Summer Series for Women

Fairfield UniversitySummer Series for Women—a series for women who are exploring “what’s next” spiritually in their lives. Meeting in Fairfield University’s beautiful Center for Ignatian Spirituality, a small group of women will meet over three summer evenings (June 19, July 10, and July 31— from 6pm to 8pm) for discussion, prayer, reflection, and dinner. These evenings are offered by Nancy Dallavalle, Ph.D., Vice President of Mission and Identity and Associate Professor of Religious Studies. To make a reservation or for more information, please contact the Center: CIS@fairfield.edu

Lost and not found

glovesThere are several items St. Anthony has found and left in the basket at the front entrance of the church (lots of gloves and mittens!). Please check it if you think you might have lost something while at church.

Signup for the Parish Picnic on July 9, 2017

The Parish Picnic will be Sunday, July 9th, from 12:30pm to 6:30pm.

We need a lot of volunteers to have this event run smoothly. Please use the signup forms below to volunteer for a specific responsibility  The signup form below does not include some positions that have already been filled. If  you have any questions, please contact Marcy Vidoli at vidoli@sbcglobal.net or at 203-259-6561 (home) or 203-383-9620 (cell).

Current Sign-up Sheets

Title Date Open Spots  
50/50, Admissions and Food Tickets July 9, 2017 0
After Picnic Cleanup on Sunday, July 10th July 9, 2017 0
Baked Goods July 9, 2017 0
Beer & Wine Booth July 9, 2017 0
Bingo and Kid's Games July 9, 2017 2
Pick-a-Prize, White Elephant Booth & Jewelry Sales July 9, 2017 2
Go-fers July 9, 2017 2
Grill Servers/Cooks/Runner July 9, 2017 1
Italian Ice & Soda Booth July 9, 2017 0
Kitchen Help and Kitchen Cleanup July 9, 2017 3
Lobster Cooks/Sales July 9, 2017 1
Parking July 9, 2017 1
Pierogi Cooks, Sales & Runner July 9, 2017 4
Trash Pickup July 9, 2017 1
Cleanup on Monday, July 10, 2017 July 10, 2017 6

White Elephant Items

white elephantWe are collecting treasures to sell in the White Elephant booth at our annual Picnic (July 9)—just about anything EXCEPT electrical items, cribs, car seats, large furniture, clothing, or sports/exercise equipment. Items may be dropped in front of the middle garage.

Jewelry for the picnic

Jewelry for PicnicIt’s that time of year again, to collect old/new/broken jewelry for the picnic, and we need whatever you might have to give. Please enclose your name and phone number with your donation so anything valuable can be returned to you. To donate, either call Mary Anne Sulik at 203-877- 6573 for a pickup or drop off your jewelry in the box so marked on the back porch of the rectory before Sunday, June 25. The picnic is on Sunday, July 9. It will be here before we know it! Thank you!

June 23, 2017

Landscapes May Change

Dear Parishioners,

nunneryIt’s time to say goodbye to something that, quite possibly, you didn’t even know we had: the convent. When you turn into the driveway and head toward the parking lot, there is a small white house directly on your right. Many don’t realize it belongs to the parish. It was purchased in 1949 (for $19,540.00!) to house the Polish nuns who used to teach in the school (who, by the way, had been living upstairs in the school building in one of the classrooms!). After the school closed in the early Seventies, the house was rented out to other orders of sisters, who worked in other places, but needed somewhere to live. For the last several years, however, there has been only one sister living in the house and she moved out last October.

There has been much discussion over the years of what to do with the house when the last sister moved out— a safe house for battered women and their children; a spiritual direction center; a home for a L’Arche community—but when some professionals assessed the cost of bringing the house up to date, it well exceeded a couple of hundred thousand dollars. After much discussion, thought, and prayer, it was decided that it was best to take the house down and, if any of those ideas for another use remain viable, possibly begin again with a new building. The Pastoral Council, the Finance Committee and the Diocese are in agreement with this decision.

I have to say that I am relieved. The inside of the house is in pretty bad condition. The “chapel” structure in the back of the house—a later add-on to the house—is particularly decrepit and filled with black mold. My prayer was that the house would make it through the winter without a major collapse. Now that it has, I believe we have come to good and sound decision.

Not that the razing of the house is a simple or inexpensive matter. Taking it down is a step-by-step process with particular attention being paid to environmental concerns and the removal of the rubble and debris. Luckily, we have a parishioner who is very familiar with the process and has agreed to spearhead this (Thanks, Bob!).

Landscapes may change and buildings rise and fall, but the Lord told us what would endure. The prayerful holiness of a couple of generations of dedicated women have, without doubt, left a lasting impact on many, many lives. We are grateful to those women and ask for their continued prayers for blessing on the endeavors of our parish. May they look kindly on the place they once called “home.”

Father John

June 23, 2017

Annual Catholic Appeal: Almost there!

annual catholic appeal Our parish goal this year is $140,000 and, to date, we have reached $132,320.00, or 94.5% of that goal! Thank you to those who have already responded! Please consider making a pledge to this worthwhile effort if you have not yet done so. Your extraordinary generosity will go a long way in supporting the good works in which the Diocese is involved. Thank you.

June 21, 2017

The Annual Parish Picnic

picnic-signup The annual Parish Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 9, from 12:30p to 6:30p. In addition to the food, fun, and dancing, this picnic is an important fundraiser for our parish. Additionally, 25% of the profit from the picnic will be given to Merton House. Some items of note:

“Tent night”—Save the date and lend a hand on Wednesday, July 5, at 7pm, when we set up the tents and tables and chairs in the parking lot of the church.

Volunteer some time—There are many ways to volunteer at the picnic. You can sign up online via the church website or contact Marcy Vidoli (vidoli@sbcglobal.net or 203-259-6561). Your help is greatly needed and appreciated!

Admission/Door Prize tickets—to the picnic have been mailed. Tickets are $3 each and include eligibility for several door prizes. If you would like more tickets (or did not receive any), please call the parish office.

Baked Goods—We are asking for brownies, breads, muffins, cookies, etc., for the Baked Goods Booth. They can be dropped off downstairs in the church on the weekend of the picnic. Please remember that, in the heat of July, the less frosting the better!

Lobster dinner—Advanced sale Lobster dinner tickets will be sold the next two weekends after all the Masses. ($15 single, $25 twin). Purchasing tickets ahead of time guarantees your dinner in the event of a sell-out.

Jewelry for the picnic—It’s that time of year again, to collect old/new/broken jewelry for the picnic, and we need whatever you might have to give. Please enclose your name and phone number with your donation so anything valuable can be returned to you. To donate, either call Mary Anne Sulik at 203-877-6573 for a pickup or drop off your jewelry in the box so marked on the back porch of the rectory before Sunday, June 25. The picnic is on Sunday, July 9. It will be here before we know it! Thank you!

White Elephant Items—We are collecting treasures to sell in the White Elephant booth at our annual Picnic (July 9)—just about anything EXCEPT electrical items, cribs, car seats, large furniture, clothing, or sports/exercise equipment. Items may be dropped in front of the middle garage of the parking lot.

June 21, 2017

Book Launch for Fr. James Martin S.J.

vOn Thursday, June 29, at 7:30pm, Fr. James Martin S.J. will speak at St. Luke Church in Westport, on his new book, Building A Bridge (How the Catholic Church and the LGTB Community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity). There is no admission charge. A session for Questions and Answers, as well as refreshments, will follow the talk. For more information and/or to RSVP, visit the website celebratebuildingabridge.splashthat.com

June 21, 2017

Lector and Special Minister Schedules

SchedulesThe new schedules for Lectors and Special Ministers are posted on the parish website. Please remember to check the 11:30am Mass for your name, as well as your regularly scheduled Mass time. There are also some hard copies in the sacristy. Any changes to the schedule should be noted on those sacristy copies. Thank you for serving in these important ministries!

June 21, 2017

Put Your Feet Up

Dear Parishioners,

relaxing-1979674_640In the first reading this Sunday, Moses is playing the role of a good dad. He is offering a kind of pep talk to encourage his Israelite “children” when the going gets tough, reminding them of all the ways and times in the past which God has been there for them: God brought them out of slavery in Egypt; guided them through a desert filled with snakes and scorpions and other nasty things; God gave them water when they were thirsty and fed them when hungry. For all of the forty years walking in the desert, not once did any of their feet swell! (In case you think you missed something, that line actually comes just before today’s reading begins, but it was so good that I had to include it!)

It’s easy to forget, and it’s easy to take things and people for granted. After all, isn’t that one of the reasons we set aside one day a year to honor fathers, to honor mothers? It’s not that they aren’t loved and appreciated the other 364, but it’s good to have a day to be mindful and appreciative.

For the Israelites wandering around in the desert, there were days when things got so bad, when their spirits got so dampened, they wondered if God had forgotten about them. They needed Moses to tell and remind them that God is consistent, that the God who had been with them in all their trials, would also get them through the trouble of the moment.

And so do we, I think. When we get discouraged by the burdens of life—when we’re dying of thirst and there are snakes in the grass and our feet are swelling—we can start to think that God is on a coffee break. Not so, say the events recorded in the Scripture. Not so, say the past events in our lives.

Regularly calling to mind the way God has worked and guided us through past deserts, helps us believe that God will be faithful, God will be consistent, and is not far from any current crisis we may be walking through.

So if your feet seem to be swelling, put them up for awhile, take a deep breath, and think of what Moses would tell you: God has a plan. God did not bring you this far just to leave you sitting in a desert. Rely on the love God has for you and you will be filled.

Father John

June 21, 2017

In Memoriam

Fr. Berard DudekWith sadness, we have learned that Fr. Berard Dudek, OFM Conv., who had served in our parish for many years, passed away on June 4, 2017. He was living at St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church in Baltimore MD. For more information or to send condolences, you may contact that church at stclementmh.org

June 21, 2017

Also Collecting Peanut Butter & Pouches of Tuna

Peanut ButterPouches of TunaOn the weekend of July 1/2, we are collecting plastic jars of peanut butter (18oz or less) and pouches of tuna to be shipped to our soldiers in Afghanistan through “Project From The Heart.” Please note the size specified since heavier items significantly increases the shipping cost. Boxes will be placed at all the entrances to the church for your donations. Thank you for your generosity and for putting a smile on a soldier’s face!