• Parish Announcements

  • Up-Coming Parish Events:

  • Attention all parishioners ages 8 – 21!! All are invited to a Pancake Breakfast in Appreciation and Awareness of all youth volunteer opportunities of our Parish. Join us on Sunday, October 20th following the 9:30am in the Church Hall

  • To all Youth of our Parish who currently volunteer: we thank you for the service that you provide throughout the year. Your commitment and dedication do not go unnoticed and we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge each of you and your families. We look forward to serving YOU on this special occasion!!

    To all Youth of our parish who may NOT be involved YET: By meeting some of our current youth volunteers and learning more about the various parish lay ministries that welcome the energy and ideas of our youth, it is our hope that YOU will be INSPIRED and EXCITED to get involved as well.

    All are welcome!!

    Kindly RSVP by Monday, October 14th to liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com

  • The annual 40 Days for Life campaign begins September 25th and will end on November 3rd: Volunteers needed for 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration to pray for this cause on Thursday, October 17th here at St. Margaret Church

  • We will be having our 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration for life from 8:30 AM on Thursday, October 17 to 7:00 AM on Friday, October 18. Please consider giving an hour of your time to pray for an end to abortion and euthanasia. We especially need men for the hours between 8 PM Thursday and 7 AM Friday. We need a minimum of 2 people per hour.
    If you can donate an hour or two please contact Janet at janetscc@comcast.net" or 203-245-9409.

  • 12th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference: Forge Your Path to Holiness: Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:30 am – 4 pm at St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, CT

  • Featuring dynamic speakers, exhibitor, confession, adoration, food, and fellowship. Speakers include Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt, Fr John Bartunek, Dan Burke, and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers.
    BUY TICKETS ONLINE Questions? 860-484-7950

  • East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA) Fall Fashion Show, Thursday October 24th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Woodwinds in Branford

  • Come enjoy an evening of fashion fun modeled by our faculty and families ! All proceeds go to benefit East Shoreline Catholic Academy Scholarships.

    Enjoy a scrumptious sit down dinner provided by Woodwinds Weddings and Events Facility and a complimentary glass of champagne, unlimited wine, music provided by Wagner Iovanna Studio Productions.

    See the latest Fall/Winter fashions from our sponsors:

    • Ciao Bella
    • Polished Boutique
    • Sound Runner
    • Swish
    • The Dressing Room

    Surprise guests, raffles and much much more….

    Get your tickets before it sells out !!!

    Ticket Price is $60.00
    For questions, please contact Linda at the school office at (203) 488-8386.

    www.eastshorelinecatholicacademy.org

  • World Wide Marriage Encounter upcoming events

  • God has entrusted your spouse to your care. Show that you are trustworthy in that care by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Week-end.
    The next Weekends are October 18-20 2019 in Albany, NY and Nov 1-3, 2019 in TBD location.

    For information, please call Pat and Mary Jo McLoughlin at (860) 315-2127 or visit them at www.wwmectw.org/

  • November 13th at 6:30 PM, Women’s Fellowship: Carry-in supper in the Church Hall

  • The meeting will also host a presentation by Gina Wallace from the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven,
    Please call Ann Aungst (203 421-7459) to RSVP and indicate if you are bringing a main dish, a side or a desert.

  • Thanksgiving/Christmas drive FOOD DRIVE: November 16 & 17 after all Masses.

  • This annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Food Drive allows parishioners to donate needed food items to help stock the shelves of the Madison Community Services and our Little Miracles ministry.

    Collection bags with a list of needed items will be distributed to parishioners on November 9th and 10th.

    Please return all bags along with your donations to the church hall on the weekend of November 16th and 17th.

    On Sunday, November 17th, we welcome volunteers to assist in the collection and sorting of all donated items after the 9:30 AM Mass in the Church Hall.

    Any question or to volunteer with this drive please contact Maryann Francischelli at 203-318-8417.

  • Save the Date: 2020 March for Life, March 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

  • Parish Lay Ministries: News and Requests for Volunteers

  • Christmas Tree Needed!

  • We are in need of a 6-7ft artificial tree that is pre-lit with white lights for the church hall. The tree that has adorned the hall for many years is being retired. Please keep the church in mind as you are cleaning out your attics and basements or happen to have an extra that you no longer need. Contact Ann Aungst at 203-245-7459 with any questions. As always, thank you for your generosity.

  • Diaper Drive for Little Miracles, sponsored by Women’s Fellowship: November 3rd – November 10th

  • The Women’s Fellowship has long supported Little Miracles. One of their urgent and on-going needs is for diapers. In November, the Fellowship is conducting a Diaper Drive for Little Miracles. The drive will take place from November 3rd to the 10th. Little Miracles is in most need of sizes: infant, 4 & 5. Diapers may be left in the lower level of the church.
    Questions, please contact Barbra Buckley

  • Toiletry Drive – Please Help

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

  • Little Miracles, drop-off locations

  • The area to drop off donations for Little Miracles is the coat room in the lower church. The coat room is located to the left of the handicapped rest room. We ask that before donations are dropped off, please call Barbara Ciotti at 203-464-2644. Please note that the outside doors to the lower church are usually locked during the day. Donations can be left by the door to the hall while you enter the church through the front door (Academy Street) Descend down through the cry room and into the hall where you can retrieve your donations and place them in the designated room.

    St. George Church also has a drop off spot designated for Little Miracles. It is located in the red bard behind the church. Enter the right side door. Straight back you will see our area marked.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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