St. Gregory the Great February 7th Virtual Bulletin
Worry Accomplishes Nothing
There’s an ancient Chinese saying that says, “That birds of worry and care fly above your head, this you cannot change. But that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.” The point is, it is our choice whether or not we cling to worry like an old friend. And why worry? Worry accomplishes nothing. Worry gives one a headache or stomach ache. Worry robs your heart of peace and joy.
We all know what it means to have a troubled heart. Life presents to each of us a fair share of challenges, tragedies and trials. And these can certainly trouble any human heart. As Jesus was fully aware of our human condition, and as one who knows firsthand what it means to have a troubled heart, he nonetheless implores us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled- have faith in God and faith in me.” Jesus is not only eager to share our troubles and burdens, but wants to carry them for us. True faith allows us to find peace in the realization that God is with us no matter what, and to believe that joy is an option even when life is hard. Jesus invites us today to be free- to let go of our worry and trust in Him. Don’t let a bird build a nest of worry in your hair.
God Loves You,
Lenten Schedule 2021
Ash Wednesday February 17th Masses, 8 and 9:30 AM
12 and 5:30 PM
Good Friday and All Fridays in Lent are days of fast and abstinence
Stations of the Cross: Every Friday at 6 PM
with the exception of Good Friday at 7 PM
Confessions: Every Saturday from 3-3:45 PM (except Holy Saturday)
And Sunday’s in Lent 11-11:45 AM
Confessions will also be heard Monday March 29th from 3-9 PM at
St. Josephs in Brookfield, St. Peters in Danbury and St. Edwards in New Fairfield
Theology on Tap: Tuesday March 9th at 7 PM in the Church Hall
Loves & Fishes envelopes for the hungry in the Diocese are in the vestibule of the church
Holy Week Schedule and Easter Mass Schedule
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper Thursday April 1st at 7:30 PM
Good Friday Service, Friday April 2nd at 3 PM
And Stations of the Cross, at 7 PM
Easter Vigil Mass, Saturday April 3rd at 8PM
Easter Sunday Masses, April 4th at 8 and 10 AM and 12 PM
*Sunday, February 21st at 11 AM and Tuesday February 23rd at 7 PM - Catechesis on the Creed
*Sunday, March 21st at 11 AM and Tuesday March 23rd at 7 PM – Catechesis on St. Joseph
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.
The Women of St. Gregory
The Women of St. Gregory meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the
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
GIVE FROM YOUR HEART” Food Drive
Please join the Women of Saint Gregory
in spreading the love of Christ this Valentine’s Day.
Drop off your non-perishable foods
(please check expiration dates)
outside the main doors of the Church on
Saturday, February 13th 3:00-4:30 pm and
Sunday, February 14th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm.
Donations will help support Daily Bread in Danbury.
Thank you for your generosity!
Walking with Purpose
This year’s study is
John’s Gospel “Touching the Divine”
In person and virtual sessions are being offered on Wednesdays in the morning and evening.
For more information, contact Suzanne
email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
St. Gregory the Great School is Hiring!
Part Time Technology Teacher
Part Time Spanish Teacher
These are immediate openings.
Resumes should be sent to Suzanne Curra at email@example.com
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
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
Our Council can also be contacted via email at
or by voicemail at 203-744-9562
St. Gregory the Great Faith Community Nursing Program
Information for signing up for Covid-19 vaccine in Danbury, CT
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 at
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.
St. Gregory the Great School
Please help us donate to our military overseas. We are asking each student to bring in SNACKS, TOILETRIES AND SUNDRIES 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!
BIRTHRIGHT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! T
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!!!
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, Mary Ann Petronio and David and Darlene Collins
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.
January 24, 2021
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