May 2nd St. Gregory the Great Virtual Bulletin
Remain in Him
In the Orkney Islands off the cold shores of northeast Scotland, there is one
island more barren than all others. It is called, “Lamb Holm”. It was there that Italian prisoners of World War II were kept. And the only thing they left behind was a tiny chapel. They built it with their own hands out of anything they could find- scraps of wood, rocks, and tin cans they got from their rations. With these they built a Church. Why? Because this tiny church became a sign of, and their way of remaining in Christ. It represented for them security, hope and deliverance- that there is a power above them, inside them, and one greater than all their
Jesus tells us today, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Jesus then chooses one word to describe this symbol and his advice to us. Jesus stressed the
importance of remaining in him like a boat does when it drops its’ anchor- namely, to settle down, to become rooted and stable, to remain and abide in him.
In this often-fast paced, complex, and troubled world, we all need a firm
focus, a still point, a sturdy anchor, especially in times of distress and trouble-
Jesus can and will be this and more. He wants to be that constant companion, faithful friend, and the abiding tenant in the temple of our heart. It’s been said that, “Unless there is within us, that which is above us, we shall soon yield to that which is around us.”
God Loves You,
Parish Center Grand Opening!
Through your generosity and support, I 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
New Parish Offices are now open and can be found in the New Parish Center.
Office hours remain the same:
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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.
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
he Women of St Gregory the Great will sponsor a non-perishable Food Drive
for the benefit of Daily Bread Food Pantry on Wednesday, May 12th.
Our members will be in front of the church from
3 to 6 pm to accept non-perishable food items.
Toiletries and cleaning products such as
shampoo, toothpaste, laundry detergent are also appreciated.
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
- 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
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
voicemail at 203-744-9562
Our Council can also be contacted via email at
or by voicemail at 203-744-9562
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, 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
to the St. Gregory Family!
April 18, 2021
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