Every parish family should have received a letter from Msgr. Joe this weekend asking for a contribution to our Annual Family Gift Program to help fund building and ground improvements, including repairs to our parish complex and offsetting our operating deficit. The participation of ALL parishioners is essential for the success of this effort. Please return your gift card today. Thank you.

St. Rita School Early Learning Center is a home away from home for nearly 50 children from infants through five years of age. We would love to offer our older children some exciting learning options by incorporating a science area and a quiet reading and writing area for them. We are asking parishioners to please consider making a donation to enable us to purchase furniture for these areas. Your help is greatly appreciated, for more information please call 203 288 6828.

The Divine Mercy Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a day of reflection and renewal for the men of Divine Mercy Parish. This is an opportunity to take time away from the busyness of life, deepen your connection to Jesus, and socialize with other men in the parish. Join us Saturday, November 16th from 8:30-12:30 at St. Stephen Church Hall. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Questions, please contact Scott Nugent (203) 584-4077 or Brian Stiltner (203) 589-8888.

The Archdiocesan Synod was recently held in Farmington, CT, the theme of which was “Grow and Go.” The four delegates from Divine Mercy Parish who attended were Msgr. Joe DiSciacca, Carol Aloi, Mike DeGregorio and Megan Zinn. The three-day session included speakers, group discussion, Mass and prayer time and group activities. Major topics covered included: Encountering Christ, Ongoing Conversion; Becoming Missionary Disciples; Sent on Mission; Collaborating in the Local Church.

We are in the process of moving from electric funds transfer (EFT) to an online giving program. Some donors already have been sent an invitation to use the new program. We thank all who have called the office with updated email information. Over the next few weeks current email information will be sent to Our Sunday Visitor so more donors can receive information to sign up for the new program. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to the new program.

The Youth Ministry is collecting donations during October to be included in care packages for military personnel and college students. There is a list of suggested items by the donation box. If you have a college student or service member who you would like a care package sent to, please provide name and address to Megan Zinn. The youth will be assembling and mailing the care packages in early November. Thank you for your support!