• Community Building & Outreach Ministries

  • Family to Family Gift Sharing: St Martin De Pores Church: For the past 37 years St. Margaret Parishioners, have worked with ministries at St Martin’s to insure families in need have Christmas presents the tree. Each year approximately 160 families have gifts on Christmas morning because of the generosity of this program. Started and shepherded by John McDonald, the program is now facilitated by Helen and Tom Burland, Elizabeth and Art DeCillis, Julie and Hugh O’Toole. Family profiles are available the 3rd week of November and gifts dropped off the 2nd weekend in December
    Contact Tom and Helen Burland 203-245-0153 tfburland@gmail.com

  • Family to Family Gift Sharing: St. Francis & St. Rose of Lima School: St. Margaret Parish has had a very long standing holiday sharing program with students at the merged St. Francis and St. Rose Elementary School in Fair Haven. Our Parishioners “adopt” a family and provide gifts for this family for their celebration of the Epiphany on January 6th.
    Contact Michael and Connie Piccione 203-245-3622 mikepiccione1@gmail.com

    Women’s Fellowship/ St. Francis & St. Rose School Ministry: Sponsored by the St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship, a few women go to the combined St. Francis and St. Rose School in New Haven with Advent and Lenten programs. They bring activities, projects and snacks when visiting the school. Homemade cookies are provided to the children for decoration as well.
    Contact Madeline Goletz 203-318-0256 maddygoct@yahoo.com

    Women’s Fellowship: The purpose of St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship is to promote the spiritual welfare of the women of St. Margaret Parish through religious, educational, social and fraternal activities. Membership is open to all women of the parish. The Fellowship holds monthly general membership meetings planned to enlighten, entertain and promote friendship among the members. Our Fellowship supports parish events and conducts outreach activities.
    Contact Maryann Francischeli, President 203.318.8417, fourfirstnames@sbcglobal.com

    Hospitality Committee: This committee bakes and serves at the social following the 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday mornings. The purpose is to provide fellowship, and welcome new parishioners while encouraging them to meet others in the parish.
    Contact Lynne Sarro 203.421.5773, lynnesarro@gmail.com

    Special Reception Committee: is primarily involved with providing receptions in the Church Hall for funerals. The committee will do other special receptions as requested.
    Contact Ann Aungst 203-245-7459 ANNAUNGST@comcast.net

    Parish Center Welcoming Ministry: Volunteers greet visitors at the reception area desk in the Parish Center and direct them to the proper offices. Each volunteer is asked to give their time for one 3 hour session per month.
    Contact Julia Adams-Brophy 203-421-0473 jaral88@aol.com

    Monthly Soup Collections: Monthly soup collections are held at the church on the first weekend of each month. The donations are brought to the Madison Community Services Food Pantry.
    Contact Maryann Francischelli 203-318-8417 fourfirstnames@sbcglobal.net

    Tri-Annual Food Drives: Three food drives are conducted on: Thanksgiving/ Christmas, Easter, and Father’s Day. All donations go to the Food Pantry, operated by Madison Community Services.
    Contact Maryann Francischelli 203-318-8417 fourfirstnames@sbcglobal.net

    Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council: Catholic laymen who do a variety of good works in support of our parish and our community; raising money to support VISTA and SARAH; working with Habitat for Humanity; raising money for scholarships for students entering Catholic high schools and colleges; supporting the Madison Food Pantry and Operation American Soldier.
    Contact Andrew Errato, 203-421-2519 aerrato@comcast.net

    Little Miracles Pro-Life Group: Little Miracles is a local crisis pregnancy outreach program. Volunteers pray with and counsel pregnant women and distribute anti-abortion literature. They also provide food, clothing, baby accessories and furnishings for those women who have chosen life for their child.
    Contact Elizabeth Molloy 203-506-5713 rmolloy@cyberresearch.com

    Ministry for the Homeless & Less Fortunate of New Haven:
    Toiletries are collected on a weekly basis in the usher’s closet. These are distributed to shelters and to those of low income through a larger, long standing ministry at St. George Church in Guilford.
    Contact Michael & Connie Piccione 203-245-3622 conniepiccione@gmail.com

    Parish Library Committee: The mission is to collect, classify and disseminate books, periodicals, CD’s, DVD’s, seasonal and topical displays, and reference materials to support the informational and spiritual needs of our Parish Community. The parish library, located in the church hall, provides a quiet space for meditation, reflection, reading and listening. It is open to parishioners before and after Masses on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings as well as Tuesday mornings 9:00 AM to noon and other times when the church hall is open.
    Contact Heather Ciosek 203-245-0120 hcciosek@gmail.com
    Geraldine Pliska 203-245-1556 gwpliska@yahoo.com

    Bridge Group: Meets at the Parish Center every Tuesday from
    1:00-3:00 PM.
    Contact Madeline Goletz 203-318-0256 maddygoct@yahoo.com

    Seniors Social Bingo: Local senior citizens socialize on the second Wednesdays of the month, from 12:00 -2:30 PM, have lunch together and enjoy special activities.
    Contact Eleanor Puleo 203-245-4782

    SMYLE Youth Group: St. Margaret Youth Leadership Enterprise is open to all parish high school students for educational, spiritual, social and service opportunities. We get together a couple of times per month to discuss our faith and community issues. Meetings are after Mass on Sunday mornings in the church hall and on one Sunday afternoon/ evening in the parish center. Examples of what we do include raising funds for charities; conducting “Souper Bowl Sunday” collections, supporting soup kitchens/shelters; conducting coat/blanket drives, participating in interfaith activities; putting on a simple supper during Lent; and participating in a one week summer mission trip.
    Contact Monica Piombino 203-245-7301, ext. 108 Monica.Piombino@StMargaretChurch.com