• Parish Announcements

  • St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship will be holding their annual Potluck Supper on Thursday November 15 at 6:30 pm in the Church Hall

  • All Catholic women of the shoreline are invited to attend. Please RSVP to smwf2017@gmail.com and let us know if you are bringing an app/main/dessert to share. The event is BYOB.

    This year we are excited to be making beautiful painted pallets under the leadership of Abby from Shoreline Pallet Design in Clinton. Click here to view the six different designs to choose from ranging in price from $20 – $45.
    To reserve your pallet design, please send a check to SMWF c/o Carmen Murphy, 44 Wyndy Brook Lane, Madison, CT 06443. Please be sure to include your name, phone number and the design name that you are wanting to reserve.
    All pallet reservations MUST BE received by November 7th.

  • St. Margaret Knights of Columbus is holding their annual craft show on Saturday, Nov. 17th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Sunday, Nov. 18th from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the church hall

  • The show features quality hand crafted items. Stop in for a free cup of coffee, get some raffle tickets and visit our many vendors. Admission is free.
    Proceeds benefit the K of C Scholarship Fund.
    For more information, call Linda at 203-421-5082.

  • The St. Margaret Children’s Choir is singing this Sunday, November 18th at the 9:30 AM Mass.

  • The choir welcomes new members to join them for Advent And Christmas.
    Rehearsals are on Tuesdays.
    For more information please contact the music director, Elizabeth Stone.

  • Feast Day of St. Cecilia is Thursday, November 22nd

  • St. Cecilia is the patroness of musicians. At this time of year we thank those parishioners who volunteer as choir members, cantors and musicians. The talent they share with the Parish helps to bring beauty to the Liturgies throughout the year.

  • All are invited to join us in the Triduum of Prayer, November, 16th – November 18th, at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven.

  • This Triduum of Prayer is in response to the current crisis in the Church. There will be a special prayer service each of those three nights beginning at 7:00 PM at St. Mary Church. Each night will have a different theme and focus for our prayer. We also encourage you to come and venerate the incorruptible heart of St. John Vianney which will be available for veneration during the last night of the Triduum (November 18) and from the opening of St. Mary Church to 5:00 p.m. on November 19.

    For questions or more information, please contact Bernadette Niedermeier 203-980-0570.

  • The Little Miracles Giving Tree is in the Church Hall starting the of weekend November 24/25

  • Please take a heart from the tree, buy a gift card, place the heart and the gift card in an envelope and put it in the boxes at the entrances to the church by Sunday December 16th.

    We ask for gift cards to give the moms the opportunity to choose the appropriate gift for their child. Thank you for your continued generosity.

  • Parishioners invited to Light the Advent Wreath at the Start of Week-end Masses in December

  • Parishioners are invited to sign-up to light the advent wreath at the start of one of our week-end Masses during the month of December. Please click here to view the available Masses and sign-up for the one that is most convenient for you.

    Questions, please contact Liz Connelly at 203.245.7301 ex 104

  • Profiles for Family to Family St. Martin DePorres Program are available

  • For 38 years, St. Margaret Parishioners have made Christmas meaningful by providing presents for a family from St. Martin de Porres Parish in New Haven.

    Please call one of the parishioners listed below to select your family.

    Please click here to read more about this program and how it works

    For more information or to help with this project please call:

    Tom and Helen Burland 203-245-0153,
    Hugh and Julie O’Toole 203-645-6245,
    Art and Elizabeth DeCillis 203-421-0272

    Together we can continue this tradition and provide some Christmas cheer to a family in need.

  • Virtus Awareness Training: “Keeping our Promise to Protect”, Wednesday, November 28th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, St. Margaret Parish Center

  • If you are a volunteer within any of our parish ministries here at St. Margaret and have not yet completed this training, please attend this session.
    If you are unable to, please contact Liz Connelly at liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com

  • All Are Invited!! Forward with Faith: Parish & Archdiocesan Campaign will hold an Informational Reception on Sunday, December 2nd following the 9:30am Mass in the church hall

  • All parishioners are invited to attend this reception to help celebrate and learn more about this historical campaign and to hear from fellow parishioners who have pledged their support.
    For more information, please click here.

  • East Shoreline Catholic Academy’s Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale begins November 24th

  • Please consider supporting our parish school by purchasing some of your holiday decorations through this fundraiser.

    Sale Hours: Mon – Fri: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Sat: 9:00am – 7:00pm
    Sun: 10:00am – 6:00pm

    Location: 300 East Main Street in Branford

    Questions: please call Kyle Habiniak at 203.623.2438

  • All parishioners are invited….. ESCA’s “Christmas Celebration” Thursday, Nov 29th: 7:00pm – 10:00pm at Stony Creek Brewery

  • ESCA Parents, Friends, Family & Alumni Please join us for our Christmas celebration at Stony Creek Brewery. This year, Asti in Branford will be providing an assortment of seasonal foods and Meriano’s Bakery in Madison will have select Italian pastries for dessert. Your Home Academy Association (HAA) has put together some amazing raffles not to be missed– from ornaments to wine, from trees to totes. The evening is sure to have plenty in store for everyone! As it is better to give than to receive, we will be collecting nonperishable food items to restock our parish food pantries in order for all families to enjoy the Christmas season. $30 per person, casual cocktail attire. Please RSVP by November 25th to 203.488.8386.

  • St. Margaret Parish Christmas Party! Saturday Dec 1st at 6pm

  • Please join us outside after the 5pm Mass for the lighting of the tree & Blessing of the Crèche. We will then proceed downstairs where the Contemporary Choir and members of the Children’s Choir will lead us in a Christmas carol sing-a-long followed by special guest and Berkeley School of Music graduate, Gabby Leone and BINGO!

  • Television and film star Frank Runyeon comes to St. Margaret Catholic Church to perform Let There Be Light: a “3 day Musical Mission” on December 4th, 5th & 6th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Church.

  • Frank Runyeon has performed biblical texts for tens of thousands of people across the United States, but is still best known for his role opposite Meg Ryan on “As the World Turns”.
    A reception follows Frank’s performances each evening in the Church Hall, where you can meet and talk with the actor. All are invited to attend.
    These performances are free to the public. Donations will be accepted after each performance.

    On December 4th Frank presents, Signs, the Gospel of John.
    In this presentation, Frank will bring to life the signs of Jesus’ times and show their significance, not just for the disciples, but for people’s lives today.

    On December 5th, Frank performs Luke – Stories on the Road.
    In an evening that is both entertaining and eye-opening, Runyeon performs the famous parables in Luke’s travel narrative, and then pauses to reflect on how we hear each story—and how we miss what it is really said.

    For his final presentation, The Letter of James, on December 6th,
    Frank will show how those who had been promised joy and a new life still had problems, not unlike those that people have today. Frank sets the famous letter within the context of the early church… It was only 12 years after Jesus…a time when almost all Christians were also Jewish.

    For more information contact Liz Connelly at 203.245.7301 ex 104


  • Featuring a wide selection treats, including the “select your own baker’s dozen” cookie table, we have you covered from breakfast through dessert. Why not shop our incredible selection of homemade Christmas goodies? Your oven will stay clean and you’ll have more time to spend with friends and family!


  • Adult Confirmation classes will be offered at St George Church in Guilford on Wednesday evenings starting in late November

  • These classes are for adults who have been baptized and made their communion, just a reminder that it is a requirement to be confirmed to serve as a Baptism and Confirmation sponsor
    The schedule is November 28th, Dec 5th and 12th, and January 2nd and 9th and class will meet from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the Ruiz Center.
    Please sign up with Cara Correll at 203-453-2788 or ccorrell@stgeorgeguilford.org.

  • Always Our Children: Retreat Day for LGBQT Communities and Their Families , Saturday, November 17, 2018: 10: 00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Holy Family Retreat Center

  • In an atmosphere of safety and welcome, this retreat day for gay, lesbian and transgender communities and their families will include discussions from families who have worked through the inevitable hopes, joys and concerns of our times. Topics will include family life and spirituality, along with the unique gifts, challenges and hopes that the gay, lesbian and transgender communities bring to our world. The day will include conversation, panel discussions and quiet time to enjoy the beauty of Holy Family. Offering: $35 (includes lunch).

    To register, please call Holy Family Retreat Center at 860-521-0440, or

  • Upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounters

  • Your word, O Lord, is truth. Bring the Lord’s truth into your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

    The next Weekends are Nov 2-4, 2018 in Manchester, CT and Nov 2-4, 2018 in DEDHAM, ME.

    For more information, call Pat & Mary-Jo McLaughlin at 860-315-2127 or visit them at https://wwmectw.org/.


  • 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,

  • MINISTRY TO MARTHA’S PLACE SHELTER: looking for volunteers

  • Martha’s Place is a temporary shelter in New Haven for homeless women and their children who are in transition.

    St. Margaret’s Women’s Fellowship sponsors a ministry that provides a complete meal to these women once every other month, from October to June.

    We each choose which month or months we’d like to participate and the dish we’ contribute. To serve twenty women, we work in teams. Two of us each make a main dish for ten. The remaining team members make a salad or vegetable dish, and a dessert for twenty. We take turns driving and serving the meal at the shelter and are generally home by 7:00 pm.

    We have been enriched and humbled by our experience! If you’d like to join this gentle mission, contact Pat Walsh at 203-512-7900 or speechlady100@yahoo.com.

  • Volunteers Needed to help coordinate weekly “Coffee And” Receptions

  • We are looking for individuals who can continue the good work of this ministry by scheduling and overseeing volunteers to host our weekly coffee and gathering after the 9:30am Mass. No prior experience is necessary, nor will the coordinator(s) have to be present every week. “Coffee And” runs from September through June of each year. Please consider being part of this wonderful Ministry.

    For more information, please contact Liz Connelly at (203) 245-7301 ex 104 or liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.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, October 18. Please note that as requested by Archbishop Blair, Saint Margaret will now offer one hour adoration during the month of October on Thursday the 11th and again on the 25th.  It will begin immediately following the 7:45 a.m. Mass and end at 9:30 a.m., one hour only!

  • Feeling Anxious? Stressed? Depressed? Isolated? Come join the Spiritual Wellness Group, a spiritual based support group.

  • All are welcome including caregivers. The group meets at St. George, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford, CT Church, in the Deacon Ruiz Center adjacent to the rectory from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The meeting dates for this month are: Sunday, October 14th and Sunday, October 28th

  • Little Miracles Parish Lay Ministry: in need of diapers

  • “We, the babies, who are constantly getting helped with clothing, furniture, formula and toys by Little Miracles, are in great need of diapers! Our stock is very low, and our demand for diapers is very high. Please help Little Miracles with any size diapers, so they can provide them to us when we need them. Your help is always appreciated.”

    Marked bins will be located in the Church Hall for your donations.

    Please call Maria at 203 245.7172 or Betty at 203 421.4118 for more information or questions.

  • 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!!

  • You can now pre-order and pay for your grocery cards on-line.

    Click here to complete the
    Grocery Card Pre-Order Form

    Then pick-up your cards at one of the following places/times:

    1. In the Church hall – After all week-end
    2. At the Parish Office (third floor of the
    Parish center): Mon – Fri 9:00am –

    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