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Site Updated 3-29-2015

From the Pastor's Desk 

Dear Friends,

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, March 24.

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,, 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 of others.

You can view the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal Video on the link below:

2015 Annual Catholic Appeal Video

Thank You
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.

Easter Collections
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 are visiting.

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.

Madonna Award
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.

Monsignor Martin Ryan

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Why is it important that all parishioners are registered in our Parish Census?
Many times parishioners request letters of recommendation for educational or employment purposes, as well as Sponsor Certificates to be sponsors at Baptism or Confirmation, and other special needs. It is difficult for the Pastor to fulfill these requests, when you are not registered in our Parish Census. The Parish Census also helps the pastor and staff to plan pastoral activities. Please be sure that you are registered adequately in our census files. Call the Parish Office at 377-0928. (NB - If you receive our parish mailings you are registered).
Also, don't forget
When you are admitted to the hospital, remember to tell the Admittance Office at the hospital that you belong to Our Lady of Grace Parish. If the sick person being admitted cannot articulate this information, a family member should do so. With the recent confidentiality laws in place this is the only means we have to know who is Catholic and with what parish the sick person is affiliated. This is important for the parish clergy making visits to our parishioners at the hospital.
Are You Planning to Change Your Address?
Please notify the Parish Office so that we may alter your census information and our mailing list. Thank you.

Use of Parish Facilities and Equipment

For security reasons and insurance purposes, our Parish will not rent space in our facilities and will not loan any equipment for use outside of our facilities.