Directory of Ministries and Activities

This page contains contacts for each ministry and activity that St. Rose Church offers.  After the contacts chart, there are descriptions of each of the ministries.

Ministry Contact
Name
Phone-# Email
Adoption, Foster, and Orphan Care Ministry Jane & Doug Brady 203-270-6223 SaintRoseAdoption@yahoo.com
AA & Alanon Addiction Support  Lou  203-304-1471  lp719@aol.com
Art Through Faith for Children Adrienne Keogler 203-994-6694 adriennekeogler@att.net
Altar Angels Terry Tortora 203-426-7714 tmtortora@gmail.com
Altar Servers Fr. Krzysztof 203-426-1014 frkuczynski@diobpt.org
Altar Servers Donna Locke 203-426-9604 d.locke@snet.net
Baptism Coordinator Trish McKenzie 203-426-1014 parishadmin@strosechurch.com
Beloved Marriage Enrichment Vanessa Mosher 603-731-9571 vanessa@moshpro.com
Bereavement Ministry Sr. Mary Ellen Genova, CSFN 203-426-2572 outreachministry@strosechurch.com
Bereavement Support Group Suzanne Vitiello 914-409-6236 brownfive@charter.net
Bible Study (Friday a.m.) Blanca Sheehan 203-426-3253 blancasheehan22@yahoo.com
Blessing of the Animals Virginia Jess 203-426-5327 virginiajess@gmail.com
Boy Scouts Troop 770 Alan Page 203-364-7856
Called and Gifted Pam Arsenault 203-426-2333 ext 1 dre@strosechurch.com
Cenacle Queta Donovan 203-426-2153 avemariapurisima@snet.com
Cub Scouts Pack 570 Joe Belisari 203-675-4252 belisarijoe@gmail.com
Currency Engineers Mary Jo Pecora-Runkle 203-270-6428 mjpecorarunkle@gmail.com
Divorce/ Separated Ministry — New Beginnings Deacon Rick Scinto 203-270-9539 camscinto@yahoo.com
Divorce/ Separated Ministry — New Beginnings Mary Ellen McGarry 203-520-8519 melle.mcgarry@gmail.com
Do-Gooders (students who serve) Joseph DeMaida 203-270-9133 JPTaunton@sbcglobal.net
Eucharistic Adoration Queta Donovan 203-426-2153 avemariapurisima@snet.net
Extraordinary Ministers Marge Griffin 203-262-8584 rosymarge@gmail.com
Finance Committee Harry Waterbury 203-426-3377 harrison.waterbury@sbcglobal.net
Financial Peace University Amy & Matt Taylor 203-364-7116 m.s.taylor288@gmail.com
Folk Choir Larry Gardner 203-270-6176
Job Network Support Group Kevin Roche 203-313-2395 kevinroche@aol.com
Kennedy Rosary Project Michelle Babyak 203-270-6265 michelle.babyak@gmail.com
Knights of Columbus Assembly 3230 Len Mortiz 203-733-7272 len1727@aol.com
Knights of Columbus Council Grand Knight Stephen Schumacher 920-242-0787 stevefanny@att.net
Knights of Columbus Squires Bill Manfredonia 203-313-5855 kamphillips@hotmail.com
Lay Missionaries of Charity Mary-Barrett Anders

Queta Donovan

n/a

203-426-2153

mbanders53@gmail.com

avemariapurisima@snet.net

Lectors Peggy Baiad 203-426-0109 tbaiad@att.net
Lift-a-Spirit-Meal Ministry Kathy Phillips 203-426-4521 kamphillips@hotmail.com
Lift-a-Spirit-Meal Ministry Sr. Mary Ellen Genova, CSFN 203-426-2572 outreachministry@strosechurch.com
Live Nativity Mary Beth Sippin 203-258-3462 mb@sippin.com
Making Music Praying Twice Linda Villafano 203-733-0743 lindavillafano@gmail.com
Marriage Encounter John & Bev Maley 203-364-0836 bjkmaley@aol.com
Marriage Prep (Pre-Cana) Gina Long 203-270-8240 glong531@gmail.com
Men’s Faith Network Michael Ryan 203-426-5416 mryan9497@gmail.com
Men’s Praise and Worship Tony Evertez 203-917-1158 tevertez@yahoo.com
Music Ministry Joe Jacovino 203-758-8568 josephjacovino@gmail.com
Nativity – Christmas Eve Elizabeth Gietz 203-304-1085 elisabeth@gietz.org
Nativity – Christmas Eve Maureen Reidy 203-426-0506 breidy1@aol.com
Nativity – Christmas Eve Laura Callahan 203-610-1187 lecallahan@hotmail.com
Natural Family Planning Al & Adrienne Keogler 203-270-9544 adriennekeogler@att.net
Parent Connection, Inc for addiction support Dorrie Carolan 203-994-5394 dorrie@newtownparentconnection.org
Parish Outreach Ministry Sr. Mary Ellen Genova, CSFN 203-426-2572 outreachministry@strosechurch.com
Parish Faith Formation Pam Arsenault 203-426-2333 ext-1 dre@strosechurch.com
Prayer Chain (E-mail) Kristen Renzi krenzi@sbcglobal.net
Prayer Shawl Ministry Kathleen Chrusciel-Desrosiers 203-426-9922 samajay@aol.com
Pre-Baptism Instruction Deacon Norm Roos 203-730-0175 normroosjr@aol.com
Religious Ed Pre-K – 6th grade & First Communion Meg Arena 203-426-2333 Ext.2 cre@strosechurch.com
Religious Ed 7 & 8 grade & Confirmation Mary Craig 203-426-2333 Ext. 4 sacraments@strosechurch.com
Pro-Life/Pro-Family Committee Helga Roegle 203-426-6030 Helgaforlife@aol.com
Registration & Database Coordinator Kate Kunze 203-426-2333 Ext 3 database@strosechurch.com
Retreat Continuation Team John Barry 203-426-2682 john@itechcp.com
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Donna Locke 203-426-9604 d.locke@snet.net
Rosary Prayer Group Gloria and Joe Markey 203-364-0814
Security John Bazzoni 203-262-8508 bazjo@charter.net
Social Concerns Committee Joan Dwyer 203-426-9337 freddwyer@charter.net
Spiritual Journey Virginia Jess 203-426-5327 virginiajess@gmail.com
Spiritual Journey Linda Moritz 203-426-0102 lindamor1727@aol.com
Sr. Youth Grp (High School) Rodd Blessey 203-948-0464 blessman4@att.net
St. Joseph’s Project Queta Donovan 203-426-2153 avemariapurisima@snet.net
St. Rose Carnival Doreen Morrissey 203-426-5250 bookkeeper@strosechurch.com
St. Rose Carnival Mary Jo Pecora-Runkle (carnival – food) 203-270-6428 mjpecorarunkle@gmail.com
St. Rose Edge and Excite Jr Youth Jenna Donovan 203-512-7047 kd3@hotmail.com
St. Rose Home School Association Fred & Kathy Ventresca 203-304-1070 2fredv@gmail.com
St. Rose Praise & Worship Prayer Grp Toni Adams 203-426-7167 kennymickadams@gmail.com
St. Rose School and Pre-School Sr. Colleen Smith 203-426-5102 principal@stroseschool.com
St. Rose Women’s Club Ellie Whalen 203-426-6425 ellen_whalen@charter.net
Teach Me to Pray; Teach me to Play Dot Perpignand 203-270-7828 dot.perpignand@sbcglobal.net
Walking with Purpose Women’s Bible Study Diane Lavin 203-520-0188 dianelavin@hotmail.com
Website Coordinator Adam Gietz 203-304-1085 adamgietz@strosechurch.com
Wedding Intake Information Fran Bifulco 203-426-1014 parishsecretary@strosechurch.com
Women’s Enrichment Book Study (Webs) Elizabeth Lynch 203-270-9072 lizlynch@earthlink.net
Women’s Retreat Pam Arsenault 203-426-2333, Ext. 1 dre@strosechurch.com
Young Widows/Widowers Ellen Klaus 203-426-0481 ellenmkrn@charter.net
Vacation Bible School Rachel torresoleary@yahoo.com
AA & Al-Anon Addiction Support
The purpose of this support is to help & assist those who wish to avail themselves of these 12 Step Programs and to introduce them to the local meeting and fellow members .
It must be remembered the Anonymity is the cornerstone of these Programs.
Altar Angels
Responsibilities include picking up altar linens in church approximately once a month as assigned on either Sunday or Wednesday.  Wash and iron linens (corporals, purificators, and towels) and return the linens to church within 3-5 days.
Amount of linens varies between 20-40 items.  Must be VIRTUS trained.
Bereavement Group
A compassionate venue for those who have lost a child or other loved one due to substance abuse or a catastrophic circumstance. The group is facilitated by a licensed therapist. 
 
Our Hope & Support group meets each Thursday from 7 – 9 at the offices of the Newtown Parent Connection, 2 Washington Square, Fairfield Hills, Newtown, CT.
 
Our Hope & Support group also meets each Wednesday from 7 – 9 at the First Congregational Church

148 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT

A weekly gathering for parents and caregivers with children or loved one’s affected by substance use/abuse. This group provides a confidential venue to receive information and support concerning how to handle their child’s or loved one’s suspected or confirmed use of substances. Facilitated by an experienced drug & alcohol counselor.
 
For further information please call 203 270-1600
Beloved Couples
Beloved Couples strives to help nurture married couples through our Catholic faith, by understanding the true meaning of the sacrament of marriage and how to live the self sacrificial love of Christ out day to day, in imitation of Christ who was crucified for his beloved spouse (the Church). We gather monthly for a date night with other couples to share and learn about our faith, to learn from and help each other to avoid pitfalls that can hinder our married lives and to hopefully grow in intimacy with our spouses in our vocation of love.
For more information please contact Vanessa Mosher at vanessa@moshpro.com.
Called and Gifted
At our Baptism the Holy Spirit gifted you with charisms that are to be used to build up the Body of Christ on earth — wherever we are:  in the workplace, at home, neighborhood, etc.  This process helps adults to identify and learn about their God-given charisms, and ways to fulfill God’s mission through you.  Contact Pam Arsenault 203-426-2333 ext. 1.
Cub Scouts Pack 570
Join the fun of hiking, fishing, camping and pinewood derby.
Boys build character and self-esteem as well as life skills and teamwork.
Pack 570 promotes spiritual growth. Scouting teaches our boys to try their best and honor their church, their country and flag.
Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen
Please contact Marcia Izzo at 203-426-4155.  They meet the third Wednesday of each month.
Kennedy’s Rosary Project
At age 2, Kennedy was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor. Since her diagnosis, she has spent countless hours in the MRI. She has received much comfort from praying the rosary in the MRI, but her mom could not find a rosary that was safe to take in with her.
Through the touches of the Holy Spirit  a new ministry called Kennedy’s Rosary Project was created to serve this need.  KRP’s mission is to makes hand-knotted MRI-safe nylon twine rosary chaplets to offer consolation and a safe rosary to be prayed anywhere.  The MRI-safe Rosaries are packaged with instructions on how to pray the Rosary and are placed in  KRP boxes, which shares Kennedy’s story in MRI centers, sent to soldiers and shared with those who are ill or suffering.  Instructions are available in Spanish and English.

This ministry is a blessing to both the knotters and to those receiving the chaplets.

Lay Missionaries of Charity
For more information, please see the following PDF:  Lay Missionaries of Charity
Lending Library
Thanks to June Carpenter, the upstairs room in the Religious Education Office at 38 Church Hill Rd. has many spiritual books for you to read! Please stop in anytime and take a look at the wide variety of inspirational literature to nourish your spirit.
Life-a-Spirit-Meal Ministry
The Lift a Spirit  Meal Ministry is compromised of St. Rose of Lima parishioners who offer meals to fellow parishioners as a charitable offering. Our recipients are parishioners who are homebound, dealing with a chronic illness, or facing medical emergencies. There is nothing like a hot meal made with love and prayers to lift their spirits knowing that fellow parishioners care. Our volunteers make and deliver the meal to the recipient at a time that is convenient for both. The work of our hands brings a loving touch to so many parishioners who are in need. Our volunteers feel truly blessed to be of service to others.
Making Music Praying Twice

Making Music Praying Twice is a parent/child small group music education class. A teacher leads parents and children in music and movement activities (singing, dancing, and very simple instrument play) which promotes the growth of music aptitude in children ages 0-5. Faithful songs sensitive to the Liturgical Year are interwoven into a complete curriculum. Classes are approximately 45 minutes long and parents, grandparents or caregivers are welcome to stay an additional 30 minutes for community time while the children play.  Making Music Praying Twice meets weekly and currently offers Fall, Advent/Christmas and a Lent/Easter programs (session run 6-12 weeks).  Classes are held in the Holy Innocence Building. 

http://strosechurch.com/faith-formation/childrens-programs/making-music-praying-twice/

 

Memorial Fund
For information on this parish fund, please contact the rectory office at (203) 426-1014 or Peggy Baiad at (203) 426-0109.
Memorial Flowers
Please contact the rectory office at (203) 426-1014 for information
Parish Faith Formation
Learning about our faith is a life-long process, which brings us closer to Jesus Christ every day.  St. Rose Parish family is blessed by many different ministries designed to transform the faithful to the Spirit of Christ together as a community of faith.   Explore these opportunities and feel free to contact the coordinator of any program for more information.
Save on Taxes
Did you know that if you contribute long-term (held more than one year) appreciated securities to St. Rose you get a double income tax benefit? You get a charitable deduction for the stock’s full fair market value and you completely avoid capital gains tax on the stock’s appreciation. For example: If you paid $300 for stock now worth $1,000, you can avoid capital gains pal tax on the $700 profit and deduct the full $1,000 contribution. Call the parish office at (203) 426-1014 for details.
Spiritual Journey
Spiritual Journey meets every Thursday during the school year from 10:15 to 11:45 in the Holy Innocents Center.  Father Krzysztof leads the group of men and women to a better understanding of our Church and our Faith, and encourages them as they continue on their journey to become more spiritual.  Father also provides reading material for discussion.  Everyone is welcome.
St. Rose Carnival
Our Carnival is the biggest money maker for the year at St. Rose of Lima church.
We work closely with the health department to insure that the preparation, before, during and after carnival hours are to code.
We couldn’t or wouldn’t be successful with out the numerous volunteers who help us out the week of the carnival.
Anyone interested in working hard, and having fun while doing it should volunteer for the carnival.
St. Rose School and Pre-School
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School is a Christ-Centered community committed to academic excellence in an atmosphere that nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, and moral development of each child. The dedicated staff partners with families to prepare students to be responsible leaders in a global society by fostering integrity, service, and respect. By creating a sense of family where all are welcome, we encourage each child to develop his/her gifts and to become Christ’s compassionate heart and hands in the world.
United Way
DID YOU KNOW that your UNITED WAY COMMITMENT can be applied to St. Rose Parish, St. Rose Religious Education, or to St. Rose School? All you have to do is fill in a blank on your pledge/gift card and specify that you want your gift designated to our parish, including the full name and address: Saint Rose of Lima Parish or School or Religious Education Program, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470.
Women’s Enrichment Book Study (Webs)
WEBS is a womens group that meets weekly discuss faith based books and
Bible studies. We read books written by Christian and Catholic authors to deepen and explore our faith. We include at least one Bible Study in our selections during the course of each year. Some of the past Bible Studies include “ The Bible Timeline” written by Jeff Cavins and studies by Christian author Beth Moore.
Meetings are held Tuesday mornings from 9:45 11:30 in the upper room of the Religious Education building at 38 Church Hill with our first 15 minutes dedicatelight refreshments and fellowship.We welcome you join us at any time!
Please call Liz Lynch (203-270-9072for more information.
Women’s Retreat
Every Lent, there is a one-day retreat for women who have the desire to make this Lent the best Lent ever!  There is a different theme each year, and the retreat is led by 12 women of the parish.  Call Pam Arsenault at 203-426-2333, ext. 1 for more information about the next retreat.