• Community Building & Outreach Ministries

  • Family to Family Gift Sharing: St Martin De Pores Church: For the past 37 years St. Margaret parishioners, have worked with ministries at St Martin’s to insure families in need have Christmas presents. Each year approximately 160 families have gifts on Christmas morning because of the generosity of this program. Started and shepherded by John McDonald, the program is now facilitated by Helen and Tom Burland, Elizabeth and Art DeCillis, Julie and Hugh O’Toole. Family profiles are available the 3rd week of November and gifts should be dropped off the 2nd weekend in December.
    Contact Tom and Helen Burland 203-245-0153 tfburland@gmail.com

  • Helping Hands Ministry:
    Helping Hands is a volunteer-driven ministry of the Knights of Columbus. This ministry provides free “handyman” services to our local neighbors in need. Yard clean-up, snow removal, dump runs and other minor maintenance 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.
    For information, or if you need our help, please Contact Grand Knight Justin Murphy at 203-952-8752 or HelpingHandsCT@outlook.com

  • Family to Family Gift Sharing: St. Francis & St. Rose of Lima School: St. Margaret Parish has had a very long standing holiday sharing program with students at the merged St. Francis and St. Rose Elementary School in Fair Haven. Our parishioners “adopt” a family and provide gifts for this family for their celebration of the Epiphany on January 6th.
    Contact Michael and Connie Piccione 203-245-3622 mikepiccione1@gmail.com

    Women’s Fellowship/ St. Francis & St. Rose School Ministry: Sponsored by the St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship, a few women go to the combined St. Francis and St. Rose School in New Haven with Advent and Lenten programs. They bring activities, projects and snacks when visiting the school. Homemade cookies are provided to the children for decoration as well.

    Women’s Fellowship: The purpose of St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship is to promote the spiritual welfare of the women of St. Margaret Parish through religious, educational, social and fraternal activities. Membership is open to all women of the parish. The Fellowship holds monthly general membership meetings planned to enlighten, entertain and promote friendship among the members. Our Fellowship supports parish events and conducts outreach activities.
    Contact President, Barbra Buckley at Barbra14B@gmail.com

    Hospitality Committee: This committee bakes and serves at the social following the 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday mornings. The purpose is to provide fellowship, and welcome new parishioners while encouraging them to meet others in the parish.
    Volunteers are always needed to help make baked goods and host one or more of the weekly receptions. Please click here to sign-up to help.

    Contact Valerie Engler at toastersmom@gmail.com

    Special Reception Committee: primarily involved with providing receptions in the Church Hall for funerals. The committee will do other special receptions as requested.
    Contact Ann Aungst 203-245-7459 ANNAUNGST@comcast.net

    Monthly Soup and Tuna Drive: Monthly soup and tuna collections are held at the church on the first weekend of each month. The donations are brought to the Madison Food Pantry and Little Miracles.
    Contact Maryann Francischelli 203-318-8417 fourfirstnames@sbcglobal.net

    Bi-Annual Food Drives: Two food drives are conducted on: Thanksgiving and Easter. All donations go to the Food Pantry, operated by Madison Community Services and Little Miracles.
    Contact Maryann Francischelli 203-318-8417 fourfirstnames@sbcglobal.net

    Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council: Catholic laymen who do a variety of good works in support of our parish and our community; raising money to support VISTA and SARAH; working with Habitat for Humanity; raising money for scholarships for students entering Catholic high schools and colleges; supporting the Madison Food Pantry and Operation American Soldier.
    Contact Justin Murphy at kofc5780@gmail.com

    Little Miracles Pro-Life Group: Little Miracles is a local crisis pregnancy outreach program. Volunteers pray with and counsel pregnant women and distribute pro-life literature. They also provide food, clothing, baby accessories and furnishings for those women who have chosen life for their child.
    Contact Barbara Ciotti at bciotti@aol.com

    Ministry for the Homeless & Less Fortunate of New Haven:
    Toiletries are collected on a weekly basis in the usher’s closet. These are distributed to shelters and to those of low income through a larger, long standing ministry at St. George Church in Guilford.
    Contact Michael & Connie Piccione 203-245-3622 conniepiccione@gmail.com

    Bridge Group: Meets at the Parish Center every Tuesday from 1:00-3:00 PM.
    Contact: Laurel Cavanagh: 203.421.5344, DENISMADISON@aol.com

    SMYLE Youth Group: St. Margaret Youth Leadership Enterprise is open to all parish high school students for educational, spiritual, social and service opportunities.
    Contact Sean McAuley: Leader of SMYLE, at vermont2ski@gmail.com
    Pamela Engelhart: Co-Chair of SMYLE, at pengelhart3@icloud.com
    Jack Mader: Co-Chair of SMYLE, at mader.jonathan02@gmail.com

    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