• Parish Announcements

  • Car Wash Fundraiser for SMYLE, Saturday, June 8th

  • Please support our SMYLE members as they prepare fore their annual mission trip. Saturday, June 8th from 9:30am – 1:30pm in the St. Margaret Church parking lot.

    Requested donation-$10

    Thank you in advance for supporting our mission trip to Worcester, MA in July and for keeping us in your prayers!

  • Graduation Mass and Reception for all our High School Senior Graduates: Sunday, June 16th at 9:30am

  • There will be a special Mass, a blessing, gift and a reception in honor of all the youth graduating from High School. Reception will immediately follow in the church hall. Family members of all graduates are invited and encouraged to attend.

    Please RSVP by Monday, June 10th to Monica Piombino.

  • Alzheimer’s Association Family Caregiver Series at St. George Parish, Guilford: Begins June 5

  • The Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter is offering a free three-part Caregiver Education Series for family and friends of people with any type of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. This three part series will take place at St. George Parish, 33 Whitfield St, Guilford, CT 06437. The classes will begin on Wednesday, June 5 from 7 p.m. to 8:30. Other class dates are June 12 and June 19. Guest speakers will address the following topics:
    • June 5 – Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
    • June 12 – Effective Communication Strategies, including Strategies for Dementia-Related Behaviors
    • June 19 – Keeping the Caregiver Healthy, Community Resources and Safety Considerations
    For questions or to register for one or more sessions in this free education series, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-203-230-1777, ext. 9706 (Hamden Office) or mtomasetti@alz.org. Pre-registration is requested to help plan for materials. Thank you.

  • Announcement of On-line Registration for All Religious Education Classes for the up-coming 2019-2020 school year

  • We are excited to announce that our Religious Education program which includes Pre-K/Sunday School, Grades 1-8 and Confirmation, Grades 9 & 10 will be moving to online registration for the upcoming 2019-20 school year!

    Please be on the lookout for an email with a link to this registration in the next few weeks. Paper copies will be available in the parish center if you choose to register through the mail.

    Enjoy the remainder of the school year. We look forward to seeing everyone in the Fall!

  • Little Miracles will be accepting donations from Mother’s Day weekend through the end of May

  • Items may be dropped off at the Parish Center, Monday through Friday, 9:00-4:30, starting Monday, May 13th until Friday, May 31st. Upon entering the Parish Center, go to the first classroom 107 in the hallway on the right.

    We will accept the following items:
    *diapers (sizes 4, 5 & 6)
    *baby wipes
    *boys and girls gently used clothing (from newborn to size 7, winter or summer)
    *toys (with no pieces/parts missing), *strollers
    *pack ‘n plays
    *cribs
    *car seats (for any age)
    *and other miscellaneous baby/toddler items.

    If you have any questions please call Valerie LeShane, 203-314-5677 or Barbara Ciotti, 203-464-2644.

  • Knights of Columbus Scholarships

  • 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 click on the links below to view and print out a copy of the appropriate application:

    Application for graduating eighth grade students going on to a Catholic high school

    Application for graduating Seniors going on to College

    Completed applications must be mailed and postmarked by May 31, 2019 in order to be considered for this year’s awards.

  • St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship Offers Scholarships: extended deadline!!

  • St. Margaret’s Women’s Fellowship College Scholarships
    TWO $750 college scholarships will be awarded this year. One scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who plans to attend a college, university or trade school in September; and the second to a student currently attending college.

    Applications are available by clicking on the links below:

    Application for current high school Senior
    Application for current college student
    Paper copies are also available at entrances to the Church.

    Completed applications/essays must be postmarked by May 31, 2019. Applications/Essays received after that date will not be considered.

    For any questions, contact Rita at mgould89@comcast.net.

  • Knights of Columbus-“ Operation American Soldier Initiative”

  • As part of our Memorial Day initiative to support our ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS, we are taking up a collection of:

    • “Taste of Home” Items
    • Monetary donations
    • Notes & cards of appreciation

    Collections of these items will take place downstairs in the Parish Hall after each mass on May 18/19 and May 25/26 (Memorial Day Week-end)

    All items will be sent to our Service Personnel in Middle East Combat zones.

    Please click here to view a list of needed items for Operation American Soldier
    This list of needs will also be in the bulletin and on the boards at the Front and Sacristy exits of the Church for reference.

  • Attention Altar Servers, Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers

  • Please click here to view the Ministry Schedule May-August 2019
    Questions, please contact Liz Connelly at liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com

  • 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 contact Fr. Joe Keough at 860-229-4851.

  • Requesting Volunteers for Eucharistic Adoration

  • Have we got a deal for you! It won’t cost you a penny, you don’t have to attend any meetings or make any phone calls. Your rewards will be priceless. Lent is the perfect time for you to give this a trial run. Leave the world outside the church doors and sit one hour with our Lord Jesus, exposed in the Blessed Sacrament.

    We have had many faithful adorers over the ten years we have been offering adoration. Unfortunately, for many different reasons, we have lost many of those faithful. But every one would tell you the same thing, that was the best hour of their week.

    If you would like to have a closer relationship with Jesus, please consider any hour that will fit your schedule,it is very open. This is something you do for YOU.

    Of the 2000+ families in our parish, we currently have less than 50 people who attend adoration on a regular basis. Please, help us change that number, and in the process, feel the peace you can only experience by knowing Jesus in this way Try it for Lent.

    For more information, contact Andrea Puglia at drea1827@yahoo.com" or 203-245-0381.

  • 2019 ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL

  • As Catholics in the Archdiocese of Hartford we have a profound impact on our local communities not only in the spiritual realm, but intimately connected to it, the realm of social services and many charities and outreach services performed by, or with help from, our Church.

    For the third year in a row, in 2018, the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Vicariate Outreach Program provided over $1,000,000 to over 200 local organizations in Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties. Organizations such as Young Neighbors In Action as well as the Wellness Program right here in our own town received funding from the Appeal’s Vicariate Outreach Program, that makes a difference in serving our neighbors.

    All funds contributed to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal are used exclusively for the purposes outlined in the Appeal literature, which can be found archdioceseofhartford.org/aaa-
    No Appeal funds are ever used for legal fees or settlements.

  • Save the Date: Vacation Bible School: July 22- July 26th; 9am – 12noon

  • We are happy to announce that we have joined with the parish staff and volunteers at St. George Church in Guilford to provide an inter parish VBS program to our young parishioners. Together our two parishes offer a wealth of experience and volunteer enthusiasm which will make for an even better faith and fun filled week!!

    When: Monday, July 22nd – Friday, July 26th: 9:00am to 12 Noon
    Where: on the grounds of St. George Church in Guilford.
    Suggested Fees are as follows: 1 child- $20 2 children-$35 3+ children- $40

    Open to all children age 3 (by June 2019) to grade 6

    Volunteers in grades 7 and up are welcome to help.

    Please click on the links below to register and/or to sign up as a volunteer:

    VBS Camper Registration Form

    VBS Volunteer Sign-up Form

    For more information, please call Liz Connelly at 203.245.7301 ex 104

  • We have reached our GOAL with the Forward with Faith Campaign !! Thank you for your generous support !!

  • We have raised $918,000 so far for the Forward with Faith Campaign. This puts us at our stated goal. Thank you to all who have generously contributed towards this goal.

    If you have not done so already, please still consider making a donation to the Forward with Faith campaign. Now that we have reached our stated goal, 80% of all monies raised will go directly to St. Margaret parish.

    Please click here for additional information about the Forward with Faith campaign

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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