Combines caring and the love of knitting into a prayerful ministry of making shawls that are given as a gesture of love in time of sorrow and fear,
as well as celebration and joy. Blessings and prayers are knitted into each
shawl and passed on to the recipient.
Contact: Mary Costa (860) 666-1286
Encourages and promotes spirituality and sociability among the women of the
parish. Provides financial support to the Parish and other outreach programs
throughout the year. Meets on the 2nd Monday of the month unless otherwise noted.
Contact: Susan Haynes (860) 233-0167
Offers socialization and camaraderie for the men of the parish through various
activities which promote involvement in the life of our parish. Meets on the
2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 P.M. in the Lower Rectory.
Contact: Tom Morris (860) 666-6331
Knights of Columbus:
Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting St. Mary Church while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. The Knights are founded on four principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.
For more information about the Newington council and activities visit their website www.kofcnewington.com.
Contact: Dick Losh, PGK (860) 667-0832
Legion of Mary:
Offers spiritual and social support to those at Jefferson House by weekly visitation, rosary, and distribution of Communion. Meets on Tuesday afternoons at 12:00 P.M. in the Lower Rectory.
Contact: Marge Albert (860) 666-4420
Help with parish mailings, bulletin inserts and other office tasks as the needs arise.
Contact: Rectory (860) 666-1591
Offers immediate/continuous prayers for those on the sick list or in any need.
Contact: Margaret Pelletier (860) 667-3287
Contact: Julie Carta (860) 667-3714
Culture of Life Ministry:
Increases awareness of pro-life issues and participates in activities to uphold the dignity of all life.
Contact: Eleanore Marchand (860) 667-7660
Contact: Al Cala (860) 594-8661
Small Christian Communities:
Reinforces the knowledge of their faith. Meeting times and locations vary according to the groups.
Contact: Cathy Modena (860) 561-0022
Helps families to plan funeral liturgies and offers ongoing bereavement support.
Contact: Doris Stevens (860) 666-5183
Contact the Rectory Office (860) 666-1591
New Day Social Group:
Provides bereaved parishioners the opportunity to meet new friends and
have a social network to process their grief.
Meets one time per month with various activities planned.
Contact: Kathy Golec (860) 953-9795
The Family Ministry Group provides opportunities for family fun such as the annual Christmas Carol Sing and Tree Lighting, Pot Luck Suppers, Parish Family Picnic, the Annual Father O'Connor Golf Tournament and more.
The Ladies' Guild provides spiritual fellowship for members and sponsors several parish fund raisers throughout the year such as the annual Tag Sale in the early fall and the Lamplighter Fair and Christmas Boutique in December. They meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month except January.
Knights of Columbus
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
If you are interested in learning more or joining our local Knights of Columbus chapter please contact one of our council members below. Contact Dick Losh, Membership Chairman at 860-665-7232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a group of men and women acting as lay apostolates promoting prayer and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.
Legionary devotion is the root of legionary apostilization. Obligation of membership includes attendance at weekly meetings and active works as assigned, i.e., visitations to area nursing homes and shut-ins where we lead the residents in praying the Holy Rosary and offer spiritual uplifting. Through the Legion, its' members work with the priests and deacons of the church and assist in participating in the pastoral responsibility of the distribution of Holy Communion to the masses.
If interested in membership, please leave your name and telephone number at the Rectory Office (860-666-5671) and someone will contact you.
Parish Nurse Ministry
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The Bereavemnt Ministry holds a fall and spring, 8 week support group for parishioners who are mourning the death of a loved one. Our church partners with St. Mary Church in Newington to sponsor these support groups. Anyone interested in gaining information about this ministry, or joining the support, may contact Pat Jarvis at email@example.com or 860-665-1031.
Funeral Ministry Team
The Funeral Ministry Team is comprised of volunteer parish members who provide assistance to the parish priests in carrying out the pastoral work of funeral ministry. The Funeral Minister meets with Family Members of the deceased to choose readings, hymns, and other appropriate details of the Funeral Mass.
The Minister serves as liaison to the presiding priest, music director, and the funeral home, and, when possible attends the wake and the Funeral Mass.
Most importantly, the Funeral Minister has the opportunity to carry the love of Christ Jesus and the prayers of the parish community to those who suffer the loss of a loved one.