• General Parish Announcements

  • Join us for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Blessing of the Creche on Saturday, December 4th after the 4:00pm Vigil Mass

  • All are invited to join with Fr. Phil outside the front of the church after Mass as he blesses the outside creche. We will also be lighting the Christmas tree. Due to current restrictions, we will not be able to have our annual Children’s Christmas Party following the Tree Lighting this year, but all are welcome to enjoy some carols and cocoa !!

  • The Nativity Story: Art of the Crèche at The Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center on Friday, December 17th at 1:00pm

  • This exhibition is derived fully from the Center’s extensive collection and shares many examples of how the Nativity has been depicted in art across the globe as well as the popularity and significance of this annual Christian observance worldwide.
    Limit of 25 people will be permitted on this private tour. To reserve a spot, please contact the parish office at 203 245-7301.

  • Help Needed for one of our Parish Ministries

  • Little Miracles, a parish ministry that helps families in need in our area, are in desperate need of a new warehouse to use for the storage of the many things donated to them for the work they do. (A location accessible to I-95 would be most desirable.) If you can provide a space or know someone who can, please send that information to either Chris Lee at mclee1963@yahoo.com or Tom Keogh at tomkeogh@snet.net as soon as possible. The Parish Council thanks you in advance for your consideration in this matter.

  • Have you thought about becoming Catholic? 

  • Do you know someone who might be interested in becoming Catholic? Were you baptized in the Church but never received your First Communion and Confirmation?  A new group is forming for this year’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for those adults who either have never been baptized and those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition who would like to become Catholic, as well as for those who were baptized Catholic, but never made their First Communion or Confirmation.
    If you would like to become Catholic or complete your initiation into the Catholic faith, please contact Fr. Dillon at pator@stgeorgeguilford.org

  • Tolton: From Slave to Priest: Sunday, December 5th at 7:00pm at Polson Middle School Auditorium, 302 Green Hill Road, Madison.

  • A powerful live production performed by actor Jim Coleman and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, will be presented at Polson Middle School Auditorium, 302 Green Hill Road, Madison. on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00pm.

    Meet Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest, in this one-man multimedia performance. From his dramatic escape from slavery to his courageous struggle in the face of prejudice, Fr. Tolton’s inspiring life centers around his message reconciliation and hope. This riveting drama is filled with all the elements of professional theater, runs 75 minutes, and is suitable for ages 10 and up.

    Admission is a free-will offering. Reservations are required. Please click here to reserve your seats For additional information, contact Ed and Joanne Arrandale at confirmation@stmargaretchurch.com

  • Join us at “Common Grounds” ….

  • Under a new name, our weekly parish social gathering after the 9:30am Mass will start again on Sunday, October 10th.
    Coffee will be served on a made to order basis. Individually sealed drinks and food items will be available for parishioners to enjoy as they visit with each other in our new outdoor courtyard space outside the church hall.

    Anyone interested in helping is welcome to get involved. We are always in need of individually wrapped backed goods,. juice boxes and water bottles. For more information, please contact Valerie Engler at toastersmom@gmail.com

  • “Let the Children Come to Me” Matthew 19:14

  • Starting the weekend of October 3rd, we will have special bulletins at the doors of the church and missals in the pews each specifically for our youngest parishioners. We hope this will help families as they encourage their children to patriciate in the Mass.

  • Come Join the St. Margaret Youth Choir

  • Open to parishioners in grades 3-12
    Rehearsals start September 21st on Tuesdays from 6:15pm-6:45pm in the church.

    Click here for the Fall 21 schedule of rehearsals and masses.

    Contact Beth Stone at
    elizabeth.stone@stmargaretchurch.com

  • Looking for Volunteers to bring Communion to residents at Local Convalescent Homes

  • The Madison House is looking for volunteers to come on Sunday mornings and The Hearth is looking for volunteers to come on Tuesday mornings.
    Training will be provided.
    Please contact Liz Connelly at liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com if you are interested in learning more.

  • Monthly Canned Soup and Tuna Drive for Madison Food Pantry"

  • On the weekend of December 4/5 we will have our Monthly Progresso Soup and tuna drive Bins are located inside the front door of the church and in the lobby of the parish center.

    Questions, please contact Maryann Francischelli at fourfirstnames@sbcglobal.net.

  • ProLife support

  • In honor of Lily Molloy, I’d like to invite you to help, “Save babies”, as Lily would say, by praying at Planned Parenthood in New Haven on Friday mornings.  
    Please call Kathleen at 860-669-4195.

  • Eucharistic Adoration

  • “Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love”

    Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ in a deeper sense. It involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us.”
    During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in God’s Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.

    Join us for Adoration every Thursday morning here at St. Margaret Church
    from 8:30am – 9:30am.

  • Take a Virtual Tour through our Parish School!

  • Click here to view a virtual tour of East Shoreline Catholic Academy. ESCA is an inter parish Catholic Elementary school located in Branford serving students in grades PK3 – Grade 8. The school is shared by the parishes of St. John Bosco, St. George and St. Margaret.

  • Inviting Interested Volunteers to be part of Martha’s Place Ministry

  • For years, St. Margaret’s Women’s Fellowship has reached out to women affected by homelessness and poverty, through our Martha’s Place Ministry.  Martha’s Place is a transitional emergency shelter in New Haven that helps women to achieve independence. We work quietly to bring nutritious family-style meals to these women at intervals through the year. We’ve set up “Moms and Tots Reading Corners,” stocked with children’s books, at Martha’s Place and its sister shelter, Life Haven. We raised funds to buy food for residents during the pandemic, and fresh staples for children of mothers entering the shelter without resources. If you’d like to join this gentle ministry, we would love to have you! Please call, text, or email Pat Walsh at 203 512-7900. speechlady100@yahoo.com    

  • Make Meaningful Moments with Us! Hospice Homecare Volunteer Opportunity

  • Volunteers are needed to help create meaningful moments for the hospice patients of
    VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice, a local nonprofit home healthcare agency that has served the community for more than 100 years.
    We offer creative, COVID-19 -safe opportunities to serve others by phone including, weekly phone visits, prayer partners, reading, legacy writing, guided meditation and relaxation therapies and, music. Window Pet Therapy visits and weekly personal note writing are other options. (Once COVID restrictions are lifted, in person visits will resume).

    Also, Volunteers are needed year round, to help our hospice patients and families with outdoor chores such as snow shoveling, raking leaves, weeding, tending flower beds etc…Teens welcome!
    When you join our team, you will receive free, mandatory training, the support of a team and unlimited appreciation and gratitude.
    To learn more about a rewarding experience that can change your life and that of another, contact Jo Ann Begley at 203.458.5950 or Jbegley@vna-commh.org.

  • Collection and Shipment of Used Eyeglasses 

  • The Madison Lions Club (MLC) continues to support the collection of used eyeglasses from the local community and the shipment of recycled eyeglasses to needy clinics in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. So far, the MLC has sent more than 29,000 eyeglasses to these countries.   
     
    To help fulfill the need for recycled eyeglasses, the MLC has set up collection boxes in various locations in Madison. Prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses are gratefully accepted. A box is located inside the main entrance of St. Margaret Church for this collection.

  • Attention Business Owners, Professionals, Self-Employed and Families!

  • Mary Hoffman from Liturgical Publications is working on securing new advertising sponsors for our parish weekly bulletin. We need and appreciate your help! We continue to publish the bulletin and make it available in print and online.
    Please consider purchasing an ad. Your ad and participation make our bulletin successful and help you attract new customers!
    To place an ad or for more information, please contact Mary Hoffman at 860 836-848 or via e-mail at mhoffman@4LPi.com.

  • Update on On-line Giving

  • Beginning on January 1, 2021, the online giving list will include an option to donate to our parish school, East Shoreline Catholic Academy. Just a reminder that online giving is available to all parishioners. Simply click here to enroll. For questions abut online giving, please contact Joyce Leone at jleone@abateassoc.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