• Parish Announcements

  • 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.

  • The next “BEYOND CONFIRMATION” Session will be on Sunday, August 19th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in the Parish Center

  • Father Bernard Murphy of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal from the Bronx, NYC will lead a riveting session.
    Please RSVP to Dr. Charles Wira charles.wira@yale.edu, text 203-435-7329. Pizza to be provided.

  • 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.

  • Dynamic Catholic Parish Lay Ministry: Monthly Free Book

  • This month’s free book from Dynamic Catholic is “77 ways to Pray with Your Kids” by Jerry Windley-Daoust. It will be distributed this week-end after the 11 am Mass.

    If you would like a copy, please contact Ed and Joanne Arrandale at 203-318-8590 or jarrandale@comcast.net

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

  • All are invited to attend the upcoming meeting of Little Miracles Ministry on Wednesday, August 22nd at 1:00pm in the parish center. 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.

  • Please join Dynamic Catholic and speaker JONATHAN FANNING on: September 8, 2018 9:00 am to 1:30 pm St. Mary Church, 731 Main St., Branford

  • What if each Catholic prayed for ten minutes and read five pages of a great book every day? What if every Catholic did one thing each week to intentionally share God’s message with others?

    Come and discover how four life-changing habits can point you towards discovering incredible possibilities for your life. You will leave the event with a personal plan to help you become the best version of yourself.

    Visit Dynamic Catholic to purchase tickets and for more information.

    Discounted tickets can be purchased through Ed and Joanne Arrandale at a special Buy One-Get One Free price of $25 for two tickets. Please email them at Joanne Arrandale

    Who should attend? The event is appropriate for ages 12+; youth are encouraged to attend! Husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, single or married, young or old, Catholic or non-Catholic: you are invited.

    When was the last time you invested in your life? It’s time. You are worth it!

  • 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

  • Dignity of Life Seminar, Thursday August 23rd

  • The Church of Saint Margaret along with The Catholic Cemetery Association will be hosting a presentation focused on educating our Parish families about the challenges facing practically every family: Maintaining the dignity of life during end-of-life decisions. The Catholic Cemeteries Association will conduct the Seminar with the assistance of an Elder Care Attorney, and Funeral Director. They will answer questions on how to manage these elements of the golden years. The seminar should take about one hour and 30 minutes. Refreshments will be served.

    These sessions will be offered here in the Church Hall at 1:00 PM and at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018.

    To Register, please call Liz Connelly in the church office, at 203 245-7301 ex 104.

  • Faith & Family Day: Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Game, Saturday, August 25th at 6:05pm, Dunkin Donuts Park

  • Come spend an evening enjoying Yard Goats Baseball with your paish community at Dunkin Donuts Park! Featuring: reserved seating, pre-game fireworks display, official group welcome on video-board, pre-game forum on Faith with YG players, post-game community leadership ceremony.

    Tickets are $11.00 each. All altar servers are invited to attend free of charge,.
    Please click here to print out the Ticket Order Form and return with payment to the parish office by Friday, August 17th.

  • Women’s Fellowship Membership Drive and Please join us for our Homecoming Meeting on Wednesday 9/12/2018 at 7pm in the Church Hall

  • St. Margaret’s Women’s Fellowship is having their annual membership drive and would like to invite all the women from the shoreline parishes to join us. The purpose of the Fellowship is to promote the spiritual welfare of women through religious, service, educational and social activities.

    Please join us for our Homecoming Meeting on Wednesday 9/12/2018 at 7pm in the Church Hall

    A one year membership (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019) is $15 which supports programming, charitable donations and our scholarship fund. It also entitles you to a discounted ticket at several events during the year. Our first event will be our Homecoming in September at St. Margaret. Further information will be coming.

    Please click here to print out a copy of the Membership Form or email SMWF2017@gmail.com.

    For further information, call Maryann Francischelli at 203-318-8417

  • Knights of Columbus Installation of new officers and invitation to new members

  • The Knights of Columbus council of St. Margaret Parish celebrated the installation of new officers on June 9th after the 5PM Mass, followed by dinner in the Church Hall.

    If you would like to serve your parish, serve your community and walk in faith with brother Knights and their families, then consider joining the Knights of Columbus.

    Questions or interest, please email KofC5780@gmail.com

  • 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

  • St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship College Scholarships Recipients

  • St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship is pleased to announce the 2018 Scholarship winners. Maggie King is a High School senior, attending St. Michael’s College in the fall and Erin Mason, currently attending Stonehill College. These young women exemplify living their Christian Faith in their daily lives by sharing the love of Christ with others through their actions.

    Congratulations! Thank you to all of the applicants for submitting thoughtful essays. Your well thought out and insightful views inspired us all.

  • Knights of Columbus 2018 Scholarship Recipients

  • Every year, St. Margaret’s Sacred Heart Council of the Knights of Columbus awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors going on to college and to graduating eighth grade students going on to a Catholic high school.

    Please join us in congratulating the following parishioners who were recipients of the 4 scholarships awarded for this year:

    Katherine Shaughnessy, Mark Hershnik Scholarship, ($1000)

    Christopher Arrandale, Sal DeLeo Scholarship, ($750)

    Tucker Rathe, William Hannan Scholarship, ($750)

    Emily Connelly, George Francischelli Scholarship, ($750)

  • Church hall Kitchen Renovation: project update 

  • In the glass enclosed front display bulletin board, there is a story board showing how the new kitchen will appear after the renovation.

    Please be advised that no events or activities can be held in the church hall and/or kitchen during the renovations which will run from Monday, June 11th – July 29th.

    Please contact Chris Dowler at 203-627-5427 to volunteer.

  • Registration for 2018-2019 Religious Education & Confirmation Programs is now open

  • In order to reserve a space for your child, please register your child as soon as possible:

    Please click on the appropriate links below to download copies of the registration forms for your child:

    2018-19 Religious Education Registration: Returning Students in Grade 1 thru Gr 8

    2018-19 Religious Education Registration: New students in Gr 1 thru Gr 8

    2018-2019 Registration Form for First Year Confirmation Students

    2018-2019 Registration for Second Year Confirmation Students

    Questions and further details are available by contacting:

    Lauri Sturwold, Director of Religious Education Program
    203 245.7301 ex 107 or lauri.sturwold@stmargaretchurch.com

    Monica Piombino, Director of Confirmation Program
    203 245.7301 ex 108 or monica.piombino@stmargaretchurch.com

  • 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.

  • Our weekly Coffee and receptions will resume in September. Please consider helping to bake and/or host. We need your help!

  • Would you consider hosting one or more coffee socials after the 9:30 mass? It is a great way to meet fellow parishioners.

    We also need people willing to bake an item or two . You do not need to commit to every week. You decide and let us know what works for you. Join in the hospitality fun!

    Please contact Valerie Engler at toastersmom@gmail.com for questions and info.

  • 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