Guilford Job Network
The Guilford Job Network is an all-volunteer, non-denominational group formed to assist Guilford and nearby Connecticut community residents that are seeking new employment to find suitable new jobs on a timely basis. The Group serves as a networking support group by providing:
1) Periodic expert guest speakers on relevant job hunting related topics,
2) Job search counseling support from local volunteers,
3) Training, support and encouragement for networking efforts and utilization of other local job-hunting resources, and
4) A forum which can facilitate networking contacts among job seekers.
The Guilford Job Network usually holds meetings from 7PM – 9PM every other week at the Fr. Sullivan Center located just behind Saint George Church On-the-Green in Guilford.
All job seekers are welcome. No advance reservation is required.
Contact:Russ Allen at RussAllen2@aol.com.
Appalachia Program
Since 1980 groups of teens and adults travel annually during the summer months to Booneville Kentucky. About forty-five people pack up a caravan of minivans, pickup trucks, SUVs and whatever vehicle is available, with tools, food and sleeping bags and travel to a very rural and poor part of Kentucky.
The group works with a local coordinator who puts together a list of building projects for local residents. The projects include renovations, additions, roof repairs, porches or ramps for accessibility and a host of other tasks. The group meets regularly throughout the year to plan for this trip. Everyone has a say and everyone takes ownership of this project. Each member is required to contribute $125.00 in addition to participating in numerous fund-raisers. However no one is excluded for financial hardship. The group provides all the tools, labor, material and supplies for each project.
The members also commit to stay in very sparse accommodations with simple meals in order to use the bulk of the funds for building materials. Only a small portion of the funds are allocated for food and accommodations. No one goes hungry, but the meals are simple.
Over the past thirty years the Appalachia program has proven to be an invaluable experience for our youth and young adults. Many of the adults that help supervise began participating when they were in High School. The trips reinforce and promote team work, responsibility, patience and most importantly an unselfish willingness to give of themselves to another. These are the values we want our young people to develop, and these are the values we are called to live in our Christian faith.
Contact: Rob Santoro 203-457-2788 x204
Columbus House Ministry
Three times each month parishioners provide an evening meal for people at this adult shelter for the homeless in New Haven. Meals are prepared in the parish kitchen. Volunteer bakers prepare deserts at home. Teens have been especially helpful in this ministry and are encourage to assist. Also a group of adults and teens meet early on Thanksgiving and Christmas morning and travel as a group to Columbus house to serve a holiday breakfast.
Contact: Sheree DiMario 203-469-9970
Food Salvage
Volunteers pick up food from local merchants, sort, and distribute it to community families, soup kitchens, and agencies in New Haven. Thousands of pounds of food are recycled for the hungry and needy in this important work.
Contact: Joan Cuomo Telephone: 203-457-1934
Food Pantry
St George Parish has reserved storage space in the Church barn as a food pantry that supplies our Food Salvage program with canned and boxed food. In addition the food pantry provides emergency supplies for those in immediate need that come to the Church. The food is donated each Sunday by our parishioners attending Mass.
Pro-Life Ministry
St. George Pro-Life Ministry is an answer to God’s call to affirm the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. This is done through prayers and action.
A member of the parish is chosen by the pastor to serve as the liaison to the Archdiocesan Pro-life office which is the responsibility for the dissemination of educational information as well as the legislative agenda which pertains to the right-to-life issues. This office works closely with the Connecticut Catholic Conference and the Secretariat for Pro-life Activities of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington D.C.
Contact: Jean Bonato 203-453-5702
Small Christian Communities
Small faith Communities are one of the most enduring ministries of the parish, with many parishioners participating in one of several groups.
These groups meet in the parish center or private homes weekly or seasonally during Advent and Lent, to pray, read scripture, and share their faith with one another. Facilitators lead informal lectionary-based discussions on how scriptures speak intimately to the reader and how scriptures apply to contemporary life.
Groups are already formed and meet weekly in the Ruiz Center. New groups may be formed as time and space allows.
Contact: Gail Cox 203-245-1846 or Maureen Fuest 203-245-7607
Olivia’s Cupcake Ministry
Olivia’s cupcakes is a sub-ministry of Columbus House Ministry. Each month volunteers gather to bake cupcakes for Columbus House. Inspired by the dream of a young woman who had a desire to open a cupcake business and offer her talents to provide a treat for those less fortunate. Olivia passed away before she could realize her dream, however her dream is now fulfilled and thriving by the dedicated volunteers of Olivia’s Cupcakes Ministry.
Contact: Sheree DiMario 203-469-9970
Homefront Day
St George Church is a sponsor of Homefront Day project in the greater New Haven area. On the first Saturday in May, volunteers meet at the parish hall to prepare for a day’s labor in an urban version of barn-raising. Homefront is dedicated to bringing hands-on help and hope to low-income elderly and handicapped homeowners through a one-day home repair blitz. Occasionally a community center or shelter is the project in need of repair. All skill levels are needed.
Contact: Harry Huben 203-453-2788
Holiday Sharing
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter provide special opportunities for generous parishioners. More than 1000 turkeys are distributed to needy families at Thanksgiving. At Christmas parishioners donated more than 1200 gifts in addition to food baskets to the less fortunate members of our community. This effort requires a temporary army of volunteers to collect, sort, and distribute food and holiday gifts within a short period of time.

Easter Sharing
Contact: Beth Kozarek 203-453-4945

Thanksgiving Sharing
Contact: Andrew Montgomery 203-245-1824

Christmas Sharing
Contact: Ruth Pinto 203-458-7884

Little Miracles
Little Miracles is a local crisis pregnancy outreach program. Volunteers pray with and counsel pregnant women and distribute anti-abortion literature. They provide food, clothing, baby accessories and furnishings, as needed, for pregnant women who chose life for their child. In addition, Little Miracles acts as a resource which refers women in crisis to various support agencies in the area.
During the past years, Little Miracles has played a significant role in helping to save the lives of more than 30 babies and providing aid to more than 200 struggling families. Little Miracles welcomes volunteers as well as spiritual and material support, i.e., baby clothes, infant formula and food, and financial donations.
Contact: Lilly Malloy 203-407-2707
Martha’s Partners
St George Parish celebrates about 60 funerals per year. In an effort to give comfort to the bereaved families, Martha’s Partners provide a reception or luncheon for the family and friends of the deceased. Although this ministry is offered at no charge to bereaved families, only about half of the families take advantage of it. Often families are so grateful for this generous outpouring of service that they frequently make an unsolicited donation to the parish. Attendance usually ranges from between 20 and 100, with most being well under 100.
In addition to a core group of preparers and servers calls go out to many parish volunteers who are willing and ready to prepare favorite baked goods at home and bring them to the church hall for the reception/luncheon.

Contact: Marie Pohlman 203-453-2788 x204

Parish Nurse Ministry
St, George Parish Nurse ministry began in 2001 and is staffed by Registered Nurses and one Physician. At the present time the program provides a Blood Pressure Clinic on the second Sunday of every month except for Mothers Day and a Flu and Pneumonia vaccination clinic in October. We have information readily available on many health issues and are willing to obtain anything of interest for you. Our aim is to reach out to community to help educate you re medical issues so stop by and see us one Sunday.
Contact: Josephine Mokriski
Haiti Ministry
Each year our peer ministers along with Claire Nicholls organize a service trip to Haiti. The peer ministers have an opportunity to live with and among the poorest people in Haiti, stopping at schools, orphanages, and medical clinics to provide a ministry of presence and support. In addition to the trip the peer ministers bring back craft items made in Haiti and sell them at the annual Craft Fair in Guilford.

For more information please contact Claire Nicholls at 203-453-2788 x 209.

Heart 2 Heart
Our mission is to support the education, nutritional, medical and spiritual daily needs of people living in poverty. Currently we are working with children in Kenya who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. o promote awareness of their struggles and opportunities;
o raise funds that (go to) house, feed, clothe and educate those whom would not otherwise have these basic needs met.
o help develop and implement educational and vocational programs leading to self determination.
o Education Sponsorship costs $600.00 per year and covers the student’s tuition, school uniform, necessities and basic medical care. Sponsorship can be paid monthly ($50.00), quarterly ($200.00) or annually ($600.00).
We ask sponsors to make a commitment of support to ensure that each child is able to make consistent progress.

Upcoming events for Heart to Heart

For more information please contact Mary Ellen Wettemann at (203)453-2788.

Daily Bible Verse

  • Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
    Psalm 103:1  (NIV)

Church Staff

Father Stephen Sledesky, Pastor
Father Faron Calumba, Parochial Vicar
Deacon Robert Tartaris
Office Hours: Mon 10am-4:30pm / Tues – Fri 9am-4:30pm

Contact Us

St. George Church
33 Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Church Office: 203-453-2788
Fax number: 203-453-1707
E-mail: info@stgeorgeguilford.org