• Parish Announcements

  • Adult Volunteer to lead Pre-K/K Sunday School Program

  • At this time, we are looking for an adult volunteer who may be interested in leading our Pre-K/K Sunday School class for this coming year. Lesson plans, stories and associated crafts can be provided.

    The program is open to all children aged 4 & 5 years of age and it meets on Sunday mornings starting in mid-October and runs through the end of March. All classes are held downstairs in the parish hall during the 9:30am Mass.

    The class is comprised of one group typically with 10-15 students. One adult head teacher leads the lesson each week and 1 or 2 high school aged students assist the teacher. Children participate in a variety of crafts, stories and free play aimed at introducing them to basic themes of prayers, biblical stories and the wonders of our church.

    If you have interest or know of anyone who many want to learn more about this role, please feel free to contact Liz Connelly at liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com or 203.245.7301 ext. 104 and we can speak further about this rewarding ministry.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive: Monday, August 19th 10:00am – 3:00pm, Church Hall

  • Walk-ins are welcome.

  • Faith Formation Team: Meet and Greet Week-end, August 24th and 25th

    The members of our St. Margaret Faith Formation Team for grades 1-10 will be speaking at each Mass introducing themselves and providing an overview of their respective programs.

    Following the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, August 25th, parishioners are invited to come to the parish center to meet our new team members, see their beautiful new space and register for classes.

    Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you soon!!

    Reminder : On-line Registration is available for all classes!

    Click on the links below:
    Pre-K/K Sunday School
    Grade 1-8
    Confirmation: Grade 9
    Confirmation Grade 10

    Questions, please contact Ed and Joanne Arrandale, Coordinators of Confirmation, at confirmation@stmargaretchurch.com or Chris McSweeney and Nancy Hoban, Coordinators of Faith Formation for Grades 1-8 at religious.education@stmargaretchurch.com

  • Women’s Fellowship Birthday Party: Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00pm in the Church Hall

  • The Women’s Fellowship is celebrating its 16th birthday with a Sweet Sixteen Celebration this year. All women of the parish are invited to our first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 11th @ 7 PM in the Church Hall. We would love to see you there and to tell you all about our plans for the upcoming year.

    The Fellowship seeks to promote the spiritual welfare of the women of the parish through spiritual, educational, social and fraternal activities. We also provide scholarships to students of the parish for secondary and collegiate education.

    Please mail a check for $15.00 (made out to SMWF) to Maryann Francischelli, 10 Sterling Park, Madison. Membership forms are available on the parish website or at the meeting.

    Questions or more information, please contact Barbra Buckley at Barbra14B@gmail.com

  • First Annual Faith Formation Grades 1-8, Ice Cream Social: Friday, September 13th at 6:30pm in the Parish Center

  • All students in grades 1-8 and parents are invited to come see our new space and kick off the new year!!
    Please RSVP to Nancy or Chris at religious.education@stmargaretchurch.com

  • “When he calls to me, I will answer him…” Psalm 91:15

  • Our first year Confirmation candidates are looking for catechists to guide them in their Faith Formation. No experience necessary other than a love of Christ and a passion to spread His good news. You will be supported every step of the way.

    Please contact Ed and Joanne Arrandale, co-coordinators of our Confirmation Program, at confirmation@stmargaretchurch.com for details on the new program.
    Ed and Joanne Arrandale, confirmation@stmargaretchurch.com, 203-318-8590

  • Monthly Canned Tuna & Soup Collection September 7th & 8th:After all Masses

  • All donations go to the Madison Food Pantry and our Little Miracles.

    Thank you for your continued support!

  • The Great Adventure Bible Study offering 7 new courses for the Fall at St. Margaret and St. George parishes

  • Please click here to learn more about the new course offerings for this coming Fall.

  • Knights of Columbus and Women’s Fellowship 2019 Scholarship Recipients

  • The Knights of Columbus and St. Margaret Women’s Fellowship would like to congratulate this year’s annual scholarship recipients! Scholarships are awarded to students attending college, trade school, and parochial high school. Pictured above with Mark LoStocco (KofC), Fr. Dan and Rita Gould (SMWF) are this year’s recipients: Joseph Marotta, Gabriella Wira, Patrick Fahey, Bridget Phillips, Matthew McSweeney, and Benjamin Buzzeo. Not pictured are: Brittany Bakula, Joseph Stark and Charles Cohen, who were the recipients of the St. Joseph The Worker award for students entering trade school. Congratulations to this year’s recipients, and to all the recent graduates from our Parish!

  • 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

  • Attention Altar Servers, Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers

  • Please click on the attached link to submit your Availability Form for the upcoming September-December Ministry Schedule. All Availability forms are due by Friday, August 16th and the schedule will be available to review by August 23rd.

  • 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.

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

  • We have raised $928,480.34 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.

    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

  • 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