Keeping Us Connected Newsletter
February 19, 2021
We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.
Because by thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Dear Saint Mary Friends,

Some important items for this Newsletter: 1.) Information about Lenten Stations of the Cross, and 2.) A warm welcome to a resident priest here in our Parish.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
We will have regularly scheduled Stations of the Cross in the Hall every Friday at 7:00 P.M. throughout Lent. We are also working on some other opportunities in the Parish during these 40 days. Along with Friday in person Stations, every Newsletter will include a different video version. Today’s offering is a scriptural stations used by Pope St. John Paul II at the Colosseum on Good Friday 1991. In this version, there is a slightly different numbering of station toward the end. St. John Paul also uses an 11th station different from what we are used to: “Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief.” In upcoming weeks, other videos will use texts from St. John Henry Newman, St. Alphonsus Liguori, and others. And speaking of videos, I strongly recommend the wonderful video (below) on Sunday’s Gospel of the Temptation of Jesus by Satan in the Desert.

WELCOME FATHER MICHAEL NOVAJOSKY
When Bishop Caggiano brought up his plan to appoint Fr. Lourduraj to a new assignment at St. Joseph’s Center and Stephen Parish, both in Trumbull, I said we would need some help at St. Mary’s. And while we are not able to have a full-time priest assigned here, the Bishop sent us a priest-in-residence. What is a priest-in-residence? He is someone who has full-time work at the diocesan level and lives in a parish. He is not given any particular responsibilities in that parish, but can help out in a reduced capacity as his diocesan responsibilities allow. So let’s have Fr. Michael Novajosky introduce himself to you (see below).

Blessings,
Monsignor Royal
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Now and Forever

Greetings Dear Friends and Members of St. Mary church,

I am happy to join the parish community, even if it is in a limited role. It is also a joy for me to live with your pastor, Msgr. Royal. Msgr. Royal was Rector of St. John Fisher Seminary Residence when I began my formal discernment and formation for the priesthood “several” years ago... I was ordained in 2010 after completing my philosophical studies at The Catholic University of America and theological studies and formation at The Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University. My first assignment was as vicar at St. Jude Church in Monroe. I transitioned from that role to Episcopal Chaplain at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, where I served until 2018. My most recent assignment that I just completed was as Rector of St. Augustine Cathedral and Pastor of The Cathedral Parish. My full-time ministry is as Special Assistant to the Bishop and I come to your parish as Resident Priest to allow my focus upon my special ministry in the diocese. I am grateful for the opportunity to be connected with St. Mary Parish. I will assist at different times sacramentally (Mass and confessions) and hopefully future Faith Formation opportunities (faith studies, presentations, etc.) in addition to being around at different parish activities and liturgies. Thank you to Msgr. Royal and Fr. Damian for their help and welcome already in these few days and I look forward to connecting with the parish community and serving it to the extent that I can.   

Fr. Novajosky 
Also in today’s Newsletter:
Didn't get a chance to attend our Mondays with Mary ZOOM presentation on Our Lady of Lourdes? Watch below...

JOIN US!
Book Study
Meeting via Zoom 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the Month
First Session: February 18 at 7:30 PM

A Biblical Walk Through Christ's Passion

Virtual 5-Week Study beginning February 23
Tuesdays at 7 PM

St. Mary Parish is sponsoring two movies at the
Ridgefield Playhouse
GOD’S COMPASS
Thursday, February 25 @ 7pm
The Ridgefield Playhouse is screening God’s Compass, a film about finding direction and trusting God’s path through personal crises. This screening features an exclusive introduction from lead actress, Karen Abercrombie, as she revisits God’s Compass for its special return to the big screen! Seating is limited capacity and socially-distanced! MORE INFO
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS – 65th Anniversary
Sunday, March 28 @ 1pm
See Academy Award-winner Cecil Demille’s epic film on the big screen in this 65th Anniversary event starring Charlton Heston with exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies! Seating is limited capacity and socially-distanced! MORE INFO
YOUTH & FAMILY
MEATLESS MEALS & STATIONS #1

This Friday, dinner is up to you! Whatever you make, afterwards we’ll gather at 7pm on Zoom for a brief Introduction to the Stations of the Cross – even the youngest child will be able to hang with us through this short session. Zoom link will be sent the day of to all registered families.
CATHOLIC HONORS

Kids all over the parish are hard at work memorizing prayers, studying the catechism, making art in imitation of works by great masters, and serving their fellow human in imitation of Saint Teresa of Calcutta… what are YOUR kids working towards?

Lent would be a great time to inspire them to pick one of these recognitions they’d like to pursue and get at it—committing just 30 minutes or so per week. Detailed descriptions of each are on the website. Signup on the Google form so we can keep in touch about submitting your work. Open to all 1st-9th graders. Recognition ceremony in June.

MOMS BOOK CHAT-- Feb 24th @ 8pm

Mark your calendar for a relaxed conversation based on The Catholic All Year Compendium by Kendra Tierney! This month we'll be looking at Chapter 5 on Lent. Hear some ideas about how others are living the liturgical year in their homes-- which is especially important during this time when we can't be at Church so often! More Info contact: Laura Danner ldanner@smcr.org

PRAYER AND SACRAMENTS
MASS REGISTRATION

Saturday, February 20


Sunday, February 21


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
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross in the Hall every Friday at 7:00 PM throughout Lent.
WEEKDAY MASSES
Monday, 12:30 PM - GYM
Tuesday, 5:00 PM - GYM
Wednesday 12:30 PM - GYM
Thursday, 5:00 PM - GYM
Friday, 12:30 PM - GYM

No Registration Required
Please do not arrive earlier than 12:15 PM to the 12:30 PM Mass

SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION
Tuesdays - 4:15 PM

Saturdays - 3:00 to 4:00 PM

Nancy Bossidy Rec Center (GYM)
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Please remember to wear a face mask

Adoration Chapel
OPEN DAILY
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.
PRAYER LIST
Many thanks for your continued support of our Parish!
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