• Parish Announcements

  • Children’s Book Drive: Sat. Jan. 26th – Sun. Feb 3rd

  • The Women’s Fellowship seeks donations of new or gently used children’s books for toddlers though grade 6. Books in Spanish are especially welcome. Collection bins will be located in the vestibule and church hall.

    To enrich our ministry to Martha’s Place shelter for women and children in New Haven, and to help families through our outreach to Little Miracles, we will start a small library at Martha’s Place and Life Haven Shelter, augment the children’s book shelves at Little Miracles, and donate books to other facilities serving children.

    Reading aloud to a child is soothing for the child and calming for a parent under stress. Studies suggest that reading to children boosts their language, vocabulary, and narrative skills, resulting in better reading and writing performance in school.

    Have your children or grandchildren “outgrown” some of their books? Now’s the time to pare down those bulging bookshelves! Your generosity is much appreciated.

  • Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week: Sunday, January 27th, 9:30am at St. Margaret Church

  • The students from East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA) will be celebrating the opening of Catholic Schools Week with us here at Saint Margaret’s.
    At the 9:30am Mass on January 27th, the students will be participating as readers, gift bearers and other ministries as well as speaking at the end of Mass.

    We hope you will attend and help us celebrate the great parish school we have.

    Catholic Schools Week is a National celebration from Jan.27-Feb.1.  The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.” This theme reflects the core values taught and practiced in Catholic Schools throughout the country.

    In Catholic School we are leading the students to become faith-filled disciples and strong servants and leaders in the church and community. To learn more about our parish school, please visit their web-site at www.eastshorelineacademy.org

  • East Shoreline Catholic Academy: Open House, Sunday January 27th 1:00pm – 3:00pm

  • East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA) is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is the inter-parish school of St. George, Guilford, St. Margaret, Madison, and St. John Bosco, Branford serving students in Pre-K – Grade 8. All parishioners, family and friends are welcome to attend this open house event to learn more about the curriculum and extra-curricular programs offered at this new school.
    For more information, please visit www.EastShorelineCatholicAcademy.org

  • St. Margaret Pizza & Bingo Football Party: Saturday, Feb. 2nd 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Church Hall

  • All parishioners are invited to a pizza and bingo party in the church hall after the 5 pm mass hosted by the Knights of Columbus and St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship. Tickets will be on sale at the door: $1.00 per ticket or $12 for 10 tickets.
    BYOB, non-alcoholic beverages and dessert will be provided. Show your team spirit and wear your fan gear.

  • SOUPER BOWL OF CARING IS COMING! Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd after all Masses

  • 2019 marks our SMYLE youth group’s 14th annual participation in the Nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring Initiative! The Souper Bowl of Caring is a nationwide youth led movement that collects monetary donations every year on Super Bowl Sunday. 100% of the donations go to support soup kitchens and shelters in our local community. For more information go to tacklehunger.org. Thank you for your support

  • Diaper Drive for Little Miracles, Size 4 and up … Feb 2nd – Feb. 10th

  • Little Miracles Ministry is in desperate need of diapers size 4 and larger. Please leave your donation in the marked bins in the church hall. Thank you.

  • CONTRIBUTIONS TO ST. MARGARET CHURCH

  • Parishioners who wish to receive a summary of their contributions made to St. Margaret Church for the 2018 year, are asked to click here to fill out the form and place it in the offertory basket, or mail to the parish office.

  • 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

  • Attention All Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Altar Servers

  • The Ministry Schedules for Christmas 2018 and January – April 2019 are now available.
    Links to each of these schedules was emailed to everyone last week and is also available to view on the parish website under the tab ""Forms & Ministry Schedule"".
    Paper copies are available upon request by contacting Liz Connelly at liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com or 203 245 7301

  • 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.

    Our next Eucharistic Exposition will be held on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019.

    During the month of January on Thursday, January 10th., 24th., and 31st., Eucharistic
    Adoration will be offered for one hour only immediately following the 7:45 a.m. Mass and will end at 9:30 a.m.

  • 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