Keeping Us Connected Newsletter
February 12, 2021
We give thanks to God for all of you, remembering in our prayers…Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you…
1Thes 1:2; 5:18
Dear St. Mary Friends,

As many Parishioners know, Bishop Caggiano has reassigned Fr. Lourderaj to be the Chaplain at St. Joseph’s Center in Trumbull. He will live in the rectory at St. Stephen Parish also in Trumbull. While it is the lot of a priest to be transferred, that doesn’t take away the fact that we will miss him greatly. Fr. Lourderaj is an outstanding priest with the heart of the Good Shepherd himself. Surely the Lord will bless many people in Trumbull through him. We thank the Lord for the time we have had with Fr. Lourderaj. We wish him well and promise our prayers for his new ministry. Please see his message to the Parish below. 

Blessings,
Monsignor Royal
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Now and Forever
Message from Father Lourderaj Pitchai, O. Praem

Dear Sisters and Brothers of St. Mary Family,

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Our Healer.

I take this precious moment to thank our almighty Father who art in heaven for His love care and protection during my stay for two and a half years in St. Mary’s and using me as His servant to serve His People, here in St. Mary Family.

I never imagined that a time would come very soon when I will depart from this place but I always harken to the will of God and have to obey His voice when He calls.

Today brethren I am bidding you bye to relocate to another place in His vineyard but want to take this precious chance to thank each and every one of you for the love we have always shared since I came to this Parish. As I journeyed along with you, I felt at home in this great and unique family.

It is so hard to believe that I have been greatly blessed by being with you this past two and half years. I am so full of joy being with all of you. You have welcomed me as member of the parish family and have helped make my Priestly Ministry fruitful, blessed and enjoyable. Memories made at St. Mary Parish will be with me forever. I sincerely thank each and every member of St. Mary Family. This Family is unique, you are unique in that the time I came here all of you became my friends, we have connection that is unique.

I would like to place in record my gratitude to all of you: Parishioners, Parish Staff and Brother Deacons and Priests for your support to carry out my ministry in St. Mary Parish, and to those who financially helped to carry out a small project for deserving beneficiaries in India during the Pandemic.

Thank you for all of your patience, kindness, mercy, grace, generosity, and love that you have shown me. You are a great Family and I wish you all the best in this. 

May you continue to grow in faith, hope and love, worshipping the Lord with your whole heart, mind, body, and soul and remember to do everything for the glory of God. I ask our heavenly Father to bless you with the blessings of Abraham and ask you to keep up with the same spirit.

As I leave, I want to quote the powerful words of Paul in the Letter to the Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" so that the glory of God can be seen.

It is very hard to leave. I will miss you all. 

Jesus, We Trust In You
Father Lourderaj Pitchai, O. Praem
Also in today’s Newsletter:
Thursday, February 11 was the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Here is a video talk on the apparitions to St. Bernadette.

JOIN US!
Book Study
Meeting via Zoom 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the Month
First Session: February 18 at 7:30 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
A Biblical Walk Through Christ's Passion

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

ST. MARY PARISH
MEN’S MINISTRY

Try us out this Lent!

ZOOM from anywhere to join us on Saturday mornings!
Meetings inspire us for the whole week!

YOUTH & FAMILY
PRAYER AND SACRAMENTS
MASS REGISTRATION

Saturday, February 13

Sunday, February 14


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
WEEKDAY MASSES
PRESIDENTS' DAY
Monday, February 15
9:00 AM - Parish Hall
No Registration Required
Tuesday, 5:00 PM - GYM
ASH WEDNESDAY
February 17

Masses in GYM
9 AM, 12:30 PM and 5 PM
Reservations required & opening Monday at 6 PM

Distribution Ashes
11 AM-12 PM; 4 PM-5 PM; 7 PM- 8PM
Parish Hall
walk ins for ashes welcome
Thursday, 5:00 PM - GYM

Friday, 12:30 PM - GYM

No Registration Required other than Ash Wednesday
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!
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. 

WAYS TO CONTINUE YOUR WEEKLY OFFERTORY

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