Faith Formation – April 1st 2018

Happy Easter!

This truly is a happy day for all Christians as we listen to the Gospel account of the disciples’ discovery of the empty tomb.  However, the disciples did not yet understand about the Resurrection; in fact Mary of Magdala thought Jesus was the gardener.  We are blessed that our faith is based on the witnesses of Jesus’ followers and their continuing relationship with Jesus after His resurrection.  However, we too are witnesses because His gift of the Spirit resides within each and every one of us!  Listen to His Spirit and act upon His Spirit to set this world on fire with hope and love.  The Spirit has placed a desire in all of our hearts to learn more about Christ and to become a more faithful disciple each day.  Take advantage of the many opportunities at St. Rose to fully participate in this faith community.  If you do not know where to begin, start by visiting the website at, or stop in the Religious Education Office for a complete list of ministries at St. Rose.  If you desire to be truly joyful this Easter season and always, draw closer to Christ who made it all possible.

Butterfly Weekend

During all Masses next weekend (April 7 & 8), First Commnion students will present their butterfly banners.  These banners will mark their pews on First Communion Day.  It is very important that the children celebrate Mass at St. Rose next weekend – it is a joy for our parishioners to see the children with their creations!

Called and Gifted Spring Sessions

St. Rose will offer morning and evening sessions.  The morning session will begin on Wednesday, April 25 from 10:00-12:00; and the evening sessions will begin on May 9 from 6:30-8:30.  There will be seven sessions.  This self-discovery process is a very well-defined approach through the Catherine of Siena Institute to help us discover the gifts that we were given at Baptism.  Call Pam Arsenault at 203-426-2333, ext 1 or e-mail at for additional information or to sign-up.  The cost is $40 and includes all books and materials. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain. – John  15:16a

Making Music Praying Twice

This dynamic music program for children 0-4 years of age, is offered on Thursdays or Fridays.  Children and their parents/grandparents/guardians use instruments and toys to sing, play games, dance, and pray together.  Email or call Linda Villafano at or text or call 203-733-0743 to sign up.  Class size is limited to 12.  Visit for additional information about this enjoyable interactive program.   Since there were a few cancellations because of snow, the make-up may take place on Saturdays.  If you are interested to “come and see” what it is all about, please call or e-mail Linda.

Registration for Religious Education Classes

Registration for religious education classes for the 2018-19 school year begins soon – we are holding registration sessions on Sunday, April 8, 8:30am – 12:30pm; and Monday and Tuesday, April 9-10, 4:00 – 8:00pm.  Please register during one of these times, even if you are unsure of your fall schedule.  Financial assistance is available to those in need.  See St. Rose website for more details.

Mark your calendars for Vacation Bible Camp at St. Rose:  July 9-13.  Sign-up will begin during the time of Religious Education Registration – April 8-10 (see times above).