From the Pastor's Desk
Wednesday, March 5 begins our journey through Lent. Once again this
year I will ask you to carry a “nail in your pocket” as a daily reminder
of those spiritual steps you are taking during Lent. You will find
spiritual booklets in the pamphlet racks and we have given to our
Religious Education students their own spiritual materials for Lent.
So I ask you to pray that all our journeys will be fruitful!
Come to Father’s House
A special thank you to all who have joined me during the past two
meetings. Your insights have been very helpful. Please watch the bulletin
for future dates!
Daylight Savings Time
Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday, March 9. Remember to “Spring
Ahead” one hour! Masses on Sunday, March 9 at on Daylight Savings
The Church imposes by law the observance of Fasting and Abstinence
from meat. Everyone over 18 and under 59 years of age is bound to
observe the Law of Fasting. The days of strict Fasting are Ash Wednesday,
March 5 and Good Friday, April 18. On days of Fasting, only one full
meal is allowed and two smaller meals.
Lenten Abstinence from Meat
Everyone over 14 years of age is bound to observe the Law of Abstinence
from meat. Abstinence from meat is to be observed on Ash Wednesday,
March 5 and all Fridays in Lent
Lent Begins Wednesday, March 5
Ash Wednesday is on March 5. Ashes will be distributed at all Masses
and Prayer Services. The schedule will be as follows:
Masses: 9:00 am,
5:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Prayer Service: 7:30 am, 12:15 pm & 3:30 pm
Please save the following dates for Lenten
+Parish Retreat, beginning Sunday, April 13 - 16, 7:00 pm.
+Anointing of the Sick, following the 12:00 pm Mass on Sunday, March
+Lenten Confession Campaign on Tuesday evenings, March 11, 18, 25
and April 1, 8, 11, & 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
+Stations of the Cross, Friday evenings, March 7, 14, 21, & April
4, 11, 18, at 7:00 pm. There will be no stations on Friday, March
28 because of Confirmation.
+More information on Lent next week!
Family Lenten Events
We will be celebrating a Family Mass on Sunday, March 2 at 9:00 am.
There will be a children’s homily directed to helping the children
prepare for Lent. We will also be offering Family Stations of the
Cross on Friday, April 4 at 3:00 pm. Please come and join us.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Monday, Mar. 3, 7:00 pm } Pastoral Council Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 4, 7:00 pm } OLG Women’s Ministry Meeting
Sunday, Mar. 9 } Daylight Savings Time Begins
Sunday, Mar. 9, 9:00 am } Religious Ed Grade 9 Class Mass & Retreat
Monday, Mar. 10, 8:00 pm } Knight’s of Columbus Meeting
Saturday, Mar. 15, 9:30 am } Buildings & Grounds Committee Meeting
Saturday, Mar. 15, 6:00 pm } OLG St. Patrick’s
Day Dinner & Sing-along
Parish Family Picture Book: We still have some available slots
on Saturday, Mar. 15. If you are interested, you can sign-up by going
online at: olgstratford.com or by calling the Parish Office.
Volunteers needed: We are looking for volunteers to staff
the check-in table for the anniversary book photo sessions on Saturday,
Mar. 15: 8:45 am - 11:15 am / 11:00 am - 1:30 pm / 1:15 pm - 3:45
pm. If you can help, please call the Parish Office (203-377-0928)
and ask for Kim. A big “THANK YOU” to all those volunteers who came
out and helped us with this project.
If you can help, please call the Parish Office (203-377-0928) and
ask for Kim.
To Parish Group Leaders: Over the next two weeks you will
be contacted by Kim Wardlow from the Parish Office with a scheduled
date and time for your group photo session for the Parish Anniversary
Important Notice: Please be advised
that the only way to get a free copy of the directory is to have your
portrait taken, so be sure to make your appointment. Parishioners
who are in a “Group Shot” only will not receive a copy of the book.
Because of contractual issues with LifeTouch, photo books will not
be available for purchase. There will be no personal information printed
in the books, i.e., phone numbers, addresses, etc. - only the family
name. All photos will take place in the Parish Center.
Our Lady of Grace Pilgrim Statute: Our parish (with the Monsignor
Mooney Council of the Knights of Columbus) is looking to begin a devotion
to the Blessed Virgin Mary at home. The Pilgrim Statute will be brought
to a parishioners’ home on Saturday and stay for one week. There will
be a booklet of prayers to be recited with the family each day. We
will be having a sign-up and further info in February. The committee
is also in the planning stages for a St. Patrick’s Day corned beef
dinner and sing-a-long, a comedy wedding dinner theater cabaret night,
an “OLG store” with commemorative anniversary items and a few other
projects. Please continue to watch the bulletin for further details
as they become available.
Our Lady of Grace Pilgrim Statute
Our parish (with the Monsignor Mooney Council of the Knights of Columbus)
is looking to begin a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary at home.
The Pilgrim Statute will be brought to a parishioners’ home on a scheduled
Saturday and stay for one week. There will be a booklet of prayers
to be recited with the family each day. A sign-up sheet is posted
on the bulletin board by the Sacristy today. We will bless our two
Pilgrim Statutes on Saturday, Mar. 1. Please sign the sheet on the
bulletin board and become part of our Parish Home Devotion.
Important Notice from Bingo
The parish is looking for parishioners who would be willing to operate
our food service at the Tuesday Night OLG Bingo. This involves a weekly
commitment. You would be totally in charge of the food service. For
further information, please call Bill Soisson at 203-375-2851.
2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal
I invite you to join me in supporting the 2014 Annual Bishop’s
Appeal. The goal for OLG is $86,000. I thank you for your past support.
More info to follow in the coming weeks.
Monsignor Ryan is seeking five volunteers to work as the Parish ABA
Steering Committee. The Committee will assist in planning “In-pew
Sunday” and assist Monsignor Ryan in strategic planning for the parish
to meet our Appeal goal. If you are interested, please call the Parish
Office (203-377-0928) with your contact information.