St. Gregory the Great Palm Sunday Virtual Bulletin
Friendship with Jesus
St. Peter was arguably the best friend Jesus ever had on earth. He was one of the select few that accompanied him everywhere. He was the first to declare that Jesus was the Messiah and Son of God. He loved and revered Jesus, so much so that he swore, “Even though all should have their faith shaken, mine will not be. Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you.”
And yet in the garden, Jesus points out that Peter could not stay awake with him for just one hour. When Jesus was arrested, Peter fled and went into hiding. When the cock crowed, Peter betrayed Jesus 3 times. After this Peter is nowhere to be found- he is not there when Jesus is mocked and jeered at, he’s not the one to help Jesus carry his cross, and not there at the foot of the cross when Jesus dies.
But then the strangest thing happens: When Jesus rose, he said nothing to Peter about his denials and failures. He was still the rock on which Jesus builds His Church, and still received the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. He was still the leader of the Apostles and the first Pope of our Church. Peter remained a great friend of Jesus. Why? Because our Lord loved Peter- he loved him so much that he suffered and died for him. In this same sense we are all Peter- Jesus loves you with the same love he had for Peter- so much that he suffered and died for you.
We can draw comfort from Peter. Like him, despite the many times we fail at discipleship, Jesus loves us and our friendship with him will remain strong.
Despite your sins, weaknesses and falls, Jesus still chooses you to be his disciple. Even those who truly love Jesus, sometimes mess up. More than perfection, Jesus wants our passion- he wants us to love Him, as He loves us.
God Loves You,
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
Catechesis on St. Joseph March 23rd at 7:00PM in the Church
Holy Week Schedule and Easter Mass Schedule
, Mass of the Lord’s Supper Thursday April 1st at 7:30 PM
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
The Parish office will be closed Thursday April 1st– Monday April 5th
Father Dunn, Father Ford and all the Parish Staff wish you and your families a
Joyous Easter Season!
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
- Sunday, April 4: Easter Sunday
- Sunday, April 18 @ 11:00am: Catechesis on the
Liturgical Year Session 1
- Tuesday, April 20 @ 7:00pm: Catechesis on the
Liturgical Year Session 2
- Saturday, April 24 @ 9:30am: First Communion and
First Reconciliation Workshop
- Friday, April 30 @ 6:00pm: First Reconciliation and
Rehearsal for First Holy Communion
Every Friday at 6:00p.m. Stations of the Cross
Good Friday April 12th Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm
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
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, Deacon Bill Murphy 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!!!
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
March 14 2021
on Tuesday, March 23 at 2:54PM