• General Parish Announcements

  • Every year, the St. Margaret’s Sacred Heart Council of the Knights of Columbus sponsors scholarships to graduating high school seniors going on to college and to a graduating eighth grade student going on to a Catholic high school. They also sponsor a scholarship for local students entering the seminary for Catholic priesthood.

    Click on the links below to access the appropriate application forms:

    Highschool Seniors
    Eighth Grade Students

    Completed applications must be mailed and postmarked by Saturday, May 29, 2021 to be considered for this year’s awards. Please send applications to the address provided on the form.

  • Take a Virtual Tour through our Parish School!

  • Click here to view a virtual tour of East Shoreline Catholic Academy. ESCA is an inter parish Catholic Elementary school located in Branford serving students in grades PK3 – Grade 8. The school is shared by the parishes of St. John Bosco, St. George and St. Margaret.

  • 2021 Parish Council Nominations

  • 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:

    On-line ballot: by clicking here

    Paper ballots – are available at the entrance to the church and also at the parish office.

    The nomination period ends Sunday, May 2nd.
     
    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 5th and 6th.

  • Anointing of the Sick

  • The Anointing of the Sick is an important sacrament in our Catholic tradition that helps to provide strength to those who are tried by illness. As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the “Anointing of the Sick ‘is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.”

    Please consider requesting the sacrament for yourself or a family member under any of the following circumstances, rather than waiting until death is imminent:

    • Anyone with serious illness from
      sickness or old age
    • Anyone with serious mental or emotional
      illness, who would be strengthened by
      the sacrament
    • Elderly persons who are notably
      weakened even without serious illness
    • A sick person before surgery whenever
      a serious illness is the reason for
      surgery

    Anointing of the Sick is not necessarily a one-time sacrament. The sacrament can be repeated whenever a seriously ill person falls again into grave illness or whenever a more serious condition occurs.

    The Anointing of the Sick can provide strength in a special way when the person is still in a position to respond to the prayers. To arrange for this sacrament, call the parish office at 203-245-7301.

  • 2021 Archbishops Annual Appeal

  • The 2021 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is now underway in our parish. Your support of this year’s Appeal ensures that essential charitable, educational, and pastoral ministries of the Archdiocese of Hartford are carried forward.
    We hope you can help meet our parish goal. If you would like to make a gift, please mail in your pledge card. You may also visit the Archdiocesan website at www.archdioceseofhartford.org or call the Appeal Office at (800) 781-2550. Keep in mind that an early pledge will allow you to best use the monthly payment plan.
    All funds contributed to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal are used exclusively for the purposes outlined in the Appeal literature, which can be found at https://archdioceseofhartford.org/appeal/.

  • Knights of Columbus members offering Vaccine Registration and Transportation Assistance

  • If you do not have access to a computer or email address, and/or would like help with either registering for a vaccine appointment, or if you need transportation to your vaccine appointment, please contact us at 203-952-8752 or kofc5780@gmail.com and we will help if we can. You can also contact the Madison Senior Center at 203-245-5627 for assistance with registering for, and scheduling vaccine appointments.
    If you are homebound, we can help with registration over the phone, or we can come to you and help in person from a safe distance.

  • Inviting Interested Volunteers to be part of Martha’s Place Ministry

  • For years, St. Margaret’s Women’s Fellowship has reached out to women affected by homelessness and poverty, through our Martha’s Place Ministry.  Martha’s Place is a transitional emergency shelter in New Haven that helps women to achieve independence. We work quietly to bring nutritious family-style meals to these women at intervals through the year. We’ve set up “Moms and Tots Reading Corners,” stocked with children’s books, at Martha’s Place and its sister shelter, Life Haven. We raised funds to buy food for residents during the pandemic, and fresh staples for children of mothers entering the shelter without resources. If you’d like to join this gentle ministry, we would love to have you! Please call, text, or email Pat Walsh at 203 512-7900. speechlady100@yahoo.com    

  • Make Meaningful Moments with Us! Hospice Homecare Volunteer Opportunity

  • Volunteers are needed to help create meaningful moments for the hospice patients of
    VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice, a local nonprofit home healthcare agency that has served the community for more than 100 years.
    We offer creative, COVID-19 -safe opportunities to serve others by phone including, weekly phone visits, prayer partners, reading, legacy writing, guided meditation and relaxation therapies and, music. Window Pet Therapy visits and weekly personal note writing are other options. (Once COVID restrictions are lifted, in person visits will resume).

    Also, Volunteers are needed year round, to help our hospice patients and families with outdoor chores such as snow shoveling, raking leaves, weeding, tending flower beds etc…Teens welcome!
    When you join our team, you will receive free, mandatory training, the support of a team and unlimited appreciation and gratitude.
    To learn more about a rewarding experience that can change your life and that of another, contact Jo Ann Begley at 203.458.5950 or Jbegley@vna-commh.org.

  • Archbishop extends dispensation

  • With the continuation of limitations on Mass attendance and our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our Catholic people, the Archbishop is extending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days up to and including Sunday, May 23rd, which is Pentecost Sunday.

  • Collection and Shipment of Used Eyeglasses 

  • The Madison Lions Club (MLC) continues to support the collection of used eyeglasses from the local community and the shipment of recycled eyeglasses to needy clinics in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. So far, the MLC has sent more than 29,000 eyeglasses to these countries.   
     
    To help fulfill the need for recycled eyeglasses, the MLC has set up collection boxes in various locations in Madison. Prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses are gratefully accepted. A box is located inside the main entrance of St. Margaret Church for this collection.

  • Attention Business Owners, Professionals, Self-Employed and Families!

  • Mary Hoffman from Liturgical Publications is working on securing new advertising sponsors for our parish weekly bulletin. We need and appreciate your help! We continue to publish the bulletin and make it available in print and online.
    Please consider purchasing an ad. Your ad and participation make our bulletin successful and help you attract new customers!
    To place an ad or for more information, please contact Mary Hoffman at 860 836-848 or via e-mail at mhoffman@4LPi.com.

  • 2020 Contributions to St. Margaret Church

  • Parishioners who wish to receive a summary of their contributions made to St. Margaret Church for the 2020 year, are asked to click here to fill out the attached form and place it in the offertory basket, or mail to the parish office.

  • Update on On-line Giving

  • Beginning on January 1, 2021, the online giving list will include an option to donate to our parish school, East Shoreline Catholic Academy. Just a reminder that online giving is available to all parishioners. Simply click here to enroll. For questions abut online giving, please contact Joyce Leone at jleone@abateassoc.com.

    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