St Gregory the Great Virtual Bulletin March 25th
Clowns for Christ
Upon graduation from “Clown School”, some new clowns receive the clown oath and prayer. It reads as follows:
“Dear Lord, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more happiness than gloom, to spread more cheer than despair. Never let me forget that I am a clown, that my work is to cheer people up, make them happy and make them laugh, make them forget for a moment all the unpleasant things in their lives. Never let me acquire financial success to the point where I will discontinue calling upon my God in the hour of need, or acknowledging and thanking Him in the hour of plenty.”
If this is what clowns are supposed to be all about, perhaps clowns are more Christian than most Christians today. In the Scriptures, St. Paul refers to himself as a “fool for Christ”, so with this prayer in mind I wouldn’t mind being called a “clown for Christ”. Wouldn’t it be great if we all took these words to heart? Namely, to seek to spread cheer, comfort, laughter and joy to others?
Our Christian vocation urges us to reflect the demanding, selfless and total love of Christ- a love that does not have any conditions or end, and a love that is given freely, without expecting anything in return. The question is how are you doing?
God Loves You,
Parish Center Grand Opening!
Invite you to our Parish Center grand opening on Friday, May 21
from 6-8 PM!
The evening will include a tour of the building, blessing and thank you for helping to make our Parish Center a reality! Appetizers and drinks will be served as well (no admission charge), but we ask that you please sign-up ahead of time by
calling/emailing our Parish Office, so that we have an accurate head count.
Also, for those who cannot make it but wish to see the new building,
we will open the doors for touring after every Mass on the weekend of May 22/23.
We are so proud and happy that this day has arrived and hope to see you there!
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
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
Together, let us pray on April 25
a Marian Prayer for Vocations so that the hearts and minds of men and women will be open to those vocations to which the Lord is calling them.
“O Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, and Mother of the Church, to you we commend our young people, in particular those called to closely follow your Son as brothers, sisters, deacons, and priests. You know, O Mary, the difficulties, struggles, doubts, and
obstacles they must face. Assist them to answer "yes" to the divine call, as you did at the invitation of the angel. Draw them near to your heart so that they can understand the beauty and the joy that awaits them when they answer your Son’s call to be witnesses of His love in the world. Amen.”
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.
New Men’s Group!
On Tuesday May 4
at 7 PM in our Church Hall, we will be introducing a new Men’s Group to St. Gregory the Great Parish. This group will meet every first Tuesday of the month, and will include prayer, Scripture, and topics of discussion to be determined by the participants. This will be an informal group, open to all the men of our Parish. I hope to see you there!
If You Have Not Registered
Your Child for our Faith Formation
Program, Please Call the Office at
- Friday, April 30 @ 6:00pm: First Reconciliation and
Rehearsal for First Holy Communion
- Saturday May 1 @ 11am First Holy Communion
- Sunday May 2 @ 5:30pm Confirmation Retreat
- Friday May 14 @ 6:00pm Confirmation Rehearsal
- Saturday May 15 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm Confirmation
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
Immaculate High School Spring Preview Day
Join us in-person on Sunday, April 25, 2021 beginning at 1:00 p.m. by registering for a 45-minute tour time. Tours will be staggered every 15 minutes to allow for small groups and social distancing. During Spring Preview, prospective freshmen or transfer students in grades 6-10 can explore our innovative academic
programs, learn about student and spiritual life, attend admissions and financial aid presentations, tour campus and meet some of our administrators, staff and students. Space is limited and attendance is by appointment-only. See for yourself how Immaculate provides a strong foundation for a bold future.
PARISH PRAYER LIST
Eric Mandzuk, Irene Anderson, Tommie DeSantis, Robert
Carolan, Linda Salvador, Amandio Dos Santos, Vicki Denicola, Dave Sutton, Joe Vick, Isiah Matthew, Arlene Kuderna, Valerie Geerer, Ellen Boyle, Kenneth Towery, Dr. John Famigletti, Mark Cefaloni, Susan Gallagher, John Muro, Carol Gershkowitz, Dr. Ephram Rebong, Doris Ryan, Sharon Tharas, Mary Ann Petronio, Deacon Bill Murphy, David and Darlene Collins and the Rutledge and Houlihan Families.
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!!!
Newly Baptized at St. Gregory the Great!
Please join us in welcoming
Tyler Thomas Nipper
to the St. Gregory Family!
April 11, 2021
on Tuesday, April 20 at 10:44AM