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Loaves and Fishes Dinner

Did you know that once a month a group from Precious Blood Parish in Milford serve hot meals to 50+ people in need? Their Loaves & Fishes Ministry serves out of Fr. Cronin Hall at St. Mary Church on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Do you like to cook? The group is looking for volunteers to prepare food AT HOME and drop off on the evening of the dinner. To learn more, contact Mary at mseyfried@sbcglobal.net or (203) 876-0278

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Blessings of Animals

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Blessings of Animals

The Annual Blessing of Animals will be held in conjunction with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday October 6th at 12:30pm! The blessing will be held on the St. Mary Church grounds in the back where the statue of St. Francis of Assisi is located. Please have dogs on leashes and cats and other animals in crates. St. Mary Church is located at 70 Gulf Street in Milford.


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Rosary Coast to Coast

The Santa Maria Council of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary's is spreading the word about "Rosary Coast to Coast". This is a nationwide initiative taking place on Sunday, October 7th, which is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Across the country at 4pm the Rosary will be recited for the USA and and all Americans requesting the Intercession of Our Holy Mother at the great time of need.  They encourage everyone to put this on their calendar and participate if they can! 

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2nd Annual Parish Picnic

Everyone from Precious Blood parish is welcome! There will be a lot of great food for everyone — catered by Lasse's Restaurant this year! We will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, grilled boneless chicken, roasted veggies, potato salad, tossed salad, fresh fruit salad, watermelon, cake, coffee, water and soft drinks. And no party would be compete with a raffle!

Tickets are on sale at both churches after Masses this weekend and next (through 9/2) as well as in the parish and school offices! Adults $12/pp, Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children) $25. Under 6 years old free and NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE GATE. See you there!

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Important Announcement from the Archdiocese

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Important Announcement from the Archdiocese

On behalf of Archbishop Blair, attached are two documents that are in process of being mailed to all 175,000 registered households in the Archdiocese of Hartford. He wanted you to have them in advance.  

The first is an updated, detailed letter from the Archbishop: a message about the challenges facing our church.

The second is a report from Kathleen Nowosadko, Archdiocesan Director of the Office of Safe Environment and Victim Assistance Coordinator. 

These will also be posted on archdioceseofhartford.org.

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Deacon Bob Magnuson's Homily

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Deacon Bob Magnuson's Homily

Stanley Rother was a young man from Oklahoma who became a priest; eventually serving as a missionary to the poorest of the poor in Guatemala.

In the late 1970’s, Guatemala became embroiled in a bloody Civil War. Priests and religious were being targeted.

Father Rother was urged to leave the country, but he could not abandon the people that he loved. He stayed and was eventually attacked inside the rectory and was murdered. A young man who was only 46yrs old.

Shortly before he was murdered, he wrote to his family explaining to them why he was staying behind.

“A shepherd does not run at the first sight of danger,” he wrote. “A good shepherd shows fidelity and courage to protect his flock.”

It is good for us to hear these words today; especially in light of the headlines of the last few weeks that have made something all too clear for us.

  • Too many of our shepherds ran.

  • They looked the other way.

  • They enabled sin.

Many people are outraged at the church. They feel angry. They feel betrayed. But there is something else they feel. They feel hunger.

  • They are hungry for justice and accountability for these victims.

  • They are hungry for an explanation of how this happened.

  • And we are all hungry for hope.

Within our despair, some have asked themselves “Why they should even remain Catholic.” It is a very good question.

I can only offer to you today my own answer to the question of “Why I am a Catholic” which is incomplete.

  • I am a Catholic because of Father Stanley Rother.

  • I am a Catholic because of Bishops like Archbishop Oscar Romero, who died while serving mass in El Salvador.

  • I am Catholic because of men like Father Jacques Hamel, the elderly french priest who was murdered by jihadists in his village church.

  • I am Catholic because of men like Father Walter Ciszek, who risked his life to say mass in a Soviet prison, with just a crumb of bread and a few drops of wine.

  • I am Catholic because of women like Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who heard her calling among the poor and did not turn away.

  • I am Catholic because of women like the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena. While serving in Iraq during the war, the sisters welcomed Muslims into their convent and provided them a place to pray; explaining, “we do not help them because they are Catholic, but because we are.”

  • I am Catholic because before me are beautiful parishioners; who are people of faith, courage and conviction.

  • I am a Catholic because you and so many others bear witness to the miracle of God’s love and mercy; and the greatest miracle of all, the Holy Eucharist. As an unworthy servant, I offer my hand to him at every mass to hold and to consume his living presence.

  • I am awed; I am humbled and I am totally unworthy, but by God’s grace I am transformed.

  • I am Catholic because i believe. I believe those words of the creed that we will profess together in just a few moments. Within the creed is our testament of faith that countless men, women and children have given their lives for. We acclaim this proudly in the Sacrament of Baptism: “This is our faith. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  • I am Catholic because i believe that we can always be better than we are; and no Deacon, Priest, Bishop or Cardinal can ever take that away from us.

  • I am Catholic because I know that I am fallible and I struggle on my faith journey; but I know that I am not alone.

  • I am Catholic because the horrible sins of a few cannot erase the generous love of so many. It has been this way from day one, when Christ was executed between two thieves, those He loved abandoned, denied and betrayed Him.

  • I am Catholic because so many who love the Lord have neither abandoned nor betrayed Him.

Most shepherds within our church do not run at the first sight of danger and they are neither disloyal nor cowardly. They stay with us. They support us. They help us.

Pray with them.

Walk with them.

Hope with them.

Today, in a special way, pray for our pastor Father Donahue, Father Callahan, Father Sam and Father Denny who celebrate mass with us everyday. Pray that their priesthood will never lose heart.

Within our church, we are experiencing stressful times and things may get worse before they get better. But they will get better.

I am reminded of the beautiful Psalm, “The hand of the lord feeds us. He answers all of our needs.”

The one who fed the multitude on a hillside feeds us still, here and now. The God, who preserves even the smallest fragments and sees that nothing goes to waste, will nourish us in this time of need.

Please know that.

Please trust that.

Please believe that.

‘We are Catholic’ despite everything and because of everything.

“This is our faith. And we are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.”

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Annual Summer Rosary Program

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Annual Summer Rosary Program

The Legion of Mary again will sponsor a Summer Enrichment Program for children entering Kindergarten through Middle School, beginning Thursday, July 5th from 10:30AM until 12:30 in Father Cronin Hall. The aim of the program is to enrich the religious life of the youngest parishioners with grade-appropriate stories, songs, and crafts about Jesus and Mary. 

There is no fee. However, a donation to defray the cost of supplies would be greatly appreciation.

Vacation/absentee dates: July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16 and 23  

Any questions call Sharon DiNapoli, 799-8670. 

Pre-registration is strongly suggested due to the large enrollments of past years. Please use this form & circle any probable vacation dates so teachers can plan the appropriate number of crafts, and mail to:  Our Lady of Angels Praesidium, Precious Blood Parish,70 Gulf Street, Milford, CT 06460.

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Lady Liberty has invited us to visit!

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Lady Liberty has invited us to visit!

On Saturday June 16th our bus trip will begin with an early lunch at Ryan Maguire’s Irish Pub/Restaurant in NYC and then off to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty, followed by a few leisure hours at South Street Seaport. 

8:45 a.m - Bus will depart from St. Mary’s parking lot

8 p.m - Returning home to Milford

Bus transportation, ferry and admission to Ellis Island is $70 p/p. 

Lunch is based on a prix fix menu with choices (see below) available at a cost of $30 p/p. (early lunch reservation as we have a 1 p.m. reservation for the ferry to Ellis Island). 

Total cost is $100 p/p.  

Please call and make your reservation as soon as possible.   Deadline for reservations is firm & payment deadline is May 10. Details are available by calling Diane at (203) 878-3363.


Ryan Maguire’s Irish Pub/Restaurant

Tour Pre Fix Menu

Appetizer:  House Salad - Seasonal greens, tomato, cucumber, shredded carrots, balsamic vinaigrette

Entrée (choose ONE)

  • Fish & Chips with Coleslaw
  • Penne pasta with Artichokes & Sun-dried Tomatoes in a Garlic Wine Sauce (Gluten Free upon request)
  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Sautéed Chicken in Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables of the day 

Dessert:  Cheesecake

$30.00 per person includes tax and gratuity as well as soft drinks, tea and coffee. Any alcoholic drinks can be purchased separately. 

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St. Agnes 15th Annual Golf Tournament

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St. Agnes 15th Annual Golf Tournament

The ST. AGNES 15th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on July 30th at Tradition Golf Club in Wallingford. $100 includes continental breakfast offered at 7am, greens fees, cart, prizes, lunch, a donation and $600 Hole-in-One Contest. Play 9 holes or fewer. A cash bar, and a raffle to support our charities will be held at lunch.

Make checks to St. Joseph’s Men’s Society and send with registration to Jerry Farina, 31 Bonsilene St, Milford 06460 and include name, address, phone & email.

Questions, call (203) 623-4461.

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Parish Mission - "iMercy: The Divine Hotspot"

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Parish Mission - "iMercy: The Divine Hotspot"

Precious Blood Parish in Milford is hosting a Parish Mission entitled "iMercy: The Divine Hotspot" led by Father William Garrott OP.

Dates: May 14, 15, and 16

Time: 7pm

Location: St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford, CT

You are welcome to join us for this unique, grace-filled evangelical moment in the life of our parish led by Dominican Friars aiming to help us enter more deeply into the love of the Holy Trinity and experience God’s merciful touch. The praying of the Rosary will be offered for anyone who wishes to come 20 minutes early each evening.

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Washington D. C. Trip

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Washington D. C. Trip

Well here it is…..our first overnight trip as a group!!!! I am excited and hope we can make this happen. I absolutely must guarantee 42 travelers or 23 rooms or unfortunately the trip will be cancelled.

Hope you will be joining us!

Diane Candido
203-878-3363
dianecan@optonline.net

 

DATES: April 4, 2018 - April 6, 2018

COST & DUE DATES: $200 deposit per person must be made by February 6th and payment in full must be made by February 24th. If you are going to make deposit, please call me or email me so I can keep a daily running tally.

HOTEL: Crowne Plaza- Old Town Alexandria

  • $ 493.00 per person double
  • $ 466.00 per person triple
  • $ 446.00 per person

The rate includes:  

  • Motorcoach (does not include driver gratuity)
  • Hotel and Tax
  • 2 Breakfasts  
  • 1 Dinner   ( Nice restaurant in DC- TBD)
  • Half day and Night Tour
  • Arlington Cemetery Tour

SCHEDULE

Day 1 - Wednesday, April 4

  • 7:00am - Depart Milford (We will definitely be making quick rest stops!!!)
  • 1:30pm - Arrive Air and Space Museum
  • 3:30pm - Arlington Tour
  • 6:00pm - Check in to Hotel
  • 6:00pm -  Dinner in Alexandria
  • 8:30pm - End of Day              

Day 2 - Thursday, April 5

  • 6:30am to 8:15am - Breakfast
  • 8:30am - Depart Hotel
  • 9:00am to 12pm - Half day Sightseeing
  • 12:00pm - Lunch Break
  • Until 3:00pm - Smithsonian
  • 3:30 pm - Back to hotel
  • 4:30pm - Depart hotel for dinner (on own)
  • Pentagon City Mall or Ronald Reagan Building
  • 6:00pm - Meet guide for illumination tour

Day 3 - Friday, April 6

  • 6:30am to 9:30am - Breakfast
  • 10:00am - Depart Hotel 
  • 10:30am - 2:00pm - Smithsonian
  • 8:30pm - Arrive Home

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Children’s Christmas Eve Liturgy

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Children’s Christmas Eve Liturgy

Children's Christmas Eve Liturgy will be in the St. Mary School Gymnasium at 4:15 pm Mass. Sign up information has been sent to the students in the school and Religious Education program. The sign up form may be downloaded here. Hard copies are also in the basket outside the Rectory office.

Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Dress Rehearsal - Friday, Dec. 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the school gym.

If interested, please return the form ASAP to St. Mary School or reply via email to stmarychristmasplay@icloud.com.

Questions? Call Ronnie Pendleton at (203) 874-8752; cell 203-610-2823

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Lessons & Carols

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Lessons & Carols

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Join the choirs and clergy of Precious Blood Parish, as we meditate on the meaning of the season though scripture and song.  This year, our Service of Lessons and Carols celebrates the Church’s long tradition of watching and waiting for the coming Messiah.  The Great ‘O’ Antiphons (which form the verses of the hymn, ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’) take us on a journey through Israel’s expectation of the coming of the Lord.  They each tell of a different side of the coming Messiah, helping us to find who Jesus is to us at this very moment, even as we await his coming.  When viewed as a whole, the first letter of each antiphon form an acrostic, spelling out the Latin phrase: “ERO CRAS,” which means, “Tomorrow, I am coming.”

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Confirmation Photos

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Confirmation Photos

Confirmation photos were taken by Robert Taylor photography and they are available for purchase from his website.

  1. Go to www.roberttaylorphotography.com
  2. Go to "online order"
  3. Go to "events" - click on photo
  4. Go to galleries (small grey) - click on St. Mary Confirmation
  5. View Photos- select image number you would to order
  6. Place order with a credit card online - use image # of photo

Photos will be available to order 11/1/17.

Any questions call the studio at 203-377-0739 or email at rtfoto@snet.net.

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New Deacon in Milford

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New Deacon in Milford

Precious Blood Parish, which serves St. Mary Church and St. Agnes Church in Milford, recently welcomed Deacon Paul Jennings to their parish family.  Deacon Paul hails from the Diocese of Bridgeport where he was ordained as a deacon in 2002. He has extensive professional experience particularly in the field of pastoral care for the sick. He has served as Director of Pastoral Care at both Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York and at St. Vincent Medical Center in Bridgeport, and prior to that was Chaplain at Stamford and Norwalk Hospitals.

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Oktoberfest Dinner

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Oktoberfest Dinner

Tickets are now on sale for Precious Blood Parish's Oktoberfest celebration!  Come enjoy this Bavarian tradition of great beer, wonderful food & good friends. Tickets will be sold after all weekend masses on October 21st & 22nd at both St. Mary Church and St. Agnes Church, and NO tickets will be sold at the door. $20 per person includes complete traditional Oktoberfest buffet catered by Lasse’s. Be sure to get your tickets early as a limited number will be sold.  For more information email Diane at dianecan@optonline.net.

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Sing for the Season

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Sing for the Season

Beginning Thursday, October 19, at 8pm Location: Choir Loft, St. Mary’s Church

Sing for the Season is an opportunity for those who can’t make a full-time commitment to singing in choir, but who would still like to give the gift of their time and talent. This seasonal group is geared specifically toward people with little or no choral experience. You do not need any special training or skill. If you are interested, all you need to bring is a willingness to learn as we prepare some of our favorite holiday music. The Sing-for-the-Season Festival Choir will perform on our Service of Lessons and Carols and will help to lead the music at the Christmas Vigil. We hope very much to see you on October 19 in the choir loft at St. Mary’s Church. We need you to help us make a joyful noise!

REHEARSALS
Begin Oct 19
Each Thursday, 8pm - 9pm

PERFORMANCES
Lessons and Carols - December 10, 3pm
Christmas Eve Vigil - December 24, 10:30pm

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