Pastor’s Desk

Dear Friends,
After consultation with members of the parish in leadership and ministry, I am going to change our Sunday Mass Schedule beginning on January 1, 2017. Masses will be at 8 am, 10 am and 12:00 noon. In my discussion with parishioners, they all voiced a good experience with this schedule last winter. It is also evident from the Mass census that there are presently 2 Sunday Masses that have less than 100 parishioners in attendance at these Masses.
The Strategic Planning Task Force is presently working on plans to build a “Welcoming Spirit” around our Sunday Masses with special liturgies, a Family Mass and Masses for our religious education students.
As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions. If you would like a special “Father’s House” discussion, I would be glad to schedule a few “Come to Father’s House” meetings.

Mission Appeal
Fr. Thanh called to say “Thank you” for your generosity. He enjoyed his weekend with us and asks that you remember him and the Dominican Sisters in your prayers.

Little Church Project Thank You
The Building & Grounds Committee has been working on many projects being done by our volunteers. I thank them for their work in doing the many repair projects.
There are some projects we need to have done by outside contractors. The next major project we face is replacement of the gas boiler in the Church. We have an estimate of $42,000.00 for the replacement of the boiler. We have already set aside $14,000.00 for this project. You will find in your envelope packet a “Boiler Envelope” for the 4th Sunday of the month beginning in August. Replacement time frame is Fall of 2017 or Spring of 2018.

Pastoral Planning Task Force
The task force has reviewed the information from the Disciple Maker Index, and the Diocesan Snapshot of our parish statistics and finances. They have met with the parish leaders and ministries and gained information for planning for the future of our parish. There will be a task force planning meeting on Wednesday, July 27 at 7 pm in Madonna Hall.

Special Task Force Meeting
The Strategic Planning task force is in need of the assistance from members of the parish in the age group 21 – 45. We will be contacting our parishioners in the very near future. We will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00 pm to seek ideas for future planning.

Knights of Columbus
Next Sunday, July 31, the Knights will lead the 5th Sunday Rosary at 10:00 am. Please stay after the 9:00 am Mass or come early for the 10:30 am Mass and join us in praying the rosary.

The Lord’s Kitchen
Our OLG volunteers will be serving the meal at the Lord’s Kitchen on Monday, July 25. Please keep the volunteers and those that we serve in your prayers.

Can You Help?
The Lord’s Kitchen is looking for additional volunteers. Anyone interested in donating their time to help with this Ministry please contact George Zamary at the Parish Office, 203-377-0928.

Peace, Monsignor Martin P. Ryan

Mass Times


Sabbath Masses:

Saturday – 4:00 pm & 5:30 pm

Sunday – 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am & 12:00 pm

Daily Masses:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am

Confessions:

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 8:50 am

Saturdays – 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm