St. Gregory the Great January 31st Bulletin
We’ve all heard in the classroom or on a playground, one child taunt another child or call him/her names. Unfortunately, not only do children put other children down by trying to demean and diminish who they are, but adults do this as well. In fact it was an adult in the synagogue where Jesus was teaching who cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?"
At first glance, it may not seem as though the name, "Jesus of Nazareth" is a put-down. But in this case it was. The unclean spirit in the man in our Gospel obviously recognized that Jesus spoke with the authority of God, and so he wanted to
diminish that authority and power by only acknowledging Jesus’ human identity. Rather than calling him Jesus, Son of God, he wanted him to be simply Jesus of Nazareth, a regular Joe like anyone else.
Of course, the truth is, Jesus wasn't just Jesus of Nazareth, He was also Jesus, Son of God. His origins were not just from the town of Nazareth, rather His origins were from heaven. And as the Son of God, Jesus came to save and deliver us from the unclean spirits that plague us all- even the unclean spirit that wants to judge or put others down.
God Loves You,
In those parishes that are ready to follow the established norms, the celebration of weekday Masses, Funeral Masses , Baptisms and Nuptial Weddings within our Churches may also resume.
The weekend schedule is as follows:
- Saturday Vigil @ 4:30pm
- Sunday @ 8am 10am & 12pm
Please let us know if you will be attending Mass by calling our Parish Office (203) 797-0222 or emailing us at
. This should be done on a weekly basis beginning every Monday.
( This is not necessary for weekday Masses.)
By attending the parish service, you recognize the obligation to (i) wear a mask or face covering when
required; (ii) adhere to all required direction regarding social distance spacing when participating in the
service and (iii) not attend service if you are sick, experiencing any symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, or are otherwise required to be quarantined.
Saturday 4:30 Mass will continue to be livestreamed on our Facebook page (
) and website (
If you have any issues, please contact Darlene Rabito at firstname.lastname@example.org
Confession Saturdays 3:00—3:45pm
Adoration Every Friday after Mass!
Something that is very important to both Fr. Ford and I, is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We both are deeply devoted to Jesus in the Eucharist. Prayer, especially in front of the real presence of Our Lord, is what supports and blesses the work we do at St. Gregory. Without regular and devout prayer in the presence of Our Lord, a Parish will truly suffer. Therefore, we will offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for one hour (from immediately after the 8 AM Mass to 9:30 AM). Going forward this will continue every Friday. I encourage you to help bring blessings to both our Parish and your personal life by joining us for this Holy Hour.
Thank you ahead of time for your interest and prayers!
Weekly Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy!
The theme for our Parish and school this year will be, “Jesus I trust in You!”
These are the words found at the bottom of paintings of the Divine Mercy of Jesus.
In thanksgiving to Jesus and asking for His and Mary’s continued blessings and
protection this year, we’re adding two weekly devotions to our Parish Calendar. First, we will recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every Friday at 3 PM with the Blessed Sacrament exposed.
Second, we will pray the rosary every Monday at 9:30 AM, asking for our heavenly
Mother’s intercession. The children of our school will livestream and participate from our school (others may do so as well), and parishioners are encouraged and most welcome to attend. I truly believe in the power of prayer and that these additions will bring many blessings to our Parish and School!
No School, No Mass
Please note when our school is closed due to inclement weather, there will be no weekday 8 AM Mass as well. If the roads are considered too dangerous for children to come to school, they are dangerous for people to come to Mass. If there is a school delay only, Mass will still take place at the regular 8 AM time.
This applies to weekday Masses only.
A private Mass will still be said for any scheduled intention sometime that day.
Also, any parishioner who scheduled an intention for a cancelled Mass, is welcomed to schedule another Mass at no cost. Weekend Masses are never cancelled, but please use caution in inclement weather. Call the office if you have any questions.
Masses are as follows:
8:00 and 9:30 a.m.
12:00 and 5:30 p.m.
Please note that you must call or email the office
203-797-0222 or email@example.com
to make reservations for a Mass by 3:30 Tuesday February 16th.
The Women of St. Gregory
The Women of St. Gregory meet the 2nd
Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
New members are always welcome!
Women’s Sewing and Craft/Weaving Group meet Monday at 12:00 p.m. and
Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the
Questions, contact Isabel King
at 203 –512-7307 or
Evelyn De Felice at 203-792-0824
Walking with Purpose
This year’s study is
“Touching the Divine”
In person and virtual sessions are being offered on Wednesdays in the morning and evening.
For more information, contact Suzanne
firstname.lastname@example.org or Rene 203-417-9865
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Starting in October the Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet every first and third Saturday of the month at 9:30. a.m. in the Parish Community Room.
Please join us with your yarn and needles.
Contact Stephanie Martin at
email@example.com for additional information.
Leadership Institute of
The Diocese of Bridgeport
Sunday Family Rosary
Join other families in the Diocese in saying the
Rosary every Sunday at 7:30 pm.
and click on the praying hands.
If you have any questions, please email Rosary@diobpt.org
If You Have Not Registered
Your Child for our Faith Formation Program,
Please Call the Office at
·Wednesday, February 17: Ash Wednesday
· Friday, February 19 @ 6:00pm: Stations of the Cross
·Sunday, February 21 @11:00am: Catechesis on the Creed Session 1
·Tuesday, February 23 @7:00pm: Catechesis on the Creed Session 2
·Friday, February 26 @ 6:00pm: Stations of the Cross
St. Gregory the Great School is Hiring!
Part Time Technology Teacher
Part Time Spanish Teacher
Part Time Music Teacher
These are immediate openings.
Resumes should be sent to Suzanne Curra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bottle and Can Truck
Please note we are discontinuing our
Bottle and Can Fundraiser.
Thank you to all who have contributed in the past!
McGivney Council #29 is the
Knights of Columbus
chapter for much of Danbury, including St. Gregory The Great parish. Men (18+) are welcome and encouraged to join. In addition to numerous other charitable efforts, our Council has a focus on supporting Catholic education, Youth programs, and assisting the needy with our Coats for Kids and food donation programs.
Please visit our website at www.KoC29.org or our
facebook page at facebook.com/kofc29 for additional information.
Our Council can also be contacted via email at
or by voicemail at 203-744-9562
PARISH PRAYER LIST
Irene Anderson, Tommie DeSantis, Patti Skok, Robert Carolan, Linda Salvador, Robin Brundage, Jr., Vicki Denicola, Dave Sutton, Joe Vick, Isiah Matthew, Arlene Kuderna, Valerie Geerer, Ellen Boyle, Kenneth Towery, Dr. John Famigletti, Barbara Janseen, Christopher Mitchell, Mark Cefaloni, Susan Gallagher, John Muro, Carol Gershkowitz, Dr. Ephram Rebong, Michael Jaber, Doris Ryan, Sharon Tharas and David and Darlene Collins
BIRTHRIGHT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
Birthright is an emergency pregnancy service offering free pregnancy tests, friendship counseling, and practical support. Our guiding principle: It is the RIGHT of every pregnant woman to give BIRTH and the RIGHT of every child to be BORN. Birthright has served in Connecticut since 1972 and helped thousands of mothers and babies. There are 8 Birthright locations in our state. Please call 1-800-550-4900 for the Birthright nearest you. Training is provided. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed. If you have gently worn MATERNITY or BABY CLOTHING please call to arrange a drop off! Thank you!!!
We Stand with Christ
A campaign such as We Stand with Christ does not simply end when all the pledges are collected. Now is the time when we start to see the wonderful effects of our effort. As a reminder, our parish will receive over $300,000 to help complete our new parish hall and offices. With your compliance, St. Gregory the Great will be able to realize the funds necessary to complete our projects. Please be sure to send your pledge payments in by mail to the Campaign Office or sign up for online payments at www.givecentral.org/wswc.
St. Gregory the Great School
UNITED FOR THE TROOPS
Please help us donate to our military overseas. We are asking each student to bring in any of the items listed below on Wednesday February 3rd. Any other families who would like to donate, there will be a drop-off box outside the front door of the school from Sunday, January 31st until Friday, February 5th. Thank you for your support.
Glass & aerosol containers CANNOT be shipped!
Single-serve portions OR 16 oz size food items ONLY!
Pretzels, Pringles, Trail Mix, Chex Mix, Instant Oatmeal, Granola Bars, Cookies, Crackers, Power Bars, Cereal Bars, Fruit Roll-Ups, Nutella, Nuts Slim Jims, Beef Jerky, Coffee & Filters, Hot Chocolate Packets and Tea Bags.
Batteries, Undershirts, Boxers, Crew Socks, Word Games, Books, Comics, CD's, DVD's, Playing Cards, Dominoes, Air Fresheners (hanging car type), Hand Warmers, Band Aids, Laundry Detergent (INDIVIDUAL SIZE), Dryer Sheets (Bounce, etc.) and Zip-loc Bags (GALLON & QUART SIZES).
Foot Powder, Feminine Hygiene Products, Hand Sanitizers, Baby Wipes, ChapStick & Lip Balm, Eye Drops, Sunblock, NON AEROSOL Insect Repellent, Disposable Razors, NON AEROSOL Shave Cream, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste, Dental Floss & Mouthwash, Eyeglass Cleaning Wipes, Skin Moisturizer, Deodorant, Q-tips, Nail Clippers & Files, Shampoo & Conditioner, Hair Brushes & Combs, Hair Clips, Ties and Bands.
Information for signing up for vaccine in Danbury, Ct
St. Gregory the Great Faith Community Nursing Program
If you are 75 years of age or older, you qualify for Phase 1b, and are currently eligible to receive a COVID -19 vaccine. Please, do not reach out to your doctor or medical provider for vaccine if they have not contacted you.
: Go to
to register and schedule an appointment through the web-based Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS)
: Those without internet access can call Connecticut's COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224. The line will take calls on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Danbury's Health and Human Services Department published this number to call with any questions: 203-797-4510.
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