SERVING OUR COMMUNITY:  COMMUNITY OUTREACH
 
Stewardship is a way of life. It is a conversion of the heart, a disciple’s response, an expression of love, part of our vocation, an honor and an opportunity, and is centered in the Eucharist. What will you give back to God from the blessings you have received?


Bereavement Ministry
Our parish Bereavement program reaches out to those who are experiencing the pain and loss of a loved one through death. A nine-week program is offered twice a year; bereavement letters are mailed periodically during the first year. Please contact Sylvia Sheldon at 203-264-5720.

Convalescent Home Ministry
This ministry comprises a group of dedicated men and women who visit parishioners in local convalescent homes. Their goal is to visit and bring prayers, love, and support. For information, contact Gerry Lepi.

Food Bank
Members of the Food Bank ministry assist in transporting food collected by various organizations to the Food Bank, participate in storage of food at the Food Bank, and assist with distribution of food to clients of the Food Bank. For information, contact Ray and Elaine Krish.
 
Hospital Visitors
Members of this ministry visit the sick in area hospitals, pray for their needs, and listen to their concerns. For information, contact Elena Maclean.

Parish Nurse/Health Ministry
The mission of the St. Teresa’s Parish Nurse Ministry is to serve God and the community by promoting an optimal level of wellness with attention to body, mind, and spirit. For information, contact Pat Barre.


Parish Prayer Line
Send your prayer requests to Saint Teresa's at saintteresas@aol.com or call us at 203-263-2008 ext. 25. If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Line you can email us as well.

Respect Life Ministry
St. Teresa’s Respect Life Ministry is an answer to God’s call to affirm the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. For information, contact Wes Wense
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Saint Teresa's Friednly Visitors/Parishioners
Sponsored by St. Teresa’s Parish Nurse Health Ministry. Offering home or facility visits. Judie Zerella, Intake Coordinator. Livia Fiordelisi, Training Coordinator
Our Parish Nurse/Health Ministry sponsors Saint Teresa’s Friendly Visitors/Parishioners. Reaching out to those parishioners who might desire a friendly visitor for their loved one or themselves. The ministry offers companionship and or the opportunity for caregivers to take a break and refresh with an enjoyable activity for a few hours at a time. We might read aloud, chat over tea, go for a walk, play a game, write a letter, be a good listener and/or provide a much-deserved brake for caregivers.

 
Separated and Divorced
The process of separation and divorce is a painful ordeal and no one should have to take this journey alone. Our parish is offering an ecumenical support group to help with this unexpected life transition and develop spiritual strength and practical skills. Contact the Parish Office at 203-263-2008.


Social Outreach Committee
The Social Outreach Committee plans and organizes activities for parish and community enjoyment, such as entertainment programs, dances, and trips, which also serve to raise funds for worthy causes. For information, contact Peter Perkinson.

Southbury Training School Ministry
The Southbury Training School Ministry provides a wide variety of opportunities: direct contact with the residents, such as bingo and delivering birthday balloons; spending time as a leisure companion; gardening; monitoring bird stations; and projects such as making bird food. Adopt a Cottage includes weekly, monthly, or quarterly visits for games, seasonal crafts, songs, and hobbies. Volunteers are also needed in the Thrift Shop. For information, contact Sandi Miles.
 
Youth Ministry
The mission of the Youth Ministry is to provide both social and spiritual activities for the youth of the parish in a fun and safe environment. For information regarding Youth Ministry, contact Sandy Vas.

 
ST. TERESA PRAYER LINE
203-263-2008 ext. 25 or  saintteresas@aol.com 
 

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the fourth commandment shows us the order of charity. God has willed that, after him, we should honor our parents to whom we owe life and who have handed on to us the knowledge of God. We are obliged to honor and respect all those whom God, for our good, has vested with his authority.

This commandment is expressed in positive terms of duties to be fulfilled. It introduces the subsequent commandments which are concerned with particular respect for life, marriage, earthly goods, and speech. It constitutes one of the foundations of the social doctrine of the Church. It is the duty of citizens to work with civil authority for building up society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom

The fourth commandment extends to everyone: pupils to teachers, employees to employers, subordinates to leaders, citizens to their country, and to those who administer or govern it. It includes and presupposes the duties of parents, instructors, teachers, leaders, magistrates, those who govern, all who exercise authority over others or over a community of persons.


 

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