Service Ministries

Ministry to the Sick, Healing, and Homebound

During this time of lockdown, we have had to create a new system of following those that are ill. Homebound, or in the hospital during this time, we ask you to keep the parish informed as to anyone from your family who is ill or hospitalized by calling George Zamary, our Pastoral Assistant, at (203)377-0928 x118.

Seniors that are Homebound

We continue to be in contact with more than 40 homebound parishioners during this pandemic Parishioners are making friendly calls to them. If you would like to be added to our list, please contact George Zamary at 203-377-0928 x118

Homebound Ministry

Would you consider joining our team as a Eucharistic Minister or to make a friendly visit to the home or nursing home or make a friendly phone call. If you are interested please call George Zamary at the Parish Office at 203-377-0928 ext. 9.
If you know a parishioner who is homebound  and would like communion or a visit or would like  to receive  a bulletin please call the Parish Office with the request.

Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Ministry is made up of members who have experienced the death of a loved one. At this difficult time for the families, we try to offer sympathy and compassion to ease their pain and help them make the Mass a special and personal tribute to their deceased loved one. When the funeral Home calls the Parish Office to arrange for a Funeral Mass, a member of the Bereavement Ministry is contacted. We then call the family member in charge and arrange to meet with them at a time most convenient for them. We give them a booklet titled Through Death to Life. This booklet contains suggested readings that are used in preparation for the celebration of the funeral mass. We also offer list of songs that are appropriate for the mass. The family has the opportunity to make the celebration of the mass more personal for themselves by being able to choose the readings, the songs, the readers, the gift bearers and to decide if a family member or friend will saying a few “Words of Remembrance” according to Diocesan Guidelines. The information is then passed on  to the celebrant, the altar server and the organist. We welcome anyone who would like to become part of this ministry

“Can I plan my Funeral Mass?”

We are an older parish. Many parishioners have asked questions regarding scripture readings and sacred music for their funeral mass. If you would like further information, please contact George Zamary at the parish office 203-377-0928, extension 118.

St. Matthew’s Guild

Before St.Matthew was chosen to be an apostle, he was a tax collector by profession. The St. Matthew’s Guild counts the money received from the  weekly offertory, Holy Days and special collections. St. Matthew is the Patron Saint of accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, tax collectors and parish offertory counters.  If interested in joining the St.Matthew’s Guild please call the please parish office at 203-377-0928.

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Our Lady Of Grace

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