• General Parish Announcements

  • 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.

  • Music Ministry News

  • Below is the schedule of music which will be provided at each Mass starting Sep. 25th:

    4:00pm Mass: Combination of organ and piano
    8:00am Mass: Combination of organ and piano
    9:30am Mass: Guitar and piano
    11:00am Mass: Organ

    For more information about the music ministries, please visit the parish website or contact Elizabeth Stone, Director of Music Ministries at 203 245-7301 ext. 110 or elizabeth.stone@stmargaretchuirch.com

  • High School Ministry Meeting Sunday, September 26th from 7:00pm-8:00pm

  • Calling all high school teens who are or part of “SMYLE” and/or who are looking to meet new people, get involved with your parish community and have fun providing service to others.

    Join us in the Church Hall for our first meet and greet. It will be a chance to catch up, meet our new Youth Ministry Coordinator, exchange ideas, talk about the how to’s, the why’s & what’s of the new year!

    Questions, please contact Marie Mozzi, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, at marie.mozzi@stmargaretchurch.com or 203 245-7301 ext. 109

  • The Weekly Tuesday Afternoon Book Group is Back !!

  • Come join us for stimulating reading related to our own Faith, lively discussions, and new friendships. Our initial meeting will be at the Parish Center on Tuesday, September 14th at 2:00pm when our first book of the season, the novel Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette, will be introduced.
    For information, please call Elinor at 203 421-5502.

  • Return of Coffee and….. Ministry

  • We are looking forward to returning soon to our parish tradition of hosting a weekly coffee and receptions after our 9:30am Mass. This is a wonderful way to come together and reconnect with old friends and welcome some of our new parishioners as well.

    We are currently looking for volunteers to join this ministry and help in one or more of the following ways:
    * make baked goods
    * help with set-up, serving and clean
    up at weekly receptions

    For more information, please contact Valerie Engler at toastersmom@gmail.com

  • Calling all long-time parishioners!

  • In anticipation of the upcoming parish celebration of our patroness, St. Margaret Mary Alocoque the Planning Committee is seeking parishioners who may have historical photos or other memorabilia associated with St. Margaret’s, and are willing to share their items as part of a display on the church’s history.  All items will be carefully placed on display in the parish hall the weekend of October 15th-17th and returned to their owners the following week.  If you have any items which reflect the
    history of our wonderful church, please contact Derek Dunn at derek.dunn@kofc.org: derek.dunn@kofc.org.

  • Madison Food Pantry Requested Items

  • Canned soup, tuna, tomatoes, ravioli, stew, chili, baked beans, pork and beans and pasta sauce.
    We will continue collecting these items during the month of August. Bins are located inside the front door of the church and in the lobby of the parish center.

    On the weekend of Sept.4th/5th we will resume our Monthly Progresso Soup and tuna drive

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

  • Faith Formation Assistants

  • Looking for individuals who are passionate about our faith and would like to share this enthusiasm with our 1st- and 2nd-year Confirmation students.
    Needed:
    Leaders to guide our students in discussion
    Presenters to conduct one interactive-type workshop a few times during the year. Choose your own topic or select from one of ours.
    Service project leaders
     
    We’ll be happy to meet via Zoom, in person, or by phone to further explain the program.
    Contact Ed and Joanne Arrandale: confirmation@stmargaretchurch.com or 203-245-7301 ext. 108.

  • Great Adventure Bible Study Program: Fall 2021 Offerings

  • In September, we will begin our seventh year of adult Bible study with offerings of six courses conducted from Sts. George and Margaret’s Parish facilities. We have been successful in using ZOOM for lively group discussions and videos sharing and we will continue using ZOOM this year along with face-to-face meetings for each course in a hybrid environment. Over sixty people actively participated in last year’s program and we are hoping others will join us in these courses as we come together to know God better for ourselves and to serve Him and others. Participants will meet every week to view an engaging video presentation followed by a time of lively group discussion and fellowship.
    Please click here to view details on the courses being offered.

    To register for the course(s), contact Cosette Heimann at 860-338-3076 and/or email: cosheimann@gmail.com.

  • Women of St. Margaret: Come Back to Community This Fall!

  • Is your faith in need of a boost, but you are too busy for a Bible study? Do you long to be a part of a vibrant faith community but can’t imagine fitting one more thing on your plate? We used to think that way, too. But then we joined Walking with Purpose (WWP) and everything changed.

    Walking with Purpose is a Bible study that
    meets women right where they are, applying Scripture and Catholic teachings to everyday life. Transforming hearts and bringing women closer into a relationship with Christ while walking alongside other women in faith.

    Beginning Thursday, October 7th a choice of 9:00am or 7:00pm session will be offered at St. Margaret parish center.
    Choice of two studies
    Opening Your Heart, the foundational study, for women new to WWP (with or without Bible study experience).
    Keeping in Balance, for women returning to WWP. Discover the relevance of Old and New Testament wisdom to your daily challenges.

    For more information and to register contact Jeannie Gillespie at 203-918-3025 or jeangillespie11@gmail.com. Visit www.walkingwithpurpose.com to learn more about this swiftly growing women’s ministry.
    *babysitting available during morning session if there is interest .

  • 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.

  • 2021 Archbishops Annual Appeal

  • The 2021 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is now underway in our parish. Your support of this year’s Appeal ensures that essential charitable, educational, and pastoral ministries of the Archdiocese of Hartford are carried forward.
    We hope you can help meet our parish goal. If you would like to make a gift, please mail in your pledge card. You may also visit the Archdiocesan website at www.archdioceseofhartford.org or call the Appeal Office at (800) 781-2550. Keep in mind that an early pledge will allow you to best use the monthly payment plan.
    All funds contributed to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal are used exclusively for the purposes outlined in the Appeal literature, which can be found at https://archdioceseofhartford.org/appeal/.

  • 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