Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk

Dear Friends,

As we go through the summer, I wonder if you can help me. We are seeing new faces joining us for our weekend Masses. What I would like you to consider is how we might welcome them and have them join our community. In several articles that I have been reading, the authors speak about a simple word of welcome going a long way.

Annual Catholic Appeal
Folks we need to make a last push for donations to the Appeal. These funds support the many works of the Diocese. As of July 23, we have pledged $ 84,905.00 or 96.5% of our parish goal of $88,000.00.

Co-Operative Mission Sunday
Thank you for your welcome of Fr. Joe, our Mission speaker last weekend. Thank you also for your generosity of $2,524 collected for Mission Sunday.

Synod Mass
Please make your reservations for our parish bus to the Diocesan Synod Mass. Don’t miss this historic moment. The bus and tickets to the Mass are free!
The Mass will take place on September 19 at Harbor Yard Arena. The bus will be leave the OLG parking lot at 7:30 am, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am there will be “Praise, Worship and Song” in the Arena. The Synod Closing Mass will be at 11:00 am and the bus will return to OLG at 1:30 pm. To make your reservation for the bus and ticket for the Mass, please call Carol Ruggio at the parish office, 203-377-0928.

The Lord’s Kitchen
Our parish volunteers will be serving dinner at the Lord’s Kitchen on Monday, July 27th. They need your help and ask for your donation of bars of soap, toilet paper, tooth brushes and toothpaste. Boxes will be available for your donations outside the Sacristy today.

Church Roof
The Building & Grounds Committee has decided to replace the present roof of the Church. We need to raise $31,000 to replace the roof, $17,000 has been set aside from this years’ collection for the roof work. Beginning in the month of August, on the fourth Sunday of the month, we have placed a special envelope for the “Roof Replacement.” This envelope will only be used for the roof and will be removed from the packet when we have met our goal. There are blue “roof envelopes” in the pamphlet racks today.

Monsignor Martin P. Ryan

Virtus Training Session at OLG

Our Lady of Grace Parish will be hosting a 3 hour Virtus Training session on Saturday, August 29 at 1:00 pm in the Parish Center. Pre-register online at:

Televised Mass Returns to Cablevision

From our Bishop: Starting Sunday, July 26, 2015 the popular program returns to Cablevision on the Local Programming Channel, Channel 84, for half an hour Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday for an hour that also includes news from the Office of Radio and Television (ORTV) of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

New Dates for the OLG Pilgrim Statue

Knights of Columbus Pilgrim Statue
The Pilgrim Statue is a vibrant ministry within our parish. The Knights of Columbus bring the Statue of Our Lady of Grace to your home and we ask you to gather and pray for one week. The new schedule for the Statue Ministry from September 1, 2015 – December 1, 2015 is on the bulletin board by the Sacristy.

Next Weekend ( Aug 1/2)

1) 2nd Collection: Parish Capital Improvement Fund

2) Merton House Food Collection

Urgent needs: Chicken soup, tomato soup, chickpeas, applesauce (jars only), corn flakes, rice krispies.

Other Needs: Vegetable soup, spaghetti sauce, evaporated milk, canned pineapple, peaches & pears.

Women’s Ministry Fundraiser Update

Our Parish will be participating in the 2015 Macy’s “Shop For a Cause” that will be taking place in all of the Macy’s stores on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Special Savings Passes will be sold after Masses next weekend, August 1 & 2 for $5.00 each which will offer exclusive discounts on items for sale. 100% of your $5.00 purchase for each Savings Pass will go to Our Lady of Grace Parish. Further information will be available next weekend.

2016 Mass Book

We are completing the setup of the 2016 Mass Book. The opening of the 2016 Mass Book will be on Monday, August 3 at 9:00 am. Please do not call the Parish Office before the opening of the book.

We want your recipes for the Parish Cookbook!

You can share your favorite recipes with our parishioners by dropping up to three (3) recipes into the box by the Sacristy door when you come to Mass.   Or you can mail them to the Parish Office, 497 Second Hill Lane, Stratford, CT  06614

Meetings & Events

* No Parish Nurses, Monday, July 27

* 2nd Collection: Capital Improvement, Sat./Sun., Aug. 1/2

* Merton House Food Collection, Sat./Sun., Aug. 1/2

* Parish Nurses, Monday, Aug. 3, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (MH)

* Dominican Sisters Bake Sale, Sat./Sun., Aug. 8/9

* Parish Nurses, Monday, Aug. 10, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (MH)

* Knights of Columbus, Monday, Aug. 10, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (MH)

* Finance Council Meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Synod Mass

As we approach the end of our Diocesan Synod Process, which gives the Diocese direction for our future, I would like you to Save the Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 am for the Diocesan Synod Mass at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.  

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


Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 8:50 am

Saturdays - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm