Liturgy

As Catholics, we praise and honor God in a variety of ways, but the chief act of communal worship is the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  Throughout the world, our community joins together as a unified body to celebrate the sacrifice and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

While the primary participants in the Mass are the priest and the congregation, there are many other participants of the Liturgy, including Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion, Ministers of the Word, Ushers, and altar servers, among others.  Please consider joining one of these areas to participate more fully in the Liturgy.

Stations of the Cross take place on Fridays during Lent at 7:00PM

The Mass Intention Book for 2018 is now open.

Please do not request Masses before then. The guidelines remain the same as in past years. These restrictions are for the benefit of everyone who wishes to book Masses during the year. If you wish to book more Masses later in the year, by all means contact us. We ask:
– no more than 10 Masses
– no more than 2 Saturday 4:30PM Masses
– no more than 6 Sunday Masses

Altar Servers

Altar servers assist the priest at the celebration of the Eucharist, the central Christian Sacrament. Membership is open to boys and girls who have entered fourth grade. Father Chako schedules the servers for Sunday Mass. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Altar Server, please fill out this form and return it to Fr. Chako. For questions, please contact Fr. Chako at 203-878-3571 or Frchacko@saintmarychurchmilford.org

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Parents: It is very, very important to remember that your children should be at church 10-15 minutes before mass begins so that they can be ready on time. Also, if for some reason your child can not serve when scheduled, it is the family’s responsibility to find a substitute.

Eucharistic Ministers

Please remember that if you are a Eucharistic Minister and are unable to serve at your scheduled Mass, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the parish office.

Lectors

Lectors, also known as Ministers of the Word, proclaim the scripture readings at all weekend and Holy Day Masses. Once a person has been called, he or she must go through a period of formal training. If you have the desire and ability to devote time to proclaim God's word, please contact the Parish Office for more information.

If you are already a lector, please remember that if you are unable to serve at your scheduled Mass, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.

Ushers

Ushers are men and women who help to seat parishioners, pass the basket for offertory collections and assist in decorating the church during the the liturgical seasons. Anyone who is interested in becoming an usher should contact Jay Mraz, Chair of the Ushers Committee jmraz52@gmail.com or 203-212-7967).

If you are already an usher, please remember that if you are unable to serve at your scheduled Mass, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.

In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America, in conformity with canon 1246, are as follows:
January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God;
Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension;
August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
November 1, the solemnity of All Saints;
December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception;
December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is lifted.

(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops decree, December 13, 1991)