• Parish Announcements

  • 2019 Contributions to St. Margaret Church

  • Parishioners who wish to receive a summary of their contributions made to St. Margaret Church for the 2019 year, are asked to click here to complete the attached 2019 Tax Request Form drop it off or mail to the parish office located at 39 Academy Street, Madison, CT.
    Paper copies of this form are available in the weekly bulletin.

  • SMYLE youth group will meet this Sunday 1/19 at 4:30pm in the Faith Formation room at the Parish center

  • All SMYLE members are invited and those looking to join are invited. This important meeting will kick off 2020 and provide details on our fundraisers, activities and Mission Trip this summer in Brooklyn, NY. Please join us.

    For more information about SMYLE and their upcoming Mission Trip, please click here.
    Questions, please email Jen Papa at jenniferarcherpapa@gmail.com or call Sean McAuley at 203 848 9420.

  • Walking With Purpose

  • Walking with Purpose is a parish based Bible study ministry for adult women who desire to grow in their Catholic Faith and are seeking connections with like minded women. It is for women of all ages who ask themselves, “Isn’t there more to life than this?”. Women of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome.

    A six week program will begin here at St. Margaret on Thursday, February 27th through Thursday, April 2nd during Lent. Each week there will be a day time session at 1PM and an evening session at 7PM. Each session will be held here at St. Margaret Parish Center.

    Click here for more information about Walking with Purpose.

    To register for the 6 week session here at St. Margaret, contact Maureen Fuest at 203 245-7607, moefuest@aol.comor Jane Ash 203 488-7015 or Jan O’Reilly at 1 201 370-5635.

    Reservations need to be made by February 24th.

  • 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.

    If your child is interested in becoming an Altar Server, please contact Liz Connelly at liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com and we can make arrangements for training at a time that is convenient.

  • Eucharistic Ministers Needed

  • We are in need of Eucharistic Ministers to administer Holy Communion to the residents at Madison House and Watrous Nursing Center on Sundays, once or twice a month.
    Please contact Liz Connelly if you are able to help.

  • Community Events of Interest

  • Retrovaille Weekend for Troubled Marriages

  • If your marriage has become troubled and stressed, unloving or uncaring, even if you are divorced or separated but want to try again, the Retrouvaille program can help. Retrouvaille provides tools to communicate better, resolve conflicts fairly, and re-discover why you fell in love.
    The next upcoming week-end is January 17-19, 2020.

    For more information, call 1-800-470-2230 or email cherylandsteve@cox.net or visit our web-site helpourmarriage.com

  • 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

  • The Beginning Experience®: Coping with Life Alone in the Beginning. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. John’s Church in Middletown, CT from 8:45 am – 3:30 pm.

  • For all who are divorced, widowed, or separated there is a special heartache in finding oneself alone.

    DIVORCED, SEPARATED AND WIDOWED MEN AND WOMEN of all ages are encouraged to attend this program.

    $40 registration includes coffee ‘and’ in the morning plus lunch. For more information and an application for yourself or for a friend, please call: Victoria A. at 860 993-5469 or Maria D. at 860 347-5188 Email: info@beginningexperiencect.org.

    For more information, go to: www.beginningexperience.org

  • RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT WEEKEND FOR HEALING AFTER ABORTION, March 20th – 22,2020

  • If you are suffering from an abortion, experience the healing love of Jesus Christ on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekend March 20 – 22, 2020 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, or email her at “laffin@prolifeministry.org”mailto:laffin@prolifeministry.org, or visit our website at rachel’svinyard.org

  • Annual Women’s Retreat: Friday, March 27th – Sunday, March 29th at Our Lady of Cavalry Retreat Center in Farmington, CT

  • Open to all women from Saint Margaret and Saint George Parishes. This year’s theme is “How Can I Keep from Singing”and is inspired by an old American hymn: How Can I Keep from Singing? This hymn and our retreat are all about perspective.  During our retreat we will discover how to hear “that music” ringing in our own souls and also in our world, by learning how to listen deeply to this love-song of the Spirit, that is forever calling us and teaching our hearts to sing.

    The offering for our women’s weekends is $275.

    Register by clicking here to complete the Registration form or call (860) 677-8519.

    For more information, please
    contact Maureen Fuest at 203 245-7607.

  • Parish Lay Ministries: News and Requests for Volunteers

  • Toiletry Drive – Please Help

  • Kindly remember the homeless and the needy when you are vacationing. Single item soaps, shampoos and lotions which we each 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!

  • 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

  • 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