Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk

Dear Friends,

I will be offering you Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, Aug. 29 at 9:30 am to “Come to Father’s House.”

Tickets for the Closing Synod Mass at Webster Bank Arena are still available. Tickets are for general seating. Please call the Parish Office for further information (203-377-0928).

Save these Dates…
Sunday, August 30 at 10:00 am, our Knights of Columbus Council is inviting you to become a participant in the “Fifth Sunday Rosary.” Our brother Knights will lead the parish in the rosary at 10:00 am. We hope parishioners will stay after the 9:00 am Mass or come early for the 10:30 am Mass. As a Marian parish, may we join together in asking our Blessed Mother to watch over our children as they enter a new school year.
Sat./Sun., September 12/13, our annual 9/11 Memorial will be this weekend. Also, we will have a special blessing for Grandparents.
Sunday, September 13 at 1:30 pm we will be “Cleaning the Church.” We would ask you to volunteer to spend some time and help us clean the church. The sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board.
Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 pm, there will be a Parish Leader’s Meeting. We are inviting all group and ministry leaders to a kick-off meeting. More information to follow.
Sunday, September 27, we will be celebrating “Our Parish/Our Little Church.” There will be a picnic, special Mass of Unity and Commitment Sunday.
Church Roof Envelope

Thank you to those who have begun giving to the “Church Roof Fund.” I need to clarify that a new tile roof would cost $100,000 +! That is why a shingle roof has been chosen. I am sorry that there is some confusion but I invite you to come to “Father’s House” when it is scheduled.

The Lord’s Kitchen
The Lord’s Kitchen will be accepting donations of toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and bars of soap. Boxes will be in front of the sacristy for your donations, Sat./Sun., August 22/23. Our volunteers will be serving dinner on Monday, August 24.

Thank You
I would also like to thank those parishioners who have made donations this week to the Annual Catholic Appeal. We have received $ 84,980.00 towards our goal of $88,000. I would also thank those who have contributed to the “Roof Fund.” We now have $20,000 in the fund toward our goal of $35,000.

Synod Prayer
I invite you to pray the Synod Prayer for the next month as we move to the Closing Synod Mass. Prayer cards are in the pamphlet racks at the doors of the church.

Children’s Mass Book
On the weekend of Sept. 5/6, we will introduce a small booklet for children. It will serve to help parents to teach their children the Mass prayers. This booklet will be available in the baskets by the Baptismal Font. Please return the booklet at the end of the Mass you are attending.

Peace, Monsignor Martin P. Ryan

Opportunity Knocking!

Our parish Tuesday Night Bingo needs a person or vendor to operate the food service each Tuesday evening at the Parish Bingo Games. Hours of service on Tuesday would be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All proceeds belong to the service provider. If you are interested, please contact Bill Soisson at 203-375-2851.  

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: www.virtusonline.org

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.

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

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.  

Parish Bingo

As you know, our parish “Tuesday Night Bingo” provides 9.1% of our parish income. We are in need of a number of volunteers that may be able to assist the Bingo Team in preparation for Tuesdays. Would you please consider: 1) We are looking for a volunteer or group of volunteers who would be able…

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

Saturdays - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm