Pastor’s Desk

Dear Friends,
Lent begins Wednesday, February 10th. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of a period of penance and reconciliation. Lenten information is located on the “Announcements” Page.

New Parochial Vicar
Please welcome Fr. Kumar to our Parish. He comes to us after serving 11 years at St. Anthony Parish in Revere, Mass. Fr. Kumar is interested in working with youth and families. Welcome Fr. Kumar!

Little Church Project
I want to thank all those who completed the Disciple Maker Index. We have more than 400 completed surveys. If you took a form home, please return it and put it into the box in front of the Baptismal font or return the forms to the Parish Office by Monday, February 15th. You may continue to complete the survey on-line by going to our parish website, www.olgstratford.com, and clicking on the provided link.

2016 Annual Catholic Appeal
The funds provided by the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal are used for pastoral, educational and charitable ministries of the Diocese of Bridgeport. This year’s theme, Renewed in Faith, Hope and Charity, calls us to come together as a people of God to live and share the faith we profess as we carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ. When you receive your Appeal mailing, please take the time to read the information thoroughly, how you can help and give prayerful consideration when contemplating your sacrificial gift to the campaign.

Building & Grounds
The Building & Grounds Committee will meet on Saturday, February 13th at 9:30 am in Madonna Hall.
The Lord’s Kitchen
The volunteers from OLG will serve the meal at the Lord’s Kitchen on Monday, February 22nd. The volunteers need your assistance and ask for your donation of toothbrushes, toothpaste and toilet paper. Collection boxes will be outside the Sacristy next weekend, February 13/14.

Respect for the Eucharist
After consulting with the Liturgy Committee, we are asking all Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick and those parishioners who bring communion to a loved one who is ill to use the following procedure:
If you are bringing Communion after Mass, please stand behind the altar after you have received Communion. The priest or Deacon will place a host in your pyx and you will be given a blessing.
Any non-parishioner seeking to bring Communion to the sick must see the Priest or Deacon after Mass to receive a host.

OLG Liturgy Volunteers
We are putting together our Liturgy Schedule for February 27 through April 17, 2016. Easter and Holy Days will be included in this schedule. Please contact Stacey at the Parish Office if you have any scheduling conflicts. Please note: We will be returning to six weekend Masses on the weekend following Easter Sunday.

Peace, Monsignor Martin P. Ryan

Mass Times


Sabbath Masses:

Saturday – 4:00 pm & 5:30 pm

Sunday – 8:00 am, 10:00 am & 12:00 pm

Daily Masses:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am

Confessions:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 am – 8:50 am

Saturdays – 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm