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  • Please help SMYLE members in their efforts to support those in need

    Members of SMYLE, our parish youth ministry, have taken on the honorable task of working to collect much needed items which will be sent directly to individuals in need within one of the Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica.

    The core mission of Mustard Seed Communities is to care for the most vulnerable populations in society. This organization focuses on providing for children and adults with disabilities who have been abandoned. In order to create lasting change, they also work to address the complex needs of a community. Since 1978, Mustard Seed has evolved in how they serve local needs. Below, you will find the pillars of Mustard Seed Communities
    programs that guide them in how to serve and uplift entire communities. 

    CARING:
    Residential Programs for Persons with Disabilities

    SHARING:
    Nutrition & Education for Impoverished Communities

    TRAINING:
    Sustainable Agriculture & Vocational Programs

  • How Can You Help ?

  • SMYLE members will be at each of the weekend Masses on April 17th and 18th to help explain more about this wonderful cause and the work our young parishioners are doing to try and provide help.

    Monetary Donations will be collected starting April 17th and can be sent to the parish office or dropped in the offertory basket. Please make checks out to “St. Margaret Church”.

    Donations of requested items can be dropped off starting Sunday, May 2ndin the designated bins located in the parish center lobby or inside the front entrance of the church. Requested items can also be dropped off at the following drive-thru drop off events being held at the church parking lot on Sunday, May 2nd from 12:30pm – 2:00pm and Saturday, May 22nd from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

    The following Items are being collected:
    o Baby diapers (all sizes)
    o Maternity pads
    o Brown/black school shoes
    o Girls sizes 5, 12, 13
    o Boys sizes 2, 5, 6, 11
    o Backpacks
    o Large print coloring books
    o Jumbo crayons 
    o Hardcover notebooks 
    o Pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers
    o Footballs, soccer balls, basketballs
    o Bed sheets
    o Single and crib
    o Flashlights and appropriate batteries

    Please click here for a printable list of the requested items listed above.

  • SMYLE Saint Margaret Youth Leadership Enterprise

  • Members of St. Margaret Church who are in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to be a part of this Youth Group.

    We are a group of enthusiastic teenagers who are interested in building a strong, supportive community here in Madison CT and beyond, while strengthening our own faith.

    Adult volunteers are welcome as well to take on leadership roles in our planning team as well as for chaperoning events.

  • Why join SMYLE?

  • This youth group teaches new ways to serve others, social and leadership skills, appreciating your family and friends, and most importantly, teaches you more about your faith, your relationship with God, and even yourself.

  • What does SMYLE Do?

    • Community Service and Christian Service
    • Preparing and serving meals for facilities
      in need.
    • Week long mission trip during the
      summer
    • Interfaith activities
    • Fundraising for charities such as soup
      kitchens, and shelters
    • Activities and bonding experiences for
      the members
    • Serving many different people in need in
      our community
    • Retreats and prayer services
  • Mission Impossible

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  • 16 kids from St. Margaret’s SMYLE group participated in this year’s “Mission Impossible”. When their annual mission trip to Brooklyn, NY was cancelled due to COVID, the group knew they still wanted to do something. For 2 straight days, they worked in the field behind the parish center in 102 degree weather. They painted and donated 50 pieces of used furniture to Columbus House which provides shelter services for men, women, Veterans and families. They collected and sorted 42 bags of clothing and linens for Goodwill. They created 40 baskets filled with kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and cleaning essentials for single mothers and their young children to use as they move from shelters to apartments. They also created legacy building kits for the nurses in the NICU at Yale to give to families when a newborn infant dies, as well as sympathy cards of support that these families will receive in the years following their loss.

    These teens really outdid themselves in giving back to their community! We are so proud of them all!

    Many thanks to Jennifer Papa, Carolyn Mader and Lisa Engelhart who worked tirelessly to make this year’s mission trip happen! We are also grateful to Chris Wilson, Kerry McKeown, Susan Bader and Amy Laffargue for supervising and helping during the 2 days. The teens that participated are Katie Sanford, Pamela, Chris & Michael Engelhart, Sean McSweeney, Adam Laffargue, Callie Richards, Meryl Sullivan, Olivia Papa, Henry & Willi Wilson, Ava & Bella Lombardi, Claire Bader, Luke Johnson, and Kylie Ameika. Great job, everyone!

  • For more information about how to get involved, please contact:

  • Sean McAuley: Leader of SMYLE, at vermont2ski@gmail.com

  • News & Recent Events:

  • Mission Trip 2019 to Worcester, MA

  • Members of the SMYLE youth group collected donations on Super Bowl Sunday to support their meal ministry at Columbus House in New Haven!

  • Members of SMYLE recently hosted Coffee And reception

  • SMYLE members cook and serve at Divine Providence Parish in New Britain

  • Mission Trip to Brooklyn, NY Summer 2017

  • Mission Trip Summer 2016

    East Shoreline Catholic Academy
    The inter-parish school of St. George, Guilford, St. Margaret, Madison, and St. John Bosco, Branford.

    62 Cedar Street, Branford, CT 06405
    Phone: 203-488-8386 Fax: 203-488-2347