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Site Updated 4-12-2015

From the Pastor's Desk 

Dear Friends,

I want to thank you for your participation in the Holy Week Services and Easter Masses. The Celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus was awe-inspiring. This celebration could not have taken place without the hands of many people. So, I would like to recognize those who volunteered their time: Many thanks to the Liturgical Design Committee for making our church beautiful. To all the liturgical ministers (lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, ushers and altar servers) for their ministry to the parish. Many thanks to our musicians, Sylvia, Matt, Jim, and Nick and a note of thanks to the choir that led us in joyous prayer. Also, a note of thanks to the Knights of Columbus for their presence on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. May God’s blessing be upon you!

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12
Pamphlets can be found in the racks for anyone wishing to participate in this devotion.

Meetings & Events
*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
* Knights of Columbus Meeting, Monday, April 13, 7:30 pm (MH)
* Liturgy Committee Meeting, Wednesday, April 15, 11:00 am (MH)
* Bingo Core Group Meeting, Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
* Building & Grounds Committee Meeting, Saturday, April 18, 9:30 am
* Knight of Columbus “Country Breakfast”, Sunday, April 19, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
* Blood Pressure Screenings, Sunday, April 19, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
* Parishes Nurses, Monday, April 20, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, (MH)
* Parish Finance Council Meeting, Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 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.

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.

Marian Pilgrim Statue
The Knights of Columbus will again lead the Pilgrim Statue Ministry beginning the week of May 2. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the Sacristy today.


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 of others.

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

2015 Annual Catholic Appeal Video


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.

 

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.