• Parish Announcements

  • Mass Schedule for Holy Week and Easter

  • Palm Sunday, April 14th, 2019
    8:00am, 9:30am & 11:00am

    Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019
    7:45am – Morning Prayer

    7:00pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by procession
    Adoration ending at 10:00pm

    Good Friday, April, 19, 2019
    7:45am – Morning Prayer
    3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death

    Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019
    7:45am – Morning Prayer
    8:00pm – The Great Easter Vigil

    Easter, Sunday, April 21, 2019
    7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am & 12:00 Noon – Mass in the Church and projected to the church hall for overflow

  • Reminder of Parish Office Hours during the week of Easter

  • The Parish Office and the Religious Education Office will be closed on Good Friday, April 19, and Easter Monday, April 22, 2019.

    Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, April 23rd.

  • 2019 Parish Council Elections

  • The Parish Council is a consultative body of active, registered parishioners intended to advise the pastor in the administrative, pastoral, and spiritual care of St. Margaret Parish. Members participate in and encourage a more prominent lay involvement in the life of the Parish.

    The twelve-member Council meets 5-6 times a year, generally on the second Monday evening of the designated months.

    Six (6) open seats, each serving for one (1) four-year term, will become available in June. Please consider whether you or someone you know would be a good candidate for this important ministry.

    Each parishioner, eighteen (18) years of age or older, may nominate themselves or another parishioner only once, although multiple individuals can be nominated. Please be certain that if you nominate a fellow parishioner, you have their full permission to do so.

    Nominations for the six (6) seats can be made in one of the following two ways:

    1. Complete a paper ballet (found in the parish bulletin) and drop it in the offertory basket
    at Mass

    2. Click here to complete and submit an on-line Nomination ballot

    All nominations are due by April 28th.

    Once the nominations have been established, information about each candidate will be collected and made available to the Parish community in May. The elections will take place over the weekend of June 1st and 2nd.

  • SMYLE Annual Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Sale: May 4th & 5th after all Masses

  • Doughnuts will be sold for $8.00 a dozen or one doughnut for a $1.00.

    This year marks the 14th annual sale of these delicious doughnuts which
    help to support the youth of our parish who will be attending
    this year’s mission trip in July to Worcester, MA.
    Your generosity will be greatly appreciated

  • St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship Offers Scholarships

  • St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship is offering two $750 scholarships to parishioners: one for a graduating high school senior, who plans to attend a college, university or trade school in September, and one to a current college student.

    Applications for the scholarship can be found on clipboards at the entrances of the church and on our parish website. They are clearly labeled ‘High School’ or ‘College.’ Students are asked to complete an essay on a specific topic.

    Essays will be blindly judged, so please follow directions carefully.

    Completed essays should be mailed to Rita Gould, 41 Bar Gate Trail, Killingworth, CT 06419 no later than May 23rd. Essays received after that date will not be considered.

    For any questions, contact Rita at mgould89@comcast.net.

  • Hey Kids, Save the Date! Sunday, May 12th at the start of the 9:30 Mass The annual May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary that honors Jesus’ Mother will be held and all children of the parish are invited to participate.

  • Meet in the church hall at 9:00 where you will line up and receive a flower. After processing up the church aisle with Father and the Altar Servers, you will watch someone place a floral crown on the head of Mary’s statue. You will place your flower in a vase near Mary and be given a special “Miraculous Medal” blessed by our priest to wear. Adults will be there to help you. Families will also receive prayer cards of Mary to take home.

    After the Mass, St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship will provide delicious breakfast foods and beverages in the church hall for you, your parents and all parishioners. See you there.

  • Successful Easter Food Dive

  • Our Easter Food Drive raised 2650 lbs of food for the Madison Food Pantry and Little Miracles. The 9th grade confirmation students were a wonderful help in running a good part of the drive along with Judy Keane and our parishioners who helped after the masses. Without all of you, none of this would be possible. Our next monthly soup/tuna drive will resume on May 5.

  • Attention Altar Servers, Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers

  • We are beginning to prepare the ministry schedule for May – August 2019. Please submit an Availability Form by Tuesday, April 23rd. Paper copies of the Availability Form are available per request in the parish office.

    Based on the feedback received in these forms, the Ministry Schedule for May – August 2019 will be created and available to be reviewed on Monday, April 29th.

    Questions, please contact Liz Connelly at liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com

  • Tour of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury: Saturday, April 27, 2019. All parishioners are welcome.

  • The Basilica is of Italian Renaissance design, and closely resembles the church of St. Mary Major in Rome Italy. It was constructed at a cost of $1.5 million dollars and dedicated in 1928.
    There will be an opportunity for confession, and we will attend the noon Mass.

    Following our tour and Mass, there will be a lunch at a local restaurant.

    Transportation will be by carpool or bus if numbers warrant.

    Please contact Carmen (203) 421-6705 or Barbra (203) 245-0645 by April 21st.

  • SMWF Monthly Meeting: featuring speakers from Little Miracles May 16, 2019 07:00 PM, Church Hall

  • The May meeting of the Women’s Fellowship will be held May 16 at 7 PM in the church hall. Our program will feature speakers from Little Miracles.

    Attendees are asked to bring diapers or wipes to help replenish the Little Miracles supplies.

    Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.

  • Father Joe Keough invites you to join him for an unforgettable experience of the Oberammergau Passion Play in July 2020.

  • This historic play only takes place once every ten years and trips are booking up fast. Join us as we tour Germany, Switzerland and Austria on this all-inclusive pilgrimage.

    For more information please contact Fr. Joe Keough at 860-229-4851.

  • LITTLE MIRACLES MINISTRY

  • Little Miracles Ministry was founded by Lily Molloy and some friends over 23 years ago. 

    The goal was and still is to help pregnant women decide not to choose abortion.  They also have helped and continue to help with material needs for the newborn and their families.

    Recently, due to Lily’s health issues and the unexpected death of Betty Sousa, Little Miracles is in the process of rebuilding.

    A somewhat new group of people have stepped up to attempt to keep this important ministry going.

    Anyone who feels interest to volunteer some time to help with this rewarding work or would like to donate baby items, please call Maureen Fuest at 203-245-7607, 
    or Valerie LeShane at 203-317-5677.

    This is an Apostolate of St. Margaret and St. George Catholic Churches.

  • Requesting Volunteers for Eucharistic Adoration

  • Have we got a deal for you! It won’t cost you a penny, you don’t have to attend any meetings or make any phone calls. Your rewards will be priceless. Lent is the perfect time for you to give this a trial run. Leave the world outside the church doors and sit one hour with our Lord Jesus, exposed in the Blessed Sacrament.

    We have had many faithful adorers over the ten years we have been offering adoration. Unfortunately, for many different reasons, we have lost many of those faithful. But every one would tell you the same thing, that was the best hour of their week.

    If you would like to have a closer relationship with Jesus, please consider any hour that will fit your schedule,it is very open. This is something you do for YOU.

    Of the 2000+ families in our parish, we currently have less than 50 people who attend adoration on a regular basis. Please, help us change that number, and in the process, feel the peace you can only experience by knowing Jesus in this way Try it for Lent.

    For more information, contact Andrea Puglia at drea1827@yahoo.com" or 203-245-0381.

  • St. Margaret Afternoon Bookgroup: Lenten Study of Pope Francis’s Book “On Hope”, starting March 19th

  • St. Margaret Afternoon Book Group will meet in the Parish Library on Tuesdays at 2:00pm, beginning March 19, for its Lenten study of Pope Francis’s book “On Hope” (Loyola Press). The book is available online and in bookstores.

    Contact Elinor Parisi for information at pppar@comcast.net or 203-421-5502.

    “Hope opens new horizons, making us capable of dreaming what is not even imaginable.” Pope Francis.

  • 2019 ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL

  • As Catholics in the Archdiocese of Hartford we have a profound impact on our local communities not only in the spiritual realm, but intimately connected to it, the realm of social services and many charities and outreach services performed by, or with help from, our Church.

    For the third year in a row, in 2018, the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Vicariate Outreach Program provided over $1,000,000 to over 200 local organizations in Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties. Organizations such as Young Neighbors In Action as well as the Wellness Program right here in our own town received funding from the Appeal’s Vicariate Outreach Program, that makes a difference in serving our neighbors.

    All funds contributed to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal are used exclusively for the purposes outlined in the Appeal literature, which can be found archdioceseofhartford.org/aaa-
    No Appeal funds are ever used for legal fees or settlements.

  • Save the Date: Vacation Bible School: July 22- July 26th; 9am – 12noon

  • We are happy to announce that we have joined with the parish staff and volunteers at St. George Church in Guilford to provide an inter parish VBS program to our young parishioners. Together our two parishes offer a wealth of experience and volunteer enthusiasm which will make for an even better faith and fun filled week!!

    When: Monday, July 22nd – Friday, July 26th: 9:00am to 12 Noon
    Where: on the grounds of St. George Church in Guilford.
    Suggested Fees are as follows: 1 child- $20 2 children-$35 3+ children- $40

    Open to all children age 3 (by June 2019) to grade 6

    Volunteers in grades 7 and up are welcome to help.

    Sunday, April 24th at the 9:30am Mass we will be having a special presentation introducing parishioners to this year’s VBS theme: Roar – Life is Wild, God is Good!

    Please click on the links below to register and/or to sign up as a volunteer:

    VBS Camper Registration Form

    VBS Volunteer Sign-up Form

    For more information, please call Liz Connelly at 203.245.7301 ex 104

  • Lenten Bible Study Group, starting March 19th, 2019

  • This five week course based on the book
    “No Greater Love”, by best selling author Edwards Sri guides you through the last hours of Christ in this biblical pilgrimage.
    Please click here for more information about what this course will entail

    Classes start March 19th and will be offered at three different times:

    Tuesday Mornings: St. George Parish Center from 9:30 – 11:00 AM: facilitator is Donna Biovin;

    Tuesday Evenings: St. Margaret’s Parish Center 6:30 – 8:00 PM: facilitator is Meghan McManus;

    Thursday Evenings: St. George Parish Center from 6:30 – 8:00 PM: facilitator is Cosette Heimann

    Contact Cosette Heimann for pre-registration at cosheimann@gmail.com or 860-338-3076. The cost of the book and workbook is $27 payable to St. George Church.

  • We have reached our GOAL with the Forward with Faith Campaign !! Thank you for your generous support !!

  • We have raised $918,000 so far for the Forward with Faith Campaign. This puts us at our stated goal. Thank you to all who have generously contributed towards this goal.

    If you have not done so already, please still consider making a donation to the Forward with Faith campaign. Now that we have reached our stated goal, 80% of all monies raised will go directly to St. Margaret parish.

    Please click here for additional information about the Forward with Faith campaign

  • St. Margaret Parish Men’s Retreat April 12-14, 2019 at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford

  • This year’s retreat theme is “No Ordinary Path: Holiness in Everyday Life.” God has called all of us to lives of holiness. The retreat will explore ways that we can be attentive, intentional and cooperative with God’s grace in serving the world. We will reflect on how living an ordinary life of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace.

    Please click on the attached links below:

    For more information and to register on-line

    Print out a paper registration form to mail in with your payment"

    or contact Art DeCillis at 203.612.0888.

  • Caregiver Spiritual Support Group

  • Are you taking care of an elderly parent, a spouse, a child or someone else? Come join the Caregiver Spiritual Group for prayer and support. Meetings are at Saint Mary Church, Branford in the Parish Center. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 9th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. For more information please contact Deacon Adam Michaele at (203) 530-4466 or Rose Michaele at (203) 815-3716.

  • Feeling Anxious? Stressed? Isolated? Depressed? Come join the Wellness Group.

  • The Ministry for Wellness is a spiritual based support group. All are welcome including caregivers. The group meets at St. George Church on the green, in Guilford, 33 Whitfield Street in the Deacon Ruiz Center adjacent to the rectory from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The meeting dates for this month are: January 13th and January 27th

    For further information contact Deacon Adam Michaele at (203) 530-4466 or Rose Michaele at (203) 815-3716.

  • Statement from Archbishop Blair regarding Clerical Sexual Abuse

  • Please click on the links below to see a written copy or video of the Archbishop’s statement:

    Letter from Archbishop Blair regarding Clerical Sexual Abuse

    Video of Archbishop Blair’s Statement

  • PARISH CENTER GREETERS ARE NEEDED

  • We are looking for volunteers to greet visitors at the Parish Center. We have open days Monday thru Friday, either 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, or 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM.
    For more information, please contact Julia Adams-Brophy at 203-421-0473,
    jaral88@aol.com.

  • Volunteers Needed to help bake and serve at weekly “Coffee And” Receptions

  • We are looking for individuals who can help to continue the good work of this ministry by helping to serve and make baked goods for our weekly coffee and gathering after the 9:30am Mass. “Coffee And” runs from September through June of each year. Please consider being part of this wonderful Ministry.

    For more information, please contact Valerie Engler at toastermom@gmail.com

  • Helping Hands Ministry

  • Helping Hands is a volunteer-driven ministry led by Justin Murphy, a parishioner and member of the Knights of Columbus. This ministry provides free services to our local neighbors in need. Yard clean-up, snow removal, dump runs and other minor carpentry work (even simply changing a light bulb) to help keep your home safe and comfortable. Last minute errands and/or transportation to appointments will also be considered based on availability and distance. No job is too small.
    Contact Justin Murphy at HelpingHandsCT@outlook.com , or call 203-952-8752

  • Jesus is Calling … Could you not keep watch for one hour? Mark 14:37

  • Eucharistic Adoration is offered every first and third Thursday of the month immediately following the 7:45 AM Mass, and ending after Benediction at 7:00 PM. Why not make the commitment to spend one hour with Jesus, present in the Blessed Sacrament. Choose an hour that will fit your schedule. To sign up, or for more information, contact Andrea Puglia at 203-245-0381 or email drea1827@yahoo.com.

  • St. Margaret is a member of the Dynamic Catholic Family

  • Through the outreach program at Dynamic Catholic, St. Margaret is now a member of the Dynamic Catholic Family. As a member, our Parish Champions will distribute to parishioners resources that will help us know, live, and grow in our faith. Limited number of books and CDs are received monthly and will be distributed after selected Masses. We encourage you to pass along the materials to family or friends once you’ve had a chance to read them. Additional copies are available at www.DynamicCatholic.com.

    For more information or to help distribute these free resources, please contact Ed and Joanne Arrandale at 203-318-8590, jarrandale@comcast.net

  • Parish Prayer Line

  • Bernadette Niedermeier will be continuing the Parish Prayer Line allowing parishioners to share any news you would like prayed for confidentially by your brothers and sisters in Christ. This could include
    a hospitalization, a long-term illness, unexpected news, or joyful celebrations.

    To submit a request for prayers, please send your name, the prayer request, and any other pertinent information to Bernadette at 203-980-0570 or e-mail bcnmuse@hotmail.com.

    Would you like to be part of our Prayer Ministry? All former members and those newly interested in becoming part of the prayer line please contact Bernadette Niedermeier at 203-980-0570 or e-mail bcnmuse@hotmail.com. Please provide your current e-mail and phone number.

    Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

  • Purchase Pre-Paid Grocery Cards to help support our parish!!

  • Please remember to stop in the Church Hall after Mass to purchase
    your Grocery Cards.  Thanks so much for your participation, and please keep
    these sales going.

    The parish earns between 5 -10% (less credit card fees) of the cost of each grocery card purchased. For every $100.00 purchased, the church gets $5.00. This can add up very quickly based on the number of parishioners who get involved with this program.

    Grocery Cards are available for purchase in the church hall after all Masses and in the Parish Office.

    You can also pre-order your grocery cards on-line and they will be ready for quick pick-up after Mass or at the parish office

    Click here to complete the
    Grocery Card Pre-Order Form

    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