St. Gregory the Great March 21st Virtual Bulletin
I Want to See Jesus
There’s a story about a man who prayed, “God speak to me”, and a bird sang a beautiful song. But the man did not hear it. So the man cried, “God speak to me!” and suddenly thunder rolled across the sky. But the man paid no attention to it. Instead the man looked around and said, “God let me see you”, and a star shone brightly over him. But the man did not notice it. The man then shouted, “God show me a miracle!” and at that very moment a life was born. But the man did not know it. Finally out of despair, the man cried, “Touch me God and let me know that you are here!” And so God reached down and gently touched him. But the man brushed the butterfly off his shoulder and walked on.
In our Gospel, the crowd pleads to Jesus’ disciples, “We would like to see
Jesus!” We all want to see Jesus, we all want to feel and experience God’s
presence. The truth is, God is present at all times and in all places. We can find God in the ordinary and the everyday, in all things and in all places, in our joys
and in our sorrows. We just need to look a little more closely. God is present in
the smile of a child, the unexpected act of kindness, the hug of a friend, the warmth and the smell of spring, the silence of our prayer- our Lord is always
present to us, always in our midst. Sometimes all it takes is a simple turn of our minds and hearts, and we will truly see Jesus.
God Loves You,
Fireside at 4:00, with Fr. Dunn and Fr. Ford!
Join us Sunday, March 21
at 4 PM for a livestream discussion with Fr. Dunn and Fr. Ford (zoom in on our live discussion or join us on our Facebook page, instructions will follow and be given beforehand).
The theme for the discussion is entering into Holy Week and rising to new life on Easter!
Come nourish your souls and strengthen your spirits during this holy and special time of the year. I hope you will join us!
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!
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.
Visit www.formationreimagined.org and click on the praying hands.
If you have any questions, please email Rosary@diobpt.org
Lenten Schedule 2021
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
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
Fireside with Fr. Dunn/Fr. Ford: March 21st at 4 PM
Catechesis on St. Joseph
: March 21st at 11 AM/ Tuesday March 23rd at 7 PM
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
Bishop Caggiano will
consecrate the Diocese of
to the patronage of Saint Joseph at a Pontifical Mass at St. Augustine’s Cathedral in Bridgeport on Friday March 19th at 7:00pm. We will also celebrate Mass in communion with our Bishop here at St. Gregory, on the
same day and time. To prepare for the consecration, you are invited to participate in a special Novena to Saint Joseph. The Novena will begin on Wednesday, March 10th and end on March 18th, and will take place at 7:00pm every evening via Zoom.
Thursday March 18
at 7:00pm at St. Josephs Danbury Bishop Caggiano will be holding a
Holy Hour for vocations.
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 Community room.
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.
If You Have Not Registered
Your Child for our Faith Formation
Program, Please Call the Office at 203-797-0222
- Sunday, March 21 @ 11:00am: Catechesis on St. Joseph
- Tuesday, March 23 @ 7:00pm: Catechesis on St. Joseph
Every Friday at 6:00pm: Stations of the Cross
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eucharistic Ministers and
please pickup your new schedules in the Sacristy after Mass.
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, Brigid Guertin, Mark Cefaloni, Susan Gallagher, John Muro, Carol Gershkowitz, Dr. Ephram Rebong, Doris Ryan, Sharon Tharas, Mary Ann Petronio 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!!!
Help Stop State Sponsored Suicide
Politicians in Hartford are again considering assisted suicide legislation. The Public Health Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly is considering legalizing a form of suicide in our state commonly referred to as "aid-in-dying" or "physician-assisted suicide". The Committee has raised House Bill 6425 "An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients".
Modern hospice care and the proper use of pain medications render suicide unnecessary, and we need to be mindful of the threat that a suicide mentality poses to vulnerable people and to people with disabilities.
Many people believe that a physician is deeply involved in this process. This not true. The physician orders the mixture of medications, the patient must then consume the deadly cocktail of drugs without assistance. Many times without even a physician or nurse present.
We should never allow legislators to establish suicide as a solution to medical issues. Don’t let the state persuade us that it’s dignified for an ill person to sign their own execution order. Don’t let the state create an environment where ill people will feel they have a “responsibility to die”. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Catholic teaching condemns physician-assisted suicide because it, like murder, involves taking an innocent human life:
Suicide is always as morally objectionable as murder. The Church's tradition has always rejected it as a gravely evil choice: To concur with the intention of another person to commit suicide and to help in carrying it out through so-called "assisted suicide" means to cooperate in, and at times to be the actual perpetrator of, an injustice which can never be excused, even if it is requested. Saint Augustine writes that "it is never licit to kill another: even if he should wish it.” True "compassion" leads to sharing another's pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear. (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, no. 66).
Go to the website below, read more on the issue and then sign the petition to stop the legalization of assisted suicide in Connecticut.
Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference
2021 Arise Annual Catholic Appeal
I am immensely grateful for your support last year to the Diocese of Bridgeport’s 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal. What a challenging year it was and thanks to the generosity of so many we were able to serve thousands of Fairfield County individuals and families through our ministries and programs. Catholic Charities alone served over 1.2 million meals since the pandemic began.
This week you will receive information by mail about our 2021, Arise
Annual Catholic Appeal and how your support assists the ministries and programs our parishes cannot provide to the community on their own. We cannot do it without you and I am immensely grateful for your support of works of Faith and Ministry; Education and Catechesis; and Charity and Pastoral Services the Appeal provides to all people in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
To donate and get further details on the Appeal go to 2021ACA Bridgeport.com
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