• Parish Announcements

  • Weekly “Coffee and” receptions will begin again on Sunday, September 16th after the 9:30am Mass

  • Please join us for the first Coffee And social after the 9:30 mass. If you are interested in hoating or contributing baked goods to any of our weekly “Coffee Ands”, please contact Valerie at toastersmom@gmail.com. Thank you!

  • Dynamic Catholic News

  • This month’s free resource is the CD entitled Faith at Work and the Holy Moment by Matthew Kelly. Limited copies are available and will be distributed this week-end (9/15) at the 5 pm Mass. If you would like a copy and didn’t receive one, please contact Ed and Joanne Arrandale, 203-318-8590, jarrandale@comcast.net

  • JUNK in your TRUNK Community Wide Tag Sale Parking Lot at St. Margaret Church SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 9:00am-1:00pm

  • Sell your items from the trunk of your car or BYOT (bring your own table) for more space. Set-up begins at 8:00am.
    Just $10 per parking space, first come first served basis. Spaces may be purchased the day of the event for $15 if available.

  • Altar Server Training: for all interested parishioners in grades 4 and up

  • The training will consist of the following thee 30 minute sessions:

    Sunday, October 7th – in the church, immediately following the 11:00am Mass
    Sunday, October 14th – in the church, immediately following the 11:00am Mass
    Sunday, October 21st – in the church, immediately following the 11:00am Mass

    Please register your child by contacting Liz Connelly at 203.245.7301 ex 104 or liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com"

  • St. Margaret Family Pasta Night, Saturday, October 13th at 6PM in the Church Hall

  • Hosted by Knights of Columbus and St. Margaret Womens’ Fellowship. We invite all parish members and friends to enjoy a pasta dinner with salad and dessert. We will also have a bingo game, so bring the whole family! BYOB, soft rinks and water will be provided.
    Proceeds to help support our annual scholarship funds.

    Tickets $15 per person, children 12 & under free. On sale after all Masses September 29/30 and October 6/7

    For info and tickets, email KofC5780@gmail.com.

  • A day of reflection is being planned for Saturday, October 13th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Saint George Church and hall

  • The day will include Mass, speakers, time to reflect and share faith stories, and lunch. This event is open to all men and women. More details will be provided in the next weeks.

    For more information please contact Maureen Fuest at 203-245-7607 or email moefuest@aol.com.

  • Childcare volunteers needed for local faith based group: MASTERING MOTHERHOOD

  • Mastering Motherhood is a faith based moms group in Madison CT. We are looking for childcare volunteers. We meet every Thursday from 9:00-11:30AM at Christ Chapel in Madison. We have 6 childcare rooms that need to be staffed with loving volunteers. You will need to be safe placed trained. Christ chapel will take care of all training.
    For more information please email
    Meganpearson16@gmail.com.  
     

  • Pre-K & K Sunday School Program: Volunteers needed

  • We are currently looking for volunteers who would be interested in running our Pre-K and K Sunday school ministry. This is a 16 week program starting in mid-October and ending in mid-March. Classes takes place on Sunday mornings in the church hall during the 9:30am Mass.

    A guide book outlining simple lessons for each class along with suggestions for stories, crafts and activities is available to those who may be interested in learning more about this volunteer role.

    This is wonderful way to become involved with our parish and to help some of our youngest parishioners begin their understanding of our faith in a fun and inviting atmosphere.

    For questions or more information, please contact Liz Connelly at 203.245.7301 or liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com

  • Catechists needed for Religious Education Program

  • Religious Education Classes begin on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and we are in great need of catechists. The only requirement to be a catechist is to have 26 hours plus preparation time during the year.

    Please contact Lauri Sturwold is you are interested in helping.

  • The Archdiocesan Catholic Biblical School is beginning a class for new students this fall in East Haven

  • All are invited to enroll! Thirty classes meet for two hours on Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning in September at the Our Lady of Pompeii campus of St. Pio Parish.

    Contact the Archdiocesan Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis at 860-242-5573, or go online to www.CatholicEdAOHCT.org. Read the Bible, Reap the Spiritual Gifts, and Rise to New Life in Christ Jesus, Our Lord.

  • Wednesday Evening Bible Study will begin meeting again on September 19 at 7:30 PM in the St. Margaret Parish Center

  • We will be studying the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch, or Torah, is composed of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, and because it is the beginning, it’s an important part of our faith. We meet weekly for about an hour, and we have a discussion format that is guided by a commentary. We encourage new members to join us.

    If you have any questions, please call Alan Steines at 203-421-4989.

  • The Great Bible Adventure Course Continues, Four New Courses starting soon:

  • This year, there are four Bible courses subjects being offered at St. George and St. Margaret’s. Please consider participating in one of the courses listed below.

    1. Bible Timeline:
    Mondays at St. George from 9:30 – 11:30 AM for 23 weeks – Starts September 10. Workbook cost— $34.95

    2. Matthew: The King and His Kingdom
    Mondays at St. Margaret from 6:30 – 8:30 PM for 24 weeks – Starts September 10. Workbook cost— $28.95

    3. ACTS:
    Tuesdays at St. Margaret from 6:30 – 8:30 PM for 20 weeks – Starts September 11. Workbook cost— $28.95

    4. Prophets:
    Tuesdays at St. George from 9:30 – 11:30 AM for 10 weeks – Starts September 11. Workbook cost – $28.95
    Thursdays at St. George from 6:30 – 8:30 PM for 10 weeks – Starts September 13. Workbook cost— $28.95

    Please click here for descriptions of each of the four course.

    To register or to answer any questions, please contact Cosette Heimann at 860.338.3076 or Greg Smith at 203.848.5893.

  • CRAFTERS WANTED

  • Applications are now being accepted for the
    St. Margaret Knights of Columbus 16th Annual Craft Show, which will be held on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 in the Church Hall.  For an application, please contact Linda at 203-421-5082 or linsul@comcast.net

  • Annual 40 days for life will be celebrated from September 26 to November 4th.

  • Please think about praying an hour before the Blessed Sacrament on our 24 hour for life day of Adoration to be held from Thursday, October 4th after the 7:45 am Mass until Friday, October 5th before the 7:45 am Mass.

    Please call Janet Crook at 203-245-9409 to sign up for this very worthwhile prayer time or email her at janetscc@comcast.net.

  • RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT WEEKENDS FOR HEALING AFTER ABORTION

  • If you are suffering from an abortion, experience the healing love of Jesus Christ on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekend October 19-21, 2018 in Litchfield, CT The weekend healing process includes discussions, Living Scriptures with meditations, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Memorial Service and Mass of Entrustment. Participation is totally confidential and offers a beautiful opportunity to experience God’s love, forgiveness and compassion. Both women and men have participated in past retreats and have ranged in age from teens to mid-eighties.

    The fee for the weekend is $175.00 for meals, private room and all retreat materials. Scholarships are available for financial assistance.

    For more information contact Marie at 203-631-9030, email her at mlaffin@prolifeministry.org, or visit our website at www.rachelsvineyard.org.

  • ALL INCLUSIVE PILGRIMAGE

  • 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 email Fr. Joe Keough at frjfk@aol.com or call Divine Providence Parish in New Britain at 860-229-4851.

  • Bus tour to Lancaster, Pa: Biblical Production: JESUS May 14-16, 2019

  • All are invited to Save the Date and join St. Margaret Church, Madison parishioners on a 3 day bus tour to Lancaster, PA. The highlight of the tour will be the biblical production of JESUS at the Sight & Sound Theatre. We will stay at the beautiful Eden Resort for 2 nights where we will have two bountiful breakfast buffets. This resort, with all its amenities, may be viewed at www.edenresort.com.
    Dinner will include a meal prepared and served by an Amish family in their home with our second dinner at the Greenfield Restaurant recently purchased and operated by Chef John Moeller who served in the White House as Chef to three First Families and their guests. We will enjoy a visit to the quaint Kitchen Kettle Village where you will enjoy your lunch and many shops and galleries. Also included is a tour of the Amish farmlands and a trip to an Amish barn where artist Elva Hurst will paint in chalk while portraying the story of her life. The tour will conclude with a Mass celebrated by Father Joseph F. Keough at the Chapel of the Franciscan Bernadine Sisters in Reading, PA on the way home. We will also have lunch there following the Mass.
    Cost is $499 pp double, $489 pp triple and $599 single. The trip will include a professional Tour Director and is all inclusive with the exception of lunch.

    If you have any questions, please call Janet Capello (860) 342-3476 or (860) 214-1909 or email at janet.capello@aol.com. This tour books quickly so reserve your seat promptly.

  • ROSARY NOVENA FOR OUR NATION

  • A 54-day Rosary Novena for our Nation will begin at St. Margaret Church at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, feast of the Assumption, prior to the 5:30 Mass. An explanation of this Rosary will be given at that time.
    The parish is invited to come together on August 16, September 6 and 20, and October 4, our Adoration Days, to pray this Rosary Novena at 9:30 a.m. or at 5:00 p.m. on those days. At 4:00p.m. on Sunday, October 7, the last day of the Novena, we come together again as a parish, along with Catholics across the nation to pray the final Rosary for our country.

    Knowing the current state of our country, all are encouraged to participate in this National Novena. On days when we do not gather to recite this Rosary everyone is to say the Rosary daily according to their own schedule.

    More information is available from the website: Rossarycoasttocoast.com, or you may contact Dianne Coyle at raydiance2@sbcglobal.net or 203-421-1196.

  • Forward with Faith: Parish & Archdiocesan Campaign

  • Over the coming months, parishioners will be learning more about and invited to pledge support for this landmark campaign being led by the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation. The mission of this campaign is to invest in long-term and extraordinary projects, entities, and services that are integral to the long-term sustainability of the Archdiocese.
    For more information, please click here.

  • St. Margaret Parish Photo Directories have arrived!!!

  • All parishioners who had their picture taken this past Spring here in the parish hall with the LifeTouch photographers are invited to come to the parish center to pick up your copy of the St. Margaret Parish Photo Directory. The directories are available for pick-up on Mondays and Thursdays between 9:00am and 1:00pm.

    Questions, please contact Liz Connelly at 203.245.7301 ex 104.

  • Little Miracles Parish Lay Ministry: areas of need for volunteers

  • This important lay ministry within our parish provides assistance to woman who choose not to abort their preciously little ones.

    This ministry is needing help in the following ways:
    • Volunteering your time to work at the warehouse in Branford to sort clothes, etc.
    • People with a van or truck to help make deliveries of clothing, food, furniture to families
    • Pick-up and bring donated items to the warehouse.

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

  • St. Margaret is now 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
    Masses
    2. At the Parish Office (third floor of the
    Parish center): Mon – Fri 9:00am –
    4:00pm

    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