• Parish Announcements

  • Attention Altar Servers, Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers: Please sign-up to serve at one of the Christmas Masses*

  • Please click here to submit your availability for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses.

    All Availability forms are due by Friday, November 22nd and the schedule will be available for review on Wednesday, December 4th.

  • Clothing Drive Success! A Big Thank You to All

  • The 10th Grade Confirmation Classes of Mrs. Boretsky and Mr. Cropp would like to thank the many parishioners who brought in donations to the Clothing Drive. In this single weekend, the students collected 75 bags of winter clothing, more than 300 coats and blankets, 13 sleeping bags, and 120 hand-knit hats. Donations will benefit Loaves and Fishes, Life Haven, the Grand Avenue Men’s Shelter, and the homeless in New Haven. The Corporal Works of Mercy are indeed present at St. Margaret Church! May God bless you all!

  • Up-Coming Parish Events:

  • Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

  • During the month of November, we are called to remember in a special way all those who have died. On Friday, November 1st and through the end of November, a “Book of the Names of the Dead”, will be available in the sanctuary with the names of the deceased members of our parish of St. Margaret. These individuals (those recorded in years past along the the new names added this year) will be remembered before the Lord during November.

  • New Altar Servers Wanted!

  • As we approach the busy season of Advent and Christmas, it is a perfect time to recruit and train new Altar Servers (4th grade and up). Please encourage your child to help in this important part of our faith. It is a special blessing to have your child learn the duties of serving at Mass.

    Training Dates:
    Sunday, November 10th: 12:00noon – 1:30pm
    Sunday, November 17th: 12:00noon – 1:30pm
    Training will take place in the church

    To sign up, please contact Liz Connelly at liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com

  • November 13th at 6:30 PM, Women’s Fellowship: Carry-in supper in the Church Hall

  • The meeting will also host a presentation by Gina Wallace from the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven,
    Please call Ann Aungst (203 421-7459) to RSVP and indicate if you are bringing a main dish, a side or a desert.

  • Two showings of the Movie “UnPlanned”: Wednesday, November 13th at 1:30pm and Thursday, November 14th at 6:30pm in the Church Hall

  • All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the states, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions ad counseled countless women about their reproductive choices,. Her passion surrounding a women’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.

    Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days for Life, & become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers ever.

    Please join us in the Church Hall on Wednesday, November 13th at 1:30pm or
    Thursday, November 14th at 6:30pm.

    Free will offerings will be appreciated.

    Please click here to view the trailer for this movie.

  • Family Gift Sharing Program with St. Martin de Porres: Family Profiles available starting November 9th in the Church Hall

  • We are excited to announce the 41st year of Family to Family gift sharing with St Martin de Porres in New Haven. The weekend of Nov 9 & 10th and Nov 16 & 17th profiles will be available in the Church Hall after all masses. Help us make this as successful as the previous 40 years. Questions, please contact Tom Burland at tfburland@gmail.com.

  • Thanksgiving/Christmas drive FOOD DRIVE: November 16 & 17 after all Masses.

  • This annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Food Drive allows parishioners to donate needed food items to help stock the shelves of the Madison Community Services and our Little Miracles ministry.

    Collection bags with a list of needed items will be distributed to parishioners on November 9th and 10th.

    Please return all bags along with your donations to the church hall on the weekend of November 16th and 17th.

    On Sunday, November 17th, we welcome volunteers to assist in the collection and sorting of all donated items after the 9:30 AM Mass in the Church Hall.

    Any question or to volunteer with this drive please contact Maryann Francischelli at 203-318-8417.

  • SMYLE will be hosting a Boots to Suits Drive on Sunday, November 24th after all Masses

  • Our Parish youth group, SMYLE, will be leading the effort this year to facilitate on behalf of Save a suit.com in Bethel, CT, the Boots to suits clothing drive formerly run by our gracious Knights of Columbus.

    SMYLE members ask for your generosity as we accept business attire in the form of suits, blouses, ties, jackets and slacks for our service men and women returning from duty seeking gainful employment.

    Our drive will take place on Sunday, November 24th after all Masses.

    Please drop off items on our Parish Hall before or after mass. SMYLE thanks you for your generosity and your Patriotism.

  • St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship Christmas Luncheon: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 12:30 PM at Cafe Allegre

  • Please join us for our annual Christmas Luncheon. Cost is $30 ($35 for non-members). Choice of Chicken Francaise, Sole Florentine, Eggplant Parmigiana, Beef or Salmon. All entrees include choice of 1 glass of soda, wine or beer; house salad; choice of dessert; coffee or tea. Tax and gratuity are included with the price.

    RSVP by 12/2: please click here to print and complete the RSVP form and mail it along with payment to Ann Aungst at
    40 Hammonassett Meadows
    Madison, CT 06443.

  • Save the Date: 2020 March for Life, January 23-24, 2020

  • Join the Archdiocese of Hartford on its
    Pro-Life Pilgrimage to Washington D.C. for the 2020 March for Life.

    The cost for bus and breakfast at the hotel is $115 per person. Also included:Mass with Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and Breakfast speaker Dr. Monique Ruberu, Ob/Gyn.

    For more information on how to register and a detailed schedule of the pilgrimage, please visit www.prolifeministry.org

  • Parish Lay Ministries: News and Requests for Volunteers

  • Christmas Tree Needed!

  • We are in need of a 6-7ft artificial tree that is pre-lit with white lights for the church hall. The tree that has adorned the hall for many years is being retired. Please keep the church in mind as you are cleaning out your attics and basements or happen to have an extra that you no longer need. Contact Ann Aungst at 203-245-7459 with any questions. As always, thank you for your generosity.

  • Diaper Drive for Little Miracles, sponsored by Women’s Fellowship: November 3rd – November 10th

  • The Women’s Fellowship has long supported Little Miracles. One of their urgent and on-going needs is for diapers. In November, the Fellowship is conducting a Diaper Drive for Little Miracles. The drive will take place from November 3rd to the 10th. Little Miracles is in most need of sizes: infant, 4 & 5. Diapers may be left in the lower level of the church.
    Questions, please contact Barbra Buckley

  • Toiletry Drive – Please Help

  • Kindly remember the homeless and the needy when you are vacationing. The single item soaps, shampoos, lotions ,,,, which we all collect at hotels and inns are greatly appreciated by those less fortunate. Please bring them to the church and leave them in the basket in the room located to the left when you enter the main entry to the church on Academy Street. Any extra toiletry items that you might have at home or would be willing to purchase would be wonderful too. Thank you!

  • Little Miracles, drop-off locations

  • The area to drop off donations for Little Miracles is the coat room in the lower church. The coat room is located to the left of the handicapped rest room. We ask that before donations are dropped off, please call Barbara Ciotti at 203-464-2644. Please note that the outside doors to the lower church are usually locked during the day. Donations can be left by the door to the hall while you enter the church through the front door (Academy Street) Descend down through the cry room and into the hall where you can retrieve your donations and place them in the designated room.

    St. George Church also has a drop off spot designated for Little Miracles. It is located in the red bard behind the church. Enter the right side door. Straight back you will see our area marked.

  • The Hospitality Ministry hosts the Weekly Coffee and receptions each week after the 9:30am Mass

  • All parishioners are welcome to join us downstairs in the Church Hall!

    Volunteers willing to provide homemade baked goods, fresh fruit or veggies are always needed and appreciated. Please click here to sign-up to help.

    Please contact Valerie Zajac at toastersmom@gmail.com if you are able to help.

  • St. Margaret Music News

  • If you enjoy singing, please join us. New members are always welcome!

    Contemporary Choir – The Contemporary Choir sings at the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday, Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the church. In addition to singers, the choir invites instrumentalists (guitar, percussion, flute, etc. to join them).

    Traditional Choir – This choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in the church.

    Cantors – The cantors sing the responsorial psalm and lead the parish in singing the hymns and Mass parts. It is not necessary to sing every week. Training and rehearsal time is provided. A brief meeting and audition is required.

    Instrumentalists – We invite instrumentalists to play at weekend Masses. High School age musicians are encouraged to share their talent with the Parish as their schedule allows.

    For more information, please contact
    Beth Stone, the music director at
    (203) 245-7301, extension 110 or at Elizabeth.Stone@StMargaretchurch.com

  • Evening Bible Study Group

  • The evening bible study group has weekly meetings from September – June which include a Hebrew scripture reading, a song to fit the theme or day, and a prayer session.

    Members choose a book in the Bible to study, and follow prepared discussion points.

    New members are always welcome.

    Contact Alan Steines 203-421-4989 or sasteines@hotmail.com

  • Calling all Crafters

  • Applications are now being accepted for the St. Margaret Knights of Columbus 17th Annual Craft Show, Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9 in the Church Hall.

    Handmade items only, no direct sales.

    For an application, please contact Linda at (203) 421-5082 or linsul@comcast.net

  • Eucharistic Adoration: Requesting Volunteers

  • 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.

  • 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, September 4th 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.

  • Wellness Group: welcomes anyone feeling Anxious, Stressed, Isolated or Depressed

  • 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.

    For further information contact Deacon Adam Michaele at (203) 530-4466 or Rose Michaele at (203) 815-3716.

  • 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

  • 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 address and phone number.

    Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

  • 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

  • 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