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Site Updated 8-24-2014

From the Pastor's Desk 

All of our parishioners who are students will be returning to school. I ask you to pray for them and put them under the protection of our Blessed Mother Mary. May they all have a successful academic year.

Meetings & Events
Mon., Aug. 25 } Women’s Ministry Core Group Meeting, 7:00 pm.
Tues., Aug. 26 } Parish Finance Council Meeting, 7:00 pm.
Mon., Sep 1 } Labor Day All Parish Offices Closed.
Sat., Sun., Sep 6/7 } Merton House Food Collection.
Sat., Sun., Sep 6/7 } 2nd Collection: Capital Improvement.

Save the Date
Bus Trip to Mohegan Sun to benefit our Religious Education Programs, Sunday, Sept. 7
Religious Education Classes begin Saturday, Sept. 20 & Wednesday, Sept. 24
Parish Picnic, Sunday, September 28
The Irish/Italian Wedding Dinner Theater at OLG, Saturday, Oct 18
Steve Agrisano Concert, Friday, October 24 “Go Make a Difference”

Prayer Chapel in our Church
As we continue to plan for a prayer chapel in the Church, the Building & Grounds Committee made a suggestion regarding the pews that will be moved. First, we swap the spare pews to replace any damaged pews in the Church proper and secondly, if pews cannot be used in Church, should we put them up for sale? Your thoughts, please!

Women’s Ministry
The next meeting of the Women’s Ministry Core Group is Monday, August 25 at 7:00 pm in Madonna Hall. Women of the parish please save the date: Friday, October 3, 2014, for the “Kick-off” gathering from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Parish Center.

Buildings & Grounds
A note of thanks to Ted Balga in caring for the parish shrine of Our Lady of Grace. Thank You A note of thanks to our parish Bingo Team! They had a very successful “Jackpot Bingo” on August 19th.

Grandparent’s Day
Please save the date: September 6 - 7 for the Blessing of Grandparents at all Masses that weekend.

Communion Hosts
We have heard from several parishioners regarding the hosts we are using at Mass and their allergies to wheat. There is a gluten-free host we can purchase and we can set a procedure for people who have allergies to wheat. For the time being, if you need to have a “white” host, let the priest/deacon/minister know as you approach to receive communion.

Lord’s Kitchen
The volunteers from OLG at the Lord’s Kitchen will be serving dinner to those in need on Monday, August 25. The volunteers are in need of your assistance. Donations should be left in the boxes by the Sacristy.

Sound System
We have had to replace the amplifier in our sound system. Please bear with us as we “tweek” the system.

Come to Father’s House
As we begin our parish programs for the fall, I have some thoughts I would like to share with you. I look forward to a discussion about our parish, so please join me for a session of “Come to Father’s House” on Monday, August 25 at 12:00 pm in the Madonna Hall. We received several calls at the office regarding the new Holy Day Mass Schedule. The schedule was discussed at the “Come to Father’s House” in the Spring of 2014. If you have questions about the parish, please join us at the meeting!

Holy Family Retreat Center
Men of the parish: We have two scholarships available for men who might want to seek a weekend rest with the Lord at Holy Family Retreat House, West Hartford. For further information contact Monsignor Ryan.

WWW. MASSTIMES.ORG
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.

St. Christopher Ministry
Many of our parishioners take time away either by taking long weekends to another area, extended vacations with children, winter holidays or just the need to stay inside during the cold and snowy winter months. We are creating a Ministry to keep those parishioners informed about the parish. We will mail the weekly parish bulletin or if an email address is provided, we will email the parish bulletin. If you are interested in becoming part of this Ministry, please sign up by calling the Parish Office with your name and address or your email address.

Liturgy Committe
We are in need of finding an organist/soloist to back-up Sylvia for weekend Masses and funerals. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this stipend ministry, please contact Monsignor Ryan. We are looking for a person to work with our Religious Education students to help them prepare for their Class Masses and be able to know and sing the songs and responses at Mass. This ministry is about 15 - 20 hours a month with a stipend. If interested, contact Monsignor Ryan.

Caregiver’s Support Group
Are you a caregiver for an elderly parent? Are you caring for someone who is ill? Has the one you were caring for passed on? Join us at the OLG Caregiver Support Group on September 22 at 11:30 am in Madonna Hall.

Peace,
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.