From the Pastor's Desk
We enter into a very sacred week ahead. We journey with Jesus through
his Passion, Death and Resurrection. I hope you will join us in prayer
this week. I hope you come and join us for Holy Thursday and the remembrance
of the Last Supper. The Liturgy is the institution of the Eucharist
and Priesthood and the ideal of service which is seen in the tradition
of the washing of feet. We will have a procession to the Repository
in the Parish Center. The procession enables us to understand the
Passion of Christ and the emptiness of the church. Please come and
join us before the Eucharist in Adoration in the Parish Center.
Good Friday we will have the Passion of the Lord at 3:00 pm with
the reading of the Passion and the Veneration of the Cross. It is
time to leave our burdens at the feet of Cross. There will be solemn
Stations at 7:00 pm.
Holy Saturday we will have the Blessing of Easter Food at 12:00 pm
in church. The Easter Vigil will begin at 7:30 pm. We will be welcoming
five newly baptized persons into the Church. Three people will be
completing their Sacraments of Initiation. Please join us for a very
important parish celebration.
This all leads to the wonder of Easter Sunday. We will renew our
Baptismal Promises at Mass and be blessed with the new water blessed
on Holy Saturday.
Meetings & Events
* Parish Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, Mar. 29, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
* Parish Nurses Blood Pressure Screening, Monday, Mar. 30, 1:30 pm
- 3:30 pm (MH)
* Lenten Confessions, Tuesday, Mar. 31, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
* Good Friday: All Parish Offices Closed
* Good Friday: Holy Land Collection
* Confirmation with Bishop Caggiano, Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm
* Second Collection: Capital Improvement, Sat./Sun., April 11/12
* Merton House Food Collection, Sat./Sun., April 11/12
* Men’s Club, Sunday, April 12, 6:00 pm
Parish Master Calendar
The Parish Master Calendar for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016
will be ready for reservations from parish groups and departments
beginning May 1, 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, please
speak with Monsignor Ryan.
Mass Attendance Count
We will be taking a count of the number of people attending Masses
during the weekends of Lent. Ushers will be taking the count beginning
the weekend of February 21/22 through March 28/29.
Lenten Confession Campaign
Our parish participates in the Diocesan Lenten Confession Campaign.
Confessions will be heard each Tuesday evening during Lent from 7:00
pm - 9:00 pm. Monsignor Ryan will be hearing confession on Tuesday,
2015 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA)
If you have not yet responded to the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal,
please reflect upon the importance of your support to ministry and
outreach that relies upon the charity of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The challenge is immediate and far reaching, but the solution is within
our reach! Please consider the following options when deciding upon
the best way to support the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal this year:
1) Make a pledge and spread out your payments up to 10 months, 2)
Donate on-line by going to the diocesan website, 2015ACAbridgeport.com,
3) Check if your employer will match your gift through the Corporate
Matching Gift Program, 4) Donate a one-time gift, 5) Contribute a
gift of appreciated stocks or securities. Whatever you decide, your
gift will be greatly appreciated and make a difference in the lives
You can view the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal Video on the link below:
Annual Catholic Appeal Video
I would like to recognize Denise Bartelson and her committee and the
heads of the parish committees and organizations for their participation
in the Parish Ministry Day. Thank you to those who volunteered to
join our parish ministries.
There will be two collections on Easter Sunday. The first collection
is the regular Easter Sunday Collection. The second collection will
be to build up the fund to repair the church roof. Please be generous.
If you will be traveling this summer, you may use the above mentioned
website to find Churches and their Mass schedules in the areas you
Marian Pilgrim Statue
The Knights of Columbus will again lead the Pilgrim Statue Ministry
beginning the week of May 2. Please watch the bulletin for more information.
Sacrament of the Sick
After having discussions with several parishioners, we will be having
the Anointing of the Sick each Friday following the 9:00 am Mass.
People who suffer from chronic illness, have a new disease, suffering
from every day pain of mind, body or heart may be anointed as will
as people who are care-givers. Come and join us for healing prayer
and the Sacrament.
Is there someone you know in the parish who should be recognized for
their faith and service to our parish community? The Madonna Award
was initiated in 2014 to recognize “special parishioners.” In the
next weeks, we will be asking you to consider nominating a parishioner
to receive the”2015 Madonna Award.”
Bishop Caggiano will be here at Our Lady of Grace on Friday, April
10 for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please keep our Confirmands
in your prayers.