Keeping Us Connected Newsletter
April 23, 2021
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
--Ecclesiastes 3:11
CHURCH PROJECT UPDATE
Gathering Space & Adoration Chapel
Dear Saint Mary’s Friends,

Please take the time to note these few items of interest here at St. Mary’s:

Church Interior Videos
I hope you enjoy the two videos giving you a glimpse of the work going on in the new Adoration Chapel and Gathering Space. They are certainly still a work in progress – and we don’t have a definite summer opening date yet from the contractors - but progress you will indeed see.
 
Malta House Toy Drive
Parishioner, Christopher D’Orso, a junior at Ridgefield High School, has put together a wonderful work of mercy for the Malta House of Good Counsel – the sole pro-life home for single expectant mothers and then their babies in Fairfield County. He has arranged a toy drive for the babies, the details of which you can find here.
Icon Workshop
Icons are called “glimpses into heaven. For interested Parishioners (or friends), St. Mary’s is offering a wonderful workshop from July 26 – 30. Participants will come away with an understanding of the profound history and spirituality of icons along with an icon they paint on their own under the tutelage of my sister-in-law, Veronica Royal, a nationally known iconographer. Veronica’s icons have been commissioned by individuals and churches both nationally and internationally. Information about the workshop can be found here. The need for true beauty in our lives, especially regarding the transcendent, is essential to human beings. So below are two very brief videos looking at some wonderful Catholic art.

Many blessings,
Monsignor Royal
Also in today’s Newsletter:
Speaker Series

TALK 2
"You and Me: What Does It Mean To Be Human?" - A Talk on Pope John Paul 2's Theology of the Body

Tuesday, April 27 - 7:00 PM via ZOOM
Presenter: Jen Ricard, Executive Director of a new non-profit, Theology of the Body Cleveland bio


April 30, May 1 & 2
MALTA HOUSE
TOY DRIVE
May 1 & 2 - After all Masses

Purchase a toy for the Malta House nursery in your name
Toys range from $15 to $30


Mother's Day Cards
Now available for purchase - $10

As another option, you may add your loved one online to be included in the Mother's Day Mass intentions (no card)

YOUTH & FAMILY
May Crowning
Sunday, May 2 - 10:30 AM Mass

May is traditionally a month devoted to Mary, kicked off with a "May Crowning." Young girls of the Parish up to fifth grade are invited to bring a flower from your own garden to Mass on Sunday, May 2nd! The oldest girl at the 10:30 AM Mass will place a flower crown; followed by a short procession with song--and then everyone will be invited to add their flowers to a vase next to our Blessed Mother and kneel before her for a moment of prayer.  

Look for live Children's Liturgy events coming soon!
PRAYER AND SACRAMENTS


MASS REGISTRATION

April 24

April 25



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.

If you must cancel after reservation closing, please email our seating captains:



Registration Closing Times
Saturday 4:30 PM Vigil Mass - Saturday at noon
Sunday Masses - Sunday at 6:30 AM
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 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