Parish Organizations

Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America’s mission is to prepare young boys to make ethical and moreal choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the value of the Scout Oath and Law.

Newtown Troop 770 meets on Thursday nights from 7:15 – 8:45 in “The Safe Place.”  Please contact Scoutmaster Alan Page at 364-7856 for more information or visit the troop’s website at

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts of Pack 570 – Boys in grades 1-5 learn the basics of the Scout method, learn to meet new challenges, discover and master new skills, and develop strong friendships while having fun. Open to all boys of the parish in grades 1 through 5. Contact Dan McAloon, phone is 203-733-3302 for more information.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of America provide meetings and activities that help girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, such as leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their potential and their self-worth.

St. Rose school currently offers Girl Scout troops from kindergarten through 8th grade, including Daisies, Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts, and Cadettes.

Contact Rae Suba at for more information.

Men of St. Rose

Is a parish organization which encourages spirited good will among men by addressing their spiritual and social needs for fellowship.  Each meeting is centered upon a spiritual topic, the formal varies from guest speakers, to prayer services and open discussions of parish, Church and social concerns.  There is always time set aside for refreshments and camaraderie.  We are not a club that requires membership.  All men of the parish 18 years or older are invited to participate in any or all of our activities.  Contact: Bill Oravecz, 203-264-8130

Knights of Columbus Council 185 – Website:

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic family service organization. Founded by a parish priest, Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney, curate of Saint Mary’s in New Haven and a small band of lay men in 1882 as an organization to help families with the day to day challenges of their time. The Knights of Columbus have grown today to a global organization with more than 1.6 million members doing charitable deeds in 12,000 councils. We welcome Catholic gentlemen of all ages upon their 18th birthday.

At Saint Rose of Lima, we have one of the fastest growing council’s in Connecticut, you can find out more, or join by contacting Grand Knight Joseph Rahtelli at 203-426-7776 or Membership Director Kirk Babyak at

We meet on the first Thursday of every month during the school year. Vivat Jesu!

Social Concerns

The name “Social Concerns” is self-descriptive. We are concerned with the social, as distinguished from the spiritual, issues in our parish and community. We offer ongoing support to help provide for the earthly needs of individuals in distress. We also are a seed organization, a catalyst for other complementary organizations and events that address local secular problems. Please join us, if you hear the call!……….. THE ST. ROSE CARES BOX: sponsored by your Social Concerns Committee, can be found on the altar on specific weekends. Check the weekly bulletin for dates. In the past, your generous contributions have enabled us to help parishioners in great need. God bless you for your love, and please do continue to support those in our community who need our help…..Identification of those in need is important. If you have a need, or know of someone who does, please drop a brief note into the BOX. All information is completely confidential. Contact: Joan Dwyer (203) 426-9337

Pastoral Outreach

The Outreach Ministry Office is seeking your help in identifying those parishioners who are home-bound or in Nursing Homes, and those recuperating from surgery or serious illness and cannot come to church but would like to receive Holy Communion or a visit. Also, many times a parishioner is in the hospital and we at St. Rose are unaware of this. Weekly visits are made to parishioners in Danbury Hospital who list themselves during their admission process as St. Rose parishioners.  parishioners in other hospitals can be visited if a family member calls the parish and requests a visit. If you have a family member in any of the above situations and would like someone to visit, please call Sister Mary Ellen at the Outreach Office 426-2572, ext. 11. If Sister is out visiting parishioners, please leave a voice message and she will get back to you.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The St. Rose Prayer Shawl Ministry was begun in 2002. We knit and crochet shawls for the sick, sad, lonely and dying of our Parish. With the support of our Pastor, and many other ministries in the Parish, we have given away over 900 shawls to men, women and children. We usually meet the last Saturday of the month, September through May, at 10:00 a.m. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining us, or want to request a Prayer Shawl for someone you know who is in need of support and prayers, contact either Kathleen Chrusciel-Desrosiers at 426-9922, or Sister Mary Ellen at 426-2572. A $20 donation to cover the cost of the yarn will help us to continue our ministry.

Altar Angels / Altar Linens

Altar Angels are volunteers who provide cleaning for the church.
Altar Linens are volunteers who maintain the linens for the church.

The CORPORAL used by the Priest upon which are laid the chalice and wine cups, the PURIFICATOR used by the Special Ministers of the Eucharist to wipe the rim of the cup after each communicant receives and the TOWELS used by the Altar Servers during the Mass are the linens which are lovingly and carefully washed, ironed and folded time and time again. This is done in the spirit of being a part of the preparation for the coming of Christ. The service is highly invisible but the rewards are magnificent!

Garden Angels

This is a group who lovingly cares for the flower beds and shrubs around the church and along the rectory.  While this is a full-time job, many hands can make this ministry truly rewarding work.  Volunteers can water, weed, and deadhead on any day or time that is convenient for them.

In early April, we have a spring cleanup day to plant early spring blooms, water, weed and spread mulch.

In May we plant annuals, water, weed and deadhead to keep plants looking their best.

All summer it is very important that we water and deadhead.

In early October we have a fall cleanup day to replace annuals with mums and plant bulbs for spring. October is also the best time to trim trees and shrubs.

This is a very rewarding ministry, peacefully spending time caring for God’s beautiful creations.  It is also excellent therapy for those who need a period of calm in their busy lives.

Please contact Eileen Gallo at or Phone: 203-426-8223 for more information.