Our Pastor & Parish Staff

Weiss_Msgr. RobertDear Parishioners,WELCOME TO OUR SAINT ROSE CHURCH WEBSITE!The first Catholic Mass in Fairfield County was celebrated in Newtown in 1781 and since her founding in 1859, Saint Rose Church has been the spiritual center for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for our area communities. Saint Rose Church is the “Mother Church” of several surrounding parishes having once served eleven towns in upper Fairfield County earlier in her history. Saint Rose Church has been designated a National Catholic Historical Site by the Order of Alhambra. In keeping with our tradition, we have assembled a diverse set of parish information and Catholic Christian internet links to spread the Good News by the means available to us in the modern day. We honor our rich heritage and strive to live the Word together, today, through our common faith in Jesus Christ and our love of the Church.

I hope you find this information useful and relevant. Better yet, come join in one of our parish ministries or use your gifts to create a new one! Whether you are looking for prayer, fellowship, knowledge, answers or even fun, you will find it here. This website is not intended to be a replacement for our weekly bulletin. Rather, it is intended to be a tool that we can each use to spark continued spiritual dialogue among ourselves and within our families, as we all continue our journeys of faith. It is intended to be another place where we can find out who is doing what and where in the parish. Most of all, it is a place created for the praise and glory of His Name.

We will do our best to serve your needs, whether you are a life-long parishioner or you are new or considering joining our parish. Our ministry staff as well as our lay leadership are committed to providing all that we can to meet the spiritual desires you have in this ever demanding secular world. Come and find peace in Jesus through our liturgies, our educational programs, our sacramental life, our outreach and our hospitality. All you need to do is call!

These are exciting times as we enter a new millennium of faith. We must remember the covenant promise that God made to us that He will forever be our God as He calls us to be His people. We need to draw on the strength, faith and hope of one another; we need to be a community of people committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please use this website in this spirit; share, discuss, enrich and excite each other in the Catholic Christian tradition!

May your faith be deepened as you worship with us and may we be blessed in the gift of one another.

God bless and love,

Msgr. Robert E. Weiss


Arokiam_Fr. AlphonseFr. Alphonse Arokiam – Parochial Vicar


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Fr. Andy Vill – Parochial Vicar


 Roos_NormanDeacon Norm Roos




Richard Scinto, Deacon


Cate Gosselin, DRE Director of Parish Education 203-426-2333, ext. 1

Genova_Sister Mary Ellen

Sr. Mary Ellen Genova, CSFN  Director of Pastoral Outreach 203-426-2572, ext.11

Religious Education Staff:


Meg Arena, Coordinator Pre K – 4, Reconciliation & Communion

Grades 5-8 & Confirmation


Kate Kunze, RE Database and Registration


Jenna Donovan – Youth Group Coordinator

Office Staff:

Bifulco_FrancesFrances Bifulco, Parish Secretary

Otton_JeanJean Otton, Parish Census Coordinator

Morrissey_DoreenDoreen Morrissey, Bookkeeper

Gerbo_KellyKelly Gerbo, Receptionist

Jacovino_Mr.Joseph Jacovino, Music Director


Steve Stohl, Grounds and Maintenance


Blanca Panza


Jim Gerbo
William McCarthy