Parish Outreach

Sister Mary Ellen Genova, CSFN

Is our St. Rose Parish Ministry Outreach Coordinator.  She oversees the outreach ministries, referring inquiries and requests to the appropriate ministry directors.  Sister Mary Ellen also makes regular hospital and nursing home visits, brings the Eucharist to shut-ins, works with the sick, dying bereaved, home-hospice patients and their families.  Sister also leads bereavement groups and offers her time in counseling.  To contact Sister Mary Ellen call 203-426-2572 ext 11 or email

Newtown Nursing and Assisted Living Ministry

This ministry reinforces the presence of Christ to those who cannot attend Mass.  The ministry provides Masses, Communion Services, and individual Holy Communion to those confined in a facility.  Trained volunteers help insure these services are provided.  Interested?  Call Sr. Mary Ellen at 203-426-2572 option 11.

Lift a Spirit Meal Program

Provides meals to demonstrate parish support for those in need.  Volunteers are asked to provide a meal of their choice for a fellow parishoner family.  The volunteer prpares the meal with thoughts and prayers fro the receiving family.  To refer a person/family, call Sister Mary Ellen at the Parish Center (203-426-2572 option 11).  She will verify that the person/family will welcome this support.  If you wish to volunteer your cooking skills, call or email Michele Dutstar 203-270-3508

The Elizabeth Ministry

Is an outreach to women in special times of motherhood.  The purpose of this ministry is to affirm, support, encourage and assist women in response to their needs during child bearing and child rearing years.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is comprised of women of the parish who hand knit beautiful shawls which are givine to the members of St. Rose who are sick, sad, lonely or dying.  Please call to request a prayer shawl.  Kathleen Chruscier-Derosiers 203-426-9922