those who come to attend a worship service at Saint Mary. They assist in the good order of the services and serve as "ambassadors" of Saint Mary Parish; they offer hospitality and make the first impression on visitors. Contact the Church office.
Eucharistic Ministers distribute the Body and Blood of Christ at weekend and weekday celebrations of the Eucharist and on special occasions. Those who serve on weekends are scheduled according to their availability; those who serve on weekdays sign up as they are available.
In addition, some bring Communion to shut-ins at home and institutions; they are not necessarily scheduled for service at church. Eucharistic Ministers must be at least 18 years of age and fully initiated in the Catholic Church. Diocesan mandated training and ongoing formation will be provided. Contact the Church office.
AMAZING GRACE FOOD PANTRY:
St. Mary of Czestochowa supports the Amazing Grace Food Pantry on Stack Avenue, near Rome Avenue, in Middletown. The Families Feeding Families program provides 45% of the food going into the Pantry. The program allows churches to commit to providing specific food items once each month, through-out the year. St. Mary parishioners are requested to specifically provide donations of canned baked beans, as well as other non-perishable items. Place donations in the baskets in the foyer of the church for transportation to the food bank. The pantry is owned and operated by St. Vincent de Paul, and families and individuals may shop at the pantry once a month to shop for and pick up about three days worth of groceries, all free of charge. The pantry also directly accepts food donations, which can be dropped off. Call ahead for current hours, 860-347-3222 or view http://svdmiddletown.org/food_pantry.html. Please continue to be generous with your weekly donations.
THE GIVING TREE:
Every Advent, we decorate one of our Christmas trees with wish tags from those in need in local shelters, domestic abuse refuges, and other institutions. We ask our parishioners to pick a tag, buy the item requested on the tag and return it to the indicated location in the Church reception area. Our wonderful volunteers go to the institution before Christmas and distribute the gifts. Our response to this annual tradition is always overwhelming! People like to help people.