Parish News & Events

Welcome Deacon Lou and Mary Jo Howe

Deacon Louis F. Howe was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on 11 June 1994 in the Diocese of Bridgeport, at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport CT, by Edward Cardinal Egan, then Bishop Egan, the 3rd Bishop of Bridgeport.

Deacon Lou is 67 years old and is married to his wife of 49 years, Mary-Jo and they have 2 married adult children, Angela Cocchiola, and Dr. Louis Howe, Jr., Angela is a teacher in Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Sandy Hook Ct, and Lou Jr., is the principal at St. Joseph Elementary school in Danbury CT. and a 20- year adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University. Deacon Lou and Mary-Jo have 4 grandchildren, Madison (17), Tyler (17), Alison (13), and Alexa (13). Deacon Lou is a graduate of J.M. Wright Technical school (1972), in Stamford CT.

Deacon Lou has served for 17 years as the Bishops Master of Ceremonies for the last 4 bishops in many liturgies, such as priestly ordinations, diaconate ordinations, Church, and Altar Consecrations, and was the Master of Ceremonies for over 1000 Confirmation Masses.

Deacon Lou was the Chairman of the Diaconate Council for 6 years when the current Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport reinstituted the council after 15 years and oversaw the rewriting of the Diaconate Manual for all deacons in the diocese.

Deacon Lou has had 7 assignments in the Diocese of Bridgeport since his ordination: Sacred Heart Church, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, St. Peter, St. Aloysius, St. Catherine of Sienna in Greenwich CT, St. Joseph – Danbury, and his last assignment before coming to St. Brendan was St. Joseph – Brookfield where he still works full-time remotely as the Facility Manager / Webmaster / Finance Consultant / and Technology Consultant for the parish.

His feeling is he was ordained to serve the church wherever needed and was asked to be moved wherever the bishop needed him the most. He was never assigned to his home parish.

Deacon Lou is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and was the co-Chaplain in his most recent church. He has worked as the Business Manager for St. Aloysius Church for 5 years and completed a 6.5- million-dollar renovation on the campus. He has been the Director of Religious Education in 4 of his assignments and the Confirmation Director of 1250 Religious Education students and 300 Confirmation Candidates in his diaconal career.

Deacon Lou and his wife Mary-Jo’s lives have revolved mostly around the church, but they love seeing and being with family and friends. Deacon Lou is looking forward to serving the people of our Lord at St. Brendan.

Our Lady of the Rosary Columbiettes


Our Lady of the Rosary Columbiettes elected a new board of officers for the 2022-2023 Columbiette year.

Pictured from left are Joyce Dorsa, secretary; Sally Dambaugh, past president; Christine Cataudella, financial secretary; Joyce Edwards, treasurer; Mary VanDyke, vice president; Geri Brombacher, sentinel; Dee Bumbera, president.

The Columbiettes meet at St. Brendan’s at 7pm on the second Thursday of the month except for July and August.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

For information about membership in the Columbietes, please contact President Dee Bumbara at (410) 262- 1284.

Searchers of Scripture

The long awaited return of SEARCHERS OF SCRIPTURE is in sight!

We will meet after the morning Mass on THURSDAY, JULY 21st for the first time since COVID-19 derailed our weekly sessions. The room choice will be based on the size of the group.

For those who are new to the parish or have not heard about SEARCHERS OF SCRIPTURE, we read, discuss, and pray with the readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass in order to be better prepared for the wonder of each Eucharist.

This group of men and women has a long history at St. Brendan parish, having begun at the request of parishioners in 1985. However, members are not exclusively St. Brendan parishioners. All are welcome to join. Although our discussions are usually lively, no one is required to offer comments. Silence is respected. Pondering is encouraged. Confidentiality is maintained. Most of all, Wisdom is enjoyed.

As facilitator of the group, I eagerly await our new beginning….an ongoing journey into the unveiling of God’s word for us as we live it each day.

Fran Salone-Pelletier

To register and for information please contact Fran at
910-754-9126 or

Donations for the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel Appointments/Furniture

Tabernacle $ 10,000 / Main Altar $ 9,000
Pulpit $ 8,000 / Baptismal Font $ 7,000
Presider’s Chair $ 6,000 / Deacon’s Chair $ 5,000
Altar Server Chair $ 4,000 / Sanctuary Lamp $ 3,000
Credence Table $ 2,500/ Pews $2,000
Recognition will be given for donating a Chapel Appointment, such as in whose Memory the donation is made, as well as the donor’s name (unless the donor wishes to remain anonymous).
For more information on donating a Chapel Appointment, please contact our pastor, Fr. Mark,, or 910-754-8544, Ext 3.
(Note: There may be more than one donor for the same Appointment. For example, the Sanctuary Lamp will need year-round candle refills. Appointments made of wood will need upkeep and cleaning. Multiple donors for the same Appointment will greatly benefit our parish!)

Musically Speaking

A great big shout out to our Sanctuary and Contemporary Choirs for a great choir year! Thanks to our very talented accompanist Laura Candler-White, and guitarists Rich Gemach, Paul Machner, and Tom Dillard for great instrumental work. All of these folks are extremely dedicated to their music ministry sharing their talents in order to enhance our liturgies.

If you are interested in joining our choir(s) please contact Sandra Gemach (Director) at: 910-371-3961 or 910-620-0092 and leave a message. She will return your call. Thank you!
Sandra Gemach (Choir Director)

Prayer of St. Brendan the Navigator
"Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You.

Christ of the mysteries, I trust You to be stronger than each storm within me. I will trust in the darkness and know that my times, even now, are in Your hand. Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my obedience count for You." ... Amen
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