Pastor’s Desk

Dear Friends,
I had a medical incident last Sunday and ended up in St. Vincent’s hospital for a few days this past week. I had to deal with blood clots and hopefully the issue has been resolved. I am taking this weekend to rest and recuperate and I hope to be cleared by the Doctor on Monday. So please say an extra prayer for me!
As school is starting this week, may I remind you of two Catholic family traditions. You take your finger and making the sign of the cross, you bless the forehead of your children or grandchildren asking God’s blessing on their new school year. Secondly, my grandmother always sent me a message the week before school began, she told me how proud she was and told me that she would pray for me each day! It would be nice if parents and grandparents could do this for their children or grandchildren. God bless our Children!

A Note of Thanks
Gene Esposito and Lenny Poplaski, along with Andrew Poplaski, put siding on the rear garage last weekend. Gene and Lenny are active members of our Building and Grounds Committee. The work done was required by our Catholic Mutual Insurance Co. during their spring inspection.

Boiler Envelope
The second collection this weekend, August 27 and 28th, will be for our “Church Boiler Fund.” Your donations, in this specially marked envelope, will go directly to the fund for a new Church boiler. Thank you for your generosity!

Save these Dates….
On the weekend of September 10th and 11th, we will be having our Annual 9/11 Memorial. Also on this weekend, there will be a “special blessing” for all Grandparents. On Sunday, September 18th, Our Lady of Grace Parish will celebrate Catechetical Sunday. More information to follow.

Flower Policy
We need to keep our Church neat and clean. Some individuals like to put fresh flowers before the statues in Church, but the flower petals fall, the flowers die, and vases are left behind. The Church is only cleaned once a week because of the budget. As of September 1st, all flowers placed in the Church will be discarded on Fridays. Thank you for your understanding!

New Volunteers
As we begin a new program year in September, might you consider being a volunteer working on one of our parish committees, councils, or parish programs. More information will be coming in the following weeks.

Make-up Envelopes
Please make-up your envelopes and donations while you are away! Our parish still has to be open and available for Masses, funerals and all pastoral services.

Parish Memorial Books
There are two volumes of Memorial Books on display in church for your perusal. They are located by the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. In the books you will find the names of those “In Memory of . . .” and “In Honor of . . . listed along with the intentions of the Sanctuary candles.
Several years ago the parish instituted a Memorial Fund. The purpose of the Memorial Fund was to provide assistance for purchasing new and needed items for our liturgies. For example, vestments, ritual books, etc. This is a wonderful way to acknowledge someone living or deceased or in thanksgiving for a prayer answered. For information on the OLG Memorial Fund or to make a donation please call the Parish Office at 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