Keeping Us Connected Newsletter
January 8, 2021
“Beautiful is Christ!” – Saint Augustine
Dear Saint Mary Friends,

A blessed 2021 to you and those dear to you. A few things of interest for this Newsletter: Two big thank you notes, and news of a post-COVID offering in July.

We priests of St. Mary’s have received many kind and generous gifts for Christmas – most frequently sweets, baked goods, candies, meals, and more (God help our cholesterol and waistlines). Some came with cards and some anonymously. So to all of you, Father Lourderaj, Fr. Damian, and I offer deepest thanks and the promise of our continued prayers.

All of the beautiful Masses for the Christmas Season were the result of many hours given by devoted maintenance staff, musicians, sacristans, altar decorators, video team, and some very dedicated volunteers. Thank you all on behalf of all of us, and may the Lord bless you.

ST. MARY’S ICON WORKSHOP: July 26-30, 2021
And now for some post-COVID good news. I’m happy to announce we will be having an Icon Workshop this July. Icons are some of the oldest and most profound styles of Christian art and are so much more than just putting paint on a surface. The workshop will be led by one of the finest iconographers in the country, Veronica Royal, who just happens to be my sister-in-law. Veronica has studied in many countries, including Greece, England, and Egypt, and has received commissions from around the world. As you will see in the flyer, participants will learn the history of icons, their theology, enter into the prayer necessary for painting them, and actually paint their own icons under Veronica’s supervision. Registration is limited, and more information will follow in the weeks to come. I am grateful to parishioner, Roula Lee, who will coordinate registration and other details (

I can’t help but connect this to the fact that we will be back in St. Mary’s Church building by then, and we will hopefully be drawn in by the beauty that speaks of Christ, worshipping Him, and being graced by Him. With that in mind, I hope the second video below, “Evangelizing Through Beauty” helps us understand the relation of beauty to Christ and Life in Him. Toward the end it quotes Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar: “The beautiful seizes you, it changes you, and then it calls you and sends you.”

Health and many blessings,
Monsignor Kevin T. Royal

Praised be Jesus Christ!
Now and Forever
Also in today’s Newsletter:
Christmas 2020
Kids' Coat Drive Thank Yous...

In December, the Catholic Action team sponsored a Coat Drive for the First Communion and Confirmation kids at St. Peter Parish in Bridgeport. Below are some thank you notes from the kids.

Thank you to all who donated to our December Food Drive for Catholic Charities and Thomas Merton Center.
Unique Retreat Experience
Week-long Icon painting with instruction and prayer with iconographer Veronica Royal from Royal Icon Studios coming to our Parish July 26-31. Limited spaces available. Attendees take home their own hand painted icon of Our Lady Undoer of Knots. Click here to learn more.
Email Roula Lee to register

Saturday, January 9

Sunday, January 10

If you need to cancel your reservation, please make every effort to cancel well before closing so others have an opportunity to take your spot. Thank you!

11 AM Sunday Mass will be livestreamed
Watch LIVE and afterwards (anytime) on our Facebook page and website

Nancy Bossidy Rec Center (GYM)

Monday, 12:30 PM
Tuesday, 5:00 PM
Wednesday, 12:30 PM
Thursday, 5:00 PM
Friday, 12:30 PM
No Registration Needed
Please do not arrive earlier than 12:15 PM to the 12:30 PM Mass

Tuesdays - 4:15 PM

Saturdays - 3:30 to 4:15 PM

Nancy Bossidy Rec Center (GYM)

New parents who wish to have their baby baptized must attend a pre-baptism class. Our next class is Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 pm via Zoom. Please email Joanne Brown,, to register.
Please remember to wear a face mask

Adoration Chapel
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Limited to 4 people at any one time

If the 4 places are full, a visitor must wait outside or return at another time.
Chairs and kneelers are safely distanced and the air conditioning and air circulation system works well.
Many thanks for your continued support of our Parish!
Your support helps maintain our Parish facilities and bring the Eucharist and God's Word to our community - plus it helps those in need through our many ministries. 


Online Giving is an easy way to give with a click of a button.

You may mail your offertory to the Parish office as well; mail is picked up every day. St. Mary Parish, 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877